BlockMeister – Block Pattern Builder

Description

With BlockMeister creating custom block patterns becomes easy. The patterns can be designed just like you design a blog post or a page with the block editor.
You can assign any (custom) category or keywords. By doing so, your patterns are categorized in a way that makes sense to your users and keywords make it easier to find a pattern. Your custom patterns will be available from the block patterns tab in the inserter panel.

Features
– Visual design custom block patterns using the pattern builder
– Or create a custom pattern from one or more selected blocks in the post editor
– Import patterns made/shared by trusted Pro users [new in 3.0]
– Assign your patterns to one or more categories
– Optionally add any keywords (makes them easy to find in the block inserter)
– Create custom pattern categories
– Set a viewport width to optimize the scaled width of the preview in the block inserter

Pro Features
If you would like even more features like: group locking, cloning, activating or deactivating individual patterns, exporting, importing, controlling which core/third party pattern sets are allowed to load, setting block styles and more, please check out our premium versions here:
Professional Version

đŸ¥³- SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER
For a limited time we are offering any premium version at an introductory price.

If you subscribe now you will be grandfathered in when the price goes up! So you will keep the introductory price even if the standard price goes up!

Getting Started

  1. Locate and click on the ‘Block Patterns‘ menu item in the sidebar admin menu.
  2. Click on the ‘Add New‘ button.
  3. Give your pattern a name.
  4. Start writing or choose any blocks you want to be part of your pattern.
  5. Publish the pattern
  6. Go to a test page and locate your pattern in the Block Inserter under the pattern tab and click on it.
  7. The block pattern will now be added to your page. All contained blocks are now independent of the original pattern and can be edited as any regular block.

Screenshots

  • Block patterns list table screen.
  • Categories list table screen.
  • Block pattern settings sidebar.

Installation

**Installation directly from your site

  1. Log in and navigate to Plugins → Add New.
  2. Type “BlockMeister” into the Search and hit Enter.
  3. Locate the BlockMeister plugin in the list of search results and click Install Now.
  4. Once installed, click the Activate link.

FAQ

Can I add custom CSS?

Yes, select the block you want to style:

  • Open the ‘Advanced’ panel
  • Add a ‘Additional CSS class’
  • Add the styles for that class to your (child) theme stylesheet or add them via the customizer’s ‘Additional CSS’ section.

OR upgrade to a premium version which comes with a built-in block level CSS editor

Why did we integrate Freemius?

Freemius is a managed eCommerce platform for selling WordPress plugins and themes.

When you activate or upgrade to v3.0 or higher you will be asked if you would like to opt in to the freemius functionality. To be clear: this is 100% optional!

With Freemius, we have more time to focus on our products and deliver better features for your website while making strategic business decisions that are based on the data you are willing to share as a consumer.

We can also use the data to figure out optimum pricing strategies for our customers and their companies. This promotes business sustainability and offers you long-term support and reliability for your plugin or theme purchase.

We would be thankful when you opt in to this but if not, don’t worry, all plugin features will remain 100% functional!

You can read more about this at the Freemius privacy data practices page.

What happens to my patterns, after I deactivate the plugin?

  • The patterns will no longer be available from the inserter.
  • Patterns inserted in posts and pages will not be affected.
  • As soon as you re-activate the plugin the patterns will be available again from the inserter.

What happens to my patterns, after I uninstall the plugin?

  • By default all data including your custom patterns will remain in the database, unless you prefer a complete data removal. This can be set on the settings page.
  • Patterns already inserted in posts and pages will not be removed, regardless your uninstall preference.
  • For test/debug purposes we advise to temporarily deactivate the plugin instead.

Reviews

February 22, 2021
Block Patterns are great for providing layouts for use by non-designer content editors, and this plugin - Block Pattern Builder - is the best tool for creating them! Easy to use: design inside the plugin with the Block Editor, choose a category for your Pattern (or create you own) and Voila! your new Patterns are available to insert. Best of all, your patterns are inside the plugin and easy to tweak and re-edit. Great plugin author support too! 5 stars from me.
February 19, 2021
A must for guttenberg users. I like it from the first sight đŸ™‚ Dont know why the usage is so low (for now). Very well developed, many thanks for the creators! EDIT: Excellent support!
October 6, 2020
I totally agree with Kimberly, for me it's a life saver rebuilding a site after changing a set of Gutenber blocks. Speeds u devellopement very much.
Read all 6 reviews

Contributors & Developers

“BlockMeister – Block Pattern Builder” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

“BlockMeister – Block Pattern Builder” has been translated into 6 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “BlockMeister – Block Pattern Builder” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.

Changelog

[3.0.2] – 2021-10-09

  • Fixed: regression of old excerpt related bug
  • Fixed: inserter not showing custom and default (generated) block pattern category on draft post (until first reload)

[3.0.1] – 2021-10-01

  • Fixed: unreadable properties of undefined in reusable block editor

[3.0.0] – 2021-10-01

All versions

  • made compatible with WP 5.8
  • bumped required WP version to 5.8

  • Added: Freemius SDK

  • Added: User can now control (via a setting) whether all data is deleted during uninstall
  • Added: Import patterns made/shared by trusted Pro users
  • Added: Bulk action for trashing custom patterns

**Premium versions **
– New: first release of premium vers
– Added: Settings to control the loading of local and remote core block patterns and theme and plugin based block patterns
– Added: Activate/deactivate custom/core and third party block patterns (individual or by source via settings)
– Added: Clone patterns (including core and third party patterns).
– Added: Export/download (for backup or sharing) patterns.
– Added: Add custom styles to block patterns and blocks.
– Added: Lock pattern group or column (so users cannot move/remove/add child blocks).

All versions
– Improved: default block pattern category name will now be auto updated after user renames the site
– Improved: no longer (core/theme/plugin) registered categories are now auto removed as a custom block pattern taxonomy term

[2.0.8] – 2021-04-16

Fixed
– Allow unfiltered pattern HTML for users who have the ‘unfiltered_html’ capability

[2.0.7] – 2021-03-06

Fixed
– Too strict run context check excluded post-new screen

[2.0.6] – 2021-02-27

Fixed
– Custom categories missing in inserter due to failed run context check; WP core test method not yet loaded

[2.0.5] – 2021-02-19

Fixed
– Unnecessary term updates in synchronization method (leading to unintended cache purging in cache plugins)

Improved
– syncing and re-translating of dynamically registered categories and custom category terms
– run context

Optimized
– code run contexts

[2.0.4] – 2021-01-19

Fixed
– prevention of term deletion of third party custom taxonomy

[2.0.3] – 2020-09-18

Fixed
– excerpt screen option and control panel unintentionally removed from other post type edit screens

[2.0.2] – 2020-09-12

Fixed
– path normalizing issue

[2.0.1] – 2020-09-03

Fixed
– keywords taxonomy’s edit capability

[2.0.0] – 2020-09-01

Initial public release.

Improved
– completely refactored v1.0

Added
– Block settings menu item to add selected blocks to a new block pattern
– Categories
– Keywords
– Viewport width setting
– Added pattern editing related capabilities
– Limit pattern building to administrators by default
– Made translatable
– Added Dutch translation