Selecting the right tools can significantly impact both the performance and maintainability of a website. At LaunchUX, our exploration of various website builders several years ago led us to Oxygen Builder, a tool we employed for one of our largest retail clients. Our experience over five years provided us with valuable insights into its capabilities and limitations.
Oxygen Builder: A Brief Overview
Oxygen Builder is a powerful, flexible tool for building WordPress websites. Known for its robust customization options, it allows developers to create highly tailored websites. Its appeal lies in its ability to offer deeper levels of customization compared to many standard page builders.
Our project with Oxygen Builder demonstrated its ability to support a large-scale retail website effectively. Over five years, the site ran well, handling the client’s needs with minimal issues. However, it’s important to note that there was a noticeable lag during peak traffic times, particularly during rush buying periods. This aspect is crucial for retail websites where user experience can directly influence sales.
Moving to a More Custom Solution
Recently, we transitioned this client to a custom solution that integrates Elementor. This shift resulted in a significant speed improvement, with performance enhancements of over 400%. This change highlighted Oxygen Builder’s limitations in handling certain high-demand scenarios and underscored the importance of continually evaluating and updating the tools we use to ensure optimal performance.
Usability for End-Users
While Oxygen Builder excels in customization and flexibility, it presents challenges for end-users in terms of ease of updates and edits. This aspect was particularly noticeable in our project, where the client required a more straightforward interface for managing their content. Oxygen Builder offers deep customization, which is beneficial for developers. However, its complexity can pose a challenge for clients needing to make regular updates without much technical support.
Weighing the Pros and Cons
In conclusion, Oxygen Builder served us well in maintaining a large retail website for an extended period, demonstrating its stability and reliability. However, its performance under high-traffic conditions highlights the importance of choosing the right tool for the right job. This is underscored by the challenges faced by end-users in managing the site. At LaunchUX, our experience with Elementor integrations exemplifies our commitment to evolving our tools and techniques to meet our clients’ changing needs.
When considering a website builder, it’s crucial to balance the need for customization and developer control with performance and user-friendliness. Consulting with a seasoned agency like LaunchUX can provide the guidance necessary to make the best choice for your specific requirements.