For me, the Gutenberg Editor is a good replacement for the Classic Editor. This is because it looks more modern, adding contents is more neat and tidy, and most importantly, it helps improve the way a writer writes with WordPress.
Earlier today, I came across an article written by Birgit Pauli-Haack where she found and listed 94 plugins that were developed for the Gutenberg Editor.
To me, that’s a hell lot of plugins developed in such a short period of time considering the editor was only released about 4 months ago.
What got me more interested in her list is the plugins that were developed to add more blocks for the editor for the reason of improving writing and developing posts and pages.
So, here is a list within her list.
This is currently the most popular add-on plugin for the Gutenberg editor as it’s being used by more than 70,000 WordPress websites and blogs. It adds 21 more blocks to the existing collection of blocks in Gutenberg.
The blocks that I think would improve writing and editing are Post Carousel which allows the display of selected posts in a carousel manner. This gives you the ability to display hand-picked related posts.
Another one is the Post Timeline block. This block is coded to allow you to display posts in a timeline format. This comes in handy if you have a travel blog and you want to display the blog posts of your travel journeys in a timeline.
On the other hand, if you think 21 blocks is too much, you can easily deactivate the ones you don’t need.
Stackable is a plugin that I’m personally using in my blog. It adds 23 blocks to the editor which includes some very useful ones such as Icon List Block, Expand / Show More Block and Posts Block.
This one also allows you to deactivate the ones you don’t need.
Advanced Rich Text Tools for Gutenberg
This plugin adds five things to the Paragraph Block toolbar; code, superscript, subscript, inline text colour, and inline background text colour.
Atomic Blocks adds 12 additional blocks to the editor. It’s quite similar to Stackable. However, some of the blocks it add are quite unique in it’s own way. For instance, there is an Author Profile Block which allows the display of an author’s profile anywhere on a post or page.
CoBlocks is yet another plugin which carries a similar purpose as Gutenberg Blocks, Atomic Blocks, and Stackable. This one adds 18 blocks.
The blocks that caught my attention were the Map Block which allows the adding of Google Maps with ease and also the GIF Block which allows the search and adding of a GIF animation directly from GIPHY.
You can guess it based on the plugin description above. This plugin also adds more blocks the way CoBlocks, Gutenberg Blocks, Atomic Blocks, and Stackable does.
But, one thing that stands out from this plugin is the Block Control Panel. This control panel allows you to take control of all the blocks in Gutenberg Editor. For example, you can control the display of blocks for user roles and disable certain blocks too if you don’t need them. This is unlike Gutenberg Blocks which is mentioned at the top of this list as that plugin setting only allows you to disable the blocks it adds. This plugin allows you to disable or enable all blocks including the default Gutenberg blocks.
Block Gallery is a more advanced version of the default Gallery Block in Gutenberg. It adds three more gallery blocks namely; Masonry Gallery Block, Stacked Gallery Block, and Carousel Slider Block.
I mentioned that it’s a more advanced version of the default Gallery Block because each and every gallery block it adds has more customization options to it. For example, you can add filters to the gallery.
Just when I thought I have listed all the plugins with bundled blocks, I come across another one.
Ultimate Blocks adds 17 blocks in total.
The block that is unique compared to the others is the Review Block which allows you to add star ratings to a post or page. This is particularly useful for a review site or a review blog.
Another unique one is the Table of Contents Block. It allows you to easily add the table of contents of a post or page.
Last but not least is the Caxton.
Caxton is also a plugin that adds a bunch of blocks like most of the plugins on this list. It’s quite surprising to know that only Block Gallery and Advanced Rich Text Tools for Gutenberg are the only plugins with a single purpose.
Anyways, what I like about this plugin is the Advanced Layout Block. It allows you to set a layout for a post or page seamlessly.
This will come in handy especially if you need help in aligning the contents on your post or page in absolute detail.