Building high quality web pages is not easy as drinking a glass of water.
Whether you are a junior webmaster or a seasoned full-stack dev dealing with WordPress, you've surely heard these lines:
- Custom coding by hand your themes assures maximum power, flexibility and optimization if you're a pro developer, but can be a slow and painful process.
- As a quicker alternative, using page builders makes it faster but has its drawbacks. They usually spit a mixed soup of DIVs which of course is sub-optimal in terms of SEO, speed, and code maintainability. Lots of black boxes here, and no easy way out.
- On another side WordPress, if used with the wrong themes and plugins, can turn from being a good friend into a dog-slow nightmare. The much-abused "piling plugins on plugins" approach to web design results in a unmaintainable, poor performance website.
Unfortunately, most people will agree: there's quite a lot of truth in these sentences.
So, here is our challenge:
Can we still develop fast, powerful websites using a mixed approach, bringing the best of both worlds?
Let's try to focus on this question and propose a solution.
There's no perfect, "one-fits-all" approach to page creation on the web
They bring to the table their own dose of:
....yet the opposite approach is still not the best....
Especially if you're a one-man band.
LiveCanvas is a creative powerhouse, which allows you to quickly craft and refine HTML code - using readymade, pure Bootstrap 4-based blocks.
You can also define and reuse your own custom HTML blocks too - using some unique HTML5 attributes to make text areas editable.
It comes as a convenient, zero configuration WordPress plugin, with a minimal footprint. It's less than 150k gzipped!
But an editor is not enough. You need a complete, stable foundation for your next successful Web project.
The LiveCanvas plugin is optimized to work with CustomStrap: a no-compromise, top performing, solid, open-source barebones Theme.
CustomStrap is a lean child theme of UnderStrap, the most starred Bootstrap 4 based WordPress starter theme on GitHub.
A rock solid foundation, easy to hack and extend.
Using this combination you'll get a speed that feels like you've installed that caching plugin - but you haven't.
[By the way, LiveCanvas can easily work with any other BootStrap 4, standards compliant Wp Theme, but for best results and performance guarantee, we really recommend CustomStrap or UnderStrap is supported at the moment]
We all love WordPress, but sometimes it makes little sense to leave a WordPress installation in the wild, eg for handling a one-page site, or a landing page.
A one-click option (in LiveCanvas, Options menu > Download as HTML) allows to download the page content, surrounded by the official Bootstrap 4 starter template so if you're not using dynamic shortcodes or advanced features, you can export a simple landing page in one click, in a simple, independent HTML file.
You'd be basically getting an independent version of the page (albeit for media) in a single index.html file, which loads the standard, plain default styled Bootstrap build from the official Botstrap CDN.
This is done very easily as LiveCanvas saves pure HTML into WordPress.
LiveCanvas lets you avoid vendor lock-in.