Secure Blocks for Gutenberg By Matt Watson

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A very simple plugin to limit visibility of your content based on user roles, while offering an alternative area to add the content that will be shown to non logged-in users.

This block could be used to create a simple membership site, for instance.

We could also insert a reusable block in the “public” area with a call to action asking visitors to register, in order to gain access to that content.

This is what the plugin looks like in the backend:

The plugin has a setting to specify the exact user role that will have access to a given instance of the block:

The author of the plugin mentions some features coming down the road:

  • Login Block
  • Register Block
  • Password Reset Block
  • Restrict entire pages / posts, not just inline content

The plugin looks a little bit abandoned at the moment (no updates for the last 9 months) but I was able to confirm it works fine both with the WP core version of the editor (5.2) and with the beta/plugin version (6.6.0)


This is what the plugin looks like in action:

This is the public content

You will only see this, of course 🙂

Animating Gutenberg Blocks: Two Approaches

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Adding a little motion to your content can work miracles by literally making it “pop-out”. As with other functionalities there are several plugins that will allow you to add CSS animations using shortcodes, but they can be a little clunky to use. Seeing this feature translated into Gutenberg blocks is really interesting.

I have found several plugins that help animate blocks, and noticed they use two main approaches: The Container and the Extra Settings Panel.

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Kona – Instagram Feed for Gutenberg

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A fairly straightforward and light-weight block to add an instagram feed. If need want extra options & settings please check other options, such as the block offered by Ghost Kit.

I quite like to, when you first insert it, the block provides a link right there to go get a IG token:

Carousel Block

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This block works similarly to Ben’s Slider for Gutenberg but has more settings/options as it uses columns and horizontal scroll, making it a lot more detailed, flexible and intuitive to use:

This is what it looks like in the editor:

I also noticed the block throws a generic error when trying to add image or gallery blocks:

I had to disable it due to the aforementioned issue of breaking image blocks (not just within it, but everywhere) but I like the approach and the simple, yet flexible and intuitieve design. I will keep an eye for future versions of this block.

Update: The block is working again:

I revisited this post and it seems to be working now, here is what it looks like with some images

And here with some text and images:

Meow Gallery (+ Gutenberg Gallery Block)

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A well thought out plugin that offers several layout options, including Masonry. It is practical and very well thought out, you can tell it was a photographer who built it. It is also important to note that this plugin works both as a Gutenberg block and with the classic “shortcode” gallery.

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Photonic Gallery & Lightbox for Flickr, SmugMug, Google Photos, Zenfolio and Instagram

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Guten Post Layout – Gutenberg Post Layout Collection

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I am still looking for the best block to show a grid/list/slider/carousel of posts, including Custom Post Types. I am going to take a shot at this one today:

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