I've just put the site up a couple weeks ago and adding some more things to it for my friend however there's got to be an easier way to lay content out over wordpress. I've having a hard time with it even and I'm codding half of it (or at least adding styles, looking at the CSS, ect)

I'm specifically looking at the services (pretty much the only thing on this test page) and how to lay them out. They are in ugly tables of which I think I even forgot how to use but how else am I supposed to lay out content like this? Is there a plugin that makes my life easier (Premium? - I've heard of Types or Views, is that a good plugin?).

However as I've done the work on this so far, what is the best way to get padding inside those cells? I've tried almost everything but it either doesn't work or it affects ALL tables on the page (the original page where it will be which is here).

I've added the garble table code here is you want to look at it..

<table style="width: 1000px; height: 200px; border-color: #e9e9e9; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; background-color: #aaa685;" border="3" cellspacing="10" cellpadding="10" align="left">
<tr align="left" valign="top">
<td style="border: 5px solid #e9e9e9;">
<h2><span style="color: #ffffff;"> CLIMATE</span></h2>
<p><span style="font-size: x-small; color: #ffffff;">Our smart technology will help you keep you climate suited to your needs.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-size: small; color: #ffffff;">READ MORE</span>
<td style="border: 5px solid #e9e9e9;">
<h2><span style="color:#ffffff;">SECURITY</span></h2>
<p><span style="font-size: x-small; color: #ffffff;">With our 100% quality Home Automation techniques your home is secure 24/7.</span></p>
<h2><span style="font-size: small; color: #ffffff;">READ MORE</span></h2> </td> <td style="border: 5px solid #e9e9e9;"> <h2><span style="color: #ffffff;"> AUDIO</span></h2> <p><span style="font-size: x-small; color: #ffffff;">Along with your smart lights you can have our flexible music system that works.</span></p>
<h2><span style="font-size: small; color:#ffffff;">READ MORE</span></h2>
<td style="border: 5px solid #e9e9e9;">
<h2><span style="color: #ffffff;"> LIGHTING</span></h2>
<p><span style="color: #ffffff; font-size: x-small;">Now you can have smart lights. Enjoy our advanced lighting system in your home.</span><span style="color: #ffffff;">
<br /> </span></p> <h2><span style="font-size: small; color: #ffffff;">READ MORE</span>
  • You posted this question under a different username about two weeks ago. It was called "Setting up an editable layout in the wordpress WYSIWYG editor". You removed it but it can still be found in Google's cache. This is a near copy/paste of that one. Please don't do that.
    – s_ha_dum
    Jan 2, 2013 at 20:06
  • I had to re-post it because I accidentally deleted it and it wouldn't let me do it again. I don't mean to re-post but if it can't actually be found I needed to get it back up some how.
    – kia4567
    Jan 2, 2013 at 20:14
  • This is an HTML/CSS question, not a WordPress one.
    – s_ha_dum
    Jan 2, 2013 at 21:24
  • I am looking for a plugin that organizes the WYSIWYG editor though. The standard padding: 10px isn't working in this case, so I believe it will have to do with wordpress.
    – kia4567
    Jan 2, 2013 at 23:48
  • Plugin recommendations are off topic. See the faq.
    – s_ha_dum
    Jan 2, 2013 at 23:56

1 Answer 1


I think your question is a perfect example for the XY Problem. In WordPress you do not create such a menu in a post editor. You use a menu.

Once you start thinking about your problem from this point, everything is easy. :)

First register a custom navigation menu for this list in your theme’s functions.php:

add_action( 'wp_loaded', 'wpse_78027_register_menu' );
function wpse_78027_register_menu()
        __( 'A list of your services. Edit the description!', 'theme_textdomain' )

Now you get an interface for the menu in wp-admin/nav-menus.php.

Then you need a custom walker to show more than just the link text. You are lucky, this problem has been solved too. You need very simple markup, so …

 * Custom walker to render the services menu.
class WPSE_78027_Services_Menu extends Walker_Nav_Menu
    public function start_el( &$output, $item, $depth = 0, $args = NULL, $id = 0 )
        $output     .= '<li>';

        $attributes  = '';
        if ( ! empty ( $item->url ) )
            $attributes .= ' href="' . esc_url( $item->url ) .'"';

        $description = empty ( $item->description )
            ? '<p>Please add a description!</p>'
            : wpautop( $item->description );

        $title       = apply_filters( 'the_title', $item->title, $item->ID );
        $item_output = "<a $attributes><h3>$title</h3>
        <div class='service-description'>$description</div></a>";

        // Since $output is called by reference we don't need to return anything.
        $output .= apply_filters(
            ,   $item_output
            ,   $item
            ,   $depth
            ,   $args

Now you have to add the pages to that menu. Do not forget to edit the description, or force that field to be visible:

enter image description here

And now stick it together. Open the page template PHP file where you want to use the menu and add:

    array (
        'container'      => FALSE,
        'depth'          => 1,
        'items_wrap'     => '<ul id="service-menu">%3$s</ul>',
        'theme_location' => 'services',
        'walker'         => new WPSE_78027_Services_Menu


In your stylesheet you can style this list now without affecting any other table.

Sample code:

#service-menu {
    background: #aaa685;
    border-collapse: separate;
    border-spacing: 10px;
    display: table;
    width: 100%;
#service-menu li {
    border: 3px solid #e9e9e9;
#service-menu li {
    display: table-cell;
    list-style: none;
    padding: 10px;
    width: 25%;
#service-menu a {
    color: #fff;
#service-menu h3 {
    font: bold 1.5em/1 serif;
    margin: 0 0 .5em;
    text-transform: uppercase;
.service-description {
    font: .9em/1.4 sans-serif;


enter image description here

Writing this answer took more time than writing the code. :)

  • I dropped the Read More, because four links with the same name are super annoying for screen reader users, and the whole box is a link.
    – fuxia
    Jan 3, 2013 at 3:18
  • 1
    Your amazing toscho! I'll be working on this tonight, if I could give you points I would (not that you need them. Haha) but it would be to show you how much I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to write this long answer for me. I'll look into that XY problem so I be sure to ask the correct question for next time. THANKYOU!
    – kia4567
    Jan 3, 2013 at 18:27

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