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Old WP User, new to Site Origin


I hired a developer to create a site for me. It was a fast job and she used PageBuilder. The job got done as needed .. However, now she’s gone and I need to do stuff to the site and I’m not clear on how it works.

Most importantly when I’m on a page (or blog), and I choose “revert to Editor” what happens? I’m not willing to experiment so am asking here if 1) there’s no issue with choosing that option, OR 2) if I do that I lose the formatting that she put in.

And while I’m asking questions, I can see in the source code that there are LOTS of span tags which I assume is part of what makes PageBuilder work – but doesn’t that slow down the load time of the page? If so, what is the fix?


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  1. 9 months, 12 days ago Alex S Hi, I Work Here

    Hi Annamarie,

    Revert to Editor will revert to the basic WordPress editor. This should only ever be clicked if you no longer wish to use SiteOrigin Page Builder on a page because the conversion process (SiteOrigin > Editor > SiteOrigin) isn’t perfect due to what the WordPress editor understands/supports. To answer your specific question, most formatting should remain but certain formatting and widgets will be either lost or won’t look right. For example, the SiteOrigin Hero widget won’t be in a useable manner.

    I’m not too sure why there are so many span tags as we don’t use spans for layouts and only a few of our widgets use them at all. Do you have a public URL where we can take a look at what’s going on?

    Regardless, each span take will add a marginal amount of time required for the page to load. It’s only after a very significant (read: ridiculous) amount have been added that it may become noticeable.

  2. 9 months, 9 days ago riaamp


    It took me awhile to respond because I moved servers and for awhile was having trouble with the site. It's good now. So yes, now you can look at it: https://sharinghousing.org/. If it's not your software adding the span tags it must have been my developer. I remember seeing many , but haven't looked at it closely in awhile.

    Your answer about Page Builder and Editor is kinda what I thought –
    thanks for confirming.


  3. 9 months, 9 days ago Alex S Hi, I Work Here

    Hi Annamarie,

    Thanks. A large number of spans are being used to apply inline styling. Adjusting the font, the color, etc, of the text when editing using the SiteOrgin Editor (or anything with a TinyMCE editor – SiteOrigin Hero widget for example) will typically result in the color/font change being applied via a span. This is very normal in WordPress and it’s understandable why so many a present when considering how many changes are present. Admitally, there are alternative ways of changing the text color that could have been used to avoid this.

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