Elementor Page Builder
WordPress 5.x.x uses the Gutenberg block editor. You can install the Classic Editor plugin to disable it, but not for the long-term.
Forks use the classic style editor by default. But as you can see, you can use the Elementor page builder on any page or post.
The whole point of WordPress 5.x was to do away with the editor WP users have come to know and love, and replace it with a new one called Gutenberg. It was felt WP needed to be a more modern system, and that couldn’t be done with the old editor.
But instead of making it a plugin, they made it part of the core, meaning you had to use it whether you wanted to or not. The unwanted side-effect was, it causes incompatibility issues with other plugins and could cause all sorts of failures for your website.
Gutenberg is also difficult to understand and, as far as users are concerned, is merely a poor attempt at making a page builder.
The purpose of this page is to show you that with forks, you can install the free Elementor plugin and use it on any page or post. The classic editor is still there and you can choose which one to use at any time. You get the intended benefits of Gutenberg, without the associated problems.
One of the things that was considered necessary was to be able to insert widgets into pages or posts.
As you can see here, Elementor can do just that and I have added my “footer 2” widget.
I’ve also set the background colour for this section of text.
I have also changed the font style, size and “weight”. You have a wide range of choices for how you want a text section to look.
You are only limited by your imagination and how much of a designer you are.
With this image, you can see how you can add a drop-shadow, to make it stand out on the page. The amount of shadow, the colour and the sharpness are all fully customizable.
Everything I am doing on this page is done in real-time and what I see on the screen is exactly how it will look when saved. I do not have to get involved with any coding, it is all done by choosing settings and options in a sidebar on my left.
I have never used a page builder in my life and am having no trouble understanding what to do. I am not trying to impress you with my design skills, but merely trying to show you some of the things that can be done.
Below are some of the image hover effects you can utilize to highlight things for your customers or readers. You could add text underneath as required.
I won’t go on any further, I think you get the point. Elementor can do a wide range of things and not just with text and images. The plugin is free and offers a generous amount of features.
If you need more, then you can upgrade to the pro version from as little as $49 for one site. You can buy even more addons if you want. It’s entirely up to you and what you need to do.
As I said, the purpose of this page is to show that Forks + Elementor can do anything Gutenberg can, without the drawbacks. It is not to say you should only use forks, but to let you know you have a choice!