Setka Editor isn’t just another WordPress page builder. It’s something new…a unique way to style your WordPress posts that I doubt you’ve seen before.
Its tagline is “a WordPress plugin for beautiful content.” And after playing around with the plugin a couple of times, I definitely understand why the Setka Editor team settled on that slogan.
If you’ve been searching for a lightweight tool to help you build gorgeous WordPress posts without needing to know HTML, Setka Editor is definitely something you should take a look at.
In my Setka Editor review, I’ll start off by telling you a little more about the unique way in which Setka Editor helps you style your content. Then, I’ll dig into a quick hands-on overview of how everything works.
What Does Setka Editor Do?
Setka Editor started as an internal product at Look at Media, one of Russia’s leading digital media companies. That internal team used Setka Editor to create unique branded content for over 900 brands, including giants like Nike, Adidas, Coca-Cola, and tons more. Then, after being approached by some large publishers like Conde Nast, the team made the decision to spin off Setka Editor as a separate product and open it up to the whole world.
To create such unique content pieces, Setka Editor uses two core tools:
- A post builder/editor interface inside your WordPress dashboard. While the guiding principle is the same as page builder, Setka is more lightweight and streamlined than traditional most drag and drop page builders. It’s something you can use in addition to your page builder, not to replace your page builder.
- A cloud interface at Setka’s website. In this interface, you can set up detailed style guides and predefined elements to use in your designs. You can also configure your grid system in the cloud interface. Most of the features here are part of the paid version.
Your next question is probably, “what is a grid system?”. This is another one of the spots where Setka Editor takes a turn from more traditional page builders.
Instead of creating individual sets of columns and rows like you would with a traditional page builder, you specify a basic “grid”. By specifying how many grid blocks each element should take up, you can quickly and easily create beautiful and responsive designs.
If you’re a web designer, you probably already know the power of responsive grids. It’s what popular frameworks like Bootstrap and others are built on. But if you’re not a web designer, this is actually a pretty powerful concept.
In my opinion, working with a grid system like the one supplied by Setka Editor is a much more enjoyable experience than your standard page builder drag and drop editor.
Rather than trying to explain all of these features in the abstract, let’s jump in and get hands-on so you can see exactly how everything works.
How Does Setka Editor Work?
Once you install the plugin and set up your Setka Editor account, you’re ready to jump into building your first page.
When you head to the normal WordPress Editor, you’ll notice the new Setka Editor tab that I mentioned:
Once you click to launch the Setka Editor, it will take over the WordPress Editor with a new interface. Your first step is to choose your:
- Style – this is your predefined style guide that you create in the Setka Editor cloud interface. Setka Editor also includes 5 pre-built styles you can choose from, though the Setka Editor team has plans to add a ton more in the near future.
- Grid System – like Styles, you configure your Grid Systems in the Setka Editor cloud interface
Once you make those choices, you’re ready to start designing your page.
Adding text is simple, you just click and start typing. If you need to add formatting, you can use the bar at the top:
If you click on the various tabs at the top, you can also add backgrounds and other styling elements:
So far, everything is pretty much much like the WordPress Editor.
But now let’s talk about alignment.
The grid system makes it super simple to change how your elements are aligned. All you need to do is hit the Add Grid button (or use the keyboard shortcut) and you can adjust an element’s alignment by hitting the + and – buttons:
Need to add other elements to your page design? No problem. The menu bar on the right lets you quickly add:
- Snippets – predefined elements you create in the Setka Editor cloud interface
- Images or Image Galleries
And for all of these elements, you can use the same grid system to style and manipulate them.
For example, by using those buttons, I can quickly add inline icons, images and location marker snippets:
Setka Editor even includes shortcuts to let you add and style elements without needing to use your mouse.
And if you ever want to preview how your page will look in real life, you just need to hit the Tab key to see a live preview of how your page will look on both desktop and mobile:
Honestly, it takes a little bit of time to get up to speed with how Setka Editor works. It’s not drag and drop like a traditional page builder, so there is a bit of a learning curve. But once you figure things out and start memorizing the shortcuts, it’s quite intuitive.
In a nutshell, the upfront learning curve is higher than a traditional page builder…but once you get that out of the way, Setka Editor lets you build styled layouts faster than most other page builders I’ve used.
Using the Setka Editor Cloud Interface
Ok, everything I just showed you pertained to using the Setka Editor interface inside your WordPress dashboard. But that’s not the only interface you’ll encounter.
As I’ve been mentioning, depending on whether you’re using the free or premium version, there’s a separate cloud interface that you use to set up your predefined styles, snippets, and grid systems.
Here’s what it looks like to create your own Style:
There’s a lot to configure…so this part will be pretty time consuming. Once you set up your style, you never need to touch it again unless you want to change things up.
Setka Editor also includes a number of pre-defined styles. Currently, there are 5 styles though, like I mentioned, the Setka Editor team has plans to add more. So if you’re happy using one of Setka’s default styles, you don’t necessarily need to create your own from scratch.
If you pop over to the Snippets tab, you can add custom Snippets. However, the only way to add snippets right now is with HTML. So you’ll either need some code skills or a developer to set up your snippets. But again – this is just a one-time setup.
You can also set up new Grid Systems in this interface. And unlike Styles and Snippets, it’s pretty painless. It will take you less than a minute to add a new grid system:
Setka Editor Pricing – How Much Does It Cost?
Setka Editor comes in both free and premium versions.
The free version is available at WordPress.org and gets you access to most of the Setka Editor features. The notable features that you’re missing are:
- Inline icons
- Custom styles (you’ll have to use Setka’s pre-made styles)
- Adobe Typekit fonts
- Google Fonts fonts
Additionally, premium users also get more pre-made styles than free users.
So how much does the premium version cost? There are currently 2 plans :
- Pro – yearly access – 199$/year
- Pro – life time access – 499$
Setka Editor is an intriguing option to style your WordPress posts. You might have noticed some similarities to regular WordPress page builders. But Setka really is its own thing, which is why the developers have opted to brand it as a “post builder” instead of a “page builder”. Setka isn’t trying to replace your page builder but to complement it.
The initial set up and learning curve are a bit more in-depth than your average drag and drop page builder. But once you have your styles and grid systems set up and learn your way around the Setka Editor interface and shortcuts, it’s a lightweight way to beautify your content without resorting to a heavy-duty page builder.
If you’re intrigued by the concept, I recommend you try out the free version. Play around with it using Setka Editor’s pre-made styles. It might take you some time to grasp how the grid system works. Once you do, it really does make for a powerful editor. Remember – you can spin up a demo with Addendio – so you don’t even need to install Setka Editor on your site to play with it.
Whether or not it’s enough to pry you away from your current favorite page builder? Well…that’s up to you.