Block-based WordPress Themes

Block-based themes are beginning to land in the WordPress theme directory. At the time of this writing, full site editing (FSE) tag filter lists only six themes that are block themes. Among theme, TT1 Blocks is the most up to date default and a showcase theme developed and maintained by WordPress Theme development team. However, TT1 Blocks is still in an experimental theme, not recommended for production.

TT1 Blocks is an experimental block-based version of the Twenty Twenty-One theme. It is built to leverage the full-site editing functionality that is being built in the Gutenberg plugin. This theme is not meant for use on a production site.

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Of the other five themes, Naledi is the latest experimental FSE theme which is described as “an experimental block-based theme. It is built to leverage the full-site editing functionality that is being built in the Gutenberg plugin. This theme is not meant for use on a production site“.

In WP tavern, Justin Tadlock has been reviewing all these block-based themes. Following is brief description (directly adapted) from WPTavern posts:

Blockbase: The theme is designed by Automattic is, as the name suggests, simple foundational block theme “with a set of minimal templates and design settings that can be manipulated through Global Styles“. In a release posts, theme author Ben Dwyer writes that it’s designed to be a parent theme for block themes just like _S starter for classic themes. “Blockbase is intended to be a representation of all the theme style settings that we believe should eventually live in Global Styles and be configurable by users,” writes Ben Dwyer.

Armando: While reviewing Armando, Justin writes it is a “solid starting point for theme authors who have yet to dip their toes into block-based theme development. It is also usable enough for end-users who want to experience the current state of Full Site Editing“.

Hansen: This was the fourth FSE theme built by uxl that landed in WordPress theme directory. “Overall, I love the experimentation. Hansen is one of the best themes for playing around with the site editor in Gutenberg right now,” writes Justin in his review.

Naledi: The theme designed by Anariel Design and gets good review from Justin. “Naledi is a well-rounded theme given the limitations of block templating right now. It has plenty of personality and is a good representation of how themers should be building on top of the system. There are miles to go, but the Gutenberg development team is driving fast,” writes Justin.

Q: This was the first theme to land in the theme directory and developed by Ari Stathopoulos (a WordPress Themes Team representative). “The Q theme will likely be one of the primary examples that other theme authors will follow as they begin learning how to build block-based themes,” writes Justin.

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