Gutenberg Phase 2 Friday Design Update #37

There’s a lot of talk about Full Site Editing right now with Gutenberg. Let’s take this opportunity to get caught up on the work that is happening. Initially, Phase 2 was about bringing the editor to various sections within the current WordPress interface (ie. Widgets screen, Menu screen, Customizer), and it still is, but Full Site Editing kind of reverses this by bringing the rest of the site into a single unified editing experience. This is a big project that will take some time, thorough design thinking and collaboration.

Full Site Editing

The future of WordPress was explored in a post recently by Matias Ventura. Key concepts to help shift the editor interactions include:

  • Block areas help organize blocks within a full page, but also differentiates global (navigation, site title, etc.) and local elements (the content).
  • Full-page editing will provide a full view of the site, or various editor views of each Block Area.
  • Entities & Sources explain the way in which global content can be edited, saved, and then displayed across all areas on the site.
An exploration into full site editing

The majority of the work can be found on GitHub under the label, [Feature] Full Site Editing.

  • Editing other content in the block editor [13489]
  • Exploring the editor outside post_content [16281]
  • Adding a default template with post title and content blocks [16565]
  • Custom entity sources [17368]
  • Site block [16998]
  • Block Templates [17512]


Modes are ways in which people can change the context of their editing experience within Gutenberg. For example, if you’re editing content, the tools available to you in that mode may differ than when editing the layout.

With the introduction of a Navigation mode for keyboard users, and the existing Code Editor mode, it’s important to see how these work within a mode system as well.

An exploration into modes
  • Selecting vs. Editing blocks [17088]

Block Patterns

Block Patterns are layout patterns. These can be full-page layouts with blocks preset in desired well-designed layouts, or they can be partial layout patterns that can be added to various pages.

An exploration into block patterns
  • Block patterns [17335]
  • Suite of post blocks [15623]

Get invovled

Now’s a great time to get involved. While the work on this project is intense, it’s always important to glean new perspectives from other WordPress users and community members. Just drop into any of the links provided above to read up on the details and contribute.

Thanks for reading, staying informed, and contributing anywhere you can!

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