Beaver Builder is a drag and drop page builder plugin for WordPress that aims to help you build custom sites in minutes not months.
The plugin comes with a range of professional looking home page and content page layouts, as well as a great selection of useful modules that can be dragged and dropped into place. Everything on your pages can be fully customized, allowing you to personalize your designs as much as you like.
As the page builder WordPress plugin category is becoming increasingly competitive, this review will help you decide if this is the right page drag and drop builder for you.
Beaver Builder Features
The Beaver Builder page builder plugin works with any WordPress theme, including your custom designs. However, depending on the pricing plan you choose, it does come with its own theme to ensure you can get up and running as quickly as possible.
While there are many page builder plugins available for WordPress, not all of them are front end builders that allow you to directly build and edit your site’s layouts and content on the front end of your website.
Beaver Builder however, is a front end page editor and builder, so rather than working with an abstract system that is used to provide a representation of the layout of your pages, Beaver Builder lets you carry out your work in a way that closely resembles how your visitors will experience it when it goes live.
The main advantages of this is that it saves you from having to mentally translate the building blocks on the page in order to try and determine how they will look to your visitors. It also speeds up the design process considerably as you are no longer constantly switching between browser windows and waiting for pages to reload.
As well as the intuitive interface, one of the highlights of Beaver Builder is the selection of 12 pre-built home page and 11 inner page layouts. The second group includes templates for pages such as about us, services, portfolios, contact, and blog archive pages, as well as a few other options.
All layouts can be fully customized with the builder or used as they are out of the box. You can view the full selection of layouts and see them in action on the BeaverBuilder site.
The home pages that you build can be setup to be full width, and the included templates can double up as landing pages. This helps make Beaver Builder a great option for anyone looking to add professional landing or sales pages to their current theme and website.
The modules that can be inserted into the layouts are all very impressive. Among the many options you get access to are calls to action buttons, sliders, icons, maps, pricing tables, and social buttons, to name a few.
Builder Beaver is certainly a feature packed option, but how easy it is to use will greatly affect how much value you get from this drag and drop page builder tool. So let’s take a look at the Beaver Builder user experience.
Using the Beaver Builder Plugin
Once the plugin is activated on your site, with or without with the optional theme, you can start using this tool straight away.
There is a small set of options available for configuring the plugin, but they don’t take long to work through. From the settings you can decide which of the modules to enable, which page templates to use, and which post types to enable the builder for.
This means that you can use Beaver Builder to design both posts and pages – something that isn’t always on offer with other plugins of this type.
Once you are all set up you can begin using the builder to create your custom page layouts and inserting the available modules into place.
Launching the Builder
To launch the builder you can either create a new page or post, and then click on the Page Builder tab, or click on the Page Builder link from the post list screen.
Choosing a Template
Once you’ve launched the Page Builder, the view switches to the front end of your website and gives you the opportunity to choose one of the included 12 home page layout templates, or 11 content page templates. You can also start from a blank canvas or load a saved template you created earlier.
If you do go with the blank canvas option, you can get started by dropping a row layout or module onto the screen and then expanding your design from there.
There are three groups of modules available: basic, advanced, and WordPress widgets. The last group includes all the widgets that are active on your site, including the core WordPress widgets, as well as those that have been added by any plugins you’ve installed, or custom widgets you might have created.
When you add a module to your layout, you then get access to the module-specific controls for customizing it. Depending on the module, this allows you to enter some text, add an image, and format the elements of the module in other ways.
Each time you make a change to the settings, you get a live preview of how it will look, without the need to click on any buttons or switch windows. If you decide to start off by using one of the included layouts, then the page is populated with all the content from that template.
Editing the Templates and Layouts
All the elements of the templates can be edited by hovering over them to access the context menus. When working from a template, you can also add in any of the modules as you could when starting with a blank template. Once you’ve finished building your custom page layout, you can click on the Tools menu to save the template. Saved templates can then be used as starting points when creating a new page in the future.
As Builder Beaver has a great selection of templates and modules for building website home pages and content pages, after you’ve created your first layout, you can then move on and start working on the inner pages of your website.
Beaver Builder Pricing
The Beaver Builder plugin is available on two pricing plans:
- Standard: $99
- Pro: $199
- Agency: $399
The main differences between the standard and pro versions includes the Beaver Builder theme, custom module support, the Photoshop files, and multisite support. But if you plan on using the plugin for sites that you’re building for clients, the Agency plan is the way to go. This adds features like network wide settings and while labeling so you can change the branding of the plugin in the WordPress dashboard.
All three versions can be used on an unlimited number of websites, with one year of premium support, updates, and download access. If you want to know exactly what you get for your money, then please visit the pricing plans page on the Beaver Builder website.
Conclusion and Recommendations
The Beaver Builder is a very easy to use drag and drop page builder plugin for WordPress. The included modules are all very useful and as you can also add WordPress widgets and those from third party plugins into your layouts, you will never run out of options for creating your custom pages.
The selection of templates on offer for building your pages, whether home pages, landing pages, or the inner pages of your site, are all very attractive and professional. As they are, they would work really well on most sites, but as they can be easily customized, you should have no trouble adapting them to be an even better match for your needs.
The only obvious way this builder could be improved is if it had the ability to edit text inline on the front end of your website, rather than opening up the text editor when working with text. However, as you type the in the editor, the text on the page is updated simultaneously, giving you a live preview of how it will look when you save the changes.
The developers of Beaver Builder have definitely got the setup process and interface for creating the layouts right. So if you like the look and functionality of the included modules and layouts, then this is one plugin you can add to your site with confidence.