Beaver Builder is a drag and drop page builder that lets you take control over your website. It works on the frontend, and allows you to create pages without the need to write HTML, CSS or use complex shortcodes. Beaver Builder comes with a lite as well as premium version, and both versions are very much distinct from each other. Among other differences, the premium version allows for better support, and also includes features uniquely supplied only for pro users.
Beaver Builder also offers an extensive knowledge base, with video tutorials and articles explaining how to use the plugin. Beaver Builder has a strong community of “Beaver Builders”, that are also a good place to ask for help.
Easy to Use
Beaver Builder is a great tool to build beautiful and highly interactive websites, without using code. Based on our Beaver Builder review, this is a solid page builder to consider using. If you look at examples of sites built on Beaver builder, they tend to be more on the simple side, and it is apparent that even if you are not a web designer professional, chances are you will get the hang of using Beaver Builder quite easily.
Beaver Builder is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) page builder, that lets you change the page without going to see the final result. The site will look the same in the editor, just as in the live site. In comparison to other page builders, I managed to understand how it operated very quickly, and in about 15 minutes I was able to play around with the layout and align the page design. As far as the learning curve goes – Beaver Builder delivers.
I also liked the fact that the menu and panels are not overwhelming and over-crowded, because I get easily confused with complex settings. This is a great advantage if you compare Beaver Builder VS Divi 3.0 for example, which took me much longer to operate. It is very easy to get past the first learning curve, with its intuitive and user friendly UI.
There are several pricing tracks to choose from on Beaver Builder. The light version is quite limited, even though it gives you control over the layout of the page. The Pro version starts at $99, not including the Beaver Builder Theme and the Multisite Capability. Above that is the $199 plan, without whitelabel options, and finally $399, which includes white labeling. Beaver Builder is a pricy page builder, but the advantage is you can use it on unlimited sites, so it’s pretty useful for designers that build a lot of sites.
Beaver Builder has templates on their pro version for landing pages and content pages. Among the content page are templates for:
- Team Page
- Services Page
- Photography Portfolio
- Web Design Portfolio
- Newsletter Subscription
- Contact Page
- About Us Page
- Gallery-Style Blog
- Traditional Blog
- Blog Post Grid
- Pricing Page
A good way to examine every plugin, page builders includes, is to see how many paid and free users they have, and how these users respond and review it. The WordPress repository rating is a reliable method of rating, that gives us a good indication of how users really appreciate a plugin.
Beaver Builder Lite version has over 100,000 active users (as of October 2016), with about 1,000 new users joining each day. On April 2016 they reported $1M in gross revenue, which translates to a few to 10K paying customers.
One of the things I like about Beaver Builder is the nice documentation they have, that includes a lot of video tutorials. You can search for every module and feature, and find what you are looking for. It appears like the plugin developers made an effort in this direction, and the content updates frequently. In the Beaver Builder knowledge base you will be able to get answers on known incompatibilities, troubleshooting, common questions like ‘How to remove the header And footer’ and other articles that will teach you about using Beaver Builder.
This plugin works well with WooCommerce, for both shortcodes and widgets. You can also use other eCommerce plugins like EDD, and add products, carts, carousels and other widgets to the page.
When I reviewed both the templates and live sites built with the Beaver page builder, I did not get the ‘Wow’ effect. This means the sites and templates looked nice, clean, but fairly simple and not too stylish.
We already mentioned the frustration at the lite version, that offers only 6 widgets and lacks heading, button and other modules. The pro version, however, is more robust, and includes 32 different widgets to choose from. These include gallery, icon, icon group, pricing tables and many more.
When you examine the speed of a page builder, you need to take into account the speed when you use the editor, and the final page load timing as well. In a long article comparing Beaver Builder speed with Divi, the Divi builder was no clear winner. The author compared similar pages, found Beaver Builder had more page requests (53 and 49). Regarding memory usage, both builders showed a usage of ~18MB. Regarding site load time, Divi was 8% faster. Regarding Pingdom Total Page Load Time, Divi again was faster. You should bare in mind that this was done with a version prior than Divi 3, meaning it was done on the backend version of Divi. It is interesting to examine how the new Divi performs in terms of speed and performance.
The folks at Beaver Builder stated they are planning to release a lot of responsive additions to their builder, so we will wait for the release and keep you updated.
There is a strong community around Beaver Builder on Facebook, with the ‘Beaver Builders‘ group. This is a good place to start if you have any issues or questions, and the active community are very helpful and open minded.
Beaver Builder works well in terms of SEO. Page builders were always regarded as really bad at SEO, partly because most of them relied heavily on shortcodes. SEO is a complex subject, so it’s hard to give a concise answer, but I can say that the plugin generates code that is fairly lightweight and has well markup code. Beaver Builder also allows users to maintain proper headline structure, add inner linking to other articles, and use schema.org markup and HTML5. It also works well with SEO plugins like Yoast SEO.
This is another feature Beaver Builder delivers. When you uninstall the plugin, the content still remains on the page. This is very important, and is not available on other page builders like SiteOrigin.