Full Site Editing or “FSE” is WordPress’s attempt to make an entire site editable via their block editor. I dove headfirst into FSE this week. After lots of head banging, my conclusion:
Don’t depend on FSE today, but FSE’s future is bright!!
Our main headache was the query block. We encountered lots of weird bugs, like crashing blocks and hidden images. Controlling typography, especially for headings, was also extremely limited and color settings took forever to set, as this ticket highlights.
Still, I have faith in FSE…
Imagine: No CSS coding. No mockups.
The Blocksy theme already saves coding time. Their GUI style controls cover 80% of what designers can imagine. FSE provides additional global style settings that could, theoretically, make custom themes useless. Designers could design their site within WordPress without needing mockups or coding expertise.
For Higher Ed pros, block-based style controls also provide better management over user capabilities. That means accessibility and branding policies can be policed at a code level instead of through visual, human tests.
For those reasons, the future is bright for FSE.
Unfortunately, FSE’s bright future is probably not coming soon.