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WordPress blockquote styling – how to add line spaces between paragraphs

I’ve had issues with the block-quote style in a few WordPress themes – specifically, with themes failing to add a space between paragraphs in longer quotations.

The solution that’s worked for me so far is going to the Appearance section of the WordPress Dashboard menu and choosing “Edit CSS” (or “Custom CSS”)

For my current blockquote style, pinched from here and with a tweak from here uses the following:

blockquote {
background: #f9f9f9;
border-left: 10px solid #ccc;
margin: 1.5em 10px;
padding: 0.5em 10px;

blockquote p {
margin-bottom: 20px;

And it looks like this:

Here’s the blockquote style, which is an improvement.

It’s added the little border at the side, with a space next to it, and space between each paragraph, so that it looks like it did when I typed it in the editor.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and recommended resources...