If you can’t guess by using your eyes or whatever, I’m not exactly visually inclined when it comes to design. I use WordPress and simple themes, because any time I try to get into visuals I end up with monstrosities that just Should Not Be.
I just don’t do UI.
For WordPress, itself chosen because I don’t want to burden myself with designing a functional UI for humans for a blog, I use Libre 2 as a theme, because it’s clean and workable. It ain’t great, I would think, but it’s certainly enough for my simple needs.
The problem with Libre 2 is the home page, which doesn’t support widgets from what I can tell, so the default home page shows a list of blog entries and that’s… it. To get the search bar, or tags, or categories, or anything else, you have to go to a post.
That’s kind of gross. It means I’m expecting – demanding, really – my users to interact with the site before they see any features my site might offer.
I picked up Elementor as part of a WordPress bundle a while back, and in a moment of being annoyed looking at my rather plain home page, decided to try out the… Elementor theme.
Elementor is not a theme.
It’s a page composition toolkit. It’s like what Medium’s editor, or WordPress’ Gutenberg editor, wanted to be when it grew up. You bring parts of a page into a cohesive whole, with a lot of control over each part.
It’s actually pretty neat.
So my home page is now an Elementor static page, one that happens to have my posts in a list, and lo and behold, my menu and widgets are back the way I want them.
Sure, my user experience still is very vanilla and bland, but at least the features are there.