As we continue our review of block collection plugins, it’s always good to go over what we’ve already reviewed. We’ve reviewed Stackable and CoBlocks.
Today we’re going to look at the block collection plugin called Atomic Blocks. It was originally developed by developer Mike McAllister of Array Themes fame. Mike recently joined the Studio Press and WP Engine team, as they acquired Atomic Blocks.
I have followed Mike’s work for quite a while, and with the craftsmanship he used to build his other products, I knew that Atomic Blocks would be a great plugin that I would find useful.
As another block collection plugin, Atomic Blocks provides you with a series of blocks and tools that allow you to design custom and beautiful looking sites without the need for any additional tools.
Before we get to the video review of my first look into the plugin, I wanted to mention that not only did they create a plugin, but they also built a theme, Atomic Blocks Theme. We’ll cover that in a bonus section below, but the video is showcasing it first.
In the video below, you will see my first impressions with Atomic Blocks and the companion theme, Atomic Blocks Theme.
There you have it. That’s my first impressions of Atomic Blocks and the companion theme. Together, I think they work really well. I would need to dig deeper maybe on a project or with my theme of choice to see what it would look like in a real-world use case.
Overall, I found the experience to be similar to that of page builders I have used in the past. I am specifically thinking about Beaver Builder and the various communities that sprung up around it.
Key Features in Using this Plugin
Using the section and layout block, you can browse designs by category search and even sections and layouts to a favorites tab for quick access later.
Installing the Atomic block plugin gives you the only collection of beautiful Insite building blocks that help you customize your page layout. It also helps you to increase engagement and get results for your business. Atomic blocks provide everything from customizable buttons, to beautifully-designed page sections and full-page layout designs via the section and layout block.
Atomic Blocks includes an advanced columns block and it’s very similar to the default columns block. There are just subtle differences to the blocks in how you change the width of the columns. One thing I would like to see in a column block is the ability to change the order when on mobile and tablet devices. It’s something you could do within Beaver Builder (and I would assume other non-Gutenberg page builders).
Creating Layouts with Atomic Blocks
Out-of-the-box it comes with a number of pre-designed sections and layouts to help you quickly make pages. With the layout selector, you can choose from the block list or the layout button
This article was written by AJ Morris and originally published on WordPress News and Updates from iThemes – iThemes.