Posts Extended Grid
Posts Extended Grid is a powerful grid element which helps to display loops with posts of any post type in flexible grid & list layouts. It is very useful for creating listings of any kind, with extended custom AJAX filters, custom fields, search etc.
For example, you can create your own custom post type (using CPT UI plugin), add some custom fields to this post type (using ACF plugin) and then, using Posts Extended Grid element, you can add listing with the posts of this custom post type – with AJAX filtering, searching and displaying custom fields in grid/list.
Check this demo pages showing different posts extended grid style presets available in TheGem:
Note: all this styles can be easily customized to meet your individual design needs. No coding needed.
You can find “Posts Extended Grid” element in editing panel of Elementor in “TheGem Blog /Posts” group
Specify the unique ID for the grid. You can keep this field empty - in this case the Grid ID will be automatically generated and assigned after saving. Grid ID is used for example for grid filtering via the Grid Filter element.
Here you can specify, which design to use for the grid items. You can select between using the built-in skins/designs for the grid items or apply the loop item templates made with TheGem Templates Builder. Learn more about Loop Item Builder
Select between three predesigned style skins: classic, alternative and list style
Specify layout of posts extended grid. You can choose between justified, masonry, metro style and creative grid layouts
Select number of columns to display in posts extended grid: for desktop, tablet and mobile. In case of selecting 100% width your grid will be automatically stretched to the 100% width of the page and you will get an additional option “100% Width Columns” to specify the number of columns for 100% width grid for screen resolutions greater than 1920px. Please note: 100% width doesn’t appear as 100% width in Elementor edit mode as the element is always limited by section/column’s width settings. However on the front end the gallery grid will take the full 100% width.
You can choose to display thumbnails, generated by theme for posts grids, or original featured images, uploaded in posts (full size)
With this setting you can specify the custom image aspect ratio to display in posts grid. Leave blank to show the original image ratio.
Disable Grid Preloader:
By default Posts Extended Grid uses isotope script for showing grids. However, you can switch to use pure CSS grid for better performance by enabling the setting “Disable Grid Preloader”. Note: this setting works only for justified grids, it disables the grid preloader and deactivates the displaying of highlighted (double size) posts.
Hide Filter & Sorting
This setting helps you to deactivate all grid filters and sorting control with one click.
In this section you can choose posts to be displayed in grid.
Here you can specify posts of which post type should be displayed in grid. Posts extended grid is compatible with all custom post types, which automatically appear in this control once added to your WordPress instance.
By selecting “Same Taxonomy Items (Related) you can display posts which are related to the current post. In this case next you need to select the “Related by” taxonomy (in case you have created your own custom taxonomy it will automatically appear in “Related by” control.
By selecting “Manual Selection” you can manually select posts from different post types to display in grid. To manually select posts simply start typing the names of the respective posts in “Select Posts” control.
You can show posts from selected taxonomy terms like blog or product categories, tags etc.
And/or you can manually select posts of the chosen post type by choosing “Posts”/”Manual Selection” in “Source” field. To manually select posts simply start typing the names of the respective posts in “Select Postss” control.
Order By, Sort Order
Specify the sort order of the items in grid.
Here you can displace or pass over the first items in grid by specifying the number of such items to pass over.
Using exclude control you can exclude posts from being displayed in grid. You can manually specify the posts to exclude OR you can exclude the current post (where you are inserting the grid) OR you can exclude posts by taxonomy term – in this case simply start typing for example the name of the blog category, which posts should be excluded from being shown.
Caption contains title, description, date and categories of post in grid. It can also include read more button and custom fields.
In posts extended grid caption can be shown below image, on image or on image hover. Here you can specify the position of caption.
Select between multiple different hover effects. You can then customize the colors in the “Style” tab.
Title & Description
Options to show/hide project titles and descriptions in grid.
Options to show/hide different post meta elements in grid. Using Additional Meta control you can specify to show taxonomy or custom fields on or below the image. “Click behavior” helps to determine, what should happen once the page visitor clicks on this additional meta in grid’s post.
Options to show/hide custom fields in grid.
Check this example of using custom fields in grid:
You can learn more about custom fields in this chapter
Following settings are available:
- Fields Layout: Select between vertical or horizontal (inline) layout for displaying custom fields
- Title: Specify the title/label of the custom field
- Type: You can select between TheGem Custom Fields (see description in chapter “Custom Fields” ), ACF/Toolset custom field groups, taxonomies and project details (for portfolio items, see description in chapter “Portfolio”).
- Select Field/Taxonomy: Choose the custom field or taxonomy to be displayed in the item’s caption
- Field Type: Select between “text” and “number” field type. The “number” field type helps to auto-format the number values when displaying in grid using the current WP Locale (see description on chapter “Custom Fields”).
- Prefix/Suffix: Optionally add prefix/suffix to the “number” value
- Icon: Optionally select an icon for the selected project detail/custom field/taxonomy.
Here you can optionally enable the “Read More” button with the respective settings.
Filters & Sorting
In this section you can activate and set different filtering and sorting options for the posts grid.
TheGem comes with two types of grid filters: default filter and extended filter.
The default AJAX filter allows you to filter the posts using the terms of the selected taxonomy (by default: filter by blog categories). The default filter comes in three pre-designed filter styles, which can be selected in “Filter & Sorting Style” control. Using the “Query Type” field you can activate the multiple choice filtering by selecting the “AND” option.
Check this example of using default filter in grid:
Additionally to the default filter, you can take an advantage of the extended filter, which can be selected in “Filter Type” field. Extended filter allows you to add different multiple filter attributes and doesn’t limit it only to one selection as in case of the default filter.
Check this example of using extended filter in grid:
Extended filter has three styles you can choose from: horizontal filter, sidebar filter and hidden sidebar filter.
In the “Attributes” setting you will find a repeater control for adding multiple different filter attributes. Following settings are available:
- Title: Specify the filter’s title
- Filter By: Choose between taxonomies, TheGem Custom Fields (see description on chapter “Custom Fields”), ACF/Toolset custom field groups and project details (for portfolio items, see description in chapter “Portfolio”).
- Select Field/Taxonomy: Choose the custom field or taxonomy for filtering
Field Type: Select between “text” and “number” field type. The “number” field type helps you to display slider control (like price range slider) in filter:
- Search: Here you can optionally activate the AJAX search in posts grid. You can display the search in grid as a search icon or as a search input. You can activate the live search for displaying the search results instantly while typing the search term. And you can select the data source for searching: search by content or search by meta fields (including custom fields).
This section is for selection of pagination type of posts grid.
Items per page
Select, how many posts should be visible in grid on one page
Enable/disable pagination for posts extended grid
Select type of pagination:
- Numbers: classic numbered pagination
- Load More Button: additional items will be loaded by clicking on load more button
- Infinite Scroll: additional items will be automatically loaded while scrolling down
In case “Load More Button” type is selected, you can further optionally activate the “Show all on load more” setting to load all posts at once after clicking on “Load more” button.
Next page preloading
If enabled, items for the next page will be preloaded on the current page to speed up the paginating.
Reduce HTML Size
Using this option it is possible to reduce the HTML size of the web page by specifying the number of posts to load on initial page load. The rest will be loaded on user scroll.
Example: Let’s say you wish to show 100 posts at once on one page. The initial HTML size of the web page will cover all this 100 posts thus resulting in the large HTML size of the document. However, by activating the “Reduce HTML size” option you can specify, that on the initial page load only 10 posts should be included – thus significantly reducing the HTML size which increases the performance and page speed. All the rest 90 posts will be loaded later, as the user starts scrolling on this page.
Here you can enable lazy loading animation of posts in posts extended grid and select animation effect in “Animation Effect” select box.
This section helps you to make additional adjustments:
Ignore Highlighted Posts
In TheGem you can specify some posts to be emphasized in posts grid – this posts will be shown in double size compared to the other posts. You can make it in page options of the respective post with this setting
This is a cool way of attracting visitors attention to some post highlights and to make creative grids.
By activating “Ignore Highlighted Posts” control this post emphasizing will be ignored and all highlighted posts will be displayed as normal posts.
AJAX Preloader Type
You can select between two types of AJAX preloader in grid.
Grid Images Style
In this section you can control gaps between posts in grid and customize items images.
The “Better Thumbnails Quality” control helps to increase the quality of the generated post thumbnails – this could be useful in case of using Portfolio Grid in fullwidth sections.
In Grid Images Style section you can also enable shadow. By default, shadow is applied only on image container. By activating “Apply shadow on caption container” setting you can enable a common shadow for image container and caption container.
Here you can customize the style and typography of caption elements: title, description, date etc.
Caption Container Style
Settings to customize the appearance of caption container. Note: this section appears only in case if “Caption Position” is set to “Below Image” in Content tab – Caption section.
Preset: here you can select between 4 different color presets for caption container, which can be further customized with additional settings.
Settings to control the appearance of filters in posts extended grid. This section appears only in case filter has been activated in Content tab – Filters & Sorting section.
Settings to customize the appearance of sorting control in portfolio grid.
In this section you can customize the look of number pagination. This section appears only in case if “Numbers” pagination type has been selected in Content tab – Pagination section.
“Load More” Button Style
Here you can customize the look of load more button. This section appears only in case if “Load More Button” pagination type has been selected in Content tab – Pagination section. Here you have presets for button style (flat, outline) and button size and many other additional customization settings. In case you have enabled separator in Content tab – Pagination section, here you can also choose between 4 different style presets and further customize its size, weight and color
In this section you can customize the appearance of custom fields in posts extended grid.