For anyone familiar with the WordPress Gutenberg editor, the phrase “reusable blocks” may ring a bell. The ability to create and store custom block templates, for subsequent usage in other posts or pages, is a valuable feature made possible by reusable blocks. This is a great time-saver if you have a lot of unique content that you want to utilize in several places around your site, such buttons, CTAs, testimonials, etc., but use them regularly.
This tutorial will show you how to make changes to Gutenberg’s reusable blocks. Our discussion will also include tips for making, using, and organizing reusable building components.
Why Reusable Blocks are Useful?
The ability to store and reuse sections of code is a huge time saver when it comes to content development and management. Reusable building blocks allow you to avoid having to repeatedly create the same layout components for usage in other articles. If you have a lot of unique pieces of information, like price lists, signup forms, or FAQs, that you wish to recycle, this function is for you.
Another perk of using reusable building blocks is that it’s easier to keep your site’s style uniform. The more consistently your site’s design features are applied, the more professional and polished it will appear.
How to Create Reusable Blocks
To create a reusable block, you first need to create the block you want to reuse. Once you have designed the block to your liking, follow these simple steps:
- Choose the block you wish to convert into a reusable one.
- Click the menu symbol with three dots in the upper-right corner of the block.
- Select “Add to Reusable Blocks” from the list of options.
- Click “Save.” after providing a name for your reusable block. (See the “How to Manage Reusable Blocks Section” for more details regarding how to name the Reusable Blocks)
How to Use Reusable Blocks
Using reusable blocks is easy. To insert a reusable block into any post or page, follow these steps:
- Click on the “+” button to add a new block.
- Choose the “Reusable” tab.
- Select the reusable block you want to insert.
You may also modify reusable blocks by selecting “Edit as HTML” or “Edit visually” from the toolbar after clicking on the block. This will launch the block editor, in which you may modify the block as you would any other block.
How to Edit Reusable Blocks in Gutenberg
Now, let’s go through the editing steps in a little more detail. To edit a reusable block in Gutenberg, follow these steps:
- To modify a reusable block, select the block on the editor.
- Depending on how you choose to change the block, click the “Edit as HTML” or “Edit visually” option.
- Make any required modifications to the block.
- Click the “Update” button to save your modifications.
The modifications you make to a reusable block will be applied to all instances of the block on your site. This implies that if you update a reusable block, all articles and pages that utilize it will also be instantly updated.
Tips for Managing Reusable Blocks
Managing reusable blocks can be tricky if you have a lot of them. Here are some tips to help you manage them more effectively:
- Be specific when naming your reusable blocks. Doing so will allow you to find them whenever you may need them.
- Categorize or tag your reusable blocks for easier access. You will be able to navigate and find the right blocks more easily this way.
- Do away with any reusable building blocks that are no longer needed. This will help you maintain an organized block library and swiftly locate the blocks you need.
- Also, you must remember to create a backup for your reusable files by exporting them. By doing so, your blocks will be safe even if your site goes down.
WordPress’s reusable blocks are a strong tool that may ease the burden of content creation and management. It is much easier to produce high-quality content and keep your site’s aesthetic consistent if you have the option to build, reuse, and manage reusable blocks. Hopefully, you’ve found this post helpful in understanding how to modify reusable blocks in WordPress Gutenberg, and that you’ll give them a try on your own site.