Grab a coffee, this might take a little while...
I'm Colin, an ex-pat Brit who now lives in Canada. I arrived in Toronto on vacation just over 20 years ago and loved it so much that I decided to make it my home. I still hate the winters here, but the hot summers certainly make up for cold days of January and February.
I have two awesome daughters - both are growing up way too fast - and live with the most amazing woman I have ever met! I'm a very lucky man, all things considered:)
So what's this Dynamik Beaver website all about?
This is probably a good time to grab that coffee...
"The Dynamik Beaver" was born on a cold November day after a long arduous mission to find the perfect web design solution.
You see, I'm a web designer in real life and actually learned how to build websites the old fashioned way using HTML and CSS. In other words, I lived and breathed code all day long for some time now.
I certainly had no time for these new fangled visual "drag & drop" thingees that kept coming out. That was until...I bumped into one that worked.
Three pieces of the puzzle...
Having committed myself one hundred percent to building websites based on WordPress, I also decided to standardize on using the Genesis Framework for the majority of the websites I build, because it's so stable and reliable.
With it's built-in "Hooks and Conditionals", Genesis finally solved all my custom content placement problems.
Even with Genesis, there is still a fair amount of coding required, but at least it was a structure that stayed the same from theme to theme.
When I added the awesome power of the Dynamik Website Builder and Genesis Extender from Cobalt Apps to the equation, I thought I had the ultimate web design solution. But there was still something missing.
A good foundation, but still missing something...
I had a good solid foundation in WordPress, Genesis and Dynamik, but it was still a pain in the butt to construct complicated pages. When I say "complicated" I mean pages with multiple rows and multiple columns like the typical About page these days. I still needed to remember short-codes!
I started playing with some of the Visual page builders available for WordPress, but after buying and trying Visual Composer, Thrive, MotoPress and Frontend Builder, as well as the Divi theme, I still wasn't impressed. So I gave up and carried on.
The last piece of the puzzle...
Then in October, Chris Lema posted a blog article called Comparing Drag & Drop WordPress Page Builders in which he praised Beaver Builder for it's speed and how little it affected your content when building the page.
This was the day my life changed! After heading over to Beaver Builder and playing with their excellent demo, I went ahead and purchased the Pro version. After installing and playing with it on my own test server, I knew I'd finally found the last piece of the WordPress web design puzzle.
I was so excited because I'd finally found the Holy Grail of WordPress web design and I wanted to start sharing everything I knew about WordPress, Genesis, Dynamik and Beaver Builder. It was finally time to start that blog I said I would start one day.
As "www.wordpressgenesisdynamikbeaverbuilder.com" wasn't really a good, or practical name for a website, I pared it down to The Dynamik Beaver because that just sounded much more fun and it was definitely much easier to type:)
"Beaver Builder was the final piece of the puzzle"
During the launch of The Dynamik Beaver website we realized we needed a fun character who could interact with everyone, so I immediately started looking for a little beaver for the job. It wasn't long before Dee Beaver applied. We hit it off right away and so Dee was hired as our official spokes-beaver. You're going to see him a lot around here.
So with the team put together and all the finishing touches added to the website, we are officially here to start helping you to create amazing websites without having to know all that horrible code stuff.
That's it! If you're still reading this, Deebee and I are very grateful for your time and patience.
One last thing
We plan on bringing you lots of information that we think will help make building websites quicker and easier for you, but there will probably be something you want to learn that we didn't plan on including. If this is the case and you have something you would like to learn, please drop us a line and we'll see what we can do.
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