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Creating reusable blocks in WordPress is super easy!
Although the block editor might not be everyone’s favorite, the ability to create reusable blocks in WordPress can help you with some of your most commonly used content in a super quick and easy way.
Here’s a short and easy tutorial on how to create a reusable block in the new Gutenberg editor for WordPress that just rolled out on the last update.
If you aren’t into reading, I’ve done a short video below as well.
First, create a block in Gutenberg WordPress Editor
The first thing you need to do is create a block of what you want your message to say in the editor. In my case, I wanted a reusable block to highlight my affiliate link disclaimer so that I didn’t need to retype it all the time.
Make sure that your block contains everything you want in it and all the formatting is how you want it to appear.
If you have several blocks that you want to use in a grouping together, just highlight all of the blocks and then click on the three vertical dots on the top right and select “group”. This will make the multiple blocks act as one block.
Next, change the block to reusable
Making the blocks reusable is super easy. Just go back over to the little dots on the right side of the block where more options are displayed. At the bottom of the list you will see an option to create a reusable block.
You can then name your reusable block whatever you like to reference it in the future.
Using your reusable block in your posts
The next time that you write a post and want to copy that same block, when you insert your block type, at the bottom will be a list of all of the reusable blocks that you have created. Click the one you want and PRESTO! Your block is created!
Now, as far as I’m concerned, the best part about this besides not having to try to remember to retype the same information over and over, is that if you need to make changes to the wording of your block, you can simply do so by editing it and re-saving it under the same name.
It will go ahead and update all the blocks that you currently have in your posts so you won’t need to go back and edit them all again!!
What you can use the reusable block for
There are so many things that you can use a reusable block for in your content to make things that you use often quicker to access. I don’t think you are limited to just words either, so the sky is the limit on this one!
- Affiliate link disclosures
- Signature lines
- Opt-In information
- Tag lines
- Anything you don’t feel like typing over, and over and over
Now that’s what I call a useful hack!
If you liked this, you might want to check out my post on how to easily customize your blog’s social media icons with no HTML.
Drop some comments below if you know of any or found this helpful. If you find one for getting pictures to hide again, please let me know! I haven’t quite figured that one out yet.
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