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Beaver Builder Roadmap – December 2014

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At Beaver Builder, our work is never done. We're constantly pushing to refine our offerings and add new value through our own long-term vision and most importantly, your feedback! We are truly humbled at how passionate many of you have been and really appreciate all of the feedback that has been coming in. Here's a peek at what we're currently working on and what's planned for the future of both the Beaver Builder plugin and theme. As always, make sure to check out the change logs and the completed ideas at User Voice to see what has already been done.

Disclaimer: As this is a roadmap post, everything is tentative and subject to change. We're not making any promises but we really hope to get as much of this as we can out to you in the near future! 

Theme Settings

A good portion of the work we have done the last eight months has been focused on the builder plugin. As such, we're switching gears at the moment and giving the builder theme some much needed attention! In addition to adding new settings for tweaking the appearance of your site, we're also moving everything into the WordPress Customizer (pictured below) making the entire experience easier and more visual.

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We've made great progress on the new Customizer interface the last few weeks and if we don't run into any hiccups, are hoping to launch soon after the new year. I'm really exited for this upgrade to the theme and love just how fun it is customizing a site this way. I can't wait for you to try it out!

Video & In-Product Tutorials

In the coming months we're planning to steadily release a library of tutorial videos on working with the Beaver Builder theme and plugin for you and your clients. We want to make everything as simple as possible and feel that tutorial videos are a great step in that direction. The current schedule has yet to been finalized, so if there is something you'd like to see us do a tutorial on, be sure to let us know!

In addition to videos, we will also be looking at ways that we can enhance the in-product experience through help guides that will be accessible from directly within the builder. Customers of our Agency membership will enjoy the benefit of a white labeled experience or the ability to turn that off complete if they desire.

New Modules & Templates

If you look at the current change logs, you'll see that while we have released a few new modules and templates since our April launch, that hasn't been our primary focus. Until this point, a large part of our attention has been focused on solidifying the builder's core codebase. We feel that it's important to have a solid foundation to build upon to ensure the future integrity of the builder and things that are built on top of it. We've done quite a bit of code refactoring, implemented a number of necessary feature enhancements (revision support) and feel that we'll soon be ready to switch gears and start focusing on the design elements of the builder again.

We're not entirely sure of the direction that we're going to take with new modules and templates yet, but we are leaning towards starting with some additions that help you to better create pages focused on conversions. After all, the builder is really good a creating landing pages, so we feel like it makes sense to make that experience even better. Our ears are open, so please let us know if there is a module you'd like to see or an idea for a template you would like us to create.

Enhancing The Template Experience

The existing template experience is great. With the click of a button you can have a starting point for a new page based on one of our designs or your own. While it's great, we do feel that it could be better in a number of ways. After much thought and listing to feedback from a number of channels, we now have some ideas as to how we can do that.

We're still in the early stages of planning for this, but one of the biggest things we would like to see is the ability to drop a “linked” template into a layout. Doing that would allow you to edit the same content on multiple pages in one place. Rather than having to launch and edit a section in each page, you could edit the template and have that section be updated across your site.

Miscellaneous Enhancements

If you take a look around the feedback forum, you'll see a lot of different ideas. We haven't said yes or no to implementing many of them and will start making those decisions sometime next year. Once we do, you can expect to see a number of them fall off that list and directly into the builder as there are a lot of great ideas there.

We would love to implement everything, but part of our goal is to keep the builder easy to use and lightweight. Unfortunately, some ideas may not fit that mold, but we'll do our best to accommodate ideas where we can.

Over To You

Things may change but that's where we're at right now and where we plan to be in the near future. I'm headed back to the dam to continue being a busy little beaver that brings you great tools for building great websites. In the meantime, I pass the conversation over to you. Don't hesitate to let us know what you would like to see in a future release of Beaver Builder!

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10 Comments

  1. David on December 11, 2014 at 4:54 am

    This sound exciting Justin. I’m really pleased you are focusing on the core and keeping it light. I added a request for a new module but I’d much rather see it rejected than compromise the core plugin.

    I never thought I’d use a page builder and now (after a week) with yours I don’t think I can live without it.

  2. Justin Busa on December 11, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Thanks for the kind words, David! I took a look at your suggestion and it’s actually inline with what we want to do for a conversion focused module. Stay tuned!

  3. colcar on December 12, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks for the informative post, Justin.

    It looks like you’re all going to be extremely busy for the next little while. It’s nice to know that you’re sticking to your principles with the Beaver Builder core though, because it’s one of the main things that separates you from the other drag & drop builders. The other big one is the support you provide. I’ve followed you on some of your support adventures and have to say, I’ve never seen the level of support you give your clients. There aren’t many of you around, Justin. You’re a top level guy!

    I’ll finish up by echoing David’s sentiment and say that, I wouldn’t ever want to be without Beaver Builder now that I’ve used it. I’m really looking forward to what you’re going to give us in 2015:)

  4. Justin Busa on December 12, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    You’re welcome, Colin! I’m glad to hear you feel that way about BB’s core as we too feel that it’s one of our strong points. It’s definitely an arms race for features these days. We want to step back from that and look at the big picture as to what’s really going to work for people. Features are great but they aren’t always the answer.

    Thanks as well for the kudos on our support! I can’t say enough about how much we appreciate your contributions!

  5. Martin on December 19, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Nice news! I´m very happy with this plugin and this roadmap makes me even more happier 🙂 I love the idea with linked layouts/templates. Makes BB a lot easier to work with on larger sites!

    Merry christmas and a happy new year!

    • Justin Busa on December 19, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Thanks, Martin! We appreciate the kind words!

      Justin

  6. Diego de Oliveira on December 19, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    It’s really good to know what’s coming to Beaver Builder in 2015. I must say that this was the best money I ever spent in a plugin, it really helps to make websites a lot fast, and a lot easier, right now is an invaluable tool for my company!

    I really appreciate the job that you guys are doing at improving the core plugin, with a lot of refinement at the UI and UX that really made the builder better at each release. My favorite ones is the possibility to clone rows, the link field and the addition of a second breakpoint for mid-size devices. I think that I’ll never go back to create websites all by hand.

    I really like the concept of modules and the done with them. It’s really easy to create custom ones, as it’s easy to overwrite the existing ones. News modules would be cool, but I think that would be cool to to have a central hub / marketplace to people share their custom modules. This way, new modules could be created and used more often, and you guys could work more at the core plugin, which is the heart and the best feature for me. As I said somewhere, I was an user of the demo version before (which includes only basic modules), and even with this simple version, the builder is really powerful. I was very happy when you guys launched the lite version at the WordPress plugin repo!

    Keep the awesome work, guys! I’ll keep watching closely (in fact, I check almost everyday the change log to see if a new version is available. 😀 )

    • Robby McCullough on December 20, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Wow! Thanks so much Diego. You just made my day. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate the support and the feedback.

  7. Sammy on March 27, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Colin has done a great job with his Genesis-Dynamik-BeaverBuilder videos. I would hope you would add to your plans for documentation (videos, tutorials) all of us Genesis-Dynamik-BeaverBuilder users who want to get the most out of all three. Doing that may bring more Genesis/Dynamik users into the BeaverBuilder Community. I also second Colin’s words about customer support. It is quick and quite good!

    • Justin Busa on March 29, 2015 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks, Sammy! We’ll see what we can do.

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