My site broke, and I was left with barely anything left. Take a moment today to find out how one WordPress Page Builder changed it all.
It has always been important to me to maximize the creative and design elements of any project I create. Especially when it comes to something as important as my website.
I wanted to simplify my work, so I started out with a theme or two. Allowing me to have a nice baseline, and at the time I was really wanted to make that “Hub of Innovation” idea out of a social network. Still might!
What ended up happening was that I realized that it was gonna be more complicated than it needed to be, so I simplified it to a simple course site with a blog.
I want to share the story with you about how the Elementor plugin saved my website!
Why did this happen?
As I said before I started out with a theme, since it was pre-built it came with a lackluster page builder: WP Bakery.
When I would go and try to edit the site, there would always be glitches in the back end. Hard to edit areas, for I believe they were so heavily modded to get to work. As well as many other limitations to the overall design choices.
I went through a lot of tribulations for this site, even after WP Bakery, so I wanted to write this post today to help you if you are in a similar place.
One day I go and edit a tiny couple things, make some posts, and then I checked the site. Boom! The site is completely broken, no page is loading, and there was no conceivable reason why. Nothing I changed should have done that.
There is the point of backups, but if I were I would have lost a lot of important additions.
Okay so the plan was strip the site, and remake it with a new page builder. Luckily most of the text was still in the backend, so I didn’t lose any webpage content. I had to go in manually though, and scrape all my text while deleting WP Bakery code.
What happened next?
As it turns out there is a lot of page builders out there, and a lot of them seemingly were an interesting choice.
From Beaver Builder, Elementor, Divi, and more; There is a lot to choose from, and I had a hard time experimenting with them all.
What I decided to do was go try the free ones first, to see if I could even use them. I didn’t like Beaver Builder, or Qubely, so I went to Elementor. Didn’t like it yet, but I also didn’t get the hang of it either!
I kept jumping back and forth between builders, which trust me was not a good idea. I kept losing my data every time too because the pages would get deleted in favor of the new one (Note: Some didn’t, and could be retrieved once the new builder was deleted).
I’ve been building websites most of my life, most of the time out of pure curiosity. I love the creative expression, and the prospect of sharing what I know. I remember even starting with Lego mini website builder in the 2000’s.
I bring that up because since then over 15 years ago, I have been using page builders (I.e. Wix or Webflow even), and that makes a heavy impact on my WordPress Page Builder Choice.
In the end it came down to three.
There was three choices: Divi, Elementor PRO, and Brizy. I loved the latter, but it was the new kid on the block. Had a lot less features that I wanted, and now Elementor has a lot of the features I liked from Brizy.
I went with Divi for a time, even started actually making the website, which was awesome at that point. For I was getting pretty distraught about not having a site for almost a month. The overall aesthetic was nice, and there was a theme builder. That was a really important tool to make things all work together, however I often had issues with getting things to work. Most of all the plugin itself was slow at times to load a page. Almost 30 seconds at some points (probably has gotten better though).
Here is the real kicker though, it was expensive, and when I say pricey I mean really up there. In the end I didn’t like it much at all, and had to get a refund.
So what then??:
Back to square one, no website, no builder. At that point it was the two free builders (who have pro versions): Brizy and Elementor. Once again I found myself jumping back and forth, liking both, but in the end it was Elementor that allowed me to be creative.
I needed a tool that I could leverage for my creative expressive impulses. I.e. if I have an idea I want to try it real quick. See if it works, and such. Elementor at first felt clunky to me when I first tried it, but after I got used to the interface it got better.
Eventually I got the hang of it, and realized that in order to have a full site (header and footer) I’d need the pro. I had spent a pretty penny on the LTD version of Divi, so I was skeptical on buying anything else. As it turns out Elementor doesn’t have a lifetime price, but their PRO wasn’t too bad for a yearly cost.
I jumped on the bandwagon, and got started.
Watching video after video, reading their blog and guides, and most of all just being creative with the blocks. I got my first version down pretty quick, and although I had a lot of pages to remake. It didn’t take more than a couple weeks to fully fill in all 30ish pages I was working on. Many of which have since been revamped, merge, or some deleted. All in all the site was reborn again.
One key thing that makes me really happy is that I was finally able to make the site dark, which with the themes before were all white based. The dark is much easier on the eyes! 😉
Not only was I able to create the site that I WANTED, there was also the fact that with other builders I couldn’t make the site AT ALL. Divi and Brizy came close in some respects, but would have had sacrifices.
I wanted to share this awesome story because of the trials it takes of a content creator, let alone a polymath. I may be versed in many areas when it comes to this, but even for me it was really hard to find out what I needed to do. When it comes to creating content I really don’t want to be bogged down by the technical aspects.
When a tool like this can save me a lot of time, and even better make things superior? Then for sure I am going to go for it, and now with the frequent updates of the plugin since. There is more features, like theme builder, and blog post designer that make even more of a difference.
My site broke, a site meant to be a culmination of all the projects I want to work on all my life. With it gone (even temporarily) it left me upset, and with this tool I was able to save it.
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I am very curious of what you think, and it would be great to get some feedback on the site!
I just revamped the site once again in late March, 2020. Meaning there may end up being small issues that I need to fix. Perhaps by taking a tour of the website, then you will find one!
If you have any interest in building your own website, then I encourage you to go through WordPress, and especially with elementor.com