Website builders are tools that allow us to create websites without manual code editing. And there is a lot of website builders across the internet. But before the battle begins, let us take an overview of the two power builders.
Elementor is the best FREE WordPress Website Builder, with over 5 million active installs. Create beautiful sites and pages using a drag and drop interface. Elementor is a page builder plugin that replaces the basic WordPress editor with a live front-end editor to visually create complex layouts and design your website live without switching between the editor and the preview mode.
The Divi Theme Builder is an interface within Divi that allows you to use the Divi Builder to construct theme templates and assign those custom templates to pages or posts across your theme (including custom post types like Divi Projects and WooCommerce Products and Pages).
The main differences between Divi and Elementor are:
- Divi offers an interface with a hierarchical structure where the body of your website is clearly defined, whereas Elementor provides a faster and cleaner interface
- Divi has a backend and front-end editor, whereas Elementor has more freedom when it comes to design
- Divi provides a support center inside the dashboard of your WordPress site, whereas Elementor support provides a Facebook Commenting System
- Drag & Drop Editor – Elementor has the fastest, most intuitive editor in WordPress. Simply drag, drop, and customize.
- 300+ Designer Made Templates – Choose from over 300 beautifully crafted templates, designed to fit every industry and need.
- 90+ Widgets – Choose from dozens of widgets to create any content you need: buttons, headlines, forms, etc. You can do anything.
- Responsive Editing – Switch to mobile view, and tweak every element to make it look perfect on any device.
- Popup Builder (PRO) – Popup Builder gives you the freedom to create pixel-perfect popups, including advanced targeting.
- Theme Builder (PRO) – A genuinely visual guide to your site creation, giving you immediate access to each site part, right within the editor.
- WooCommerce Builder (PRO) – Take control over your WooCommerce online store by utilizing the power of Elementor.
- No Coding – Reach high-end designs without any coding. The resulting page code is compact and optimized for every device.
- Navigator – Navigate between all page elements or layers, quickly glance custom changes and easily access them via indicators.
- Full Site Editor (PRO) – Design your entire site from one place, including your header, footer, and content.
Here are just a few things you can do with the Theme Builder:
- Design a global header/menu for your entire site from scratch using the Divi Builder.
- Design a global footer for your whole site from scratch using the Divi Builder.
- Build a custom 404-page template.
- Build a custom post template layout for all blog posts using the Divi Builder.
- Build a custom product page template for all products.
- Build a custom template for archive pages.
- Build a custom template for all posts (or works) with a specific category.
- Design complete theme builder packs (sort of like child themes) that you can export and import into other websites.
Looking at reviews and usage statistics of the product is always a good idea. However, it should not be the only deciding factor. Both Divi and Elementor are popular page builders. If we look at BuiltWith website statistics, we can see that Elementor is in the lead at the moment. 1,899,238 live websites are using the Elementor (1,009,968 in the United States). At the same time, 1,422,727 live websites are using Divi (770,337 in the United States).
These are just the current number, but they may change in the future. There are many new page builders on the market, including Gutenberg made by the WordPress team. Gutenberg is unique and does not have all the features yet. But in the future, it might become the default page builder for many people. At the moment, Divi and Elementor have the necessary integration with Gutenberg, so you can use Divi or Elementor modules in Gutenberg editor. This might be the future of page builders, where you use Gutenberg editor and just get third-party add-ons to extend functionality. That said, this is just speculation. We’ll see what happens in a few years.
Elementor and Divi both have advanced page building features. Elementor is free and has a PRO version costing $49. Divi costs $89 per year and can be used on an unlimited number of sites. The Divi Builder is user-friendly, but Elementor is faster to work with.
- Live Front End Page Editor
- Website Personalization Features
- Template & Block Library
- Extensive Mobile Responsive Options
- Most Powerful Popup Builder
- PRO Create Custom Headers / Footers
- PRO Create Post Type Layouts
- Can create more than one Headers and assign them to different pages on your site.
- Create a blog post template and use it for different categories, pages, or taxonomies.
- Divi is one of the most customizable themes available. Divi enables efficient design through the Divi library, multi-select, and bulk editing features, find and replace styles, copy and paste techniques, keyword shortcuts, and more!
- No CSS, HTML, or PHP required. You can simply navigate the graphical user interface. Training with Divi is far more intuitive than other WordPress themes.
- You can easily export entire page layouts and website elements
- Divi offers 800+ pre-made designs and 100+ full website packs. Elegant Themes provides 24/7 support via forums and is supported by a robust community.
- Adding custom styling to links doesn’t always go as planned. You may be stuck with Elementor’s default typography and color settings, which may not be what you want.
- If something is misaligned on the page, it’s often hard to locate the exact margin value that’s the culprit. For example, you may have a primary block, a column inside it, and a content element inside that. Each of them has its own margin settings.
- Features Lack of Useful Options
- Template & Block Library Are WEAK
- Support Unwilling To Provide Custom Solutions
- 3rd Party Addons Commonly Cause Issues
- Divi relies heavily on shortcodes. If you stop using the Divi Builder, this makes it difficult for you to transfer your content.
- With endless customizations, all the options can be overwhelming. To get a button just right, you might have to adjust 10-20 different settings. This can be time-consuming and tedious.
- Depending on the level of customization, Divi websites can easily be recognized.