On June 1, 2020, the WashU Sites team introduced a new version of the theme that changes the way you edit pages and posts.

New sites created after June 1 have the new block editor by default. Existing sites will have to be updated.

After a website is updated, all pages and posts created before the update will have to be manually converted to the new page editor. Pages that were built using Tailor are more complex to migrate than pages created using the default editor.

What this means for you:

  • If your WashU Web Theme site was created before June 1, 2020, you likely have the legacy editor (unless your site has already been updated). Reduce your work by waiting until after your site is updated to create new pages and posts. If you do add new pages, avoid using Tailor. When your site is updated depends on what school or unit it’s affiliated with. WashU Sites Support will contact the site owner to make arrangements. If you’d like the new editor sooner, request the upgrade.
  • If your site was created on or after June 1, 2020, you have the new block editor! The guides and tutorials will help you navigate how to edit your site. You can also sign up for an online training.

About the new editor

If you’ve edited WordPress sites before, you’re familiar with the Classic Editor, which has one editing pane resembling a word processor for all of a page’s content. You also may have used a page building tool like Tailor, entering content in separate, movable elements.

The new page editor — the block editor — replaces the Classic Editor and Tailor, combining their features into a single editor.

Why sites are being updated

The WashU Web Theme is built in WordPress, an open source content management system. Core features like settings and page editing options are part of WordPress. The theme and various plugins — built by WashU Public Affairs and Medical Public Affairs — layer on custom designs and features.

In late 2018, WordPress replaced its classic page editor with a new block-based editor called Gutenberg. Since then, we’ve been working to customize the block editor for the WashU Web Theme so you can take full advantage of its features.

WordPress will no longer be supporting the classic editor, so moving to the new version is inevitable. However, we think you’ll really like it! The block editor offers a handy package of new features for embedding rich content and laying out pages while also simplifying the page building process.