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  • #1631756
    Dan

    Hi, I’ve got a question regarding block patterns. Maybe not directly linked to Generate Press and GB, but since it’s my go-to theme and blocks plugin I wanted to raise this topic:

    I would like to use block patterns as we used to use page templates, meaning:
    1. Create a block pattern
    2. Insert the block into the page
    3. Edit the content of the blocks in the pattern (text and media changes mainly)
    4. Use across a few pages
    Now, what happens if you want to add a block to the pattern? I would like it to update across all the pages that have the pattern inserted. Is that possible?
    Setting up a css class for the pattern can help with global styling the blocks in the pattern via a css file, but I am wondering about actually adding or moving blocks in the pattern and have that reflect on all the instances of the patterns inserted in the site.

    Example:
    Think product pages for example, I have 50 products, each page created with the “Product pattern”, now I want to add a testimonials block to the pattern. Instead of going through 50 pages, I would just need to add it to the pattern and it will show up across all pages.

    Makes sense?

    Thanks in advance for your guidance,

    Dan

    #1631808
    Leo
    Staff
    Customer Support

    Hi there,

    Now, what happens if you want to add a block to the pattern? I would like it to update across all the pages that have the pattern inserted. Is that possible?

    I could be wrong but I don’t believe this is possible within the Gutenberg editor yet.

    You could check with WordPress’ support team and see if it’s possible or it could be a feature suggestion.

    #1631816
    Dan

    Thanks Leo and Ying, would you think there is a way to create a ‘Block pattern template’ with a block element, where I could construct a series of blocks and then apply them to a specific page (via display rules). Then, if I change something inside the block element (one of the blocks, add or remove a block), that change would be applied to all the places where the block element is displayed?

    Dan

    #1631818
    Leo
    Staff
    Customer Support

    Block element should work like that by default no?

    I thought you were talking about something like reuseable blocks.

    #1631819
    Dan

    I would like to create a layout of blocks (like a pattern) but doesn’t have to be a ‘Gutenberg pattern’ per say.
    Then I would be able to insert that pattern-of-blocks into a page. If I would need to further edit these blocks in the block element I could do so and the edit would reflect on all applied elements – I think that up to here we are good with block elements.

    Now, is there a way to call the block element into a page not with a hook but with a shortcode? or maybe with a php filter (I remember Tom menitoned a new filter he was introducing for creating page layouts), or even with an ACF select box where the user can select which layout he would like to display.

    I don’t know where Ying’s comment disappeared, it’s not here.

    Dan

    #1631822
    Leo
    Staff
    Customer Support

    Now, is there a way to call the block element into a page not with a hook but with a shortcode

    I don’t believe there is a way to do that yet. Even with the local templates from GB pro, they don’t update automatically when you update them in the template file:
    https://docs.generateblocks.com/article/template-library-overview/#local-templates

    I believe the filter you are talking about is the generate_do_template_part and that’s for building post loop templates.

    #1631824
    Dan

    So currently it will be on a per specific page basis to apply the block element? or creating a Custom post type? because the current location rules do not have a page template option.

    #1631825
    Leo
    Staff
    Customer Support
    #1631843
    Dan

    does this function tell element id to display in the hook location we set in the element on the ‘templates/jjma.php’ page template?

    add_filter( 'generate_layout_element_display', function( $display, $element_id ) {
        if ( 123 === $element_id ) {
            if ( is_page_template( 'templates/jjma.php' ) ) {
                $display = true;
            }
        }
    
        return $display;
    }, 10, 2 );
    #1631981
    Leo
    Staff
    Customer Support

    That one will work for layout elements.

    This is the footer for hook elements:
    https://docs.generatepress.com/article/generate_hook_element_display/

    The conditional tag and element ID is the same 🙂

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