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Introduction to Block Themes

What is a Block Theme?

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You may already be familiar with WordPress themes as the thing that makes a WordPress site look a certain way to visitors. You may also have heard the term Full Site Editing, a recently introduced, and continually improved, set of features focused on implementing a system for editing an entire WordPress site’s design from the WordPress Admin panel. Block Themes are one aspect of this effort!

So what is a Block Theme exactly?

Below is the definition taken from the WordPress Block Editor Handbook

A block theme is a WordPress theme with templates entirely composed of blocks so that in addition to the post content of the different post types (pages, posts, …), the block editor can also be used to edit all areas of the site: headers, footers, sidebars, etc.

In short, Block Themes are an extension of the WordPress theming system and, as such, are compatible with many elements of the “Classic” WordPress themes that have been part of the WordPress CMS since version 1.5. The very first theme, as we know them today was Kubrick. This theme can still be downloaded, installed, and activated today. Kubrick is such an important part of WordPress history that it’s been reimagined into a Block Theme!

So what does a Block Theme look like? Continue to the next lesson to learn more.