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10 Tips for Beaver Builder Beginners

Beginners Guide to Beaver Builder

If you’re looking for a way to design stylish and functional websites quickly, you can’t go wrong with Beaver Builder.

We created our page builder to be beginner-friendly but it has a lot of features to offer and can take a little time to master.

We’re here to speed up that process by teaching you a few tricks.

In this post, we’ll give you ten tips for getting the most out of Beaver Builder!

A Quick Introduction to Beaver Builder

Before we get the ball rolling, let’s make sure we’re on the same page regarding what Beaver Builder is and what it can do.

This plugin is a page builder, which means it’s designed to help you create and customize content for your WordPress website.

By adding Beaver Builder to your site, you’ll get much more control over its look, layout, and functionality.

You can use prebuilt modules to construct pages that are as simple or as complex as you like – with no knowledge of coding or design required:

Modules in Beaver Builder.

If you’re brand new to Beaver Builder, we’d suggest that you check out the demo to see what it’s like.

Then you can dip your toes in the water with the free version or purchase a premium plan to gain access to even more features.

Getting up and running with Beaver Builder isn’t hard and we have plenty of tutorials on various topics that should help.

Here, we’re giving you some of the basics that every user should know.

10 Tips for Beaver Builder Beginners

The following list of tips and tricks has been put together with two main types of users in mind:

  • Those who haven’t yet begun to use Beaver Builder and want to start on the right foot.
  • Beaver Builder beginners who’ve installed the plugin and learned how to create content but may not yet know how to take full advantage of its features.

If you fit into either of these categories, here are ten tips you need to know. Even if you don’t, stick around – you may still learn something new!

1. Beaver Builder Works With Any WordPress Theme

Every WordPress website has a theme, which determines its default appearance and normally controls the header, footer, and sidebars on your site.

Adding Beaver Builder into the mix enables you to customize the content area of your pages with beautiful layouts and effects. 

Beaver Builder is compatible with most themes but you should still choose your theme carefully. Some work better with Beaver Builder than others, including many popular themes such as Genesis and GeneratePress.

If you can choose a theme with a full-width layout and a minimalist, highly-customizable design, you’ll be off to a great start.

We have also developed a custom Beaver Builder framework theme, which is included in the plugin’s Pro and Agency packages.

This dedicated theme has settings that are fully integrated with Beaver Builder, which makes building the website of your dreams easier than ever. Just remember that you’re not required to use it, or any other specific theme.

2. You Can Try Beaver Builder for Free Before Committing to It

We love Beaver Builder – but any developer will say that about their plugin. There are plenty of poor-quality themes and plugins out there so you may be understandably skeptical about trying out a new tool.

Or you may simply wonder if Beaver Builder is worth the cost. The good news is that there are two ways to test-drive our page builder before committing to it.

The first is by checking out our online demo. It’s completely interactive, and you can play around with it to get a feel for how creating content and customizing layouts works:

The Beaver Builder demo.

Additionally, Beaver Builder Lite – a free version of our page builder – is available in the WordPress Plugin Directory. It enables you to test-drive Beaver Builder's core functionality.

The premium version contains advanced modules and more features, but the free version provides everything you need to get started and determine if this solution is right for you.

3. You Can Use Beaver Builder on Pages, Posts, and Custom Post Types

At first glance, it may not be apparent just how much you can modify using Beaver Builder.

Out of the box, Beaver Builder is only enabled for pages but you can easily enable the plugin for other types of content. To do this, go to Settings > Beaver Builder > Post Types in your WordPress dashboard.

You may only see Posts and Pages, but this list includes any custom post types you have available, such as Products for WooCommerce users: Enabling Beaver Builder on multiple post types.

Simply check the box next to each type of content you want to enable, and save your changes. You can then use the Beaver Builder editor to create and modify those types of content.

4. Beaver Builder Makes It Easy to Create a One-Page Website

Beaver Builder offers the ability to create a fully-customized and complex website. That makes it easy to assume that it’s only appropriate for big sites with lots of pages.

However, while plenty of developers do use Beaver Builder to make large-scale websites, it’s also commonly used to create high-conversion landing pages.

Since it gives you nearly total control over your content, you’ll be able to design a sales page that contains exactly the information you want, in the perfect order for turning visitors into leads:

A Beaver Builder landing page template.

There are even prebuilt landing page templates included with the plugin. These are designed for various niches and can be applied to your site with one click.

Of course, you can then tweak that layout to your heart’s content – moving items around on the page and adding your own branding, imagery, content, and more.

5. You Can Migrate Your Beaver Builder Pages to Another Website

Another potential worry is that you might spend a lot of time creating content on your Beaver Builder website but then have to redo that work later.

You might decide to move your content to a different site, for example, or you may have multiple sites that require similar content. That’s where Beaver Builder’s saved template feature comes in handy.

You can save any page as a template by opening it in the Beaver Builder editor and accessing the Tools menu from the top-left corner: Saving a Beaver Builder template.

Select Save Template and give it a name. You can use your custom layout template to create other pages on your site with the same structure.

Alternatively, you can use the WordPress import/export feature to migrate your template to another website. Just remember to re-upload any images or other media to the new site as well.

6. You Won’t Lose Your Content If You Deactivate Beaver Builder

Page builders completely overhaul the way content is created and saved in WordPress. This can make some users worry about locking themselves in by using a particular page builder.

If you decide at a later point to stop using that plugin, will you lose all the content you’ve created with it? With some popular page builders, this is a legitimate concern.

Fortunately, that’s not the case with Beaver Builder. Your content belongs to you and shouldn’t disappear if you change your site’s setup.

If you deactivate Beaver Builder, your text and media content will be transferred over to the default WordPress Block Editor: Content in the WordPress Block Editor.

Everything will still be there for you to access and edit as you like. All you lose is the custom layout you created using Beaver Builder and content contained in advanced, plugin-specific modules such as tabs and accordions.

7. Beaver Builder Can Be Used Alongside Other Popular WordPress Plugins

Beaver Builder is a robust plugin and transforms your site and content at a fundamental level. Does that mean it will restrict you from using other WordPress plugins?

The short answer to that question is “No!” Of course, we can't test every WordPress plugin for Beaver Builder compatibility.

However, you should be able to use our page builder alongside any well-coded and supported plugin (the exceptions being other page builders and plugins that modify the page content area).

That means you can use Beaver Builder in conjunction with plugins such as WooCommerce, LifterLMS, and Jetpack to build exactly the site you want.

We’ve even developed specific tools for use with some of the most popular plugins, including our WooCommerce module, which lets you insert various product groupings (such as sale items, popular products, or a particular individual product) into any layout.

8. You Can Use Beaver Builder With a Multisite Setup

Sometimes, a single website doesn’t quite do the trick. That’s why WordPress has a ‘multisite’ feature, which enables you to create a network of websites.

These sites will all function largely independently, but are connected via a centralized dashboard and can share users and resources:

Setting up WordPress multisite.

If you have a multisite network or are looking to set one up at some point, you’ll be glad to know that you can still use Beaver Builder.

The Pro plan provides basic multisite capabilities, while the Agency plan offers custom multisite network settings that let you configure the plugin for all sites on the network from one place (and still override them on a site-by-site basis).

9. Beaver Builder Won’t Stop Working Once Your Initial Plan Is Over

Like many premium plugins, Beaver Builder is more expensive for the first year. The Standard plan costs $99, and gives you access to the plugin and its premium modules and templates on unlimited websites:

Beaver Builder pricing plans.

You also get a year’s worth of support and updates on all plans. Successive years are renewable at a 40% discount.

You can continue to use Beaver Builder if your subscription expires, though of course, we recommend renewing your license annually.

Not only does this provide consistent access to support, but it also keeps your plugin updated – out-of-date plugins can become a security concern.

10. You’ll Be Able to Build a Highly Responsive Website With Beaver Builder

Many WordPress themes sell themselves as being responsive. This means they’re designed to look good on all kinds of devices and screen sizes, including smartphones.

Since users visit your site from a combination of desktops, laptops, and mobile devices, this is crucially important.

Beaver Builder has built-in responsive features and can play a key role in improving the way your site responds to various screen sizes and resolutions:

Editing a page in responsive mode.

For example, all of our prebuilt templates are designed from the ground up to be fully responsive.

Even if you build your pages from scratch, you can use dedicated features and settings to build highly-responsive content.

For more details, check out our complete guide to creating a mobile-friendly website with Beaver Builder.

Conclusion

We designed Beaver Builder to be easy to learn, no matter your experience with WordPress.

However, like any tool, you’ll get the most out of it if you understand what it can do and how it functions. As you begin your Beaver Builder journey, keep in mind that it's compatible with most themes and plugins.

You can use it to make any type of site (including one-page layouts), and it works with custom post types and multisite networks.

Additionally, your content will be responsive and remain available even if you migrate it to another site, deactivate the plugin, or let your initial plan expire.

Best of all, you can try Beaver Builder for free using our live demo or the lite version of the plugin.

What kind of site are you planning to create with Beaver Builder? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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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.

54 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.

    • Nats on March 28, 2020 at 7:13 am

      Hi did you get a solution to this? I want to do the same (essentially), build a WordPress.org website I have a domain name and paid hosting for, but want to build it on a staging site so it’s not visible – did you end up doing this via your web host or on WordPress – OR Beaver Builder?

  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.

  19. TBrookeSaunders on March 30, 2019 at 10:14 am

    How do I give a developer limited access to my Beaver Builder account?

    • TBrookeSaunders on March 30, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      Seems like it takes a long time to get a reply. There is absolutely no “settings’ etc admin tab, I have check everywhere on your site.

      • Anthony Tran on April 1, 2019 at 10:39 am

        Hello, if you’re looking for the Beaver Builder Settings area. Please login into your WordPress Dashboard, scroll down on the left side menu and click on “Settings” from there it should open up a submenu. Next, click on “Beaver Builder”. From there it will open your Beaver Builder Settings area. Hope that helps =)

    • Anthony Tran on April 1, 2019 at 10:41 am

      Hello, you can control user access to admin and editing ability in Beaver Builder on the User access tab in Settings. Here is an article that explains it further in detail. https://kb.wpbeaverbuilder.com/article/439-control-user-access-by-role

  20. Nats on March 28, 2020 at 7:20 am

    Hi!
    I need to build a WordPress.org website, I have a domain name and paid hosting for it, but want to build the new site on a staging site so it’s not visible until fully completed.
    Do I create a staging site via my web host (123.reg), on WordPress.org – OR through Beaver Builder? I want to be able to play away happily in BB until it’s finished and complete, then basically make it go live!
    I’m a designer who’s just starting in web design & I’ve just purchased BB Pro to help, yet I’m a bit confused what I do where… ! I want to build the site creatively in real time with BB, ie I can see what it looks like – but not something which is visible to anyone else … (or risk losing work if saving it as a draft in BB)… I also want to avoid additional Plug-ins which may create future problems. thanks 🙂

  21. Nats on March 30, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks so much for your reply Anthony. Are there any pointers you can give to help me get Beaver Themer up and running so I can edit my header area? No matter what I try I cannot install it in the WP Plugin area, however if I go to ‘Apprearance’ BB Theme is there, yet I can’t seem to access the functionality of Themer (ie header editing etc). I’m on a Mac and have re-zipped the download but it fails to install.
    I get the response: ‘The package could not be installed. No valid plugins were found. Plugin installation failed.’

    • Anthony Tran on April 1, 2020 at 2:22 pm

      Hi Nats, here is a video tutorial that walks you through how to install Beaver Themer. Once you have installed Beaver Themer you can check out this article that explains how you can create a custom header using Beaver Themer https://www.wpbeaverbuilder.com/wordpress-website-header/ hope that helps =)

  22. Nats on April 12, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks so much Antony!
    I got up and running – am mid way through building my site…
    but have now encountered issues just editing pages with Builder Beaver. The toolbars don’t open on certain pages and Header areas don’t load fully, displaying code instead of the menu items. The site displays as it should (apart from being unfinished) when ‘viewed’ on my desktop as a visitor but as soon as I access pages>launch beaver builder, the page & editing window don’t load.

    I’ve got no additional plug-ins activated, and I’ve cleared the cache. I’ve done this via BB tools and on my Mac in the WP folder. Still no joy. I’ve read so many posts on this but have tried the above solutions which seem to be the usual suspects, and no joy.

    I need to start loading images into the appropriate modules on each page, and get the text content loaded onto the site with button functions and accordions to help with drop down text etc, but this editor issue is stopping me progressing and learning how to get to this next stage.

    Problem pages at the moment are: Homepage, The Team, Services, Clinic Facilities

    Any hints or tips you could give at all? Could you possibly login in and take a look to ensure I’ve not made any critical errors in the build of the site?
    Thanks so much, I’m so new to all of this its a steep learning curve, but a good one! I just get frustrated with myself sometimes!!!
    Nats

  23. Writer on April 15, 2020 at 2:13 am

    Thank you so much for this detailed guide for beginners. Do you have a YouTube channel, it will be really interesting to check you video guides. I hope that you will continue doing this type of content.

  24. Ashley George on May 7, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Can I move items from one accordion module to another?

  25. Kyle Hoffman on July 16, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Really like the fact that if you shut off your builder it doesn’t screw up all the pages it’s used on. Not that I would be itching to uninstall, but sometimes it’s crucial to disable or even uninstall WordPress plugins to debug major issues on your site (speaking from experience). Thanks for easing the pain! lol

  26. Aatif on July 29, 2020 at 4:14 am

    Hi, Sir I am not finding any option which you Text and its background image?
    How to do this. Add a text and insert a image in the background of that image?
    I will be pleased if you reply me. Thanks.

  27. Francisco Darrell on September 14, 2020 at 2:19 am

    Here is an article that explains it further in detail. https://kb.wpbeaverbuilder.com/article/439-control-user-access-by-role

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