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Make it simple and from scratch

We are neither supporters of theme builders nor visible HTML code in backend. In spite of the fine intentions to make everything simpler, Elightwalk thinks that theme builders tend to make WordPress backend unmanageable and the front end slow in the cover.

In the vast majority of builders on the market, there is a need to load many assets (resources) on your WordPress website to get all the fine theme builder features to work. The problem is simply that the common WordPress customer often does not need all the features included in the package you buy. Therefore, in the vast majority of cases, investing in a theme with a large content builder is overkill. It dulls both your site in general and stretches for you in the future if you want custom development

We prefer to build our solutions from scratch, with specific fields for each section on the different content pages. That way, there will be no overwhelmingly long list of features or HTML code to relate to and no redundant resources loaded on front end. Thus, we maintain the clarity of the WordPress back end while the speed remains fast on the front end.

Custom Page Templates

One major disadvantage of content builders is that all design and content is made specifically for each page. That is, you have no skeleton – each page has its own unique layout – even though you might have 40 pages that are the same. In other words, when you have a single color correction, you have to make it manually on all 40 pages – one by one.

With Page Templates in WordPress you get a skeleton, so you don’t have to make the correction on all 40 pages, but only one place. We can help you with the technical good it requires to set it up. It will make you home many times on time and hassle that you spend on straightening and navigating a large content builder.

Technically, it works so that you create a file in its theme – let’s say page-template-products.php. From this we make a skeleton, or a template, specifically for “Products”. Then we can choose this template from our “Pages” in WordPress and reuse that skeleton from time to time. What is better is that Page Templates are also integrated with Custom Fields and Custom Post Types, which you can read more about below.

Custom Post Types

An undervalued and rather simple way to make WordPress solutions far more professional and simple is to use Custom Post Types. For example, a Post Type could be “Pages” or “Post” on a standard WordPress installation. With Custom Post Types you can create your very own Post Types.

Then you probably think – well, then I can just create it all under “Pages” in WordPress? Yes, you could, and it is enough for many too. However, there is not much extra complexity in WordPress for a Custom Post Type to become relevant.

Imagine that on your WordPress page you have 8 different pages, but each of them has the same thing that there is a slider with statements. If you have a single comma correction, you should now enter each of the 8 pages and correct the same comma error. It is more time consuming if you need to add an opinion. Then you also need to enter on each of the 8 pages and for each of them manually add your new statement.

With a Custom Post Type, in this case it could be called “Testimonials”, just add and correct statements from one place. Visually, “Testimonials” will be present as well as “Posts” and “Pages” in the WordPress menu in backend. It saves you time, and it makes your WordPress backend far more tangible.

Custom Taxonomies

Taxonomies? It sounds fancy… Yes, we will give you that right. An example of a taxonomy in WordPress is the categories that you find under the standard “Post” in WordPress. Like Custom Post Types, you can create Custom Taxonomies so you can categorize or otherwise filter through the posts you create in your Custom Post Types.

It could be, for example, if a Custom Post Type was named “Cars” for a car dealer’s WordPress website. Here, there may be a need for many different custom taxonomies to categorize / filter the cars between, for example, car class or car brand. Here, it will make sense to create the taxonomies “Car class” and “Car brand” and within these create the different categories.

If we take a technical step further, we can then very easily make front end functionality that makes it easy for visitors to filter between cars based on car class and car brand.

Custom Fields

Following on from the above, we can create Custom Fields specifically for each Post Type, Taxonomy or Page Template. In this way, we can 100% tailor the various Post Type, Taxonomy and Page Template layouts we have on the front end.

We first described that we prefer Custom Fields rather than content builders. Custom Fields allows us to clarify our customers’ content, whether it’s a Post Type, a Taxonomy or a Page Template. Specifically, we make one field for each content section. They can be created separately, depending on which Post Type or Page Template you are on.

In order to make use of the previous example of a car dealer, we would in this case make a set of Custom Fields for the Post Type called “Cars”. For example, it could be fields for a gallery, text fields for engine size, number of horsepower and description, which can then be displayed on the front end of each of the cars’ pages.

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