Hi there! It's been a little while. Hope you're having a great summer. It's time for our July update!
This month, there are a couple of introductions to make, some news to share, and we wanted to chat a bit about the 3rd party ecosystem that's brewing around Beaver Builder. Grab a cool beverage, pull up a comfy chair, and let's get into it!
What Happened to June?
First things first, I apologize. I skipped the June update again this year. I took my annual technology purge and spent a week camping in the mountains at a music festival. I didn't have access to my phone or an internet connection and it was wonderfully refreshing! I never realize how compulsive I am about checking my email, fantasy baseball, Facebook, etc. until I turn them all off for a while.
While disconnecting was great, things are moving quick this year and I got a bit behind. Sorry about that. We'll consider June the “cheat month.” 🙂
3rd Party Ecosystem
Back in March, we talked about a few of the fledgling 3rd party Beaver Builder add-ons that were popping up. Since then, there's been an explosion of new products and extensions for Beaver Builder. We're thrilled! It's really exciting to see this ecosystem develop.
With all of the options out there, we thought it would be good to start thinking about some best practices both for 3rd party users and developers. We're hoping to publish some guidelines for developers and work out a way to showcase and vet extensions and add-ons for users.
For now, considering the Beaver Builder ecosystem is less than 6 months old, we're all early adopters. It's not unlikely that some of these products and companies may have bugs or support hiccups. It should be expected. Because of this, it would be wise to take the same caution when picking add-ons that one would take when picking WordPress plugins.
The Team is Growing
I'm super excited to introduce Nancy Hildebrandt! In May, we mentioned some plans to rework our Knowledge Base and Nancy has been leading that charge. She has an extensive background in writing and in academia. Nancy currently resides in Oregon and runs Simple Storefronts, a boutique web agency for small businesses. After reading about our plan to improve the Knowledge Base, Nancy contacted us with some advice and offered a helping hand. We're thrilled to have her and we'll be unveiling the new Knowledge Base very soon!
This introduction is long overdue, Brent Jett is a long-time friend, Beaver Builder user, and active member of the community. Along with all that, he's been doing various design and UI odd jobs here for several months now. Brent's a very talented designer/developer and is currently working on some user interface concepts for Beaver Builder! His full-time gig is with Nehmedia, a digital marketing agency. Brent is a proud beagle owner and he lives in Austin, Texas.
A Look Into the Future
Now that 1.8 is out in the wild and things have settled down (a bit), it's about time to talk about what's next. One of our goals over the next several months is to grow and guide the developing ecosystem and possibly participate ourselves! We've been steadily adding more and more features for developers and folks who want to extend or integrate Beaver Builder. As we alluded to above with the introductions—along with the ongoing enhancements, bug fixes, etc.—we have a few fun projects brewing, too.
Theme Template Builder
All the time we hear folks ask if they can style all of their blog posts with Beaver Builder or all of their product pages. We're excited to announce ground has been broken on a theme template builder! The idea is you'll be able to build templates and apply them to any number of posts or custom post types.
In exploring the template builder, we've also been exploring some UI changes. We'll be approaching any changes to the Beaver Builder UI very delicately and our hope is to get feedback as early as possible. That said, we have some design comps and videos to share very soon!
Knowledge Base Update
Another project that we're just about to roll out is the new Knowledge Base format. With Nancy's help, we took all of the information from the old knowledge base and restructured it so it's (hopefully) much easier to search and navigate. Next, we're planning to dig through the old support forums and create help articles from the popular posts. Keep an eye peeled as we'll be launching the new KB for feedback soon as well.
I am going try a new style, inspired by the Post Status Notes format, and rattle off a few plugs, mentions and news tidbits here…
WP Chick Podcast
Billy, Justin and I all joined Kim Doyal on the WP Chick Podcast for a follow-up chat. Our original podcast with Kim was one of the first ones we ever recorded, so it was a blast to talk with her again and catch up!
Just last week I had the chance to chat with Scott and Rachel from Imagely's WordPress Photograph Podcast. FastLine Media has a long history in the photography space and we got to explore a bit on that.Thanks Imagely!
Sacramento WordPress Meetup
On September 6th, Justin is going to be speaking at the Sacramento WordPress Meetup. I believe all three of us will be there, so if you're in the area, be sure to come by and say hello!
GoDaddy Blog Post
I wrote up a little post for the GoDaddy Garage Blog. My first post there was about our transition from working in an office to working remotely. This time, I wrote a bit about how to perform a website analysis before doing a redesign. Thanks so much for the opportunity, GoDaddy! <3
Toolset Views & Beaver Builder Integration
The team over at Toolset has been working on integrating Beaver Builder with their Views plugin. The feature is now in beta and you can read about it on their update blog post.
A New Video from Dynamik Beaver
After a minor hiatus, the Dynamik Beaver published a new post and video reviewing the Ultimate Addons Extension.
CB Custom Modules
Last, but certainly not least, our friend Brian Coords released a free suite of Beaver Builder custom modules. It includes “an elegant suite of modules meant to highlight photography with smooth animations, subtle interactions, and hover effects.”
Well, that about does it! We covered a lot of ground and we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Thanks as always for your support. Until next time. 🖐🏼