Smart Lists

Everyone likes smart lists! We all love the short version of something that allows us to get to the point without wasting a lot of time on the way to the essential. Newspaper brings you beautiful new smart list templates designed to increase engagement on your website.


Here are the steps needed to create a smart list post using a Cloud post template

  • Step 1 – Create a New Post
  • Step 2 – Write your Smart List Content:
    • Title
    • Image
    • Description
  • Step 3 – Import or create a cloud post template, the template must contain a smart list shortcode. There are ready made cloud post templates created specifically for smart lists, but you can also create your own template and add the smart list shortcode in it.

It must be mentioned that the cloud post template intended for a smart list post, should not contain the single post content shortcode.

  • Step 4 – Configure and style the smartlist element as you want using the available settings, select the heading used when creating the smart list

  • Step 5 – All that remains is to apply the post template for the posts you want, and publish them.


Here are the steps needed to create a smart list post using a Default post template

  • Step 1 – Create a New Post
  • Step 2 – Write your Smart List Content:
    • Title
    • Image
    • Description

Note: The Smart List will use the title to generate the list. In our example, we are using Heading 3 for Titles and we need to choose the same size in the Smart List settings section from Title tags to be able to generate the list.

newspaper-smart-list-setup-oneYou can choose any size you want from Heading 1 to Heading 6.

  • Step 3 – Post Settings

For the post template we recommend using Style 5 or Style 12. These templates will not display the Featured Image in Single Post.

  • Step 4 –  Select Your Smart List Style


At the bottom of your post, you will see the Smart List settings.

  • Step 5 – Publish the Post.

The smart list styles for the default post templates can be seen here 

*The smart list styles for cloud post templates are different than the styles for the default post templates.

How to add content at the top of the smart list?

To add content at the top of the smart list you just have to place it before the first List title (heading) element.

How to add content at the bottom of the smart list?

At the end of the smart list content, you have to place the smart list end shortcode (check the image on the right). The shortcode can be found in the post editing area inside the “Shortcodes” tab.