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  • The last time I built a wordpress site was 2015. I am in need of making a new responsive wordpress website, so I started looking at themes. I had never even heard of a visual composer such as DIVI until today. I am very content with the regular wordpress dashboard. If I am looking to build a modern asthetically pleasing website with sliders etc, should I plan on using a visual composer? Is making a website, strictly from the wordpress dashboard almost a thing of the past? Anyone experience SEO issues with these visual composers?

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  • Hello @azzazza!

    The page builders of today are incredibly useful. You will be able to create all kinds of visual appealing pages that would normally require a significant amount of code. However, you are generally locked in once you start using one. Since there is currently no standard for page builders, it’s not possible to move from one to another without rebuilding your pages.

    Many themes use Visual Composer, Beaver Builder and other standalone plugins. Avada uses Fusion Builder. Divi uses the Divi Builder.

    So if you chose to use Divi and built out all of your pages, you wouldn’t really be able to change themes without creating your pages from scratch.

    So the biggest pro is that page builders save a lot of time that you would normally spend coding. The biggest con is that you’re basically locked in to use that page builder until you’re ready to build your website again.

    As far as SEO goes, this depends on how the page builder renders the elements. Most of them are pretty good and wouldn’t actively work against your SEO.

    I hope that helps!

    If you know how to code html and css, do not use a visual composer.

    Thank you very much for your replies gentlemen!
    Your responses are very helpful!
    Do either of you have anything good or bad to say about the genesis framework by studio press?

    I develop all of my sites from scratch – Only use Bootstrap-

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