What’s next in Gutenberg? (March)

This is a monthly update containing the high-level items that Gutenberg contributors are focusing on for the next month. Join us in our efforts.

Block Content Areas

Work on this major focus is ongoing and is expected to continue iterating over the next months.

  • Continue improving the Edit Site UI
    • Improve the saving flow. 20421
    • Improve the template selector picker. 20469 20478
  • Continue on the Full Site Editing blocks (post tags 20418, post comments 19894).
  • Work on the Block Context API. 19685
  • Continue on the experimental block-based themes.

Global Styles

  • Update the Core blocks styles to support the Global styles variables.
  • Define and document the available settings.


These are different from the Block Variations API (that was initially named patterns as well). These are pre-made post/page sections that can be inserted and edited.

  • Create a rich built-in patterns library. 20345
  • Iterate on the Patterns UI. 17335

Tightening up

  • The first iteration of the new Block UI has been merged and it will be polished/iterated on during the upcoming month. 19344
  • Implement the first version of the Block Editor Controlling API. 20588
  • The ongoing effort to use a lighter Block DOM structure in the editor and match the frontend.

While these are our focuses don’t forget you can always help with triage, needs testing issues, good first issues and reviewing PRs.