How to Create Custom Blog Post Templates in WordPress

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Get the step-by-step instructions and example blog post structure from:
https://ninjatricks.net/blog-post-template-wordpress/

Check out the Qubely plugin mentioned in this video:
https://ninjatricks.net/qubely

How to create custom blog post templates in WordPress – Transcript

Blogging can supercharge your YouTube channel growth, but the process of MAKING and FORMATTING blog posts can be pretty time consuming.

That’s why, in the next 6 minutes, I’m going to show you how to create your own custom blog post templates in WordPress so you can save heaps of time every time you create a new blog post. You won’t need to use any plugins or coding, everything can be done for free within WordPress’ new Gutenberg editor.

Blogging can supercharge your YouTube channel growth, but the process of MAKING and FORMATTING blog posts can be pretty time consuming.

That’s why, in the next 6 minutes, I’m going to show you how to create your own custom blog post templates in WordPress so you can save heaps of time every time you create a new blog post. You won’t need to use any plugins or coding, everything can be done for free within WordPress’ new Gutenberg editor.

Hi there, this is Amber from NinjaTricks and if its your first time watching one of my videos I want to let you know that you can find every link that I refer to in this video down in the description, including a link to my website where you can grab a heap of freebies that will help you build some momentum and grow your YouTube channel.

This video is all about creating custom blog post templates so let’s get started…

The first step in creating your blog post template is to create a new draft post to work in. On your WordPress dashboard go to β€˜Posts > Add Newβ€˜.

Once you have your new post ready to go (you can see that I called mine β€˜Post Template’, that’s just to help identify it), the next step is to click the plus button in the content area and add a β€˜Group' block from the block library.

If the Group block isn't showing in your recently used blocks, you can either search for it or check in your β€˜Layout Elements' area.

Check the alignment of your β€˜Group' block and make sure that it's the right size by clicking the β€˜alignment' icon at the top of the group – I prefer to use β€˜wide' width, which lines the content up nicely with the blog title, but every blog is different.

Click on the β€˜plus' button to customize your group by adding blocks. Because it can be difficult to see where things are sitting, I usually push the return key a few times at the start, just so I can be sure I'm adding blocks to the right spot INSIDE the group block.

Add all the elements that you want in your blog post template to your group block, including any special introductory text, table of contents, headings, signatures and calls to action for your readers. The more blocks and detail you can add to your template, the more work it's going to save you later on.

You'll notice that I've already saved some reusable blocks (like the NT Rainbow Button), which saves me even more time while I'm making my blog post template. If you haven't got any reusable blocks yet, just customize each element as you go.

Keep adding blocks and content until you've got the basic structure of your blog post template.
If you're looking for some inspiration, there’s an example template over on the ninja tricks website.
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When your blog post template is done, click the white space just above your top line to select the group block. Scroll down and do a quick visual check that everything you want in your blog post template is actually sitting inside your group block.

Then, click the 3 dots at the top of your Group Block and select β€˜Add to Reusable Blocks' from the drop down menu.

Give the Reusable Group Block an obvious title (like Post Template) and click the save button.

Before we move on to the next part of this video, which is all about how to actually use your new blog template – I just wanted to check in quickly and ask whether this is all making sense so far… if it is, awesome, then smash that like button – but if it’s not, or you’ve got a question about this stuff that I haven’t answered yet – make sure you jump down quickly now and ask it in the comments.

Now that you have saved your new post template, it's time to put it to good use!

Create a new post by going to β€˜Posts > Add Newβ€˜ on your WordPress dashboard, or opening up a draft that you’ve already created.

Next, we’re going to insert the Reusable block that you saved a few minutes ago. Click on the β€˜plus' button to add a new block, search for the name you gave your reusable block and select it from the options that come up.

This next step is super-important!! – we need to convert your reusable block to a regular block.

Now that you've inserted your template block into your new post, you DO NOT want to edit it as a re-usable block, because that will muck up your template!

Click the three dots on the block menu and choose β€˜Convert to Regular Block'

The final step is to ungroup all of your elements so that everything sits nicely format wise. Click the three dots on the block menu and choose β€˜Ungroup’

Now, you're able to edit all of the template elements of your post however you would like.

Just save your post as usual.

So we’ve just covered the basics, but here are some extra ninja tricks for when you're making your templates:

Add as much detail as you possibly can to your template! Every minute you spend getting the template right is a minute you're going to save on EVERY blog post you publish from now on. That's a huge time saving multiplier!

I use a free plugin called Qubely as well as the standard WordPress blocks to make my site look amazing. It's a plugin that adds extra blocks to your block selection menu. In the demos, the Qubely blocks are the ones with the blue icons.

You can turn any block in the WordPress Gutenberg editor into a reusable block, so consider turning any page element that you use consistently into one. It saves SO much time in editing settings. As an example, I've got various forms of calls to action, buttons, boxes and paragraphs saved as reusable blocks. If I want to switch them out in a post, I can do it in a few clicks. Just remember to convert your reusable blocks back to regular blocks once you've inserted them in their new spot!

Every time you're writing a new style of blog post or page, get in the habit of creating a group block first and then creating your post within that group block. That way, you can save the whole thing as a reusable block when you're done and use it as a template next time you write that style of post.

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