Blox Lite – Content Blocks for Genesis

Description

Please Note: This plugin is only for Genesis Framework users. Genesis is a premium product of StudioPress, which has no affiliation with Blox Lite.

Blox Lite allows you to easily customize your Genesis powered website through the use of content blocks. It is not a tool for changing the colors of your theme. While it can wrangle styles, think more along the lines of banner images, dynamic content areas and custom footers. In other words, structural customization.

Blox Lite is best demonstrated visually. Check out the video below for an introduction to this plugin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPAR-GI6sxQ
Skip ahead to 4:40 and 9:10 for the examples.

Features

  • Add content locally to posts, pages, and all public custom post types
  • Add content globally to virtually any page(s) on your website including 404 pages, search pages, and archive pages
  • Position content anywhere with your choice of 50+ Genesis hooks
  • Display a custom image or featured image
  • Display HMTL content or add scripts, CSS, iframes, and even PHP
  • Includes utility shortcodes to help you add dynamic content
  • Add an unlimited number of content blocks
  • Plugin is fully translatable (.pot file included)
  • Multisite compatible

Upgrade to Blox

Looking for more functionality? The premium version of Blox includes visibility settings, two additional content types, addons, advanced hook control and the ability to add custom hooks, global block duplication, premium support and more. Learn more about Blox.

Content Options

Blox Lite includes two content options, Raw Content and Static Image. With Raw Content you can add anything to your website, whether that be raw HTML, CSS, Javascript, iframes, shortcodes, and even PHP. If you are looking to add images, such as a banner image, the Static Image option is the way to go. Add a photo directly from your media library, choose the size, add a caption, and more. The Static Image option even supports background images. This is great for setting up responsive headers or adding a parallax effect.

Removing Content

As a general rule, Blox Lite allows you to add content. It does not remove existing content. For example, Blox Lite will easily allow you to add a custom footer to your site, but the old one will be there as well. To remove content, you will need to add the necessary PHP code to your theme’s functions.php file. You can also upgrade to Blox and make use of the Sandbox Addon.

Style Your Way

Blox Lite does not include any styling aside from a small amount of default CSS for images, which can be turned off in the Settings. It is your site and we do not want to impose styling choices on you. Blox Lite will inherit most of your theme’s styling, but you will likely need to add some additional CSS. This customizability is an intended feature of Blox Lite and makes it all that more powerful. Simple questions about styling can be asked in the plugin’s support forum. If you would like in depth assistance, please look into purchasing the full version of Blox. A paid Blox license comes with extensive support.

Support This Plugin

There are many ways you can support the development of this plugin:

  1. If you spot an error or bug, please let us know in the support forums. The issue will be diagnosed an a new release push out as soon as possible.
  2. If you are looking for additional features, we encourage you to check out the premium version of Blox. The more people that purchase Blox, the more likely additional features will work their way into both Blox and Blox Lite.

Screenshots

  • The Global Blocks admin screen
  • An example Global Block featuring the Raw Content content type
  • An example Local Block featuring the Static Image content type
  • The Blox settings screen

Installation

  1. You have a couple options:
    • Go to Plugins->Add New and search for “Blox Lite”. Once found, click “Install”.
    • Download the folder from WordPress.org and zip the folder. Then upload via Plugins->Add New->Upload.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. From the ‘Plugins’ page, head directly to the plugin ‘Settings’ page to configure your global options.
  4. Once the global settings have been set, navigate to “All Global Blocks” to create a new global block. To create local blocks navigate to a post, page, or custom post type, locate the ‘Local Content Blocks’ metabox and click the “Add Content Block” button. If you have any implementation questions, please post in the plugin support forum or check out this Getting Started Video.

Please Note: This plugin is only for Genesis Framework users. Genesis is a premium product by StudioPress. If you do not have Genesis 2.0+ or WordPress 3.6+, the plugin will not activate.

FAQ

  1. What are the requirements for Blox Lite?
    Blox Lite is a WordPress plugin that is designed for users of the Genesis Framework, which is a product of StudioPress. Therefore, a Genesis theme needs to be active for Blox Lite to work, and the site must also must be running Genesis v2.0 or greater. It is important to note that we do not have any direct affiliation with Studiopress.

    In addition to Genesis requirements, Blox Lite requires at least WordPress 3.8 and a modern web browser. Blox is not compatible with the WordPress.com platform. You must be using a self-hosted version of WordPress to use this plugin on your site.

  2. Is Blox Lite multisite compatible?
    Yes, Blox Lite works flawlessly with WordPress MultiSite, both network activated and activated on individual sites.

  3. Is Blox translatable?
    Yup. Blox Lite has full translation and localization support via the blox textdomain and a .pot file is provided. All .mo and .po translation files should go into the languages folder in the base of the plugin.

  4. I need help getting started, what resources are available?
    There are a couple resources that will help you get started with Blox Lite:

    • Watch our Getting Started Video.
    • Check out the Blox Documentation. Note that these docs are for the premium version of Blox Lite, but most of the information is interchangeable.
    • When all else fails, send us a support request and we will do our best to get you straightened out. For in depth priority support, consider purchasing a Blox license.
Installation Instructions
  1. You have a couple options:
    • Go to Plugins->Add New and search for “Blox Lite”. Once found, click “Install”.
    • Download the folder from WordPress.org and zip the folder. Then upload via Plugins->Add New->Upload.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. From the ‘Plugins’ page, head directly to the plugin ‘Settings’ page to configure your global options.
  4. Once the global settings have been set, navigate to “All Global Blocks” to create a new global block. To create local blocks navigate to a post, page, or custom post type, locate the ‘Local Content Blocks’ metabox and click the “Add Content Block” button. If you have any implementation questions, please post in the plugin support forum or check out this Getting Started Video.

Please Note: This plugin is only for Genesis Framework users. Genesis is a premium product by StudioPress. If you do not have Genesis 2.0+ or WordPress 3.6+, the plugin will not activate.

Reviews

Excellent!

Awesome plugin! Harmonic GUI, reliable function, excellent configuration possibilities. Thanks a lot!

Superb!!!

Much needed and highly recommended plugin for all genesis themes. You guys are awesome 🙂

Thanks

Love it!

Fantastic plugin. I am only using the free version right now and it is AWESOME! I can see myself purchasing the premium version in the near future. Nick also provided great support to me on a customization that I needed! Thanks Nick! 🙂 5 Star plugin!

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Contributors & Developers

“Blox Lite – Content Blocks for Genesis” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.2.5 – 2017-05-05

  • Fixed bug that broke urls placed in the Custom Block CSS settings field

1.2.4 – 2017-04-10

  • Fixed bug inadvertently introduced by the quick edit bug fix in v1.2.3

1.2.3 – 2017-03-31

  • Fixed post type archive location setting bug where the global block would not display if multiple post type archives were selected
  • Fixed quick edit bug where the Local Blocks admin column would disappear on quick edit save
  • Fixed slideshow copy bug that caused issues with the caption include parentheses

1.2.2

  • Fixed local block count not displaying correctly in admin columns

1.2.1

  • Fixed location taxonomy bug

1.2.0

  • Added sortable admin columns
  • Added archive title utility shortcode
  • Added category and tag list utility shortcodes
  • Added toggle to better manage featured image on non-singular pages (i.e. front page, posts page, archives, etc.)
  • Fixed default CSS to render images full width on non-webkit browsers
  • Fixed custom taxonomy archive location bug

1.1.0

  • Added utility shortcodes, more to come…
  • Fixed bug with image link (Thanks nixiemartyn and skytthe!)

1.0.3

  • Added additional description text to Location settings tab
  • Added count indicators on taxonomies in Location settings
  • Fixed bug with PHP 5.2 (Thanks hampi52!)
  • Updated a few informational links in plugin

1.0.2

  • Fixed bug with Static Image caption stripping HTML tags (Thanks Nestor!)
  • Fixed bug with Featured/Custom pulling wrong featured image on non-singular pages (Thanks Nestor!)
  • Updated a few informational links in plugin

1.0.1

  • Fixed bug with PHP 5.3 (Thanks Tom!)
  • Updated a few informational links in plugin

1.0.0

  • Initial Release