Here’s a question for you…
Do you spend more time talking to your peers or your customers?
Stick with me here, I’m going somewhere.
I was talking with a friend this morning about what’s going on in the WordPress space and we got into a discussion about companies that have a rabid fan base vs. companies that don’t.
I totally get having a target audience and knowing who you’re serving, but you have to have conversations with your users, not just your peers.
This was why I “left” (that’s a little dramatic, but I can’t think of another way to say that) the Genesis community a few years ago. For lack of a better word, the community felt elitist. If you weren’t a coder or understood Genesis coding standards, they didn’t have any use for you (I’m not referring to the StudioPress team when I say ‘they’… I mean the ambiguous ‘they’ that exists within that community).
I still use Genesis (and at this point will obviously just be using it for my own projects since I’m not doing websites anymore), but outside of the relationships I’ve built I pretty much stay out of that space.
There’s no ‘welcome mat’ at the door in that community.
On the other hand, take the Beaver Builder community.
Not only is there a “Welcome Mat” at the door, the front door is open and they’ve got a cold beer chilling for you whenever you get there.
The Beaver Builder community really is “You want to go where everybody knows your name” (theme song from Cheers… yes, I’m dating myself again with another TV show reference).
Even if they don’t know your name, you can bet there’s a spot at the bar for you (and that’s the last of the bar analogy).
You guys already know I’m a huge fan of this plugin. I’ve interviewed the guys at Beaver Builder twice and just love them. They’re 3 of the most down-to-earth, friendly, fun and simply kind people you would want to meet.
Which is a huge part of why this plugin has done so amazingly well. The other part is obviously because it’s a stellar product.
What you might not know or be aware of are all the sites and supporters that are happily creating things to extend the power of Beaver Builder.
At the risk of sending you down a rabbit hole of Beaver Builder awesomeness, here are just a few links that I highly recommend you check out:
PowerPack by BeaverAddons
I’ve mentioned them before and interviewed Puneet last night (still not sure if me interviewing at 8pm at night is a good thing. I get a little punchy), but with 40 custom modules and TONS of page templates, you can’t go wrong with this plugin. They also release new templates every Friday! (you don’t have to be a customer to download them)
ProBeaver Site & weekly newsletter
Davinder has done an amazing job of pulling all the Beaver Builder resources, updates and news into one site. Subscribe to the free newsletter and never miss another update.
Similar to PowerPack, the Ultimate Beaver plugin has custom modules to extend Beaver Builder. For the month of February they’re releasing additional free templates every day (you do need to be a customer to get the new templates).
Beaver Builder Facebook Group
SIMPLY amazing. This is the community feel I was referring to. The founders are active in this group and post updates in here regularly. Probably one of the best Facebook groups I’m in.
Beaver Builder Slack Group
After publishing this post (which was orginally an email), I received some awesome comments (more love for this community) and a couple suggestions to add the Slack group… which I’ve just joined.
Make sure to checkout the Slack group as well!
Last but certainly not least…
The new Beaver Themer Plugin!!!
HOLY MOLY this thing is AH-MAZING!
Talk about extending Beaver Builder (this isn’t their theme, I know the name might be a little confusing). The best way to explain what this does is to let them show you.
Checkout Beaver Themer in this video
If you already have Beaver Builder, you’ll find the themer in your account (it’s in beta). It will be a separate purchase in the future but they haven’t discussed or explained pricing yet.
Whew…. that’s a lot.
Have fun checking these out and let me know what you think!