Full Gutenberg Compatibility Coming Soon to Automattic’s Free Themes on WordPress.org, Including Storefront for WooCommerce

If your site is hosted on WordPress.com and you are trying out the new Gutenberg editor, there are currently 24 themes with full Gutenberg support available and more on the way. In response to questions about how to find Gutenberg themes on WordPress.com, Automattic’s Theme Team has given an update about the status of the .com themes, as well as the company’s free themes on WordPress.org.

There is currently no way to search for Gutenberg-ready themes on WordPress.com themes because there is no filter set up for this. However, the team said users should not any experience any issues with themes breaking with the new editor:

All existing themes should still work with Gutenberg. At worst styles in the editor might not exactly match styles on the site itself, and styling for individual blocks might cause conflicts if the theme treats that type of content in a specific way. But that is true of all WordPress themes, not just the ones on WordPress.com.

Users can activate any theme they want with Gutenberg. The new editor is not going to break any themes, but a theme does need to add support for users to take advantage of specific features like wide alignments and block color palettes. Gutenberg-ready themes also include editor styles to ensure a consistent editing experience between frontend and backend.

Automattic is also working to bring some of those updates from its current set of Gutenberg-ready themes to its free themes hosted on WordPress.org. The company has 109 themes in the directory, which have cumulatively been downloaded more than 17 million times. The majority of its more popular themes fall into the business category, such as Dara (10K active installs), Argent (10K), Edin (6K), and Karuna (5K). Several of these themes are already Gutenberg-ready with the code available on GitHub.

Storefront is by far Automattic’s most popular free theme on WordPress.org with 200,000+ installs and is well on its way towards being ready to support Gutenberg’s new features. Development towards this goal is happening on GitHub. Users can run beta versions of the Storefront theme ahead of time using the Storefront Beta Tester plugin.

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  1. I know that theme devs that have/add themes to .org are starting to update their own there. I know with Blogging Theme Styles, the site already has the last few (new) themes fully supportive with block styling. So it seems others are getting onboard. The Hemmingway theme recently updated to support Gutenberg as well.

    Not sure how many existing themes in .org will update, but it appears Automattic will be doing this for all their themes.

    But one thing I’ve noticed is that the Gutenberg team seems to like making changes to styles, which means we now have to back in and update the style classes. An example is the Cover Image block. Used to be “wp-block-cover-image” now its “wp-block-cover”, so this broke styles.

    A challenge because Gutenberg is not officially released, or finished.

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    1. This is one reason I’d like to see a month or two between RC and 5.0.

      Because of the long Thanksgiving weekend, there are only five work days remaining before the target release date on the 27th. We don’t have an RC yet so it’s looking to me like 5.0 will be pushed back until January 22. I hope that’s what happens since an RC in December with final release in January would be very helpful to theme and plugin makers in smoothing out the details and updating help resources.

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  2. I´m in WP.com and I made an attempt with the new editor… This new editor is very complicated for those who just want to have a good writing experience. The old editor, and I mean the oldest one, found in wp-admin, is more complete and easy to use.

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  3. I think the Storefront Beta Tester plugin will not work for the theme’s Gutenberg functionality because it’s being developed in a separate branch in the Git repo.

    I would like this theme update to get higher priority; after all, they have 200,000 installs. I have a few sites using Storefront with Gutenberg, and…. it’s not ideal….

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