Block Editor

What is going on here?

Extension-hosted WordPress websites will be switching to a new way to write and edit content (Pages, Posts, and Articles). The new editor is called The Block Editor, and you can learn more about it on our WordPress Block Editor Support Site: https://blogs.extension.wisc.edu/wordpress-block-editor/

Existing content will be converted on an as-needed basis (when it needs to be edited) and happens as automatically as possible (and it does a pretty good job!). Learn more here: https://blogs.extension.wisc.edu/wordpress-block-editor/transitioning/

When is this going to happen?

Sites can currently “opt in” to using the Block Editor by filling out the Block Editor Transition Form.
All sites are expected to transition by the end of 2022. If you’re not ready yet, expect to be contacted about the transition later this year.

What about County Websites?

Note that we are NOT currently converting county office websites (those with URLS like https://COUNTYNAME.extension.wisc.edu), but you may still complete the form so we can gauge how many county office sites ARE interested in switching.

Where can I get help?

We are offering introductory sessions called “Block Editor Basics”, which you can find on the EdTech Training Calendar. If you have no idea what this “Block Editor” thing is all about, this is probably your best place to start. More information at https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/edtech/block-editor/block-editor-basics/

You can also create your own practice/playground site using the Block Editor here: https://wp-training.extension.wisc.edu/

If you want to chat with other Extensions folks who have made, or are in the process of making, the switch – join our Block Editor Community of Practice to get help, share your work, and see what others are building:
https://uwprod.sharepoint.com/sites/EXT-WPBlockEditorCommunity/SitePages/TrainingHome.aspx

How will this all work?

When you’re ready to discuss having your site switched, simply fill out this form and ETS will contact you to discuss and come up with a plan:

What do I have to do again?

You don’t HAVE to do anything. ETS will contact sites regarding the transition to the Block Editor before the end of 2022. But if you want to get started we encourage you to attend a Block Editor Basics training and fill out the Block Editor Transition Form.

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