First of all, I’ve been using YooTheme for a over 10 Years now and the new Pro themes with the built in page builder has been promising, but I wanted to push myself a little with some different template frameworks, so I tried Helix3 from JoomShaper - mostly because they've implemented an EXTREMELY robust MegaMenu system. YOO should be on notice for having such a neutered menu architecture.
However I'd like to share my experience with this whole “page builder” methodology within Joomla.
What I’ve seen from SP PageBuilder, Quix, RSJoomla’s Page Builder, etc is that they build a whole new ... let’s call it an ‘ecosystem’ ... regarding articles. They have their own articles, categories, etc. that is totally different from what’s built into the standard Joomla ecosystem. What happens then is that other extensions, let’s take sh404sef for example, can’t create any clean SEO URLs because the ‘categories’ that SP Page Builder creates runs through a different router than what’s expected by sh404sef, which makes that extension essentially useless.
SP builder even goes a step farther with their own media tools that completely ignores any settings that are in the base Joomla configuration settings. Add to that they they’re ‘hard wired’ into the ‘images’ directory and can’t be changed. So for example if I’m using JCE and want to set my default documents or images folder to something else, SP Page Builder won’t see it, again stripping out functionality from other extensions that adhere to core Joomla functionality and configurations.
So what we're all left with is: YOO, which has arguably the best "integrated" page builder (albeit way behind SP Page Builder's functionality) yet easily the WORST menu creation tools, and something like Helix3 which has the absolute BEST integration of MegaMenus but refuses to adhere to standard Joomla configuration parameters with their SP Page Builder component.
Why can't we all play in the same damn sandbox together?