Finishing Touches Edit

One problem using a meta block is the block is easy for an author to forget, since it requires being added to each post. You solve this by using block templates. A block template is a predefined list of block items per post type. Templates allow you to specify a default initial state for a post type.

For this example, you use a template to automatically insert the meta block at the top of a post.

Add the following code to the myguten-meta-block.php file:

function myguten_register_template() {
    $post_type_object = get_post_type_object( 'post' );
    $post_type_object->template = array(
        array( 'myguten/meta-block' ),
add_action( 'init', 'myguten_register_template' );

You can also add other block types in the array, including placeholders, or even lock down a post to a set of specific blocks. Templates are a powerful tool for controlling the editing experience, see the documentation linked above for more.