How can I remove the static blocks from the footer and use the regular widgets? I tried removing them and dragging my widgets in but they wont show up.
The static blocks make editing take 10 times longer rather than just being able to drag and drop my widgets I really feel like this is an unnecessary step. I can figure out how to add my regular widgets there now and it’s really confusing.
You need to disable footer demo blocks in 8Theme Options->General->Footer. http://www.8theme.com/demo/docs/classico/index.html#footer
Footer can be edited in Static Block section. To enable Visual Composer editor for static block go to Visual Composer > Role Manager > Post Types > Custom > tick “static blocks”.
Also you can go to Appearance > Widgets > remove “Static Block” widget from Footer widget area.