Multi-column layout examples

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This guide demonstrates the different multi-column layouts that you can utilize to personalize your homepage, product pages, landing page, about us section, or any custom store page.

The layout basics

Easy Content Builder lets you specify the column layout at the section level. You can combine one-column, two-column, three-column, four-column, or hierarchical grid layouts on the same page.

Section Settings is used to determine the column layout of each section. Then, you add multiple content blocks to each column and configure the margin/padding and the gap between columns/rows to create your desired layout.

The screenshot below illustrates how you can create a layout with three sections - each section comes with its own column layout:

  1. A full-width Heading section
  2. Three-column content section
  3. Two-column content section

Ecb-layout-basics-2.jpg

Note: You can add various block types, either from the Easy Content Builder app or other apps like Judge.me Reviews, to the section. Subsequently, you can use the steps in the guide below to establish a multi-column layout for that section, allowing you to control the display position for each block or set the background image or padding.

The multiple-column layouts examples

1-col boxed layout

How it looks on the storefront:

1col-demo2.png

Here are the configuration steps:

Ecb-1col-guide.jpg

  • Step 1: Add Section Settings block and configure Desktop Layout as One Column (you can play around with other configurations of the Section Settings block as you wish).
If you're new to the Easy Content Builder app, learn how to add sections to your page.
  • Step 2: Add any pre-built content block you want. In the example above, we added two Image With Text blocks.

1-col with Background Image

How it looks on the storefront:

1col-demo.png

Here is the list of content blocks and associated configurations for this layout option:

1col-blocks.png

Step 1: Add Section Settings block and configure as follows:

1col-section-setting.png

  • Desktop Layout: Two Columns
Selecting the Two Columns value lets you display the main content block (Text, CTA button) on the left side of this section. This way, you can easily control the width of your main content block using the Main Column Width setting.
If you need to (1) display the main content block (Text, CTA button) on the right side, or (2) add multiple elements in the main content block (Text, extra spacing, multiple CTA buttons), follow this step-by-step guide.
  • Main Column Width: By default, you can start with a 50/50 layout for image and text elements or change this ratio by changing the Main Column Width value.
  • Background image: Upload your background image (Max background image width x height: 2500 x 1406 px. Learn more about recommended image dimensions.)
  • Parallax Animate: -300 (this setting is optional and available for the Pro plan only)
  • Mask Image: Add a mask layer over the background image (this setting is optional and available for the Pro plan only). You can download mask images here.
  • Text Color: #FFFFFF
  • Padding top: 50px
  • Padding bottom: 300px

Step 2: Add a Section Title block

1col-section-title.png

  • Fill in the Title, Tagline, Description, and button style as you wish.
Note: The Image With Text block comes with one default CTA button. Use the Image With Text and Button blocks if you need multiple CTA buttons. Check out Use case 3: Hero banner with 3 CTAs buttons for more details.
  • Background color: #5d3f3d (change to your desired color)
  • Animate on scroll: Fade (this setting is optional and available for the Pro plan only)
  • Margin: Medium
  • Padding: Medium
Tips: Check out this step-by-step guide - Create a Hero banner with a background color overlay - that helps you achieve a similar 1-col layout.

2-col with Flexible Col Width

Below is a 2-column section we built on our Nutrition template demo:

Ecb-2-col-example.png

Here is the list of content blocks and associated configurations for this 2-col section:

2-col-blocks.png

Step 1: Add Section Settings block and configure as follows:

2-col-section-settings.png

  • Desktop Layout: Two Col: First Block Left, Others Right.
  • 'First Block Left' refers to the main content block you want to show on the left column. Drag any block you want to reorder on top of other blocks to keep it in the First Block position.
  • 'Others Right' means all other blocks will be displayed on the right column.
  • Mobile Layout: One Column
  • Main Column Width: By default, you can start with a 50/50 layout for image and text elements or change this ratio by changing the Main Column Width value.
  • Background color: Use the Gradient color picker or enter the value of the new color in the CSS Code field.
  • Padding top: 50px
  • Padding bottom: 50px

Step 2: Add Image With Text block with the configurations below:

2-col-img-w-text.png

  • Card Style: Overlay - No Mask
  • Card Size: Default
  • Box Shadow: No Shadow
  • Image: upload your own image
  • Image width: enter your actual image width here (our demo width is 1024)
  • Image height: enter your actual image height here (our demo height is 768)
  • Margin: Default

Step 3: Add the first Section Title block and fill in the Title, Tagline, and Description as you wish.

2-col-section-title1.png

Step 4: Add the second Section Title block and fill in the Tagline as per our demo (You can enter other content as you wish).

2-col-section-title2.png

Step 5: Add the Icon With Text block with the configurations below:

2-col-icons-w-text.png

  • Image Position: Left
  • Text Alignment: Left
  • Item Margin: Small
  • CSS Classes: image-width-24
  • Items per row on Desktop: 2
  • Then, fill in the Item Settings with Title and SVG icons.

Step 6: Add a Button block with the configurations below:

2-col-buttons.png

  • Text Alignment: Left
  • Fill in the Button label, style, URL, and size.
  • Margin: Large

2-col with Blank Sections

Check out this step-by-step video guide to create a 2-column section on your Shopify pages. This section will include two rows, each comes with a blank column.

How it looks on the storefront:

3col-frontend.png

Here is the list of content blocks and associated configurations for this 2-col section:

3col-blocks.png

Step 1: Add Section Settings block and configure as follows:

3col-section-settings.png

  • Desktop Layout: Two Column
  • Main Column Width: By default, you can start with a 50/50 layout for image and text elements or change this ratio by changing the Main Column Width value.
  • Background image: Upload your background image (Max background image width x height: 2500 x 1406 px. Learn more about recommended image dimensions.)
  • Padding top: 100px
  • Padding bottom: 100px

Step 2: Add Custom HTML block

3col-custom-html1.png

Add a Custom HTML block and leave all configuration fields blank (no need to add any custom HTML code here).

The primary purpose of this step is to use this Custom HTML block as a blank column on the left of the first row of this section.

  • The right column: an empty column (created by the Custom HTML block)
  • The left column: displays the text block.

Step 3: Add the first Section Title block and fill in the Title, Description as you wish.

3col-section-title1.png

Step 4: Add the first Section Title block and fill in the Title, Description as you wish.

Step 5: Add another Custom HTML block as you did in Step 2.

The primary purpose of this step is to use this Custom HTML block as a blank column on the right of the 2nd row of this section.

Step 6: Add the 3rd Custom HTML block (to create a blank column on the 3rd row of this section).

Step 7: Add the 3rd Section Title block and fill in the Title, Description as you wish.

2-col: Overlapping Image with text

Ecb-content-overlap.png

See live demo here.

Here are steps to create the sample section above with overlapping text and image:

Step 1: Add Section Settings block and configure as follows:

  • Container Max Width: leave it blank.
  • Desktop layout: Two Col: First Block Left, Remains Right
  • Main Column Width: 40 (this refers to the width of the main text block that will overlap the background image)
  • Background image: upload your desired image
  • Background image for mobile: upload your desired image
  • Background Image Position: Right
Note: The Background Image Position must match the Desktop Layout field.
  • To show the image on the right, the text column on the left: set Background Image Position: right and set Desktop Layout: Two Col: First Block Left, Remains Right.
  • To show the image on the left, the text column on the right: set Background Image Position: left and set Desktop Layout: Two Col: First Block Right, Remains Left.
  • Background Image Width: 60 (this refers to the width of the image displayed below the text section)
  • Padding top: leave it blank.
  • Padding bottom: leave it blank.
  • Container Padding top: 50px
  • Container Padding top: 50px

You can adjust the configurations as you wish.

Step 2: Add Section Title section with the following configurations:

  • Insert the Title, Tagline, Description, Icons as you wish.
  • Background color: specify your desired color (we used #f5ead9 for the demo purposes)
  • Margin: No margin
  • Padding: Medium

Step 3 (Optional): Add space above and below the current section you've created.

You can add extra space above/below your overlapping image and rich content section by using one of the following options:

  • Option 1: Add a new Section Settings and specify Container Padding Top and Container Padding Bottom to define your desired space (while keeping all other default configurations unchanged).
  • Option 2: Add a new Custom HTML section and configure its margin.

Ecb-overlap-guide-space.jpg

Hierarchical grid

Below is a hierarchical grid (type 4) we built on our Hierarchical Grid demo:

Hierarchical-grid-demo.png

Here is the list of content blocks and associated configurations for this hierarchical grid layout:

Hierarchical-4-blocks.png

Step 1: Add Section Settings block and configure as follows:

  • Desktop Layout: Hierarchical Grid 4
Learn more about all Hierarchical Grid options that Easy Content Builder provides here.
  • Mobile Layout: One Column
  • Main Column Width: By default, you can start with a 50/50 layout for image and text elements or change this ratio by changing the Main Column Width value.
  • Column Gap: 20
  • Row Gap: 20
  • Padding top: 50px
  • Padding bottom: 50px

Step 2: Add Image With Text block with the configurations below:

Hierarchical-4-img-w-text.png

  • Card Style: Overlay - No Mask
  • Card Size: Default
  • Box Shadow: Small
  • Image: upload your own image
  • Image width: enter your image width here (our demo width is 800)
  • Image height: enter your image height here (our demo height is 800)
  • Margin: No Margin

Step 3: Add the first Section Title block with the configurations below:

Hierarchical-4-section-title.png

  • Fill in the Image, Title, Description, and Button as you wish.
  • Margin: No Margin
  • Padding: No Padding

Step 4: Add two Custom HTML blocks (This is an optional step)

Hierarchical-4-custom-html1.png

Add two Custom HTML blocks and leave all configuration fields blank (no need to add any custom HTML code here).

The primary purpose of this step is to use these Custom HTML blocks as a blank row within the right column of this section.

Step 5: Add the second Section Title block with the configurations below:

Hierarchical-4-section-title-3.png

  • Fill in the Image, Title, Description, and Button as you wish.
  • Margin: No Margin
  • Padding: Medium

Step 6: Add the third Section Title block with the configurations below:

Hierarchical-4-section-title-4.png

  • Fill in the Image, Title, Description, and Button as you wish.
  • Margin: No Margin
  • Padding: Medium

Collection Grid

Below is an example of using four Image With Text blocks and a Hierarchical grid to create a featured collection/subcollection section (view demo).

Collection-grid.png

Here is the list of content blocks and associated configurations for this 2-col section:

Collection-grid-blocks.png

Step 1: Add a Section Settings block and configure as follows:

Collection-grid-section-setting.png

  • Desktop Layout: Hierarchical Grid 4
Learn more about all Hierarchical Grid options that Easy Content Builder provides here.
  • Mobile Layout: One Column
  • Main Column Width: By default, you can start with a 50/50 layout for image and text elements or change this ratio by changing the Main Column Width value.
  • Column Gap: 20
  • Row Gap: 20
  • Padding top: 50px
  • Padding bottom: 50px

Step 2: Add Image With Text block with the configurations below:

Collection-grid-img-with-text.png

  • Card Style: Overlay - No Mask
  • Card Size: Default
  • Box Shadow: Small
  • Image Position: Bottom
  • Image: upload your image
  • (Image Settings) Image width: Enter your image width here (our demo width is 800).
  • (Image Settings) Image height: Enter your image height here (our demo height is 600).
  • (Text Settings) Text Alignment: Left
  • (Button Settings) Button Text: Enter your text here
  • Margin: No Margin

Step 3: Add three other Image With Text blocks similar to Step 2 above and configure each block your way.