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Why Beaver Builder is a Great Tool for
WordPress Beginners
Rich Plakas
@RichP on Twitter
www.RichPlakas.com
A Little Bit About Me
IT Background going back to the days of DOS & Novell
Began “messing” with WordPress in 2007.
Switche...
A Little Bit About Me
I run a WordPress Agency called Connected Systems.
We help businesses with all aspects of their Digi...
What is a Page Builder?
A Page Builder in WordPress is a plugin that allows you
to build and layout pages based on content...
Examples of Page Builders
Backend Page Builder which is part of a theme
Examples of Page Builders
Thrive Content Builder - Front End Drag and Drop
Examples of Page Builders
Beaver Builder Pro Front End Visual Drag and Drop
Why Use a Page Builder?
Traditionally in WordPress, your Home Page layout
was limited by the particular theme you were usi...
Widgetized Home Page
Why I Chose Beaver Builder
When I am choosing a plugin that I will potentially use on many
client sites I look for several...
Why I Chose Beaver Builder
Why I Chose Beaver Builder
https://www.facebook.com/groups/beaverbuilders/
Free Beaver Builder version on WordPress.org
Free Beaver Builder version on WordPress.org
Working With Genesis Themes
https://wordpress.org/plugins/genesis-dambuster/
Free Beaver Builder version on WordPress.org
Free Beaver Builder version on WordPress.org
Free Beaver Builder version on WordPress.org
Free Beaver Builder version on WordPress.org
Beaver Builder
Lite Demo
Beaver Builder Paid versions
What Do Beaver Builder Standard and Pro Add?
Standard:
Advanced Modules
Pre-Defined Layout Templates
Pro:
Beaver Builder T...
What Do Beaver Builder Standard and Pro Add?
What Do Beaver Builder Standard and Pro Add?
What Do Beaver Builder Standard and Pro Add?
Standard and Pro include the following Icon Sets:

Font Awesome
Foundation Ic...
What Do Beaver Builder Standard and Pro Add?
What Do Beaver Builder Standard and Pro Add?
Layout Templates
What Do Beaver Builder Standard and Pro Add?
Global Rows
Global Rows allow you reuse a row on multiple pages and only have...
Beaver Builder
Pro Demo
Beaver Builder Pro Includes a Theme
Beaver Builder Pro Includes a Theme
All of the Theme Settings are accessed in the WordPress Customizer.
Beaver Builder
Theme Live Demo
Responsive and Adaptive Web Design with Beaver Builder
Beaver Builder makes it super easy to display or hide certain
modul...
Responsive and Adaptive Web Design with Beaver Builder
Responsive and Adaptive Web Design with Beaver Builder
Sounds to Good to be True - What are the Cons?
If the Beaver Builder plugin “breaks” your site will go from this
Sounds to Good to be True - What are the Cons?
To this:
Sounds to Good to be True - What are the Cons?
Most of your content will remain, but custom Beaver Builder modules such as...
$10 Discount for the Austin WordPress Meetup
https://www.wpbeaverbuilder.com/wp_austin_meetup *
Anyone that visits the sit...
Why Beaver Builder is a Great Tool for
WordPress Beginners
Rich Plakas
@RichP on Twitter
www.RichPlakas.com
Q&A
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Pagebuilders in WordPress are a great way to design & layout pages beyond what your current theme allows. I picked Beaver Builder, a front end vidual drag & drop pagebuilder because they have great reviews, a free plugin on WordPress.org so you can try before you buy, frequent updates and feature additons, a great community on Facebook and value pricing.

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Why Beaver Builder is a Great Tool for WordPress Beginners

  1. 1. Why Beaver Builder is a Great Tool for WordPress Beginners Rich Plakas @RichP on Twitter www.RichPlakas.com
  2. 2. A Little Bit About Me IT Background going back to the days of DOS & Novell Began “messing” with WordPress in 2007. Switched my focus from IT to WordPress in 2011 I was tired of doing Windoze Updates & changing Printer Toners :-) Joined the Austin WordPress Meetup Group In 2012. I love BBQ & Craft Beer. I run the #25 rated beer blog: www.CraftBeerAustin.com
  3. 3. A Little Bit About Me I run a WordPress Agency called Connected Systems. We help businesses with all aspects of their Digital Assets including: SEO/SEM Analytics and Website Optimization Pay-per-Click Ads(Google Adwords & Facebook Ads) Social Media Ecommerce (WooCommerce) Email Newsletters
  4. 4. What is a Page Builder? A Page Builder in WordPress is a plugin that allows you to build and layout pages based on content “widgets” via adjustable rows & columns. Some of the more recent page builders allow you to drag and drop sections and also “see” the changes as you make them! This allows you to change a page layout beyond what your theme offers. The most common page people change is the home page. Some themes include a page builder within the theme backend.
  5. 5. Examples of Page Builders Backend Page Builder which is part of a theme
  6. 6. Examples of Page Builders Thrive Content Builder - Front End Drag and Drop
  7. 7. Examples of Page Builders Beaver Builder Pro Front End Visual Drag and Drop
  8. 8. Why Use a Page Builder? Traditionally in WordPress, your Home Page layout was limited by the particular theme you were using. In the last few years, some themes started offering widgetized home pages giving you more (but not complete) flexibility on your home page layout. What if you needed to add another row of content to a page? At that point (without a page builder) you would have needed to edit the theme itself and this gets too complicated for most WordPress beginners.
  9. 9. Widgetized Home Page
  10. 10. Why I Chose Beaver Builder When I am choosing a plugin that I will potentially use on many client sites I look for several things beyond the feature set: How frequently do they update the plugin and add features? Are other developers using it and are there good reviews? Is there a community around it? What is the cost? For me, Beaver Builder checked all the boxes so I went ahead a purchased the Pro Version for $199. They offer a free version on WordPress.org so you can “try before buy”.
  11. 11. Why I Chose Beaver Builder
  12. 12. Why I Chose Beaver Builder https://www.facebook.com/groups/beaverbuilders/
  13. 13. Free Beaver Builder version on WordPress.org
  14. 14. Free Beaver Builder version on WordPress.org
  15. 15. Working With Genesis Themes https://wordpress.org/plugins/genesis-dambuster/
  16. 16. Free Beaver Builder version on WordPress.org
  17. 17. Free Beaver Builder version on WordPress.org
  18. 18. Free Beaver Builder version on WordPress.org
  19. 19. Free Beaver Builder version on WordPress.org
  20. 20. Beaver Builder Lite Demo
  21. 21. Beaver Builder Paid versions
  22. 22. What Do Beaver Builder Standard and Pro Add? Standard: Advanced Modules Pre-Defined Layout Templates Pro: Beaver Builder Theme Multisite Capable
  23. 23. What Do Beaver Builder Standard and Pro Add?
  24. 24. What Do Beaver Builder Standard and Pro Add?
  25. 25. What Do Beaver Builder Standard and Pro Add? Standard and Pro include the following Icon Sets: Font Awesome Foundation Icons WordPress Dashicons You can add more icon sets.
  26. 26. What Do Beaver Builder Standard and Pro Add?
  27. 27. What Do Beaver Builder Standard and Pro Add? Layout Templates
  28. 28. What Do Beaver Builder Standard and Pro Add? Global Rows Global Rows allow you reuse a row on multiple pages and only have to make changes in one place!
  29. 29. Beaver Builder Pro Demo
  30. 30. Beaver Builder Pro Includes a Theme
  31. 31. Beaver Builder Pro Includes a Theme All of the Theme Settings are accessed in the WordPress Customizer.
  32. 32. Beaver Builder Theme Live Demo
  33. 33. Responsive and Adaptive Web Design with Beaver Builder Beaver Builder makes it super easy to display or hide certain modules based on device width. A fancy parallax background picture may work well on the desktop but can be too busy or distracting on mobile devices.
  34. 34. Responsive and Adaptive Web Design with Beaver Builder
  35. 35. Responsive and Adaptive Web Design with Beaver Builder
  36. 36. Sounds to Good to be True - What are the Cons? If the Beaver Builder plugin “breaks” your site will go from this
  37. 37. Sounds to Good to be True - What are the Cons? To this:
  38. 38. Sounds to Good to be True - What are the Cons? Most of your content will remain, but custom Beaver Builder modules such as buttons will become text only.
  39. 39. $10 Discount for the Austin WordPress Meetup https://www.wpbeaverbuilder.com/wp_austin_meetup * Anyone that visits the site through this URL will get $10 off on the checkout page. *This discount is good until April 20 2016. This is an affiliate link and I will receive a commission if you purchase through it.
  40. 40. Why Beaver Builder is a Great Tool for WordPress Beginners Rich Plakas @RichP on Twitter www.RichPlakas.com Q&A

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