WordPress Executive Director Josepha Haden Chomphosy suggests that contributors rename the terms “full site editing” and “full site editor” to something more user-friendly. The terms were used when WordPress entered the customization phase and are still used to differentiate work done on site editing as opposed to editing content in the block editor.
Haden Chomphosy identified two issues with the use of the term “full site edition:”
- It was already possible to modify every part of a WordPress site using code. The term “full site editing” differentiated phases of a project, rather than a new capability in the CMS.
- For us, “full site editing” involves using blocks, but for new users, there’s no reason to expect anything different. The term is not descriptive of what makes it unique.
Contributors who work with WordPress on a daily basis may not be fully aware of the specialization of some of these terms and how little they mean to a newcomer. Haden Chomphosy proposes that WordPress adopt a new term that is “immediately meaningful to new users of our software, yet easy to reference for all of us who build and support the software.”
She opened a conversation today about updating our shared lexicon to use a new term for this aspect of editing and asked for feedback on additional contexts that need to be considered.
Ideas are already flowing in because it’s much easier to name something than to build it. “Site Editor” has been one of the most popular suggestions so far, but chat participants also suggested “Template Editor” and “Theme Builder”, as well as “Builder” and “Site Builder”.
“Looking forward, looking back on collaborative editing, what I would say to a user: the editor,” said Rob Glidden. “In the WordPress editor, you and your team can edit posts, pages, and themes in the same consistent user interface.”
WP Engine developer advocate Nick Diego suggested that it was too late to ring the bell on the full site edition and that WordPress should stick with the term.
“Many still refer to the publisher as Gutenberg,” Diego said. “I would be hesitant to introduce a new name when the ‘full site edition’, now that it has been so publicly talked about, will probably live on for years and years to come.
“I like the term ‘Full Site Editing.’ For new WordPress users, this means they will be able to edit their entire site, which is true.Of course, there are plenty of Classic themes and page builders that also allow you to do the same, but a theme that supports FSE differentiates it from traditional Classic themes.
The discussion was just opened today and the community is invited to participate with comments on the post. Those familiar with what users, customers, and people outside of WordPress call the editor in the context of full site editing should also weigh in to help contributors get a better picture.