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It’s November – Let’s Give Some Thanks

Hello there! It's update-post time!

Well, I had grand plans for this blog post that ended up going awry.

A couple weeks ago, I was all geared up to go to WordCamp Sacramento! I had a box full of swag, a hotel room, a bunch of people that I planned to connect with. I was hoping to write all about the event.

But, I caught a really nasty head cold at the last minute and I had to call off the trip. =(

I was worried that I wouldn't have anything to write about, but then I remembered I have plenty because it's the season for giving thanks (plus, as it turns out, we have a lot of news)!

So on that note, I want to thank everyone that helped make WordCamp Sacramento happen! Word on the street is that the event was a smashing success!

On Client Work

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Here's an announcement I don't believe we've made publicly yet:

As of just a few weeks ago, FastLine Media is no longer doing any client work.

That's right. We're closing down our agency business to focus 100% of our time on Beaver Builder!

This is a bit bittersweet as we have longstanding relationships with most of our clients. Finding new “homes” for everyone has been a bit emotional. On the other hand, we're thrilled that we have this opportunity to focus on Beaver Builder!

Thanks to our past clients for their understanding. And thanks to our customers, supporters, and affiliates for making this possible!

On Managed WordPress Hosting

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I have another announcement, but this one requires a bit of a preface.

Through our agency work and Beaver Builder, we've had the opportunity to work with many different hosting companies—particularly in the Managed WordPress space.

After some unexpected downtime recently, we decided it was time to upgrade and switch hosts. Now, I really don't want to play favorites. Everyone's situation is different and—all things considered—we chose a host that was a perfect fit for our unique needs.

That said, we're extremely proud to announce that we've moved over to Pagely!

We experienced an immediate decrease in page load speeds, including in the admin/forum areas where we do a lot of our work. Not only is our website more efficient, the switch makes us much more efficient, too!

Thanks, Pagely!

On WordPress

I usually don't dwell too much on WordPress news. There's awesome sites like WP Mayor, WP Kube, WP Beginner, and WP Tavern that do a much better job than I ever could. But WordPress reached a very notable milestone recently:

WordPress now powers 25% of the internet! That means 1 in 4 websites is running WordPress. Amazing!

Thanks, “the internet,” for choosing WordPress! 🙂

Another, “incase you missed it.” Matt Mullenweg is looking for cool examples of the WordPress API for his upcoming State of the Word. If you're using the API, you might want to check this one out. For the record, I am really excited to see these too!

Thanks, @Matt! Looking forward to the Word!

On Beaver Builder

Well, as I mentioned above, we've had to shift some time to focus on our infrastructure a bit. Along with the server move, we had a major plugin update and some general “good housekeeping” to tend to. To use a Beaver analogy, our website is like our dam. A lot of things depend on it working, so we've been dedicating some time to make it stronger.

We're still chugging along with some really cool new features, but I don't have any to announce quite yet.

That's okay, though, because I thought it might be nice to highlight an existing feature that you might not know about!

Have you met our buddy Chris Lema yet!?

For that, I will direct you over to our good friend, Chris Lema's, article about sharing and reusing landing pages with Beaver Builder. Chris recently highlighted an apparently little-known feature, the ability to import and export templates!

If you haven't spent much time on Chris' blog, I highly recommend you do. He's always writing spectacular content. Just recently, he's written some really interesting articles on WordPress and the enterprise, high performers, and going broke (or not!).

Thanks, Chris!

On a related note, we use the WordPress Importer for template import/export and the project is getting some much-needed love!

Thanks, @Ryan McCue! Seriously, thanks!

Black Friday

We're doing a 2015 WordPress Black Friday deal this year! We did one last year and it worked out pretty well. Plus, it was really fun. So, from Friday 11/27 – Monday 11/30 anyone can get 25% off Beaver Builder.

I should mention, we had a long debate on whether we wanted to offer a Black Friday promo. The reason we didn't want to is because someone on either end of that window is going to feel gypped. We really hate that, but we do believe that everyone in the Beaver Builder community benefits from more people.

So, if you've got a friend or colleague that's holding off on purchasing, now would be the time! We never do discounts like this outside of Black Friday.

Before you email us, we will ONLY be offering this discount within the time period mentioned. Sorry, but there's no exceptions on this one.

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Thanks @OfficeHours and @WPBlab Podcasts

Last week, I had the utmost pleasure to join Carrie Dils on the OfficeHours.fm podcast. Carrie and I had a blast getting to know each other at CaboPress, so I was really excited to chat with her again. We had a great Q&A session about Beaver Builder's past, present, and future!

Thanks, Carrie!

I also made a brief appearance on the WPblab Podcast with Jason Tucker and Bridget Willard . I got to tell the story about how one of my first web projects almost got me sued by the Music Publishers Association of America (MPAA). Very fun!

Thanks, JasonBridget.

On The Beaver Builder Theme

To finish up here, we have one last bit of news. Beaver Builder's page builder has really matured over the last year, and we want to put some focus on our theme.

Justin started up a conversation about the Beaver Builder theme in the Beaver Builder Facebook Group. We'd love for you to join the discussion and give us some feedback!

If you're the type that enjoys discussions, you might want to check out the Beaver Builders community on Slack!

Thanks, Justin! And thanks, everyone, for your help!

Usually, we end our blog posts asking you to do something for us (leave a comment, or tweet at or something), but instead, go out and give some thanks to people who deserve it (a bunch are mentioned above)!

Lastly, our greatest and most sincere thanks to you for everything you do! 🙂

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15 Comments

  1. Roberto on November 23, 2015 at 8:46 am

    A comment? we can send you a KISS… haha.

    • Robby McCullough on November 24, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Haha! Thanks Roberto. Mwah. <3

  2. Edward on November 23, 2015 at 11:54 am

    What happen to the white label BB theme feature to cover up the theme logo and name with a custom one? is that not coming out today.

    • Robby McCullough on November 24, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Hi Edward! We did launch theme white labeling today, too! You’re right, I probably should have mentioned it in the post.

  3. Colin on November 23, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Great post Robby – Here’s a massive THANK YOU to you, Billy and Justin for bringing us the best dam’ plugin ever built for WordPress!

    The three of you have changed many lives for the better, so it’s really good to see that Beaver Builder has become big enough to enable the three of you to go full-time. You guys deserve every bit of success coming your way.

    Keep up the awesome work!

    Cheers,

    Colin

    • Robby McCullough on November 24, 2015 at 8:33 am

      Thanks Colin! Taking Beaver Builder full time is really exciting. We’re extremely grateful for the opportunity.

  4. Jon on November 23, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Thanks Guys.
    Great work.
    Here’s a little site, built in less than 1 day using all BB (theme too)
    No special CSS coding as we have a limited supply of these combo packs available.
    So, its Beaver Builder, 100% out of the box.
    http://bestwinterhat.com
    If you know anyone who skis or does not like to freeze when outdoors, the hat is wonderful.

    My only wish, as far as the builder goes…
    The last link in the header menu is to our other site. (currently being rebuilt using BB)
    It would be nice to have the option to have the link open in a new window. Not sure it that can be added in the theme menu area, but it would be nice. Not a big deal for this one, as we only have about 150 sets left. I know there are paid menu plugins, but since you offer in in the text editor, I thought I’d mention it.
    I am no expert (yet), but BB is making me look like one. 😉

    I thought I’d share. Enjoy.
    It was super easy and fun to build.
    Thanks again!

    • Robby McCullough on November 24, 2015 at 8:40 am

      Hey Jon! Thanks for sharing. Those hats look super comfortable/cozy! We could probably use ’em for our upcoming Philly trip, too! Haha!

      It sounds like you’re using the WordPress Menu Editor, right? You can actually add a link target using the menu editor, but you have to enable the options from the “Screen Options.” If you’re on the Menu Editor page, look for the Screen Options button on the top right, then select Link Target. After doing that, you’ll have an option to open a link in a new tab on all your menu items.

      Hope that helps. 🙂

  5. Damon on November 24, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Just want to reiterate Colin and Jon’s comments. Not only is Beaver Builder a fantastic builder, but the updates and support have been phenomenal. Thanks to the entire BB team for creating and supporting such a great tool.

    Congratulations on the decision to move from agency work to devoting your time to your baby. Agency work is fine, but you have a scalable asset on your hands that could become (if it hasn’t already) a commercial blockbuster for FastLine.

    You guys make it easy to stay excited about Beaver Builder!

    Damon

    • Robby McCullough on November 24, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Hi Damon! Thanks so much. Really appreciate the kind words.

  6. shadzster on November 27, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Hi

    Just as a bit of a heads up (just in case) I added a product to my cart earlier to check if the enter coupon code had been enabled yet.

    Since then I have been periodically checking the cart page waiting for the ‘enter code’ option to appear and I just found out that to get it to appear I had to clear my browser cache files to get rid of the earlier product which allowed me to re-add the product again to successfully see the enabled discount code entry link.

    Without doing this process it seems the reader won’t see the coupon link if they already had something in their cart.

    Thank you 🙂

    • Robby McCullough on November 27, 2015 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Mark! That’s correct. Sorry for the trouble and thanks so much for letting us/everyone know.

  7. Konceptuel on November 27, 2015 at 8:22 am

    where am I supposed to enter the promo code during checkout? I would like to buy the pro package.

    • Robby McCullough on November 27, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Hi there! Sorry for the trouble, but you may need to clear your browser’s cache (or try refreshing a few times). The coupon field is live on our checkout page now.

      • Konceptuel on November 28, 2015 at 2:05 am

        Thank you, it works fine now. Just got the Pro package. Happy Holidays 🙂

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