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April Update – Join Us for Beaver Builder’s 3rd Birthday

happy 3rd birthday Beaver Builder

Hi there! Hope you're doing well. If you're in the US, we hope tax season didn't take too much of a toll on ya. For all that celebrate Easter, we hope you had an opportunity to spend some time with family and had a nice holiday—I know I did!

This month, I feel like I'm back in school and I have a big project deadline looming. The project, of course, is Beaver Themer. We have some news on pricing and launch dates for that. We're having a party today, we hope you can join us. There's also a couple new introductions to make and some general news and updates. Here we go…

Join Us for our 3rd Birthday Party

Admittedly, our update posts have been falling later and later into the month. I managed to get this one written up relatively early so we could sync it up with something happening today.

At 1 pm pst, we're going to have a little birthday party in our community Slack channel. Come by and say hello. Ask a question. Meet some other Beaver Builder users. We've done this a few times in the past and it's been really fun. Myself and the rest of the Beaver Builder team will be there.

Beaver Themer Update

We've been working hard tying off loose ends, building landing pages, updating our store, and generally readying the ship for the Beaver Themer launch. I'm excited to say, it's still coming along according to schedule! Barring any last-minute snafus, we're planning to move Beaver Themer into beta the week of May 1st, then launch sometime in the following two weeks.

Beaver Themer Pricing

Beaver Themer is going to cost $147. It will be an annual subscription and we'll offer our standard 40% discount for renewals. The subscription will give you access to updates (i.e., new features) and support. One notable difference between Beaver Builder and Beaver Themer is that your Beaver Themer subscription will renew automatically. And, yes, you can easily disable the auto-renewal.

For what it's worth, we deliberated and debated and strategized on how to approach BT's pricing for a long time. We didn't pull a number out of thin air and we did our absolute best to come up with a price that was reasonable but would also provide us with a return on the time invested and enable us to continue making it better.

An Introductory Special

Phew, now that we ripped off that band-aid, let's smooth things out a bit. Beaver Themer has been in the works for almost 9 months now and I can honestly say it's been a blast. Building a new product, exploring a new space, and solving new problems is the dream of any product team. We wouldn't have had the opportunity to do this if it wasn't for your support, so we're going to do a special introductory price for you—our existing customers.

For the first two weeks, we're going to knock ~25% off the sticker price for Beaver Themer. This is a one-time deal and our way of saying thanks to everyone that helped us on this journey. If you purchase Beaver Themer within the first two weeks, the price will only be $110!

Facebook Group Update

TL;DR: Bear with us while we figure out the best way to moderate and focus the Beaver Builders Facebook Group. 🙂

Quickly, I wanted to touch on something that's brewing in the Beaver Builders Facebook Group. The group has surged to over 6,000 people—it's wild! The passion and energy of our group are unique and I think it's pretty special.

Our friend Dave Toomey originally set up the group and has been the head moderator and admin there. We've helped out a bit, but—since it's the community's group—we try to stay hands off. There's been a lot of discussion about the best strategy to moderate the group and keep the discussion on topic. We (the BB team) try not to intervene, but we do hope that it stays a friendly place for beginners and advanced users alike.

We're hoping to work with Dave to come up with some more formal posting guidelines and make sure everyone's on the same page in terms of what kind of content should be encouraged. In the meantime, we hope everyone can err on the side of leniency and remember that the approachable nature of our group is one of the reasons it's so special. I hope we can find a way to focus the content without losing the charm.

The Team is Growing

It's been a little while since we've had introductions to make. I'm thrilled to announce we have two new members of the Beaver Builder team!

Carlos Velasco

Carlos has been working with us for a few months now and he is a true gentleman. Slack is our communication tool of choice and, while it's great, it can be tough to get to know someone. That said, Carlos exudes professionalism and courtesy. He's been an awesome addition to the team. Carlos is based out of Davao City in the Philippines and he shares his home with a wife, child, and two dogs named Britney and Shakira. When he's not wrangling support tickets and charming his colleagues, he enjoys doing a bit of yoga.

Simon Prosser

Next up we have Simon Prosser who joins us from the U.K. Simon is a very talented developer and he brings a unique skill set to our team. Similar to Justin, Simon has a punk rock past life and, again similar to Justin, used to rock a bad-ass mohawk. Simon has an extensive background in WordPress and it's been a blast being able to pick his brain about git workflows, server admin puzzles, and things of that nature. Simon is an automation wizard and has been tightening the proverbial bolts and fixing loose ends since the first day he joined us. Be sure to check out the Beaver Builder development visualization he spun up.

Footnotes

Beaver Builder Ch-ch-changes

The dev team has been really busy recently! We have alpha/beta versions of the theme, builder, and themer available for testing. You can find these downloads on your account page and you can see all fixes and new features on our changelogs page.

Page Builder, Theme, and Themer Hooks Guide

As the heading implies, we (and by “we” I mean Simon) created a few hook reference pages. There is a reference page for the Page Builder, Theme, and Beaver Themer.

Matt Report Season 5 Featuring Beaver Builder

This is really exciting! One of my favorite WordPress podcasts, The Matt Report, featured several familiar names as part of a “Beaver Builder Community” story arc. Matt's insights and interviews are always top-notch and hearing them through the scope of the BB community is something else.

I wanted to give a special thanks to David Waumsley, Nathan Wrigley, Jon Perez, Chris Wallace, Davinder Singh Kainth, and Brent Jett for participating and, of course, to Matt for hosting.

Beaver Builder Child Theme Generator

Our buddy Puneet from BeaverAddons created a slick tool that automatically generates branded Beaver Builder Child Themes. If you're using the Beaver Builder Theme on multiple client projects, give it a spin. It should be a major time saver.

Thanks for the Reviews

Last month, we asked for everyone to help us out by leaving a review on our WordPress.org page. We got a TON of reviews, so thanks again for that. We really appreciate it!

Upcoming WordCamps

I am heading out to Chicago next week for WordCamp Chicago and Justin and I will be out at WordCamp Orange County in June. Will you be at either? Let's link up!

In Closing

Well, I think that about does it. Keep an eye on the blog here as we'll be posting some more info on Beaver Themer, BB 2.0, and at least one guest post in the very near future. As always, thanks for your time and your support. Wishing you the best on behalf of the whole BB team!

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20 Comments

  1. David on April 20, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    A very happy 3rd birthday to you all. Thank you for the Beaver Themer discount. I can’t live without it already!

    Indeed, the Beaver Builder Facebook group is very special. Thank you Dave Toomey 🙂

    • Jennifer on April 20, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Agreed, such a time saver!

    • Robby McCullough on April 21, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Thanks, David! Good to hear from you. 🙂

  2. Davinder Singh Kainth on April 20, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Happy Birthday Beaver… 3rd bday and already running like anything 😉

    Themer excitement just keeps increasing, looks promising. And yes… little house cleaning on Facebook group should be “good” for all Beavers.

    • Robby McCullough on April 21, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Spring cleaning 🙂

  3. Katie on April 20, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Hooray- happy birthday!!

    I think your price point for Themer is spot-on; really looking forward to the official release!

    • Robby McCullough on April 21, 2017 at 11:19 am

      Thanks, Katie! The feedback is really helpful. We’ve been putting a lot of work on Beaver Themer and we were a bit nervous to make this announcement. 🙂

  4. andrew on April 20, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    So exciting! I’m using the themer alpha regularly. Can’t wait to have it out in the wild! I was hoping for a discount for Agency package holders, but I’m certainly grateful for the beginning discount. Cheers, guys! HBD!!!

    • creativecollab on April 20, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      I too was hoping that Agency license holders would get a bit more of a discount. So a bit bummed about that.

      Love Beaver Builder and love the BB Themer so far. Happy Birthday!!

      • Robby McCullough on April 21, 2017 at 11:21 am

        Feedback is noted and we appreciate it!

  5. David on April 20, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Happy Birthday guys! Keep up the great work! 🙂 <3

    • Robby McCullough on April 21, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Thanks much! 🙂

  6. Tyler on April 21, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    I’m also flying into WordCamp Chicago! Should be a good time!

    • Robby McCullough on April 26, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Awesome! I’ll keep an eye peeled for ya. I am bringing a bunch of Beaver Builder stickers…

  7. Peter Luit on April 25, 2017 at 12:01 am

    It is great to see a 3 years young company grow so fast with great products in the WordPress community. Your openness is key for your growing amount of ‘BB friends’ all over the world. A big Thank You for the whole team!

    • Robby McCullough on April 26, 2017 at 10:47 am

      Hey, Peter. Thanks for the kind words. We really appreciate it. Thanks right back at ya for all the support!

  8. Desmond on April 25, 2017 at 11:04 am

    First, Happy B-day team!

    I wanted to say that I’ve been playing around with the Themer all morning, and it is a complete game changer. The fact that you can utilize theme hooks with dynamic templates, based on user roles or status, ALONG with custom fields is amazing. I even noted that you took the time to add schema.org tags to appropriate elements (yes I inspected the code 🙂 ).

    I think one word to describe the Themer is “Power”. My developer side is swarming with ideas.

    Great job Justin and team — you’ve come a long way these past 3 years.

    • Robby McCullough on April 26, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Hey, Desmond. Great to see your name pop up. 🙂 We really appreciate the feedback—can’t wait to see what you start building with Themer. Keep us in the loop, please! 🙏🏼

  9. webmandesign on April 27, 2017 at 2:49 am

    Too late, but I wanted to add my wishes too. Happy birthday Beaver Builder and thanks for being around! Also best of luck to soon to be born Beaver Themer too 🙂 Seems like this is the time of year for you guys 😉

  10. David on June 21, 2017 at 10:40 am

    How many copies of Beaver Builder have you sold to date??? Love to know.
    David sky@skyborough.com

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