I heard you yawn … how exciting can building websites be?!?!? If you’re running your own website then the theme you use and the way you publish your content are critical – and being a “Jack Of All Trades” also means I’m a “Master Of None”. No website builder = no website.
A website builder is critical to someone like me – I need a fast way to assemble my website so that it works right but looks good too! Then when the gazillions of people arrive at my site I’m ready ….
Enter Stage Left: Themify Builder
I already use a Themify theme for my website. Adding Themify Builder speeds up my management of the site as any pages or posts become fast and easy to produce.
You can use any builder on your site but Themify Builder stands head and shoulders above the rest. I’d love it to be free and it kinda is – if you have a Themify theme it’s included. Otherwise it’s $39 which seems a little too much to me. Another way to get it is as part of their Master Club bundle which is expensive at $139 but gives you so many other goodies too it is definitely tempting.
Themify Builder is a powerful page Builder plugin that lets you design elegant, custom layouts for your pages. To simplify that process Themify Builder lets you build your custom designs with either the front or back end – the front-end function lets you see a full preview of how your modules slot together on a live version of your site.
Themify Builder comes loaded with modules that give options and useful capabilities for your site – maps, galleries, call-to-action buttons, and sliders etc. You can uninstall plugins that are surplus-to-requirement because of these modules. There’s more than 60 stylish animations you can apply to individual modules as well.
Themify do tempt you to spend more money on over 40 add ons – some of them are a good bet and some don’t suit what I do. For instance there’s:
- Image Pro lets you add filters, overlays and animations to images.
- Pricing Table
- Bar Chart … is for Bar Charts (surprised?)
- Content Restriction lets you add membership functionality to your website
- I love the WooCommerce addition to display WooCommerce products anywhere on your website
- Progress Bars give animated bars which are great on sales pages
- Timelines for a timeline-styled layout
- A/B Images let you place before/after images side by side, with a dynamic slider for easy comparison.
The individual extensions are $10 each (ouch!), so it’s better to score the complete collection for $39. Better still the $139 Master Club license grants you all the extensions anyway.
Installation went without a hitch for me and the integration with my theme is great. As I said earlier I use a Themify WordPress theme already and as all Themify themes include the basic Themify Builder functionality I’m sorted. If you use someone else’s theme you can run the Themify Builder standalone with a non-Themify theme but the economics are not as attractive.
Give yourself a break and use Themify Builder to make your website look and work great – easily.