WordPress Theme Experiments
This repository is dedicated to exploring how WordPress themes can best leverage Gutenberg blocks. Each sub-directory contains a WordPress theme that explores some aspect of creating themes using blocks or block templates.
|Empty Theme||Gutenberg 12.0, WordPress 5.9.0|
|Gutenberg Starter Theme Blocks||Gutenberg 8.6|
|Photo Blocks||Gutenberg 9.5|
|Twenty Nineteen Blocks||Gutenberg 8.6|
|Twenty Twenty Blocks||Gutenberg 8.6|
|TT1 Blocks||The version of the theme in this repository may rely on Gutenberg features that have not yet made it into an official release|
require-gutenberg is a utility for themes to check whether the Gutenberg plugin is installed.
Submitting an experiment
We encourage you to submit your experiment to be included! To get started, check out the contributor's guide.
Most of the themes here rely on experimental Gutenberg functionality that must be turned on manually. We recommend testing with WordPress 5.3 or higher, PHP 7.3 or higher, and the latest version of the Gutenberg plugin. Here are general instructions for getting started:
- Clone this repository or upload a zip of the theme into your site’s themes directory.
- Install the Gutenberg plugin.
- Enable the "Full Site Editing" experiment in the
Gutenberg > Experimentspanel.
- Activate the new theme from within
Appearance > Themes.
If the theme includes starter content, you'll want to install on a fresh site, and visit the Customizer after installation. Pressing the "Publish" in there should auto-populate the starter content.
Tip: WordPress will search for themes inside of subdirectories. If you'd like to test many of the themes experiments, you should be able to clone this entire repository into the
/wp-content/themes/ folder of your test site.
Resources and Background
Here are some resources that may be useful context for learning more about block-based themes:
- Block-based Theme Documentation
- theme.json Documentation
- Create a block theme (tutorial)
- Full site editing development in the Gutenberg repo
- Global styles development in the Gutenberg repo
Generating your own starter theme
We have included a script so you can generate a theme based on a starter boilerplate with the minimum necessary to build your own block theme. You will need to have php installed to run it using: