Since its inception, I’ve been closely following the development of the upcoming WordPress block editor, codenamed Gutenberg. WordPress 5.0, along with the shiny new editor, is scheduled to land on November 19th 2018. I wanted to send out a transparent update on my plan for Gutenberg integration into the ThemeBeans WordPress theme catalog.
At ThemeBeans, our commitment to Gutenberg and WordPress 5.0 is not just an extension of our commitment to support the latest version of WordPress. It’s our commitment to the future of WordPress. I couldn’t be more excited about Gutenberg and how the editor will empower folks from every walk of life to build beautifully rich content with ease.
To sum it up, we’re diligently working on adding full-scale Gutenberg support for most of our themes, starting with blogging/writing themes first.
Our Gutenberg integration strategy
I’m currently working on implementing full Gutenberg support for the simpler WordPress themes in the collection. I chose to start with these less-complex themes in order to fine-tune my Gutenberg integration process, before working on the more difficult themes.
I’m aiming to have most of our themes fully supporting the new block editor, including all the bits and pieces that make it so powerful, by the time WordPress 5.0 lands (currently November 19th).
While it’s a lofty goal, I’ve been porting over styling, perfecting color palettes and restructuring themes over the last few months — prepping for this very release. I’m excited about Gutenberg and how stellar it’s made the content creation process in my themes so much better.
Here’s the update plan leading up to the release of WordPress 5.0.
Round 1: Stash, Pinto, York Pro and York Lite
In the first round of implementation, Stash, Pinto and York Lite will be updated for Gutenberg compatibility. As with all my WordPress themes that receive Gutenberg support, they’ll receive precise editor styling, beautiful editor color palettes, custom font sizes, and support for the new wide and fullwidth alignment options.
Pinto has been essentially re-written from the ground up and both Stash and Pinto have received style refreshes to bring them up to speed with modern design trends and standards.
Target date: November 9th
Round 2: Charmed Pro, Snazzy, Tabor and Forte
As part of the second string of updates, I’m hoping to have Charmed Pro, Forteand Tabor wrapped up nicely. Forte and Tabor already support Gutenberg but need to be updated with proper editor styling, as defined in the latest Gutenberg releases.
Charmed Pro is a bit unique in how the portfolio content is displayed, so I’ll have to disable Gutenberg on the portfolio post type for now. Pages and posts will indeed support the block editor.
Target date: November 14th
Round 3: Ava, Designer and Spaces
In the third round, I’ll start tackling some of the more complex themes.
Target date: November 18th
Stage 4: Other WordPress themes
All my more popular WordPress themes should be fully integrated with Gutenberg support by the official WordPress 5.0 release. Before the release, I’ll have conducted proper tests to ensure my remaining WordPress themes do not throw publishing errors.
I’ll continue to push updates for the rest of my theme catalog until every active theme is 100% integrated with Gutenberg.
Supporting CoBlocks and Block Gallery
Every theme in the ThemeBeans catalog will support CoBlocks and Block Gallery, which are Gutenberg block projects that we’ve been working on. CoBlocks is a suite of editor blocks for content marketers and writers while Block Gallery is a collection of image gallery blocks for Gutenberg.
Both block plugins fit perfectly within the framework of my themes, further empowering folks to publish beautifully content-rich articles and stunning galleries.
My goal is to ensure that my themes are fully compatible with WordPress 5.0, and secondly, to update them to take full advantage of everything that encompasses the new block editor.
Even though tested these WordPress themes against Gutenberg continuously over the last couple of months, I still suggest setting up a staging website to run your website on WordPress 5.0, with Gutenberg and the new theme update. As with any major software update, there may be hiccups along the way. If you run into anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’ll gladly take a look to explore a resolution.
I’m so excited about the future of WordPress, themes, blocks, and the new editor as a whole. Folks will experience next-generation flexibility that only building pages and posts with blocks can bring. I hope to be one of the first shops to not only support Gutenberg across the board, but to embrace the new block editor.
ThemeBeans is known for its top-notch themes, inside and out — I’d like to keep it that way. Bring on the future of WordPress.