Looking for the best Gutenberg Blocks Plugins for WordPress Block Editor? Block editor is the default editor for all WordPress installations now. It provides an innovative and seamless writing-editing experience for WordPress users. Block editor, also known as the codename Gutenberg Editor, landed in the WordPress core in WordPress 5.0 — a move that was not welcomed by a majority of WordPress users. It was raw and full of bugs. But with time it has grown to be a better classic editor replacement and doesn’t matter if you like it or not, it is going to stay. Block editor is the future.
I have been using Gutenberg since day 1. It’s not that I loved it at first sight but my regular readers know how much I hated slow-loading page builders. Gutenberg was faster compared to Elementor and WP Bakery Page Builder and provided a native writing and designing experience. It took 1 or 2 months to totally master the interface and workflow. But once I got used to it — I started loving it.
WordPress Editor, Block Editor, New Editor, or Gutenberg — whatever you call it, it is all the same. And like any other thing in WordPress, it can be enhanced with WordPress plugins. I have tried and tested over 200 WordPress block plugins to date and only a few really impressed me.
In this article, I have collected some WordPress Block plugins that I use and love. This list is unlike any other lists you have read on the web, so sit tight. :) Most importantly all plugins in the list are free, bloat-free and (to some extent) innovative. So yay!
Best Gutenberg Blocks Plugins for WordPress
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GenerateBlocks is my pick of the best Gutenberg plugin for 2022. This is a need-based no-bloat magic that can help you create almost any layout you want to. GenerateBlocks come with just four blocks but don’t get carried away by this number.
With these four blocks combined with core blocks, you can achieve everything you need in a page builder. GenerateBlocks is created by Tom Usborne, the same brilliant mind that created GeneratePress. So, it’s obvious that GenerateBlocks follows the same lightweight & SEO-first approach. It is fast, cutting-edge and user-friendly.
GenerateBlocks also comes with a premium version called GenerateBlocks Pro (just $39) which offers no extra blocks but plenty of design-boost-ups.
Here are the 9 features that GenerateBlocks Pro adds:
- Template Library
- Global Styles
- CSS Effects
- Advanced Backgrounds
- Beautiful Card Like Container Links
- Asset Library
- Copy+Paste Styles
- Device Visibility
- Custom Attributes
GenerateBlocks Pro comes with 183 premade templates to use from. New templates are being added regularly as I write. You can also create your own local templates and use those as many times as you want.
Here are my local templates that use here and there, all made with GenerateBlock Pro:
Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg
One of the fastest block plugins — Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg (UAGB) is from Brainstorm Force, the team behind the Astra WordPress theme. There are many reasons to love this completely free WordPress plugin. It adds 25+ fresh new blocks to the editor — out of which you will find the use of at least a dozen in every other post. Plus you can disable the blocks you don’t want to use. On top of that UAGB loads scripts and stylesheets on demand — making it totally bloat-free.
While Advanced Columns Block, Section Block, and other similar blocks don’t find much use in Block Editor due to improvements in core columns block — shape dividers and per block customizations can take your writing and designing experience to a whole new level.
Here are the most useful blocks from UAGB that you will love:
- Review Schema
- Taxonomy List
- How-to Schema
- FAQ Schema
- Call To Action
- Icon List
- Info Box
- Marketing Button
- Price List
- Table Of Contents
Ultimate Blocks by Imtiyaz Rayhan & team is a free-to-use and high-quality Block plugin with over 18 feature-packed Gutenberg blocks, including some really unique ones. Like UAGB, Ultimate Blocks offers schema-ready FAQ & Review blocks too. In addition to these two, it offers a Content Filter block — a block unique only to this plugin.
Other blocks offered by Ultimate Blocks include Countdown Timer, Testimonial, Table of Contents, Social Share buttons, and Improved Button block. It also has its own block manager plugin which allows you to enable or disable blocks from the plugin. Thus, you can use it to keep things tidy and manageable.
CoBlocks was the first ever Block plugin that I ever installed. Originally developed by Rich Tabor of ThemeBeans — this plugin is now owned and maintained by a team at GoDaddy led by Rich. So, the name behind the plugin may have changed but the essence is still the same. Out of all the plugins, only Coblocks offers the best set of blocks for any purpose. The blocks are not just well made but also are targeted for specific page building needs.
The unique blocks and features offered by CoBlocks are:
- Typography control panel
- Services Block
- Author Block
- Hero Block
- Pricing Table
- Alert and Notice Blocks
- Logos and Badges
- Food and Drinks
- Post Carousel
You can also split things up using its Shape Divider and Dynamic blocks.
Ghostkit by _nK was once my favorite and still amongst the best Block plugins in the market. Ghost Kit offers a large number of Gutenberg Blocks, Page/Post Templates, and Editor tweaks.
It has a set of unique blocks that rarely any other plugin offers, including:
- Progress Block
- Shape Divider Block
- Icon Box Block
- Number Box Block
- Image Compare Block
- Twitter Block
- Contact Form Block
- GitHub Gist Block
- Changelog Block
- Markdown Block
- Widgetized Area Block
In addition to these, it extends default editor to provide numbered heading, numbered lists and badges to help you create better content. The plugin is free to use with an optional Ghostkit Pro upgrade available with more features.
Ghostkit also offers ways to not only disable unused blocks from Ghostkit but from other plugins as well. You can use this option to get a faster backend and frontend and remove unwanted distractions from the editor.
Previously known as Advanced Gutenberg, PublishPress Blocks is a completely free-to-use WordPress block plugin that you can use to add various new designs and blocks to your posts and pages. Like Ghostkit, you can use it to enable or disable blocks from being displayed in the editor, including the blocks from other block plugins.
PublishPress blocks offers 23 blocks including these special ones:
- List block
- Table block
- Count Up block
- Info Box block
- Login / Register Form block
- Newsletter block
- Recent Posts block
- Social Links block
- Summary block
- WooCommerce block
PublishPress Blocks also allows you to enable or disable certain blocks for different user roles. Plus you create custom, reusable CSS styles and save them to make those available to end-users. You can use these reusable styles to instantly apply preformatted styling to blocks.
A little history
WPEngine bought StudioPress, the company behind the amazing Genesis themes & plugins. Then they bought ArrayThemes — one of the best premium theme makers on the planet led by Mike McAllister. ArrayThemes had all the vision for the future and they had built AtomicBlocks WordPress themes and Plugins. After the acquisition, ArrayThemes became a part of WPEngine and they started focusing on Genesis products. A year after the acquisition, they relaunched the AtomicBlocks plugin as Genesis Blocks. AtomicBlocks still exists and has over 100000 downloads.
Genesis Blocks is a totally rewritten version of AtomicBlocks and is compatible with not only Genesis but with any WordPress theme. It provides some handy blocks like Author Profile, Newsletter, Pricing Table; some editor tweaks; AMP support — but other than that it hasn’t seen much development in the free version. Even the premade layouts are almost the same as those were 2 years ago.
Genesis Pro, which includes Genesis Blocks Pro, Custom Blocks, Genesis Framework + Genesis Child themes, on the other hand, has an n-number of added features and templates. If I had to choose only one premium Block plugin, I’d choose Genesis Pro. But the free version doesn’t make the cut.
Otter by ThemeIsle
Otter is one more plugin that I wanted to be in the top 5 but the lack of uniqueness of blocks came in the way. This WordPress block plugin from ThemeIsle (developers of popular WordPress themes Neve, Hestia etc.) offers a set of over 15 blocks. All these blocks are very well made and the plugin itself extends Block Editor the way I expected. The only issue was the collection of blocks. Besides the plugin card block, every other block was covered some way or another by at least one of the top 5 Block editor plugins.
Other useful WordPress Block Plugins
Stackable is one of the most popular Gutenberg block plugins available today. It comes with a generous range of new features, templates, and blocks, including over 27 new blocks, 58 block layouts, and 72 pre-set design sections. It also has other general features like detailed typography options and a number of shape and blob dividers for every block. Important content blocks provided by Stackable include Counter, Feature Grid, Pricing Table, Posts, Team Members, and Testimonial. All these blocks stand above their rivals by virtue of their highly detailed settings.
With the help of pre-set design sections and block layouts, you can switch up designs as well. Stackable is compatible with every WordPress theme available, although it comes with its own official theme as well. It features more than 127 premium layouts, 251 pre-set section designs, and three-layer separators. You can access the free plugin at WordPress.org. It also features a premium version for $49 per year for use on a single site, and $149 per year for using on unlimited sites.
Kadence Blocks is an excellent WordPress block plugin which notably gives priority to offering highly flexible core blocks over a large selection of new content blocks. Although it only gives you a little over 12 free new blocks, most of them are core blocks which you will be using in nearly all designs. The Row Layout is a particularly flexible block that allows you to put up highly flexible multiple-column designs, in which you can accommodate other blocks. This block also features remarkably responsive controls for managing your columns’ layout on desktop, mobile, and tablet. It features a pre-built content library to help you import designs with speed and convenience.
Apart from this, you will also be able to manage core elements better with the help of the Advanced Button and Advanced Heading blocks. You will also get access to other blocks like Accordion, Form, Tabs, and Testimonials. For the best results, you can use this plugin’s exceptionally flexible blocks as basic building blocks in conjecture with more flexible content blocks from other plugins. You can avail Kadence Blocks’ Pro version for $59 to access premium blocks like Split Content, Video Popup, Product Carousel, and much more.
VK Blocks by Vektor Inc offers some really neat blocks including FAQ, Balloon, Flow, PR Blocks, PR Content, Border box and Page Content Blocks.
Their set of gutenberg blocks are quite unique and worth trying out.
Qubely is a popular Gutenberg block plugin from Themeum, the team behind the Tutor LMS WordPress learning management system plugin. It features a vast number of new blocks, along with over 150 pre-built templates and sections which you can import and edit as required. Qubely has both a free version (available at WordPress.org), and a pro version for $39 per year for use on a single site, and $99 per year for use on unlimited sites.
The free version offers more than 27 layout and content blocks, such as Button Groups, Team Members, Pricing Tables, Testimonials, Video Popup, and Post Grid to display your recent blog posts. The pro version includes over 12 premium content blocks like Countdown Timers, Form Builder, an advanced Post Grid, and Image, Team, and Testimonial Carousels. It also features more than 27 starter packs and 160 section templates. The starter packs are essentially collections of full-page templates for the important pages in different niches like “photographer”, “dietician”, and much more.
Getwid is a free and extensive set of more than 40 WordPress blocks from MotoPress – the team which gave us the MotoPress Content Editor page builder plugin. It also features over 35 importable templates which have been built using the aforementioned blocks. These blocks include Content Timeline, Mailchimp Opt-in, Sliders, Banner, Image Hotspot, Contact Form, and various options to display your most recent posts. Getwid can be readily accessed for free at WordPress.org.
Best WordPress Plugins to Extend WordPress Editor
Sometimes you may need to add a feature or two to your editor, these plugins can help you do so:
- JVM Gutenberg Rich Text Icons by Joris van Montfort: Add inline icons to rich text fields like: paragraphs, headings, lists or buttons anywhere in the Gutenberg block editor.
- WordPress.com Editing Toolkit by Automattic: Originally made for WordPress.com Business and higher websites, WP.com Editing toolkit extends WordPress editor to a greater extent.
- Layout Grid Block: Block editor has only a set of 1 to 4 columns with fixed set of widths in the columns block. But if you want to have a detailed css-grid with more than 3 or 4 columns at varying widths, this is the plugin you should install. It adds a container block which you can use to add up to 12 columns of varying sizes.
WordPress Plugins that offer Ready to Use Gutenberg Layouts
- Starter Templates by Brainstorm force
- Ghostkit by nK
- Genesis Blocks & Atomic Blocks
- Redux – Gutenberg Blocks Library & Framework
Above all, if you don’t like this new block based editor and want to have the traditional approach, you can use the Classic Editor plugin to restore the classic wordpress plugin. Both classic and block editors can be extended by Advanced Editor Tools (also known as TinyMCE).
This was it from me in the list of the best Block Editor plugins for WordPress. If you have a plugin recommendation, feel free to comment.