Because of the great buzz around it, we’ve gotten a TON of questions about our new Builder Theme, coming out Dec. 16. We’ve tried to answer as many questions as we can about it here.
Here is the Builder Theme demo webinar:
Note: Bookmark this and as we get new questions we’ll post them here for all to see.
Will it be included in the All Access Pass? ABSOLUTELY! All Access customers got to test out the Beta version FIRST.
Will Builder Theme be GPL? Yes, all our themes are GPL and as such are multiple use, meaning you can use them on as many personal and clients sites as you want.
Will the price go up after Dec. 16? Yes. If you watch our hour-long webinar where we talk about all the features and do some comparison shopping, you’ll see that at the presales price of $79.95, Builder Theme is a STEAL.
What about upgrades and updates? You will receive Builder Theme core updates and upgrades released during your membership year. When you buy any of our themes, they come with one year of support and upgrades.
What about CSS modifications? You can edit the CSS like any theme, but for the next version or two we’re looking at adding a Style Manager that allows easy, basic CSS editing from the theme options page.
What about rotating images? You can extend Builder Theme like WordPress with plugins. We have a rotating images plugin called Image Spotlight that will be released AFTER Builder Theme launch that can do this, but it is not ready for launch.
What will Builder Theme do to FlexxTheme? Flexx is still a great option for many people who want basic layout changes without a lot of extra work, although Builder Theme makes this remarkably fast. Flexx is a BLOG theme. Builder Theme is more than just a theme, it’s more like a framework and a platform for building websites and blogs on WordPress.
Can different pages be assigned specific header images? Yes, with the Image Module and editing Builder Layouts, you can do that easily within Builder (without code or FTP).
Is Builder Theme optimized for search engines? Yes, just like all of our themes, we build them for optimum visibility, but it’s up to you to write content!!!
What about plugin compatibility? There are over 7,000 WordPress plugins listed on the repository alone. We cannot guarantee compatibility with any plugin.
Will Builder Theme work with WPMU? It should but we cannot guarantee it. If someone has tested it, we’d love to hear about your experience.
How user-friendly is Builder for the website ‘newbie’? There will be some people who should choose a “static” theme in terms of layout. You want something pre-selected and don’t want to tinker at all. But for the newbie, we’ve tried to make the interface of Builder as easy as possible to create a custom layout for your WordPress site. The biggest place most newbies get tripped up on with using ANY WordPress theme is uploading and activating. So we think all in all, Builder is a great theme for a newbie as well, who wants to tinker with their layouts.
How does the performance of Builder compare to other themes? A detailed performance benchmark comparing Builder to Kubrick (default WordPress theme) and FlexxBold shows that Builder is slower than both but only by a small amount (typically around 10-25% slower). You can see the full benchmarking details here.
Is Builder 2.9 Compatible? Yes. As soon as the 2.9 beta was released, Builder had most of its development done on 2.9 to ensure compatibility with the upcoming version. In addition, Builder implements the thumbnail feature of 2.9. The Magazine Layout Style makes use of the post thumbnails.
BUZZ ABOUT ITHEMES BUILDER:
“I enjoyed it as being a part of history! Really this Theme builder could be called the “Front Page” of web design. I go back to 1979 with computers (I am 64) and as a hobby started building those 2 KB machines that cost a fortune and were as large as dinosaurs! I started in 1992 doing web pages in HTML and did I learn alot then. Never went to school or was associated in a computer business – just an interest and hobby. Can’t wait until Wednesday the 16th when I get that email saying you can download it! It will be like Christmas early this year.” -Jim H.