GutenBee 2.8.0 is now live! Our popular free custom blocks plugin has been updated with a brand new block, the banner block and new functionality on existing blocks. Let’s take a closer look.
The WordPress block editor, or “Gutenberg” as it’s widely known, was introduced in version 5.0 and despite the initial negative reception, it has both grown as a project seeing rapid improvements between WordPress major releases, but also has started gaining some traction and much needed acceptance in the WordPress community.
The new editor’s main goal was to improve the content creation experience on WordPress sites by making it more flexible and more intuitive to use. Each piece of content is a block, hence it’s name “block editor”, which can be easily manipulated and moved around to help the user achieve the desired flow in their content.
WordPress offers all the basic blocks you might need to start writing all your posts, but this did not stop third party developers from extending the functionality of the existing core blocks and creating entirely new ones which offer features not yet available in core blocks. There are many major plugins which offer custom blocks which complement their product by making it easier to use with the block editor, WooCommerce is one of them, it comes with built in blocks to display product grids, featured and on-sale products, a cart and many more.
Apart from product enhancing blocks, there are many plugins in which the blocks are the products. Developers create collections of blocks which add new functionality to the block editor, such as maps, testimonials, ratings, tabs, food menus and more.
Tables might be out of date when it comes to website creation but they are the ideal tool to present tabular data with. Creating a table in WordPress was quite hard because the user needed to write the markup manually so the need arose for plugins which could do that more intuitively, the most popular among them being TablePress. However with the block editor the tables have turned and there is now a core block which can be used to easily and quickly create a table and add it to the content.
Instagram is all the rage these days and has become a must-have social network when it comes to promoting your work and products, especially to a younger audience. It is imperative to make your feed as accessible as possible. One way to increase your followers is to have your feed visible on your website, this way visitors can instantly check it out and follow you for news and updates on your products and services. To help us display our feed we will be using Smash Baloon’s Social Photo Feed plugin.
Galleries are an easy way to give some color to your content, make it easier on the eyes and more appealing to the reader. They are also a great tool to help you promote your products and services in advertorials or reviews. With the continuous evolution and increasing popularity of the WordPress block editor most popular gallery management plugins offer custom blocks to let you embed your galleries in the post content. Envira Gallery is one of them, let’s take a quick look at the functionality it offers.
One of the cornerstone pages for any WordPress site is the contact page because it allows your visitors to interact with you directly. Whether it is an inquiry about a product or service you sell, a business proposal, or even a simple thank your from a satisfied customer, the contact page is the gateway to you. A contact page can be slim and elegant including only the contact form, or it can be more informative by offering a map with the location of your business, telephone numbers, addresses and more. In this article we will create a contact form page using the WPForms Lite plugin which offers a custom block to help us embed forms easily using the block editor.