In July 2022, the WordPress community participated in a lively discussion around a more user-friendly name to give the suite of features and tools known as Full Site Editor. With community feedback in mind, it will simply be referred to as the “Site Editor,” going forward. Thank you to everyone who voiced their points of view on a topic that touches every part of the WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project.
Landing on Site Editor was the result of two key considerations. Firstly, Site Editor offers a clear and simple description to users with a range of technical skills. Secondly, there was substantial support for Site Editor, particularly from the Polyglot community, as the term that translates most effectively into hundreds of different languages. As we heard at WordCamp US 2022, better multilingual support is an important future direction for WordPress, so choosing easily translated terms is an important step.
Site Editor also keeps the spirit of its original FSE codename as the powerful, full collection of features it encompasses. As a bonus, it also doesn’t cost us anything from an SEO or marketing standpoint, since it’s a simplification of the existing term. 🙂
You’ll still see or hear instances of FSE around. There is no need to erase it from our story. Going forward, you’ll hear more people and WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ announcements refer to the Site Editor. You’re invited to begin using the term Site Editor immediately and update areas within the documentation to reflect that change.
p.s. – Is this a rebranding? I wouldn’t say so, myself. FSE was an easy way to refer to a complex, new thing and didn’t make much sense as a branded term. This is just an update to the way we’re talking about that complex thing.
Props to the community members who posted here for voicing their thoughts on giving the Site Editor its new and user-friendly name and to @angelasjin @cbringmann and @jpantani for their editorial efforts!