Block Gallery

The Block Gallery includes a masonry gallery that I am using here. Notice the ability to make the corners of the images rounded. It is also possible to change the width of the gutter between the images.

The other options are a fullscreen stacked gallery and a carousel slider.

The fullscreen stacked gallery allows fullscreen images one above the other.

I am not sure I would ever want to use that, except I wonder whether it might be possible to set text on the images?

If so, then I can see how it could be used like the sites that tell as story against a background as one works down the page.

That might well be what fullscreen stacked gallery can do, because the demo page says:

Display images in a beautiful fullwidth stacked gallery with the Block Gallery Stacked block. Add a shadow to your media, display captions and choose to link to the main image files for folks to download media.

Disable Gutenberg Blocks

With Disable Gutenberg blocks by Danny Cooper, you can disable the blocks you don’t need.

On the plugin page in the WordPress repository there is a list of the block plugins that it supports.

I am not sure what ‘disable’ means. Having listened to Joost speaking yesterday on WP Sessions, I understand that the problem with blocks is that if you have a number of collections of blocks, then they are all called on every page and that will slow down your site.

Does Danny Cooper’s Disable Gutenberg Blocks plugin solve this issue? I asked him, and he replied:

Block Managers are unlikely to offer any performance gains as ‘Block Collections’ will load all their CSS/JS regardless of which blocks are used.

A block library built into WordPress Core which only includes simple standalone blocks would help for those times you want something small without all the bloat.

For more complex page builders there is always going to be some performance concerns, just like you already have with Elementor and the like.

Columns In Gutenberg

Let’s try some columns to see what we can see:

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Manoeuvring blocks between columns

It seems that the way to add text within a column is to write and then when one gets to the point at which one wants to change to the adjoining column, one starts typing in the adjoining column –

like this and then simply continues typing. The question is what happens if the amount of text one types in the adjoining column outstrips the amount of text in the first column? Can one move these little blocks of text within the columns around?

We are about to find out because now I am typing in the right-hand column, and I want the text in the paragraph above to shift to the left-hand column.

And yes, with a bit of faffing about I was able to move the text to the left hand column and continue typing here.

So having done it once, I now want to do it again with the text block that begins with the words ‘We are about to..’

So – I will find out whether I am getting the hang of it or whether the exact mechanism remains a mystery.

And the answer again is that I am now an experienced and somewhat accomplished mover of column blocks.

Now I wonder how I would go about choosing the number of columns or even changing the number of colums, assuming that two columns is not the only option?

It is a very delicate operation, knowing where to put one’s cursor so as to see the number of columns and

to see the option to change the number of columns. I have just changed the number

of columns to three, and it works OK, but I need to practise to become proficient.