What are Blocks?


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Introduction to Blocks

Blocks are the fundamental elements of content in Concrete CMS. They are versatile components used to build and manage content on your website.

Block Types vs. Block Instances

  • Block Types: These are templates for blocks, defining the structure and functionality. Examples include Text, Image, Form, and Slider. Block types are like blueprints.
  • Block Instances: When you add a block to a page, you create an instance of a block type. This instance is a specific occurrence with its own unique content and settings. Think of it as a filled-out form based on the blueprint.

Using Blocks

  1. Adding Blocks: To add a block, enter Edit Mode, choose the area where you want the block, and select the block type from the "Add Block" menu. Alternatively you can click the + icon in the main toolbar, and then drag blocks to the area on the page where you want it. 
  2. Editing Blocks: Click on an existing block instance in Edit Mode to modify its content or settings.
  3. Moving Blocks: Drag and drop blocks within and between areas on a page to rearrange content.
  4. Deleting Blocks: Remove a block by clicking on it in Edit Mode and selecting the delete option.

Capabilities and Actions

  • Customization: Each block type comes with customizable settings allowing you to tailor its appearance and functionality.
  • Stacks: Group commonly used blocks or block arrangements in Stacks for easy reusability across the site.
  • Block Design: Apply custom CSS styles to individual block instances for unique visual presentations.
  • Permissions: Control who can view or edit blocks with Concrete CMS's permissions settings.
  • Versioning: Changes to blocks are tracked, allowing you to revert to previous versions if needed.

Tips for New Users

  • Explore Block Types: Familiarize yourself with different block types to understand their potential uses.
  • Preview Changes: Always preview your page after adding or editing blocks to ensure the layout and content appear as intended.
  • Use Stacks Wisely: Leverage stacks for content you use repeatedly, like headers, footers, or call-to-action sections.
  • Stay Organized: Regularly review and organize your blocks to maintain a clean and efficient website structure.

Blocks in Concrete CMS are powerful tools for content creation, offering flexibility and control to build dynamic, engaging websites.