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A few weeks back, I wrote about Squarespace. Specifically, I wrote about how good Squarespace is getting: for very simple projects with very few custom feature needs, I found that Squarespace is probably a better choice than WordPress.
Since that article, I’ve put my money where my mouth is, building both a personal site and a client site on Squarespace. It’s been the same experience I described in the article—worrying that Squarespace can’t do what I need, and realizing, nine times out of ten, either that:
- Squarespace actually can do it, or
- I actually don’t need it.
The experience of using a front-end page builder that I actually like has given me a very new perspective on web development.
The experience of using a drag-and-drop front-end page builder that I actually like has given me a very new perspective on web development altogether. It’s very hard to go back to static page layouts, feature-poor widgets, and HTML-heavy custom PHP templates to get the layouts I’m looking for.
So this week, I decided to devote some time to testing what looks like the best similar WordPress offering: Beaver Builder.
Why Beaver Builder?
Beaver Builder is right now’s best offering of a good page builder with community support.
There are about a million WordPress page builders out there. Why this one?
Well, most WordPress page builders are a pretty big step backwards in terms of WordPress’s overall quality, so I’ll start simply: Anything not recommended in Pippin Williamson’s legendary review of WordPress page builders is out the window.
That leaves three options:
Within those choices, Beaver Builder appears to have, by a pretty large margin, the most developer support and general excitement behind it. There’s a large and active Facebook community of developers committed to the tool, a set of actively maintained tutorial sites organized around it, and so on. Beaver Builder seems like the present’s best hope of a good WordPress page builder with community support.
What I Got Done in an Hour
I approached this project pretty much like my Squarespace one: get the software, don’t read the manual, and start playing with it.
In this case, I had to pay $99 up-front for Beaver Builder Standard. I didn’t record any of the set-up (installing the plugin, inputting the license key, etc.), all of which was standard and worked fine.
Once I had the plugin installed and running, I ended up working for a bit over an hour. I recorded the process here: