In this Beaver Builder review, you are going to get detailed insights on what is Beaver Builder and why it is one of the most popular page builders in the market today.
But before we go deep into the details, I know I have been talking a lot about page builders the last few months. And the biggest question is "why."
The new wave of drag and drop website builders enable you to do a wide range of modifications to your site without using a single line of code. Plus, the constant improvement in these page builders make the entire website building process much more fun, intuitive and satisfying.
Let's dive into the Beaver Builder review.
What is the Beaver Builder? tl:dr version
As usual, this review is going to be a pretty deep one. If you don't have time to go through the thousands of words in this article, just focus on this segment and you will get a good grasp of what the Beaver Builder is and if Beaver Builder is worth it.
I want to start this Beaver Builder review by saying that this tool is a feature-rich drag and drop content builder that allows you to effortless create post and pages on WordPress without any coding skills.
This means that:
With that being said, the Beaver Builder is a handy WordPress tool for a majority of WordPress users (especially for those who doesn't have coding skills, or those who wants to start a web design business from home without spending too much time).
Beaver Builder Review: The Beaver Builder is a great WordPress tool for both beginners (who doesn't have experience building websites) and seasoned WordPress users as this tool allows you to create great content quickly and efficiently. The low learning curve with the intutive drag-and-drop website editor makes it an ideal choice for all.
Let's take a deeper look on each Beaver Builder feature below.
Note: Want to see Beaver Builder in action? Here's the link to the demo and product page.
Beaver Builder Review: Features Overview
Before we start this Beaver Builder review, it is important to state that there are two parts to this. The Beaver Builder is divided into:
The differences between both is that the Beaver Builder Theme is a WordPress theme build specially for Beaver Builder. This means that you can rest assured it is 100% compatible and it comes with additional perks such as functions and advanced settings.
Make no mistake as the Beaver Builder comes with a wide range of features. Here are a list of them to kick start our Beaver Builder review post:
About the Beaver Builder
There are a lot of features that comes packing with the Beaver Builder. Unlike other drag and drop website editors, Beaver Builder is perfect for both beginners and advanced users because you will not feel overwhelmed suddenly with the massive features it offers. Instead, these features are readily available when you click or enable them.
In this Beaver Builder review, I'll go through the critical and popular features of the tools to help you decide if Beaver Builder is the right choice for you.
Beaver Builder Review: Pricing
Yes, you are right. This post is slightly different. Usually, pricing structure is located at the bottom part of the post but I want to make it slightly different in this Beaver Builder review.
Since I've gone through the major features of the Beaver Builder plugin, I think it is high time for me to discuss about the Beaver Builder pricing.
More importantly, is Beaver Builder worth it?
Here's the official pricing table:
The entry level for Beaver Builder plugin is $99 for a full year of support and unlimited upgrades. The best part about Beaver Builder pricing is that it comes with unlimited sites — which is often not the case for many of its competitors.
Beaver Builder Standard Plan. The Standard plan is probably the best option if you only need the page builder plugin and not working on multisite. The Beaver Builder plugin works perfectly well with majority of free and premium WordPress themes—and thus, compatibility isn't an issue here.
Beaver Builder Pro Plan. The biggest difference between Pro and Standard plan is of course, the Beaver builder Theme and multisite capabilities. The main selling point of the Pro plan is the Beaver Builder Theme. If you are serious in starting a web designing business, Beaver Builder Theme is going to help you build websites from ground up really, really fast.
Beaver Builder Agency Plan. Personally, I see no reason for you to get this unless you have a web design business and requires white labeling. But for the sake of this Beaver Builder review, the Agency plan is best when you managed dozens of websites and have a thriving web design business.
In my honest opinion, Beaver Builder Standard plan is the best value since you would probably have a working WordPress theme installed on your site now.
I do, however, recommend you to go for the Pro plan if you are serious in making web designing business works for you (as a side hustle or a full time job).
There is no Beaver Builder free trial available but there is a light version of the plugin which is on WordPress.org. In comparison with the premium plans, the light plan doesn't come with these powerful features:
How to build a WordPress page with Beaver Builder?
For this part, I'll be reviewing Beaver Builder plugin and not the theme.
There are two ways to get started using the Beaver Builder plugin.
If you want to build a page or post using the ready-made Beaver Builder templates, this is what you should do.
In the Layout Templates, you can toggle the options and choose the right one based on your current needs.
Landing Pages. Landing pages are used for marketing and sales purposes with one clear goal in mind—converting website visitors into customers or subscribers. It is also worth to note that you will find nicely labelled landing pages based on needs/purposes—templates for small businesses to fitness, and from online magazines to restaurants for example.
Content Pages. Content pages that come with the Beaver Builder are designed to help you create beautiful looking pages (contact us page, home page, portfolios etc.).
Once you have selected the template choice, you are ready to go on to the next step.
Building a page with Beaver Builder plugin
Typically, you start building a page with a specific content structure in mind. Here's an ugly example:
When building a WordPress page, you will have rows and columns in mind. And in each of them, you will have an idea of what type of content are in them.
You can go crazy with 3 rows, 5 columns etc. The sky is your only limit (not me, not you and certainly not the Beaver Builder plugin).
Here's where it gets really interesting. The Beaver Builder plugin allows you to create multiple WordPress pages without a single line of code. It is all about the drag and drop, baby!
This is what I mean.
Using Beaver Builder, you can move any element across the page by dragging and releasing it at the spot of your choice.
Pretty cool, right?
Adding rows and columns before you are able to create your page is also fairly simple. Head over to the sidebar of the Beaver Builder (seen on the side of the page) and click on the relevant option to create the elements of your choice.
What do you get when you click on each of these settings?
Row Layouts. Control the number of columns you want each row to have.
Basic Modules. Elements such as audio, buttons, heading, photos, text and videos.
Advanced Modules. Call to action buttons, accordions, contact form, maps, social media buttons etc.
WordPress Widgets. You can use any widget you have enabled on your WordPress site, and this also means that Beaver Builder works with content generated by other plugins.
Those days, I hate drag and drop editors because I will lose my content when I deactivate or delete the tool. With Beaver Builder, this is not a problem because you will never lose any of your content (even when you change the template).
Click on the Templates if you want to change the layout or design and once you are done, click on the Done button.
Beaver Builder Review: The editing process
The process of editing using Beaver Builder is very simple and smooth. While there are many other drag and drop WordPress editors which may create glitches when you change templates etc., you will not experience this using the Beaver Builder plugin.
A surprising but very grateful feature to say the very least. Before we proceed to the next part of the Beaver Builder review, I want to stress that a lot of drag and drop builders are known for crashes and glitches—but not for this Beaver Builder tool. Kudos to the team!
Beaver Builder Review: The Beaver Builder Theme
The Beaver Builder Theme is available with the Pro plan and you can use it to build a website from scratch in a matter of minutes not days.
Using Beaver Builder Theme, you can customize the overall look and feel of your site using the WordPress Customizer. Additional settings can be found on pages and posts when you edit them.
Let's start the Beaver Builder Theme review with the general settings:
You start off by selecting the Presets for the layout and feel of your entire site.
Each of these preset comes with distinctive differences in design and I recommend you to try each of them before deciding the best one that fits you best.
Once that is done, click on the 'general' setting panel and move on to the 'layout' settings. Here, you can choose to use boxed layout (which is the standard for most website designs) or a full-width layout.
In the same panel, you will have more ability to adjust and control your site display through colours, heading, typography and many more.
In short, Beaver Builder Theme allows you to create the type of website you truly wish and aims for in terms of designs and layouts.
Beaver Builder Review: The Beaver Builder Theme is unique and extremely easy to use. It comes with a lot of features to help you create your dream site easily without having to mess around with the codes. The combination of Beaver Builder Theme and Beaver Builder plugin makes this duo a perfect match for web design projects.
Beaver Builder Review: Is Beaver Builder right for me?
I think this is a very important question and fits perfectly well in this Beaver Builder review.
Is Beaver Builder right for me?
Here are some of the advantages using the Beaver Builder:
Beaver Builder doesn't fit everyone but it certainly fit two types of WordPress users who will benefit dearly from it:
Beaver Builder for beginners
The low learning curve in the Beaver Builder makes it ideal for beginners and those who are working on a shoestring budget. As hiring web developers can costs you thousands of dollars, Beaver Builder is just a fraction of the cost and it works like charm!
Besides that, Beaver Builder comes with a drag and drop WordPress editor which is really intuitive (again, for beginners). Having a front-end editing feature, you can easily work on your site on real time without having to go back and forth with the preview page.
With the Beaver Builder pricing at $99, this is definitely the best value-for-money option for beginners.
Beaver Builder for designers and developers
This group of WordPress users will benefits most from the Pro package—where they have access to Beaver Builder plugin and theme.
With both of the tools, you can start creating original website designs really quickly and effortlessly.
And in other words, you don't have to worry about those clients' requests to change the site design. The Beaver Builder drag and drop website builder allows you to drop elements at the right place without needing to redesign the site again.
Beaver Builder Review: Is this the best drag and drop builder?
This is a tough question. No joke.
There are many other drag and drop builders in the market and Beaver Builder is definitely one of the best right now.
Overall, the Beaver Builder plugin and theme are great options when it comes to web design and building a site fast.
Should you be getting Beaver Builder plugin or theme?
The short answer to this question is "Yes".
To sum up my Beaver Builder review, Beaver Builder is a great tool for WordPress users regardless of experience and skills. The support is great and more importantly, these tools come with rich features to help you make web design and development more effective.
- Ability to create/tweak your website content in a visually stunning way
- Close to zero learning curve
- Full drag-and-drop support and front-end editing feature
- Ability to use widget content inside Beaver Builder’s content blocks, which means you can use content generated by other plugins
- The content you create with Beaver Builder will remain the same even if you decide to stop using the plugin at some point
- Beaver Builder is rather expensive (the cheapest plan is $99)