Should I use the Beaver Builder Theme?

Genesis Framework and Beaver Builder Theme are probably two of the favorites among Beaver Builder users.  I have seen a lot of users ask questions about Beaver Builder Theme and Genesis.

I have been a long time Genesis developer and user. I and my team at IdeaBox Creations have built several custom child themes for Genesis Framework. Recently, we built websites using a custom child theme for Genesis and Beaver Builder and finally, we also played with the BB Theme. This site is powered by BB theme and BB. So, that’s a live example here 🙂

Why did we build so many websites in different ways? Because, we love WordPress and every time we find a product worth banking upon, we make sure that we deliver it to our clients.

Should I use the Beaver Builder Theme?

Beaver Builder Theme Customizer

I have seen a lot of questions related to the BB Theme in Beaver Builder Facebook Group. So, I decided to write a post about Beaver Builder Theme answering some common questions that will help you make a correct decision.

I am a beginner and trying out BB for the first time. Should I… ?

This is the same problem that I faced while building my first WordPress website. It was difficult for me to pick the right theme. If you are using Beaver Builder plugin and love the team, support, community then yes, you should choose Beaver Builder theme over anything else.

But, I have heard good things about Genesis. Should I… ?

That takes the confusion to next level for some users. Again, this is the same situation that I had experienced when I started reading reviews and comparisons of popular frameworks. It became much more difficult to make a decision.

Genesis is a solid framework, it provides extreme flexibility and can be extended easily too. It has several addons / plugins and a great community with hundreds of resources available with a quick search. Probably, I am saying the same things that you have read or heard of.

Let’s simplify it for you. Beaver Builder Theme is simple, easy to use and customize. It’s built in options will allow you to update the basic layout, typography, colors and styling easily and quickly. You can do rest of the magic with Beaver Builder and even use our PowerPack add-on to add more styling with a few clicks.

If you would like to do the same with Genesis, you will need to use Dynamik Builder or something similar. I doubt if there’s a free alternative available. Other than that, you will be dealing with two different support forums / communities / developers if you had any questions or issues.

So, my choice will still be Beaver Builder Theme. It’s not a framework and as much powerful as Genesis but good for most of the things that you are going to build.

I love Genesis Framework and use it already. Should I… ?

If you are a Genesis fan, I would like to be friends with you 🙂 I love it too. If you are already using it, I assume you already have a starter child theme or have a good understanding of the framework itself. You could also probably have a good grasp over Dynamik Builder. You know Genesis inside-out or have used it several times, built websites. You are a part of the Genesis community and you know where to look for answers.

Then, you should stick with using Genesis.

But, if you love learning new things, experimenting with new products then you should definitely check out Beaver Builder Theme. It’s a theme that has impressed me. As a developer, I have always been a fan of code quality and Beaver Builder Theme does everything perfectly.

I am Web Developer / Designer but new to WordPress. Should I… ?

If you have a fairly good understanding of HTML, CSS and PHP then yes, you can start using the Beaver Builder Theme. You might not like to mess with the code or template files much. But, you can use the BB child theme and add your custom styling there. When you start to gather some understanding of WordPress theme structure, you can tinker more with the child theme. BB Theme has good documentation that you can follow to customize the theme.

I am a WordPress (theme/plugin) developer. Should I… ?

Let’s start with a basic question. If you are a developer, it is very easy for you to dig into the code and do whatever you want. But, if you are NOT a developer then yes, you should use the Beaver Builder Theme.

If you are a developer, still BB theme is a good place to start with. You will love the Object Oriented approach that the BB team has followed in building this theme. It’s easy to extend and customize with a child theme.

7 Comments

  1. David Waumsley on July 18, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Thanks for this article Puneet. It’s a very helpful guide through a tricky subject.

    I had a stab at this too, but effectively only explained my own move from the Genesis (and Dynamik) to the Beaver Builder theme. In large part that move was about what I needed to give clients rather than what I needed myself to build sites.

    After 5 year with Genesis it sort of became a part of my identity, but I think we are moving to a time where themes are becoming less important. Amazing too how GeneratePress theme has sufficed almost overnight to become another popular choice.

    Anyway, all the best with Beaver Addons. I’m still busy playing with all it’s options.

  2. Gloria Barr on November 24, 2016 at 4:39 am

    Still confused, but your article helps. Right now I use Make theme and just added the Beaver Builder plug-in. As an amateur and not a coder, I still can’t decide which is the best way to go.

  3. Eric B. on February 27, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Thank you for the helpful article. One small thing:

    >>> It’s built in options

    ~ Its

  4. MS on March 10, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    what about woocommerce integration? which one of the two works best with it?

    • Puneet on March 13, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Hi MS,
      BB Theme is compatible with WooCommerce and works good out of the box.
      The BB team is working on Beaver Themer – a new product that will work alongside Beaver Builder and allow users to build custom layouts for blog posts, archives, WooCommerce shop, product pages etc.

  5. Walt Amerson on April 14, 2017 at 6:47 am

    I would like to be able to make a header similar to this example: http://www.augustaent.com/ WHich would allow and would be easier?

    • Puneet on April 20, 2017 at 2:07 am

      Hello Walt,
      BB Theme has a text area for header right section. Similarly, Genesis has a widget area for the same position.
      BB Theme provides some basic customizer options for Navigation styling so, you can update the navigation style using those options.
      Add some custom CSS and it will look exactly the way you want. In my opinion, if you are not a developer and don’t have expertise with PHP then BB Theme will be a better choice.
      Hope this helps.

      Thanks!

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