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To get started with Visual Composer Website Builder, please refer to this guide for downloading, installing, and activating.

Downloading Visual Composer

To download Visual Composer Website Builder, visit Download section of the official website and get the free copy of the plugin.

There is no registration necessary. Visual Composer can be downloaded and used completely free of charge.

Installation

Visual Composer can be installed as any other regular WordPress plugin by uploading the visualcomposer.zip file to your WordPress site:

  1. Open your WordPress Admin panel and navigate to Plugins;
  2. Select 'Add New' (upper left corner);
  3. Select 'Upload Plugin' (upper left corner);
  4. Choose to upload visualcomposer.zip from your computer and click 'Install Now';
  5. WordPress will install the plugin automatically;
  6. Click 'Activate Plugin' to finish the installation.

Activate WordPress plugin after install

You can now use Visual Composer Website Builder on your site.

Nevertheless, to receive additional elements, templates, and extensions it is required to activate Visual Composer Hub access for Free (limited) or Premium versions.

Visual Composer Hub Activation

Right after installation (or at any point of using Visual Composer), it is recommended to activate the access to the Visual Composer Hub. A cloud marketplace for downloading additional elements, templates, and extensions.

Visual Composer Hub access comes in Free (limited) or Premium version. For Premium customers, there is no limit in downloading additional content.

To activate Visual Composer Hub, select 'Unlock Visual Composer' and choose either Free or Premium version. For the full activation process follow:

You can purchase Visual Composer Premium access to the Visual Composer Hub for one site, three sites, and unlimited sites (Developer License). You can compare Free vs Premium benefits and upgrade from Free to Premium at any time.

Plugin Update

There are 2 types of updates available for Visual Composer Website Builder:

  • Plugin update;
  • Visual Composer Hub (cloud marketplace) update.

Plugin update is a regular way of how plugin update works in WordPress. Update notification will appear in your WordPress admin dashboard under Plugins section and will allow updating automatically.

WordPress plugin update notification in WordPress admin dashboard

Visual Composer Hub update is the most common way on how Visual Composer Website Builder will receive updates. The update will contain new and improved elements, templates, and extensions. Visual Composer Hub update is performed automatically and doesn't require any steps to take.

For the new elements, templates, and extensions, visit Visual Composer Hub frequently.

Minimum System Requirements

Visual Composer has been developed to work with WordPress. You can check compliance of Visual Composer with your WordPress site via Visual Composer System Status page in Settings. 

Visual Composer server requirements are aligned with WordPress requirements:

  • PHP version 5.4 or higher. Recommended 7.2 or higher;
  • MySQL version 5.6 or higher (you can also run WordPress on MariaDB 10.0 or higher);
  • HTTPS support (this has become mandatory in terms of good SEO).

For the Visual Composer Hub access, it may be required to ensure that the following settings are in place:

  • wp-content/uploads folder is writable (More information in WP Codex);
  • Memory limit in php.ini is set to memory_limit = 256M;
  • Max execution time in php.ini is set to max_execution_time = 90.

Contacting & Support

Need further help or have suggestions? Visit our frequently asked questions (FAQ), the official slack channel at slack.visualcomposer.io or support portal.