Over the last 18 months, we have used and tested quite a few plugins providing Blocks beyond the default blocks of Gutenberg or add-ons to the workings of the block editor. Then I started making a list and it became a major undertaking! I was not able to test all plugins mentioned here. So use at your own risk.
We found plugins in the following categories:
- 28 Plugins with Block Collections
- 25 Single Purpose Blocks Plugins
- 5 eCommerce Plugins
- 5 Plugins providing Blocks linked to 3rd Party Services
- 5 Plugins with Layout & Page Designs
- 15 Plugins with Tools for Blocks
This list of Block editor plugins is not complete, but we are aiming for it. This is a very fast moving target, and I appreciate your help:
If you built or found a plugin that should be on this list, fill out the form on this page and we will add it during our next round of updates. We are exploring building a richer interface for our #280Blocks database. For now this list is it.
Here are the Quick Links to the various plugins sections of this list.
All-in-one or one block at a time?
There are multiple reasons why a plugin developer would opt for a block collection rather then single purpose block plugins. Two stand-out: One is to make a companion plugin to a Theme, the other is development speed and maintainability. Once a developer starts creating blocks, doing it within the same plugin saves time creating and maintaining the underlying architecture, and she only has to upload one new upate. Having it all in one block also simplifies promotion and support.
For the site-owner it’s not that clear cut, though. You might want to use four blocks from one set, and just one from the other set, and the rest will popuplate the block inserter view.
The block editor has this nice feature to narrow down the creators choice with the last used or often used blocks to be displayed first, and the powerful slash command that helps with the selection of blocks. Some people might get distracted by the vast amount of choices, once you installed two or more block collections. Some of the plugins provide you with a enable/disable feature so you can switch off the blocks you don’t need, and there is are also two plugins available that do this on a site wide basis rather then just for a the blocks of a particular plugin.
Single Purpose Blocks do one thing and only one thing, and do it well. My favorite is the Guidepost by Nick Hamze and the 360 Image by Kevin Bazira. Another reason is to provide a integration path for 3rd party services, like embedding Gumroad digital products, or connect with Mailchimp.
Contributors are discussing who they can make a block manager a built-in feature for WordPress Core. If you are interested you can follow along here.
The most intriguing idea for distributing Gutenberg blocks is Gutenberg Cloud, with a centralized place for blocks and the content creator can select just the blocks they need for a particular site. Gutenberg Cloud was created by Drupal Community members, and aims to o keep blocks CMS agnostic.
28 Block Suites – Collections for your WordPress Site
Block Suites provide you with a set of various blocks for your posts and pages. They are all bundled into a single plugin. You can have more than one collection installed. As always, make sure you test them for plugin conflict with existing plugins. For your post you can mix and mash blocks for different plugins. It’s actually quite cool.
Advanced Gutenberg Blocks
Editor Blocks for Gutenberg
Ninja Gutenberg Blocks
OtFm Gutenberg Spoiler
Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg
WP Munich Blocks
25 Single Purpose Blocks Plugins
Single Purpose Blocks do one thing only, but that very well. Some are very specific in their focus, and some extend existing blocks with much more settings and configurations.
Block Gallery – Photo Gallery Gutenberg Blocks
Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode
Events Calendar Shortcode & Block
Gosign – Masonry Post Block
Logo Carousel block
Meow Gallery Block
Organic Profile Block
Photo & Video Gallery Block
Pricing Table Block
Recipe Card Blocks
Simple Code Block
Social Share Buttons
WordPress Download Manager
Video and Image Slider
5 Block Plugins for eCommerce
In this eCommerce category, we list block that provide product blocks for both, eCommerce plugins as well as 3rd Party services.
Easy Digital Downloads
5 Blocks for 3rd Party Services
Google Maps Gutenberg Block
Google Fonts for WordPress
Kona – Instagram Feed
5 Layout and Page Design Plugins
Gutenberg Design Library
15 Tools for the Block Editor
Advanced Rich Text Tools
Archive Mapping and Post Selector Gutenberg Block
Disable Gutenberg Blocks
JSON Content Importer
Lazy Blocks – Gutenberg Blocks Constructor
How we selected plugins for this list?
As a member of the Global Community Team and part of the organizer Team of WordCamp US, I subscribe to the four freedoms of WordPress and only list plugins that are 100% compatible with the WordPress GPL license.
This first edition also only lists plugins available in the repository, as they are easily downloaded and added to your site. Developers also went through the effort to have their plugin reviewed by the guardians of the ecosystem, the Plugin Review Team.
Some plugins we mention in our Update posts are only available on GitHub are mostly shared with fellow developers to show use cases, explore various ways for a problem solutions, or as examples to shorted the start-up ramp for new developers. Some are so specific and geared towards one custom solution, that it won’t make sense to make them available for a larger groups of site owners, but can provide some additional models for other developers. As soon they make it into the plugins respository, we will list them here, too.
What to do when you run into trouble?
If you at anytime in exploring any plugin you run into trouble, please use the Health Check and Troubleshooting plugin to narrow down the cause and then use the Support Forums associated with the particular plugin to get support and report a bug to the developers. They will be more than happy to help you out and appreciate any feedback.
- Mar 15: Added EmbedPress, BlockContext
- Mar 10: added Block Options
- Mar 9: added Accordion Block, Pop-Up Block
- Mar 8: added Events Calendar Shortcode & Block
- also Mar 7: Ultimate Blocks, Grid blocks, Container Block
- March 7, 2019: Initial list with 75 plugins.