It’s no secret that WordPress is making significant changes. When the Gutenberg editor first came out, I was very skeptical about the way it was implemented and especially worried about the future of WordPress.
Thankfully, over the past year, there has been significant progress made, and I am now impressed—and very much a fan—of the new block editor.
As WordPress moves towards full site editing, the use of widgets as we have known them will subside. The days of building homepages with widgets and widget areas will ultimately be in the rearview mirror.
Custom HTML Block for WordPress
It’s safe to say that nearly every theme at StudioPress includes a front-page file, plenty of widgets, and an abundance of HTML markup.
As the WordPress block editor continues to progress, page templates and widget areas (traditionally registered in a theme’s functions file) will no longer be necessary. And at some point, the widgets screen will be void.
Queue: The Custom HTML Block.
I have been building my sites with the block editor for more than a year now, and the custom HTML block is the one I rely on the most.
While I appreciate the WYSIWYG concept (when it’s properly working) between the block editor and the front end of a website, I tend to bypass that and build most of my pages with the custom HTML block.
Custom HTML Block Example
Here’s a screenshot to show the WordPress custom HTML block:
The custom HTML block is a powerful tool with the new WordPress editor. Not only does it allow you to add custom HTML and markup, but it also enables designers and developers to build pages quicker than ever.