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Builder Style Manager Beta Released

Chris Jean was hard at work this week to release the beta version of the Builder Style Manager. He’ll be using this time to fix issues that rise up and collect input from you on what things you like, or would like to see added, etc.

The Style Manager beta version is available in your member’s only account as a standalone plugin for Builder right now. Log in and you can download it instantly.

Here’s what Chris said in the Builder forum to announce it:

I’m proud to announce that a beta version of the Style Manager for Builder has finally been released. Rather than packaging this directly into Builder, the Style Manager is a separate plugin that will need to be installed and activated on your site. You can now download the plugin from your members page.

Please be advised that this is a very early beta release and that it should not be considered stable enough to use on client or production sites. For support issues and questions, please use the new Style Manager-specific forum.

I have a large set of improvements to make to the plugin, so it is definitely in a very early stage of development. I’d love to hear your feedback on what you like and dislike about the plugin and what you would like to see added.

Also, here’s an in-depth video overview of the Style Manager by one of our Builder community members.


  1. Style Manager looks like a wonderful plug-in for Builder. I was wondering how you add an image to the menu background. Do we have the option to choose pixel sizes for the image buttons as well as indicate the spacing between the image buttons?

    Also, will there be any kind of written tutorial for using Builder as well as the Style Manager? I’m grateful for the videos but many times it’s helpful to have a written tutorial in order to remember the various things you can do with a new theme. I have purchased Builder but I haven’t figured out how to use it yet:(

  2. Update about the video: Updating Builder to the latest version provides the ability to associate a style w/ a layout.

    @Toni: We can specify the background image of the menu bar using Style manager.

    To specify the background image of individual menu items on the menu bar, you need to edit the theme’s stylesheet.

    Spacing between the menu items also can be adjusted by editing theme’s style.css.

  3. Thanks for your extraordinary generosity. This is such a clear and informative tutorial! I notice there hasn’t been a post here since February. Has the Style Manager advanced much since then?

    Many thanks!

    • Karen, Chris is working on stabilizing the plugin so we can roll it into Builder core soon. But we have some testing and tweaking left to do.

      The problem is …. the Style Manager as it stands is extremely bulky … and the requests we’ve gotten is to add MORE. That’s a bad problem as right now it does a lot and whenever you add complexity to a project like this it always comes with potential for more issues.

      Our goal is to stabilize it, even take out features, and roll into core.



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