My post on Saturday was the longest post I’ve ever written. The fact that I published it through the Block Editor also made it the most challenging post. I learned a lot about the Block Editor during this post, but since that post was almost 3,000 words, I think I’ll give you a break today. I’m going to share one thing I learned about the editor. I’m choosing this particular thing for three reasons:
- Several people asked about it.
- It doesn’t require any CSS code.
- Every WordPress user can do this, even people on the free plan.
Note: If you aren’t a blogger, aren’t using WordPress or are avoiding the Block Editor like the Corona virus, skip to the gallery at the end.
In order to make Saturday’s post easier to follow, I wanted to add a visual break as David or Teagan moved from one person/group to another. I used the separator shown below.
I had already created a separator that was different from my theme’s default separator, but that involved CSS and, as you can see below, it doesn’t have a 1920s feel to it.
Once I found an image I could use, I inserted it into an Image Block and centered it. Easy-peasy.
Of course, I used that separator eleven times in the post, and I didn’t want to have to go through all those steps each time. So, I took advantage of a new feature in the Block Editor – I made the image block holding the separator image a reusable block.
After that sequence, whenever I wanted to insert the separator, I just had to type ‘reusa…’ to have the block selector present my Reusable Blocks. Note: I could also type ‘1920…’ to bring it up.
This block will be available to me from this point forward unless I delete it. If I want to change it, I can edit the image and it will be changed everywhere it appears, in every post. If I want to make a change but I don’t want to apply that to older posts, I can repeat the process and give the block a new name. You might remember that the separator I used on Saturday was a grayscale image. You can see it listed in the reusable block pallet.
Some of you read 3,000 words on Saturday, so this is all I’m giving you today. If you have any questions about reusable blocks, ask me in a comment or shoot me an email. If I can help you, I will be happy to do so.