Gutenberg + Themes: Week of Aug 24, 2020

Hello! This is the 16th 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.

An important issue to highlight this week is this one that contains a proposal for offering a migrationMigration Moving the code, database and media files for a website site from one server to another. Most typically done when changing hosting companies. path for theme templates to 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 templates. It’s already generated some good discussion, and resulted in a followup issue, which I’ll list right here too: 

  • 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. Theme Template Compatibility Proposal. 24803
  • Follow up: Have Gutenberg fall back to PHP templates if a block-based template does not exist. 24834

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

In progress / Discussions:


  • Enable custom units by default. 24873
  • Outline button does not apply custom text color. 24625
  • Allow arbitrary widths for columns. 24711
  • Convert all front-end pixel values to rem. 24523
  • Consider the use of the prefers-color-scheme media query in Gutenberg + Themes. 24368
  • Avoid using Gutenberg’s $grid-unit variables in the front end. 24432

Block-based Themes

  • Have Gutenberg provide fallback block-based templates by default. 24883
  • Articulate requirements for porting existing themes. 24313
  • How to sync edits from theme to site editor. 22469
  • Improve template part visibility and enable browse mode. 24252
  • Discussing the “Hero/Cover Block” pattern for headers. 24634

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.

  • Allow using featured imageFeatured image A featured image is the main image used on your blog archive page and is pulled when the post or page is shared on social media. The image can be used to display in widget areas on your site or in a summary list of posts. as background for the Group block. 24660

Global Styles

  • Global styles affecting non-FSE themes. 24326
  • Tracking and consolidating style attributes for blocks. 22700 
  • Make theme.json cross-platform (web & mobile). 24165


  • Make site title a link. 24725

Overview Issues:

  • Full Site Editing Milestones. 24551
  • Template Tags in Full Site Editing. 22724 

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!