(Note: a Full Width Slider is included on this page. It is one of the options available in the BasicBuild WP theme. To see a full range of other layout and styling options, check out the Everything but a Slider page).
My name is Bert Hixson. I have been designing and developing websites since 2010. Specializing in WordPress, I have built 100’s of WordPress sites through my business at Web Considerations.
I have also worked as a freelancer for other web design agencies and providers, building highly functional, performance-based WordPress websites for businesses such as Kline May, Miura Boiler, and IntoRQ. (While working with Site Care).
Read more about me and my work on LinkedIn.
Initially, I would build each WordPress theme from the ground up. Often completely rewriting and incorporating the same features across different website projects. However, with time, I would create code snippets and then save them offline to be used for other website projects. Regardless of the design specification, I could incorporate the saved code without having to rewrite it. I would, however, need to style it to fit the project. While this process does save time, there would still be more work required to make the whole site work properly. I still had to build out the rest of the website since it was only code snippets saved.
I also looked at using Page Builder themes. A page builder is a theme (or plugin) that allows web developers and users to build and design responsive pages with less technical know-how. However, I soon realized; while a page builder may be a tempting time-saving option, in all reality, they are not the best option for optimal development. Page builders create bloated websites, restrict design options, and are not optimal for SEO. Especially website performance!
That in itself is the biggest complaint I have. Just how much slower sites built with page builders are.