Yes that is correct. I’ll give an example, I had an existent HTML template made in Bootstrap 5 that I bought from a marketplace. I needed to center a paragraph inside a div which was inside another div, basically I wanted the 1st div to be centered; that seems like a fair easy thing to do. So I looked into what class to use on the div to center it. I tried doing it in Pinegrow visually, but without success, could not get it going, even when selecting to center it.
I then took the same HTML file, drag and dropped it to Bootstrap Studio; also drag and dropped the style.css file to BS. Then inside Bootstrap Studio I selected the div, click Center, and I was able to see the class it used for Bootstrap 5 that centered it; so I then copied that piece of code from BS back into Pinegrow and it worked.
This was super basic for a developer but for me I found the BS being more helpful than Pinegrow. Please mind you, I still kept my HTML project in Pinegrow because I trust it more and I believe BS will not keep the HTML formatted correctly if you are importing the files. (also FYI by end of this summer they are launching a new feature with importing projects into BS which a lot of users asked for)
That is correct but it also allows to make changes very very quickly across all pages. For instance, because it’s on Wordpress, you can change inside Breakdance the Main Menu from one location and it changes for all of them. In Pinegrow, I have to create a Component for the Menu that will add classes to my HTML code, then reload the page components; It’s still doing same things but in Breakdance the process seems more friendly visually.
I can grab Breakdance > import a new theme > and I have a new website with 5 pages just like that in less than 2 minutes; then I can modify it easily. Then I can export the whole WP to HTML for instance. The reason I don’t stick now to Breakdance it is because when you export WP to HTML it puts all those files in so many subfolders and also Breakdance has some weird long-a** classes that it adds in different parts which I really dislike.
BS is similar but does not have many templates; I like it for easily editing the HTML code but I don’t see the full HTML code, only the sections I select. So Pinegrow is better in this regards.
I understand that and I am not taking away from you the fact that it is a great tool. And believe me, I recommend it to everyone. But for visually editing pages easily (HTML specifically for me), it could really improve some parts to make it more user-friendly for beginners.
I’d say if you look at Weblow or Framer, there’s lots of designers using them, that all they need is drag and drop, create design and be able to export a clean HTML. And then go back to the design, edit it easily visually and re-export it.
Also take Breakdance layout:
- the center of the page is your design
- left and right you can easily change the elements of your HTML page
- in contrast, in Pinegrow we got the Tabs that we have to click on to change things and I do get lost on those tabs trying to re-organise them to make it easier to change elements
- if Pinegrow could tweak the layout to make it more friendly, I think it’d help beginners a lot
- even if this goes against heavy developer users that like current design, if visually-prone users would have a Layout Theme they can choose that is more visually appealing, then at least they have an option and would use Pinegrow even more
- now take this layout design as a sample, think of users able to build their templates visually easier, then export it to clean Wordpress theme → you got a winner that can easily compete with other WP builders
In regards to Breakdance what many users complain about is different WP plugins that break Wordpress when using Breakdance builder. Thus I would personally trust Pinegrow more on building the WP theme visually, that the code in the end will be cleaner than Breakdance and not break WP.
PS: Luis is a great dude and very passionate, hands off to him for Breakdance
PPS: but I am still sticking to Pinegrow just because it rocks and love it and hate it at times : )