As part of the first round of WordPress 5.0 updates to my theme catalog here at ThemeBeans, I’ve prepared major updates for both York Lite and Pro.

Version 2.0 of York Lite was released on WordPress.org over the weekend, while York Pro is scheduled for release on Monday, November 26th, 2018 — the day before WordPress 5.0 is launching to the public.

If you’d like to receive the update ahead of schedule, please reach out at support at themebeans dot com and we’ll send you the files to manually install.

Fully Gutenberg Compatible

Apart from adding proper styling for every block provided by Gutenberg, I’ve tuned up both theme’s code base, tidied up a few styles, baked in a beautiful color palette, added custom font sizes, and included support for the new wide and full width alignment options.

With the new block editor, publishing pages with York is so much more streamlined than before. And with precise editor styles, crafting content in the block editor looks exactly like how it’ll look on the front-end.

Updates to Customizer Typography Options

While York Pro previously supported a wide array of Google Fonts, this update removes many of the more obscure font choices available. In order to pull font selections into the block editor, I needed to trim down the number of fonts available in the Customizer font selectors.

The good news is that I’ve made the array of fonts filterable from a child theme using the york_fonts filter. If you need help with adding a different Google font to the selectors within the Customizer, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

You’ll also find the Heading and Body Typography panels have been merged, as the Heading font size options have been removed and are now programmatically sized based on the display viewport.

Other Notable Changes

York now features contextual behind-the-scenes checks to ensure metaboxes are appropriately displayed within the editor’s sidebar (if Gutenberg is enabled), so that the block editing viewport is as clean as possible.

You may also find modified styles on general typographic elements throughout the site. With the introduction of the block editor styling, I’ve tidied up many of the theme’s core elements.

Support for Block Gallery and CoBlocks

These updates add support for two other Gutenberg block plugins that we’ve been working on: CoBlocks and Block Gallery.

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 plugins fit perfectly with York, enabling folks to publish beautifully rich content and stunning galleries with ease.

What to expect when updating 5.0

If you’re opting to keep the new block editor as your default editor of choice, then I recommend updating to the latest version of York Lite or York Pro. Together with Gutenberg and WordPress 5.0, York Lite and Pro will give you one of the best content creating experiences in WordPress.

Once updated, you’ll find your post content for each existing page or post displayed in a single Classic block. This content will perform exactly as it did before you’ve updated to WordPress 5.0.

You may then break that singular Classic block into multiple blocks — by selecting the “Convert to Blocks” option from the “…” icon on the block’s toolbar. This may change how your content is displayed, and the theme’s styles should take over at this point and ensure elements are properly styled to accurately represent the front-end rendering.

The Forefront of Gutenberg WordPress Themes

WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg are paving the way to a whole new era of WordPress. I’m thrilled to be committed to the future of WordPress and to be on the forefront of Gutenberg-ready WordPress themes.

I’m absolutely confident you’re going to love these updates to York.

Edit: On another note, both York Pro and Mark were listed two of the very best portfolio WordPress themes for 2019 on WPZOOM. What a way to kick off the new year!