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Summer Update – Sneak Peaks, New Features, and More

Hi there! Hope you're doing well. The days are long and the weather is getting warmer. It's my favorite time of the year! While summer is in full swing, the development team has managed to stay very busy. We have updates and alpha versions across the board—Page Builder, Beaver Themer, and the BB Theme are all getting some exciting new features and enhancements.

Powerful Conditional Logic Coming to Themer

Beaver Themer had its first birthday in May. Over the past year, it's been amazing to see how many ways Themer is being used in the real world. In the next update (1.2), we're adding a new suite of powerful tools for dynamically displaying content based on certain conditions.

With conditional logic, you'll be able to create and display different content to different users and create personalized experiences. You’ll be able to display a new header for each month of the year. You’ll be able to hide products from customers who have already purchased them. The possibilities are endless!

We have an excellent Knowledge Base article that explains conditional logic in greater detail.

Also, our good friend, David Waumsley, created a video where he walks through the new features in Themer 1.2.

Try it Now

Want to jump in and play around with the conditional logic features now? For those with an active Beaver Builder license, you can download an alpha version on your account page, or we have a hosted demo which is available here.

Beaver Builder Theme

The Beaver Builder Theme has a much-anticipated update coming. In BB Theme 1.7, we focused on optimizing performance and implementing several highly-requested features from our user community. On a default installation, we shaved over 200kb from the page load weight—resulting in a huge performance boost!

Style Buttons Globally from the Customizer

We're adding a new panel to the customizer that gives you greater control over button styles. You can opt to leave button styles as-is or tweak the colors, fonts, and styles globally from the WordPress Customizer.

Dedicated H1 styles

The Beaver Builder Theme has always had options to tweak heading styles, but there was no way to target a site's main headings. In 1.7, we're adding a dedicated styler just for a site's main (H1) headings.

New Responsive Menu Animations

The Beaver Builder Theme's responsive menus are getting a makeover. We're adding three new flyout menu animations which can be configured and styled in the Customizer. You can read more about those here in the Knowledge Base.

Option to use Bootstrap 4

In 1.7, you'll have the option to choose which CSS framework to use. A minimal version of Bootstrap 3, the full version of Bootstrap 3, or Bootstrap 4 are all available.

A Whole Lot More

Like most of our updates, we also closed out countless bugs and made a handful of minor tweaks and improvements. To learn about all the tiny details, be sure to visit the changelog or check out this overview article in our Knowledge Base.

Or, once again, check out another fantastic video from David Waumsley where he highlights the new goodies.

What's Next for Page Builder

Lastly, we just released a sneak-peek version of Page Builder 2.2. This is going to be a BIG one. We're adding additional units like ems and percentages for margins and paddings. We're overhauling and vastly improving the responsive editing capabilities in Page Builder. In 2.2, we're adding alpha sliders to all the color fields and gradients, as well as shape options for row backgrounds.

To see more on that, Justin put together a great video on Facebook walking through the new features and explaining the new early “sneak-peek” build. Also, Brent made a video showing off and explaining the new row edge feature.

Congrats to the Young Family

Fun fact – a baby beaver is called a kit. We've got a new baby beaver to introduce to you,  a big congrats to Billy and family on welcoming a beautiful baby boy to the world.

With that, from our family to yours we want to wish you a happy summer! Until next time…

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34 Comments

  1. Mario Goncalves on July 11, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you! And congrats for the baby beaver boy!

  2. David Alexander on July 11, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Forget conditional logic for Beaver Themer and just give us the things we need like the ability to let users assign one of any theme layouts for single posts. Can’t believe a year has past and it still lacks that feature.

    Elementor did it.

    I have tried to explain how vital it is to your support staff to no end.

    #fail

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      #fingerscrossed

      Thanks for your work!”

    • David Waumsley on July 11, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      Hi David, I’m not clear on what is missing.

      For backend editing you can assign any Themer template to any post or category of posts and for frontend editing you can assign any saved template.

      For those who want to edit all posts from the front I usually add a file to the child theme so the posts are full width.

    • Dirk Beckers on July 16, 2018 at 3:41 am

      David Alexander: DON’T Forget conditional logic for Beaver Themer! It’s because You don’t need this feature that it is less important… For me this is a must have option and makes BB superior to Elementor!!!

      • Holger Theymann on July 19, 2018 at 6:49 am

        I really like that feature, too!!!
        Good work 🙂

    • davidlab on July 23, 2018 at 6:52 am

      HI David,

      Please don’t take this as spamming your comment, but I will be releasing a new plugin very shortly that will be including this feature at some point. The plugin is called Layout Settings and it will have some cool features that you might be interested in. Like I said it will be including the ability to add Themer layouts by the drop down, but it might not make to the first release as I am still working out the bugs.
      I won’t go into many details here about what the plugin can do, but I am going to post a overview video soon on the BB Facebook group.
      In the mean time you can sign up on my coming soon page http://beaver.press and I will let everyone now when it is released.
      Talk soon,
      David Labbe

  3. David Waumsley on July 11, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Many thanks Robby, I did not expect this at all. I have been feeling bad as I wanted to do a guest post and have not got it together yet.

    I’m really excited by these updates. I am not one for seeing things added for the sake of it, but these really will make a big difference. The problem now is the waiting.

    Baby Jamo is just way too cool already. Great picture. Congratulations to Billy and family.

  4. Toby on July 11, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Amazing news! Any chance Themers logic will allow display based on date/time? Like a row/banner that expires on a date at midnight?

    And a big welcome to the world for Jamo

    • David Waumsley on July 11, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Toby,

      I wondered if you had seen this:
      https://wordpress.org/plugins/timed-content-for-beaver-builder/
      (I did a video on it, but I dare not share another on this post)

      I did see some chat about this where (I think) Justin Busa was saying it was being considered. The concern was over how caching can affect these.

      • Toby Robson on July 13, 2018 at 9:40 am

        This is great. Thanks!

    • Michael on July 13, 2018 at 9:37 am

      +1 On the date/time logic. Especially useful for destination travel and other seasonal business sites.

  5. BasJS on July 11, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Left or right, either way I just love BB! I’m finally able to serve my customers. You want X? BB delivers! You want Y? BB delivers!
    Worth every penny!

    I’d like to be able to influence the header and footer in a more comfortable way if possible though…

    Congrats on the *kit*! Welcomed a fresh member of the family in January ourselfs. Hope you’re enjoying as much as we are!

  6. Roy on July 11, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Nice guys. Stoked for the button customization. This is definitely something I’ve always needed to override in CSS. Nice job also in reducing page load size with Themer.

  7. Barbara on July 11, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Wow! That conditional logic might be able to replace our membership plugin! Amazing! Thank you!

  8. Kathir on July 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Great updates guys, waiting for conditional logic update.
    And congrats for billy and family.

  9. Wild Dingo on July 11, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Congratulations on the baby beaver! Looking forward to the roll out.

  10. Paul Lacey on July 12, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Congrats on the new arrival!!!

    Conditional stuff – I’ve been so blown away with the 2.2 dev release, I haven’t even started thinking about all these possibilities with the Themer update. It’s too much awesomeness – can’t cope! 🙂

  11. Holger Theymann (Hypnotic Storytelling) on July 19, 2018 at 6:55 am

    Welcome kit 🙂

    I really like the way you’re heading! Less handwork to be done at repeating places. Nice!

    Is it planned to integrate some SEO stuff like structured data (JSON-LD) the way you did in Themer? Would be a nice thing too 🙂

    Thanks and please: Keep up your great work!!!

  12. Leo Merkel on August 3, 2018 at 2:40 am

    Please think about people who are not on Facebook (like me). So I can‘t watch the videos…

  13. King Pixel on August 15, 2018 at 6:22 am

    Okay, I’m genuinely excited for this update simply for the font options. Do we have an ETA on this?

  14. Herb on September 7, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Think twice before supporting Gutenberg…

    @photomatt: “Gutenberg will definitely be a whole-page builder, that’s the entire point of phase 2. All of the infrastructure is built to support that, so it will happen much faster than phase 1.”

    https://twitter.com/photomatt/status/1037843717070057472

  15. CountryClub on September 23, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    So BB doesn’t bother with Blogs anymore? Not all of us use Social Media!

    • Robby McCullough on September 25, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      We’ll have an Autumn update post coming soon. 😀

      • CountryClub on September 25, 2018 at 5:45 pm

        Awesome!

  16. Chris on October 5, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Awesome update! Waiting for more crazy stuff!

  17. david on October 28, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Is BB still in development, seems awfully quiet around here? Do I need to look for a new page builder? Are there any future plans to expand this plugin? Where do you guys communicate with your customers?

    • Dirk on October 29, 2018 at 4:34 am

      David there was an update last week (2.1.6.2) but I agree that blogs by season is quite low, a monthly blog post could be nice to keep us up-to-date!

    • Jamie VanRaalte on October 30, 2018 at 10:37 am

      Of course we are still developing BB. We’re preparing to release 2.2 in the next month or so and just released 2.1.6 a week ago.

    • Robby McCullough on October 31, 2018 at 10:14 am

      Hey David! Yes, indeed, Beaver Builder is still in development. We have an update blog post coming out very soon!

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