Advanced WordPress websites with WPBakery Page Builder and Toolset

The recent data on platform usage across enterprise level companies have revealed WordPress being number one choice. We can level it down to the simple blogs run by huge corporations, but that’s not always true.

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Of course, we use WordPress for simple corporate websites, portfolios, and blogs. And with the help of page builders like WPBakery, we are able to skip the coding part (a good thing if you don’t know how).

On the other hand, there are startup ideas that require a bit more effort than just a static website. Ideas that previously required PHP skills and time. Let me get you some examples – real estate catalogs, travel destinations, custom search for products, and so on. All these ideas require serious development, or maybe not.

Now, those of you familiar with the Lean Startup know that it all comes down to ‘Time to Market’. In other words, you want to deliver your products to the customers as soon as possible, which means you don’t have time to build a skyscraper.

The question is – does WordPress has tools to help you build complex solutions fast enough? Continue reading and you will find out.

WPBakery Page Builder and Toolset

The first time I came across Toolset plugin I thought – ‘Oh, I can build my own Airbnb in less than an hour!’ For a guy who is always in a rush, this sounds like a serious time-saver.

Builder websites like Airbnb with WPBakery Page Builder and Toolset

With the page builder, you don’t work with PHP that much so the combination of those two sat in my head. To find out more we talked with the Toolset team to see the capabilities of what can be achieved. We even set up an article on how to replicate your own bed and breakfast solution with ease.

Toolset plugin for WordPress

Now that we had a tool that can reduce the necessity of PHP skills and the page builder to take care of the visual part, it was about time to make those two compatible. Let’s skip the details (who cares about development when you have end-product), the result is that we are now able to use WPBakery Page Builder and Toolset plugin all together to create advanced solutions like:

  • Create a custom search;
  • Display content as markers on Google Maps;
  • Create custom signup forms;
  • Create forms for front-end content editing.

These were just a few things that come to my mind. In fact, you can do so much more – just imagine!

Where do you start?

The first obvious step is to have WPBakery Page Builder and Toolset on your WordPress site. The next one is simply to follow tutorials from our documentation. The third step (optional) is to share your experience in the comments below.

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22 comments

  1. please explain the difference: Visual Composer and the WPBakery and Pae builder.

    Is this tool just for WordPress, or can also be used for regular *.HTML pages?
    Thanks.
    Vic

    1. I have a similar question.
      If Visual Composer is now known as WPBakery Page Builder, what is Visual Composer Premium now known as?
      And when will it be released?

    2. I had the same question a while ago and this is what the visual composer guys explained to me: “Hello, These are two separate plugins from the same company. This plugin which is sold on codecanyon is a page builder which allows you to edit the content area of the page. The plugin here: visualcomposer.io is our upcoming product called website builder. It’s premium version which will be out in December will allow editing the areas such as header and footer.”

  2. This is very exciting! I have been using Visual Composer and Toolset together for over a year now, and have had wonderful success building highly-customized sites for my clients. However, I would still like to see a more in-depth integration. For example, when creating content templates in Toolset, it would be great to be able to insert a “Toolset Field” directly into Visual Composer rather than having to insert a text field with the Toolset shortcode. Also, when creating “Views” in toolset, I’d like to be able to use Visual Composer without having to break up the Toolset shortcodes. Overall, I am very excited that Visual Composer is working with Toolset, and hope to see deeper integration in the future!

    1. Thanks for the feedback Alan. I know that Toolset team is working pretty hard so huge credits for compatibility goes to them. I know that tech guys from both teams are communicating on the regular basis to ensure moving things forward.

  3. I had the same question a while ago and this is what the visual composer guys explained to me: “Hello, These are two separate plugins from the same company. This plugin which is sold on codecanyon is a page builder which allows you to edit the content area of the page. The plugin here: visualcomposer.io is our upcoming product called website builder. It’s premium version which will be out in December will allow editing the areas such as header and footer.”

    1. Thanks for jumping into this Carlos!

  4. If bakery is replacing visual composer then do we have both active?

    1. There is no compatibility between two plugins yet so you will need to stick to the one at the moment.

  5. I have a website where both are installed, should remove Visual Composer?

  6. hello Michael
    I am using Visual Composer for years now and, I think is the best one among other good ones that I’ve tried. nevertheless, please tell me, Why I should invest another $50 bucks to get the New WPBakery?
    Carlos Cossio

    1. The Visual Composer Page Builder has been renamed into WPBakery Page Builder – I suppose you use this one. The Visual Composer Website Builder is the new plugin that aims to cover full website creation process, including menu and footer so you don’t have to use several tools at once. Hope this will help to clarify things.

  7. All i want doe boe is wat is provider where i had to pay for and that is VISUAL COMPOSER.

  8. The last email I received said premium would be available in a week, but that week has passed. Do you have a concrete date when the new page builder will be available?

    I’m awaiting the new release before beginning the process of rebuilding my website.

    Thank you!

    1. Hello, we do have it already available on visualcomposer.io since yesterday. A lot of cool stuff to discover in Premium version 🙂

      1. Im really missing a demo site to showcase the difference behind the free and premium versions. I’m using the free version right now and its great and I don’t know why I should get the premium version. Previous I used the wpbakery pagebuilder and at Codecanyon you have demo sites so you easily can check the different functions for addons. For example I’m missing a more advanced image slider with thumbnails as well as a portfolio function. Are these functions that will be added to the premium?

        Btw why isn’t there a blog post about the release of premium. The same goes for email. I got a bunch of emails before the release but no info now when its released. From a marketing perspective this seems strange?

        Thanks!

        1. Hi Christian, right now we have a description of the features of the Premium at visualcomposer.io/premium/ yet demo sounds like an interesting idea. I will raise this question to discuss with our team.

  9. Hi,

    You should release Free version in wordpress.org
    I believe it will be great for all.

    1. Hi Adreen, yes, we do have plans to go after repository with the Visual Composer Website Builder early next year (we’re almost there) 🙂

  10. I started out with Visual Composer now it’s called this “WPBakery Page Builder “, it will not update it keeps asking for an URL , I have been trying to figure this out for months no one will answer me it’s very frustrating I am behind like 5 updates can someone please help or point me in the right direction this is what it says “There is a new version of WPBakery Page Builder available. View version 5.4.5 details or update now.” then I try and update and I get this “Update Failed: Download failed. A valid URL was not provided” what URL are they talking about and where does it go???

    Dave.

    1. Hi, please make sure you have the page builder activated and then use auto-update. See our knowledge base at kb.wpbakery.com for more information.

  11. What is the actual difference between this VC.io and the WPBakeey Page Builder? Are they the same? Is one better, more comprehensive than the other? Is there any sort of side by side chart to compare features? Thanks.

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