No, No, No, No, No, No, No… In this Beaver Builder review, I am not going to list down all the features of Beaver Builder and tell you how useful they are.
You can easily find those kinds of reviews on the internet.
Instead, I am going to tell you exactly why I keep using Beaver Builder even after 5 years since I purchased it.
What makes it so valuable that I keep renewing its license every year.
And then I am going to tell you where Beaver Builder fails to deliver and answer some of the commonly asked questions about Beaver Builder.
Let’s get started then.
The Verdict Of This Beaver Builder Review
The three features that make Beaver Builder stand out from other WordPress page builder plugins are Stability, Security, and Innovation. Beaver Builder does not have as many features as its competitors. Still, its rock-solid code, stable updates, and innovative features make it one of the best page builder plugin available today.
I will talk about these three main features and many more in great detail now.
But before we begin…
How Is This Review Laid Out?
This is going to be a long review since I have a lot to say from my experience using Beaver Builder for more than 5 years.
So I just wanted to make sure that you have a ready reference in hand just in case you want to jump through the various sections of this review.
In essence, here’s how this review is laid out:
- Beaver Builder Pros
- Beaver Builder Cons
- Beaver Builder FAQs
- Is Beaver Builder free to use?
- What is the price of Beaver Builder?
- Is there any discount available for Beaver Builder?
- Which is the best theme for Beaver Builder?
- Does Beaver Builder work with Genesis Theme?
- Does Beaver Builder affect SEO?
- Does Beaver Builder leave behind a lot of shortcodes after uninstalling it?
- Does Beaver Builder work with WooCommerce?
- Does Beaver Builder work with Custom Post Types?
- Can Beaver Builder be White Labeled?
- Are there any Beaver Builder Tutorials available?
- Is there any showcase to see Beaver Builder websites?
- Is there any Beaver Builder demo available?
- Which Beaver Builder Addons to buy?
- Why Have I Stayed Loyal To Beaver Builder For So Many Years?
Alright! Let’s get started…
Beaver Builder Pros
There are 9 areas in all that makes Beaver Builder stand out from its competition.
Those areas are:
- A Thinking Team
- Great Ecosystem
- Fantastic Community and
- Awesome Support
Let me explain each of these things in great detail now.
Have you ever tried to stand on a shiny new 3-legged table?
Why would you in your right mind want to do that? You will fall flat on your face.
Yet, when you buy any software, you tend to choose the one that has all the bells and whistles.
You never think about how stable it will be for years to come.
Heck, even I never used to think about this.
But now that I have spent more than 15 years in the Software Development world, I realize the importance of having stability in software.
Your time is better spent working on your business than having to resolve issues that each update of the software causes.
Think about it…
Why do you want to spend time rectifying issues caused by a software when you can spend that same time on growing your business or just spend it with your family?
In these last 5 years, how many times has Beaver Builder broken my site?
Hmmm… Let me think…
I am thinking…
That fact and that fact alone has kept me loyal to Beaver Builder for more than 5 years!
But is stability alone enough?
No, the software has to be secure as well.
This brings me to my second point…
Who likes a software that is a threat to their business?
Absolutely no one!
While Beaver Builder’s biggest competitor Elementor has suffered from occasional security hick-up, Beaver Builder has never let this lapse in security take place.
This is a sign of a great, stable, mature, and secure piece of software.
This is also one of the main reasons why I have stayed so loyal to Beaver Builder for the past 5+ years.
Now, stability and security are great, but every software needs to innovate as well.
With time, every product tends to lag behind its competitor.
That is why all products must keep innovating.
So, how has Beaver Builder done in this department?
Let me tell you…
For any software to keep its competitive edge in the market, it has to innovate at a pace that leaves its competition playing the catch-up game.
You know what happened to that company called Nokia, right?
A software that does not innovate dies… and it dies a horrible death.
Luckily, that does not seem to be happening with Beaver Builder at all.
First, it came out with this powerful plugin called Beaver Themer, which revolutionized the way we build websites. Then it came out with integrations with Easy Digital Downloads and The Events Calendar.
I know, Beaver Themer isn’t the first of its kind plugin. There were a few that existed before Beaver Themer, which did the same thing.
But Beaver Themer was able to put them behind just on its quality and how stable it was when it launched.
Hey, even Beaver Builder’s closest competitor, Elementor, developed a Beaver Themer equivalent after almost two years since Beaver Themer’s launch.
This is what I meant by making your competition play the catch-up game.
Can Beaver Builder keep itself at the forefront of innovation?
Only time will tell, but Beaver Builder has a Thinking Team behind it, which can pull this off.
Which brings me to my fourth point…
4. A Thinking Team
Any software, no matter how useful it is, gradually dies if the team behind it fails to think through the problems that their customers face in every-day life.
Did I say every-day life?
Yes, every-day life.
The software team has to think through not only the problems its customers are going to face while using their software but also needs to think through the problems that they face in their normal daily life.
So if it is a software that will primarily be used for doing business work like Beaver Builder, then the Beaver Builder team will have to think through the challenges that their customers will face while building their websites as a whole. They cannot just focus only on the challenges that customers will face while using Beaver Builder.
And this is clearly evident in the way Beaver Builder team has gone about enhancing Beaver Builder. Be it the Beaver Builder theme, Beaver Themer, the integrations with Easy Digital Downloads and Events Calendar, or the big UI overhaul that was done in Beaver Builder 2.0, all of these enhancements were thought through properly.
Justin Busa, Billy Young, and Robby McCullough are the minds behind Beaver Builder who have given ample examples of the way they have been thinking through every iteration of Beaver Builder.
So far, they have not only managed to improve Beaver Builder in the right direction but have also made sure that the overall Ease-of-Use and Efficiency of Beaver Builder is not compromised.
Beaver Builder 2.0 launched with a big UI overhaul.
What many people did not realize was the fact that Beaver Builder 2.0 was not just about the change to its look-and-feel.
To me, it seemed that there was a big push to improve the overall usability of Beaver Builder.
Usability is another thing that kills a software and makes customers run away from it.
You will know what I mean if you have ever tried to use Google Tag Manager. A powerful software that just intimidates the hell out of some people, including me.
Or take the case of Google Analytics, which many people use, but not everyone understands how to use it to grow a business properly.
It is not a simple task to make an easy-to-use software and, at the same time, make sure that the users can work with it efficiently.
A software’s sole purpose should be to get you to stop using it and get you working on your business.
Your time is precious and should not be wasted in trying to set every setting that a page builder provides.
Making sure that Beaver Builder’s users are able to complete their work as efficiently as possible has been the philosophy of the Beaver Builder team for long.
If you are part of Beaver Builder’s Facebook Group, then you would have seen Robby and Justin re-iterate this point again and again.
And rightly so.
A software that doesn’t make its users efficient is worthless.
But making the users efficient is alone not enough.
A good software needs to have a great ecosystem around it as well.
Why do you think WordPress has become the most favored website builder?
It is because of the ecosystem surrounding Beaver Builder.
And such an ecosystem exists around Beaver Builder too.
It is this great ecosystem surrounding Beaver Builder, which makes it my go-to page builder plugin as well.
So let’s talk about it…
7. Great Ecosystem
We live in an ecosystem.
Without an ecosystem, it would be difficult for us to survive.
This is the same case with Beaver Builder too.
I am not saying this just to praise Beaver Builder.
Not only that, here are a couple of more articles that will show you the real power of Beaver Themer:
- How To Create A Custom Blog Layout In WordPress Without Any Code
- How To Create A WordPress Single Post Template Without Writing Code
But I will do that some other day. For now, let’s just talk only about Beaver Builder. After all, this is a review of Beaver Builder.
Coming back to the ecosystem, what good is an ecosystem that does not involve human beings?
Yes, real human beings, a community.
8. Fantastic Community
Remember that Beaver Builder Facebook Group that I just spoke about?
Go and join that group, and you will see a vibrant community interacting with each other not only on topics related to Beaver Builder but on every topic related to making a website.
There are many knowledgeable people in that group who will help you if you ever get stuck with anything.
This is what makes a good software, GREAT.
Why do you think Mac has been so successful as compared to Windows in recent times?
It is because of the community.
Every software that has met its end usually never had a great community behind it.
At least for now, Beaver Builder does not have to fear that.
Its community is very strong, and so is its Support.
9. Awesome Support
After-sales Support is usually where a lot of software companies lose their customers.
And yet not many companies realize that.
Luckily, that is not the case with Beaver Builder.
It has a fantastic support team behind it, which has done a commendable job over all these years.
But you might not get a chance to interact with the Beaver Builder Support team because of how stable and secure Beaver Builder has become over the years.
Did I never had to contact Beaver Builder’s Support team? Don’t I have any complaints?
Frankly, over the past 5+ years, I have only contacted Beaver Builder’s Support team 2-3 times, I think. But that does not mean I have no complaints.
Beaver Builder Cons
It’s not all hunky-dory with Beaver Builder.
It never is with anything in life!
As much as I love and praise Beaver Builder, I have quite a few complaints too.
Let me now tell you about them.
1. Built For Web Designers
Beaver Builder is built with primarily Web Designers and Web Design Agencies in mind.
Hey, after all, Justin, Billy, and Robby used to run a design agency.
Because of this, a small-time blogger like me and solo-entrepreneurs who know nothing about web design or writing code find Beaver Builder underwhelming.
This is where Elementor looks like a Knight In Shining Armour that has been sent to save our lives.
Does that mean bloggers and small-time entrepreneurs cannot use Beaver Builder to build their websites on their own?
I have been using Beaver Builder for more than 5 years, and I have never felt the need to use another page builder.
If I can do it, so can you.
Yes, it is true that you might not be able to get that jazzy effect on your website, which other page builders provide.
But hey, is that jazzy effect important over stability and security?
That is what I have come to realize over the years.
Speaking of jazzy effects, Beaver Builder also lacks Modules and Templates as compared to its competitors.
2. Not Many Module And Templates
Beaver Builder has concentrated on building a stable and robust base platform over which other 3rd-Party software developers like Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder can build their extensions.
This is why Beaver Builder does not have as many modules and templates as its competitor Elementor has.
Elementor has come out all guns blazing when it comes to Modules and Templates. This is in stark contrast to the development philosophy behind Beaver Builder.
If you have read my Beaver Builder vs Elementor comparison, then you know that Elementor beats the crap out of Beaver Builder in terms of features.
You need to couple Beaver Builder with Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder to get it anywhere near competing with Elementor.
While Beaver Builder has concentrated on building a strong foundation, Elementor has concentrated on building a 5-Star Luxurious Hotel.
Now the question is which of these two approaches is correct?
Can a building stand strong without a strong foundation? Can a donkey keep walking if you keep on adding more weight on its back?
Both of them will fall someday.
Then why do we expect our software to do all things?
3. No Undo Action
NOTE: As of version 2.3, Beaver Builder has added Undo/Redo action. So this con is no longer valid.
This has been my biggest complaint about Beaver Builder till now.
A thinking team that just fails to see the value of an Undo action for so long is baffling, to say the least.
There are many people in Beaver Builder’s Facebook Group who have complained about this from time to time.
So hopefully, the Beaver Builder team is listening.
With that said, let me shift focus to some of the commonly asked questions that I get about Beaver Builder and the ones that I usually come across on the internet.
Beaver Builder FAQs
Given below is the list of questions that I have found people asking about Beaver Builder.
If you have any specific question that is not listed below, then just ask your question in the comments section below. I will answer it for you.
But before asking, first check out the questions listed below:
Is Beaver Builder free to use?
Yes, and No. Beaver Builder has a free version available called Beaver Builder Lite. You can download it and use it to see how Beaver Builder works. Beaver Builder also has 3 different paid versions, which you can check out on Beaver Builder’s Pricing page.
What is the price of Beaver Builder?
Beaver Builder has 3 different paid versions, Standard, Pro, and Agency. Currently, the Standard version is priced at $99, Pro at $199, and Agency at $399.
Is there any discount available for Beaver Builder?
Again, Yes and No. There is no discount available while purchasing Beaver Builder for the first time. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. However, after purchasing it, you can renew the license of Beaver Builder every year for a 40% discount.
Which is the best theme for Beaver Builder?
If you ask me, the best theme for Beaver Builder is Astra Theme with Astra Pro plugin. Why? Because it supports Beaver Builder and Beaver Themer out-of-the-box, it is built by the same team that created Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder plugin and has tons of features to easily control every aspect of your website. Beaver Builder Theme is a close second just because it is created by the Beaver Builder team itself and is always guaranteed to be compatible with Beaver Builder. You cannot go wrong with either of these themes.
Does Beaver Builder work with Genesis Theme?
Yes, it does. But Genesis Themes depend heavily on you to write code for every small thing that you want to edit on your website. And this shows while using Beaver Builder. I would recommend that you stick with Astra Theme or Beaver Builder Theme. Both of these will give you a lot of control over your website than Genesis.
Does Beaver Builder affect SEO?
I have been using Beaver Builder for more than 5 years now, and I have not seen any negative SEO impact. Besides that, SEO is a vast topic and is influenced by a lot of factors than just the tool that you used to build your website.
Does Beaver Builder leave behind a lot of shortcodes after uninstalling it?
No. In fact, this was one of the reasons that Beaver Builder came into existence. Before Beaver Builder, many of the page builder plugins used shortcodes so heavily that all of your content got locked inside the shortcodes. And after uninstalling those page builder plugins, your content would vanish, and you would be left with shortcodes on all of your website pages. Beaver Builder doesn’t do any of this. After you uninstall Beaver Builder, all of your content will be left as it is on the page. You will never lose your content.
Does Beaver Builder work with WooCommerce?
Yes, it does. There is a dedicated WooCommerce Module in Beaver Builder to display WooCommerce content on any page. Check out this Beaver Builder Knowledge Base article for more details.
Does Beaver Builder work with Custom Post Types?
One more time, Yes. However, you will need to enable Beaver Builder to edit your Custom Post Types. You can do that from WordPress admin panel by going to Settings > Beaver Builder > Post Types and selecting the Custom Post Type name that you want to use Beaver Builder on.
Can Beaver Builder be White Labeled?
Yes. If you buy the Agency version of Beaver Builder, then you can completely White Label Beaver Builder, and no one will ever know that you are using Beaver Builder. This is particularly helpful if you build websites for your clients, and you don’t want them to know that you have used Beaver Builder to build their websites.
Are there any Beaver Builder Tutorials available?
Beaver Builder has a comprehensive Knowledge Base that you can refer to. Nancy Hildebrandt has done a commendable job in writing a detailed Knowledge Base for Beaver Builder.
Is there any showcase to see Beaver Builder websites?
You can see some really well-designed websites on Beaver Builder’s Home page.
Is there any Beaver Builder demo available?
Yes. Just go to the Beaver Builder’s Home page and click the Demo link in the top menu. You can then try out Beaver Builder on your own.
Which Beaver Builder Addons to buy?
Beaver Builder plugin works great on its own. However, there are times when you might need to do more than what Beaver Builder supports. In such cases, there are really only 3 addons that you should consider buying, Beaver Themer, Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder, and PowerPack. Between these 3 addons, you will get everything that you will ever need to create your website.
Alright! This brings me to the most important question…
Why Have I Stayed Loyal To Beaver Builder For So Many Years?
In this Beaver Builder review, I have given you many reasons why Beaver Builder is such a good page builder plugin.
But if I had to pick just a few of those reasons, then there would be just three reasons, Stability, Security, and Innovation.
If Beaver Builder had not remained Stable and Secure for so long as well as innovated at a pace that did not put stability and security at risk, I would have left Beaver Builder long ago.
For me, Stability, Security, and Innovation are more important than anything else.
What about you?
If you too think these things are important then…
And if you still have any questions, then ask them in the comments below.
I will reply. That’s a promise.