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Oxygen Builder Review 2018

Updated: August 4, 2018
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Oxygen Builder Overview

Oxygen Builder is a tool that enables you to build entire WordPress websites. It is not a page builder or a theme, but a hybrid product that enables you to have more control over what you create.

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Oxygen Builder

Free to $99

  • Provides full control over your website.

Just a quick update, the 2nd version of Oxygen was released yesterday. Updating this review for the 2nd version is not something I am going to have time for right now, but will take a look at it later this summer.

Oxygen Builder Review: Key Features

Provides full control over your website.

Oxygen Builder Review: Things To Consider

With this first version of Oxygen Builder, it’s hard to see where it fits in the current market. The developer has announced that they are working on version 2 right now, so I am hopeful that it will be an improvement.

Oxygen Builder Coupon / Oxygen Builder Discount

They have a discount on the Oxygen Builder website from time to time.

Oxygen Builder Review: Summary

Right now Oxygen Builder is a very risky purchase. With no updates in the last 6 months, but they have said that they are working on version 2. I would suggest holding off until v2 is released before deciding to purchase it.

Oxygen Builder Comparisons

Oxygen Builder Tutorials

Review Transparency & Ethics
These reviews & comparisons are my opinions based on my usage and testing. Although I have been solicited for paid reviews, I want to make it clear that I have always declined! I have never been paid to write or record any reviews, EVER! For more information on my review process, visit my Transparency Report linked above.

  • Blake Moore says:

    To preface, I’m not affiliated with Oxygen in any way and I totally agree with this assessment of V1. V1 was subpar in terms where they got vs their ambitions for the tool. I saw the vision but felt it fell short in many ways some of which you outline in your video. V2 however I think is an amazing tool, especially when approached properly. I love the way page builders make things efficient and “repeatable”, but as a hand-coder, I’m always left wanting with page builder tools (Beaver Builder, elementor, divi, etc) and end up writing everything into the child theme or a plugin anyways. I love that I’m able to have total control over every aspect of a site with oxygen v2 and things operate inline with how I’d expect them to if I was hand coding a site and yet they’ve also managed to get the visual editing experience to feel incredibly natural and powerful for non-devs. Adding a class to multiple elements then using visual point/click to edit one reflects changes across all elements in real-time. It also gives you the ability to create your own component/section libraries that can be loaded in the interface and drag and dropped in just like all the other popular options provide. I personally love the way they have laid out the library in a way that lets you have siloed “design system” component libraries. A developer can provide a library to a designer that doesn’t know how to code and they immediately have the ability point and click make changes with no code.

    At our agency, we utilize an in-house boilerplate on all our client projects. It’s a decoupled next.js (react.js) frontend that connects to WP via the rest API. We use type rocket page builder framework as the backend editing experience which passes custom block info to the rest API and is loaded as React components on the frontend. We’ve now realized we can take our existing react components after transpiling to HTML and build those into Oxygen component libraries for our lower budget clients to also utilize. That’s code reuse to the max and creating the ability for less digitally savvy designers to drag/drop create top-notch sites without breaking anything or having to code the underlying HTML. Certainly not going to be for everyone but they’ve done a pretty good job of making things easier for the non-devs with this new release I’m just hoping that support and updates continue at their current pace and don’t fall off the map like seems to have happened with v1. :/

  • Uldis says:

    looks like 2.0 is out. Looking forward to your insights. Thanks

  • bluerate says:

    Hi Adam
    Now Oxygen Version 2.0 has been released. After your assessment of version 1, it would be appropriate if you would also make a fair assessment of version 2.

  • Quique says:

    Today the new version of Oxygen 2 has just been released. It looks great, but I have my doubts after seeing what is discussed here, but I also have to say that I am a Sofly customer and I think its WP All import plug-in is very good.

    • It looks good on the surface, but I still have some concerns. The main selling point I see is that it uses flexbox for the generated code which makes it lighter. This will appeal to hand coders, but it’s not really that big of a deal in the real world. Oxygen Builder I think will only be a niche product for people that have a background in hand coding. Its made for that type of developer, many aspects of the builder will require custom coding to get the results you would want. My concerns are more related to all the BS they use to market it and how v1 users got screwed with no backward compatibility.

  • Vijay says:

    Oxygen 2.0 is in closed beta and is shaping up really well. Its control for Custom post Types and templates is Amazing and it is very different from the typical drag and drop builders

  • Michael says:

    Your comments where done 6 months ago – did anything change since then? Updates of oxygene, Improvements? etc.

    I read that they got some WPMUDEV Developers who were building the UpFront Builder now working for them and there was also a call on Facebook that he was offering even a benefit if more WPMUDEV Devs would move to them – would actually be much better if they would move to DIVI instead – anyway!

    I see a great potential of such a builder – it is in a pretty similar way also available in Flectra / Odoo and CubicERP (which are all based on Python) but a huge ERP system with a super Website builder which also stores all stuff inside the database (postgres). Very easy to setup a websop or and site presenting your company with data from your erp system – has also blog.

    For Developers that could be a real cool tool Oxygene. The fact that it losses the content isn’t so good, especially if you are using Elementor or Beaver Builder. You better avoid Oxygene. When using DIVI it actually won’t matter as both would lose the content and therefore I think the best would actually be if DIVI would integrate that Developer features into their own DIVI Builder to make especially modifying Headers and Footers much easier than right now.

    Even greater would be if all those Layouts – DIVI will bring out about 800 in the following months!!! – would be reusable also in Oxygene as then the combination or DIVI with Oxygene would be the best tool for future web development and you could entirely forget about Elementor and Beaver which not even offer a lifetime license! -> which means you purchase yourself into a prison – vendor lock-in.

  • Ash-f says:

    Since it’s not page builder, BB, Elementor nor Gutenberg does not compete with it.
    It’s rather “new” Headway but more solid.
    Strange thing is it’s not theme but completely take over the theme.
    Might be more powerful than BB Themer or Elementor 2.0

  • Roberto Ciccolella says:

    Just an update, Oxygen 2.0 Alpha is now available for testing. Is is obviously buggy and the author warned us. It is actually a new standalone web application and will not replace version 1 I mean they will focus on ver 2 but will also look after ver. 1 only for security updates. There are few MAJOR improvements, the layout engine use now CSS Flexbox that make building any layout far easier, there is drag and drop support for sections and single elements and this can also be done using the DOM tree. Video backgrounds, parallax, overlay are now quite easy to achieve. The template builder looks very straightforward, the easy posts element allow for many different style combinations for archives. If you feel adventurous you can also code directly in PHP the WordPress loop, I think no other page builders can do that. Stiling a Gravity form is now easier because the CSS inspector allow for easy targeting of HTML elememys to style. This web app is very unique and innovative, no anymore themes and child themes all changes are stored in the WP database. Id you love a page builder like Elementor (I do) you can combine it with Oxygen quite easily.

  • Mike Schinkel says:

    You should definitely approach people to pay you to do tutorials.

    They would provide value for the people that want to use it and you’d make money from the videos.

    Just my two cents.

  • Al says:

    I am a beginner , and so far most page builders I have used feel extremely limited. This to me seems much more intuitive and removes a lot of constraints of theme page builders, even with elementor canvas. I think the product is brilliant and to me just what is needed in the market for newbies, such as myself (aside from the coding aspect). Where they lack in customer , they make up for in speed and options of what is possible , which I believe far exceeds anything in the current marketplace . This should fuel the next generation in WYSIWYG website building. I hope they succeed !

    Al

  • Patrick says:

    I got into a fight with the creator and I have to say. He is an ass, plain and simple. I told him that he should at least send out an email blast to current subscribers to let us see behind the scenes. His response…does Apple send out free previews of their software/hardware? WHOA bro, you consider your company Apple. LOL.

    Any good marketer will tell you that customer service is key. This company has zero customer service and zero support. I’d love to see something happen but sadly, it’s looking bleaker and bleaker by the day. And even if it does happen what does this long wait indicate to those people who have purchased? Longer updates? Security loopholes for people who try to find a way to hack the software?

    This had so much potential but sadly, I don’t see it being anything more than a really, really bad purchase.

  • Vijay says:

    Hi,

    The Author has assured they are working on 2.0

    Vijay

  • Diana says:

    The company blog indicates no updates will be released until version 2.0, which they are working on. Hopefully they will get the update out soon.

  • Padraig says:

    Bought OxygenApp a few months ago, and there doesn’t seem to be any updates, support is limited to e-mails rather than forums, and I do regret purchasing. It’s good at what it does, but quite buggy and inconsistent. Wish I’d swerved it, it’s not going to be around for the long run, and zero updates mean trouble.

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