Lesson 2: Page Builder, Themes & Helpful Plugins
For the rest of the site, we are going to take the path of least resistance and work with the widely used and much more stable builder, Elementor.
With more than 5 Million professional users, Elementor is the top-rated feature-packed page builder which is leading 7% of all WordPress websites. Elementor offers a free version that is very capable and a paid Pro version that offers a lot more functionality, global settings and automations which can help streamline your workflow.
Dive Into Elementor
First, please remove all previous practice pages, media files and plugins from your site to start from a clean slate. To do this all at once for a completely fresh WP install, sign into your Site Ground dashboard and delete and reinstall WordPress under your Manage WordPress settings.
Now follow along the videos below. Try to use your own content(i.e logo, images, etc) to make the site feel as realistic and professional as possible. Apply the what you learned from Jess about design, sourcing stock imagery, and lipsum! The goal is to turn this site into your first WP portfolio piece!
Learning Elementor & Addons
Take some time to reflect on what you’ve learned above. Did you experience any challenges? Were you able to create a homepage that feels complete and looks great when you view it on mobile?
This is a great time to shoot me a Slack DM to discuss any questions you have!
Please proceed only if you’re confident with the homepage, header and footer that you’ve created.
Elementor addons are plugins developed specifically for the Elementor to increase Elementor’s functionality and enrich the user’s experience. Free and paid versions are available. Add-ons make our lives easier.
Review, Install & Play
Watch the following Add-on videos. Install and activate them on your site. Create pages to play around with them and explore! Think of how you could use them to bring your ideas to life, then try to make it happen!
Exercise Practice: Continue Building Out Your Site
The following tasks should take you between 4 – 8 hours to complete. Focus on clean and simple design.
- Create 2-5 complete pages. Page suggestions: About, Services, Contact, Hiring/Careers, Blog, and FAQs. View other sites if you need inspiration for the various content blocks.
- Create 2-4 simple blog posts – half with Elementor, half with Gutenberg.
- Display your posts with a widget on one of your Pages
- Update your header and footer to include your new pages in your menus.
- Review your site on your phone and make any adjustments necessary so that it looks great on all devices.