PublishPress Blocks Version 3.0 is Here

PublishPress Blocks is one of the most popular plugins we offer, with over 30,000 active users.

PublishPress Blocks has tools to help improve the Gutenberg editor. You'll find extra blocks, options to control who can use each block, and the ability to easily add CSS to each block.

We've just released version 3.0 of PublishPress Blocks. This update has a new interface that closely matches the other PublishPress plugins. This update also introduces the foundations of more key improvements in future releases, particularly around the “Block Controls” features.

I'll give you a quick guide to the changes you see when you install the new version of PublishPress Blocks.

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How to Disable the Gutenberg Block Editor

Disable Gutenberg Header

The Gutenberg editor provokes a lot of debate in the WordPress world. Some people love Gutenberg – we're in that camp and built the PublishPress Blocks plugin. Some people really don't like Gutenberg and prefer to stick with the editor they've used for years.

However, most WordPress users have more mixed feelings and prefer to switch back-and-forth depending on the project. We've had several questions from PublishPress customers who want to know how to disable Gutenberg in some situations, or for some users.

In this guide, we share several different ways you can disable Gutenberg. Each option has its own methods for switching between Gutenberg and the older, classic editor.

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Block Controls Are Now Available in PublishPress Blocks

Block Controls Header

The PublishPress Blocks plugin is growing in a new direction.

The latest release of PublishPress Blocks (version 2.14) introduces a feature called “Block Controls”. This will give you the ability to control who sees your blocks and when they display.

This first “Block Controls” setting allows you to schedule blocks to publish and unpublish. Every block can have a “Start showing” and “Stop showing” option.

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How to Show Gutenberg Blocks in Elementor

Show Gutenberg Block Elementor

Both the Gutenberg Editor and Elementor are excellent ways to build a WordPress website. We recently checked the numbers and found that these are the two fastest growing options for WordPress sites.

However, in most situations, you need to choose either Gutenberg or Elementor. The two systems are not very compatible with each other.

So we considered it a challenge this week when a PublishPress customer asked us if they could use the PublishPress Blocks plugin inside pages built with Elementor. After some research, we found that this is possible. I'm going to show you how to insert any Gutenberg block into Elementor layouts.

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How to Use Nested Blocks in the Gutenberg Editor

Nested Blocks

Nested blocks are a really useful feature in the Gutenberg editor. If you haven't used them yet, you almost certainly will when the new “Full-Site Editing” changes arrive in WordPress 5.8. At that point, you will be able to build complete webpages in Gutenberg and I guarantee you'll be using nested blocks.

Nested blocks makes it easy to create advanced layouts. This is because nested blocks are blocks inside other blocks. A simple example is a Column block with a text block inside. Another example is a pricing block with a “Buy Now” button block inside.

Some common uses of nested blocks are the default Columns, Cover, or Group blocks.

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User Permissions for Crocoblock JetEngine

Crocoblock Jetengine

JetEngine is a very ambitious project that attempts to do almost everything for a WordPress website.

JetEngine is available from Crocoblock.com and supports both Gutenberg and Elementor. Their products span everything from Gutenberg blocks and themes to creating post types and options pages. This image below is taken from their website and gives you some idea of all the different features they provide:

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How to Show Code in Gutenberg Blocks

Code In Blocks

The Gutenberg editor delivered a lot of cool improvements for WordPress users. One of these is that it's now much easier to add code your WordPress posts.

I'm going to show you two ways to add code in Gutenberg. The first option allows you to add whole blocks of code. The second option allows you to highlight code inside paragraphs.

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The List Block and the Advanced List Block

List Block

One of the things I love about WordPress is that the project has a clearly-stated philosophy. One of the principles is to design for 80% of users and leave plugins to fill in the more advanced features.

This is happening with the Gutenberg block editor. Many developers are adding extra features on top of the default blocks.

Inside the PublishPress Blocks plugin, the Advanced List block is based on the default List block in Gutenberg.

The Gutenberg team have done the hard work. We're standing on their shoulders.

If you want to show lists in WordPress, both the List block and the Advanced List block are a great choice.

The Advanced List Block has functionality that the extra 20% of WordPress users may find helpful. If you are a WordPress power user, you'll want to check out these features, especially the custom icons for list items.

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