As I’m sure you already know, Gutenberg is WordPress’ built-in, block based, visual content editor. It allows you to point, click and edit content on your posts and pages with the help of some very useful blocks. But what you might not know is that more and more theme developers are designing WordPress theme entirely around Gutenberg.
Sure, there are tons of WordPress themes with page builders. Page builders make it easy to customize a theme for whatever your specific site might need. For example, we have our own Total theme that uses the WPBakery page builder which (in our opinion) is one of the best and most flexible multipurpose themes out there. But not everyone wants 101 options or page builder elements. Sometimes you just want a clean and simple theme, with adequate features to brand your WordPress site and change a few layouts. This is where Gutenberg WordPress themes shine. So what does this mean for you? Quicker site setup, easier customizations, and a lighter weight setup for your site (which could potentially help you increase overall site speed).
So, to celebrate Gutenberg and showoff its flexibility we’ve put together a list of the best Gutenberg WordPress themes. These aren’t just themes that claim to be “compatible” either. Each and every theme on this list has been especially created and designer to work with Gutenberg. None of the themes listed required added WordPress page builder plugins. Instead they take full advantage of the built-in Gutenberg editor and live Customizer that are a part of WordPress. So let’s get started!
1. Gutena (Free)
Don’t limit your WordPress site design with a default theme – instead choose Gutena. This free Gutenberg based theme offers full site editing so you can create a custom site design from header to footer. Plus the theme supports all of Gutenberg’s other built-in features including custom logo, drag and drop editing, block editor patterns, custom colors and more. Gutena also currently offers a beautiful business starter site that you can import with a click. But there are more ready to use niche demo options on the way! So why not give Gutena a try today?
The Gutentim theme uses Gutenberg to offer you tons of design options. Get started with pre-made demos and built-in custom header styles. Use the post layout widget, blocks and options to create a portfolio, blog, agency site, landing page and more. Plus options in the live Customizer makes changing colors and fonts easy. The Gutentim theme also includes a MailCHimp newsletter integration, sliders, post layouts and is GDPR ready.
Design you perfect blog with Carrino. This Gutenberg based blogging theme includes plenty of post layouts, sidebars, theme styling options and of course Gutenberg blocks to create whatever you might need. Add featured posts, categories, hero areas, toggles, custom colors and more. Plus the theme is WooCommerce ready if you want to add a store to your site.
4. Getwid Base (Free)
We promised the themes on this wouldn’t require other builders – but this one does work bet with the Gutenberg add-on plugin Getwid. Designed to fit together like pieces of a puzzle, the Getwid Base theme works perfectly with Gutenberg and the Getwid add-on. This starter theme keeps it simple so you can build custom layouts and sections using the more than 30+ added Gutenberg blocks for maps, social media, button, image slider, price box, progress bar and more.
When it comes to building a blog, you need a theme with beautiful posts, a responsive design and styling options to match your brand. Gutenote offers all of this in one easy to install and use package. Use the one click demo importer to get started quick, choose from 650+ Google fonts, add a WooCommerce store, build a contact page with Contact Form 7 and more. Plus the theme is translation ready!
The Gutenberry theme from TemplateMonster offers lovely, pre-styled options for you blog. Use one of the 6 homepage layouts, 6 different blogs designs and single post styles to give your blog a facelift fast. Plus the theme includes the ZeGuten add-on for even more blocks like pricing table, banner, countdown times, SVG icons and image, progress bars and more.
Gutenberg isn’t just for blogs – it’s a great for shops too! With Cesa you can build a minimalist e-commerce store in no time at all. 5 home pages, a coming soon page, 4 shop layouts, more than 20+ custom blocks (products, counter, Instagram, icon box, slider and more) you can design your store, your way. The Cesa theme also includes a product quick view, live search, typography options, RTL support, mega menus and parallax effects.
Bimba is a niche theme for Etsy like crafts, handmade goods, bespoke designs and the like. And best of all – it’s all based on Gutenberg and the Getwid add-on. Create stunning pages with icon boxes, image galleries, media sliders, tabs, callouts and more. Plus Bimba is fully compatible with WooCommerce, so you can manage your sales, inventory and shipping right from your website.
9. GutenWP (Free)
With GutenWP you can have a lovely magazine style blog with easy to use Gutenberg blocks. The theme comes with 4 homepage designs complete with features like full-width templates, columns, custom menus, homepage posts slider, and theme styling options. GutenWP is also translation ready and compatible with most third party Gutenberg block plugins for even more content editing options.
Build a super chared blog (complete with crypto payments via Elegro) with Gutentype. This Gutenberg powered blog uses built-in editor settings, 20+ added CoBlocks elements, and the Yellow Pencil front-end CSS editor to make many site design possible. Gutentype is also GDPR ready, WooCommerce compatible, mobile optimized, and comes with 12+ ready made demos to start with.
If you run a pet hotel or daycare, the unique Petotel theme is a great choice. Not only was it created for a super specific niche – it was built to work entirely with Gutenberg. Just use the pre-made blocks and built-in options to create your site. Plus it comes bundled with the Getwid add-on (for 30+ more blocks) and the MotoPress Booking plugin so you can take reservations on your site.
The Openlane theme includes tons of features and pre-made layouts for businesses. So whether you’re a freelancer, created an app, or run an agency you might want to give Openlane your consideration. The theme includes 9 stunning homepages for various business types, 1 click demo installation, full Gutenberg integration and ships with the Openlane Block plugin that adds 12+ custom blocks for your content building pleasure.
13. CoBlocks (Free)
We’ve talked about the popular CoBlocks Gutenberg extension, but did you know there is a theme to go with it? This free theme keeps it simple but offers plenty of features for you to build your own blog, simple landing page or even online CV. Upload your logo, add a custom menu, choose your columns, add gifs, insert social links and more – all from the super easy Gutenberg editor.
Gutenberg is great for magazine sites as well, which you can plainly see in the Maxi theme. This classy theme includes enhanced theme options, layouts and post styles with the power of Gutenberg. You can create your own pages using the included post blocks, post styles, post formats (image, audio, video, gallery and standard) header layouts, columns, sidebars, infinite scroll, AJAX, carousels and nifty toggles.
Typograph is a unique blogging theme, in that it was designed to look great with or without any images. So if you just want to create content, there’s no need for boring stock photos. And since it uses Gutenberg, you can create custom post or page content layouts on the fly. The theme is also translation and RTL ready for any language you might use!
The Mae theme is targeted at event, conference, expo and seminar type sites. And since it’s built around Gutenberg, you’ll have a seamless editing experience whether creating an event landing page or a basic blog. Use built-in theme features for colors, fonts, masonry or grid layouts and font icons to further design your pages to represent your company or brand.
Build your own food blog with WordPress and Gutenberg blocks using the Especio theme. The theme works great with all of Gutenberg’s blocks but also includes custom blocks for forms, buttons, widgets, icons, tables, skills, maps and more. The Espacio theme also comes with GDPR compatibility, WooCommerce support and MailCHimp integration.
18. Hamilton (Free)
If you just want a portfolio, something nice and minimal, then Hamilton is a great choice. This free Gutenberg theme is the perfect way to showcase your work – plain and simple (literally). Build your portfolio with Gutenberg, then use theme options to add background colors, a resume page, select light/dark mode, upload your logo or add infinite scroll.
Katelyn is an advanced blog style theme that offers a lovely design with the Gutenberg editor for customizable layouts. Ready to use pages, flexible color settings, 3 header styles, extra widget areas, custom post types ad of course Gutenberg blocks mean you can have your blog or website up in minutes. The theme is also responsive, cross browser tested, GDPR ready and optimized for performance.
Say hello to GutenTag – a stylish coaching and lifestyle blogging theme. This theme uses core WordPress and Gutenberg capabilities so can customize your site without a ton of extra code. There are even blog and portfolio layouts, a contact page, pre-made callouts and more all built-in. The theme also works great with the Ghost and Kadence Blocks Gutenberg extensions to offer you more control over columns, background, icons, and your content.
21. Twenty Nineteen (Free)
How could we possible put together a list without WordPress’ own flagship Gutenberg theme – Twenty Nineteen. This straightforward, core theme includes easy to use features, simple design options and of course the ability to utilize Gutenberg for all of your post and page layout needs.
And that’s all for now folks! The above themes are all great options if you want to customize your WordPress site a bit without much effort. Since Gutenberg is already built into WordPress, and is easy to use, it can save you a ton of time when putting together a new site (or when giving your current blog a refresh). Plus many developers are adding in custom blocks so just about any type of site is possible with Gutenberg. Whether that’s a simple blog or a full e-commerce store, we hope one of the themes listed is right for you.
These are just our personal favorite Gutenberg ready WordPress themes, and we know we’ve probably missed some good ones. So if you’ve used a WordPress theme that uses the Gutenberg editor and love it let us know. We’d love to get more Gutenberg themes added to our list!