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10 Tips for Beaver Builder Beginners

10 tips for Beaver Builder beginners

Still on the fence regarding Beaver Builder plugin's awesomeness? For starters, Beaver Builder is a page builder plugin which can be used to build amazing page layouts. It has just right number of features without the code bloat. Here are few “need to know” things about the Beaver Builder plugin to help you discover a new way of building WordPress websites!

1. Will Beaver Builder work with my current WordPress theme

Oh Yes! Beaver Builder comes into play in the content area of the theme, which is same for all themes (fortunately). A lot of folks use Beaver Builder plugin successfully with popular themes like Genesis, GeneratePress, Headway.

You may need to make few adjustments for the full-width display of Beaver Builder contents as your current theme CSS might be over-riding the content layout width. For example, Genesis theme users can use free Dambuster plugin for a quick fix.

2. Can I try Beaver Builder for Free?

You Bet! Just install the Beaver Builder Lite version plugin available for free in the WordPress repository. Lite version plugin allows you to test drive Beaver builder's core functionality for building amazing page layouts in no time using basic modules and columns layout.

Premium version of the plugin contains advanced modules and more features like modern template designs, shortcode support, quick template import/export and more.

3. Does the Page Builder work on posts & CPTs?

Absolutely Yes! Out of the box, Beaver Builder plugin is only enabled for “Pages”. You can easily enable it for “Posts” and even for “Custom Post Types”.

  • In WordPress Dashboard, go to: Settings > Page Builder option.
  • On the “Beaver Builder Settings” page, click “Post Types” option.
  • Then click to enable (tick mark) the “Posts” option.

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If your setup contains one or more “custom post types”, these will be listed on the settings page (as seen above). You can enable Beaver Builder for specific “Custom Post Types”.

4. Can I use Beaver Builder for building one page Sales Landing page?

Why Not? While a lot of developers use Beaver Builder to make full structure websites, a big percentage of folks use it just for building high conversion Sales Landing pages.

Since Beaver Builder can work independent of the installed WordPress theme, one can quickly create landing pages with different: layout, design, fonts, color and more.

5. Is it possible to migrate Beaver Builder pages to another website?

Of Course! You can transfer one or more page layouts built using Beaver Builder plugin to a different website easily. To get started, save a page as a template.

  • Open page in the Beaver Builder mode.
  • Click “Tools” at the top right and then click “Save Template”.
  • Enter any name and click “Save” button.

 

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Save pages as templates that you want to migrate. Then use default WordPress import / export feature to migrate templates as explained here. Once the import is complete, you would need to update images used in the template and it's all done!.

6. Will my content vanish when Beaver Builder plugin is removed?

Surprise! Unlike other page builders, Beaver Builder loves your content. The moment you deactivate the Beaver Builder plugin, it will put back your text and image content within the post editor automatically.

The only thing that you would lose is: the beautiful content layout formatting (that was Beaver magic, right?) and content contained in advanced modules like tabs, accordion.

7. Do other plugins work fine with Beaver Builder

Of course! While it is impossible to test every WordPress plugin for compatibility, the majority of popular plugins work fine with the Beaver Builder plugin including: WooCommerce, LifterLMS, Jetpack and more.

8. I have a geeky multisite setup, can Beaver Builder handle that?

With Charm! The top version of the Beaver Builder plugin (Agency Package) has an inbuilt multisite support. You can configure Beaver Builder plugin from one place and even override settings from a specific website(s) in the multisite setup.

9. I understand it has an annual renewal, will it stop working after that?

No Way! You can use Beaver Builder as along as you want. However, renewal is required to receive plugin updates after one calendar year and access to awesome Beaver Builder support team.

10. How is Beaver Builder better than other Page Builders?

Eye Opener! For the last couple of years, the term “Page Builder” has been associated with a lot of half-baked and buggy products. Seriously, you got to try Beaver Builder to see for yourself, how damn good this can be for your WordPress development workflow.

For a quick test drive, check the online demo of the Beaver Builder plugin or you can download the free version of Beaver Builder plugin from WordPress repository.

Over to you…

Got another question or a thing you want to ask about the Beaver Builder plugin? Use the comment form below.

About Davinder Singh Kainth

Davinder loves creating and implementing online spaces. He has over a decade of experience reaching corners of: design, development, blogging and SEO. He also create digital products at SimpleProThemes and Beaver Builder goodness at ProBeaver.

35 Comments

  1. gvissing on February 9, 2017 at 4:45 am

    In #7 you mentioned “LiferLMS” as a compatible plugin with BB. Did you mean to type “LifterLMS” instead?

    • Robby McCullough on February 9, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Ah, yes, thank you!

  2. Chinmoy Paul on February 9, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Very helpful post for beginners.

    • Robby McCullough on February 9, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks Chinmoy! 🙂

  3. Roberto on February 9, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Great tips… Beaver is great for sales/landing pages, you can combine beaver with a split testing plugin like simplepagetester.com (bloat free) 🙂

    Let’s see how beaver team surprise us with the new theme version.

    • Robby McCullough on February 9, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Good tip. We should have the alpha out very soon 🙂

      • Desmond on February 15, 2017 at 8:43 am

        Can’t wait to test out the alpha. Would you say it’s going to be available within the next week or so?

        • Robby McCullough on February 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm

          We’re shooting for next week, yup!

  4. scotb on February 9, 2017 at 7:14 am

    This is a very good article about beaver builder(BB) and BB is such a great product. I’ve used it before and it was very easy to achieve my goals. A+ article.

    • Robby McCullough on February 9, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks so much 🙂

  5. Tara Claeys on February 9, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Very good list – although there are more than 10 reasons to try Beaver Builder! It is also very easy to add custom CSS and make per page style edits!

    • Robby McCullough on February 9, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Hey, Tara! Good point, haha. 🙂 Any chance we’ll see you at Pressnomics?

  6. Nikhil on February 14, 2017 at 5:25 am

    I have been using BB for building Landing pages and One page sites. Thanks for the tips 🙂

  7. Jon on February 26, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Hi,
    I’ve been with BB for 2 years now and while I am no WP expert, BB has allowed me to create nice looking sites fast. Plus, I am always learning new tricks and techniques.
    Thanks guys for an awesome product.

  8. Rick at BrandZing on May 5, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    not able to load the beaver builder plugin pro?!?!!?
    All the above Images: “WP > Settings > Page Builder” does not exist??

  9. Tony Olejnicki on May 18, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    I am new to beaver builder and switched to it from site origin because the theme I purchased from tesseract was supposed to be compatible with the beaver. It worked for a while nd then it locked up, it just freezes and I can only modify my page within wordpress, very cumbersome. I used only simple blocks. I deactivated all other plugins and reinstalled lite builder. I looked through faq’s and forums. Many people have reported similar problems but there are no suggestions from beaver team. Can you help me. Otherwise, I will have to go back to site origin and rebuild the entire website. Tony

    • Robby McCullough on May 19, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Hey Tony. Sorry for the trouble. Have you tried temporarily changing themes to one of the default themes like TwentySixteen or TwentySeventeen? Also, depending on whether which version your using, shoot us a support message so we can take a look, please! If you’re on a premium version, you can use this form. If you’re on the lite version, you can post here. Hope this helps.

  10. Tammy on June 28, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Will BB work with a blank theme like html5blank, tidy themes or even the _s theme by Automattic?

    • Robby McCullough on July 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Yes! Page Builder will work with just about any theme. 🙂

  11. JKH on August 12, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    If I use the premade themes such as construction. How difficult is it to change the pictures and possible colors with limited knowledge of css and wordpress ?
    Eager to learn but not liking the Divi 3 build process at all. Would rather start with a theme that looks close to what I want. I am hoping beaver builder construction theme does that.

    • Robby McCullough on August 28, 2017 at 11:37 am

      You might want to try our live demo. It doesn’t take much time to get up and running with Beaver Builder and you should be able to update images and colors with a bit of practice.

  12. Ed on November 27, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    My former web developer used Page Builder for my website. As sometimes happens, the developer disappeared and now I am stuck trying to learn this application. The problem I have is that I am unable to find a way to have the same functionality as the WordPress text editor. I can’t seem to do simple things like create spacing between paragraphs or easily adjust the font. Does Beaver Builder allow me to have such editiing functions as text editor on pages that were created with Page builder?

    • Robby McCullough on November 28, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Hey Ed. Yeah, it does. Beaver Builder uses the same text editing tool as WordPress, so you have all the same options when working with text.

  13. Sean on December 5, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Hi, trying to create a single webpage for charity donations.
    Have bought the basic package / domain name through godaddy, I have wordpress up and going coupled with Beaver Builder Lite. I struggling with it all if I’m honest, I know what I want but can’t get it. I want to make the header image much thinner and remove some sub headings. I also want to delete the menu bar. Are these templates ridge? when I try to do this through BB it directs me to the customising option in wp which doesn’t seem capable of it.
    Am I better just to use wordpress to create the single page and forget about the templates and BBL? Stuck

  14. Cassandra on January 10, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Hi!

    I accidentally pressed “Text Editor” on my main page, which was on “Page Builder” and I can’t switch it back to “Page Builder” to continue building my main page. Can there be anything to do in order to fix this problem, other than rebuilding my main page again..?

    Thanks!

    Cassandra

  15. Lisa Theriault on February 22, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Okay, buying beaverbuilder was a good investment because after weeks of spinning my wheels trying to build a site, I finally created a page that is almost perfect. The only thing that would make it perfect, would be if I could delete the heading and menu that still shows from the Newspaper Pro theme I had purchased. I can add headers and menus from bb, but it doesn’t override the theme settings.

    Anyway, my MAIN question is…..how do I publish it? I have saved, and I’ve hit Publish, but whenI go back and search my website, I’m not seeing the bb site I just created. Can someone help? Thanks

    • Robby McCullough on February 22, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      Hey Lisa! So glad to hear about your choice to use Beaver Builder and your good experience 🙂

      Can you elaborate a bit on your question? When you say “search” are you referring to a Google search to find your website online? Or, are you searching within your WordPress site for pages built with Beaver Builder?

  16. Eva on February 22, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Hi–I am a beginner with BB. I am learning (slowly) by doing, but wonder if there is a comprehensive course that you would recommend?

  17. Kimberley on March 13, 2018 at 3:18 am

    Hi! I’m a beginner with Beaver Builder but currently have a website on Wix, through which my domain name is connected. The plan is to move this website to WordPress using Beaver Builder to create it and Bluehost to host it.

    If I do the above, is there a way I can install wordpress.org, host on bluehost and create my website using Beaver Builder before connecting my domain name to it? I don’t want my current website to go offline while I build the new site!

    Thanks.

  18. Jenny Iglesias Zablah on October 23, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Hi, I’m new to BB and website building. I have a WordPress template I would love to use, I searched and BB’s name isn’t anywhere on the list of compatibility, can BB still work with the theme? can I use it with all the existing themes in the world or should I always look for the compatibility?

    • Robby McCullough on October 31, 2018 at 10:39 am

      Beaver Builder works with just about every WordPress theme. The very few that don’t are generally out-dated or poorly coded. In the rare case that you have an issue with a theme, contact our support team and they can work through it with you.

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