After choosing a theme, I had to decide what to use as an editor. There was one built in to the program, but there are better ones. I chose Elementor Pro. It has hundreds of inserts, we call widgets, such as headers, text, icons, buttons, anchor points, maps, dividers, flip charts, animated headlines, image galleries, etc. Many of the widgets also allow bold, underline, italics, typeface and colors. Elementor Pro has nearly 100 widgets. Elementor Pro costs $99.00 per year. In addition to the widgets there are plugins. A plugin usually comes from a third-party vendor and adds additional features such as fancy menus, calendars, appointment booking, popups, special forms for business, security, condensing to save space, e-mail, Facebook, or folders for images, carousels, etc. The images you see moving above are because they are in a carousel. There are over 1000 plugins available, If you login and see lots of images that will waste hours of your time, those are created with a plugin. Some plugins are free, some can be expensive. wpDataTables to manage Tables and Charts cost $299! A cost estimation plugin is $69. My Folders Pro plugin costs $49.00. Before building a website, note that is not free. My costs so far:
Domain – $15 per year, WordPress – Free, Astra Theme – $59, Elementor Pro Editor – $99 per year, Folders Pro Plugin $49, WP Carousel Pro Plugin – $39.00. My total startup cost was $261. My annual cost to maintain the website $114.
Moral of story. Unless you are serious about having a website and willing to maintain it, save your money! Below are some images that show the names of some of the widgets in Elementor, and some images showing the names and samples from plugins.