MaxiBlocks Theme - what's coming soon

The MaxiBlocks Theme is in progress. It's going to be epic!


It's a full site editing theme with a bunch of good stuff. See below what is planned.

Initialize Theme Structure

  • Create a new directory in wp-content/themes/ for your theme.
  • Add a style.css file with the necessary theme metadata.
  • Create a functions.php file.
  • Initialize a basic index.html block template.

Develop Basic Templates

  • index.html: The catch-all template that serves as a fallback.
  • 404.html: For displaying 404 error pages.
  • search.html: For displaying search results.
  • single.html: For displaying single posts. This can serve as a generic template for any singular content type if no specific templates are provided.
  • page.html: For displaying individual pages.
  • single-{post-type}.html: For custom post types, replace {post-type} with the name of your custom post type, e.g., single-event.html for an "event" post type.
  • archive.html: A generic template for displaying post archives.
  • archive-{post-type}.html: For custom post type archives, replace {post-type} with the name of your custom post type.
  • category.html: For category archives.
  • tag.html: For tag archives.
  • taxonomy-{taxonomy}.html: For custom taxonomies, replace {taxonomy} with the name of your taxonomy, e.g., taxonomy-genre.html for a "genre" taxonomy.
  • author.html: For displaying an author archive page.
  • date.html: For date-based archives (year, month, day).
  • comments.html: Template for displaying comments and the comment form.
  • header.html: Pattern for the website header.
  • footer.html: Pattern for the website footer.
  • sidebar.html: Pattern for the sidebar, if your theme has one.
  • Create a directory or organizational method for your patterns.
  • Content Patterns: Reusable designs for post content, like featured images combined with post titles, or custom layouts for displaying meta information.
  • Entry Header Patterns: Common designs for post headers, e.g., title combined with categories and meta.
  • Entry Footer Patterns: Common designs for post footers, e.g., tags, "Read More" links, or post navigation.


  • Set up a base style for your theme in style.css.
  • Enqueue additional stylesheets in functions.php, if needed.
  • Develop styles for Gutenberg blocks to match your theme's design.
  • Test styling in different browsers for compatibility.

Implement Global Styles

  • Create a theme.json file to define global styles.
  • Configure global settings (color palettes, typography, layout, etc.).

Advanced Gutenberg Features

  • Create and register block patterns if needed.

Theme Customization Features

  • Implement add_theme_support() in functions.php for features like custom logos, color palettes, etc.
  • Develop Customizer options for users to modify theme appearance, if desired.
  • Implement navigation menus, widget areas, etc.

Performance Optimization

  • Minify and concatenate CSS and JS files.
  • Optimize images and other assets.
  • Consider implementing a caching solution


  • Use the Theme Check plugin to validate your theme.
  • Conduct manual tests: check different post formats, pages, archives, etc.
  • Test with third-party Gutenberg blocks to ensure compatibility.
  • Check theme with accessibility tools to ensure it's accessible.


  • Write a user guide detailing how to install and customize the theme.
  • Document any custom blocks or features specific to your theme.
  • Provide troubleshooting tips and common solutions.

Packaging and Distribution

  • Package your theme files into a .zip archive.
  • Decide on distribution: WordPress theme repository, theme marketplaces, or your website.
  • If submitting to the WordPress repository, ensure you follow all guidelines and requirements.

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