Builder by iThemes is an excellent example of a complete page builder framework. Page builders are a highly sought after WordPress framework and theme feature. They allow you to organize modules for navigation, headers, content, widgets, footers, and other website elements without having to dive deep into code. Builder was first released on December 2009, but since then has been cultivated to keep up with current web design trends. In fact, Builder will be making another big step this month, and will be fully responsive in October 2012.
A key benefit of using Builder is the page builder capabilities. You can create custom page layouts on your own in a matter of minutes. The layout editor houses all the modules and web elements to add to your pages. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:
1. Name your layout
2. Insert modules
3. Save and apply the layout
Layout Editor Video Illustration
Builder was designed to be used in conjunction with child themes. Currently there are 60 child themes available within iThemes. There are options for just about every type of website including resume, business, church, new baby, e-store, wedding, blog, etc. The child themes are a great place to start since they include a color scheme, typography, and a general structure for you to build on. Even better, if you invest in the developer pack all 60 child themes are included so no need to choose just one!
Customize child themes with the Style Manager Plugin. Change colors, fonts, images, sidebars, widgets, hovers and more with just a few clicks. And because you’ve edited your child theme, and not the core code, you can easily upgrade Builder when new updates are released.
Customize Builder further by using “Blocks,” which are functionality add-ons. They are custom post types, custom taxonomies, and widgets that are specific to a niche website. Some of the special block options include sermons with audio in the Church block, events calendars and locations in the Events block, and a menu within the Restaurant block. No matter what type of website you need to create Builder is here to help you do it.
Builder comes with loads of support options. There is a free “Getting started with Builder” eBook (that you can get by clicking on the image to the right) that introduces you to Builder. The eBook is full of helpful step-by-step tips for creating your first website with Builder. You can also access a whole archive of past Builder webinars that cover numerous topics including “How to Convert Your Site to Builder” and “Builder Basics from a Design Perspective.” And there is always the support forum for any topics not covered in the webinars, tutorials page, or elsewhere in the documentation. SO no matter what question you might have, you’re guaranteed to find a helpful answer somewhere on the iThemes site.
Responsive – NEW!
The new Builder 4.0 is now fully responsive, this means your site will adjust to fit different screen sizes like phones and tablets providing a better experience for all your users. In this mobile age, providing a website that renders well on mobile devices is crucial for most websites and can really help increase your reach in your market and target more potential customers/readers.
iThemes offers three Builder packages. Each one includes varying degrees of options to suit anyone’s needs or budget. And with any Builder license there is no limit to the number of sites you can build and develop using the theme.
The Builder Foundation license includes Builder Core and the Foundation child theme series. The Foundation child theme series includes 5 child themes with a good range of color palettes to start with.
The Builder Theme Developer Pack includes the Builder Core, all 60 builder child themes, all new Builder child themes released for one year, Builder Style Manager Plugin for minor adjustments, LoopBuddy to add more functionality within your content, and and entire year of support/updates.
The Builder All Access Pass includes all 80 iThemes classic themes, the Builder Core, all 60 builder child themes, all new Builder child themes released for one year, Builder Style Manager Plugin, LoopBuddy, and a full year of support/updates.
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