Gutenberg + Themes: Week of Jan 11, 2021

Hello! This is the 34th 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.

Before we begin, I’d like to note that the experimental, 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 version of the Twenty Twenty-One theme (named TT1 Blocks) is now live in the theme repository:

Development is ongoing, alongside the full-site editing work in Gutenberg. Please test, contribute, and help build this and other themes in the WordPress Theme Experiments GitHub repository

Now onto our usual updates! Please weigh in on the tickets below — your voice and feedback are welcome. 

Issues / Discussions:

  • Improve 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. on dark backgrounds. 28200
  • Blocks: Refactor Gallery Block as a wrapper around Image Blocks. 25940
  • Blocks: Add support for border configuration via 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.. 28049
  • 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.: Updates to theme.json. 28163
  • FSE: Try implementing a multi-theme system. 28131
  • FSE: Themes located in a subdirectory do not load template parts. 28022
  • FSE: Template parts need to inherit the query context. 28011
  • FSE: Inline custom block styles are not visible in the site editor. 27962
  • FSE: Rethink exporting block themes and styles. 27941 
  • FSE Blocks: Query Pagination Block warning. 28014
  • FSE Blocks: Add Archive Title Block. 27989


  • Hide the theme without comments.php deprecation message. 28128
  • Make empty paragraphs take up the same space on the frontend, as in the editor. 27995
  • Navigation block: allow space-between on menu items. 28169
  • Spacer block: Use transparency. 28103
  • Spacer block: Show on hover. 28129
  • Fix appender margins. 27392
  • FSE: Fix loading issue for  template parts. 28088
  • FSE Blocks: Allow space-between for nav menu items. 28169

Overview Issues:

  • Full Site Editing Milestones. 24551
  • Template Tags in Full Site Editing. 22724 
  • Missing query block functionality. 24934
  • Query and LoopLoop The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post. block tracking: 24762

General Resources:

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