Full Page Patterns Are Still the Missing Piece of Block WordPress Theme Development

Full Page Patterns Are Still the Missing Piece of Block WordPress Theme Development

Posted by WP Tavern on August 3, 2021 at 3:49 pm
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It was the early days of the Gutenberg project. Many on the Theme Review Team and those in design circles were trying to wrap their heads around this new concept called blocks. In particular, we wanted to know how it could be applied to theme development. There were many discussions on the pros and cons of the early editor. Overall, there was a bit of cautious excitement in the air, our optimism tempered by a buggy version of alpha-level software. The block system could potentially solve one of the biggest hurdles of theme development: inserting default/demo content for a full page into the editor. I cannot remember who initially explained the idea, but it was a lightbulb moment for many at the time. The general concept was pre-building a custom homepage or any page design that users could choose visually. It would all be done through a standardized block system, and we would no longer need to rely on piecemeal theme options, third-party plugins, or attempt to work around the review team’s “do not create content” guideline. No one really knew how this would work in practice, but we understood the theory of how it would make the life of…

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