What is a Universal theme?

Question: What is a Universal theme and how does it differ from an FSE theme?

Answer: Universal is a new term for a block based theme that aims to work in either classic (customizer) or FSE contexts. 

It’s a new term coined by designers and developers in Automattic. One example would be a theme which uses block template parts in PHP templates.

An alternative to a Universal theme is a “hybrid” theme which uses PHP to override the normal processing of an FSE template.


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