– Reduce the bloat and speed up your site
Don’t slow down your website forcing visitors to download an additional website builder.
Gutenberg is built into WordPress and Blocksolid is super-lightweight too.
Blocksolid doesn’t add any new blocks to Gutenberg, it enhances the built-in blocks.
– Make Gutenberg easier
Blocksolid provides an overlay for Gutenberg when editing pages which can be switched on and off.
Blocksolid adds visible edges to your blocks in the editor to let you see what you are doing.
Note that all features can be switched toggled off and on.
- Control your layout
Use Gutenberg’s built-in Columns block to lay out your pages.
During editing Blocksolid makes Columns and Rows stand out and adds “handles” to streamline layout control.
“Handles” are rectangular tabs visible during editing that allow you to select rows and columns without having to click with the breadcrumb trail. Rows have a handle at the top left, and columns at the bottom left.
- Responsive spacing without inline styles
Blocksolid’s enhancements to the built-in Gutenberg Columns block allow you to easily manage margins and padding in your layout, putting your page elements exactly where you want them.
Unlike the standard spacing tool you can set your own standard metrics for each spacing and the pick from these each time. You no longer have to type in individual spacings on every column and row – control your layout with a click. Spacings are based upon classes rather than inline styles which means leaner, cleaner code.
Unlike other website builders, Gutenberg allows you to nest rows and columns to any level, allowing you to get exactly the result you want.
- Control your palette
By default Gutenberg gives website editors unrestricted access to any color or gradient combination that they like. In no time at all this level of freedom can and will make a well thought out website look like a technicolor mess.
As the administrator Blocksolid allows you to set your own restricted palette for your site editors to use and also exposes this as named CSS variables that you can use in your theme’s styles.
- Stretch row backgrounds
If you need a website that has a central content area but want your row background colors to stretch to the edges of the screen Blocksolid has you covered.
- Classes Ticklist
You can create a list of style classes and then select these from a simple ticklist to style your rows and columns.
- Export your settings
You can freely install and uninstall Blocksolid and keep on using Gutenberg. Blocksolid’s enhancements are based upon CSS classes, even the spacings, so you can continue to use these classes in your theme for layout.
Blocksolid allows you to export its settings including the controlled palette and import them on another site using Blocksolid for fast setup.
- Tried and tested
The following websites were all built in the last year using Blocksolid:
Camping Chair Bag – We originally built this simple site using WP Bakery Page Builder but replacing this with Blocksolid saw a 40% speed improvement.
This plugin provides 7 blocks.
From your WordPress dashboard
- Visit Plugins > Add New
- Search for “Blocksolid”
- Activate Blocksolid from your Plugins page
- Setup Visit Settings > Blocksolid, switch on the features that you want to use and save.
What kind of support do you provide?
Email. Please send any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.
It doesn’t look much different, what am I doing wrong?
The main focus is on the “Columns” design block and the rows and columns within it which can be used for controlling your page layout. If you are not using these you will still see some cosmetic differences.
When I edit a post I get an error (simple fix!)
If you see “Updating failed: The response is not a valid JSON response” don’t worry.
Gutenberg and the Classic Editor work differently and changing from one to the other may cause this error. Flushing the permalink cache will fix this issue permanently and you can find out how to do this simple task easily via a web search.
Contributors & Developers
“Blocksolid” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
Usability tweak to make columns easier to select – 14 November 2022
Usability tweak to make column easier to select – 10 November 2022
Moved overlay setting preference from localstorage to user meta after WP changed localstorage preferences once again – 28 October 2022
*Animations CSS tightened up (Pro). Bug in WP 6 image alignment fixed by limiting experimentalLayout fix to WP 5.8 only. Images in inner blocks given a way to have full width of container – 23 June 2022
If spacing controls are chosen hide the new Layout panel. Added WP6 Styles. Overcame yet another localstorage interface features move in WP6 – 23 May 2022
Fixed empty user preferences rare issue. Example theme.json updated for WordPress 5.9 – 24 February 2022
Changes for WordPress 5.9 compatibility – 25 January 2022
Page level settings allow the overlay to be freely switched on and off during editing. Default content rows can be added with one click – 13 January 2022
New feature! User selectable classes added for rows and columns – 22 November 2021
Pro only – removed title from gallery – 12 October 2021
Wide width setting respects vw units – 20 September 2021
WordPress 5.8 changes to wide width setting – 26 July 2021
WordPress 5.8 changes – 20 July 2021
Tested up to WordPress 5.8. Readme updated – 14 July 2021
Systems check highlights any missing settings or misconfiguration. Import and export settings – 21 June 2021
New features! Added full width colored backgrounds and controlled pallette to core – 16 June 2021
Core updates to color palette control – 09 June 2021
Block edges reduced in size in editor – 02 June 2021
Theme support editor-font-sizes switched off in response to Gutenberg bug – if this option used Gutenberg throws a warning – 21 May 2021
Editor style tweaks – 5 May 2021
Editor style tweaks – Font families as per rest of WordPress editor – 23 April 2021
Editor style tweaks – Block overlay CSS changed to improve block hover visibility within complex layouts – 19 April 2021
Editor style tweaks – 30 March 2021
Horizontal and vertical spaces now use button groups rather than selections – 30 March 2021
Editor style tweaks – 29 March 2021
Release Date – 26 March 2021