Gutenberg + Themes: Week of July 13, 2020

Hi everyone! Here’s the tenth 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. Now that we’ve been through about two months of these updates, we’d really love to hear whether they’ve been helpful or not for you. Please feel free to leave any thoughts or suggestions in the comments below. 

We have a great new resource to feature this week! @poena contributed an excellent tutorial on creating your first 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.-based theme. You can find that in the block-editor handbook here: 

Since conversations are ongoing, some of the issues & PRs mentioned below 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:


  • Discussion about moving away from editor-provided inline styles. 23893
  • Custom gradients cannot be edited if there are no explicit stops specified. 23501
  • Gradient stops should be allowed to fully overlap in the gradient 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.. 23816 
  • Discussion around adding font unit options to the font size selector. 23323

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 
  • Add Template lock to templates created in the editor. 23532

Global Styles

  • 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



  • Fixes for the issue where custom theme colors don’t work in the editor after Gutenberg 7.9.1. 22356
  • Fix centered legacy buttons. 23381
  • Add a default line height rule to the post title. 23656

Block-based Themes

  • Add a site description block. 23788
  • Add a site logo bock. 18811
  • Refresh to the block-based themes documentation. 23750

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!