Mastering Spacing in Block Themes: A Comprehensive Guide for WordPress Developers

In this comprehensive post on the WordPress Developer Blog, you will learn everything you need to know about spacing in block themes, a key element in achieving balance in website design. With the advent of block themes, the process of tinkering with spacing in a stylesheet has become a thing of the past. Instead, most of the spacing is set in the theme.json file.

This tutorial will walk you through configuring global spacing settings and styling properties like margin and padding in theme.json. You will learn how to register and apply custom sizes, create a vertical rhythm, and control the spacing between blocks and elements. You will also learn about contextual spacing for headings and how to enable root padding aware alignments.

The tutorial will also cover the Spacer block, which although not an ideal method of spacing, is probably the most intuitive spacing tool in WordPress. You will learn how to customize the Spacer block by registering block variations with custom heights and CSS media queries to limit overly tall Spacer blocks.

This post is an excellent resource for WordPress creators, both novices and experienced editors, who want to learn about the new resources available in Full Site Editing and Block Theming from WordPress 6.x and onwards. By following the steps in this tutorial, you will be able to configure your custom spacing options and presets and use them as a foundation for styling blocks and elements in your theme.

If you are looking to create beautiful, well-balanced websites and make the most of the new resources in Full Site Editing and Block Theming, this tutorial is a must-read!

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