Lots of excitement these days around the release of WordPress 5.0 and with it, the release of Gutenberg. If you’re not already familiar with the subject, Gutenberg is a new editor that will ship as default from this point on. Considering how we know things can be extended in WordPress, it was only natural that this new editor will allow itself to be extended through some Gutenberg plugins.
As opposed to what we were used to up until this point, this new publishing experience features a blocks system. In plain terms, each element you add in your post will be a block – so paragraphs, images, galleries, all of them will be individual blocks.
Lots of theme and plugin developers have already taken steps into ensuring their products are compatible with this new release. Some have even opted to extend this new editor with plugins that provide task specific blocks. Some even released collections of blocks as plugins. I’m sure more such plugins will appear as time passes. Meanwhile, I’m going to list some of the best WordPress Gutenberg plugins currently available.
I usually like plugins or themes that solve a specific problem, rather than trying to be multipurpose. In this case, the plugin in question tackles the gallery problem and solves with through three types of layouts.
I have installed Block Gallery to see what it’s capable of and, I must say, I’m pleased with it. The possible layouts are Carousel, Stacked and Masonry and you can switch from one to the other without losing your gallery.
There are quite a few options available and they’re layout specific – each of the layouts has its own set and will only become available when you switch to that layout. One cool option is the filter. With it you can add various effects to all of your images. I just hope it gets expanded with more options as currently there are only a few.
Download your copy from here.
This is one of the most popular WordPress Gutenberg plugins you can find at this time. For good reason I would say, as it packs some useful blocks. Once you install the plugin you are greeted with a custom page that shows some useful info, like the currently available blocks and some helpful documentation.
What I would like to see from this sort of plugin is the ability to deactivate the blocks I don’t need rather than having all of them activated. Unfortunately, this does not seem possible at this point.
You cand find this plugin here.
This plugin bring a collection consisting of quite a few blocks, including here maps, testimonials, tabs, counter and many more. At the moment of writing, it can brag with a flawless 5-star review.
What’s important to note and great for users is that the developer of this plugin seems pretty responsive in offering support.
One interesting feature I have found while playing around with this plugin is that you get to configure the defaults from the settings. This means that each time you add a block it will be pre-configured with your choices in terms of styling.
This plugin is available for free on the plugin repository.
As far as Gutenberg plugins currently go, Stackable is probably the closest one to a proper set of page building tools. I’m talking about blocks to build an actual landing page or company homepage. That’s pretty cool!
You’ll currently find an impressive number of 24 blocks, ranging from video pop-ups to call to actions and image boxes. What’s cool about these blocks is that their default designs are well executed too, so it should be fairly easy for you to achieve a nice looking website.
I guess installing this plugins is highly dependent on the task I’m trying to achieve. I would avoid it if my goal was just to enhance the post publishing experience, simply because I would not need most of the blocks. But I would definitely use it for complex, business related pages that would require me to display a team, some services etc.
Download for free from the plugin repository.
With Bokez, a product from Delabon Plugins, you get a collection of 14 custom Gutenberg blocks. As time passes and Gutenberg matures, I can only assume this collection will expand to include more useful blocks.
The elements included in this plugin have a pleasing design. I especially like how the Pricing Table block looks. Although not as abundant in blocks as the previous plugin I covered, you can still manage to create a decent business homepage with Bokez.
Find more info about this plugin here.
Somehow, Coblocks gives me the feeling that it’s a plugin that is only going to grow in the coming months. It seems to do a fine job in empowering people to achieve a content-rich publishing experience. You won’t find an impressive amount of blocks available in the plugin currently but you’ll be happy to know that some very important ones are present, like Click to tweet, social sharing and Author.
I’ve read that the author promises to add more blocks in an effort to offer a complete set of tools for your content creation experience. So if you are, or will be an user of Coblocks, some exciting times are coming.
Get yourself a copy here.
Elementor Blocks for Gutenberg
This plugin is very different from the WordPress Gutenberg plugins presented so far. What it does is it adds a block called Elementor Library in your Common Blocks list. This block basically lets you add an Elementor template inside Gutenberg. It’s also easy to enter the template editing experience right from your editor. If you’re already using Elementor, this could be a plugin you should take into consideration.
Download this Elementor extension from here.
Block options for Gutenberg Editor
If nothing similar comes along with a better marketing scheme, I’m pretty sure this plugin will be highly popular as people start making the switch to the Gutenberg editing experience. It doesn’t offer many options at this point, but the ones it does are important in my opinion. Currently it lets you alter the block visibility on a block-by-block basis, meaning that you can hide/show blocks taking into account the device used, the logged-in state or by adding some conditionals. I definitely hope they expand it with more similar options, as this is going to be one of the most useful Gutenberg plugins for WordPress.
Extend Gutenberg by downloading this plugin.
Gutenberg Block For Google Maps Embed By Pantheon
Just your regular simple Google Maps block here. You register for an API key with Google and then you can start displaying a map. You’re presented with some options to configure the most important map aspects, like the zoom level and aspect ratio.
Get this map block here.
That’s where we wrap up this collection of WordPress Gutenberg plugins. I hope you’ll be able to find one that can help you create an awesome website. If you know of a great plugin that’s not covered here and you think the world should also know about it, feel free to write in the comments.