5 Handy Synced Patterns You Need to Create for Your Website

Synced patterns streamline the content creation process in WordPress. With the ability to save pieces of content for future use, you can increase efficiency and maintain a consistent style. But you might not know what type of content to convert into synced patterns.

Well, you can turn anything into a synced pattern. Then, you can insert the same custom element into multiple posts or pages. However, some blocks can be more useful to save than others. These include call to action buttons, affiliate disclaimers, forms, and more.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at synced patterns and why you need them. Then, we’ll show you how to build five handy blocks for your WordPress site. Let’s get started!

What Are Synced Patterns (And Why Are They Useful)?

Synced patterns (also known as “reusable blocks”) enable you to save sections of content that you plan to use in other posts and pages. This way, you won’t have to recreate the same text multiple times or re-apply the same customizations to a particular block.

For example, many bloggers conclude articles by asking readers to follow them on social media or leave a comment. Therefore, they might save this call to action as a synced pattern so they can quickly add it to all future posts.

Besides saving you time, synced patterns enable you to maintain a cohesive design across your site. For instance, if you create a “subscribe now” button with your brand colors and fonts, you’ll want to use the same element on different pages. Having buttons in varying styles can make your site look messy and unprofessional.

Note that some themes add new blocks to your collection. For example, Blocksy gives you blocks for breadcrumbs, an “about me” section, contact info, and more:

Blocksy starter sites

You can turn any of these blocks into synced patterns. We’ll show you how to do this in the next section.

5 Handy Synced Patterns to Create for Your Website

Now that you know a bit more about synced patterns, let’s look at five elements that you’ll likely need to use multiple times. We’ll show you how to build and save these blocks for easy access.

1. Affiliate Disclaimers

Affiliate disclaimers inform readers that when they make a purchase through one of your product links, you’ll earn a commission on that sale.

It’s important to disclose this information to maintain transparency and build trust with your audience, especially since you’re influencing their purchasing decisions. It’s also good practice to include affiliate disclaimers multiple times to make sure that readers have taken notice.

For example, you might insert disclosures at the start and end of articles:

An example of an affiliate disclaimer

To make things easier, you can create a synced pattern with your affiliate statement and insert it into every new post you write.

All you have to do is open the Block Editor and enter your disclaimer into a paragraph block. You might also like to add a heading, include details about your affiliate programs, or link to your privacy policy.

Then, you can style your block to align with the design of the page. When you’re done, click on the three dots in the block toolbar and select Create pattern:

How to create reusable blocks

After that, enter a descriptive name for your pattern and assign it to a category. Make sure that the Synced toggle is active and click on Create.

Then, in a new post or page, click on the + icon to add a new block and choose Browse all to see more options. Switch to the Patterns tab and go to My patterns:

How to insert reusable blocks into pages

Here, you should see your affiliate disclaimer pattern. Simply click on it to insert it into your post.

2. Promotional Content

If you run a business website, you might have a blog where you create posts like tutorials, roundups, or reviews that highlight your products or services. Occasionally, you might even place an advertisement with a link to your product page.

Similarly, if you’re an affiliate marketer, you could feature banners and ads for third-party products and services.

In this case, you can create a synced pattern for your promotional content, so that it’s quick and easy to slot into your posts and pages.

It’s a good idea to start with a Column block and choose the two-column structure. Then, you can populate the columns with additional blocks like headings, text, images, and buttons to create your advertisement:

Create reusable blocks for promotional content like ads

Make sure Columns is selected in the toolbar, then select the three dots and choose Create pattern. Again, you’ll need to give your pattern a name, assign it to a category, and enable the Synced toggle.

3. Call to Action Buttons

Call to action (CTA) buttons can be placed on pages and blog posts, following promotional content. These CTAs urge visitors to perform an action on your site, such as registering for an account or subscribing to your mailing list.

Typically, CTAs take the form of hyperlinks or buttons. The latter are particularly useful because they’re easier to spot, and you can turn them into synced patterns.

All you have to do is select a Button block and enter your text:

How to create reusable blocks to CTA buttons

You can also change the alignment, color, and size of the button. Simply use the settings on the right to make your selections.

Remember to add a link to your button, then save it as a synced pattern as shown above.

4. Pricing Tables

If you have a blog, you might consider monetizing it with memberships. This means you would paywall your best content and require readers to purchase a subscription to unlock full access. You could even offer different membership tiers to cater to people with different budgets.

A pricing table can be an effective way to showcase the value and features of your plans. But this can be incredibly time-consuming to create manually each time. For example, you may have a dedicated pricing page, but you might also like to feature the table in blog posts that mention your memberships.

To create a pricing table in the Block Editor, select the Column block. Then, define the number of columns that you want to include. After that, you’re free to add more blocks inside each column like headings, buttons, and bulleted lists:

Create reusable blocks for pricing tables

You can also switch to the Styles tab to choose a new color palette for your table.

To save the block, make sure the Columns icon is selected in the toolbar. Then, click on Create pattern, enter a name and category, and make sure the pattern is synced.

5. Subscribe Forms

We’ve shown you how to create synced patterns for CTA buttons (which can encourage users to subscribe), but you might also like to create subscribe forms. You can add these to the end of articles to make it easy for readers to sign up for your newsletter.

By default, WordPress doesn’t offer built-in form functionality. However, you can get this feature using the free version of Blocksy. With it, you’ll be able to easily create beautiful subscription forms and automate your campaigns and newsletters using your preferred email marketing provider.

Once the Blocksy theme is active on your site, you’ll first need to enable the Blocksy Companion tool. You should have been prompted to do this when you installed the theme.

But, if you skipped that step, go to Appearance > Blocksy > Home. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Install Blocksy Companion:

Installing the Blocksy Companion tool

After that, you’ll see a new Extensions tab at the top of the page. Click on it, and go to the Newsletter Subscribe tab in your left-hand menu:

Enabling the Blocksy Newsletter Subscribe extension

Toggle the button to turn on the free subscribe form extension. Next, connect the form to your preferred email marketing provider.

The theme allows you to integrate your form with some of the most popular options, including Mailchimp, Brevo, ConvertKit, Mailerlite, and more:

Connecting your subscribe form to your email marketing provider

After you choose your provider, enter your API key, and input your list ID, hit Save Settings. You’re now ready to create your reusable Newsletter block, which has been added thanks to the Blocksy extension.

Simply open the Block Editor, find the block, and add it to your page:

The Newsletter block in WordPress

As you can see, the subscribe form provides you with the essential fields, and you can customize it using your block settings on the right. When you’re ready, go to the Advanced tab and give the block a name:

Creating a reusable newsletter block

Now, you can turn it into a synced pattern by clicking on the three dots in the block toolbar and selecting Create pattern.

Make sure the toggle is synced. Then, you can find it when you browse for block patterns.

Conclusion

Synced patterns can help you speed up the design process. WordPress enables you to customize blocks and save them so you can use them on other pages or posts. This way, you won’t have to re-design the same content multiple times.

To recap, here are five particularly handy synced patterns to create for your site:

  1. Affiliate disclaimers.
  2. Promotional content like advertisements. 
  3. Call to action buttons.
  4. Pricing tables.
  5. Subscribe forms.

Do you have any questions about how to use synced patterns in WordPress? Let us know in the comments section below!

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