Support » Theme: Twenty Twenty-Two » Change shock – where did usual theme stuff go?

  • anmari


    Sorry – general rant. Every time there is a new standard theme or a major wp update it feels like wp is moving further and further away from the clean simple easy to setup cms that it was when it started.

    The emotional reaction when you activate this and realise you are going to have to spend time once again figuring out how it works just to get back to where you where, or hope & hunt down a ‘classic’ plugin so you don’t have to.

    Why change so much? Had to bumble around looking for the menus – why make them so hard to find? Bad enough that wp tossed out using the page structure as a default menu awhile back.
    Where did the widgets go? Why not at least keep the side menu links to things we’d expect to find so we don’t have to bumble clicking on random parts of the screen trying to find the normal stuff.

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  • wellbeingtips


    Please spend 1hour and you can find it all. There is a much better but different experience. When you get used to it you will see the benefits.

    Spend an hour doing what? Bumbling around aimlessly because nothing makes any sense?

    @anjiaoshi pretty much sums up the experience really well



    If you didn’t know, the Full Site Editor is very different from the classic editor, and the 2022 theme is designed to be used with FSE (I think it’s the most compatible default theme to date).

    Yes, it’s shocking when you go to the “Appearance“ menu and find all the classic editor elements are gone!

    Until a week ago, maybe less, I’d disabled Gutenberg on my site (with the ‘Disable Gutenberg’ plugin). I didn’t have the time or inclination to learn it; the classic editor was fine for my site, which is low traffic, consists mostly of static pages, and which I haven’t been updating much in recent years.

    But I finally explored full site editing and took the helpful three-part FSE course here on the WordPress site, and I’m not looking back.

    To get familiar with FSE, I decided to try to re-create the design of my old website (created with an old paid site-building theme) with 2022 as a starting point. Much to my surprise, I was pretty much able to do it!

    One glaring omission at this point is the lack of a place to add custom CSS, but there are good plug-ins for that. I suspect/hope they’ll add it later.

    Other issues: In-line help is lacking, edit mode is slow to load, parts of the GUI are unintuitive, and it often feels clunky. (“List view” is great, though!)

    But it’s powerful, and once you get the hang of it, you can do things which in the past required either coding or a third-party site builder, such as make custom templates and custom template parts.

    Hope this helps!

    Moderator Kathryn P.


    I realize this is a little late, but I wanted to share some resources for getting started with Twenty Twenty-Two, and with Full-Site Editing in general. As Anne McCarthy puts it, “As the first-ever default block theme, Twenty Twenty-Two invites you to explore full site editing and create a site that reflects your individual vision. This is a new approach to site building than what most are used to with WordPress.”

    Here are some resources to help you get started. And if you run into any issues, don’t hesitate to make a new support post here:

    Learn about the Twenty Twenty-Two Theme and the various full site editing features it unlocks.

    Learn about Block Themes and how they allow you to edit all parts of your site with blocks.

    Take a course on Learn WordPress about how to build a site with full site editing and the Twenty Twenty-Two Theme

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