If you’ve read some of my previous posts on Showit, you’ll already know that Showit is a smooth drag-and-drop builder that integrates pretty seamlessly with WordPress. You get the ability to quickly and easily create beautiful sites without code and you get to blog on WordPress with all its SEO goodness and extendable features.
But exactly how does Showit work with WordPress? And how can you design your blog just as you want it? For someone like me who loves design but has trouble figuring out the tech, this was a big question.
When I first started using Showit, it was tough for me to wrap my head around how these two systems worked together. Then, once I really dug into it and got over the “tech” mental roadblocks, I realized that it was quite easy to figure out how to use Showit with WordPress at the same time.
This post tries to explain their relationship so that you can understand how Showit and WordPress work together:
To put things really simply, Showit is for your site design and WordPress is for writing blog posts.
Showit is a stand-alone SAAS app. It’s called a “front-end page builder” (kind of like Squarespace or Wix or Weebly, but not…)
You have to log in to the Showit dashboard to design your site, including how your blog pages look. If you want to change anything about how your site looks or works, you will again need to log in to Showit.
You can even have a stand-alone Showit site without a WordPress blog. Some people choose to do this because it’s just so fun and easy to design on Showit. But if you’re running any kind of business, I suggest you create a blog in conjunction.
You will have a separate WordPress login and a separate WordPress dashboard where you control things like your plugins, how many posts you want to appear on a feed page, etc. You will create and edit blog posts in WordPress, too.
So, Showit is for Design, WordPress is for writing.
That sounds cool, but aren’t there a lot of other drag-and-drop page builders that work with WordPress? How’s this different?
Yes, there are other front-end page builders that let you blog with WordPress, too. Elementor and Beaver Builder are two that jump to mind now. But that’s not all. There are many, many themes and plugins that let you “drag and drop” elements to design your pages.
But unlike Showit, these are part of the WordPress ecosystem so you are essentially building on the WordPress framework. You have to log in to WordPress and install these themes or upload these plugins and stay in WordPress to use them.
So now that you understand the differences a little more, let’s talk about what you came here for, specifically how Showit works with WordPress. Here’s all you need to know now:
1. Design your blog pages in Showit
First of all, just like you can drag-and-drop the design on any page of your Showit website, you can also drag-and-drop the design of your WordPress pages.
For example, you can design the way that the blog roll (post feed) looks by inserting some images, creating some *dummy* text for titles, post excerpts, metadata, etc. You just need to make sure that you set all text with their proper WordPress attributes. You can also design your single posts in the same way.
2. Write your posts in WordPress.
Then, when you create your blog post in WordPress and fill out all of these details in your post settings, your posts will automatically populate in your Showit site. Your posts will inherit your site styles by default but you can change all this up with CSS if you need to.
Is it really that simple?
Well, there are a few other things you need to know, and these will all be covered in my Showit course that you get access to when you purchase one on my Showit website templates. Here, we cover how to modify your template, the basics of designing on Showit, and how to blog with WordPress so you can get your site up and running in under a week!
Read more: Why I started designing templates on Showit
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