Essential Grid WordPress Plugin

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Essential Grid WordPress Plugin
The all-purpose grid building solution!

Essential Grid is a premium plugin for WordPress that allows you to display various content formats in a highly customizable grid. Possible applications range from portfolios, blogs, galleries, WooCommerce shops, price tables, services, product sliders, testimonials and anything else you can imagine.

  • Super Easy to use for Beginners
  • All-Purpose Usage
  • Boxed, Full-Width, Full-Screen Layouts
  • Adjustable Rows/Columns/Spacings
  • Images, Youtube & Vimeo Video, HTML5 Self-Hosted Video, iFrame Content
  • Content Sources: Post, Custom Post, Pages, WooCommerce, Gallery
  • Various Animation Types & Preloaders
  • 25+ Example Skins Included
  • Responsive & Mobile Optimized
  • Visual Skin Editor: Build and Customize own Skins easily
  • Easily Import / Export Skins
  • Include Custom Skins with Plugin Install, One-Click Installer
  • Custom Metas: Additional Options for Posts
  • Custom Post Based Skin Modifications: Special rules for Posts
  • Extensive Documentation & Tutorial Videos
  • Customizable Transition Speed (Individual / Global)
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Version 1.2.0 (25th August 2014)

  • Added an advanced shortcode creator inside of posts and pages.
    • Create only with a few Quick ready to use Grids out of your Post, Page
    • Create grid based on Popular Posts, Recent Posts, Related Posts within 3 Clicks
  • Added the possibility to create Grids based on Search results
  • Added option to give each grid a unique ID through the Grid Settings
  • Added option to create grid based on gallery shortcode like: ess_grid alias=”your-alias”[/ess_grid]
  • Improved Speed
  • Added cache system to improve overall speed. Can be enabled through the Global Settings
  • Added Query Caching, which will aute Cache Queries and recreate them if Posts, Grids or any other part of the Grid has been changed.
  • Added filter essgrid_set_cpt to disable Custom Post Type Ess. Grid Posts
  • New Media Sources: First Content Vimeo, YouTube, HTML5 and Soundcloud
  • Added option to choose default image if the post meets no criteria for a cover image
  • Changed the code so that random sorting does work with Custom Grids
  • Changed the Main Animation Engine.
  • Fixed an issue that made some backends slowing down
  • Fixed an hover css issue where only the the css of the last element got written to document
  • Fixed a bug where Filter would not be shown correctly in certain settings
  • Fixed DropDown Issues on Mobile Devices

Version 1.1.0 (5th July 2014)

  • Added Drop Down Layout for filtering of categories and tags to frontend
  • Sort with Drag&Drop the order of filters
  • Show / Hide filters one by one.
  • Categories and subcategories can be selected in mixed mode also
  • HTML5 audio can now be added like HTML5 videos. The mp4 field will now be shared with audio
  • Spinner can now be disabled for each Grid
  • Option in Grid Settings added to load only a certain amount of entries
  • Option in Global Settings added to insert all JavaScript into the footer
  • Option in Global Settings added to choose wether or not hammer.js should be loaded
  • New developer option to disable the hammer.js on installation
  • New developer option to disable all notifications and the activation area. More information at
  • Added Tabs in Metas for better usability in Posts and Pages
  • Added pagination for the Grids Overview page
  • Added alt tag in images, using the alt text from wordpress image settings
  • Removed placeholder in “Purchase code” to prevent confusions
  • Renamed Aq_Resize script for preventing conflicts with other themes/plugins that modified the script
  • Updated GreenSock Engine to 12.1
  • Protected Mode for GreenSock for ThemePunch Plugins added. No more conflict between any other plugins / themes and ThemePunch Tools
  • Lag Smoothing Enabled
  • Available Layers inserting into an Item Skin now checks correctly the hover checkbox if it was set on the Layer.
  • Fixed a bug where the combination of Post & Pages did not work correctly.

Version 1.0.8 (12th June 2014)

  • Code Snippet change for VC Tabs
  • Punch Fonts compatibility with Slider Revolution
  • Fix for: show tag list.
  • Fix for: Custom Meta in Custom Grid not working properly.
  • Fix for: Custom Meta images not selectable/removeable.
  • Fix for: Custom Grid sometimes showing no elements in FrontEnd.

Version 1.0.7 (21th May 2014)

  • Added new tab to Grid Settings called API/JavaScript for custom JavaScript and API functionality
  • Added new metas to use inside of meta field for posts
  • Post ID can now be retrieved in Skins through Item Skin Editor
  • Added Link Target in Item Skin Editor for Layer Settings and Layout Composition under Link/SEO tab
  • Added check if hammer.js is already included
  • Updated the included documentation
  • Fix for LightBox gallery not working if Filters are not present in the navigation
  • Fix for widgets not working
  • Fix for WPML in combination with Pages
  • Fix for filter not working in some languages
  • Fix for Custom Grid – Custom Metas not working properly
  • Fix for Custom Grid were accent characters could be broken in frontend
  • Fix for Custom Grid were Grid will not be shown on frontend
  • Post excerpt will now be stripped of all tags again (was in wrong 1.0.5 again)

Version 1.0.5 (2nd Mai 2014)

  • Added possibility to use an array syntax in the additional parameters that were introduced in 1.0.4
  • Fix for the output of the category list of custom taxonomies
  • Fix for Custom Grids lightbox

Version 1.0.4 (29th April 2014)

  • Added possibility to insert additional parameters to wp_query through the Grid Settings under Source
  • Post excerpt will now be stripped of all tags
  • Custom Grid fix where elements got duplicated by clicking on Refresh Preview

Version 1.0.3 (28th April 2014)

  • Added new Link/SEO tab in Item Skin Editor under Layout Composition: Set links on the whole media or cover area!
  • LightBox will now always show the original image, even if thumbnail sizes are choosen as source under “set image source type”
  • Custom Metas are correctly replaced now with values set in posts
  • Cobbles will now show the right ratios in frontend

Version 1.0.2 (25th April 2014)

  • “Set Image Source Type” now lists also custom created image thumbnail sizes
  • Drag & Drop fix in Item Skin Editor for Elements with force !important
  • Font Family Fix with missing stripslashes, resulting in Font Family like \”Open Sans\”
  • Element order fix in Item Skin Editor if mor then ten Elements existed in the same dropzone
  • Shadow not saving correctly in Item Skin Editor fixed
  • Fix for some installations where the WordPress Media Libary could not be opened within our plugin
  • Small adjustment in grids on Custom Grid selected with Custom Metas where the grid could break
  • Small adjustment in Grid Create Editor that categories are not empty on first visit
  • Updated link to online documentation

Version 1.0.1 (23th April 2014)

  • Added settings in cobbles for Posts/Entries to be up to three entries in width and height
  • Added multiple selection of images in custom grid
  • Grid preview will now be refreshed in Custom Grid after changing settings of an Entry
  • Fixed a behavior where creating a new grid may break the preview

Welcome to a quick presentation of ThemePunch’s latest product „Essential Grid“

„Essential Grid“ is an all-purpose grid building solution for WordPress that allows you to display different kinds of content in a highly customizable grid. Possible applications range from portfolios, blogs, galleries, services, product sliders, testimonials and anything else you can imagine. With it’s various supported media types like images, youtube & vimeo videos, html5 self- hosted videos and even iframe content, „Essential Grid“ will breathe life into your WordPress site!

Getting started with Essential Grid is incredibly easy!

Lets take a look at the fastest way to create a grid: First you have to decide which source you would like to use for your grid entries. Your grid can consist of WordPress blog posts, custom posts, WooCommerce products or a regular image gallery. You may also fine tune your selection by specifiying categories or tags. Then, customize the grid to your liking by selecting a boxed, full-width or fullscreen layout, adjusting the displayed number of columns and rows and setting item spacings. Navigation can easily be added to your grid using our drag & drop system. In the next step, you can select one of over 25 skins included with the plugin to determine the look of individual grid items. Your finished grid can be added to any area of your wordpress site using a simple shortcode. Yes, it’s that easy!

But thats not all!

„Essential Grid“ also comes with a full-blown, visual skin editor which allows you create any number of additional skins! You can build skins either from scratch or based upon one of our included skins. With the skin editor you can style elements in a „what you see is what you get“ environment. It’s even possible to add various animations to any element and take a look at the results right away! Amongst the more advanced features of „Essential Grid“ is the ability to generate custom metas. A custom meta is essentially another option added to a WordPress post, containing for example, an additional text or image. In that way, you will not be limited to the standard content of a post! One revolutionary aspect of „Essential Grid“ is a feature we call „Custom Post Based Skin Modifications“. With this neat little trick you can add special rules to change a skin elements style for specific posts only. An example for this would be highlighting a certain post in your grid by giving it a colored border. Our goal at ThemePunch is to create products with unparalleled customization possibilities and great usability at the same time. „Essential Grid“ makes no exception and we put a lot of thought into how to to make it accessible for beginners and still offer all the bells and whistles for the experts! The result is a plugin that allows the user to produce very quick results, yet at the same time is not limiting the ability to customize every aspect of the grid. If you want to grasp the full potential of „Essential Grid“ make sure to check out all the examples on our demo page. As always, if you have any questions concerning our products, don’t hesitate to contact ThemePunch via Email, Facebook or Twitter!