Do I need the Beaver Builder child theme?

Yes, and here's why.

Unlike some themes where there are various flashy child themes built on top of a framework theme, the Beaver Builder child theme that's available for download on your  My Account page is blank. 

Why blank? 

Because the child themes that you used to invest in aren't necessary with the Beaver Builder Plugin and Theme. Once you install the Beaver Builder Plugin and open a page for editing, you get to choose from a large number of templates to design your content area. And the new  Beaver Themer plugin, will help you design headers, footers, blog posts, and other parts of the page that are usually controlled by your active theme. Unless you find a theme or child theme where you really don't want to change a thing, just plug in content, it's going to be easier to build exactly what you want with the Beaver Builder system.

So why should you install a blank child theme? So that any code customizations you make don't get overwritten by updated versions of the parent theme. 

Tip: Even if you think you're not going to add any code customizations (CSS, PHP, JavaScript) to your website, install the child theme anyway. You never need to update it, and if you ever do want to add some code, it's going to be a lot easier than trying to install the child theme after you already have a working website. The Beaver Builder Knowledge Base has lots of code examples that you can just copy and paste in.

See this WordPress Codex article for more information about why to use child themes. WordPress has instructions for creating a blank child theme, but we've made it easy by creating one for you to download and install.