EP413 – Full Site Editor for Agencies

Feb. 25, 2022, 7:54 p.m. (7 months, 1 week ago)
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The tangled Web we WordPress. This week on WPwatercooler we’re continuing a discussion we started last week on episode 412 which made its way onto Twitter where we discussed with Brian Gardner and Bill Erickson on using WordPress Full Site Editor and if it’s ready for Agencies to use. Are we really storing all this in post_content & post_meta? Where do we go from here?
“the core should provide features that 80% or more of end users will actually appreciate and use. If the next version of WordPress comes with a feature that the majority of users immediately want to turn off, or think they’ll never use, then we’ve blown it.”

https://wordpress.org/about/philosophy/


Twitter Thread (thanks Amber Hinds @aucoeurblog for the mention)

.@bgardner We’re not building FSE themes yet, but are all-in on the block editor and theme.json. Our reasons for not using FSE yet:
1. Too beta for production sites. Gutenberg is *barely* production-ready, with breaking changes in every major WP release.

2. Need ability to lock down template editing so non-technical clients don’t accidentally break site. We had to stop using reusable blocks because too often clients accidentally deleted all content in it instead of removing the block, which broke content globally.

3. We want our themes to be version controlled. When you “edit” a FSE theme or the global styles, it saves your changes in database. GH repo does not reflect actual site and will make future updates more difficult.

4. I believe in separating design, code, and content. HTML files with hardcoded block markup makes this more challenging.

That said, I think FSE is a big step forward for the majority of WP users. Most users/businesses with a WP site don’t have budget to hire an agency to build a custom theme. FSE vastly improves their capabilities. I agree w/ @aucoeurblog it’s not ready for enterprise / larger biz.

Originally tweeted by Bill Erickson (@BillErickson) on February 24, 2022.

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