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By Kevin Wood
Former web developer, now technical writer and poet.
If you want to use WordPress to build out your site, then you're going to have a lot of choices. One of those is a tool called BoldGrid.
BoldGrid is a website builder that's built on the top of WordPress. Most existing website builders utilize a proprietary framework, so BoldGrid is unique. It combines easy website creation with the power of the WordPress CMS.
Below we take a look at the features of this website builder, so you can decide if it's the right tool for your needs.
BoldGrid is a free website builder that comes equipped with any hosting plan from InMotion Hosting and Web Hosting Hub. You can also download the tool and install it on any existing web host, but you won't be guaranteed the same level of support. It offers a unique array of features that cater to beginners who really want their site to run on WordPress.
Essentially, BoldGrid is a suite of WordPress plugins that have been designed to seamlessly integrate with the existing CMS. These plugins work to make it incredibly easy to build a beautiful and functional WordPress site.
This builder offers you a quick and easy way to customize your WordPress site. It's packed with a lot of features, but built in a way that it won't overwhelm beginners. BoldGrid's features are broken down into various plugins, which we highlight below. If you want to explore their entire plugin selection, you can do so on their website.
The page builder plugin provides you with a WYSIWYG drag and drop style editor. This allows you to easily accomplish design tasks and gives you much more control than the typical WordPress editor. You can do things like:
There are also pre-built color palettes you can choose from, to ensure you don't have any confusing color conflicts. Or, you can have the tool suggest palettes based upon a color that you've already chosen. In the end, you'll end up with a good looking site that will look like you paid a professional designer.
To build your site you're going to be using the Inspirations plugin. Here you'll choose from one of many themes to get started building your site. The themes are broken down into various niches, along with some more general themes if your site doesn't fit into any of the existing categories.
But, far from being bare bones themes, these are already fully functional websites. The theme you choose will come with the following features:
The staging plugin is really cool. Essentially, it allows you to run two different versions of your site. One is available to the world and another that allows you to work on behind the scenes. This lets you make and test changes to your site in a live setting without having to actually update your website. This lets you do things like:
If the above features aren't enough, there are additional plugins that let you do things like create forms, galleries, and even work on your SEO.
BoldGrid is integrated with the plugin Ninja Forms, so you can easily create rich web forms. These forms can be customized to your liking. They are easily added to your existing site without throwing off the design.
The gallery plugin lets you quickly create elegant galleries and slideshows. The process is simple, just select the images from your media library, choose how you'd like them to be displayed, and customize their appearance.
The gallery plugin can also source professional creative commons images, so you can insert media and create galleries without having your own photos.
This plugin will give you additional SEO options when creating specific pages of your site. So you'll be able to quickly edit your titles and descriptions while you're building your site.
At its core, WordPress is quite easy to use, but it still has a learning curve for those just getting started online. BoldGrid takes the learning curve out of building your site and makes it as easy as selecting a theme and dragging and dropping to completion.
If you're using one of their supported hosts, then the install process is quite simple. Customization is also very easy, especially since you start the process with an almost finished site.
If you're a beginner website builder who wants to use WordPress as the backbone for your site, then BoldGrid is a great option. It makes building a WordPress site simple. If you're using one of their supported hosts, then this free builder is a no-brainer.
But, if you know your way around WordPress, then you might not like how this tool simplifies WordPress. Since you'll be using the provided themes you won't have access to the thousands of other themes and plugins you may want to use.
Overall, BoldGrid offers a very interesting take on the modern website builder. Most website builders truly lack the content management power that WordPress can provide, so it's nice to see the two combined.
If you're already a WordPress user or want to be, this can be a great way to get started in e-commerce, while simplifying the site building process. Plus, if you're hosting with InMotion or Hosting Hub, it's completely free, so it's definitely worth checking out.
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