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How to Install The Breakdance Page Builder for WordPress

The Breakdance Page Builder is a powerful, yet lightweight plugin that allows you to create beautifully designed & highly optimized websites in little time. The builder is easy to use and integrates with Gutenberg for content editing.
Updated July 13, 2023

Breakdance is a modern visual website builder for WordPress. It features a drag and drop website editor that's easy to use. The builder includes 100+ elements and a simple drag & drop UI. It is layered on top of a powerful, developer-friendly core and contains little loading time bloat.

The Page Builder is designed to be intuitive and easy to use. Even if you have little to no experience with website builders or coding, you should be able to create a beautiful website with Breakdance.

If you are a more experienced user, the Page Builder can still be a valuable tool. It can save you time by allowing you to quickly create complex layouts that would otherwise be difficult to achieve. And, because it is built on top of a developer-friendly core, it is easy to extend and customize.

What is the Breakdance Website Builder?

Breakdance is a website builder that was created to compete with similar WordPress page builders such as Elementor, Visual Composer, and Divi. Unlike those other builders, Breakdance is designed to be lightweight and fast.

At its core, the Page Builder is a drag and drop interface that allows you to add, remove, and rearrange elements on your pages. In addition to the standard WordPress content elements (such as text, images, and videos), the Page Builder includes 100+ custom elements that can be used to create complex layouts.

Who is the Breakdance Builder Created For?

The builder is designed for anyone who wants to create a website, regardless of skill level. If you have never built a website before, the Page Builder can help you get started quickly and easily. And if you are an experienced user, the Page Builder can save you time by allowing you to quickly create complex layouts that would otherwise be difficult to achieve.

You only need to have little technical knowledge before using the Page Builder. The main knowledge you should know is how to install WordPress. But, other than that, no special skills are required.

If you're looking to create a pretty great website quickly and easily, without having to learn code, then the Breakdance Website Builder is a great option. We see Breakdance as a viable choice for business owners who want to create or upgrade their online presence, without spending a lot of money on web development services.

How to Create & Install a WordPress Website

There are two ways you could create a WordPress website, locally and online. Both have pros and cons, if you want to save money until your site is live, we recommend using a local server. If you don't want a hassle to move everything to an online server in the future, we recommend installing WordPress directly on your web hosting account. If you decide to host locally, you can use Local by Flywheel or MAMP. Local is easier of the two local hosting options, I'd recommend MAMP for more seasoned website developers.

Hosting a WordPress Website Locally (for free)

Creating a WordPress website locally means you would need to install WordPress on your computer, and then use a local server to view your website. Creating a website locally can be set up in under 10 minutes but the downside is nobody can publicly view your website since it's sitting on your computer. This is aimed at those wanting to learn how WordPress works or those wanting to tinker around with a new plugin or theme without worrying about breaking a live website. It also saves you money until you're ready to launch!

You could fully develop your WordPress website with Breakdance locally, then later migrate it over to an online host when you're ready to go live.

To create a WordPress website locally which you can easily install Breakdance on, we recommend the localwp app. It's free, works on Windows and Mac, and makes it super easy to install a local WordPress website in minutes. The company also provides guides on the WordPress installation process.

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Hosting a WordPress Website Online (paid)

Creating and hosting a WordPress website online is the long-term solution because you could launch your website as soon as you're ready. You wouldn't need to worry about moving anything since you're developing on the live hosting itself. If you develop locally and plan to have your website accessible to the world, you'll have to migrate everything over to an online host. The main caveat is you'll need to pay for hosting, but it doesn't have to be expensive.

To develop your site online, you need to purchase a domain name with website hosting, then install WordPress. There are tons of hosting providers that allow you to easily buy a domain, hosting, and install WordPress in a few clicks. We recommend using Bluehost due to its price, which starts at $2.95/month and comes with a free domain name and SSL certificate for the first year.

3 Standout Features of the Breakdance Page Builder

Full Site, Visual Editing

Breakdance offers full site, visual editing capabilities. This means you can see your entire website as you're working on it and make changes in real-time. You can build headers, footers, and theme templates with Breakdance. The entire website editing experience is visual, so you don't need to know any code.

Gutenberg Integration

Gutenberg is WordPress's content editor. The Breakdance Page Builder includes full integration with Gutenberg, so you can use the two together to integrate your unique designs in Breakdance while using Gutenberg for content editing. Create your content in Gutenberg (blogs) and integrate it with the beautiful pages you create in Breakdance.

A Great UI with No Bloat

The Page Builder is built on top of a powerful, but lightweight, core. This means it loads fast and doesn't add any bloat to your website. The Page Builder is also designed to be extendable. So, if you need more features, you can easily add them with plugins.

The user interface is simple and easy to use. You can drag and drop elements to create complex layouts with ease. The Page Builder also includes pre-built elements that you can use to get started quickly.

How much does the Breakdance Builder Cost?

The current pricing model sets the cost at $199 a year for use on an unlimited number of sites. A single site license is $99.

How to Install the Breakdance Page Builder

Installing the Page Builder is simple. First, you need to get the plugin from the Breakdance website. Once you have the plugin, you can install it on your WordPress website like any other plugin.

You can install the plugin from your WordPress dashboard. Go to Plugins > Add New, then click "Upload Plugin." Choose the file you downloaded from the Breakdance website and click "Install Now."

After the plugin is installed, you need to activate it. Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins and find the listing for the Page Builder. Click "Activate" and you're all set!

The plugin has a brief setup process that you need to go through after activation. The process is simple and only takes a few seconds. We'd recommend disabling the default WordPress theme editor and opting into the visual editing experience.

Breakdance Builder Setup Wizard

Creating Your First Page with Breakdance

Now that you have the plugin installed, it's time to start building! The first thing you need to do is create a new page. You can do this by going to Pages > Add New from your WordPress dashboard. Go ahead and mess around with the visual editor, adding and rearranging elements to create a unique layout. When you're done, click "Save" and view your page!

If you want to learn how to start building your site, you should aim to create a header and blog page. Luckily, the editor is very intuitive and easy to use. You can find all of the documentation you need on the Breakdance website.

Final Thoughts

The Breakdance Page Builder is a powerful, yet lightweight plugin that allows you to create beautifully designed & highly optimized websites in little time. The builder is easy to use and integrates with Gutenberg for content editing. There's a lot you can do with the Breakdance Page Builder and Soflyy did a great job developing it!

Regardless if you are building pages from scratch or using the plugin with an active template, you have a ton of customization at your fingertips. You'll be on track to building your dream site in no time. And, with the annual subscription cost at only $199/year for an unlimited number of sites, it is a great deal. If you need any help along the way, be sure to check out the documentation or join their Facebook group.

We wish you the best of luck in your web development journey! Have any questions? Leave a comment or reach out to us on Discord!

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Written by Justin Gluska
Justin is the founder of Gold Penguin, a business technology blog that helps people start, grow, and scale their business using AI. The world is changing and he believes it's best to make use of the new technology that is starting to change the world. If it can help you make more money or save you time, he'll write about it!
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