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  1. M

    Hi Justin,

    I can grasp the benefit for a standalone block plugin from a user’s perspective, and I would actually prefer that as well myself, but could you explain to us, maybe through an article, what are the benefits or what could be the motivation, altruism put aside, from a developer’s/author’s perspective?

    Cordially, M.

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    • Justin Tadlock

      I think that is definitely something worth exploring. It’s a completely new thing that is not even officially supported in core WordPress at the moment, and I can see why plugin authors may be hesitant to go down that road. Currently, the proven success stories are through collections/libraries.

      In general, I see standalone blocks as the future of WordPress. I envision that more and more users will begin searching for these individual blocks to install the features that they need on the fly. Of course, much of this hinges on the block directory being an integral part of core and the discovery of these blocks made easy.

      Eventually, the big question will center on monetization. I don’t have a clear picture of what that will look like or whether it will remain a pretty permanent barrier to plugin authors going that route.

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    • richard Ginn

      Well you could sell premium Gutenberg related plugins at the codecanyon site:

      https://codecanyon.net/search/gutenberg

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  2. Herb Miller

    WordPress SEO has been delivering these two blocks for quite a while now. https://blocks.wp-a2z.org/oik-plugins/yoast-seo/

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    • Justin Tadlock

      Cool. I haven’t fired up WordPress SEO in a long while. I didn’t know it had such blocks. It’d be cool to see the Yoast team make them available as standalone plugins too.

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  3. Gary Taylor

    How does the How-To block differ from the built-in media & text block?

    Single blocks -v- block collections is an interesting point for me. It’s the JetPack Effect: in order to get the one or two functions you want you have to download lots you don’t. Imaging going into your Plugins menu and finding every single plugin pre-downloaded for you…

    In an (my) ideal world block collections would be a single plugin which allowed you to download, install and activate only those blocks you wanted. That way you don’t end up with half a dozen accordion or tabs blocks, having to turn them all off when you didn’t want them in the first place!

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    • Justin Tadlock

      You could get away with using the Media & Text, Columns, or even a Heading and Image block to create something like the How-To block in this plugin. A theme author could create a pattern with the existing core blocks and do something similar. Basically, there are many paths that can get you to the same place or at least close enough to it. The big difference from a user point of view is going to be the design and options to customize the “dot type” the plugin offers.

      Agreed on the half a dozen tabs note. I have so many plugins in my test installs that all these various blocks are overlapping. The early prototypes of the blocks management screen look promising. A single block collection plugin may do it better. We’ll see where things go.

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  4. eldya

    But there are still many structures needed, now I use plugin (UAG) Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg. It think is the best How to structure.

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