Proposal for Themes To Highlight Block Patterns From the Directory

Proposal for Themes To Highlight Block Patterns From the Directory

Posted by WP Tavern on October 11, 2021 at 4:48 pm
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Should developers bundle block patterns with their themes or submit them to the WordPress.org directory? That is the question that some will likely need to answer in the future. Currently, submissions are not open for the block pattern directory. However, that will change as the contributors eventually wrap up the pattern creation process. The milestone for this is set to October 15, but it is sitting at 25% completion at the moment. There are 146 themes in the directory with block patterns. Thus far, developers who have wanted to implement them have had no other choice but to bundle them. However, that may all change. Core contributor Kjell Reigstad recently proposed an alternative method. “With the launch of the pattern directory (and the upcoming ability for folks to submit their own patterns to it), we should consider building a route through which themes can highlight specific patterns to their users,” he said. Reigstad proposed using the standard theme.json file to allow theme authors to surface or give special attention to patterns best suited to the theme’s design. He listed four primary benefits such a system would bring: It would cut back on theme code, creating a side benefit of simplifying…

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