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  1. Roger

    KB Row Layout is similar, but better, in my opinion. https://wordpress.org/plugins/kadence-blocks/

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  2. Bastian

    Resizable columns should have been in Gutenberg itself from the beginning. Now, we’ll have hundreds of different third-party resizable columns blocks incompatible between them.

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    • Paul

      Welcome to the new plugin lock-in.

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    • Rich Tabor

      Agreed. What sort of compatibility issues would there be though. Blocks are mostly completely standalone. What conflicts/incompatibilities between blocks would you expect to arise? Curious!

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      • Dax Sheehan

        I think they mean, if you dropped all your stuff into Column Plugin A, and wanted to switch, you might have to ‘rebuild’ it all by swapping everything into the new plugin’s column blocks, as well as adjusting the settings just the way you had them.

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      • Bastian

        As you say, it’s inevitable to face plugin lock-in issues if you use third-party blocks. But, in the case of columns is specially significant because the core columns block is almost useless in its current state, so anyone is forced to use a third-party block for laying out different-width columns, an extremely common case.

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    • Kyle Usbeck

      Honestly. What the heck. You’d think it would go “Day 1…make blocks a possible thing. Day 30…make a text block……day 35…make a picture block….day 40…let them go in columns.

      No columns means no layout. Just maybe things aligned? Gutenberg the page…stacker?

      It’s one thing to be rushed to launch, another to have taken nearly its entire lifespan to have columns in beta, but now to do something as fundamental as layout a column, you have to go third-party? Free or not, that’s silly. I looked at two of the options and it looks like Cornerstone without the bloat, except that was two years ago or so and you saw what it would look like live instead of guessing.

      This feels like a parallel universe.

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      • Rich Tabor

        I feel ya Kyle. Although, if a theme is developed well (with Gutenberg styles and optimizations in place) you won’t have to guess on what the true render looks like. But on the other hand, it’d be pretty cool if Gutenberg did exist on the front-end. 🧐

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  3. Marcus Tibesar

    Thank you Rich!

    Gosh it’s free too.

    I think competition will be good for this space (ahem, block), and all boats will rise with the tide.

    I think widget-laden home pages are a thing of the past. Now with your block (and others) creating are own home page layouts will be a breeze and not lock us in to the theme designer’s widget layout.

    Most appreciative…

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    • Rich Tabor

      Cheers Marcus! I think so too. The competitive landscape will drive innovation for sure.

      Just wait till you see what else we’re working on! This is only the first big step in that direction. ☺️

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  4. Roger

    Working with columns in Gutenberg is frustrating (with both these plugins) compared to a builder like Elementor. Both these plugins are a step forward from the builtin columns, but needs more work.

    I hope that the Core team implement the column functionality of these plugins, but it needs to be more like what builders like Elementor has, where columns can be duplicated/deleted/styleCopyPaste, and it must also be easier to add blocks into the columns. Right now blocks can be created outside and then dragged into the column (using the drag handle on the left), but it would be so much better if the blocks could have been dragged from block select panel.

    And the new block navigation panel helps, but it would be so much better if it was for the whole page (all blocks), and visible all the time (like Elementor).

    As for what plugin is best?

    Coblocks is better at resizing the columns. That it’s possible to select the divider directly without having to select the row is a huge plus. And that width of the columns is not stepped is also better.

    KB has more options, just check the prebuilt library for what it can do (button at the bottom when adding a Row Layout block).

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    • Rich Tabor

      You mention it’s not possible to add blocks to columns. It actually is. You can use the block inserter (+), or even the “/” command, followed by the block you’d like to insert.

      What other options aside from background color/image, and padding and margin controls would you like in a row/column block? Genuinely curious!

      I’m open to any feedback you have; please reach out directly to me at hello(at)coblocks(dot)com. I’m all about continuous iteration based on real-world feedback. 👍

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      • Roger

        You mention it’s not possible to add blocks to columns.

        Did I? I pointed out that the drag and drop functionality is there, but far from optimal. Adding the first block to columns is straight forward, but it would be so much more useful to have a drag and drop functionality when adding more than one block to a column.

        What other options aside from background color/image, and padding and margin controls would you like in a row/column block? Genuinely curious!

        All the options available in KB Row Layout are useful, just check what is available there.

        I’m open to any feedback

        That is very good! One suggestion would be to create a template gallery like KB has, a showcase of what the plugin can do.

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  5. Grégoire Noyelle

    Thanks Rich for this great tool.
    It will be very usefull to have a block with a very simple structure (no wrap inside, no padding….), juste a section tag. You can put many things in it, add a class and made you’re grid layout css as you want. What do you think?

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    • Rich Tabor

      No proble Grégorie! I honestly don’t know what value something like that would have. With CoBlocks 1.6, if you add a single column row, it’s essentially what you’re thinking of – but with background color/image support and responsive margin and padding controls.

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