Migrate from Cornerstone to Gutenberg

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  • All Pages
  • Posts, Images & Files
  • Match Existing Design
  • Mobile/Tablet Responsive
  • SEO-Friendly
  • Completely Editable

Page Templates and Themes

When deciding on a page builder, it is important to compare all your options so you know which one will suit your website best.

Gutenberg, the new WordPress block editor for versions 5.0 and up, is quite a powerful tool that comes as the standard editor for WordPress. Among other things, it uses blocks to allow users to easily arrange and add content to posts and pages. It also enables you to create various content layouts. You can manipulate columns, tables, and full-width cover images to create the aesthetic you prefer.

As part of WordPress’s commitment towards creating a website that resembles your brand, it has over 5000 free themes available to utilize. However, there are even more available to purchase from trusted 3rd party vendors.

Cornerstone, on the other hand, is a front-end page building tool for beginners and long-time web developers alike. According to the creators of this page builder, it is a collection of shortcodes that offers more customizability when it comes to page layouts.

Although it focuses a lot on quality, it doesn’t offer lots of variation when it comes to its page templates. It offers fewer features and functionality than other page builders currently on the market.

Price

Seeing as Gutenberg comes standard with WordPress, users do not have to pay extra to use the block editor as a page builder. This not only saves on company resources but also enables you to invest your earnings into other areas of your business.

The only expense you will have in utilizing WordPress’s block editor as a page builder is your usual monthly hosting fees. As well as any voluntary design and web developer fees.

For businesses that are just starting out or that do not have the time or resources to spend on an additional page builder (which would also require mastering new software), Gutenberg is the ultimate solution. It is much more affordable and pretty easy to get used to. This means that anyone within the company can be taught to use it without spending a ton of money.

In comparison, Cornerstone does not come free of charge. It is available in two variations: a regular license and an extended license. The regular license costs $39 and allows usage by you and a single client. The extended license allows you and one client to use it but also allows you to charge end users for using it, at a price of $200.

Compatibility

Seeing as Gutenberg is part of WordPress and specifically designed to integrate seamlessly with the most popular third-party plugins, it is compatible with most additional software. Furthermore, Gutenberg is not a plugin. This means that the chances of it clashing with another plugin and causing your website to glitch or be faulty, are next to naught.

This is extremely beneficial, seeing as errors and technical difficulties on websites can halt content creation. It can even make it difficult for people to access content on your website. Ultimately, less traffic will have an impact on your marketing capabilities, as well as your lead conversion rate. It is, therefore, very important for websites to prioritize plugin compatibility when choosing and installing new apps or plugins.

In this light, it is important to remember that Cornerstone is a third-party plugin. As such, it may not always be compatible with other plugins that are already installed on your WordPress website. The tricky part is figuring out which plugins clash with each other, and then removing the software you can do without.

Shortcodes

Most WordPress page builders are composed of shortcodes, which in itself is not a big problem. Seeing as shortcodes are small pieces of code that perform certain functions on your site, it helps page builders to customize a page to your liking.

However, if you ever decide to no longer use a page builder like Cornerstone, all of that shortcode will be left behind when you delete the third-party plugin from your website.

This will then require a lot of cleanup from your side. Unless you decide to replace Cornerstone with another page builder that can utilize the shortcode. The bottom line is that building your website with a page builder like Cornerstone can end up complicating the growth of your website later on.

In contrast, Gutenberg does not use shortcodes at all when creating and customizing WordPress pages. This means you have more freedom to branch out later on and use other apps or plugins without being penalized if you ever want to.

Ready To Migrate?

Although Cornerstone may be able to create more customized pages and layouts, ultimately it does not compare to Gutenberg when it comes to price, effortless usability, and plugin compatibility. Seeing as Gutenberg is WordPress’s preferred editor, maybe it should be yours too. Contact us with any questions or get a free quote for your Cornerstone to Gutenberg migration.

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