Cover Block

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To give your post or page a sleek, professional look, you can add a Cover Block. Get started by clicking the inserter icon.

You can also quickly add one by typing “/cover” in a new paragraph block, then press enter.

How to add the cover block to a page or post
How to add the cover block to a page or post

Detailed instructions on adding blocks

Once you add the Cover Block, you can upload a new image/video from your device or select an image/video you’ve already uploaded to your site’s media library.

If you don’t want to use image/video, you can also pick any solid color as your cover (you can change the color of cover later from Block Settings in editor sidebar).

The options available to add an image to the cover block
The options available to add an image to the cover block

Block Toolbar

Every block comes with unique toolbar icons and block specific user controls that allow you to manipulate the block right in the editor.

The Cover Block shows standard seven buttons:

  • Transform to
  • Moving handles
  • Change alignment
  • Change content position
  • Toggle full height
  • Replace
  • More options
Image showing the block toolbar for the block
Image showing the block toolbar for the block

Transform to

How to transform a cover block to a different one

You can transform the cover to the Image Block or into a Group.

Editor view of cover as a Group with Color settings controls
Editor view of cover as a Group with Color settings controls
Color settings controls
Color settings controls

In 5.9 there is new setting “Dimensions” which which you can control the height and padding for the block.

Dimension settings for the cover block
Dimension settings for the cover block

Moving handles

How to move the block between blocks
How to move the block between blocks

The up and down arrow icons can be used to shift a block up and down in your document.

Detailed instructions on moving a block within the editor can be found here.

Change alignment

Changing the alignment of the cover block
Changing the alignment of the cover block
  • None – Leaves the block the current size.
  • Wide width – Increase the width of the post beyond the content size.
  • Full width – Extend the block to cover the full width of the screen.
  • Align left – Make the block left-aligned.
  • Align center – Make the block alignment centered.
  • Align right – Make the block right aligned.

Change content position

Change the content position of the cover block
Change the content position of the cover block

Change content position option allows you to change the position of content within your cover.

Toggle full height

Tool to make the cover block full height
Tool to make the cover block full height

This option allows the Cover Block to take up the height of the reader’s screen to create an immersive experience.

Replace

Tool to replace the image on the cover block
Tool to replace the image on the cover block

This is another option in the Cover Block’s toolbar. Choosing this will allow you to select a new image file for your block. Use this if you need to replace the image file in your Cover Block.

More options

These controls give you the option to copy, duplicate, and edit your block as HTML.

Read about these and other settings.

Block Settings

Every block has specific options in the editor sidebar in addition to the options found in the block toolbar. If you do not see the sidebar, simply click the ‘cog’ icon next to the Publish button.

The cover block's settings
The cover block’s settings

Media settings

Fixed Background

Fixed background setting for the cover image
Fixed background setting for the cover image

In the block settings on the sidebar, you have some other options, the first of which is a toggle for a fixed background. A fixed background means the cover image scrolls along with your page. Turning this option off embeds the image in place, so the image doesn’t scroll.

Repeated background

Repeated background settings for the cover image

The Repeated background option lets you repeat the same image to form a pattern in the cover block. For example, if you have a small image and you want it to repeat multiple times in the cover block, you can enable this option.

You can use the Repeated background toggle in combination with Fixed background, but Fixed background does not necessarily have to be turned on. Feel free to play around with these options to find what suits your needs.

Focal Point Picker

Focal point picker for the cover image
Focal point picker for the cover image

If the fixed background option is turned off, you will see the focal point picker. This tool lets you identify the main point of interest in the photo and highlight. Click on the picker to drag it to the spot you want, or use the left and top position percentages below to set it manually.

Dimensions

The Cover block provides dimension settings options to add padding and margin.

For details refer to this support article: Dimension settings overview

Dimension setting for the cover block
Dimension setting for the cover block

Color

The Cover block provides color settings options to change the text, background, and link colors for the block

For details refer to this support article: Color settings overview

Overlay Opacity

Color settings for the cover block with an overlay opacity
Color settings for the cover block with an overlay opacity

Using the Opacity slider, you can set the opacity of the cover image’s overlay. Moving the slider right toward 100 makes the overlay darker and more opaque, and moving it left toward 0 makes the overlay lighter and more transparent. At 100, the overlay is completely opaque and the cover image is no longer visible. At 0, the overlay disappears completely, leaving only your image.

If you’re adding a title to your cover image, we recommend making the overlay at least somewhat opaque to make the title easier to read.

Typography

The Cover block provides typography settings to change the font family, appearance, line height, letter spacing, decoration, letter case, and font size.

For details refer to this support article: Typography settings overview

Advanced

The Advanced tab lets you add HTML anchor and CSS class(es) to your block.

Advanced settings for the cover block
Advanced settings for the cover block

HTML anchor allows you to make a unique web address for a particular Cover Block. Then, you’ll be able to link directly to a Cover Block of your page.

The Additional CSS class(es) lets you add CSS class(es) to your block, allowing you to write custom CSS and style the block as you see fit.

Changelog

  • Updated 2022-12-12
    • Added typography and dimension settings
  • Updated 2022-11-26
    • Made images more mobile responsive
    • Added captions to images
    • replaces redundant content
  • Updated 2022-02-04
    • Screenshots for WordPress 5.9
  • Updated 2021-02-23
    • Screenshots per WordPress 5.7
    • Added feature change to Block Toolbar: Full Height Alignment
  • Updated 2020-12-14
    • Added Repeated background in Block Settings
  • Updated 2020-08-24
    • Screenshots and videos as per WordPress 5.5
    • Added feature changes in Block Toolbar
    • Added feature changes in Block Settings
  • Updated 2020-06-18
    • Added “Go back to the list of Blocks” to the top of the page
  • Updated 2020-04-28
    • Changed Category to “Common Blocks”
  • Updated 2019-11-27
    • Updated animated GIF to video
  • Created 2020-03-07

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