Brizy is a WordPress page builder plugin aimed at helping you to create a website in a visual way, without coding. Just like other similar plugins, Brizy comes with a visual editor where everything is drag and drop. You can use Brizy to create beautiful pages on your WordPress site without dealing with CSS or HTML. The editor interface of Brizy page builder is pretty simple, intuitive, and lightweight. It’s really fun to create a page using Brizy.
Brizy is a feature-rich page builder plugin. In addition to creating pages, it also allows you to create a custom header, custom footer, custom single post template, and popups on your WordPress site. All can be created using the Brizy editor. Features like the ability to add dynamic content and integration with third-party services are also available. Brizy page builder itself is released as a freemium plugin. It is a project from the team that develops ThemeFuse.
What is Brizy?
Compared to other popular page builder plugins like Elementor and Divi Builder, Brizy page builder is way less popular because it is relatively a newcomer in this area. Brizy was released in 2018. You can check the Brizy changelog on this page. One crucial thing you need to know about Brizy. Brizy is available in two editions:
- A WordPress plugin (which you can install on your WordPress site)
- Brizy Cloud. The service of Brizy Cloud is pretty similar to WordPress.com where your website is hosted on the Brizy server
Each Brizy edition is available in two versions: Free and Pro. The Brizy edition we are going to cover in this article is the WordPress plugin one. You can download the free version of the Brizy page builder plugin on the WordPress plugin directory. You can read our previous article to learn how to use Brizy.
By the way, Brizy works on both pages and posts.
Brizy General Features
Let’s start with the interface. If you have ever used Elementor before, switching to Brizy page builder will not be a serious problem as the interface of Brizy is similar to Elementor in some ways. There is a fixed panel on the left side which you can use to add elements, set the page layout, reorder the blocks, and so on. Brizy, however, offers its own user experience. The customization process of the elements is done via a settings bar which appears once you click an element on the canvas area (pretty similar to Gutenberg). Here is the screencast of the Brizy editor interface.
We love the Brizy editor because it is pretty simple, uncluttered, and extremely easy to use. It brings a new experience in creating a page in a visual way. Most importantly, the Brizy editor is lightweight. We have no specific metrics, but based on our experience, the interface of Brizy is lighter than Elementor and Divi Builder.
As mentioned earlier, Brizy page builder offers a different, unique experience in customizing the elements. The customization process is done via the settings bar which will appear when you click a certain element on the canvas area. The setting options available on the settings bar are varied, depending on the element you want to customize. For instance, if you want to customize the Text element, you will see some options to set the typography. Or, if you want to customize the Image element, you will see options to select an image, set the width and height, and so on.
Design Elements and Templates
The availability of design elements is crucial to notice when it comes to page builder plugin as it determines the design process in general. In Brizy, design elements are simply called elements (called modules in Divi Builder and widgets in Elementor). At the time of writing (October 7, 2020), Brizy offers 42 elements as you can see on the list below:
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If you have WooCommerce installed and activated, you will also get the following elements:
- Product Title
Note: The free version of Brizy is limited to 20 elements.
You can add the elements above to a block (called section in Elementor and Divi Builder). Unlike Elementor and Divi Builder, you are not required to add a column to a block although it would much helpful to add ones. In Brizy, column (and row) is available as an element. You can simply add it from the left panel if you need one.
Brizy allows you to save a block into a global block for recurring use. You can also turn a block into a slider in case you want to add a slider element to your page. When adding a new block, you have two options. First, you can use one of the offered premade block templates (there are over 500 block templates offered by Brizy in total). A block template consists of predefined elements and styling. Second, you can add the elements to the block and customize them yourself.
A simple feature that might impresses you. When selecting a block template, Brizy allows you to enable the dark mode. Enabling this mode will change the background of the block templates to black.
In addition to block templates. Brizy also offers page layouts. A page layout consists of predefined elements and blocks. At the time of writing, there are 41 page layout packs offered by Brizy, which are put together into several categories. A layout pack itself is a set of page layouts designed specifically for a certain website type.
One thing. Layouts are only available on Brizy Pro. Also, if you use the free version of Brizy, you will have fewer block template options as some block templates are only available on the pro version.
Maintenance Mode and Coming Soon Mode
With Brizy installed and activated on your WordPress site, you don’t need to install a new maintenance plugin if you want to turn your website into maintenance or coming soon mode as Brizy comes with a built-in feature to do so. You can read this article to learn more.
In Brizy, you can add a form to the page you are working on no matter the version you use as the Form element is available on both the free version and the pro version of Brizy. The Form element itself supports 14 field types, including the email field which you can use to collect leads. By default, the email addresses submitted via your form will be sent to your site. Brizy comes with a built-in feature to manage those email addresses (and other data depending on your form fields). You can convert the data into a CSV file for further processing (you can import it to Mailchimp, Excel, or any tool that support CSV import).
Ability to create a custom template for theme parts
On some page builders like Elementor and Divi Builder, there is a feature called Theme Builder that you can use to create a custom template to replace the default parts of your theme such as the single post template, 404 page, search results page, archive pages, and so on. Brizy also has this sort of feature although it doesn’t specifically call this feature a Theme Builder. The feature to create custom templates even is available on both the free version and pro version of Brizy. However, given you can’t add dynamic content on the free version of Brizy, you need to use the pro version to get the most out of this feature.
Brizy Pro Features
Header and Footer Editor
One of the features offered by Brizy Pro is the ability to create both a custom header and custom footer on your WordPress site. The way the feature works is a bit different from other page builder plugins, say Elementor and Divi Builder. To add a custom header to a certain page, you need to edit the associated page and add the header block (Brizy offer a block dedicated to a header). Take a look at the screencast below.
What if your website consists of several pages? No worries, you don’t need to edit every single page on your website to add the custom header. Instead, you can add display conditions to the header/footer block. Read this article to learn more.
In order to have the same header on all pages, you can create a global header block. Brizy allows you to enable the sticky, static, and fixed modes the header block.
The same thing applies to custom header. To add a custom header to pages on your site, you need to edit every page want to add the custom header to.
Mega Menu Builder
If you love the mega menu and want to add one to the website you are creating, no need to install a new menu plugin as Brizy offers a built-in feature to do so. You can simply click the menu item you want to add the mega menu to and enable the Mega Menu option. You can then add any element you want, just like when you are creating a page with Brizy.
Want to create a popup on your WordPress? Again, you don’t need to install a new plugin as Brizy Pro comes with a built-in feature to do so. Brizy even offers tens of popup templates you can choose from. Unlike header and footer, you can set a display condition when creating a popup on Brizy. The popup builder of Brizy supports the following trigger types:
- On page load
- On click
- After inactivity
- On page exit intent
- Show after X
- On scroll
- Arriving from
There are also options to hide popup to logged users and based on the operating system.
Unfortunately, the popups you created with Brizy only appear on the Brizy-powered pages. Your popups won’t appear on regular pages (pages created with Gutenberg) and blog posts.
The ability to add dynamic content is one of the features to make a page builder is appealing to use. Brizy has this sort of feature, allowing you to add dynamic content to your design. You can add whether the default WordPress dynamic content — such as featured image, post title, post meta, post content, and so on — or custom dynamic content you created with plugins like Custom Advanced Fields, Pods, or Toolset.
To add dynamic content in the form of an image (such as featured image, site logo, or profile picture), you can click the database icon when selecting an image.
To add dynamic content in the form of text, you can press the hash key (Shift + 3 in most cases) on your keyboard. This will show the list of dynamic content types (text) you can add to your page, including custom fields if you have created custom fields with Advanced Custom Fields or the similar plugins.
Pro Elements and Page Layouts
There are 42 elements offered by Brizy in total. 22 of them are available on the pro version. The elements that are available on Brizy Pro are:
As mentioned earlier, the pro version of Brizy also offers page layouts. There are over 40 layout packs you can choose from to streamline your design workflow. The concept of this feature is pretty similar to Divi. Divi also offers tons of layout packs. If you find a suited layout pack for the website you want to create, you can simply use it.
The free version of Brizy allows you to add a form to page using the Form element. However, you can’t connect your form with third-party services like Mailchimp, MailerLite, etc. To be able to connect your form with those services, you need to use the pro version. Here are the email services you can connect your form with:
- Campaign Monitor
In addition, you can also connect your form with Gmail and an SMTP server.
By default, Brizy offers only 20 font families. On the one hand, this is great as too many fonts could cause your design tool heavier to be operated. On the other hand, you have too little options for fonts. To have more font options, you can simply install new fonts. Brizy has a native integration with Google Fonts to allow you to install a new font from Google Fonts effortlessly. This feature is available for both the free version and the pro version.
If you want to install fonts you downloaded from other sources (via TFF files, for instance), you can also do so via on Brizy Pro. Brizy also allows you to remove the fonts you no longer need, including the default fonts.
Social Media Integration
In the social media era like today, integrating your website with social media is something inevitable. Brizy Pro offers three elements that you can use to integrate your website with your social media:
- Facebook: You can use this element to display Facebook Like button, embed a Facebook post, embed a Facebook Page, and embed a Facebook Group.
- Twitter: You can use this element to embed a tweet, display Twitter feed of a certain account, and display a Follow button.
- Comment: You can use this element to display Facebook comment box and Disqus comment block
The Bottom Line — Brizy Review
As a newcomer, what Brizy offers are worth-praising. It has a very intuitive, lightweight interface that brings a new experience in website creation. The features offered by Brizy are also complete enough although there are some areas that need to be improved. For instance, the popups you created with Brizy should appear on regular pages too instead of Brizy-powered pages only.
Another minor is that Brizy doesn’t support add-ons yet just like Elementor and Divi Builder. Brizy is still young, though and we think that it has a bright future given the good responses it gets from the WordPress community.
- Lightweight, intuitive interface
- Extremely easy to use
- Streamlined workflow
- Complete enough features
- Not limited to a certain theme
- Advanced elements on the free version
- Offers a lifetime plan
- Popups work only on Brizy-powered page
- Doesn’t support add-on