QuestionsTo create a blog can I just have elementor pro?
Diogo Santos asked 1 year ago

Hi Adam. Thanks so much for your content. I want to create a blog page. Right now I am using elementor free and generatepress free. What I need to know is which one of the two I need to buy the pro to be able to design beautiful blog posts and to have many options to customize my blog. Or if I need to buy both.

I know that if I tell wordpress that a certain page is my blog page, they will not let me use the elementor. But if I don't tell them that, is it possible to make a blog just with elementor pro? Can I write posts with elementor? If I don't tell wordpress that a certain page is my blog page, will google know and tell other people that the certain page is a blog?

I think that by just having generatepress pro I can make a blog but I would prefer to buy the elementor pro because I know how to use it better (because of your course) and I think it has more customization available because I saw the video on generatepress pro about blogs and they don't seem to have much customization available.

Thanks in advance for your help

3 Answers
Adam @ WPCrafter Staff answered 1 year ago

I would recommend buying Elementor Pro. In fact, if you look at the blog page here on my website, it was made with Elementor Pro.

The reason I am recommending Elementor Pro is because in 2 months you will also have the ability to create beautiful blog post templates. I will have a ton of content on it as soon as they released the feature.

For themes, you should also check out Astra, which has a better free theme then GeneratePress. I find that with the free GeneratePress, it's so 2010 in its style. Of course, you can fix that with their GeneratePress Premium or with custom CSS.

Peter Reck answered 1 year ago

Hi Diogo, I am a newbie here and curious if and how Adam is going to answer your Q.

Your questions points to some basic pieces that need to be mentioned:

There is wordpress.com and wordpress.org, and this is the difference:

The one major difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is who's actually hosting your website. With WordPress.org, YOU host your own blog or website. WordPress.org is where you'll find the free WordPress software that you can download and install on your own web server.

You concern about “not letting you use elementor” may be related to wordpress.com, that has it's own sortiment of software and perhaps elementor is not on their list.

If you want the freedom to use a pagebuilder of your choice, you may be restricted to going with wordpress.org. That requires that you need to get a host, and depending on your level of expertise, someone that can guide you with this (depending on your level of expertise, you may be best served hiring a computer-tutor to show you the ropes; shameless plug: I am a computer-tutor).

With that said, there are a number of pagebuilders, and Adam apparently is *the* expert on talking about those. – I have chosen Elementor PRO and all the pagebuilders do require a wordpress theme to run with. And again, Adam is the expert and has a list somewhere of the wp themes he feels present the most functional “back-bone” for a pagebuilder to run on. I am using wp-pagebuilderframework (WPBF), put together by a German gentleman named David V. – I chose it because David was extremely available to provide support, and the WPBF comes as a free version and a premium version. The premium version has an option for “lifetime” and “unlimited sites” which is what I was looking for.
If you are interested in WPBF, ask me for the purchase-link, as I am an affiliate seller for that theme.

Now this was a very long and detailed response to your question, hopefully it serves you on your quest to build your beautiful blogging site :-)………

Greetings,

Peter

Stratos Karavarakis answered 1 year ago

The best way to get answers is to test the products by yourself.

Adam has created a video with the steps to download the latest beta pro version of themes and plugins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxVZJnVyZhU

You can go to GitHub and download the GeneratePress and Elementor both pro versions and test them. It is NOT recommended for a live site. There you can see all the options you have creating posts. You can also get the astra theme from GitHub and test it as well. It has more options than GeneratePress for the posts but not as many as it could have.

If those tests are not the solutions you are looking for I would suggest you try to crate the post template by yourself. Anywhere Elementor gives some options (you can find on youtube videos about that). The other solution is pods. Pods can do pretty much everything as long as you know how to use it. It requires much more effort and knowledge but it is a tool that when you really learn how to use it you can do many things (except pods there is ACF and Toolset but I think Pods is the easiest one to learn).

Diogo Santos replied 1 year ago

Thank you so much for your answer!! I will certainly try that to test the pro version of both!!
I had heard of anywhere elementor but I thought that in order to create post templates, the pro version was necessary.
I’ve never heard of pods. What is that? Is it a plugin? I’m interested.
But I still have the question about elementor editing my blog. If I tell wordpress that a specific page is my blog they will not let me use elementor on that page. The only “solution” I saw on the internet for that is to not tell wordpress that that page is a blog but if I do that, will google know and tell other people that that page is a blog??
thanks so much!!

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