Updates and tutorials on WordPress theme development, covering classic themes and block themes.
Welcome to the second edition of this monthly series. If you’re a developer who builds on top of the WordPress platform, this news is for you. The goal is to make it easier to navigate the fast-paced development cycle, narrowing down the list of must-read content […]
One of the oft-repeated questions in developer circles who have closely followed WordPress’ revolution via the Gutenberg project has been: When are we going to get more responsive controls? Specifically, this question is often framed around the ability to change some design element of a block […]
If you have been wondering how to learn everything you can about block theme development, then this post is for you. The links in this post have been collected from official WordPress sources and categorized to help you learn more about block themes and related topics.
Welcome to the first edition of a new monthly series for developers. This post—and hopefully many more to come—will list all of the features, changes, and other vital items the WordPress extender community should know about. The goal of the monthly roundup is to cut […]
WordPress introduced the Block Styles API in version 5.3 as a feature for theme authors to create block customizations that are not possible via the built-in design tools. However, it is often an underutilized feature in themes. And, when it is used, the results are sometimes are […]
Gutenberg 14.9 launched on January 4, 2023, and this release featured a long-needed design tool that theme authors have been missing: shadows. The first iteration of this feature, which should eventually land in WordPress 6.2, allows designers to create a set of custom shadows to apply to […]
WordPress 6.1 introduced several necessary changes to its layout framework. Namely, core has now centralized its layout definitions, created semantic class names, and reduced code duplication on container blocks. Originally, this post was intended to be a quick look at the changes to the system […]
With each major WordPress update, theme authors gain access to new tools that decrease their development workload and can increase the performance of their themes. Most of these improvements in the last few releases come from theme.json updates. The theme.json file adds extra settings and […]
A WordPress user can choose the type of content displayed on the homepage. A new WordPress site’s default behavior is to display a view of the website’s most recent posts. However, it is also possible to set a static page as the homepage. Changing the […]
Throughout most of WordPress’ history, classic theme development was a template-first affair. Templates housed the structure of the eventual document that would appear on any given front-end page. However, the block paradigm allows for a rethinking of how developers approach theme creation. More and more, […]