Support » Plugin: Organic Builder Widgets - Simple WordPress Page Builder » Future of builder once widgets switch to Gutenberg blocks?

  • Hi guys,

    It won’t be long before widgets are replaced by blocks. What are the plans for the builder once this happens?


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  • Plugin Author Organic Themes


    Hi @menathor,

    It’s a misconception that widget support will be removed from WordPress core anytime in the near future. It’s true that the default widgets included with WordPress will be replaced by blocks, and widgetized sidebars and footers within themes will likely be phased out gradually over time. However, WordPress will continue support widget functionality from plugins for many years to come.

    Since Builder Widgets operates independently of sidebar and footer widget areas, we believe the functionality of Builder Widgets will remain relevant into the future. Really, it’s a matter of whether or not you like building pages directly within the Customizer or the Gutenberg editor.

    That being said, Builder Widgets currently includes the Widget Area block within the plugin for adding widgets and blocks side by side within the Gutenberg editor. Additionally, Organic Themes has released other popular blocks and Gutenberg tools in the WordPress plugin directory. Plus, our main focus right now is creating a collection of blocks with similar functionality to our builder widgets.

    There are other block collections already available, and some are great. However, we have noticed many of them are re-creating the same blocks that already exist within core and Jetpack. Also, they rely on creating content from scratch. Our goal is to consider users that have existing content within WordPress, and would like to display and organize that existing content without having to re-create it all in block form. For instance, if you have a website with team members created using a custom post type, it would be easier for users to pull all those previously created team members into a block, rather than having to re-create each team member individually as a block.

    I hope that helps answer your question. Let us know if there is anything else.


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