In the grand scheme of WordPress 5.0 and the community, a lot is changing. For many, it will likely be business as usual (either due to not upgrading or using The Classic Editor plugin). But for folks who need to update their websites, or create a brand new one, WordPress 5.0 poses an interesting question: what themes can I choose from? There are a lot more than you’d expect thanks to developers like StudioPress and Anders Noren updating their entire theme library. Here, we’re going to look at 3 fantastic, Gutenberg-ready themes
Themes are Most Likely Going to be Affected
Of all of the areas of your WordPress site, your theme has the highest likelihood of being affected. Gutenberg adds new types of content, as well as classes, that require some amount of front end support.
If your theme isn’t updated for the new editor, things like columns, cover images, and possibly even images, won’t look quite right when you create new content (remember old content will not be affected at all).
What Makes a Gutenberg-ready Theme?
So when you’re looking for a Gutenberg-ready theme, what do you look for? Here’s my quick checklist:
- Support for new types of content, specifically cover images, galleries, and columns.
- Theme support for the new
That’s it! The problem is that even though the list is short, they could mean monumental changes for the CSS inside the theme. Luckily, some great theme shops have already made their themes Gutenberg-ready.
First up is my current favorite theme: Astra Pro.
Astra Pro by Brainforce
This theme is lightweight, versatile, and works with all of my favorite plugins. I’m currently using it on several of my own websites, including Casabona.org. It has proved to work fantastically well.
They announced that they are also Gutenberg compatible. So on top of supporting WooCommerce, EDD, LearnDash, and so many more great plugins, they will now work with the new super powered editor in WordPress 5.0. Just another reason to use them.
Atomic Blocks by ArrayThemes
Atomic Blocks is perhaps the first truly compatible theme that entered the market, and it’s really well done. I used in my Introduction to Gutenberg course and was very happy. It also has a companion blocks plugin. It offers great support and serves as a good example of how to make a Gutenberg-ready theme.
On top of that, it was just bought by my favorite premium theme shop, StudioPress. Speaking of…
Genesis Framework & Breakthrough Pro
StudioPress is one of the most popular paid theme shops in the WordPress space, and for good reason. They offer lots of great, beautiful themes that allow you to build the best content possible. They also made a commitment to make all of their themes Gutenberg compatible.
One of my new favorite offerings is Breakthrough Pro. I think is absolutely beautiful and I’m waiting for the day I can use it effectively for a project. Luckily, I’ll be able to use it even after WordPress 5.0 comes out.
Bonus: Anything by Anders Noren
My favorite free themes are also Gutenberg compatible. Theme developer Anders Noren has announced that all of his themes now support the new editor. I recommend Lovecraft and Hemingway.
What Themes will you use for WordPress 5.0?
This is a fantastic collection of Gutenberg-ready themes- so you won’t be left in the lurch when you’re ready to make the move to WordPress 5.0. Which ones do you like best? Which ones did I leave out? Let me know in the comments!