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Happy Holidays & Happy New Year – December Update

Hi there! Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, seasons greetings, and a happy New Year. 2016 sure was a whirlwind. I can't believe how fast it's come to an end. I thought it might be a light month for news, but we ended up having a lot!

To close out the year, we discuss some future plans for Beaver Builder like our hunt to hire a developer and a new forum. There's an announcement about some new Beaver Builder courses. Also, we have a bunch of interviews and fun tidbits to share in the footnotes. Onwards….

Calling all Developers and Content Creators

We're Hiring a WordPress Developer

With the new year upon us, we've been strategizing and working out plans for the future. We're hoping to bring another WordPress developer on the team to work with us on Beaver Builder and some new projects. We're a small team, we're fun to work with, and this is an opportunity to have a meaningful influence on a pretty major piece of software.

If you, or anyone you know, might be interested, please have a look at our developer job posting.

Do you create Beaver Builder Content?

Being a member of our Facebook Group (you are, right?), you've surely noticed the proliferation of Beaver Builder content being created. From products, tutorial videos, articles, to full-fledged courses, it's amazing to see all of this fantastic content and the growth of our ecosystem.

I wanted to extend an offer for anyone to come on our blog as a guest poster. If you'd like an opportunity to share your knowledge with our readers, while also giving a plug to your website, blog, or course, please send us a message.

Shasta (v1.9) and the Future of Beaver Builder

As soon as we returned from WordCamp US we launched Shasta into the wild! You can read about all the new features on our Shasta blog post. For all the little changes and bug fixes, see our change logs page.

What's Next…

We're hard at work on Beaver Builder 2.0 and making some great progress. The highlight of 2.0 will be a major user interface update. We're all really excited to share what we have cooking. It's more than just a new coat of paint. We're rethinking and reengineering the experience to streamline your workflow and to better accommodate 3rd party tools and extensions.

Along with 2.0, we're hoping to release an extension of our own in 2017. We haven't ironed out the name yet, but as our new job listing implies, it's going to be a “theme builder.” Imagine being able to build a blog post template in Beaver Builder, then apply it to all of your posts. Or, being able to create headers and footers, i.e., entire websites with Beaver Builder. It's going to be BIG!

We're Starting a New Forum

Update: The forum proposal is live. Please feel free to post and answer questions here. The more activity we get, the better chances we have at making this thing permanent.

Looking back on 2016, one of the more difficult decisions we had to make was the decision to close our support forum. It wasn't the most popular choice, but it has allowed us to completely overhaul and improve our support system. I am glad we closed out the forums, but there is still a lingering void.

To fill this void, we're hoping to start up a Beaver Builder Stack Exchange. If you're familiar with Stack Overflow, Stack Exchange follows the same question and answer format. It's great for technical questions and it will be indexed by Google.

We're hoping it will be a great complement to Facebook and we're planning to launch it as soon as everyone is back from their holiday breaks. Stack Exchange requires all new topics go through a beta period, so we'll need all of your help to ensure it has enough activity to become permanent.

Beaver Builder Online Courses

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There are some new courses available on Beaver Builder. I took some time to dig into two of them recently. Both have great content, great instructors, and they're both tuned for slightly different audiences.

Up and Running with Beaver Builder

Joe Casabona, from WP in one Month, created a course called Up and Running with Beaver Builder. This course has a $27 price tag. The videos are short and concise but packed with solid information and guidance. Joe is a front end developer with Crowd Favorite and he's a natural teacher. I think this course would be great for anyone who is getting started with Beaver Builder and web design.

Getting Started with Beaver Builder

Next up, Grant Ambrose is working on a course called Getting Started with Beaver Builder. While both courses sound beginner-oriented, Grant's videos are longer and delve deeper into the subject matter. At $189, the price tag is a tad more expensive, but there is more content and a deeper dive in each video. Also, it appears that Grant has plans to continue adding more advanced topics to the course.

A Free Course from Chris Lema

Also, a pleasant surprise for us, Chris Lema announced that he is releasing a course about using Beaver Builder along with MemberPress to create membership websites! Woo-hoo. The best part about this course is that it's going to be free! You can join me and many others by signing up today on Chris' website.

We Lost a Family Member

This is going to be a bit sad. I debated whether or not to talk about it, but it's been on my mind the last few days and I wouldn't feel right not mentioning it.

Less than a month after we released our page builder plugin into the wild, we met Jason Pelker. He was a “marketing guy.” In his own words, he “found FastLine Page Builder nestled in comment #34 of a blog post on drag & drop plugins. Since that day, he's been obsessed with this tool becoming a household name in the WordPress community.”

Jason not-so-subtly told us our name sucked. And our marketing sucked. And our pricing structure was unsustainable. And that we had much to learn and fix if we wanted to make a dent in the saturated plugin market. He was one of our earliest coaches and mentors. He was the reason we changed our name to Beaver Builder.

Eventually, we had to split ways with Jason, but he was part of the family and sadly he's passed on. Jason was a digital nomad and avid traveler. Very recently, he suffered an accident while snowboarding in Switzerland. Jason wrote the article announcing our name change. It's a unique glimpse into the early days of our company and the vision that Jason had for where we were going. We're going to miss him.

Footnotes

Beaver Builder is Officially Trademarked

The heading says it all. We filed and successfully trademarked the term “Beaver Builder” and our logo.

Beware of Email Spam

We heard a report of someone sending spam emails from a domain similar to ours. Beware, it's not us! We don't send spam emails! 🙂

Sponsoring OfficeHours.FM Podcast

Edit: I'm doing my proofreading run and I realized I mentioned this last month. Don't care! Carrie gets another plug:

We're thrilled to be sponsoring Carrie Dills' podcast, OfficeHours.fm. Carrie's a great host and she always has some amazing guests on her show (like like Chris Coyier).

FE CSS Builder from Cobalt Apps

Our friends at Cobalt Apps have been working on a really slick new tool for making CSS changes on popular themes like the Genesis, Beaver Builder, GeneratePress, and Twenty Seventeen. If you're not big on writing code, check out the FE CSS page or some of the screencasts Eric has been creating.

WP Tonic Podcast

We did quite a few interviews and podcasts this month. First up, Justin and I joined John and Jonathan on the WP Tonic podcast. It was a really fun discussion. We love telling the story of how the three of us got together and how Beaver Builder was started. We dug into that topic and also talked some about the future of Beaver Builder and our experience at CaboPress.

WP Builds Podcast

Our friends, and prolific community members, David Waumsley and Nathan Wrigley, hosted us for a Holiday-themed podcast. We all wore our ugly Christmas sweaters and enjoyed some holiday libations. You can see how bad I am at on-the-spot trivia (Justin did pretty well), and we got to share some stories about the rest of the Beaver Builder team.

Web Designers Academy Interview

I had a really nice chat with Ian who, along with his wife, run the Web Designers Academy. They are somewhat recent Beaver Builder converts and he explained how it's changed their workflow and business for the better. Before we started recording, Ian asked if there were any off-limits questions. I said no, but then he dropped a major bomb at the end and asked for my opinion on the recent election here in the states. Uh-oh, lol 😮

Elegant Marketplace Interview

For folks familiar with Elegant Themes, the name Eileen Lonergan might sound familiar. Eileen runs a site called Elegant Marketplace and she's also an admin of the Divi Theme Users Facebook Group. She invited me to do an interview and demo of Beaver Builder. It was timely because I had just met Nick Roach from Elegant Themes and got to tell the story.

In Closing

Well, I think that about does it. Thanks again to all of you for the awesome 2016. We wouldn't be here with you.

Do you have any work-related New Year's Resolutions? Let us know in the comments.

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21 Comments

  1. Christine on December 28, 2016 at 11:17 am

    thanks for the post… am definitely checking out the courses… and wanted to express my condolences on the loss of your friend and associate…. have a prosperous 2017…

    • Robby McCullough on December 29, 2016 at 10:24 am

      Thanks so much, Christine. We appreciate it. Circle back and let us know what you think of the courses. 🙂

  2. Scott on December 28, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Hey there. Looking to fully integrate Beaver Builder in my web dev company asap. Can you provide a ballpark at when 2.0 may be coming out? I’d hate to launch with what will soon be an outdated version. Thanks.

    • Robby McCullough on December 28, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Good question, haha. This came up on Facebook as well.

      We’re planning to have a strategy meeting next week and we’ll try to get some dates on the calendar. It’s still TBD at this point. Sorry we don’t have more info.

      We are planning to release an alpha version as early as possible and do a lot of testing before we finalize the release. We’re probably talking months before the final release, not weeks.

  3. Desmond on December 28, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I’m sad to hear about Jason. I didn’t know him very well, but I believe I was actually comment #34, believe it or not.

    In regards to your future, I’m really excited about it. My early exchanges with Justin before you were called Beaver Builder really gave me confidence in your product — and I can see that it just keeps getting better and better.

    One thing that sets you apart as a company is the willingness to take suggestions, embrace the community, and to do so without any ego.

    Looking forward to 2017!

    • David Waumsley on December 28, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Happy New Year Robby and all the team. Thanks for mentioning the WP Builds postcast. You are far from bad at on-the-spot trivia, Amazing how you could recall so much related stuff.

      I’m really excited and optimistic about 2017. Beaver Builder 2.0 is such a part of that and my resolutions. Thanks too for making 2016 so great too.

      … thanks to Desmond for being comment #34. I wondered about that.

    • Robby McCullough on December 29, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Hey Desmond! Yes, haha. I think you’re right. Wild how the time flys. Thanks for all the support.

  4. Jimi on December 28, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Very excited about the theme builder. I think it really could bring bb to the next level!

    • Robby McCullough on December 29, 2016 at 10:25 am

      We are too!

  5. Kim Doyal on December 28, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Congratulations guys!
    It’s been amazing to watch the journey with your product(s) and growth. Excited to see the theme builder & 2.0.
    Happy New Year!

    • Robby McCullough on December 29, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Hey Kim! Thanks a ton. Thanks for all your support. Wishing you a happy New Year as well. 🙂

  6. Maria Lara Dailey on December 28, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Condolences regarding Jason. Glad he came into your lives; every business could use an honest marketing person who isn’t afraid to tell you how it is. Thank you so much for such an excellent tool. I hope the high standards that Beaver Builder sets forth in excellence never fail to be the culture within the company and that you continue to grow. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    • Robby McCullough on December 29, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year back-atchya. 🙂

  7. Diane on December 29, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Really sorry for your loss guys and my condolences.
    Very, very, VERY excited to hear about what’s coming up in 2.0.
    Wishing you all at BB the very best for 2017 and so glad that I found BB.

  8. David Alexader Jones on December 29, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Merry Christmas & a happy new year! Can’t wait for 2.0 but for now the current Beaver Builder is pretty damn awesome! Keep up the great work guys!

  9. Joe on January 11, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    I remember when I first came over to Beaver Builder it was because of your awesome and helpful forums. Then when I made the transition, you killed the forums. To this day it is the single biggest mistake you’ve made. A good forum like what you had can never be replaced.

    • Karl Hungus on January 17, 2017 at 3:58 am

      so true, so true. This is my story, too. Such a brilliant product without possibility to share The Knowledge is a joke. Facebook group as a knowledge sharing place is another joke. I look forward to this exchange thing.

      • Robby McCullough on January 17, 2017 at 10:13 am

        Thanks, Karl! We just need a few more questions upvoted to 10 or more to make it to the next phase: http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/105590/beaver-builder

        • Karl Hungus on January 18, 2017 at 12:45 am

          Great! I’ve just upvoted my 5 topics. I am sure that this stackexchange will be The Next Great Chapter for BB and the strong boost for BB community!

  10. seth on February 15, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Loving the new UI! I was going to purchase BB Developer for use in a WP Saas. Is 2.0 going to be a free update for those who have already purchased 1.9? I’d hate to invest now only to have an antiquated version when 2.0 launches.

    • Robby McCullough on February 15, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Ah, good question. 2.0 will be a free update for anyone with an active license. You won’t have to purchase anything new.

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