How to create Reusable Blocks

Reusable blocks are saved blocks that can be added to any page of your site and edited in one location. If you are going to be adding the same content or group of blocks to multiple pages of your site, utilizing reusable blocks will save you a ton of time. Let’s get started!

๐Ÿ“ Table of Contents

Creating a Reusable Block

Choosing the Correct Block

Editing Reusable Blocks

Adding Reusable Blocks to Your Content

Convert to Regular Blocks

Reusable Blocks FAQ

Creating a Reusable Block

Most commonly, you’ll use the highlighting method to create a reusable block because it’s the most efficient. After all, if you’re intentionally creating a block that will be added to specific pages, don’t you want to save time by designing that block on a page you are adding it to so you don’t have to add it later?

Let’s say you want to add a call-to-action that you will provide a pre-listing inspection for all homes listed in the month of July. You can add a reusable block to make an alert for this.

  1. Select/highlight as many blocks that you’d like to include in your reusable block.
  2. Click on the three dots that appear in the toolbar.
  3. Click on Add to Reusable blocks.
  4. Give it a name.
  5. Click Publish to publish the reusable block. 
  6. Save the page.

Creating reusable blocks with text only

You can get even fancier and add any combination of blocks as a reusable block. Simply build out the blocks you want on the page and use the same steps as above to save them.

Creating reusable blocks with media and color

You can also create these in the reusable block manager. Click this link to get started and choose the site to add the reusable block to.

Creating reusable blocks in the manager

Choosing the Correct Block

When highlighting blocks to make them reusable, you’ll want to ensure you are selecting the overall block that groups all the features. There are blocks like the columns block, cover block, form block, and others that contain grouped blocks and need to have the main block selected.

For example, if you want to add a reusable form block, make sure to select the whole group block and not only the form block inside. In any block, you can hover over the icon to select the parent block.

Note the icon change from a single doc to two cubes once the parent block is selected.

Editing Reusable Blocks

When you edit a reusable block, the change will be reflected in all the places where that reusable block was used. If you wish to update a reusable block on a specific page or post only, you can use the Convert to Regular Blocks option below.

You can edit the text of reusable blocks on pages the block is published to and your text changes will occur on every page the reusable block is published on.

If you want to update more than the text, you’ll want to do this in the reusable block manager. You can navigate there by clicking the “+” icon on the top left of your editor’s page, clicking Reusable, and scrolling to the end of the menu to “Manage all reusable blocks.” Click the title of the reusable block you want to edit and make any updates you want. Once done, click the Save button on the top right.

๐Ÿ’ก The reusable block manager is separate from your edit page. Please save any changes before navigating there to ensure you don’t lose your work.

Editing reusable blocks in the manager for media changes

Adding Reusable Blocks to a page

You can add reusable blocks two ways.

  • press the forward slash key and type “reusable” to pull a list of all reusable blocks and select the one you want to use
  • click the “+” button on the top left, click reusable, select the preferred reusable block from the list

Adding reusable blocks to a page

Convert to Regular Blocks

When you want to edit one of your site’s reusable blocks but you don’t want to edit the entire block and have those changes displayed everywhere on the site, you can convert the reusable block to regular blocks when you’re editing the block on a page.

To do this:

  • add the reusable block to a page
  • select the reusable block
  • click Convert to Blocks in the tool bar

๐Ÿ’ก Any converted blocks that are added back as a reusable block are a new reusable block. Converting blocks will always treat the content as a new block and will not save changes to the previous reusable block the content was converted from.

Reusable Blocks FAQ

โ” How can I access my Reusable Blocks?

You can access and manage all of your reusable blocks using this link, then selecting the site you need. You can also access Reusable Blocks within the visual editor by selecting Reusable Blocks, scrolling to the bottom, and clicking “Manage all reusable blocks.”

โ” What are the purposes and recommendations Carrot has for Reusable Blocks

We commonly see reusable blocks being implemented for content within credibility blocks and testimonial blocks. These are great for your site’s rapport and something that we recommend adding to many pages.

โ” Can we access revisions for reusable blocks?

At this time, revisions aren’t part of the reusable block feature but we are hoping to build this into the feature.