9 thoughts on “The End of WordPress Themes is in Sight Leave a comment

  1. Insightful article Ben! I hope you try out Elementor one day, it let’s you build your entire site not tomorrow but today. Some Web Creators even offer Template Kits that can be used by a non-coder to quickly set up an entire (even dynamic) website.

    Ps. Full disclosure, I’ve been a huge Elementor fan since the beginning so you might consider my opinion slightly more than biased 🙂

    1. I love Elementor and recently have been hooked with Gutenberg as well. I think themes will need to evolve and provide more smarter objects, blocks etc.

  2. A lot of people thought this was coming for a very long time. I did, I even delayed things in the theme review team with the expectation that news would come down and we would be redundant. I spent a full year expecting that to occur but so far is has not.

    We don’t know what role themes have in the future. Surely it will change as they have done in the past. Making them only a stylesheet would require a pretty significant change to how all of WordPress output is handled. So far I do not see that work being done in core.

    So ‘maybe soon’ is when there will be news about themes being at their end but so far I have heard nothing to indicate that’s the intended direction 🙂

  3. A good read! I had this situation and future of themes at the back of my mind for a year now. Still curious to see what is going to happen to the MAJOR theme shops, but mostly, what is going to happen to marketplaces like Theme Forest.

  4. Interesting post. As a WordPress enthusiast I have been using & watching closely this platform for almost a decade. My guess is when the current Gutenberg project is completed, it might look like Microsoft publisher!!! (a simplified analogy) where user can create anything they want! Of course there would be lot of templates, just like MS Publisher does! I could be wrong though, watching curiously!

  5. Hey there,

    a short notice! Robert Windisch – known as the men with the Head – has predicted this since last year also we – a german WordPress Podcast “wp-sofa” – published a extra episode to this topic. Take a look for episode 49 or search for “themes werden sterben”.

    But the thing is, we talked in “WP Sofa – WordPress News #35 – KW 38/19” about a real theme tasks in the future. There are some ideas about how themes will grow.

    At last – themes will not die – themes will do only design stuff not more!

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