Gutenberg + Themes: Week of Sept 7, 2020

Hello! This is the 18th 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.

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

In progress / Discussions:


  • Cover 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.: Update the box-sizing attribute. 25515
  • Remove depreciated gray colors from stylesheets. 25213
  • Enable custom units by default. 24873
  • Allow arbitrary widths for columns. 24711

Block-based Themes

  • Add content-width option to theme.jsonJSON JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML.. 25160
  • Discussing template handling on theme switches. 25071
  • 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
  • Template handling on theme-switching. 25071

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.

  • Add search in the Query block. 25222
  • Missing query block functionality. 24934
  • 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
  • The image from the site logo block can not be removed from the customizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings.. 25173

Global Styles

  • Add font family picking mechanism 24868 
  • Font stack options discussion. 25032
  • Global styles affecting non-FSE themes. 24326


FSE Blocks

  • Add Tags support to the query block. 25005
  • Add 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. by author support to the query block. 25149
  • Give the Template Part block attribute feature parity with the Group block. 25029

Overview Issues:

  • Full Site Editing Milestones. 24551
  • Template Tags in Full Site Editing. 22724 
  • Advancing Global Styles. 25207
  • Tracking and consolidating style attributes for blocks. 22700 

General Resources:

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