WordPress 5.9 is set to launch on January 25, and many users will be in for a surprise. The upcoming release will be the most monumental shift in how the platform works since the introduction of the block-based content editor in 5.0. Block themes, global styles, and the site editor will kick-start a new future…What Are Block Themes? What You Need To Know Before WordPress 5.9 — WP Tavern
Keep in mind that the above article concerns the open source WordPress software and what’s described there may not necessarily be the way it will be implemented here on WordPress.com. Still, quite the tectonic shift.
In case you are already seeing red, note what it says further down in the article and continue slow breathing,
Full Site Editing here on WordPress.com is currently limited to a small percentage of new site signups on the Business and eCommerce plans (finally, a trial group, huzzah!). Due to this limitation, I’ve been trying to set up a local WP install using LocalWP with the WordPress Beta Tester plugin and it’s been challenging.
Update 18 January: FSE is now open for new sites on existing accounts whose primary language is English. You can read all about it in the WordPress.com News blog announcement.
I’m especially excited that steps are being taken, at least on WordPress.org, to introduce users to Full Site Editing with a 15-lesson course prior to the release of WordPress v5.9. However, taking a course is not the same as practical experience/experimentation and, being someone who learns by doing, I’m looking forward to getting to grips with it on a test site. My biggest concern as an end-user is how CSS changes will be handled without a Customizer. (See below!)
Edited to add this excellent video from Anne McCarthy of Automattic.
As always, the information in this post is correct as of publication date. Changes are inevitable.
What are your thoughts about FSE? Are you going to try it out once it becomes available?