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At the moment there exists three blocks that to me seems to do the same thing.
The Query block, Latest Posts block and the Post Lists block.
It seems like the settings vary a bit between the blocks as well.
My expectation is to have one block that covers what is needed to show Posts or a CPT, with a few different filters on how I would like to show the Posts/CPT on each page. Having three block options to choose from is very confusing.
Consolidating the three blocks into one block would be helpful, as a user would then be able to select the specific block to do what is needed to show the specific content.
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Combining those four blocks into one is a great idea.
In the case of Post Lists block, it would be quite easy since it’s the same block under a different name.
Page List block would also be trivial to combine, and the users would benefit from having more control over the results since this block just spits out a list of all the pages the user has.
The only thing users would lose if we got rid of this block would be the possibility to create a bulleted list, something that I’m not sure it’s possible to achieve in an easy way using the Query block.
Latests Posts (LP) would be a little more difficult to remove right away because it has some nice settings that are a bit difficult to achieve with the Query block .
Here’s a table with the equivalent methods and some pros/cons for the alternative method in the Query block (QB):
Users can change the type of border and its color
The divider has a fixed width.
Grouping the post and setting the border
More options to change the type of border
Difficult for the average user?
Post Content block
Post Excerpt block
It's not possible to set the maximum number of words
Post Author block
It gives more configuration options like avatar, bio, or byline
Post Date block
Gives more customization options like date format, color, typography, or even link it to the post
Post Featured Image block
The block gives less control over the image than the Latest Posts block, where users can change width, show thumbnail or full image, etc. There's a ticket that will solve this.
Finally, the Latest Posts filters are similar to the ones in the Query block, but in the Latest Posts block, users can change the number of items from the sidebar.
While I was thinking about this issue, I thought of another idea: instead of consolidating these blocks into one, would it make sense to leave them as independent blocks but make them all use the Query block internally? The only difference would be that initially, they would have different settings to render each kind of list.
After thinking for a while about this issue, I think that my second idea makes more sense. The basic Query block should be a powerful and "content agnostic" block, probably more oriented towards advanced users with specific needs (like theme developers).
The other blocks would use the Query block internally but start with a different set of defaults, reducing the number of blocks to maintain and offering a similar experience to the user while at the same time helping them to find an appropriate block faster.
Another important thing we'd need to pay attention to is the name of the block in the sidebars. Right now, if a user inserts a Posts List block, the List view and the right sidebar show "Query Loop", making the interface disorienting.