How to find the basics of WordPress Custom Portfolio Functionality

I'm looking for some help in determining the basic building blocks of a very common type of custom portfolio I've been seeing in many WordPress themes lately. Namely, it's an animation of the portfolio items when the "category" is selected.

To see what I mean, have a look at two themes that have this:

This functionality is so similar between the two, that I have to believe that there is some common core of code that runs them both, but I can't seem to find it!

Does anyone have any insight into what runs these both? Or how this feature could be replicated?

Thanks so much for your help.



There are a couple jQuery plug-ins for that. The most common on is Masonry. But there is also one I like better (because is much more lighter and fitted my basic needs) called Wookmark (

First one is using Dave DeSandro's jquery Masonry and the second is using it's big brother Isotope with filters.

You can see all the documentation for it at

I'd recommend just buying isotope, it's a great bit of work and the documentation and examples make it easy to get to grips with. There are a few threads on Stackoverflow that the author has helped out with too.

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