When you need to build a website, it can be hard to know where to begin. Should you try to build a website using a WordPress page builder plugin, or should you hire a developer?
When researching a page builder plugin, you may find that there hundreds of different options. How do you know which plugin will work the best? How do you know which developer will do the best job? Today, we want to compare building a website using the BoldGrid Page and Post Editor Plugin versus hiring a WordPress developer.

The advantages of the BoldGrid page builder

First off, the BoldGrid Page Builder is perfect if you are on a limited budget. Not only is the page builder a free plugin, but if you decide to upgrade to the premium version, you will receive four extra WordPress plugins along with additional features at no added cost. These plugins give you the ability to add image galleries to your website, add a contact form, work on SEO, as well as allows you to develop your website on a staging platform.
Giving you complete control over design and development, the BoldGrid Page Builder has a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) drag and drop editor. This allows you to drag your images, text, and elements wherever you would like it.
With complete control, you don’t have any restrictions on making edits to your websites. If you need to make a change on a page, you can easily login and make that change with just a drag and a drop.
One of the major advantages of using the BoldGrid Page Builder is the ability to launch a website quickly. As BoldGrid Page Builder comes with hundreds of pre-designed inspirations and layout blocks, within a few minutes, you can having a beautiful website ready to launch.

The advantages of hiring a WordPress developer

Hiring a WordPress developer has several advantages. First, a WordPress developer will craft your website specific to your brand. Most WordPress developers ensure that not only do the colors and styles match, but your brand and message are clearly communicated to those who visit your website. Second, a WordPress developer can develop custom features directly into your website. Maybe you want to add a system where customers can get points for reading a blog post, a WordPress developer can certainly work to develop this system for you.
Third, if you are not familiar with WordPress or BoldGrid, hiring a WordPress developer is certainly an advantage.
Lastly, a WordPress developer can code SEO keywords as well as security features directly into your website code. Because of the importance of security as well as ranking high on Google, these features can be very beneficial.

The disadvantages of the BoldGrid page builder

Unfortunately, you can not use the BoldGrid Post and Page Builder with other web builder plugins. This can cause conflicts affecting your overall website.
Depending upon your knowledge of WordPress and BoldGrid, the process of building a website can be time consuming.

The disadvantages of hiring a WordPress developer

Hiring a WordPress developer can be expensive. Most WordPress developers can charge anywhere from $100 to $5,000. This can be a very big disadvantage if you just need to launch a simple website.
WordPress developers will generally design your website completely custom, meaning that the development time can be a lengthy process. It is generally not a fast delivery time-frame.
Another disadvantage of hiring a WordPress developer would be restricted editing access. Some WordPress developers do not give you full access to the backend of your website. This would require you to contact them each time you wish to make a change.
The overall quality of design and development which you receive may vary depending on the developer which you choose.

Build a website using BoldGrid Page Builder, or hire a WordPress developer?

You should consider using the BoldGrid Page Builder if:

  • You want complete control over your website
  • You need a basic website
  • You are on a tight budget
  • You want to have the ability to easily scale the website yourself using WordPress plugins

You should consider hiring a WordPress developer if:

  • You have limited personal time
  • You want a custom website built to your brand
  • You have a large budget
  • You want to have custom features built directly into your website

Building a website using BoldGrid Page Builder allows you to quickly launch an affordable and professional website.
Hiring a developer can be expensive, but if you need something a bit more custom, it is the best option.
Whether you decided to use a WordPress page builder plugin or hire a WordPress developer, the ultimate decision comes down to your time, finances, and design styles.

Learn more about the BoldGrid Page Editor

Building a WordPress website can be a challenge. The WordPress content management system (CMS) does not have an easy way of editing and designing beautiful pages. What is the most effective way to build a beautiful website?

A page builder plugin can help simplify the entire design and development process through using a drag and drop interface. Some page builders require some coding knowledge in order to function properly. Other page builders can be so basic that you are restricted to making minimal changes.

Today, we’re going to look at the BoldGrid Page editor, a page builder packed with tools and features.

What is the BoldGrid Page Builder?

BoldGrid page builder is one of the fastest ways to create page layouts with WordPress.
The BoldGrid page editor is a drag and drop What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) WordPress editor. The editor gives you complete control allowing you to let your creativity go wild with creating beautiful websites.
Without needing to know any coding knowledge, the BoldGrid page editor is a complete live editor, meaning that when you need to make a change, simply drag and drop, and click publish.

You may ask, what if I know code and I want to make manual CSS changes? The BoldGrid editor allows you to make these changes using the text editor.
Having the ability to add icons, section backgrounds, row design, along with advanced text editing options, BoldGrid is a powerful tool packed with features.

Additional Features

BoldGrid page editor comes with tons of additional features. With thousands of mobile friendly themes, you can make sure your website is not only accessible on desktops, but also on all mobile devices.
Creating page layouts has not been easier. With dozens of pre-built layouts, simply select the layout, updated the content, and you have just built a beautiful page on your website.
BoldGrid introduces a new feature called “blocks”. Blocks are the sections on each page where you can place elements, allowing for your pages to have proper margins and spacing.
BoldGrid page builder also included image filters, Google fonts, as well as additional mobile responsive web elements.

How to Get Started with BoldGrid

To get started with BoldGrid Page editor, it is super simple. Visit the BoldGrid page builder page and click the “Try now” button. Enter in the requested information and you are on your way to building a beautiful website.

Building a WordPress website without a page builder can be challenge. With all of the different page builder options, it can be hard to know which option is the best. The BoldGrid page builder plugin allows you to focus on your content, not the coding of your website. Build a beautiful website using the BoldGrid page editor.

Click here to try BoldGrid page editor for free.

This past week, we flew out to Dayton, Ohio to attend another WordCamp event. After arriving and getting all settled in, we drove to the brand-new Dayton Public Library, where this WordCamp was being held.

Boldie eagerly took selfies and helped share about exciting updates coming to BoldGrid.

We really enjoyed getting to connect and network with people during the workshop day. There were some excellent workshops given. Topics such as configuring Easy Digital Downloads, setting up a customer support website, and WordPress life hacks, were just a few that were covered. This WordCamp had several great sessions on getting started with WordPress.

We got up early Saturday and headed back to WordCamp Dayton, where we networked with many more awesome individuals. We had a great time with our friends from Host Duplex, SiteLock, and Simplified Academy.

Throughout the event, there were many awesome talks, including a great talk about mental illness from Joe Ferguson. He shared how the first PHP conference that he attended wasn’t technical but focused on mental health and technology. This led him to start a non-profit organization called Open Sourcing Mental Illness (OSMI). He founded OSMI to help change the way that we share about mental illness in the technology community.

We enjoyed spending time with Adam Warner from SiteLock. He shared about the importance of setting security standards for your personal information as well as your website. He also shared the fundamental tasks needed for keeping your WordPress website secure.

As the event came to a close, we were thankful for the opportunity to join so many incredible individuals and companies in Dayton, Ohio. The event was an excellent success.
Stay tuned for more information about WordCamp Halifax!

Boldlife Episode 8

John Rampton

Join us as we sit down with John Rampton who has been featured in publications such as TechCrunch, Time, CNN, ABC News, Inc, Forbes and many more. We will learn his road to over 1.5 million Twitter followers and how you can do this in your business.