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SP Page Builder and SP (Macro) Template

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Hi, I am very new to website building, which is why I bought a template from Joomshaper (Macro template).
I was expecting the Macro template to be "Plug and play" - I liked how it looked in the demo, and wanted my page to look similar. I didn't know you needed a PHD in CSS to configure it that way.
Following some misleading advertising for SP Page Builder, I then purchased that, thinking I could edit the layout and template of my newly purchased Macro template with SP Page Builder, and place my articles inside it.
Now it just seems Joomshaper has ~$50 for each product, without them actually integrating at all. Supposedly the templates were created by Page Builder?

There are a lot of FAQs, readme's, and all sorts of technical jargon going on here that frankly I'm just bewildered by. I just want to know how to make my website look like the template I bought, without wasting another $100 on useless non-integrating products.

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Paul Frankowski - Staff

More than a month ago #Permalink
Hi Dan.
In general we always suggest to play with Joomla for a while before using quickstart. It may be too deep water for beginners.

Start with my video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ0osbZVdgc

Paul Frankowski - Staff

More than a month ago #Permalink
Honest advice from Joomla teacher:

First play a few days with empty Joomla and Helix3 template + installed SP Page Builder.
Check how it work, how you can implement basic content from articles, SPPB, modules etc.
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2nd step: on separate subdomain install quickstart from Macro.

Sorry, but we do not have online courses for Joomla beginners, I know that every beginning is hard.
After some time, all should be "easy". But first you have to get to know basic rules, relations etc.

Paul Frankowski - Staff

More than a month ago #Permalink
About
Supposedly the templates were created by Page Builder?

Yes and No.

Joomla template is all you see around component area.
And SP Page Builder is a Joomla component. Like Box in Box.
In most cases we use SPPB (shortcut from SP Page Builder) to build only home page, and some selected subpages,


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DanWall

More than a month ago #Permalink
Thanks Paul. I'm not happy at all that I've just spent money on Page Builder. I'll never use it.
We can discuss this offline please.

I'm trying my best now to work with the style editor in the template now, to try and get my page to somewhat resemble the [Macro] page as advertised. Every time I make changes to the CSS externally and upload the new CSS, the changes are reversed once I make a change in the style editor in Joomla.
Do you know how to stop this happening?

Essentially what I'm trying to do is just make the header completely transparent and overlaid on the image/module/carousel with the logo and menu, then have the background bcome darker when the user scrolls down - just like in the Macro template. But the Macro template isn't even set up that way, despite me paying from the free one, thinking it would :(

Paul Frankowski - Staff

More than a month ago #Permalink
Every time I make changes to the CSS externally and upload the new CSS, the changes are reversed onc


Sure, and this part is/was described in Helix Manual, read part "How to use Custom CSS"
https://www.joomshaper.com/documentation/helix-framework/helix3#custom-css-header-code

Paul Frankowski - Staff

More than a month ago #Permalink
I'm not happy at all that I've just spent money on Page Builder. I'll never use it.


Never say never. Most people love this tool, after they would discover possibilities.

DanWall

More than a month ago #Permalink
Thanks Paul, while I understand that I may indeed grow to love this thing, I bought it for a purpose. I'm not a web developer, I'm a businessman. That's why I bought this tool to make the job of creating the website easier.
So far I have accomplished more without any template at all, than trying to adapt the Joomshaper templates to something resembling I want.

I tried. I tried the Page Builder, and the boxes are not positioned where I placed them in the editor. The overlay is stuck in the middle of the landing page image. There is no reference anywhere to what CSS file the page actually references, and when I found it, any changes I make to the actual CSS file are overwritten any time I make another change in Page Builder.

I wanted the template to at least resemble the page you advertised using it, but it doesn't. It's just a helix 3 backend with some different colours. I could have given my 50 bucks to an Indian kid who would have coded the page the way I wanted, and at least saved a week of messing around.

Your products are not performing the function advertised.

Here are some screenshots of how the SP Page Builder are being output.
I would like to cancel my licenses and receive a full refund for both the template and Page Builder.

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DanWall

More than a month ago #Permalink
And here is how it looks in PageBuilder (except I'm trying to move the image underneath the menu, which isn't an easy thing to do obviously, despite the "so easy" claims of this software).

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