Primer on WordPress content and theme areas (Themer)

To understand how Theme Builder works, it helps to understand some aspects of the WordPress architecture. 

In WordPress, a Post or a Page has a single content area, and you fill in that content using the WordPress text editor. In the following diagrams, boxes shaded in gray are controlled by the active theme, whereas the content area is the place where contributors enter content on individual Posts or Pages.

Traditionally, if you wanted to add a more complex layout to the content area, you'd add a widget area as a sidebar or a footer. The active theme also controls the option to add a particular sidebar or footer widget area in a particular location on the page.

In addition, the theme controls display and placement of information about Posts: Post title, Post info such as author and date, comments, categories, and post navigation.

Beaver Builder's Page Builder plugin gives you the ability to lay out and add content to many small pieces of content inside the WordPress content area. Suddenly layouts became much more interesting than adding widgets in a sidebar. 

Beaver Themer is built on Page Builder but lets you use Page Builder to create "theme layouts" in areas that are traditionally handled by themes. While an active theme is still required, Beaver Themer layouts override the active theme's control when necessary. 

Important things to remember:

  • The header, footer, location of the sidebar, and Post information and metadata are controlled by the active WordPress theme. Beaver Themer will override this control as appropriate.
  • WordPress allows only one content area on a Post or Page. 
  • If you use the Singular theme layout to set up a Post page, you'll have to use the WordPress editor for the content area. If you want to use Page Builder to design layout inside the content area, use regular Page Builder, not a Theme Builder Singular theme layout. See the Related Article on Singular theme layouts for more information.