Here in this post, let me compare the top WordPress page building tools - Elementor, Divi and Beaver Builder.
These are various ways to build a website. Among them, building websites using page builders or WordPress is the most versatile and easiest way for non-techies out there.
But the fact is that there are various page builder plugins for WordPress. It may be an overwhelming task to choose among the various popular plugins for building the web pages.
So, we’ve made your job simpler by comparing the popular page builder plugins insightfully and in a practical way.
We’ll compare the various page builders with regards to the:
Why only three?
These three page builders are the most popular in the market with well-updated code-base and documentation.
If you are in a hurry and quickly decide which one of the best option for you, you can refer the below comparison table.
Free, $49, $99, $199
Free, $99, $199, $399
Ease of use
For all those geeks out there, I’m sure that you guys will love this post, and you’ll be confident enough to choose a page builder for your website.
1. User interface
All the page builders we’re reviewing in this post comes with frontend editing capabilities. You won’t be dealing with backend page building as you did with previous versions of Divi and also other page builders like Fusion Builder.
The changes you make to the webpage will be instantly previewed on the actual site. You don’t need to save the changes and refresh the page to see every minor change you do.
The only major difference is that the Divi and Beaver Builder has many floating buttons, whereas in case of Elementor most of the customization happens with the options in the sidebar.
Let’s take a look at the interfaces of each of these page builders.
1.1 The interface of Elementor
When you create any WordPress post/page, the “Edit with Elementor” button will appear below the title.
If you want to shift to the Elementor’s frontend editor, you need to click on that button and wait for the visual editor to load.
In the Elementor window, if you click on the plus button it’ll ask you to select the layout of the section. The folder icon lets you import among hundreds of Elementor templates and also lets you access the saved templates.
You can simply drag and drop any modules that are available with Elementor to the live site to modify it and see the changes instantly. The panel with the all the elements is present in the left side of the screen, and you can hide the panel by clicking on the “Hide Panel” toggle.
Like that of all other page building plugins mentioned, the Elementor comes with inline text editing capabilities.
1.2 The interface of Beaver Builder
In the WordPress page editor, you need to click in the “Beaver Builder” button to open the the builder’s screen.
It’ll open up the visual editor’s screen.
Here the modules panel will be present at the left side of the screen by default. You can drag and drop any element you want to the canvas.
If you wish to put the modules panel to the right side of the screen, you can drag the module to the right side. This is something that’s not possible with Elementor unless you use a separate plugin for this functionality.
And also, there’s a hide button on the bottom-right corner of the modules panel that lets you hide the modules panel.
Beaver Builder like that of Elementor or Divi page builder has lately got the in-line text editing capabilities.
Earlier, you used to type in the text in the text panel. But now you can enter the text right on the screen with true WYSIWYG editor as you can see in the above screenshot.
1.3 The interface of Divi Builder
In Divi, you have the ability to choose between the old backend page builder and also the frontend page builder.
But most of the times, you’ll be using the Visual Builder as it is more intuitive and lets you design pages in the WYSIWYG fashion.
On the contrast, the backend editing is the old way to design the pages. You needed to design the pages on the backend and refresh the page on the frontend even for minor modifications to the backend modules.
As most of the people will be using the visual builder, we’ll be going through the frontend builder’s functionalities.
After launching the visual builder, you can notice the blank page with a green plus button at the top of the screen. If you click on that button, it’ll ask you to choose the row layout.
As you can see, I’ve chosen the two-column row to start with. Once I choose the row layout, it will ask to insert module. There I can consider inserting any standard modules or any saved modules in the Divi library.
Each of these page builders come with dozens of modules built-in and also support for various addons that add much more modules to the page builder.
Let’s look at the modules each of these page builders have got to offer us.
2.1 Modules of Elementor
Elementor is a freemium plugin.
The free version of Elementor comes with a limited number of modules. But for a normal user, the free elements that Elementor comes with are more than enough.
If you want more modules, you can go for the pro version of Elementor. It comes with the above extra modules along with features like Global Widgets, pro templates, custom css for modules, header and footer builder, etc.
There are also various addons that add much more modules to the Elementor plugin. Such plugins are Crocoblock and others. I use Crocoblock on many of my sites and it adds a whole new number of possibilities to what you can build with Elementor.
2.2 Modules of Beaver Builder
Like that of Elementor, the Beaver Builder also comes with both free and paid versions. The free version of the Beaver Builder can be directly downloaded from the WordPress repository.
The free version of the page builder comes with only 5 modules:
- Text editor
Whereas, the pro version of the Beaver Builder unlocks a whole new set of modules as you can see in the below screenshot.
Like that of Elementor, Beaver Builder has also got lots of addons for adding more elements and functionalities to the page builder like Powerpack addon and Ultimate Beaver.
2.3 Modules of Divi Builder
Divi Builder is a premium only plugin for WordPress. It comes with upto 46 elements to play with.
There are also various addons for Divi Builder. The popular one of them is Ultimate Addons for Divi Builder. It comes with various premium Divi child themes, layouts, and much more. And also, there are other addons like Divi Booster, Divi Life, and Divi Cake.
All of the three page builders allow third party developers to create modules and support them seamlessly.
Each of these builders offer a great level of module customization. Your imagination is your limitation when it comes to creating amazing pages using these plugins.
Let us look at what kind of module customization options each of the page builders give you.
3.1 Customization and styling in Elementor
In Elementor, when you click on any element there are three tabs available in the sidebar.
Using the content tab, you can customize the aspects like type of the element, alignment, text, size, icon content, etc.
The style section enables you to customize the style of the button like color, hover color, border, margin, padding, typography, etc.
The advanced section enables you to customize the animation, CSS, background, responsiveness, and also add add custom CSS to that specific module.
You have a lots of layout options also for editing the page sections. Here you can alter the content width, structure, columns gap, etc.
Along with this, you can right click on any element on the page to access the options to duplicate the elements, save the module as templates, etc.
3.2 Customization and styling in Beaver Builder
Similar to that of Elementor, for every element on the page, there are three tabs of customization. They are general, style, and advanced.
The general tab gives you options to edit the text, add icons, insert hyperlinks, etc.
The style of advanced tabs allows you to alter the colors, styles, structure, spacing, responsiveness, visibility, animation, so on.
It also has got options to add different styles like solid, gradient, transparency to some of the elements like buttons.
3.3 Customization and styling in Divi Builder
In Divi builder you can add the modules using the floating panel. After adding the module to the canvas, you can click on the gear icon above the module to customize the content and design of the module.
In the content section, you can edit the text, link and also the background color of any module.
In the design section, you can modify the colors, alignment, overlay, etc. The customization options offered by Divi Builder are very powerful and allows you to modify each and every part of the page.
In the advanced section, you have the options to add the custom CSS to the module that you’ve selected.
4. Pre-made templates
Although you can build the pages from scratch using these page builders, why take the pain?
Elementor - 100+ templates
Beaver Builder - 40+ templates
Divi Builder - 140+ templates
4.1 Elementor templates
Elementor has the wide variety of templates to choose from.
The categories of templates range from homepages, about pages, portfolio, landing pages, product pages, contact pages, about pages, coming soon pages, son on.
You also get pre designed block templates with Elementor that helps you build the section of the pages on-the-fly.
There are also various Elementor templates available on the web.
Additionally, you can right click on any of the element or the section of the page and save them as template/global widget to reuse them whenever required.
4.2 Beaver Builder Templates
In Beaver Builder, there are dozens of templates for you to choose from. The templates are categorized into landing pages and content pages.
If you have designed or modified any landing page, you can save it as a template for reusing it later in your workflow.
There are also various 3rd-party templates available for Beaver Builder.
4.3 Divi Builder Templates
Divi Builder also comes with various templates (140+), and are neatly categorized. It comes with more templates than that of Beaver Builder as of writing this blog post.
You can also save the landing pages that you’ve designed as saved layouts which are available for use.
There are wide variety of Divi layouts available on the internet.
5. Mobile responsiveness
All of the page builders featured in this blog post has the mobile/.tablet customization abilities.
As expected, this feature is every essential in the mobile-first index age. With all the page builders, you can view your landing pages like in desktop, mobile or tablet and customize the elements accordingly.
You can toggle some elements to be only shown/hidden in desktop/mobile/tablet devices.
It would be a tie among all these page builders when it comes to mobile customization and responsiveness.
But according to me, Elementor has got some small edge when mobile customization is concerned.
6. Unique features
In this section, let us look at some of the most unique features that these page builders have got to offer.
The core functionalities offered by all these page builders are pretty much the same. But there are some minor differences between these page builders.
Let us a take a deep look.
6.1 Unique features of Elementor
Embed anywhere: You can embed the Elementor designs anywhere on the site, sidebars, footers, headers with the usage of shortcodes or through widgets.
This feature is only available on Elementor Pro.
Shape dividers: With this feature you can great looking SVG designs to your page without any coding using Elementor interface.
There are various shape divider effects like mountains, drops, clouds, zigzags, etc.
6.2 Unique features of Beaver Builder
Beaver Builder hasn’t got much unique features.
But one of the unique features that is notable is that all the licenses of Beaver Builder comes with white-label option by default. This is a great feature to have if you have WordPress web design agency or if you are a developer.
6.3 Unique features of Divi Builder
Divi Builder has got the most unique features than any other page builder in the post here.
A/B split testing: This is one of the most unique features that no other page builders in the list offers.
Using the backend builder you can A/B split test the module designs to test which one performs better when it comes to conversions.
The Divi Leads adds Split Testing functionality to the Divi Builder.
You can split test different design or content variations of landing pages and send distributed traffic to these pages to know which one converts better and decide the winner.
Divi role editor: The Divi Builder has a very advanced role editor that lets you assign the right to access certain modules to certain user roles on WordPress.
There’s a more granular control when it comes to assigning the roles than compared to that of Elementor or Beaver Builder.
Lock elements: While editing the modules, you can lock some of them to prevent any accidental changes from happening.
Copy module style: You can just copy the style of the module instead of duplicating the entire module.
Let us look at the price of each of these page builders, how do they compare with each other and whether they are value for money.
As I’ve said earlier, both of the Elementor and the Beaver Builder are premium page builders. Among them Elementor has the most generous free version. It comes with great features even in the free version.
The Beaver Builder comes with a limited free version with only a couple of modules and also no export/import functionality.
Whereas, the Divi Builder is a premium-only plugin. But for the price of $89/year, you get unlimited domain support and access to the company’s all themes plugins - notable being Divi Leads, Bloom, and others.
If you are planning to use the page builder on only one domain, Elementor has the cheapest plan at $49/month and comes with the all the features.
$49/year (one-domain usage)
Yes ($99 year)
Refer the above table to know the pricing models of all these three page builder plugins.
Winner: Divi Builder(Best value for money as it comes with access to all Elegant themes, plugins, with unlimited site usage)
Which is the winner?
As you’ve noticed in the post, all of these plugins excel in their own fields.
Among these page builders, Elementor is more versatile and powerful.
Beaver Builder is best if you have web design agency due to the capability to whitelabel the plugin. When you combine this plugin with addons like Ultimate Beaver, it adds a whole new range of possibilities to the page builder.
Divi is great if you love to have great features like Divi Leads, hundreds of templates, and AB split testing. The downside with Divi is that if you decide to deactivate the plugin, it leaves a huge pile of shortcodes.
In this regard, Beaver Builder is the cleanest as it leaves no residue after deactivating it as it makes no use of shortcodes.
You can’t go wrong with any of these. Let me know your views in the comment section.
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