Block Manager


The Block Manager is an intuitive tool for site admins to globally remove unwanted blocks and update the assigned category of individual blocks to organize the admin editing expereince.


  • Disable Blocks: Unlike the block manager functionality in the WordPress Block Editor, this plugin will globally disable (remove) blocks for all users on your site.
  • Block Categories: The Category Switcher provides functionality for updating the category assigned to each WordPress blocks.
  • Search and Filter: Quickly locate blocks using the block search functionality in the sidebar.
  • Hooks: Use the various hooks and filters to update your blocks from functions.php.
  • Embed Blocks: Choose the Embed blocks you actually want to include on your site by removing the vast majority of useless options.

Hooks & Filters

Use Block Manager hooks to controls blocks via code and sync options across multiple WordPress environments.


Use the gbm_disabled_blocks filter to control blocks via backend code.

// functions.php
add_filter('gbm_disabled_blocks', function(){
    return [


Use the gbm_block_categories filter to update block categories via backend code.

// functions.php
add_filter( 'gbm_block_categories', function() {
    return [
        [ 'block' => 'core/html', 'cat' => 'design' ],
        [ 'block' => 'core/cover', 'cat' => 'design' ],
        [ 'block' => 'core/details', 'cat' => 'design' ]


Update the minimum user role allowed to access the Block Manager plugin.

// functions.php
    'edit_theme_options' // Default: activate_plugins


  • Disable Blocks: Easily remove unwanted WordPress blocks by toggling the active state of each block.
  • Block Toggle: Disable all blocks in a block categories with a single click.
  • Block Categories: Improve the admin editing experience by updating the category of each block using the Category Switcher.
  • Status Reports: Total active and disabled blocks are displayed in the plugin sidebar.
  • Embed Blocks: Choose the Embed blocks you want to allow on your site and remove the majority of useless options.


How to install Block Manager.

Using The WordPress Dashboard

  1. Navigate to the ‚Add New‘ in the plugins dashboard
  2. Search for ‚Block Manager‘
  3. Click ‚Install Now‘
  4. Activate the plugin on the Plugin dashboard

Uploading in WordPress Dashboard

  1. Navigate to the ‚Add New‘ in the plugins dashboard
  2. Navigate to the ‚Upload‘ area
  3. Select from your computer
  4. Click ‚Install Now‘
  5. Activate the plugin in the Plugin dashboard

Using FTP

  1. Download
  2. Extract the block-manager directory to your computer
  3. Upload the block-manager directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  4. Activate the plugin in the Plugin dashboard

Then navigate to wp-admin -> Settings -> Block Manager to use the plugin.


4. Februar 2024 1 Antwort
Great plugin, thank you. Let me tame my plug in beast and bring order to the Press. I combined it with the php filter 'block_categories_all' to move them to my own categories as well. Together, they have made a world of difference.
26. Mai 2023 1 Antwort
I have finished the Korean translation.I just want to say thank you for developing such a good plugin.And I hope it will be translated into more languages so that many WordPress users can use it conveniently. Gutenberg Block Manager 한국어 번역을 모두 마쳤습니다.좋은 플러그인을 개발해 주어서 고맙다는 인사를 전하고 싶습니다.그리고 보다 많은 언어로 번역되어 많은 워드프레스 사용자들이 편리하게 사용할 수 있기를 바랍니다.
19. November 2022 2 Antworten
I wanted to like this plug for the nice UI design. When I open the block manager screen, the two grey tabs where block listings are suppose to display are empty. It looks like some kind of glitch. Update: I added a couple more review stars for author's response. Hopefully the issue gets fixed soon.
15. September 2022 1 Antwort
Having the ability to disable some of the more obscure, unnecessary blocks is essential and this plugin features on every site I work on. Thanks!
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2.1.1 – November 1, 2023

  • HOTFIX: Fix for undefined React key warning when WP_DEBUG is enabled.

2.1.0 – November 1, 2023

  • NEW: Adding notification system for feedback after an action is performed.
  • UPDATE: Added display indicators for variation blocks.
  • FIX: Fixed potential upgrade issue with disabled blocks throwing admin error due to object vs array data.
  • FIX: Fixed issue with missing loading animation.
  • FIX: Fixed issue with block variations not counting towards block count.

2.0.0 – October 20, 2023

  • NEW – New admin interface and interactions for the Block and Block Categories pages.
  • NEW: Added block category export and hook gbm_block_categories to allow for changing block categories at the theme level.
  • UPDATE: Updated build scripts and dependencies to use wp-scripts.
  • UPDATE: Block Manager is now supported on Widget screen.
  • FIX: Fixed issue with some missing block definitions.
  • FIX: Fixed issues with block icons not rendering for some blocks.
  • FIX: Fixed issue with various blocks crashing the Block Manager edit screen.
  • FIX: Other various bug fixes and overall improvements.

1.2.5 – May 23, 2023

  • FIX – Fixed potential issue with JS errors on Site Editor screens.
  • UPDATE – WP version bump and testing.

1.2.4 – November 30, 2022

  • HOTFIX – Fixed issue with plugin not working on edit screens.

1.2.3 – November 19, 2022

  • FIX: Added fix for blank screen when users have JetPack plugin enabled.
  • FIX: Fixed issue with missing semi-colon in Block Manager export functionality.
  • FIX: Added fix for only loading the block removal script on New and Edit screens.

1.2.2 – August 17, 2021

  • NEW – Added new Reset option that will clear all disabled blocks.
  • FIX – Added fix for possible issue with icon width on blocks admin page.
  • UPDATE – Updated tab navigation inside the plugin to make it more clear which section was being edited.

1.2.1 – February 28, 2021

  • UPDATE – Added Category Switcher support for all block including core Gutenberg blocks.

1.2 – February 27, 2021

  • NEW – Added new Category Switcher.
    • The Category Switcher provides functionality for changing the category core Gutenberg blocks.
    • Changing a block category will update the location of the block in the Gutenberg Block Inserter while editing posts.
  • FIX – Fixed issue with missing semi-colon in export code.
  • UPDATE – Various admin UI/UX updates.

1.1 – January 19, 2021

  • NEW – Added new gbm_disabled_blocks filter to allow for disabling blocks via functions.php
  • NEW – Added Export option to dynamically build a pre-populated gbm_disabled_blocks filter.
  • NEW – Added Grid/List view toggle.

1.0.1 – January 2, 2021

  • NEW – Added support for Embed blocks (Twitter, Facebook, Spotify etc). These blocks were changed in WP 5.6 and the handler had to be updated to manage the active/inactive states.
  • FIX – Fixed REST API warning for missing permissions_callback.

1.0 – January 6, 2020

  • Initial release