Content Blocks Builder (CBB) is a tool that helps you create your own custom content blocks, variations, and patterns directly in the Block Editor without coding.
Unlike other page builders and block library plugins, CBB does not include a library of customized blocks or UI customizations. CBB uses core blocks and the native Block Editor and enhances them with custom layout blocks and style builder features.
With CBB, you don’t need a feature-rich theme, a massive block library or a meta-field framework with custom themes. You can build your site using a default block-based theme or even a blank theme directly in the Bock Editor without using a code editor.
- Create custom container blocks from any core or third-party blocks
- Create repeater blocks like ACF repeater fields that support grid, carousel, accordion, and vertical stack layout
- Create variations for any blocks
- Create patterns like writing a post
- There is a library of pre-built blocks, variations and patterns
- Create modal, off-canvas, toggle layouts
- Add carousel and responsive layout to the core Query Loop block
- Add advanced filters and sorting to the core Query Loop block
- Build responsive style for width, height, spacing, border, radius, vertical, justify alignment
- Build transform, box-shadow, visibility style
- Add image, and video background and overlay
- Add custom dataset attributes and CSS variables
- Load Google Fonts easily with a few clicks
- Import/export custom blocks, variations, and patterns from/to other sites
Why do we create this plugin and why will you need it?
The new WordPress with Gutenberg Editor is a powerful website builder, but it can be challenging for new users and traditional PHP developers to build sites with it. It also lacks some important features like responsive grid layouts, carousel layouts, accordion layouts, modal, off-canvas, toggle layouts, etc. This tool solves those problems.
Based on our experience in developing hundreds of client websites with the “classic” workflow using meta field frameworks and custom theme/plugin development, we created this plugin to help us transition to the new workflow with custom blocks, block-based themes, and full site editing.
This plugin will help you design your content directly on the Block Editor using custom layout blocks and style builder features. You don’t have to spend time with PHP/React/JS/CSS building custom blocks, custom themes, or plugins. Most of the tasks can be done just by using the default Editor. As a result, it will make the process of building websites simpler and more enjoyable.
Below is a video tutorial that demonstrates how you can use this plugin to design your site directly on the Editor:
How does it help?
Create custom layout
It allows you to group core or third-party blocks in custom layouts using its custom layout blocks. It includes five built-in layout blocks: Advanced Group, Grid, Carousel, Stack and Accordion. You also can easily create your custom blocks using those layouts.
We also provide a library of custom blocks for you to import into your site.
Please see the video tutorial to create a simple responsive grid layout:
Please see the video tutorial to create a banner slider:
Include responsive production-ready patterns
You don’t have to start your design from scratch. This plugin includes a library of responsive, production-ready, full-page design patterns for you to use or customize. Learn more about it from the “Design Library” section below.
Please see the video tutorial to use the pattern library:
Add style builder features to blocks
It provides a list of features to add style to custom blocks like responsive width, height, spacing, border, box-shadow, transform, alignments etc. And by wrapping around other blocks, you can add those features to other blocks as well.
Please see the video tutorial to create a grid or a carousel of posts using the core Query Loop block with additional features from this plugin:
Load external scripts and stylesheets (PRO)
You can enqueue external resources to custom blocks and add custom JS or CSS to build complex blocks without setting up a React project.
Please see some demo videos:
Create a custom block for the image zooming effect like Medium using an external script.
Create a custom variation/style for the core button block.
Where is the demo?
Please check out the Design Library of templates/patterns created only by this plugin and the TwentyTwentyTwo theme without any custom code.
Which theme should I use with this plugin?
How does it work with other blocks/plugins?
This plugin works with all third-party blocks but we recommend using single-block plugins for lightweight and performance. We also develop several single block plugins, that work great with this plugin, please see them in the below section.
The details of the main features
Responsive grid layout
This feature allows you to create a responsive grid layout just with a few clicks. Users with knowledge of CSS Grid can create a powerful grid and customize it to work best on all screens.
Please see the video tutorial to build a custom grid block without coding.
This feature is built on top of the most popular SwiperJS script. It supports almost all settings that allow you to create your complex custom carousels.
This feature helps you to create an accordion layout easily, you can put any blocks in each accordion item.
This feature helps you to create content that can be shown/hidden by clicking on a button/link or other elements. It’s useful to create some common layouts like modal, off-canvas, search bar toggle, or main menu bar toggle on mobile.
Patterns, variations management
This feature allows you to create/edit custom patterns and variations like writing posts on the default Editor, and you can import/export those from/to other sites.
This feature does a really simple job, it loads a font for headings text and another for the body text from more than 1000+ Google Fonts easily with a few clicks. If you are worried about GDPR compliance, there is an option to load fonts from Bunny Fonts instead of Google Fonts.
We have already included a library of block patterns for you to quickly use or customize to fit your design. There is a popup inserter in the block editor for you to find and insert patterns with a few clicks.
We’re still designing new patterns, more patterns/templates will be added weekly.
Browse the Design Library to see what the plugin can do for you.
Block and Variation library
Besides the pattern library, we have built an external library of content blocks and common block variations. All of the blocks/variations in this library have been created by CBB directly in the Block Editor. With a few clicks, you can easily import blocks or variations into your site. You use them directly or customize or learn from them.
Our goal is to make it easy for you to use CBB with this library.
Watch all tutorials on Youtube.
We’re still recording video tutorials, so please subscribe to our youtube channel to get a notification when new videos are released.
Learn more about CBB at contentblocksbuilder.com.
The professional version adds more ‘advanced’ features to your content such as:
- Custom CSS Editor
- Copy/Paste styles from one block to another across domains
- Support multiple edit styles
- Parallax and infinite scrolling effects for background image
- Advanced features for the carousel layout like entrance animations, customized pagination, navigation…
- Advanced features for the toggle content layout(modal, off-canvas) like custom entrance animations, delay time, and closed state saving.
- Advanced features for the sticky content. Allows only getting sticky when scrolling up
- Add custom JS, custom CSS and external scripts and stylesheets for blocks
- Add custom CSS for custom variations
- Reveal animation effects
Go premium to unlock advanced features with CBB Pro.
If this plugin is useful for you, please do a quick review and rate it on WordPress.org to help us spread the word. I would very much appreciate it.
Please check out my other plugins if you’re interested:
- Meta Field Block – A block to display a meta field, custom field as a block on the front end, supporting ACF fields. It can also be used in the Query Loop block.
- SVG Block – A block to insert inline SVG images easily and safely. It also bundles with more than 3000 icons and some common non-rectangular dividers.
- Icon separator – A tiny block just like the core/separator block but with the ability to add an icon to it.
- Breadcrumb Block – A simple breadcrumb trail block that supports JSON-LD structured data.
- Block Enhancements – A plugin to add more useful features to blocks like icons, box-shadow, transform…
- Counting Number Block – A block to display a number that has the number-counting effect.
- Better Youtube Embed Block – Embed Youtube videos without slowing down your site.
The plugin is developed using @wordpress/scripts.
How to install it from wordpress.org
Please see the video tutorial to install it from your site dashboard:
How to install it manually
- Upload the plugin files to the
/wp-content/plugins/content-blocks-builderdirectory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress
Why do you need this plugin?
To change the way of creating sites with WordPress from the legacy Classic Editor to the new Gutenberg Block Editor.
Who needs this plugin?
This plugin is made for developers or designers but anyone familiar with the Block Editor can use it.
Is there a built-in design library?
Yes, there is a library of production-ready block patterns.
Is this another block library?
No. It’s like a tool to create custom layouts for core or third-party blocks without coding. However, it provides five custom block types: Grid, Carousel, Stack, Accordion and Advanced group.
Besides the five above block types, we have built an external library of content blocks and common block variations. You can easily import and use them in the plugin.
Which themes does it support?
It is compatible with all block-based themes and some popular classic themes like Astra, but our recommended themes are default themes such as Twenty Twenty-Two, Twenty Twenty-Three, blockbase and Astra themes. If you find it doesn’t work with your theme, please let us know. We’ll work on it.
Contributors & Developers
“Content Blocks Builder” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
Interested in development?
Release Date – 16 September 2023
- DEV – Add the transformable setting to restrict only blocks that enable it to be able to transformable
- DEV – Add the hidden setting to hide blocks from the inserter
- DEV – Refactor creating blocks, variations, and patterns from the block toolbar menu
- DEV – Add a setting to disable the parallax effect on small screens
- FIX – Accordion style overrides child blocks
- FIX – The visibility tool panel does not open on the first load although it has a setting value
- FIX – Grid style (display:grid) conflicts with other blocks
Release Date – 11 September 2023
- DEV – Using dynamic style instead of inline CSS variables
- DEV – Add the ability to change the breakpoints for phone, tablet, and desktop via the settings page
- DEV – Update requires at least 6.2 for the new HTML API
- DEV – Minify custom CSS code
- DEV – Use the default SpacingSizesControl for responsive spacing settings
- DEV – Use the default BorderBoxControl for responsive border setting
- DEV – Add responsive block gap setting
- FIX – Toggle and accordion components did not transition
- DEV – Update Freemius 2.5.12