I would like to create a block consisting of multiple other blocks, combined with a layout or some other kind of wrapper html.

A typical example would be a footer with 4 columns containing a menu, some custom text, etc.

The entire thing should be configurable in the UI and then exportable to the CMI system.

Known solutions

I know that this is possible in Drupal 7 using renderkit + cfrblock. However this has not been ported to Drupal 8 (yet). I will get there eventually, but atm I would like to find out if another solution might already exist.

EDIT: On D8 there is blockgroup, but it does not really work for me.

Related issues

How to group multiple blocks into one big block I think this is for D7.


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    Blockgroup will allow you to create groups of blocks. Other than that, all I can think of is Paragraphs in blocks.
    – Kevin
    Feb 3, 2020 at 19:04
  • I had tried blockgroup, but my mistake was to name the block group the same as the theme region :)
    – donquixote
    Feb 3, 2020 at 23:09

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Use blockgroup. Add block_class if needed.

When creating the block groups, make sure that the machine name does not clash with existing theme region machine names! (from any theme, ideally)

After you created a block group, it will show up in two ways in the blocks UI:

  • As a new theme region (if you avoided the name clash)
  • As a block that can be placed.

Block class allows to add classes (e.g. bootstrap grid classes) to each block and block group.

This is not 100% what you would get with a layout, but it is getting close, and will be sufficient in many cases.

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