Block Directory

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The Block Directory is a new way block editor users discover, test and install new blocks for their website. It is only available to content creators who also have the capabilities to install and activate plugins.

How to use the Block Directory 

  1. Type a keyword in the search field of the Inserter, like “team” or “staff”.

In the background, the system first searches the current site and if it doesn’t find a block, it also searches in the Block Directory, a special corner of the WordPress plugin repository, where single block plugins are available. If it finds blocks, they will be displayed in the inserter, including a preview section.

  1. Decide which block to use and click the button “Add Block.”

In the background the single-block plugin is installed and activated, and the user can continue creating the team page.

  1. If the first choice not work out, you can go back to the search and select a different one that also will be installed.

EXAMPLES OF TESTED SINGLE BLOCK PLUGINS:

  • Apple Maps by 10up,
  • an Event block by Automattic,
  • simple User Profile Block by Ham.works,
  • GuidePost by Nick Hamze (sorta brilliant).

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How to uninstall the block 

Installed block is the plugin. You can uninstall it from Plugins Screen.

Demonstration on how the Block Directory works

 

In this video shows you how the Block Directory works. It’s starts at 3:00 time stamp. Start it at the beginning if you are new to the block editor and need a refresher.

On Learn.WordPress.org contributors started creating workshop videos for self-study and scheduled discussion groups online. Check it out.

Resource Links:

  • Introduction to the Block Directory (Video)
  • Series: Introduction to Publishing with the Block Editor
  • Single Block Plugins available through the Block Directory
  • Proposed Block Directory guidelines

Changelog

  • Updated 2020-08-17
    • Embeded video from Learn.WordPress.org
    • Added link to original source of the video
    • Added link to Series “Introduction to Publishing with the Block Editor
    • Added shout-out to learn.WordPress.org site with links
  • Updated 2020-08-10
    • Added Changelog
    • Added Resource Links
  • Created 2020-07-27
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