So I have been thinking about the direction of ThemeAwesome as well as my responsive WordPress theme, WP-Forge and I came to the conclusion that I wanted to offer a premium version of WP-Forge and in that premium version I wanted some really cool things to be available.
I asked around and got a few suggestions from many different people and a lot suggested using some sort of a page builder plugin.
So I started doing some research and I came across a few that really had some potential.
The first page builder plugin I came across, I was immediately interested in. This one was called Unyson. The main reason it caught my attention was that it was free, but I later found out it had one major drawback, it was based on Boostrap (yuck). That’s a downgrade right there in my opinion. Nothing against you Unyson, I’m sure your plugin is great, I just can’t stand Bootstrap.
So I came across another plugin that was referred to as “the number one page builder plugin for WordPress”, Visual Composer. Now it has a decent price tag, but if you look at the licensing you will notice it’s is kind of screwy and really restrictive. Thanks Envato.
Then I came across Beaverbuilder. The licensing is pretty straight forward but it does have a hefty price tag. This is the one that has my interest peaked. After looking into the plugin this is what I have discovered you can do with the plugin:
- the theme you use it in must be responsive (score!!!)
- you can insert 1 to 6 columns, plus a left, right or left and right sidebar
- you can insert audio, buttons, video
- it comes with accordions, tabs, sliders, testimonials etc.
Trust me, the list if very extensive and this plugin delivers on everything it says it can do.
All in all I am excited about it. Did I get the plugin? Well after a lot of thought, back and forth, looking at the pros and cons, yes, yes I did.
So with the Beaverbuilder plugin I plan on making a premium version of WP-Forge. There are a few things I need to look into. For instance, with all the extras that are included, I need to look into the possibility of only including certains files from Foundation. For example, the theme wouldn’t need anything related to accordions, tabs or orbit. So do I lose things like that or do I keep them in. Will they cause conflicts? This is what I need to figure out. So over the next couple of weeks this is what I am going be doing.
So there you have it. This is something that I would really like to add to WP-Forge as I think it would add another layer of awesomeness to an already awesome theme.
I’d like to hear your thoughts on the subject, maybe some suggestions and so on. What’s a good price to charge for a premium version of WP-Forge? If you guys could give me your honest opinion I would greatly appreciate it. Until next time, enjoy! 😉