Summer Update – BB 2.5, YouTube, Assistant Pro, and More!

Hey Beaver Builders! I hope you've all had a great summer. We have a ton of exciting things to share with you so be sure to read the post all the way to the end.

This past weekend Billy, Robby, Justin, Brent, and I met up in California to talk about the upcoming Assistant Pro product launch. (I'll touch more on this towards the end of this post.)

Beaver Builder Version 2.5 is LIVE!

This week we launched BB 2.5 and it's available for you to download on your “My Accounts” page. The auto-updates will be following shortly in a week or two.

Check out the Change Log for the full list of changes or read the original blog post about this release.

New & Major Updates

  • Add Outline Panel to easily see the structure of your page and move things around
  • Add Duplicate option for BB posts in the WP Admin
  • Premium Templates added – 2 new Landing page templates and several content page templates. Some older templates were also removed.
  • In WP Admin list for for saved elements, show shortcode and add click to copy to clipboard
  • Icon Picker: various enhancements including live search, recently used icons section and compatibility with FontAwesome plugin
  • Menu Module: Add responsive dropdown styles and default menu items when no menus exist on the site
  • Menu Module: Now has styling options for sub-menu link colors and the responsive toggle, also new option to have a logo in the center of the menu, new option to add search to the menu, and add support for showing WooCommerce cart contents in the menu
  • Pricing Table Module: Add toggle for monthly/yearly pricing, add the ability to add icons for each feature, add Typography options, and add option to display a ribbon
  • Subscribe Module: Add filter for users to add their own service fl_builder_subscribe_form_services

1. Outline Panel

One of the most anticipated features for this release is the Outline Panel. This will easily allow you to see the structure of your page and move things around.

You will see an Outline icon in the top bar of the Beaver Builder editor, when you click on this, you can view and modify the structure of your page layout in an outline format:

Outline panel in the Beaver Builder editor

We have a video below (Please watch starting at 34 seconds as 2.5 is no longer in Beta) that provides a great explanation of how this can help improve your productivity when building websites.

2. New Layout Templates Added

Shout out to Paul Lacey for designing templates that not only look great but are highly functional for you to use.

There are two new layout templates and several new content templates. Here's a thumbnail snapshot of the two new layout templates in the Landing pages group:

New layout templates in the Landing Pages group

And here's a thumbnail snapshot of the eight new layout templates in the Content pages group.

New layout templates in Content Pages group

3. Duplicate Page or Post

Another great feature that we added was the ability for you to easily duplicate pages and posts.

You can also watch this video to learn how it works.

YouTube Channel

At the beginning of the year, we put job postings for a Video and Content Marketer. We were overwhelmed with some amazing applicants. It was a hard decision but we were able to narrow it down to our newest addition to the team Jennifer Franklin.

Jennifer has been with us for a couple of months and she has been working hard on video creation.

If you haven't already please subscribe and support our YouTube channel.

We have been focused on creating video tutorials that answer common questions from our Knowledge Base site.

Be sure to check out the videos so you can learn about all the great things you can do with Beaver Builder.

If there is specific video content that you would like us to focus on please let us know in the comments section below.

Assistant Pro Coming Soon

We're all very excited about launching Assistant Pro soon. We believe it's going to revolutionize the way you manage client projects and build websites. We've had great feedback from our Beta testers and are in our final stages to get it ready for an official release date.

If you're curious how Assistant Pro works be sure to watch the video below all the way to the end.

In the meantime, you're welcome to download the free Assistant plugin as we have added some new features recently. If you happened to miss the update post about it you can learn more here.

If you prefer to watch a video about it, you can check out this one below.

Speed Tests

There have been a lot of questions and discussions in our Facebook Group about website speed. Cloudways wrote an in-depth review of Beaver Builder which included some speed test results.

Beaver Builder Speed Test Results

You can check out the full article here: https://www.cloudways.com/blog/beaver-builder-wordpress-plugin-review/

David Waumsley has also been a great ambassador for the Beaver Builder community by helping create video tutorials and content around speed performance and tests.

To see all the speed tests and results visit: https://performance.beaverjunction.com/

Beaver Junction

Branding Guide

Last but not least, in my last post about our website redesign people were asking if they could have access to our Branding Guide.

It didn't occur to me at the time to share it in the post so here it is =)

Download Brand Style Guide

Brent did a really great job outlining our brand style in this document. It has proven to be very useful when creating consistency with our social media graphics, website design, blog posts images, etc.

Brand Style Guide Screenshot

Wrapping Up

As you can see we have been busy Beavers over here and there is so much more that we're working on behind the scenes that we are yet to reveal.

You can feel confident in our products as we're always looking for ways to make using them more enjoyable and helping you grow your business.

Just like your Netflix account, it's okay to share...

About Anthony Tran

Anthony Tran is the Director of Marketing at Beaver Builder. He loves Starbucks iced coffee, watching NBA basketball, and catching the latest Marvel movie.

19 Comments

  1. Katie O'Brien on September 3, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Love these updates! The duplicate page feature was a nice surprise. Also really appreciate the YouTube tutorials videos. I’ll definitely be referring clients to those. Thanks for all the hard work! BB just keeps getting better 🙂

    • Anthony Tran on September 3, 2021 at 9:28 am

      Thank you Katie… we agree the duplicate page feature is something we commonly use when building websites. Yes, please share the YouTube tutorials with clients. We think it will be beneficial for them as well. This feedback makes all the hard work worth it. I just shared your comment with the team. =)

  2. David Waumsley on September 3, 2021 at 9:22 am

    Hi Anthony, thanks so much for the mention here. So much going on Beaver world and I understand plenty more to come.

    • Anthony Tran on September 3, 2021 at 9:23 am

      It’s the least we could do. Thank you David for all your support throughout the years! You’re the best =)

  3. Steven Davis on September 3, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Please consider integrating accessibility tools directly into Beaver Builder so web site designers can be “accessible by default”. Plugins don’t cut it and many site developers can’t afford an accessibility consultant.

    I really love Beaver Builder and would like to see you at the forefront of accessibility. 54 to 60 million disabled Americans and 1 billion disabled people worldwide shouldn’t be left out online.

    • Anthony Tran on September 8, 2021 at 9:33 am

      Hi Steven, it’s up to the person creating the site to make it accessible. We take Accessibility seriously and if issues are reported we make it a priority to get them fixed. In some cases, we may not be able to make a module fully accessible because some things that they do are just lacking accessibility by their nature. (For example, sliders/carousels) You can learn more here: https://docs.wpbeaverbuilder.com/general/accessibility/

  4. Thomas Rosenstand on September 3, 2021 at 9:27 am

    While waiting for the automatic update: Can’t I just downoad 2.5, delete the previous BB on my site and upload 2.5?

    • Anthony Tran on September 3, 2021 at 9:36 am

      Hi Thomas that is correct you don’t have to wait for the automatic update. You can download 2.5 from your “My Accounts” page and install the updated version to your site today. When you upload a plugin that already exists… WordPress will detect it and ask if you want to replace it with the new version so you won’t have to delete it.

      • Thomas Rosenstand on September 3, 2021 at 10:28 am

        Thanks! I’ll give it a try 🙂

  5. Linkasaur.us on September 3, 2021 at 9:39 am

    Stoked to try 2.5! I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time. I actually just finished building a new website for my huge tech company so credit to beaver builder for being kind of a big deal! Check out what I did if you want https://content.route.com.
    Keep up the great work! I’ve been using BB for 5 years and I have no plans to stop!

    • Anthony Tran on September 3, 2021 at 9:49 am

      Thanks Dan! BTW that site you designed is impressive.

  6. aloksharma on September 3, 2021 at 9:49 am

    I had purchased BB + BT in Dec 2018 for the very 1st time. But then, the situations were not favouring me and I had to retreat.

    But finally, after a long wait of 2 years & 4 months, I was able to get back in the BB family in March 2021.

    The decision to switch to BB from a competitor product was based on a thorough & in-depth research, and I am happy that after a long wait, I was finally able to get back in the BB family.

    Without any doubt, BB is my first and my last choice. Keep up the good work guys 🙂

    • Anthony Tran on September 3, 2021 at 7:25 pm

      We’re so happy to hear that you rejoined us =)

  7. David Zupec on September 3, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Hello, I love the new Menu Module with centering the logo; However, my logo disappears when I view on mobile devices. The hamburger menu is there but my logo is gone.

  8. TheHelpfulMarketer on September 5, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Doooooood! Dude. Have I told… you lately… that I love you?
    Most stoked for the Outline Panel and the Menu Module updates. Heading in to try now.

  9. Skyler Young on September 13, 2021 at 10:30 am

    I’m super happy about the focus on page speed tests. Thanks for making a beautiful product that also performs well. Developers rejoice!

  10. Tung Nguyen on September 23, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    When i update plugin some error:

    /?fl_builder:1 Access to font at ‘https://vule.propage.vn/wp-content/plugins/bb-plugin/fonts/fontawesome/5.15.3/webfonts/fa-regular-400.woff2’ from origin ‘https://vule.com.vn’ has been blocked by CORS policy: No ‘Access-Control-Allow-Origin’ header is present on the requested resource.

    and function FLBuilder::register_templates not working correctly

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