1. Anders

    Big thanks for the kind write-up, Justin! More block patterns are definitely coming, and hopefully before Eksell goes live in the directory proper.


  2. Li-An

    I agree with you : I remember a time when some developers tried to create new concepts for their themes. It is very rare today to find a theme with personality.


  3. Atanu Das

    Really awesome article Justin. I personally like the featured items and call to action of the Eksell theme. A big thanks to you for sharing the demos and their screenshots.


  4. Daniel

    This theme does such a great job of selling a block editor-driven WordPress. It was a missed opportunity to not pair something of this quality with the block editor when WordPress 5.0 was released.

    It’s responsive! I’m amazed this stands out as a highlight for me, but, as the official theme, Twenty Twenty-One breaks in pretty basic ways in multiple places for different screen widths. I think this visual approach is also probably more approachable as “good design” for the average person than Twenty Twenty-One’s attempt at a more typographical approach.

    The amount of CSS served is a bit surprising: WordPress-bundled styles are 57KB, plus 122KB (90KB minified) for the theme. I continue to feel it’s unfortunate core styles are bundled with WordPress, although I can understand many reasons for doing so.

    Related question: for themes released via the Theme repository, is it a requirement for the native block styles to be used? More broadly, is it a requirement for all core blocks to remain available or can some be unregistered if the theme author chooses?


    • Justin Tadlock

      Themes are not allowed to register/unregister blocks. However, styling is completely in their domain, so they can disable core block styles, replacing them with their own.


    • Justin Tadlock

      As an additional note about the default Twenty* themes, I honestly feel like the team doesn’t have much time to implement a truly great theme. Often, it’s far too late in the year and folks are scrambling to put it together.

      For example, I’d love for work on Twenty Twenty-Two to already be underway now that we’re halfway through March. But, it’ll probably be months before we see any hints of it.

      The process for default themes needs to be restructured. There needs to be a research period, mockup of ideas, etc. The last few themes have been borrowed from existing projects because there really has not been time to implement something from scratch.

      I agree with you. As much as I think Twenty Twenty and Twenty Twenty-One are pretty neat projects, WordPress has not delivered on showcasing the block system via its default themes.


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