We have been using Sage for the past 5 years where we have leveraged the ‘flexible content’ ACF field type in order to accommodate modular page layouts.
Whilst sometimes we go to the effort of exposing some fields which allow our clients to tweak the basic styling of each content block (eg. background colour, top and bottom padding), we’re finding that we’re starting to lose work due to not being able to support the client’s request of a more comprehensive page builder such as Elementor or Visual Composer.
My understanding is that these plugins can add unnecessary bloat and be somewhat limiting in terms of the layouts which can be achieved since we like to use create interesting site designs using GSAP, ScrollMagic etc (opposed to standardisesd ‘templatey’ looking sites). Since Google PageSpeed performance is also an important factor for us, this is another reason why we’ve immediately drawn a line through utilising these type of plugins. I also hate the idea of markup being autogenerated by a plugin since I much prefer our FE devs to build out each section using efficient coding standards.
I would love to hear from anyone who is successfully using Sage + a Page Builder whilst…
a) is able to build highly custom layouts
b) maintaining performance integrity (eg. decent Google PageSpeed results)