Extensibility Edit

Extensibility is key for WordPress and, like the rest of WordPress components, Gutenberg is highly extensible.

Creating Blocks Creating Blocks

Gutenberg is about blocks, and the main extensibility API of Gutenberg is the Block API. It allows you to create your own static blocks, dynamic blocks rendered on the server and also blocks capable of saving data to Post Meta for more structured content.

Here is a small example of a static custom block type (you can try it in your browser’s console):

var el = wp.element.createElement;

wp.blocks.registerBlockType( 'mytheme/red-block', {
    title: 'Red Block',
    icon: 'universal-access-alt',
    category: 'layout',
    edit: function() {
        return el( 'div', { style: { backgroundColor: '#900', color: '#fff', padding: '20px' } }, 'I am a red block.' );
    save: function() {
        return el( 'div', { style: { backgroundColor: '#900', color: '#fff', padding: '20px' } }, 'I am a red block.' );
} );

If you want to learn more about block creation, the Blocks Tutorial is the best place to start.

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Extending Blocks Extending Blocks

It is also possible to modify the behavior of existing blocks or even remove them completely using filters.

Learn more in the Extending Blocks section.

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Extending the Editor UI Extending the Editor UI

Extending the editor UI can be accomplished with the registerPlugin API, allowing you to define all your plugin’s UI elements in one place.

Refer to the Plugins and Edit Post section for more information.

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Meta Boxes Meta Boxes

Porting PHP meta boxes to blocks is highly encouraged!

Discover how Meta Box support works in Gutenberg.

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Theme Support Theme Support

By default, blocks provide their styles to enable basic support for blocks in themes without any change. Themes can add/override these styles, or rely on defaults.

There are some advanced block features which require opt-in support in the theme. See theme support.

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Autocomplete Autocomplete

Autocompleters within blocks may be extended and overridden. See autocomplete.