Using Visual Composer to build WordPress websites – 3 Key Aspects
WP Bakery is a company that has created a plug-in page builder for WordPress websites called Visual Composer. In order to use Visual Composer, you’ll need to either have a license or it will come bundled with the theme that you purchased.
Over the years of using this page builder, I have found it often necessary to eventually get your own license that is separate from the team bundle.
I’m not sure why it is, but I’ve found that the plug-in simply does not update after some time. There may be some type of limited usage arrangement with the theme builder and possibly that’s what I’ve run into in the past.
However, I always feel that Visual Composer is a worthy purchase for my website. I simply feel comfortable in building all websites using this builder.
Using the Front End Visual Composer to add Page Elements in WordPress
Visual composer allows you to build pages easily and efficiently by selecting page elements from a pop-up window and inserting them into the page in a variety of columns and rows.
If you click on the button for the front end visual composer element, it gives you a “WYSIWYG” (“what you see is what you get”) type of editor. It allows you to see how the page layout transforms as you add content and page elements. You can add rows and columns, creating a beautiful format for your webpage.
Depending on the element, Visual Composer usually gives you the option to animate the element. For instance, if you want to add an icon in front of a text block to give it more pizzazz, you can animate the icon by making it drop in a certain way or load after a certain delay.
Using the Backend Visual Composer to add page elements in WordPress
You can use the backend editor to add elements to the page. I like to consider this function the in-between function. The reason is that while it is a great overview of what the page elements are, I’m not distracted by the page and can focus on elements of the page easily.
Also, it is less cumbersome to use than the classic editor which is riddled with VC code scattered throughout the text.
The Classic Mode
One aspect of Visual Composer that I like is that you’re not locked into using the page editor if you don’t want to. This becomes particularly handy when dealing with code issues. I often like to use the classic version and switch over to the text editor in order to isolate code variables that are causing problems on the page.
A Summary of Visual Composer (IMHO)
Overall, Visual Composer gives you the option of having the best of all worlds.
You can use the front-end WYSIWYG development mode to build a page quickly while previewing in real time what the page will look like.
You can use the backend modality in order to get a 30,000-foot perspective of the page elements and edit everything you need to from there.
Lastly, you can get down to a nuance level by using the classic version and even switching into the text editor mode in order to make subtle changes in the code to tweak the page content further.