Gutenberg, the new WordPress page editor, will be released in WordPress v5.0 in the very near future. It forever changes the way you’ll create content for your web site as the TinyMCE (now called “The Classic Editor”) slips into history.
Gutenberg is a block editing system. It’s something you may have seen with CMS (Content Management Systems) like WIX, MailChimp, and others. Each element, such as a paragraph, heading and sub head, media, and other content types are created by inserting a block into a page or post.
What you’ll see is that there’s a finite number of blocks. By default, WordPress packs about 40 blocks into the Gutenberg editor. Many of these are repetitive or at least seem so. Many of these Gutenblocks you’ll probably never use.
But Here’s The Problem
No doubt you’ll want to use blocks that don’t come with Gutenberg. Blocks that add Calls To Action, Testimonials, Pricing Tables, Accordions, and so many other content types which are not part of Gutenberg.
What are you going to do?
Enter Gutenberg Plugins
It’s very early in the evolution of third party Gutenblocks made by developers. Here are a few that show great promise.
Since many of these are in their infancy they’re sort of beta-ish. This means you’ll need to try them out before using any of them on your live site.
Gutenberg Cloud Block
This one is my favorite because it works like a platform by which many developers can add blocks to a common library that we users can access.
At last look there were only about 10 blocks but many more are on the way.
The way this works is so WordPress-y. Just install the Cloud Blocks and you’ll see it works just like adding themes and plugins to your site.
Much more is in my article The Future Of Gutenberg? It’s In The Cloud.” My video, which is not to be missed (unless you don’t scroll down), explains it all.
Atomic Blocks – Gutenberg Blocks Collection
This one’s actually been around for a very long time – if you consider one year a very long time. It boasts 4,000 active installs which is a lot for this plugin genre.
Here are the blocks you get with the current versions of this plugin.
- Post Grid Block – Block Demo
- Container Block – Block Demo
- Testimonial Block – Block Demo
- Inline Notice Block – Block Demo
- Accordion Block – Block Demo
- Share Icons Block – Block Demo
- Call-To-Action Block – Block Demo
- Customizable Button Block – Block Demo
- Spacer & Divider Block – Block Demo
- Author Profile Block – Block Demo
- Drop Cap Block – Block Demo
You can be sure more are on the way.
Get “Atomic Blocks – Gutenberg Blocks Collection” in the WordPress plugins repository.
Stackable Gutenberg Blocks
This is similar to what Atomic Blocks does but it offers a different set of Gutenblocks.
Here are demos of the types of blocks currently available by the Stackable plugin:
- Container Block – View Block
- Blog Posts Block – View Block
- Feature Grid Block — View Block
- Accordion Block – View Block
- Image Box Block — View Block
- Feature Block — View Block
- Icon List Block — View Block
- Call to Action Block — View Block
- Card Block — View Block
- Header Block — View Block
- Count Up Block — View Block
- Video Popup Block — View Block
- Pricing Box Block — View Block
- Testimonial Block — View Block
- Team Members Block — View Block
- Notification Block — View Block
- Number Box Block — View Block
- Expand / Show More Block — View Block
- Button Block — View Block
- Ghost Button Block — View Block
- Blockquote Block — View Block
- Pullquote Block — View Block
- Divider Block
- Spacer Block
Get the Stackable plugin.
Want To Roll Your Own? Check Out The Block Lab
This one is the most compelling to me. It offers the most flexibility as it gives you the ability to create a block that you might not be able to get with any plugin.
You need to do a little code work, but it’s hardly heavy lifting. Have a look at this video and you’ll see how it works.
Get the Block Lab plugin.
It’s A Whole New Ballgame
As the Gutenberg era begins there will be big winners and losers. The winners will be developers that see Gutenberg as a disrupter providing an opportunity to create plugins that will make Gutenberg a tool that customizes to our particular needs.
While this is a golden opportunity for plugin developers to create all sorts of Gutenblocks, not all of what they create will succeed. WordPress users, like you and I, will determine that.