Full Site Editing Is the Future of WordPress: Can You ESF It?
So the tech-savvy among you will have dropped a “Wait, what?” on the title of this article. Complete edition of the site or ESF? WordPress has always had that. It is one of the most flexible content management systems (website builders) on the planet, hence its unprecedented success.
On the other hand, you have to remember that not many people are WP masters. You have to put yourself in the shoes of a non-programmer or someone who hasn’t spent much of their time learning how WordPress works. On the surface, WordPress does a lot of the hard work for people looking to build their own websites. However, it is quite possible to edit a complete site using the tools available to WordPress. In fact, there are plenty of templates that let you do just that, so even people without programming and technical knowledge can have absolute full control over how their websites look.
However, WordPress is constantly adding new features and tools that more closely match the tools defined on Blogger (of all places).
On Blogger, the content management system created by Google, you can see a model of your entire website. You choose a certain layout and then you can add and remove widgets that further personalize your website. It’s pretty basic and that’s why people can turn to systems like WordPress. However, as a site-wide editor, it makes things very easy to control. WordPress continues to add little tools like these to allow people to edit their entire website from a single point.
Editing using blocks
Gutenberg is a triumph of technical prodigy, and it was a bold move for WordPress to install such a system despite the crazy backlash they received from many WordPress users. Gutenberg has made WordPress much more customizable than it has ever been. Gutenberg has made it much easier to create easily optimizable and embeddable content and has made using dynamic and responsive technology much easier. Yet the sudden and abrupt change on such a massive level seems to have upset quite a few outspoken people.
Now that people are finally buying into the idea of blocks, WordPress isn’t making the same mistake twice. They add tools that make it easier to edit an entire website using blocks, but they seem to slowly sneak into the tools so as not to create the same negative backlash.
Is full site editing the future of WordPress?
The tools needed for full site editing are certainly part of the future of WordPress, but will they play a significant role in the future success of WordPress? Well, probably not. WordPress isn’t going anywhere. He’s always great at what he does and that’s what people are interested in.
However, new tools will change WordPress templates, especially free templates, will be structured. Currently, there are many free WordPress templates that allow for a good degree of customization. However, if you want better tools and the kinds of customization features that let you change things up at the website level, you have to pay for upgrades or subscriptions. If WordPress integrates these kinds of tools into their core systems, WordPress template creators will be forced to add these features for free. Ergo, site-wide tweaks, whether with blocks or with template tools, will likely be a selling point for WordPress in the near future.
Will FSE change the fortunes of WordPress and give it a leg up? Although website builders like Shopify and WooCommerce are having a huge impact right now, WordPress is still far ahead of the pack. All FSE will do is add another reason (another of many reasons) for people in the future to choose WordPress over other website builders.