Gutenberg + Themes: Week of June 15, 2020

Hi everyone! Here’s the sixth weekly roundup of theme-related discussions, fixes, and developments in GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc.

Since conversations are ongoing, some of the issues & PRs mentioned were also present in previous weeks. We’ve tried to put brand new ones at the top of each of the bulleted lists. 

Please weigh in on the tickets below — your voice and feedback are welcome! 

In progress / Discussions:


  • Button BlockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience.: Legacy buttons don’t appear center-aligned by default 23291
  • Button Block: Reduce unnecessary specificity. 23246
  • Button Block: Lighten the DOM in the editor. 23222
  • Limit display of block patterns if their included blocks are not available. 23275 
  • PR to adjust max-width setting for reusable blocks. 22632
  • PR for adding color controls to the list block. 21387
  • PR to change CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. specificity of default font-size rules. 22671
  • Fixes for the issue where custom theme colors don’t work in the editor after Gutenberg 7.9.1. 22356
  • An attempt to remove some of the extra canvas padding in the editor (almost ready to merge). 22213

Block-based Themes

  • Potential issue where HTMLHTML HTML is an acronym for Hyper Text Markup Language. It is a markup language that is used in the development of web pages and websites. file updates are not updating in the full site editor.
  • Tracking issue for Template Tags in Full Site Editing 22724 
  • Syncing theme templates to the block editor in all contexts: 22469
  • Figuring out a way to handle inline dynamic content in theme templates. 21932

FSEFSE Short for Full Site Editing, a project for the Gutenberg plugin and the editor where a full page layout is created using only blocks. Blocks

A set of blocks are available with the Gutenberg pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party to enable building templates in FSE.

  • Latest Posts Block: HTML/CSS output not consistent. 22759
  • Latest Posts Block: Last element has incorrect right margin. 22911
  • FSE blocks are missing classnames on the front end. 21903
  • Site Title: Add support settings for colors, fonts, and line height. 23007

Global Styles

  • Discussion about presets for line-height, padding and margin. 23111
  • Recap and next steps for Global Styles. 22296
  • Tracking and consolidating style attributes for blocks. 22700 


  • This board tracks Navigation Screen and Navigation Block issues that are important for the WordPress 5.5 release. Project Overview



  • New padding control to cover block. (21492, 23041)
  • New link color control to paragraph, heading, group, columns, and media-text blocks. (22722, 23025, 23049)

Block-based Themes

  • Fixing a bug when themes provided index.html but no front-page.html. 22954

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Thanks to @itsjusteileen, @jffng, and @joen for help pulling this post together. Please let us know if it was helpful in the comments!