Gutenberg Block Patterns: What Are They, Where to Find Them & More
Building websites is easier than ever. Today, anyone can build, edit and customize website pages even without previous coding knowledge. Thanks to intuitive WordPress page builders, creating pages from scratch can be fun and easy. Whether you prefer WPbakery page builder, Gutenberg block editor or you choose Elementor page builder, you already know that these builders save you time, energy, and money. In other words, you don’t have to hire developers or spend hours trying to change something on your site.
If Gutenberg is your builder of choice, you already know that it’s based on the concept of blocks. Here, the old edit field is replaced with a bunch of new, individual blocks. A block can be everything from the plain text, image, video to the widget, button, table, and so on. So, depending on your needs you choose a type of block you need and customize it following your personal needs.
This page builder is all about efficiency. It’s created with the intention to simplify things and speed up the page-building process. Thus, it brings some great features you should try (if you still haven’t). Gutenberg block patterns are one of them.
Gutenberg block patterns are created with the idea to speed up content creation and help you create beautiful content faster and easier. In shortest, block patterns let you set up layouts of blocks through themes and plugins.
Gutenberg block patterns are predefined layouts that allow you to level up your layouts and make it easier to create the content you want. They act as regular blocks, which means you can customize them after you insert them.
The main idea is to let you create more attractive pages while saving time. Just choose from various layouts and start customizing the desired section. Gutenberg block patterns can be everything from testimonials to galleries. Thus, they can be simple such as a group of buttons, or have a specific purpose such as a contact section.
Besides the default block pattern options, you can use custom patterns. These patterns are created by theme or plugin developers, so you have more options for customization at your disposal.
As we’ve already said, Gutenberg block patterns allow you to create visually appealing content in less time. So the first benefit is speeding up processes during website building.
Next, these patterns will help you get inspired. When Gutenberg’s editor was first released, it brought the blank canvas so people had to think about the design of the page in addition to the content. In other words, they had to invest time and energy to come up with ideas about how their page and elements on it should look.
So, after the introduction of block patterns, creating pages became easier. When you have ready-made elements, you can spend less time worrying about the design and more time playing with the content.
As you may know, WordPress 5.9 has recently been released. This new version brought some exciting changes that will surely change the WordPress experience.
However, in July 2021, the new pattern directory was launched with WordPress 5.8. This basically means you can check out available patterns in the WordPress pattern directory. Here you can find button, image, text, header, gallery, and columns patterns. You can, also, check out the newest or most favorite patterns. After you choose the pattern you like, simply copy and paste it from the directory into your content.
The other way to add Gutenberg block patterns is via your theme. Have in mind that not all themes have patterns. The theme creators have to register patterns so they can show up in the editor. However, if you use some of the default themes such as Twenty Twenty Two, you can still be able to find and use patterns. You can find them with one click in the Patterns field. To use patterns, you can just click on them or drag and drop to add them to your content.
So, in case you want to use patterns, you can find them in the WordPress pattern directory or add them via the WordPress dashboard by adding blocks that integrate patterns.
A lot of theme developers have switched partially or exclusively to creating patterns and templates. Some of them are free, like we said earlier, but those usually come with limited features and design options. If you want your website to look absolutely stunning and to do so in no time and with little to no effort, we recommend you try the Qi Templates plugin.
The plugin comes with 311 templates, 232 patterns, 32 wireframes, as well as 60 full-fledged demos for creating basically ready-made websites. Wireframes are style-free, for those who want to make sure their branding is applied thoroughly on their website. You will find patterns for virtually any niche you can think of, and then some. And all of them are designed to perfection following the best coding practices.
Adding block patterns is similar to adding a regular block. You can do this by editing an existing page or creating a new one. Once you do this, click + icon to open the WordPress inserter interface.
Next, click + icon within the page to open the inserter interface. Then, click on the Patterns tab. Here, you can browse the various block patterns that are organized into categories – buttons, galleries, columns, etc.
Lastly, when you choose the right pattern, click on it and insert it into your WordPress page.
Using Gutenberg block patterns is fun and easy. The best part is you can edit all of the elements within the layout. Keep in mind that the block patterns behave just as regular blocks. Actually, they are made of individual blocks that have been curated into the templates so you can customize them the same way as any other block.
Let’s Wrap It Up
Gutenberg pattern blocks are a great tool for everyone who uses Gutenberg page builder. Thanks to them you can boost your content faster and easier. Just choose the pattern you like the most and you are ready to go. Of course, if you want to create your own patterns you can do it as well – possibilities are endless.
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