Am I a complete idiot, or is it the page builder?

I’ve been trying to build very very simple webpages — think single-page political candidate site or non-idx real estate — and nothing works like it’s supposed to.

I’ve used Elementor in the past and I hate it. If there’s three lines of text that you want all linked to the same site (like an address you’re linking to google maps) you have to link every single line separately instead of just highlighting the whole thing and adding the link.

Been trying to use Astra Pro and Spectra to build from scratch and half of the prebuilt blocks don’t work or aren’t available anymore, and the page as laid out in the builder DOESN’T LOOK ANYTHING like the live site (designed on desktop, viewed on desktop).

I can’t even manage a simple image with a block of text below it. It looks fine in the builder page, but the live site has half the image and it’s jammed over to the side or the top half is missing or whatever and I can’t figure out where the settings driving the behavior are hiding. I’ve looked at the image, I’ve looked at the containers, ARRRGH.

Seriously, am I an effing idiot, or are there some fundamental basics I’m missing?

8 Comments
  1. No, it’s just extremely difficult to get it done right, sometimes near impossible unless you start writing html and css and create a child theme to edit the php to accomplish what you want to do.

    use chatgpt, it might help you understand the issue, but try real hard to understand the code it’s providing don’t just blatantly copy paste

  2. Do you have any caching plugins activated? It’s hard to diagnose Elementor issues as it’s a bit of a mess.

  3. You might try Divi if you haven’t given up on page builders. It’s pretty simple to use out of the box. However as with any tool that adds page-building functionality to WordPress, there’s going to be a learning curve. Divi is pretty extensively documented and r/Divi can be helpful.

  4. To answer your question, it’s the page builder. You’ll have to experiment with a dozen or so page builders and themes before you find one that you can work with. I did just that and ended up liking GeneratePress and GenerateBlocks.

  5. Give WPStackable a try. I found out of the various block builders I tried (Kadence, Spectra, Max, etc), WPStackable was the easiest and most thorough to design with. And it was the most accurate when comparing the backend to the frontend.

    It goes great with the Blocksy theme (use Blocksy to create the site header and footer, and Stackable to create inner page designs/content).

  6. Elementor is ok, but if you want something lighter don’t use page builders. Stick with native Gutenberg editor with Generatepress and Generate building blocks. You will also learn better how WordPress works.

    There are good video tutorials on YouTube.

  7. > If there’s three lines of text that you want all linked to the same site (like an address you’re linking to google maps) you have to link every single line separately instead of just highlighting the whole thing and adding the link.

    That’s because it’s creating a new paragraph block each time. Have you tried using Shift + Enter to add the new line instead, which, in most software, will just add a carriage return. In Gutenberg it will just add a <br> instead of starting a new block/paragraph. You should then be able to just link the whole thing.

  8. I am a Divi user and I love it but lately I started trying Bricks and tbh I think it’s faster and better.

 

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