Gutenberg + Themes: Week of June 29, 2020

Hi everyone! Here’s the eighth 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. This one’s coming a day early this week. 🙂

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:


  • Custom gradients cannot be edited if there are no explicit stops specified. 23501
  • Discussion around adding font unit options to the font size selector. 23323
  • 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.: 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
  • Add a way to filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. CSS classes for blocks using PHPPHP PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. 23223

Block-based Themes

  • Discussion about the support of shortcodes in block-based theme templates. 23626
  • Discussing the use of conditional logic in experimental-theme.json 22324
  • Tracking issue for Template Tags in Full Site Editing 22724 
  • Sync edits from theme to site editor 22469
  • Add Template lock to templates created in editor 23532

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.

  • 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. and CSS not present/inconsistent for FSE Blocks 22759
  • Suggestion for Site Title styling options. 23228
  • Group block is missing alignment options in the full-site editor. 23431
  • Add a Site Logo Block 18811

Global Styles

  • Discussion about presets for line-height, padding and margin. 23111
  • 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
  • There will be a new standing weekly meeting beginning 8 July in #core slack specific to the Navigation block and screen



  • Fix centered legacy button blocks. 23381
  • Clarify the wp-block-styles documentation. 23359

Block-based Themes

  • Allow wide/full alignment in the full-site editor. 23488
  • Rename “Template Part” to “Section” in the full-site editor UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing.. 23295
  • Add theme exporter button to the full-site editor. 22922 
  • Template Part: Improve insertion flow 22395
  • Fix for issue where HTML file updates are not being reflected in the full site editor. 23591

General Resources:

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