The Genesis Blocks plugin is a library of page-building blocks, sections, and full-page layouts for the WordPress block editor. You can use it to create and launch any kind of site you want – all without the need to write code.
In this article, we’ll explain the differences between the two versions of Genesis Blocks and what features are included in each one.
About Genesis Blocks
Genesis Blocks is a powerful website creation tool leveraging the Gutenburg blocks. Check out this video to see the plugin in action.
Genesis Blocks is available in two versions:
Both versions can be used on an unlimited number of sites no matter where they are hosted. Also, they can be used with any WordPress theme – the Genesis Framework is not required.
If you upgrade to Genesis Blocks Pro, you can safely deactivate and delete Genesis Blocks (free). Your settings and content will remain unchanged when switching to the Pro version.
Genesis Blocks (free)
The free version of this plugin is full-featured and includes a variety of individual blocks that you can use to organize and style your content in creative ways.
The free version currently includes the following 15 blocks:
- Accordion block
- Advanced Columns block
- Button block
- Call-to-Action block
- Container block
- Drop Cap block
- Email Newsletter block
- Layouts block
- Notice block
- Post and Page Grid block
- Pricing Table block
- Profile Box block
- Sharing block
- Spacer block
- Testimonial block
See the Genesis Blocks documentation for details about all the blocks and instructions on how to configure their settings.
Free Sections, Layouts, and Collections
An exciting feature included in this plugin is found in the Layouts block. This block includes a library of pre-designed sections, layouts, and collections which make it even easier to create beautiful pages quickly.
These sections, layouts, and collections are made up of groups of blocks where all the settings like backgrounds, margins, padding, colors, etc. have been pre-configured for you. After adding one of them to your page, all you need to do is replace the sample text and images with your own.
The free version of this plugin currently includes:
- 26 Page Sections
- 9 Page Layouts
- 1 Collection
What are sections, layouts, and collections? See below for the details.
Sections are small groups of pre-configured blocks that can be added to a post or page as part of a full-page layout. You can think of them as small pieces of a larger design.
You can add as many sections to the page as you’d like. And when you use several sections together, you can build an entire page quickly and easily.
For example, the Hero Header section (shown in the image below) can be added to the top of a page to display an introduction and a call-to-action button which is laid over a full width background image.
Layouts are groups of pre-designed sections that work together to create a full-page design. In other words, you don’t need to design the page yourself. Simply select your favorite layout, click on it to apply it to the page, and then replace the text and images with your own.
For example, if you are launching a new product and need to quickly create a sales page for it, you might use the Product Launch layout (shown in the image below).
Collections are groups of pre-designed sections and layouts that share the same theme or design aesthetic. They make it easy to build multiple, coordinating pages on your site that share design elements, colors, fonts, etc.
Genesis Blocks (free) currently includes the Slate Collection. The image below shows a few of the page sections available in this collection.
The next image shows a few of the full-page layouts available in this collection.
Genesis Blocks Pro
Genesis Blocks Pro includes everything in the free version of the plugin plus more individual blocks, premium sections, premium layouts, premium collections, and advanced options.
In addition to the blocks included in the free version, the Pro version currently adds the following 2 blocks:
Also, the Pro version includes the following advanced options:
- an easy way to manage reusable blocks
- Block Permissions settings that allow you to control which user roles have access to the settings of individual blocks
See the Genesis Blocks documentation for details about these advanced options, as well as these blocks and instructions on how to configure their settings.
Premium Sections, Layouts, and Collections
The Layouts block in the Pro version includes the same library of pre-designed sections, layouts, and collections that are in the free version plus more of each one.
Genesis Blocks Pro currently includes (with more planned in the future):
- 115 Page Sections
- 42 Page Layouts
- 5 Collections
The image below shows a few of the premium page sections included in Genesis Blocks Pro.
The next image shows a few of the premium full-page layouts included in Genesis Blocks Pro.
And the final image shows the premium collections included in Genesis Blocks Pro.
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