Today I’d like to highlight two plugins that supercharge the new Block Editor experience. They’re very different in nature, but I find them both equally impressive. There’s some news about the upcoming WordPress 5.2 release, and there might be mention of a bonus link, unlike last time (sorry!). Come and find out.
Gutenberg on steroids
We’re four, five months into using the new Block Editor and by now, I’m sure, you’ve started to get the hang of it. I mean, I sure have. I love how I can easily play around with rich media in new, exciting ways with just a couple of clicks.
Having said that, there are times when I wish I had a bit more control over a certain block. So, I looked around and found two wonderful plugins that enhance my Gutenberg experience.
Advanced Rich Text Tools for Gutenberg
This is the most lightweight of the two, but a sweet one at that. It only does three things at the moment, but it does them perfectly:
- It adds
code, subscript (
sub), and superscript (
sup) buttons to the formatting toolbar.
- It also adds inline text and a background color panel.
- And, it adds a “Remove formatting” button.
Like I said, only three things, but it gets a lot of joy out of these three little options. Find out more information here.
The second plugin I found is a bit more complicated. It adds a plethora of options to existing Gutenberg blocks. I choose it for wanting a smarter way to display Gutenberg gallery images on one of my playground sites, a site about old German cars. Specifically, I wanted them to show in a lightbox pop-up when clicked on.
However, that’s only one small thing this plugin does. For example, it also allows you to configure:
- Default block configuration.
- Advanced Gutenberg icons block color.
And, you’re going to love this if options is your thing, it adds more than 20 different blocks to do all kinds of fancy things. Find out more at the WordPress.org plugin page.
WordPress 5.2, beta 3
WordPress 5.2 keeps being refined and improved. We’re currently already at beta 3. This beta release also marks the soft string freeze point of the 5.2 release schedule. If you speak additional languages besides English, now’s a great time to help to make sure WordPress 5.2 is properly translated in your language. WordPress 5.2 is slated for release on April 30, and we need all the testers we can get. Head over if you’d like to help out.
If you’ve ever needed to limit access your site to visitors who are logged in or accessing the site from a set of specified IP addresses, Restricted Site Access is the plugin you’re looking for. It’s a great solution for extranets, publicly hosted intranets or heck, you can even use it for your staging sites.