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LiveCanvas Documentation


We become what we behold.
We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.

Marshall McLuhan

What is LiveCanvas?

LiveCanvas is a premium  WordPress page builder plugin that uses plain HTML code as a source of truth.

LiveCanvas is  based on WordPress and plain HTML, with a Bootstrap 4 flavour.

It will help you build (and maintain) super fast web pages, that can either be served by WordPress, upon a robust, high performance open source stack – or can be exported as standalone static HTML files.

There is no vendor lock-in at all. Disable the LiveCanvas plugin, site will not stop working as with all the other builders. Plain HTML is saved onto the database.

LiveCanvas makes it easy to build and maintain great responsive pages –  it’s visual editor lets you easily combine and remix readymade sections and blocks – which are just code snippets.

We include a library of high quality, hand-crafted readymade sections and blocks:

solid, minimal, pure Bootstrap 4  – based HTML code snippets,

well tested in all Bootstrap breakpoints.

But what makes it special is that that you can review and edit  all the generated HTML code, via a live code editor:

you’re always in full control of the markup.

LiveCanvas is a creative environment that encourages experimentation and will make you build better sites.

It’s clean, lightweight and powerful: it won’t get in your way and it will not set any boundaries to your ideas.

You have full, “edge to edge” control of your page.

How does it work?

LiveCanvas runs on a high quality open source stack, which includes:

  • A plain WordPress install on your server
  • A clean starter theme of your choice:
    • picostrap, a new no-compromise, top performing, solid, open-source barebones Theme (heavily based on CustomStrap & UnderStrap)
    • Our former CustomStrap theme
    • Your own Bootstrap 4-based child theme, if you have one

CustomStrap is a child theme of UnderStrap, the most starred Bootstrap 4 based WordPress starter theme on GitHub.

Both picostrap and CustomStrap integrate  the WordPress Customizer with a built-in SASS compiler so you can recompile your Bootstrap 4’s CSS file to your taste on the fly.


Why is it so special

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. No bloat is added – the LC plugins adds no JS or CSS.

Building nice pages will be fast and easy – much easier than hand-coding. Quality and consistency will skyrocket.

But you will be using a from a technical point of view a  rock solid foundation, easy to hack and extend.

Your sites will 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.]

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