Block-based Themes Meeting Summary: Sept. 16, 2020


  • The first iteration of a Global Styles sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. has been merged: 24250
  • Two in-progress PRs that explore how themes can set font families and font weights via Global Styles. These could use theme author feedback: 24868, 24978
  • There’s been big update to the experimental theme.json documentation.
  • Discussion about specifying content widths in Global Styles: 25160
  • Issue about reverting 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. templates to their default state: 23421


After the updates, the group discussed what sorts of experimental theme demos they’d like to see built to test the capabilities of block-based themes:

  • Themes with a static/fixed sidebar.
  • Magazine-style layouts.
  • Store themes.

@jffng filed an issue on GitHub to track these ideas. Contributors are encouraged to push experiments to the theme experiments repository on GitHub so everyone can learn from them.