Gutenberg is still in the beta phase, and development from theme shops is really just starting to get under way in many cases. So how do we find a good theme for Gutenberg?
First, a few things to note:
- Gutenberg is still in beta, with several weeks left for development. I suspect we’ll see a lot of changes in that time (don’t worry. This course will get updated accordingly).
- Much like the Classic WordPress Editor, Gutenberg offers little to no styles. So it is up to theme designers to make sure their themes handle blocks properly.
- At the time of this recording, Gutenberg doesn’t support page templates, but that support is coming.
The Content Area
So what exactly does Gutenberg “replace?” Gutenberg, in it’s current form, replaces the WordPress Editor – really we should think of it asmore of an upgrade than a replacement. But that means, for example, If there is a set footer on posts with the author, categories, tags, and date, you will not be able to edit them. On the technical level, it replaces anything that is added with the
the_content() template tag.
Because Gutenberg adds only minimal markup and styles, and because Gutenberg is still so new, finding a theme that has full block support is a bit of a challenge. There are a few things to look out for if you’d like to choose your own theme, though.
Finding a Good Theme
- Make sure it suites your needs. Whether you’re building a site for a restaurant, a sports team, a college, or whatever, make sure the theme has the look and feel you’re going for.
- Look for a theme with a full-width content area (either by default, or one that can be turned on with the Customizer). Gutenberg allows for some great page layouts and having a full-width content area goes a long way it making those layouts look even better.
- Try to find one where you can disable the title. Placing the title on the page could play a big part in the look and feel of the site, so if you can find a theme that will hide the title by default, that’s great! If not, you could always recruit the help of a plugin.
Finally, remember this: Gutenberg is not a page builder. You will still rely on your theme for page design, templates, and general overall design. Gutenberg simple allows you to create content using blocks. What that means now, in the first half of 2018, is rich layouts for your content area, not for entire pages.
Good Themes for Gutenberg
Based on this criteria, here are a few good themes that might work well with Gutenberg:
For this course, we’ll be using Atomic Blocks.