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Opened 2 years ago

Closed 2 years ago

Last modified 2 years ago

#54575 closed defect (bug) (fixed)

Provide guidance to users seeking to preview block themes on WordPress versions below 5.9

Reported by: kjellr's profile kjellr Owned by:
Milestone: 5.9 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Themes Keywords:
Focuses: Cc:


As per the changes in, If you're using WordPress >5.9 without the Gutenberg plugin installed, you'll see this message when you attempt to activate a block theme:

However, if you choose to "Live preview" the theme, you'll see an empty customizer:

WordPress should show a similar message in this context as well. There's no reason to preview the theme if your install can't display or activate it.

Change History (13)

#1 @joyously
2 years ago

Related: #54549
It seems like the minimum WP version check would be limiting the themes.

#2 @hellofromTonya
2 years ago

  • Keywords needs-patch added

Test Report


  • WordPress: trunk (i.e. 5.9.0-beta-xxx)
  • Localhost: wp-env
  • OS: macOS
  • Theme: switch between TT1 and TT2
  • Plugins: none activated

Steps to Reproduce:

  1. Go to Appearance > Themes
  2. Activate Twenty Twenty-One (TT1) or older theme
  3. Scroll down to the Twenty Twenty-Two (TT2) theme
  4. Click on the "Live Preview" button

Expected behavior: Should open the site editor

Test Results:

The error notice appears:

The theme you are currently using is not compatible with Full Site Editing.

Can reproduce the issue.


#3 @hellofromTonya
2 years ago

#54578 was marked as a duplicate.

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #core-themes by kjell. View the logs.

2 years ago

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #core-test by hellofromtonya. View the logs.

2 years ago

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #core-themes by jffng. View the logs.

2 years ago

#7 @kafleg
2 years ago

Tested this in various ways. See the discussion and findings in #core-test.

#8 @paaljoachim
2 years ago

Having it open in an older version of WordPress might break the theme in various ways. As TT2 is very closely build alongside WP 5.9.

It would be better to have a notification in the preview saying that TT2 only works with WP 5.9 and newer and is not compatible with older WordPress versions. Mentioning that the site needs to be upgraded to be able to use the new default theme Twenty Twenty Two.

Last edited 2 years ago by paaljoachim (previous) (diff)

#9 @poena
2 years ago

Just noting that when Gutenberg is active, block themes still work on lower versions than 5.9. Gutenberg currently requires WordPress 5.7.

#10 @hellofromTonya
2 years ago

  • Component changed from General to Themes

@antonvlasenko do you have time to look at a patch for this?

#11 @antonvlasenko
2 years ago

@hellofromTonya I can't reproduce it using these steps.
I think we don't display Live Preview buttons for block themes now (because they cannot be live previewed neither in the Customiser nor in the Site Editor). Only the current theme can be previewed in the Site Editor (if it's a block theme).
And when we merge this PR in the issue will be solved for Customiser as well.
Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Last edited 2 years ago by antonvlasenko (previous) (diff)

#12 @hellofromTonya
2 years ago

  • Keywords needs-patch removed
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

I can confirm the "Live Preview" button was removed in #54460 / [52279] and #54549 / [52371] as the Site Editor does not (currently) have a "previewer" feature for non-activated block themes and block-themes do not support Customizer. The error message reported in this ticket no longer happens.

If the goal of this ticket is to have a previewer, then open an issue in Gutenberg's repo to request that feature be added.

#13 @antonvlasenko
2 years ago

Just FYI: there is already an issue in Gutenberg's repository that requests this feature (to have a previewer for block themes).

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