WordPress 5.0 was probably the most transformative update in the history of this CMS.
And no matter whether you’ve already embraced the changes or are still on the fence about upgrading to 5.0 and beyond, it’s worth keeping a wary eye on Gutenberg and its related products because the block-based editing is, in all likelihood, the inevitable future of WordPress.
To help you stay in the know, we decided to start with the very fundamentals and gathered a collection of both freshly released and already well-established WordPress templates that have two things in common: they are free and fully compatible with the new Block Editor.
In our roundup, you’ll find both multipurpose or industry-specific Gutenberg themes, and without further ado, here they are.
This theme is built specifically for the new Block Editor and lets you build professional yet modern looking websites without significant tech expertise needed. It is a starter theme for Getwid plugin, a free library of both advanced and simple blocks for Gutenberg (24+ blocks available for now).
The plugin and the Getwid Base theme are ultimately compatible so any custom block you create with Getwid plugin will automatically adjust to the general style of your site.
Palmeria proudly stands among Gutenberg block themes with powerful niche-specific functionality. The theme is out of the box equipped with Hotel Booking Lite plugin – a tool for enabling online reservations on WordPress sites.
Thanks to this, Palmeria is apt for all kinds of hospitality establishments (hotels, vacation or apartment rental) and can be used for other types of rental or booking sites (car, boat rentals, tour bookings and similar).
Multipurpose, crisp-looking and typography-oriented – yes, that’s all about Twenty Nineteen, the latest WordPress default theme.
If you are curious to see how does a site built with Twenty Nineteen may look like or want to take the theme for a spin, take a look at the Twenty Nineteen demo that we at MotoPress created a while back.
Check out GeneratePress if you’re looking for a speed optimized and lightweight template for your site.
The theme is highly customizable: you are free to change the colors of text, background and links to your liking. For your site to be easy and pleasant to use for all categories of visitors, the theme was built with WCAG 2.0 web content accessibility standards in mind.
One of the most brilliant features of Neve theme, apart from Gutenberg readiness, is compatibility with AMP. Thanks to this, you’ll have a chance to easily create a mobile-optimized version of your site that is highly valued by Google mobile search algorithm.
Among other benefits of Neve is great integration with WooCommerce and popular page builders.
Astra theme, highly valued by WordPress users, provides Gutenberg compatibility too. This is a truly multipurpose theme that comes with an extensive library of ready-made starter sites (demos).
The theme is Shema.org integrated, SEO friendly and ready for WooCommerce.
This Gutenberg template lets you build boldly minimalist layouts that make content shine and will prove you that less is definitely more.
Use Davis theme for creative, personal, writing or educational blogs and follow the newest decluttering trend in blogging (just look at the blogs of Matt Mullenweg or Tammie Lister to get inspiration from).
Page Builder Framework is, actually, a win-win for both Gutenberg and page builder fans.
Apart from full compatibility with the new Block Editor, the theme interplays smoothly with major WordPress page builders like Elementor, Divi, Beaver Builder, WPBakery, SiteOrigin, Brizy, Thrive Architect etc.
Phunk is a free Gutenberg theme with modern, pixel-sharp design. This template is fully dedicated to blogging niche and is a right pick for personal, corporate, lifestyle, music or travel blogs.
At the same time, thanks to its content-oriented design, Phunk will work just perfect for online magazines, newspapers or news portals.
Another one page block theme in our collection, Absolutte, was built with Gutenberg and Absolute plugin (a custom WordPress blocks collection).
The theme has a clear look and is a shining example of material-design template. Ultimately suitable for corporate or business card websites, Absolutte will be excellent for any company or products presentation purposes.
This theme comes with a Gutenberg Blog demo tailored specifically for the new WordPress editor.
Alongside this, you’ll get 10 more pre-made starter sites mainly of business or work-related usage. Among them are demos for the following niches: education, healthcare, utility services, catering, sports, wedding, charity, eCommerce and others.
Miyazaki Gutenberg theme plays on contrast of whitespace and vivid visual content, and this, together with masonry layout for archive pages, makes it a beautiful option for design or photography portfolios, as well as personal, travel or photo blogs.
With Miyazaki, you’ll be free to choose from three pagination options and pick the one matching your content type to make your posts stream easy-to-navigate and engaging.
Quna lets you create a one page site with each and every section whereof being a Gutenberg block.
The theme is shipped with 4 full website demos optimized for a restaurant website, corporate site, photography portfolio and fitness trainer site. You won’t have any trouble installing the sample content since it’s imported in one click.
Professional-looking and ultra-minimalist, this template is a gem for a business or corporate website.
Editors Blocks is built specifically for the same-named Gutenberg blocks library – Editor blocks for WordPress. As of now, the plugin adds 10 new custom blocks to the new default WordPress editor.
Blover is a two-in-one Gutenberg ready theme that, on the one hand, is a an aesthetically clean, minimal template perfect for blogging and storytelling. At the same time, it comes with pre-designed shop pages and can successfully serve as a basis for an eCommerce shop.
Thanks to this, it will be a great solution for bloggers or influencers willing to monetize their blog by promoting and selling affiliate goods, merch or gifts.
Meet the ultimate template for band and musician websites. Tell your story and boldly present your musical works with full-screen layouts and sell merch online via WooCommerce.
The theme lets you display your performance and tour dates in a news ticker style at the foot of your homepage, which makes the info well-visible yet non-intrusive.
One more portfolio theme in our collection, Hamilton, also leverages the trending “less is more” approach to web design. Using whitespace to the best advantage, it calls attention to your content and makes it truly shine.
The theme is perfectly suitable for personal or niche blogs and portfolio sites.
Elementare is a flexible Gutenberg theme for building one page sites. It’s a great pick for branding, lead generation or brochure websites sites as well as corporate portfolios.
Besides that, the theme is compatible with popular page builders and top used WordPress plugins like WooCommerce and WPML. This lets you tweak the look and greatly enhance the functionality of your site without facing any tech obstacles.
Extremely lightweight and minimalist in terms of design, Loose is just right for blogs, online magazines, digital newspapers or similar websites where content is king. The theme provides support for 8 post formats for you to beautifully showcase non-text content (audios, images, videos, quotes, etc.)
Apart from that, the Loose theme is AMP compatible and has a child theme available for free download.
This freemium Gutenberg optimized theme is aimed specifically at creatives and can be used by designers, illustrators, hand-lettering artists or photographers for building online portfolios of their works.
Portfolio Lite is compatible with WooCommerce so you can not only showcase but also sell your works online and turn your artistic talent and skills into a paying career.
Is any of the themes in this list your favorite? Tell us in comments below!