Kadence Blocks

As always the evaluation of Gutenberg Blocks will consider 4 key criteria

  1. delivery of WYSIWYG display view from within the editor so designers see the complete  emerging page/post;
  2. ease of understanding editing mechanics; tendency to not get lost;
  3. accessibility of styling, animation and special effect for each Gutenberg block;
  4. novel edit features which save time for designers.

This quote from a Motopress review of Kadence blocks is quite telling.Kadence Blocks was one of the first add-on libraries for Gutenberg, so naturally it’s grown to one of the most popular block plugins so far; for a reason. Unlike many other Gutenberg blocks plugins, Kadence Blocks allows for starting with a pre-made layout structure of your choice (pretty much Elementor’s approach, if you are familiar with it). This flexible row/layout approach will help you start quicker.”

Kadence has a reputation for extensive styling options for all its blocks. This is seen in the Tabs styling options:
   
Kadence Tabs styling options are much improved over GetWid’s. But alas, Kadence does not bring any styling to the Classic.block.

Kadence Blocks bring a rich set of styling options to the Gutenberg editor. But even with this improvement, Kadence does not match the styling options like  typography, animation, special effects and scrolling options available in popular  PageBuilders like Divi, Elementor, Beaver Builder and Thrive. which make the PageBuilders easier to design and style with.

The .Testimonial block show the degree of feature refinement available in some Kadence blocks. Users have 4 models to choose from with ample styling options :
This is clearly a case where Kadence styling options is a winning feature.

Kadence provides many styling options for its blocks avoiding the need for Advanced CSS. or moving up to the containing block for better styling. We conducted a quick test of the container blocks. GetWid’s Section block and Kadence’s Row block had the best styling options but neither could match the Pagebulder containers and their styling choices. The Columns block had a few style options and Group block almost none – the very opposite of what was expected.

The Kadence Gallery block is another example of good features offered – 
Kadence has 5 Gallery styles including masonry, grid, carousel, slider, and slider carousel. The Pro Kadence block adds tiles, and thumbnail slider. This along with lightbox and image settings makes Kadence Gallery block a worthy rival of NextGen Galley or Foo Gallery plugins.

The Kadence blocks is a leader in providing styling options. For $199US/year Kadence has a rich set of styling addons. But the styling sidebar gets stretched to the limit. So one can see why Gutenberg experts recommend using CSS Editor plugins like CSSHero or Yellow Pencil. These tools reduce another Gutenberg styling problem – lack of WYSIWYG display of a Gutenberg page as it is designed and styled.

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