Junaid Bhura is an Enterprise Web Consultant in Melbourne, Australia - specializing in WordPress development.

Turn off WordPress 6 block layout classes and styles


I actually can’t believe this feature was shipped in WordPress core. To be fair, it is marked as “experimental”. But I’ve encountered problems on a couple of sites already.

WordPress 6 shipped a really odd feature which adds classes to certain blocks, which look like: `wp-container-1` `wp-container-2`, etc. – and then adds inline styles for each of those classes to the footer of page!

This causes breaking changes to some production websites, and in many cases overrides the styles set in CSS files, since inline styles on the page with a class name have greater specificity than stylesheets.

So if you had like 20 core columns blocks, you’ll have 2o inline styles in the footer of your page. And what if you got columns blocks via an AJAX request? You’d end up losing those styles. I find this very shortsighted and hacky.

Anyway, here’s a suggestion for a much better implementation (in my opinion):

<?php // Turn off default WP block layout styles. // This returns the site back to normal. remove_filter( 'render_block', 'wp_render_layout_support_flag' ); // Add alignment classes instead. // Support the new layout features using classes. add_filter( 'render_block', 'jb_add_alignment_classes', 10, 2 ); /** * Add alignment classes to blocks. * * @param string|null $block_content Original block content. * @param array $block Block data. * * @return string|null */ function jb_add_alignment_classes( ?string $block_content = '', array $block = [] ): ?string { // Check for block name. if ( empty( $block['blockName'] ) ) { return $block_content; } // Build classes. $classes = []; if ( ! empty( $block['attrs']['layout']['type'] ) ) { $classes = [ 'wp-block--display-' . $block['attrs']['layout']['type'], ]; if ( ! empty( $block['attrs']['layout']['justifyContent'] ) ) { $classes[] = 'wp-block--justify-content-' . $block['attrs']['layout']['justifyContent']; } if ( ! empty( $block['attrs']['layout']['verticalAlignment'] ) ) { $classes[] = 'wp-block--vertical-alignment-' . $block['attrs']['layout']['verticalAlignment']; } } // Check for classes. if ( empty( $classes ) ) { return $block_content; } // Add classes to block content. // You may have to update this to suit your needs. $block_content = str_replace( 'class="wp-block-', sprintf( 'class="%s wp-block-', implode( ' ', $classes ), ), $block_content ); // Return updated content. return $block_content; }
Code language: PHP (php)

And the (S)CSS:

.wp-block--display-flex { display: flex; } .wp-block--justify-content { &-center { justify-content: center; } &-left { justify-content: start; } &-right { justify-content: flex-end; } } .wp-block--vertical-alignment { &-top { align-items: start; } &-middle { align-items: center; } &-bottom { align-items: flex-end; } }
Code language: SCSS (scss)

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