By Stephen Walker

In Avada 7.8, the Theme Fusion team made the decision to drop the wireframe view from the Live Builder in favor of the navigator panel. Many who still favor the backend editor were dismayed. For me, the navigator brings it in line with the core WordPress list view or the structure panels of many other popular builders, giving the user a complete view of the structure of a post or page. Personally, it makes using the backend a thing of the past — for the most part. The only reason to go to the backend now is to interact with SEO and any custom fields.

Better Organization

One feature that came from the wireframe view that is tremendously helpful is the visibility of named containers. I think many are unaware of this feature, but if you are editing a container, you can name the container, making it easier to manage regardless of where you edit it. This name is also used if you enable the full height navigation. My only wish is that they extend the naming to columns and nested columns, but that may be harder than I know

Nested Columns

One of the single best features of the navigator is the ability to work with nested columns. Before the implementation of the navigator, nested columns were a bit of a black hole in the wireframe view — you knew you had them, but what was in them was unclear, and it was impossible to move elements in and out of nested columns. This limitation is completely removed with the navigator with the ability to move items inside the nested column and in and out of a nested column. This video (no sound) demonstrates how easy it is.

Originally published on October 2, 2022

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