Blocksolid doesn’t add new blocks. Blocksolid is not a theme.

Blocksolid adds an overlay to the built-in WordPress Gutenberg block editor to define where the edges of the blocks are.

Blocksolid extends the built-in core blocks so that they do more.

This plugin grew from two specific needs:

  • I need my clients’ websites to load quickly

  • I need an easy to use page builder for my clients

When the WordPress launched their own built-in block editor, ‘Gutenberg’, I was impressed by its incredibly lean front-end code based upon adding comments within the HTML – genius!

Having used page builders such as Divi and WP Bakery Page Builder / Visual Composer for a number of years I expected Gutenberg to work similarly with clear rows and columns and content within them. But Gutenberg isn’t built to work that way, it’s not that sort of page builder.

Like many developers I gave up, installed the “Classic Editor” plugin and moved on. ‘Nobody likes this editor, they will abandon it and it will go away,’ I thought.

A few years later Gutenberg hasn’t been abandoned, it has been honed by a large team of brilliant developers into something genuinely useful – but it still doesn’t work how I want it to work.

Meanwhile the paid page builder plugins that I have been using have become more and more bloated.

Why have two page builders loading with your site when Gutenberg is built in and with a little help from Blocksolid can be the page builder you need?

Gutenberg comes with an array of core blocks which have much of what you need as a developer – why add additional blocks when you can extend what the core blocks can do?

Blocksolid can help you learn to love Gutenberg!

Blocksolid Features

Note that all features can be switched toggled off and on.

  • Blocksolid adds an overlay to the built-in WordPress Gutenberg block editor to define where the edges of the blocks are.
  • Blocksolid extends the core blocks so that they do more.
  • New feature! – Blocksolid allows you to set your own color pallette for use in Gutenberg and in your site’s theme as color variables.
  • New feature! – If your theme allows Blocksolid allows you to stretch colored backgrounds to full desktop width.


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This plugin provides 4 blocks.

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From your WordPress dashboard

  1. Visit Plugins > Add New
  2. Search for “Blocksolid”
  3. Activate Blocksolid from your Plugins page
  4. Setup Visit Settings > Blocksolid, switch on the features that you want to use and save.


What kind of support do you provide?

Email. Please send any queries to and I will be happy to help.

It doesn’t look much different, what am I doing wrong?

The main focus is on the “Columns” design block and the rows and columns within it which can be used for controlling your page layout.  If you are not using these you will still see some cosmetic differences.

I have installed but get a message about Classic Editor when I go to the Blocksolid Settings

To use Blocksolid you need to be using the WordPress Block Editor that is build into WordPress (also known as ‘Gutenberg’).

A theme or a plugin such as “Classic Editor” has deactivated this. Please check your themes and plugins.


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Contributors & Developers

“Blocksolid” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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Interested in development?

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New features! Added full width colored backgrounds and controlled pallette to core – 16 June 2021


Core updates to color palette control – 09 June 2021


Block edges reduced in size in editor – 02 June 2021


Theme support editor-font-sizes switched off in response to Gutenberg bug – if this option used Gutenberg throws a warning – 21 May 2021


Editor style tweaks – 5 May 2021


Editor style tweaks – Font families as per rest of WordPress editor – 23 April 2021


Editor style tweaks – Block overlay CSS changed to improve block hover visibility within complex layouts – 19 April 2021
Editor style tweaks – 30 March 2021
Horizontal and vertical spaces now use button groups rather than selections – 30 March 2021
Editor style tweaks – 29 March 2021


Release Date – 26 March 2021

First release