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Layout Engine


Layout Engine simplifies the process of features rich theme building using LessCSS, provides new ways to define default layout and possiblity to override layout by end users using simple drag and drop interface.

Try the Demo

If you’re interested in seeing what Layout Engine has to offer, try out the Test Drive!.

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More Information

Visit the Layout Engine website for more information.


  • Drag and drop – Drag and drop any element of wordpress.
  • Unlimited sidebars – Define as many sidebars as you want, remove, re-order or edit them.
  • Simplified widget administration – Provide one click access to WP Widget administration, delete, replace or define new widget settings or pick any widget at certain position.


You can download and install Layout Engine using the built in WordPress plugin installer. If you download manually, make sure it is uploaded to “/wp-content/plugins/layout-engine/”.

Activate Layout Engine in the “Plugins” admin panel using the “Activate” link.


Can I use my existing WordPress theme?

Of course! Layout engine requires very minimum effort to add features offered by plugin.
Please consider downloading getting started theme to understand how easily you can convert twenty eleven into layout engine twenty eleven theme.

Where can I get support?

You can ask your question on wordpress support forum or alternatively tweet us.

Where can I report a bug?

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Contributors & Developers

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  • Added custom theme repository support to allow users to download Layout Engine based themes.
  • Fixed Settings API textarea fields lesscss_admin.php
  • Removed unnecessary screenshots and .github directories in vendors/LessCSS folder to minimize the plugin sinze.