If your site was created before June 2020, it might be eligible for a major upgrade.

On June 1, 2020, the WashU Sites team introduced a new version of the theme. The update integrates the layout and design tools of a page builder such as Tailor into the core page editor, combining the best of both worlds. For now, sites may opt into the new editor, but eventually the upgrade will be required of all WashU Web Theme sites.

A new page 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.

The new page editor is block based. Every element on a page, including text, headings and columns, are separate, moveable blocks.

How to update

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.

After the new page editor is installed on your site, all pages and posts created before the update will have to be manually converted to the new page editor.

We’ll keep providing you with the best support possible for all versions.