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