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Web Training and Resources uses WordPress as its primary web content management system (CMS) to manage over 16,000 webpages across 170+ subsites. The Macalester website includes both centrally maintained content (managed by Communications and Marketing) and content maintained by individual departments and offices.

WordPress Classic Editor vs. Block Editor

In 2018, the open-source WordPress project released their Gutenberg block editor as a replacement for their classic editor. Macalester started using the Gutenberg block editor in 2020 for some sites, with the goal of eventually converting all sites to the Gutenberg block editor. We launched a new visual design simultaneously with the Gutenberg editor. Sites in the new visual design can only be built and maintained using the block editor.