For the past six months, the WordPress community has anxiously been awaiting version 5.9—which includes a bulk of the full site editing features promised with the Gutenberg block editor.

We are less than two weeks away from the release, which was delayed six weeks due to extensive testing. I fully support that decision because the stakes are high with this release, and this will serve as the foundation of true full site editing capabilities.

What is full site editing?

According to the WordPress Block Editor Handbook:

At the highest level, the vision of Full Site Editing is to provide a collection of features that bring the familiar experience and extendability of blocks to all parts of your site rather than just posts and pages.

Speaking of, our developer relations team at WP Engine recently announced that Frost—our block-based WordPress theme—will be freely distributed and explicitly focused on full site editing.

Leveraging the power of the WordPress block editor, Frost revolutionizes site-building and publishing media-rich content. Learn more about Frost.

A great resource is Carolina Nymark’s Full Site Editing website. She helps folks with WordPress full site editing and block themes with her course and helpful resources, including example themes and templates.

There is a lot to digest there, but it has been one of my go-to places to learn as WordPress continues to evolve.