The old WordPress admin experience is bloated, outdated and confusing to new users. As a result, WordPress has been placing a huge emphasis on the Customizer to improve the user experience. The Customizer provides users with an intuitive interface for making changes to their website in real-time. However, it still lacks the flexibility of many WordPress page builders. This is where the Organic Customizer Widgets plugin comes in.
Our new Organic Customizer Widgets plugin converts the core WordPress Customizer into a page builder. The plugin provides a collection of custom widgets that can be used as content sections on any page. Best of all, it’s FREE, and designed to work with ANY theme — including our free themes!
WordPress Page Builders Are Broken
We believe the current WordPress solutions of frameworks, builders and multipurpose themes are flawed. Most don’t utilize the core WordPress Customizer and native features of the platform. Instead, they are highly reliant on shortcodes, custom interfaces and bulky proprietary code that heavily impacts the performance of your website. The existing solutions often require an extensive learning curve. Additionally, they lock users into a system from which there is no easy escape if they want to migrate to another theme or solution.
Perhaps most importantly, the available solutions are a departure from WordPress core and the evolution of the platform. With the advancements of the WordPress Customizer, solutions that have departed from core WordPress functionality may eventually become obsolete.
The Customizer Is The Future
We believe that WordPress is the ultimate framework. It’s in our best interest to grow with the CMS, rather than away from it.
We created the Organic Customizer Widgets plugin to evolve with WordPress and the Customizer. The plugin transforms the Customizer into a free website builder. It uses a custom page template that registers new widget areas, and custom widgets that can be added as unique content sections on any page. Additionally, it’s available in the official WordPress plugin directory, so you can install it directly from your WordPress dashboard and receive automatic updates.
After installing and activating the plugin, you will be provided with a collection of custom widgets. The widgets can be used to display various content sections on any page. Currently, the following widgets are included with the plugin:
- Hero – A full browser height section with featured text, background images and a call to action.
- Blog – Display a section of blog posts from any category in a chosen layout.
- Content Slideshow – A full width slideshow of featured posts with background images.
- Feature List – A list of features with icons displayed in multiple column layouts.
- Portfolio – A section of posts displayed as portfolio images in a masonry layout.
- Subpage – Display any page content as a section within another page or use custom content.
- Team – A section of team members from a selected post category.
- Testimonials – A slideshow of testimonials from a selected category or custom post type.
- Profile – A personal profile with an image, bio and social media links.
- Pricing Table – A section of pricing tables with a featured list and link to purchase.
- Featured Content – Custom content that can be grouped together with other featured content widgets.
Additionally, the plugin works with core WordPress widgets, including the new Image and Video widgets.
Fast, Easy and Free
Widgets are a core functionality of WordPress. Selecting, moving and manipulating widgets in the WordPress customizer is simple, fast and intuitive. Additionally, you see exactly what your website will look like as your changes display in real-time. Organic Customizer Widgets allow users to create highly dynamic pages and websites with ultimate ease!
While other WordPress page builder solutions may offer a huge degree of control over the design, we feel that is often a hindrance rather than a benefit. The concept of using a WordPress website builder is to SAVE time. Endless design options and control can be overwhelming, leaving users paralyzed. As a result, we designed each widget to be pixel perfect with simple customization options. So there is no need to fiddle endlessly with the design. Additionally, the widgets adopt the fonts and styles of any theme. The result allows you to create better looking pages faster!
To showcase the power of our new plugin, we have released the StartUp Theme! It’s designed to work flawlessly with the WordPress Customizer and Organic Customizer Widgets plugin.
In addition to the StartUp Theme, the plugin is compatible with virtually ANY theme in the WordPress directory. Of course, it would make us happy if you used an Organic Theme with the plugin, but it’s not a requirement.
Naturally, we hope to sell more themes that are highly compatible with the plugin. Additionally, we may sell additional custom widgets and style packs in the future. However, the core pack of widgets will always be maintained and freely available. We hope you’ll give the StartUp Theme and Organic Customizer Widgets a chance for your next website!
For further instructions on plugin usage, please refer to our tutorial.
If you would like to leave a positive review of the plugin here, it would be greatly appreciated!
We’re Just Getting Started
This is just the beginning, so please let us know in the comments if you have any questions or requests for additional customizer widgets.