Support » Plugin: Lazy Blocks - Gutenberg Blocks Constructor » A block builder for the rest of us?

  • I am not a programmer, therefore I can’t vouch for the code, but I want to thank you for creating a tool that can make Gutenberg more accessible to people who, not being developers, want to customize sites.

    One of my hesitations about Gutenberg, the putative new WordPress editor, is the barrier to new users who want to customize a website but are not developers (one of the greatest advantages of WordPress so far – that I can vouch for…).

    Creating a block for Gutenberg, even a simple one, is a much more difficult task than actually creating a dynamic component with a shortcode. What you could do with a simple code editor, a bit of PHP, HTML and CSS, now demands a development environment, command-line skills, javascript…

    Creating forms in the backend, using custom fields (ACF, CMB2 …), will be more complex, since the combination of custom fields and the editor is far from peaceful. Simplified screens, only with “boxes” to insert specific data, as it is possible today and more or less configurable by any one, becomes a task reserved for those who have reasonable programming skills. That is, HTML, CSS and some notions of PHP will no longer suffice.

    It is paradoxical that, in creating a tool to “facilitate the entry of new users”, we alienate a significant part of those who already use WordPress for various uses other than a blog or news site (and, I guess, users with great responsibility in raising WordPress to +30% marketshare).

    That is why customer-friendly solutions are always welcomed, not just “market conquest”. And by customer I mean the ones that already use our product or service, not just new clients…

    Gutenberg block builders will certainly be a new opportunity for anyone producing WordPress plugins. This is the first one that was introduced to me and I hope to have the time to leave proper feedback on its usefulness and quality.

    For now, I just want to thank you for sharing your work and, possibly, for easing the “acquaintanceship” with Gutenberg.

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  • Plugin Author nK

    (@nko)

    Wow, thank you for such big review 🙂

    Sometimes I also building sites based on WordPress and I’m just don’t want to play with React and JSX to build small blocks for the page. So, this tool also for guys like me, who know how to make Gutenberg blocks, but time costs are not worth it.

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