Block Directory in WP-Admin Concepts

You may have spotted during @matt‘s Summer Update at WCEU a new wp-admin section for Blocks. I wanted to share those early concepts here.

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About Blocks

Rather than jumping straight into a list of blocks, I wanted to explore what an introduction to blocks could look like as a landing page. This page could feature some links to tutorials (that could open either externally, or in a modal), some basic FAQs, and a support link.

You’ll notice the new headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes. style, inspired by the new Health Check screen and built on some concepts from the Design Experiments plugin. This new section provides a good opportunity to expand on this pattern, and to show how it could benefit WordPress users by providing context to each screen.

Add New Blocks

This section is largely inspired by wp-admin pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party cards, and the The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. plugin details screen.

I also think we should update across wp-admin as well, since the current modal feels very outdated and doesn’t present information as cleanly or as organized as the .org modals:

Inside the modal, you’d also be able to demo a blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. before installing. @ck3lee has figured out how to make this possible 🎉

We’d tap into the Shiny Updates framework to make installation and activation quick & easy.

The upload flow would work the way plugins do — I’ll flesh out some designs around that in future iterations.

Installed Blocks

This screen would be a list of all installed third-party blocks, so you can activate, deactivate, delete, etc. in bulk, using a traditional list table. I’ve added an “instances” link, which would show all posts and pages the third-party block is being used in.

Manage Blocks

This is the screen I’m most “meh” about, which is pretty much a duplication of the block management modal inside the editor. I think we need to have this management available within this section, but I’m not sure if this is the best approach to tackling it.

Reusable Blocks

Currently, the only way to reach the Reusable Blocks screen is through either the block library inside the editor, or a link in the settings dropdown in the editor. Putting it in a new Blocks section gives it an easier-to-find home.


These are still early concepts, so it would be good to get some early impressions. Specifically, I’d like everyone’s thoughts on:

  • Thinking through the flow of managing blocks on your site, does it feel like any important tasks are missing from these concepts?
  • Would you expect any of these screens to be combined?
  • Can you think if any stress cases these screens will need to account for?
  • What would you like to see next for the Block Directory? Are there any other block management features you would benefit from?