WordPress 5.9 was a major release, including the official introduction of Full Site Editing (or FSE) using the block editor. Join Courtney Robertson and Marcus Burnette as they chat about the new features of version 5.9 and set up a simple home page LIVE using the new FSE process.
While it is one of the largest releases to date, many of those changes may not be apparent at first. In fact, many of the features we see in this release were also available in WordPress 5.8 if you installed the Gutenberg plugin to test these features out. Now you will see these features available if you activate a block theme, no additional plugins are needed.
You'll still want to test block themes even if you aren't ready to change themes yet because:
- When a new user installs WordPress for the first time, their experience will be with a default theme. This is the standard they may expect in sites they hire others to configure.
- When you use a plugin on your site and experience conflicts, one of the common ways to identify the source of the conflict is to deactivate the normal theme and install the latest default theme. Testing plugin functionality with block themes to become familiar and test results is important.
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