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@Eric_Devlin: I need to make a WP site, that, once handed off to a client, can then be just manipulated by them from then on. I was thinking of using a page builder. Does anyone recommend using Gutenberg for this over Elementor?
@Doug: both are great. I think Elementor is a little more mature in this regard. I’ve also seen some really great work with ACF blocks that may make Gutenberg a better choice
@dashifen: If you’re handing it off, my arguement would be for G’berg because it’s one less thing that they need to worry about updating. Just let them use the version that’s in WP core. Plus, I can’t speak to Elementor, but a lot of page builds put a lot of content into the post meta table (ACF does this, too, incidentally), so it can be very, very hard to transfer away from them toward something like G’berg or other tools in the future.
@Joel_Yoder: Hi @Eric_Devlin - I’m going through this with a client as well and here are the considerations you’ll need to weigh:
I’m pretty certain that Elementor stores content in the post content table, but like other builders, turning off Elementor will show pages filled with garble. Migrating off of a page builder always means rebuilding every page you made with that - so if they might switch builders down the road that’s certainly a consideration.
Another factor is control over the design of the site. Elementor gives the editors control over every aspect of the page design - for some clients this is a bonus because they don’t have to come back to you to change a color. On the flipside, if you’re worried about them breaking the design or making really off-brand changes to the site, Elementor will let them do that.
Third factor is ease of use. If they are wanting to just update some text and not having to worry about the design side of things, Gutenberg is definitely the easiest to get started with. If they are wanting more control than that or they want to make really complex layouts, Gutenberg is going to feel constraining compared to a full page builder.
tl;dr: Gutenberg shines as a content editor, Elementor is truly a full page builder. How much control your client wants or needs should drive that decision.
One last note: You are not constrained to using just one or the other. In my client’s situation, we’re using a page builder for things like the homepage and landing page where they want full design control. The blog is using Gutenberg since it’s purely content anyways. For our custom post types, we’re using ACF Pro since they just want to fill out a form and have the templates generate consistently formatted product pages.