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Gutenberg Default Content Width: Change It for Better Layout

Gutenberg’s default content width is 610px. This can be a bit narrow for some users, especially if they are creating long-form content. Fortunately, it is easy to change the default content width in Gutenberg.

To change the default content width, you need to edit your theme’s theme.json file. This file is located in the root of your theme’s directory.

Once you have opened the theme.json file, you need to add the following code:

{
  "settings": {
    "layout": {
      "contentSize": "1000px"
    }
  }
}
Gutenberg default content width setting

The contentSize property specifies the default content width in pixels. In this example, we have set the content width to 1000px.

Once you have saved the theme.json file, you need to refresh your browser. The next time you create a new post or page in Gutenberg, the content width will be set to the value that you specified in the theme.json file.

Benefits of Changing the Default Content Width

There are a few benefits to changing the default content width in Gutenberg.

  • More space for content: With a wider content width, you will have more space to display your content. This can be helpful for long-form content, such as blog posts, articles, and product descriptions.
  • Improved readability: A wider content width can also improve the readability of your content. When your content is wider, it is easier for readers to scan and take in the information.
  • More visually appealing layouts: A wider content width can also allow you to create more visually appealing layouts. For example, you can use a wider content width to create a two-column layout or a grid layout.

Wrapping Up

Changing the default content width in Gutenberg is a simple way to improve the look and feel of your content. If you are not happy with the default content width, I encourage you to experiment with different values until you find a width that you like.


Related Resources

  1. Customizing WordPress Themes with CSS: Learn how to personalize your WordPress site beyond just the content width.
  2. Introduction to theme.json in WordPress 5.8: Understand the powers and capabilities of theme.json in WordPress 5.8.
  3. Understanding Blocks in Gutenberg: Dive deep into the world of blocks, the building units of Gutenberg.
  4. Mastering Gutenberg’s Block Patterns: Learn how to make the most of Gutenberg’s Block Patterns for creating engaging layouts.
  5. Getting Started with WordPress Child Themes: Learn how to safely customize your WordPress theme with child themes.

Expand your WordPress knowledge and skills with these great resources! Remember, mastering WordPress is a journey, not a destination. Keep exploring, keep learning!

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