Using WordPress Gutenberg Editor Reusable Blocks

So, a lot of people are loving Gutenberg and many are still preferring the classic editor.

But one thing Gutenberg has the classic editor can’t compete with is Reusable Blocks.

What is a Reusable Block?

Well, in WordPress 5.0, the ‘Gutenberg’ Block Editor sections each paragraph, image or module inserted into a page or blog post as a ‘block’. You can select a block or multiple blocks and make them reusable.

So, you can reinsert a reusable block into another post and if you update it a somewhere else on your website, it will update within every instance you use that block.

So it’s like a global elements you can efficiently update regualry across your whole website!

How do they work? Let’s take a look.

Below is a video showing you how to use these Reusable Blocks. But beneath that I’ve written out some basic instructions for you.

Watch on YouTube

Not a fan of video? Here are some written steps!

How to make a Reusable Block

It’s simple, when using the Gutenberg Block Editor in WordPress:

add reusable block
  1. Select the Block (or Blocks by dragging across several blocks)
  2. Click the button at the top which is 3 vertical dots.
  3. Click “Add to Reusable Blocks”
  4. Done!

How to insert a reusable block into another document.

Again, in your Block Editor…

Insert a Reusable Block
  1. Click the circle/plus button (top left or in the document) where you want to insert the reusable block
  2. Scroll down to ‘Reusable’
  3. Find your block (you can see the preview on the right), then click it!

Great, how do I edit a reusable Block?

It doesn’t get much easier than this to edit a reusable block in Gutenberg!

Click Edit
  1. Insert the reusable block into a document
  2. Click on the block, then click the ‘edit’ button
  3. Make your edits and then click the ‘save’ button
Click Save

Now you’re know all you need to know!

This is a truly powerful tool for any website owner to have access to. So Have a play your self, you can use it for ‘Call to Actions’, Ad space, Consent lines, or anything you need to reuse all over your website.

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