What Is Full Site Editing?

Full Site Editing (“FSE“) lets users design every part of a WordPress post or page, with modular blocks.  No coding is needed, but users do need to understand how FSE works and how templates are used in WordPress. FSE lets user interact with the theme’s underlying templates.

First released in WordPress 5.9, FSE lets users display complex content without the use of child themes or page builders. It lets a non-developer jump out of the confines of a rigid theme, with its identical header, logo, navigation, and footer.

Users can actually edit the templates WordPress uses to display content. But “edit” does not mean changing the underlying code. Users can now edit templates using the same block editor they use to create pages and posts. And if they want, they can create totally new templates to suit their needs.

How Do I Get Started?

The Commons currently has only one theme which supports FSE, but as its use becomes more wide-spread, there will be more. Already theme authors are developing free FSE themes. To get started, activate WordPress’s newest default theme – Twenty Twenty Two – which offers FSE.

Site Editor

In the toolbar at the top of the page, you will see a new option called “Edit Site.” When you click on this option, by default you will be taken to your “Home” template, but you can access your other templates.

The “Home” template displays your posts in reverse chronological order (when you are not using a static page in the Appearance>>Reading setting).

As you can see, the Editor is still in beta mode – it is being actively worked on by a team of developers, and the UI will continue to improve

Templates

WordPress displays content based on templates and template parts. Usually (but not always), a template “includes”  template parts, such as a common header and footer.

Here are the templates available for the Twenty Twenty-Two theme:

All these templates can be customized and if needed, be reverted back to their original state.

A user can create a new “Front Page” template by clicking the “Add New” hyperlink, highlighted above, but it will not show up in the page template drop down. It will simply replace the default template used when a visitor first visits your site.

If you want to create a new template that will show up in the template drop down, go to the page settings in the right edit panel and click on the “New” hyperlink. You will taken to the template editor where you can design your new template, using template parts, block patterns, or reusable blocks.

Template Parts

Template parts are global elements that can be added to each template. Here is a screenshot of the themes template parts:

As you can see, a user can add a new template part. These can be used with the “Template Part” block.

The Blank Template

You might want to unleash your creativity and use the Blank Template. Select this template from the page template drop-down. With this template, you can start with a blank page. This might be used to direct your viewer to a “Call to Action” page with no distractions like a header, navigation, or footer. You take total control over what is displayed.

Block Editing Resources On The Commons

  • Query Loop Block

    The Query Loop block lets you choose a post type (page, post, or a custom post type), a filter (category, tag, author, keyword) and fetch that data in a loop. This closely resembles the familiar “Post” page (what used to… Read More

  • Reusable Blocks

    If you have content that you expect to repeat in other parts your site, consider creating a reusable block. Start out by creating the block. Perhaps you might have an image and a paragraph. Once you’ve created this composited block… Read More

  • Block Libraries

    Plugin authors are creating elegant, easy to use blocks that will make your site look amazing. When you activate a plugin, you may see one or more new blocks added to your list On the Commons, we now have two… Read More

  • Block Patterns

    Get a head start on your page design. Copy a pattern and paste it into your content wherever you want it to appear. Then customize it – change the text, images, colors, etc. Continue reading Read More

  • Block Editor’s “List View”

    “List View” displays how the blocks work together on a page, and provides access to each block’s settings. “List View” can be accessed by clicking the icon pictured above, which is always available in the Block Editor toolbar. Continue reading Read More

  • Full Site Editing

    Full Site Editing (“FSE”) lets users design every part of a WordPress post or page, with modular blocks.  No coding is needed, but users do need to understand how FSE works. A good understanding how templates are used in WordPress. Continue reading Read More

  • Block Editing

    The Block Editor is now the default editor on the Commons and we hope you use it. It is the future for WordPress. Continue reading Read More

FYI – This is a Reusable Bock built with a Query Loop.