The upcoming WordPress 6.2 version, expected to release on March 28th, will feature the long-awaited release of the new full-site editor feature. Work on the full-site editor started 12 major releases ago!
This editor’s key component is that everything you place on a webpage will be a “block.” A WordPress block is a modular unit of content. Each block represents a specific type of content, such as a paragraph of text, an image, a video, a list, or a quote.
Blocks can be added, rearranged, and customized within the WordPress editor to create a customized layout for your content.
WordPress blocks are part of the Gutenberg editor, a visual page builder introduced in WordPress 5.0. With the Gutenberg editor, you can create complex layouts and designs without needing to know HTML or CSS. Instead, you can use a drag-and-drop interface to add and arrange blocks, adjust settings, and preview your content in real time. This makes it easier for users to create and customize their WordPress sites with rich media and dynamic content.
If you use a block-enabled theme, you can customize every part of your site using blocks, which gives you full, code-free customization without needing to install a page builder plugin.
The Site Editor simplifies the WordPress admin area by letting you preview and edit your site design using different templates and blocks. The Template Editor is a special mode in the Site Editor that lets you create and edit custom templates for your website’s posts and pages.
Block Patterns are pre-designed groups of blocks that can be added to your pages or posts with just one click. Block Themes are collections of block patterns that work together to create a cohesive design for your site. Theme Blocks are pre-designed blocks that can be used as building blocks for your site’s design. Global Styles allow you to set styles for your entire site at once, including typography, colors, and more.
This transformational change may cause many folks to transition away from page builders like Elementor, Brizy, Beaver Builder, and others.
I expect that it will take a few more major releases of WordPress for full-site editing to become a solid experience. For relatively simple sites, though, this looks pretty much ready to go.