As you can see from about 10 of my last 20 posts, I’m on a run testing out various blocks on my Gutenberg site. The next “collection” to consider is called “premium blocks” and we’ll see if it lives up to the name. There are 12 blocks in the collection:
- Accordion — A really nice simple accordion block. I already have one with massive styling with Stackable, or highly workable with Kadence, but if I didn’t, this one would definitely get the job done. Easy to add items above each other, and then once created, to change typography, spacing, borders, padding, and even shadows. Nice.
- Banner — I have no use for it, but it is a block to put an image with a title and description over it, with some basic animation. There are six options, and depending on which you choose, the title and description pop up when you hover, or the description is added, or the title slides in, etc. Decently done, I just don’t have a use for it. It’s more like an animated “cover” image option.
- Button — There are lots of button blocks out there, and I have one that does multiple buttons together well. But this one has a nice animation feature, which is when you hover, it can do a slide, a radial or a shutter transition. Standard options for typography and colours, borders and CSS, but the transition options are decent.
- Count Up — This is probably the best block I’ve seen for a count-up function, and it almost makes me wish I had a use for it. There’s an option for an icon or image above it, prefixes and suffix text, the actual number of course, and some text afterwards (part title, part description). And you can make the standard changes to the typography and colours. But what I think really sets it apart is the control over the count-up progression. You can set the time in milliseconds for the overall rolling, as well as the delay before it starts. So you can make it go fast or slow. Really nicely done. But as I said, I just don’t have a use for it.
- Dual Heading — Have you ever seen a mixed text heading where say the first word is one colour and the second word is different, and maybe they change typography, colours, and other features? Yeah, not often, except in logos. And if you were doing a logo, you’d do a graphic. Not sure the point of this block is, I certainly don’t have a use for it.
- Icon — It has about 800 to choose from, but like most of these, I don’t know why you wouldn’t use actual clip art of some kind.
- Icon Box — It’s an icon. It’s a box. There’s a button. Oooohh, ahhhhh. Zzzzzzz.
- Maps — I assumed it wouldn’t work without API key, and yep, it doesn’t. Moving on.
- Pricing Table — Let’s be clear, this is a pricing box. There’s a spot for the table, the price, some features or terms, a description, and a link box. All standard, but all nicely done. And then they drop the feature everyone should have. You can add a “badge” to the corner of the box to make it stand out — like a triangle in the corner so you can identify savings, or that it’s popular, or the recommended choice. You choose the text and what it means, but none of the other blocks I have seen have had this. Really nice. And again, I wish I had a use for it.
- Section — This is more of a text box to separate out different parts of a page, but there are dozens of ways to do that already, not sure what this adds. It’s more of a container wrapper though, with any other block possible within it.
- Testimonials — At first, I was thinking it was rather ho hum. Until I realized that it had double sets of quotes around it. It would make for a really good simple blockquote block. And TBH, if I hadn’t already styled 400+ instances with another block, this would have been a serious contender for me to use for a simple quote block. They have an image I wouldn’t need, company info not so much although I could make it the citation, author, etc. I would like an option to turn the quotes OFF, but guess what? I could make the opacity on it 0, which hides it completely. I’m seriously tempted to keep the plugin just for this block.
- Video Box — This block has the option of YouTube videos (already covered), Daily Motion (never use them, or Vimeo (ditto), or, wait for it, self-hosted videos (which I do have). It’s not fancy, I can change some start-up options, add looping, etc., all pretty standard, and a border. Overall, impressive. If I didn’t have video options already, this would be a nice uncomplicated addition.
As I said on numerous sub-blocks, this is a really nice, highly-functional middle-range set of blocks. Not overly complicated on the styling, not too many functions, and it does all of the ones it has really well. Several work AWESOME, I just don’t have a need for them, and I already have my quote block covered, so I won’t keep the Testimonial one.