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FSE Theme Design Import/Export – Templates, Template Parts and Global Styles

This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

FSE Theme Design Import/Export – Templates, Template Parts and Global Styles


Import and export your block based FSE theme design: templates, template parts, and global/custom styles.

Easily move your custom full site editing theme design from one website to another, or from a local installation to a live site.

Ideal for designers and developers working with the Site Editor and a block based full-site-editing theme, who have edited their FSE/block based templates, template parts and custom styles, and now need to copy that design over to a new WordPress installation.

The FSE Theme Design Import/Export plugin allows this to be done with minimal fuss, and can also be used to take regular backups of your block theme based design(s).

Works with any full-site-editing block theme.


Licensed under the GNU General Public License v2.0,


  • The main plugin page, showing the Import function, and the templates, template parts, and custom style available to Export.
  • Importing the templates, template parts, and custom styles from a previously exported file.


From your WordPress dashboard

  1. Visit ‘Plugins > Add New’,
  2. Search for ‘design import export’ and install the plugin.
  3. Activate ‘FSE Theme Design Import/Export’ from your Plugins page.

Once the plugin is activated you will find the plugin page in Design Import/Export


I have activated the plugin. Where is the plugin page?

You will find the plugin page at wp-admin -> Design Import/Export.

What theme do I need to make use of the plugin?

You will need a block based (full site editing) compatible theme.

Do I need to install any other plugins?


Where are the import files saved?

Any files that you upload using the import function will be saved as .txt files to the default WordPress media/uploads directory. An example of that directory would be: ../wp-content/uploads/2021/07/.


2. April 2024.
This plugin fixes a huge hole in WordPress and allows you to easily copy your entire customised theme from one site to another. This is invaluable for moving from a local development site to a live site, for copying your work from one site to another, or simply for backing things up in an easily portable format. I used this on the current latest version of WordPress (v6.4.3) and it worked with zero issues. I was copying a highly customised version of Twenty Twenty Three with some complex templates and it worked without a hitch. I’m definitely adding this plugin to my list of default installs.
9. Februar 2024.
Very good, just what I need. After a quick test it seems just what is needed to develop customisations on a staging server then quickly transfer them to a live server. Greatly eases the task of migrating a site to a new theme.
27. April 2022.
I’m working on a theme who’s slug I had to correct, which caused loss of all the template parts. I used this plugin to export the parts from the broken theme, searched and replaced the bad slug with the new slug and then ran the import, worked absolutely perfect. Thanks folks!
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Contributors & Developers

“FSE Theme Design Import/Export – Templates, Template Parts and Global Styles” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



1.1.1 – March 2023
– Remove some unused commented code

1.1 – March 2023
– Tested up to WP 6.2
– Requires WP 6.1
– Check if active theme is a block theme
– Only list block themes in export panel list
– Move current active theme to top of list in export panel

1.0 – February 2022
– Tested up WP 5.9
– Requires WP 5.9

0.1.4 – August 2021
– Updated plugin title to clarify the plugin’s purpose.

0.1.3 – July 2021
– Initial release