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Three ways to say the same thing?

The WordPress block editor, Full Site Editing (FSE), and Gutenberg are related but distinct concepts in the evolution of WordPress. Here’s an overview of the differences between them:

1. WordPress Block Editor

The block editor, also known as the Gutenberg editor, is the default content editor introduced in WordPress 5.0. It revolutionized the way content is created and edited in WordPress by introducing a block-based approach. Each piece of content, such as paragraphs, images, videos, and other elements, is treated as a separate block. It provides a more flexible and visual editing experience compared to the classic editor. The block editor is primarily focused on editing individual posts and pages.

2. Full Site Editing (FSE)

Full Site Editing is an ongoing project in WordPress aimed at extending the block editor’s capabilities beyond individual posts and pages to the entire site. FSE allows you to edit and customize various parts of your website, including headers, footers, sidebars, and templates, using blocks. With FSE, you have greater control over the overall design and layout of your entire site. FSE is still in development and is expected to become more widely available as WordPress continues to evolve.

3. Gutenberg

Gutenberg is often used as an interchangeable term with the block editor. Initially, Gutenberg referred specifically to the block editor project, which aimed to modernize the WordPress editor. However, over time, Gutenberg has become a broader term encompassing both the block editor and the Full Site Editing features. Gutenberg represents the overall vision and direction of WordPress in terms of providing a block-based editing experience throughout the platform.


Not many rave reviews there…


In summary, the block editor (Gutenberg) is the default content editor in WordPress, focusing on individual post and page editing. Full Site Editing (FSE) is an ongoing project within WordPress that extends the block editor’s capabilities to edit and customize the entire site, including templates and various site components. Gutenberg is a broader term that encompasses both the block editor and the Full Site Editing initiative, representing the overall direction and vision of WordPress for block-based editing.

As for me, I certainly still prefer the Classic Editor as below, and with 5+ million other active installations, I’m certainly not the only one πŸ™‚

Classic Editor