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

Here’s what to expect if your site uses the WashU Web Theme:

  • Sites created before June 1, 2020:
    You likely have the legacy editor — unless your site has already been updated. If you have the legacy editor, hold off on creating new pages and posts, especially in Tailor mode. Doing so will reduce the number of pages you’ll need to convert to the new editor. WashU Sites Support will contact your site owner to schedule the update. When a site is updated depends on its university affiliation. If you’d like the new editor sooner, you can request an upgrade.
  • Sites created on or after June 1, 2020:
    Congrats — you already have the new block editor! Our guides and tutorials will walk you through editing your site. We also encourage you to check out the training videos and Zoom sessions.

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 University Marketing and Communications and the Office of 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 block editor 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.