Having just spent an inordinate amount of time troubleshooting this (see why in the last paragraph), I have a question about the Data Source property of the Post Content element?
Aside from the existing options of WordPress or Bricks, is there a reason why “Both” isn’t an option? I confess this confused me for quite some time.
I understand it now, but it seems reasonably to me that if I want Bricks content on my page I will add it to the post/page in question - and if I don’t (namely, I only want Gutenburg content) then I simply won’t add any Bricks content to the page/post.
That seems like a page/post-specific decision, not something I should decide in the template. Similarly, if I want ONLY Bricks content then I won’t add Gutenburg content to the page/post.
I would like to understand why “Both” isn’t an option and perhaps even the default behavior. Frankly, I may be missing something, but I don’t even see why I need to specify this at all in the template. If the page/post has Gutenburg content AND Bricks content then display them both. If I don’t want that I will simply not add one of them.
By the way, despite using a template where the Post Content data source is at the default (WordPress), previewing a page with Bricks content displays that Bricks content.
Thus, I could completely edit the content of the page in Bricks for a page, preview and see that Bricks content just fine (despite using a template that, supposedly, doesn’t show Bricks content), but is not displayed by the front end. That isn’t just confusing but also seems like it would just be much more logical with the “Both” behavior.
I think having it separately is actually a brilliant idea. Elementor does the same, but with Bricks you have the option to decide. Think about your clients, maybe they want to publish their content on their own, you design the templates for them with BB, set the “Content area” for them but then let them use the native WP editor (Gutenberg or the classic one) since they don’t need to use Bricks…
I am in agreement and understand the value of having them separated. No issues there are all.
But a “Both” option also has real value and I’d propose the options for this setting could be WordPress, Bricks or Both.
Keep in mind, too, that we’re not all freelancers I use Bricks for my own sites and, from my perspective, the decision whether I want both types of content is always a page/post-level decision, not a template one. If I don’t want both…well, I simply won’t add both types of content to that page/post.
Perhaps the best option here would be to leave what we have right now (including the default), but simply add the Both option, so that we can both be happy
Then again, preview does seem to be “broken” (currently) since it shows Bricks content even if the template used is set to WordPress.
I have immense respect for Thomas and his team and I am merely brainstorming on something that threw me off for quite a time and, I believe, could be improved.
I have made no comment about when this can be added (not my call and I will “be patient”). But, if we can’t bring up ideas and brainstorm a little here I am not sure where we can.
I have complete confidence that Thomas and his team are very able to make their own (and good) decisions about what they are able to take on. I also believe they actively seek and respect suggestions and ideas like this.
I may possibly have misunderstood your comment but, to clarify, for the example I am describing, I am editing the post/page, not the template. So, an example…
Let’s say I have a template called “Pages”. The Post Content element on that is set to “WordPress”, so I would not expect it to show Bricks content on any page it renders.
I then create a new page called “MyPage”. It is that page, not the template, I am editing and for which I create Bricks content.
My expectation (now that I found/understand the setting on the Post Content element), is that when I preview MyPage, I should not see the Bricks content (since the template I am using isn’t supposed to show Bricks content).
But, in fact, it does show the Bricks content, which confused me for quite some time. Basically, the preview is very different to what is actually rendered.
The use case of interest to me is on a page that is almost entirely like most other pages, but where I want to insert some content (let’s call it “fancy” content i.e. where I want the full design freedom of Bricks to design a div). That’s something I have done with other page builders and works well.
But for extra points, perhaps this could be implemented with the following options on the template’s Post Content element.
Again, just brainstorming, in case Thomas et al decide to take a look at this. Those options would seem to offer plenty of flexibility.
You make too many assumptions about my intelligence
Seriously, since I become so used to only using on Inner Content element is some other builder (!) that I didn’t even think to try a couple if Post Content elements. I am not in front of my PC right now but if this all works then it completely resolves the issue for me, as well as offering the above/below flexibility for which I hoped.
Thank you so much, Sridhar.
PS : Update - works perfectly. But you already knew that!
What you could also use for the more one-off ‘fancy’ content items which might need to be placed inside the GB content area is to create an element in bricks and save it as a template, you can then use the GB shortcode and sandwich the bricks designed element in between your GB content