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  1. Bob Hemstock
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    Aren’t the “Demo Sites” that are available for use by the buyers of Generate Press Premium “Block Based Themes”?
    https://generatepress.com/site-library/

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  2. Ari
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    Aren’t the “Demo Sites” that are available for use by the buyers of Generate Press Premium “Block Based Themes”?

    Demo content is not the same as a theme. Full-Site-Editing lets everything be build using the editor – including the site’s header, footer, and everything in between. I haven’t checked what GeneratePress does, but FSE is an approach that is native to WordPress and will be available in core soon.
    Everything is a block…
    Block-based themes have a completely different structure compared to normal themes. Templates are not PHP files but HTML files. For more information on Block Based themes you can refer to this doc https://developer.wordpress.org/block-editor/tutorials/block-based-themes/

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  3. Justin M. Jackson
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    Can we use all the plugins with it?

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    • Ari
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      Can we use all the plugins with it?

      I haven’t tested all the plugins, nobody has. So there really is no way to answer that question…
      If a plugin is compatible with the block editor then it should work. However, keep in mind that Full-Site-Editing in the WordPress editor is still experimental so there are still a lot of things that won’t work as expected. But that is the whole purpose of the theme: To help identify the issues in the editor and the overall FSE experience so we can fix them.

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  4. Isabel
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    “It’s tempting to add extremely opinionated styles, for buttons for example…”

    These plain canvas-like themes have until now been a choice for those who prefer it (those who like to design their own thing), but this article makes it sound like these types of themes should be the only choice in the future of WP.

    This is worrisome to me as a non-designer who looks for themes specifically based on things like attractive button styles.

    FSE sounds bad for people like me, who aren’t artistic, can’t coordinate colors, and want themes to do the artistic stuff.

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    • Justin Tadlock
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      That was quote from the theme author and is his opinion on things. Others will definitely have different opinions. As for me, I do not think themes should all be blank canvasses similar to this theme.

      I understand what you are worried about and think it is a valid concern. However, I also think you will be pleasantly surprised as FSE eventually comes together and more theme authors begin to build themes.

      Sticking with the button example (and I think Ari will agree with me), is that he’s primarily talking default button styles in themes. He’s not saying that all themes should be a blank canvas. Themes will have a lot of flexibility to add in custom block styles, color palettes, gradients, patterns. And, a good theme designer will provide end-users with a wide range of options to choose from that still look good. It’s not about making the user do the designing. It’s more about letting the user choose from a list of predesigned options. So, you would get the option to choose from the theme’s colors and styles for your button. A theme might also provide various patterns that have customized buttons in them.

      There’s a lot to look forward to, and because the process of building a theme will actually be simplified, WordPress will really be providing a designer’s playground. Personally, I look forward to an explosion of artistry.

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  5. James Zhimo
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    Is it free?

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