Theme Authors Should Be Able To Opt Out of Any Design Feature

Theme Authors Should Be Able To Opt Out of Any Design Feature

Posted by WP Tavern on September 10, 2021 at 6:13 pm
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As I debugged issues with the new block gap feature added in Gutenberg 11.4 last week, I found the ticket introducing it. And, there was already a new ticket for one problem I had hit. However, there was some discussion over whether themes should be allowed to opt-out, rolling their own solution. There was no way to do it at the time. It felt like a no-brainer, something I would not think twice about. I quickly chimed in: Should theme authors be able to opt out? If this is ever a question that comes up, the answer is always: Absolutely, 100%, yes! The front end of a site is the theme author’s domain. Ultimately, they define how things work there. At least, this is how it has always been. Before the advent of the block system, there were cases where WordPress added its own spin to front-end features, such as styles for the gallery shortcode and emoji JavaScript-image replacement. Themes have always had methods for disabling those. With the introduction of the Gutenberg project and its evolving feature set, WordPress continues stepping into front-end design. This carries the benefit of standardizing the relationship between the platform, themes, and users. It…

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