Block Gallery for Gutenberg Review

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In my opinion, I think it will come to a point where the Gutenberg editor will be like a built-in page builder for WordPress.

This is because of the introduction of plugins such as the Atomic Blocks, Stackable, and CoBlocks which allows you to build beautiful pages by using additional blocks the plugins add. It almost seems like you are building a page using a page builder.

If the rate of the introduction of such plugins increases, the Gutenberg editor will be up there among top WordPress page builders; WPBakery, Elementor and Beaver Builder.

I call this the page builder effect. Where WordPress plugin developers try to slowly transform the Gutenberg editor into a page builder by releasing new blocks for the editor that are not anywhere near for the purpose of editing contents.

Another plugin that was released a couple of months ago as an attempt of the page builder effect is Block Gallery.

As you may already know, there is an image gallery block in Gutenberg which allows you to add nice looking image galleries in posts and pages. This plugin, however, puts the default image gallery block to shame.

First of all, you should know that installing this plugin adds three more image gallery blocks. They are the carousel block, masonry block and stacked block.

Each of the blocks are actually types of an image gallery. For instance, the carousel block adds a carousel image gallery that looks like the screenshot below:

As you can see, there is arrow navigation which allows the reader to scroll the images to the right or to the left.

But more interestingly, you can add filters to the images in the gallery. Filters such as grayscale, sepia and saturation.

How cool is that?

On top of that, you also get to make the gallery fullwidth or wide width just like the default image gallery block in Gutenberg.

And it only gets better. You can further adjust the gallery settings such as the image size, the gutter, the height, the rounded corners, the slider settings and the color settings.

In other words, So long default image block and Hello Block Gallery!

You can even wave goodbye to slider plugins such as the Revolution Slider which is normally used to add a featured slider on a homepage.

But most importantly, based on what I have said earlier in this post, do you agree with me that Gutenberg is transforming into a page builder with the release of plugins like this?

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