WordPress 5.7 has just been released, and with it comes true drag and drop for the Block Builder Editor (Gutenberg).
In this video I explain why this is such a big deal.
Let’s go through the reasons why Drag and Drop for the WordPress Block Builder is such a big deal
Drag and Drop Blocks are so much easier to understand for the majority of users
It sounds obvious but the mere fact that you can now just drag blocks in the editor makes the Block EdItor so much easier to use. It’s far more intuitive than have to hunt around for the little plus icons.
Container Blocks are now much easier to use
The Block Builder has 2 types of block, simple/inline blocks and Container Blocks.
Container Blocks are really powerful because you can put multiple blocks within them and create more complex, and more beautiful layouts. For example, the Cover Block lets you put a background parallax image, a heading, and a button.
There are 3 main Container Blocks with the Block Builder.
- The Columns Block
- The Cover Block
- The Media and Text Block
Containter Blocks become much easier to use now you simply drag and drop blocks into them. Here’s an example using the Cover Block to create a cool CTA (call to action).
The importance of discovery and play
Make no mistake drag and drop makes the Block Builder much more intuitive and fun to use. Because of this more users will discover its hidden powers through just playing with the Editor. The creative process is often not taken into account when getting user feedback, but my feeling is that this small technical improvement will make a huge difference to how end users perceive, play and create content with the Gutenberg Editor.
Influencers like Adam Preiser (WPCrafter) have moved from Elementor to the Gutenberg Block Builder
This is big.
Adam over at WPCrafter has a huge following on YouTube, with over 200k subscribers, and has been a big Elementor fan, promoter and tutorial maker.
In his latest video he makes the announcement that because of the upcoming Google Core Web Vitals in May, where page speed is going to be incredibly important, Adam is moving away from Elementor for his own website and putting everything into the Block Editor.
Here’s the announcement.
So that’s my thoughts, I would love to hear what you think. Do you agree that the Block Builder is now finally ready for Primetime?
Leave your thoughts below 🙂