Bricks was released a little over a year ago and has generated a lot of attention and excitement. My assessment is that Bricks is coming into its own. It has grabbed mind-share and now market share. Here is my thinking:
- Initially Bricks got a lot of interest because it was full featured at launch and because the developer was well respected.
- Performance issues at launch were addressed and Bricks produces good front-end output.
- Interest has been maintained because the developer listens to users and has regularly released significant updates.
- It has been over a year and Bricks still has a no-stress money back guarantee with no time limit yet announced. This, coupled with the relatively low price, means that there’s nothing to lose giving Bricks a try.
- Bricks has great support for dynamic data and works with ACF, Meta Box, Toolset, Pods, and JetEngine.
- The Query Control is powerful and easy to work with.
- Earlier this year I noticed that Bricks was shifting from being a new product to watch to one that was being used by professional site builders.
- Recently David Browne released the BricksExtras addon. He’d already created addons for Oxygen and the Zion Builder, so at first I was wary, but after looking at BricksExtras I found that it does a good job balancing performance, accessibility, and ease of use … it has lots of nice well thought out features.
- Sridhar Katakam has run a very useful Oxygen tutorial site for several years and recently launched Bricks Labs. He jumped in with both feet and is producing content to help users get started and use Brick to its fullest.
- And then the Breakdance builder was announced. Breakdance is a new builder from the Oxygen founder. The announcement was badly botched, undermined the founder’s credibility, and sent many Oxygen users off to consider their options. Since that announcement the Bricks Facebook group has grown by more than a hundred new members a day. Many of the new members were previously using Oxygen.
- I’m seeing plugin developers starting to add support for Bricks.
For these, and many other reasons, Bricks has landed, or launched What do you think?