Content Blocks Builder (CBB) is a free website builder that helps you create WordPress sites using the Gutenberg Block Editor with block-based themes easily and quickly without coding.
Unlike other page builders and block library plugins, this plugin does not include a library of customized blocks or UI customizations. This plugin uses core blocks and the native Block Editor and powers it up with custom layout blocks and style builder features.
With this tool, 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.
Why do we create this plugin and why will you need it?
The new WordPress with Gutenberg Editor is already a powerful website builder, but it’s hard for new users as well as traditional PHP developers to build sites with it. It is also missing some important features like responsive grid layouts, carousel layouts etc. This tool solves that problem.
Based on our experiences in developing hundreds of client websites in “classic” workflow with meta field frameworks and custom theme/plugin development, we create this plugin to help us transform from that old workflow 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, but in most cases, those five built-in blocks are enough for your design.
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:
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, those 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, customize 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
- Manage external scripts and stylesheets for blocks
- Reveal animation effects
- Custom order list style
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 it spread to more people. I would very much appreciate it.
Please check out my other plugins if you’re interested:
– Icon separator – A tiny block just like the core/separator block but with the ability to add an icon to it.
– 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.
– Meta Field Block – A block to display a meta field or an ACF field as a block. It can also be used in the Query Loop block.
– Block Enhancements – A plugin to add more useful features to blocks likes: icons, box-shadow, transform…
– Counting Number Block – A block to display a number that has the number-counting effect.
– Breadcrumb Block – A simple breadcrumb trail block that supports JSON-LD structured data.
– 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, but our recommended themes are default themes such as Twenty Twenty Two, Twenty Twenty Three, blockbase 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 – 07 February 2023
- DEV – Support custom blocks from the library in patterns
- DEV – Add CSS variable as new attribute type for custom attributes
- DEV – Add ‘contentOnly’ for templateLock in custom blocks
- DEV – Add fullscreen mode and remove unnecessary whitespaces on formating