I have not written any article in past week for two reasons. The first is that I was in Dubai traveling with my family. The second is that although I am was on vacation, however, I did have some me time to play around with the site. During this period, I have been playing around with a page builder plugin called Beaver Builder. So what was the outcome of the time spent playing around with Beaver Builder?
First let us understand what a page builder is?
Historically it was impossible for the average Joe to design his website. Even if Joe knows how to set up a website using a framework, it is tough to theme it. He will have to pick a common theme and install it, or find a professional who can design the website and install the theme. It requires programming background to design, so it would be impossible for an average person to create their website.
Let us say that you have paid a professional to design the site and install the theme for you. Few month down the line you decide that you want to change a page on the website as it was not serving you as expected. Then you will have an issue as you will need to go back to the same designer to redo the page. That will take time, efforts and some cash for you to revise one simple page. This is where page builders come in handy. They are a very simple drag and drop tools that help you design your site from the ground up.
I have come across few page builders however only used two of them. Both do the same job however they handle things differently. I am not here to compare both, however, to share with you the one I have been playing around with lately.
Beaver Builder: a page builder plugin
I have been using the plugin for the past week. During the past week, I have built two complete sites while I was on holiday leaving home at around 11 AM and coming back at around 10 PM. I barely spent an entire hour a day working on each site. This was my first time to use the builder, and it took almost no efforts to learn and develop both of the websites. Here is one of those sites which I have been working on lately.
Installing Beaver Builder
Beaver Builder is a premium plugin, and it is worth every cent you spend on it. You can find their pricing on this page, which is very clear and straightforward to understand. After purchasing the plugin, you will get an email with your credentials. Log in to your account and download the package.
Once the package is downloaded, you should proceed to Dashboard >> Plugins >> Add New >> Upload Plugin. Navigate to where you downloaded the package, select it and click on “Install Now.”
Activate Beaver Builder
On your settings menu, you will find “page builder” in which you will enter your license key. The license key can be found on your account page in wpbeaverbuilder.com. Copy your license key and paste it in your builder’s settings page to get updates and support for your installation.
Create your first page
Create your first page by going to Pages >> Add New. Type your page name and then click on “Page Builder” button right below the permalink. You will get redirected to the page in the front end with the page builder being active. You will be prompted by a pop-up that shows ready-made templates that can be used.
You can select whichever layout you would like to create and play around with it to understand how the system works. Once you are comfortable with editing an existing layout, you can then start with a blank layout and create your own design.
The video below is me playing around with the page builder to create a simple page. It is just a demo of what is possible to be done using it. However, beaver builder is much more powerful to create a dynamic website with very simple clicks.
If you are interested in playing around with Beaver Builder, then you can install the light version of the plugin which can be found in here.