alex roseland - I will answer you specific questions...
If frontend editing is your primary requirement then Gantry 5 is not for you because (at the moment) there is no way of editing particles in the frontend. Modules and articles can of course still be edited in the frontend in Gantry 5, but not particles. It has always been our intention to add frontend editing capability of particles (and we do have an improvement ticket for this on the Gantry 5 project) but other matters continue to take a higher priority.
Particles do not have to be put in "Gantry 5 particle" module wrapper as they can be directly put onto the layout of your outline. You only need to use the "Gantry 5 particle" module wrapper if you want to assign a Gantry 5 particle to a module position.
alex roseland wrote:
I would like to take a template and simply change text or removed items. I don't want to have to create my own unique structuring to the site
I'm not sure why you think you have to create "unique structuring". Editing the "out of the box" template is exactly what most members do, they change the text and image of the template we designed, Gantry 5 makes it fairly straightforward to do that. If you do have any specific items that you are struggling with then please raise a separate forum topic in the appropriate template forum and our team will be very happy to assist you.
Please don't misinterpret what I'm saying - There is no doubt that there is a learning curve to go through to use Gantry 5 well. Also, we're not claiming that everything is perfect or what we would wish to provide either but we do think that the advantages of Gantry 5 outweigh the disadvantages of using it.
We continue to develop Gantry 5 and it's templates and particles. Members have asked us to port some of the popular Gantry 4 template to Gantry 5 and we've started doing this now with the recent release of "Myriad" and "Anacron" for Gantry 5. I would also point out that Gantry 5 works across three different CMS platforms (Joomla, Wordpress, and GRAV). If you haven't yet looked at GRAV then you may like to do that - it's certainly proving to be extremely popular right now and when combined with Gantry 5 offers a great deal of flexibility and speed.
We do thank you for you comments, we do listen and we do act upon our membership feedback. Obviously though we do have limited development resources and some developments will take time to materialise.
To all the other members who took the time to respond in this topic - we thank you for your feedback but it would be inappropriate to respond to everyones point of view in this one topic. If anyone has a specific issue please raise a separate topic and we will be very happy to assist you.