Updated for today 4/6/22: WordPress listened and made some changes:
I’ve followed WP Tavern.com and WordPress Content for some time and have seen the changes coming to WordPress. Well, that time has arrived. Gutenberg 12.9 has been released. What does that mean for those of us at WordPress.com?
If you’ve looked at the theme gallery lately, you will notice many of the themes feature FSE. FSE is full site editing. We will now have the ability to create our own themes within the block parameters WordPress gives us.
Along with that, WordPress has changed the payment schedule.
There will only be two tiers, free and WordPress Pro:
If you are on a free blog, you need to pay attention. Notice the number of visits per month you are allowed… also, your storage changes significantly.
Personally, I don’t think $180 is too much to ask for a year’s subscription to WordPress. I recognize that not everyone can afford this. I don’t have answers. All I can say is that the times they are a-changing! Here’s what other users are saying: https://wordpress.com/forums/topic/reason-behind-plan-upgrades/
I’ve taken a class or two on full site editing. WordPress.com also has some great YouTube videos to help you get started. It’s much more difficult than it used to be, but it’s totally doable.
WordPress is covering classes on Full Site Editing HERE.