How To Get Started Using GeneratePress and Elementor

Follow These 5 Simple Steps

  1. Install GeneratePress, available for free from the WordPress theme repository. For maximum value, at an extremely low price, grab the Premium addons plugin. At only $39.95, you get all of the following:
    • All 14 add-ons & future releases
    • All 17+ importable demo Sites
    • Unlimited websites
    • Lifetime usage
    • 1 year of updates & support
    • 30 day money back guarantee
  2. Install Elementor, available for free from the WordPress plugin repository.While the free version has everything you need to create amazing page designs, the Pro version kicks that up quite a few notches, giving you more ways to create outstanding designs.
    • Show off your posts in lists, grids, masonry, or blog layouts, with filters and more.
    • Live form editor, which is so cool when you first experience it. Oh so much better than the way other forms are built.
    • Save a widget that you carefully designed as Global widget, and use it anywhere on your site. Change it once, and it instantly reflects that change everywhere it is used.
    • Live custom CSS – make a change and see it live. Super nice!
    • Embed anywhere – this one is possibly the most loved feature by everyone. Embed a template (one you created or from a 3rd party), anywhere – in sidebars, footers, etc. This gives you amazing control.
    • More and better of everything. More templates, more widgets, better slider, and amped-up Woocommerce widgets.
    Technically, you could stop here and call it done. But there are a few more free plugins I recommend, to make sure your experience is better.
  3. Install the Granular Controls for Elementor plugin.Granular Controls gives you more control over the way things work in Elementor. Usually these additions solve little nagging problems that haven’t yet been addressed by the Elementor team. For example, the plugin allows the Elementor widget panel to be dragged to make the list of available widgets wider or narrower as desired. It also adds options for things such as keeping all accordions closed on page load,  delaying when a section or column appears, and enabling a draggable editor bar.  Other features are there as well, and more are added occasionally.
  4. Install the Code Snippets plugin.Don’t freak out. I know you expect to never have to deal with code. But just in case your no-code bubble ever bursts (and it usually will), you’ll be ready. Instead of adding code to your functions.php file, like so many tutorials suggest, you should manage them easily with a plugin designed for it. No more messing up your functions file, and bringing your site crashing down in the process. With its Safe Mode feature, if something goes wrong, you can quickly delete the last snippet, and return to normal.
  5. The last plugin that I consider useful is the PopBox for Elementor plugin.PopBox for Elementor allows you to create a nice popup modal box that contains content such as a form that you designed using Elementor.

Of course, there are plenty of other plugins you may need for your own purposes. Some are directly related to either Elementor or GeneratePress, while others are more general in nature. But these 5 steps will give you the solid foundation you need to create beautiful, and beautifully functional, WordPress content. Have fun desiging!

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