This is a deep dive into the current ecosystem of themes right now in the WordPress world since the introduction of full site editing, the prevalence of each type, some predictions for the future, and some demos of each to really help show off the differences. At a high level, here's the run down of the different types:
– Classic theme: a theme built the way we’ve been used to with PHP templates, functions.php, and more.
– Block theme: a theme made for FSE using HTML templates and theme.json, allowing one to manage all parts of their site with blocks.
– Hybrid theme: a classic theme that adopts a feature(s) of FSE, like theme.json or the template editor.
– Universal theme: a theme that works with both the Customizer and the Site Editor.
0:00 – 0:17 Intro
0:17 – 1:04 What are the different types?
1:04 – 2:25 Which are the most common?
2:25 – 3:36 What do you predict for the future?
3:36 – 5:28 Demo of a classic theme
5:28 – 8:09 Demo of a block theme
8:09 – 10:15 Demo of a hybrid theme with template editor support
10:15 – 11:46 Demo of a universal theme
11:46 – 12:58 What's to come?
12:58 13:13 How to stay in touch
– Guides for how to create a block theme: https://developer.wordpress.org/themes/block-themes/
– Information about Universal themes: https://blockbasetheme.com/ and https://themeshaper.com/2021/11/17/create-a-blockbase-child-theme/
– Information about how to adopt features of FSE for classic themes: https://developer.wordpress.org/themes/block-themes/converting-a-classic-theme-to-a-block-theme/
– Updates on block themes and expanded functionality: https://make.wordpress.org/core/2022/03/03/core-editor-improvement-choose-your-style/, https://make.wordpress.org/design/2021/10/08/adventures-in-block-theme-switching/
– Longer walk through of full site editing: https://youtu.be/r59aR1tmY6k
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