Presets are great if you want a quick layout and color alternative, but you should be aware of a couple things if you plan to customize them further. Here are some guidelines for selecting them and also some troubleshooting help.
Do I need to use a preset?
The Default preset is the one to choose if you want to create all your own settings. The other areas of the Customizer make it easy for you to set up your custom layout and colors.
On the other hand, you might choose a hybrid preset to get a layout that you can't normally get in Customizer. See the section on hybrid presets.
If you're customizing the Beaver Builder theme for your clients and you want to enable only some presets, or include your own presets, or remove some or all of the presets, see the Related Articles for help.
What is actually being preset?
Here are some things that presets control. For a diagram of the portions of the page layout that the Beaver Builder theme controls, see the article on theme style settings in Customizer in the Related Articles.
Full-width vs. boxed vs. hybrid page layouts
The first decision to make about a preset is whether you want a full-width, boxed, or hybrid layout. If you try to change this layout setting in Customize > General > Layout, the preset will change it back, so it's a good idea to decide if you want a full-width or boxed layout before you choose a preset.
Note: If you customize a preset and then choose a different preset, you'll probably lose some of your Customizer settings.
- Default dark
Normally in Customizer you choose a layout that's either entirely full-width or entirely boxed. However, there are two presets that use a combination of full-width and boxed:
- The Premier preset has a full-width header and footer but a boxed content area.
- The Deluxe preset has a boxed nav bar and content area, but all other header and footer areas are full-width.
These hybrid presets use CSS to achieve their hybrid layout, so this can be a time-saver over writing your own CSS if that's the look you're going for. On the other hand, if you use a hybrid preset and later decide you want to change to full-width or boxed without losing other custom settings, you'll have to add custom CSS to override that behavior. See the Related Articles for how to do that.
The preset sets initial colors in all of the page layout areas: page background, header, footer, and content area background, text, and link colors, You can change any of these colors in the Customizer. On the other hand, if you plan to customize, it's also easy to start with the Default preset and set your own layout and colors in the Customizer.
Note that whether or not you use a preset, nav bar color can only be different from the header logo area for two of the header layouts: Nav centered or Nav bottom. You can change the header layout of any preset, either adding or removing the ability to change the nav bar colors, using Customize > Header > Nav Style.
The default colors for each preset are listed in the Customizer: Presets article (see the Related Articles section below). For a description of which style settings are controlled where, see the theme style settings article in the Related Articles below.
See the troubleshooting articles in the Related Articles below for a couple minor quirks with preset colors.