6 WordPress.com Blocks to Add to Your Posts

Blocks are a new addition to the WordPress.com ecosystem. They present a great way to create content that’s engaging and visually appealing versus your run-of-the-mill blog post.

Learn more about what WordPress.com blocks are and why you should look into using them.

What are WordPress.com blocks?

Blocks are a new way in which WordPress.com allows you to work on your blog content. Here’s what that means:

We used to create blog posts and pages in WordPress.com by typing our content into one large editor field like this one:

Classic editor

WordPress.com has replaced that single editor field with a new editor that’s made out of individual blocks. Each block is meant to take care of a single element of content such as a paragraph of text, a heading, an image, a quote, a gallery, etc.

This is what a block looks like (this particular one is the paragraph block):

WordPress.com block

Why use blocks?

WordPress.com blocks give you a lot more freedom compared to the classic editor. The key to their strength is that they can be customized individually, unlike the classic editor.

The top 6 blocks to use

Here are six blocks you can use. To add a block, click on the “+” icon at the top left corner when you’re creating a post:

Add block

1. Image

The image block sounds basic, but it offers a handful of useful customizations.

First off, you can select the width of the image in relation to the width of the page. The most interesting two settings are “wide width” and “full width.” Using the latter will give you the following effect:

Image block example

2. Cover

The cover block is an awesome element to include at the beginning of a blog post.

As the name suggests, it acts as the cover image for the post. The block consists of two elements: image and text. When put together, the effect is appealing:

Cover block example

3. File

The file block is a great way to make downloads available and showcase them in an attractive manner.

Once you add a new file block, you’ll get to display a distinct download button.

File block example

4. Video

Videos are the most popular type of content on the internet. The video block is perfect if you want to add a video to a blog post and put some extra focus on it. It allows you to either upload a video file or fetch a video from the web.

Additionally, you can set the width and the alignment of the video. The most interesting setting here is “wide width.”

Video block example

5. Heading

A heading is the most fundamental tool you can use to structure your blog posts. For instance, in this very blog post, each suggested WordPress.com block is under its own heading. This makes reading through the list easier.

In the settings of the block, you can set the heading level, as well as the alignment.

Heading block example

6. Quote

With the quote block, you can highlight inspirational phrases, excerpt pieces of text, display reviews or testimonials, and so on.

The block allows you to type in the quote and add a citation. The text within this block is distinctly called out (versus the text in a standard paragraph block).

Quote block example

There’s more

There are many more blocks available on WordPress.com — discover them today.

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