A Review of Ghost Kit & Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg: Extending WordPress with Blocks

A Review of Ghost Kit & Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg: Extending WordPress with Blocks

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AJ Morris
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March 24, 2020

Last Updated On March 24, 2020

I’m changing it up a bit this week. Today, we’re going to review two plugins in one post Ghost Kit and Ultimate Addons. Not because they don’t each deserve their own post, but because I didn’t want you to wait another week for another great Gutenberg post.

We’re covering Ghost Kit and Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg. These are two fantastic plugins that provide you with the a new way of building and a way to stay in your comfort zone (if you’re coming from the page builder space).

About the Ghost Kit Plugin

First, let’s take a look at Ghost Kit. Ghost Kit is a collection and extension of Gutenberg blocks. There are currently 22 blocks available with this plugin. For the most part you will see very similar blocks to ones that you will find in other plugins.

Don’t let Ghost Kit’s website fool you. While it does have a simplistic feel that lacks a modern design appeal, the plugin and blocks give you the ability to create some fantastic looking sites with ease. It comes with a number of block templates, that allow you to quickly and easily build a landing page, swapping in your images and text. But that’s not all. They are focusing on a new approach to extending the functionality of the core blocks too.

They are calling it block extensions. Block extensions are essentially additional functionality made available to all Gutenberg blocks that are registered with the block editor. In many cases this is true for the Ghost Kit blocks and the core blocks. This feature is the most exciting. It’s not just creating another set of core blocks, instead, it’s adding function to the core blocks by extending what they can do.

Before I dive in to the video review of Ghost Kit, a question. What are your thoughts to a plugin that extends functionality to your blocks? Is this a good move? Is this a bad move? Let us know in the comments.

Let’s dive into the review. It may be a little longer than normal, but I am really liking the features of this block plugin and it is worth the time.

About the Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg

The next block collection plugin I wanted to share with you today is Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg. UAG is a port of the popular Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder / Elementor. It was created by Brainstorm Force, the folks behind a popular theme, WP Astra, which we mention a lot in iThemes Training.

If you currently use page builders in your work flow, like Beaver Builder or Elementor, UAG will feel very familiar. Other than some UX differences, the features of the blocks (moduled in page builder speak) are the same. Ultimate Addons does have pro versions in the Beaver Builder and Elementor versions, so you won’t see a direct

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This article was written by AJ Morris and originally published on WordPress News and Updates from iThemes – iThemes.

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