Ask the Bartender: Is There a Starter for Building Block Themes?

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I read some posts from “Ask the Bartender,” and I appreciate it a lot! Thanks. I have a question now. 🙂

I want to refine my WordPress theme development process, which is:

To make a unique-creative design with Adobe XD or Figma. To convert it to static HTML using VS Code with Bootstrap. In WordPress, create custom post types with PODS. To convert the static HTML in WP templates with Timber.

Based on my experience, this process is the best for me, but I want to integrate my themes better with WP-Blocks.

So, my question is: is there some starter-theme ready to use with blocks as the main theme and later extend it with a child theme with my custom theme?


This question depends on one of two things: Do you want to build classic themes with block support or full-blown block themes? How you approach projects going forward will depend on the answer to that. It was unclear which direction you prefer from your question, so I will tackle both.

It also seems like you are more interested in child theming. For clarity, I consider “starter” themes a starting point for building standalone or custom parent themes. My guess is that you want something closer to a blank canvas parent theme that does not have an opinionated set of default styles.

As for your tools, I have almost zero experience with any of them. I suspect you can maintain a similar process by sticking to classic themes with block support. However, with block themes, you will likely want to switch over to visually designing in the upcoming site editor and exporting the templates. It would cut out a lot of the steps you usually take.

Classic With Block Support

I tend to hype WordPress theming with

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