The first thing you may be asking yourself is, “What is BeaverBuilder, and why should I use it?” BeaverBuilder is simply a plugin that can be used to help build website page layouts. It gives you a great number of features to use when building your website without needing to know how to code. Let’s go over a few 'need to know' facts about BeaverBuilder and why we at VMA suggest using it for your website.
Does BeaverBuilder Work With WordPress Themes?
Yes, it sure does. You will use BeaverBuilder in the content area of the WordPress theme. BraverBuilder is used successfully in all WordPress themes, since the content area of the theme is the same for all of them.
There may be a few cases where you need to make minor adjustments for the full-width display of BeaverBuilder contents due to your current theme CSS over-riding the content layout width, but this won’t be a problem most of the time.
Is BeaverBuilder Free?
Yes, basic BeaverBuilder is a free plugin. You just need to install the BeaverBuilder Lite version of the plugin, available in the WordPress repository. This 'Lite' version will allow you to test drive BeaverBuilder’s core functionality for building page layouts. You will be able to do this in no time by using basic module and column layouts.
There is also a premium version of the plugin available. This contains some advanced modules and more features like shortcode support and quick template import/export. You probably only need to consider using this upgrade if you manage a large website or several websites.
What Types of Pages Can I Create With BeaverBuilder?
You can pretty much make any kind of page you want to with this plugin. There are a lot of developers who use BeaverBuilder to make full structure websites, and then there are a large percentage of people who are using it just for building high-conversion landing pages.
With BeaverBuilder able to work independently of the installed WordPress theme, you can quickly create landing pages that are unique in design, layout, font, and color.
Does the Page Builder work for Custom Post Types and Other Types?
It sure does. The plugin is only enabled for Pages with the install but can easily be enabled for Posts and even those Custom Post Types. Here is a quick guide on how to do that:
- In WordPress Dashboard, go to Settings, then Page Builder Options.
- Click the 'Post Types' option.
- Click the 'Enable the Posts' option.
See? Easy stuff. And once the post type is set up, it will be listed on the settings page for easy access.
Can BeaverBuilder Pages be Migrated to Other Websites?
Yes, they can be and it’s very simple to do. The first thing you need to do to a page layout built with the plugin is to save the page as a template.
- Open the page in the BeaverBuilder mode.
- Click on 'Tools' at the top right, then click 'Save Template'.
- Enter any name, then click the 'Save' button.
After you save the pages as templates, you will then use the default WordPress import/export feature to migrate the templates. Once your import has been completed, you will need to update the images used in the template, and then you are good to go.
What Happens to my Content if the BeaverBuilder Plugin is Removed?
This is another part of what makes BeaverBuilder so user friendly. The moment you decide to deactivate the plugin, BeaverBuilder will put back your text and image content within the post editor automatically. The only thing you would lose would be the content layout formatting and the content contained within the more advanced modules.
Do Other Plugins Work With BeaverBuilder?
Yes they do! While not every single plugin within WordPress has been tested for its compatibility, most of the popular plugins get along just fine with the BeaverBuilder plugin.
Can BeaverBuilder Handle a Multisite Setup?
Of course! The top version of the BeaverBuilder plugin, the Agency Package, has an inbuilt multisite support. This allows you to configure the BeaverBuilder plugin from one place and even allows you to override settings from specific websites in the multisite setup.
What If I Forget About the Auto Renewal?
That is okay. BeaverBuilder allows you to use the plugin as long as you want. The renewal is required, however, if you want to receive plugin updates after one full calendar year and continue to have access to the BeaverBuilder support team.
What Makes BeaverBuilder Better Than Other Page Builders?
Well, we think BeaverBuilder is better because of how easy it is to use for those who want to build a website and have little to no knowledge of code. With it being easy to use with so many other plugins that do similar jobs but not put together, it comes as a one-stop tool without having to go all over and try to piece your website pages together.
Why Would We Recommend the BeaverBuilder Plugin?
- It allows you to pre-create layouts for customers or yourself so that when the layouts are needed, they are there.
- It really allows for the user to move things around on the page, so everything is placed just they way you want it.
- It allows for you to change the text or photos on the page with ease.
- It comes with a lot of features but keeps the code clean, which makes the performance of the plugin faster.
- Using the BeaverBuilder plugin allows you to build flexibility into your website design work.
With the free version of the BeaverBuilder plugin, you will be able to start building a single-page website or a multi-page website within minutes, and it will look great! Go ahead and download the plugin and see for yourself what we are talking about. You will not be disappointed. Happy webpage building!
If you have more website design questions, check out Virtual Market Advantages other blogs, like this one that goes over the basics of how to design a website.