Currently, there are a number of page builders that challenge the reputation of Elementor as one of the best. Let us see how Elementor fares against other rising page builders.
Elementor: Short Intro
One of Elementor’s tickets to fame is its quick drag-and-drop functionality. This means users can make instant page edits from the front end, allowing for faster and easier page building. Speed is another key feature. Elementor offers high-speed performance, making the building process painless and convenient. The page builder is also popular for its library that offers hundreds of WordPress templates, all of which are professionally designed and are ready for export to different websites.
Furthermore, Elementor gives you the benefit of mobile-friendly design. This means you are able to build pages that would look and work well on any devices. Canvas, a popular Elementor feature, allows you to create landing pages minus the header or footer, which can be optimized for high conversions.
As for the pricing, Elementor costs $49 for a single site license. It also has a package for three sites, which costs $99/year. Another package costs $199/year and is good for use up to 1000 sites. There are currently 3,000,000+ active installs of Elementor.
Now it’s time to compare Elementor with other page builders.
Elementor Vs Beaver Builder
Nicknamed “the easiest WordPress page builder,” Beaver Builder is also known for its drag-and-drop feature. Like Elementor, you can use this page builder to create websites even if you don’t have any coding skills.
Also similar to Elementor, Beaver Builder does not require users to start from scratch. All thanks to its dozens of stylish page templates to choose from. All you have to do is choose a template that suits your taste and the theme of the site you are building and simply replace the text and images.
What’s great with this builder is that its Pro and higher versions offer compatible themes that let users alter styles with the native WordPress Customizer.
Pricing of Beaver Builder starts at $99 for unlimited sites.
Cons of Beaver Builder:
- Quite expensive
- No undo command on CTRL+Z or CMD+Z
- Little to no solutions to theme limitations
- Inability to add custom CSS code to content modules
Elementor Vs Divi Builder
Elementor and Divi Builder share the same reputation as a drag-and-drop WordPress page builder. Similar in so many ways, the two has slightly different interface tough. Made by Elegant Themes, which is a famous WordPress themes and plugins company, Divi Builder offers advanced layouts minus the need to work on codes.
While Elementor and Beaver Builder can be used to build just about any type of website, Divi Builder takes that feature a notch higher. It comes with 20 row types and three-section types that can be used in any combination and arrangement.
In terms of widgets, however, Divi only has 46 widgets (modules) while Elementor has 80. Every element can be customized to suit the style and functionality preferences of the user. You can shorten or widen them depending on your needs. Also, they have 140 templates to choose from, which is perfect for the rather time-conscious users. Elementor, on the other hand, has a total of 150 templates in its free and pro versions.
Divi Builder is available at $89/year. This package comes with hundreds of website packs, support, and updates as well as access to themes like Divi, Bloom, Monarch, and Extra. Divi Builder also has a lifetime plan that costs $249, which is bundled with the mentioned features of the yearly package plus lifetime support and updates.
Cons of Divi Builder:
- Inability to build themes
- Lack of custom header and footer
- Lack of popup builder
- Glitches when building longer pages
Elementor Vs Themify Builder
The Themify Builder offers users with a drag-and-drop interface that allows them to create layouts painlessly. Known for its frontend edit mode, Themify lets you preview your design and perform live edits on the module.
It also comes with more than 60 prebuilt layouts and animation effects, so like Elementor, you can save more time building your pages. It is as simple as importing a layout of your choice, inputting your text and images, and clicking publish.
The frontend interface likewise allows you to preview your work output and make live edits in the same place. To further boost its features as page builder, you can buy Themify’s addons separately or as a bundle.
The core plugin can be downloaded for free, but the addon bundle costs $39.
Cons of Themify Builder:
- Basic, not intuitive interface
- Lack of theme building features
- Lack of header and footer builder
Elementor Vs Thrive Architect
What makes Thrive Architect different from Elementor is that it is designed with conversion in mind. It is therefore, a great choice for websites that are built to make visitors complete a desired action such as signing up for a newsletter, filling out a form, or buying a product or service. So if you are thinking about building highly efficient landing pages, you will never go wrong with this page builder.
Other than being conversion-oriented, Thrive Architect also has drag-and-drop tool and 270+ prebuilt landing page templates. These features let the user create professional-looking homepages, sales pages, and blog posts.
Thrive Architect is available at $67 for a single site license while the monthly membership fee is at $19.
Elementor Vs SiteOrigin
First things first, SiteOrigin is a free WordPress page builder, which is one of its advantages over other builders. But not only does it cost-free, it is also packed with other good features which explains why it has over one million active installations.
SiteOrigin has both backend editor and live editor whereas Elementor only has frontend visual editor. Elementor, on the other hand, has inline editing – a feature SiteOrigin is lacking. Elementor has 28 free widgets compared to SiteOrigin’s 26. For free page templates, Elementor has more 38 while SiteOrigin has at least 26.
Through SiteOrigin, users can easily make column-based content designed to adapt to devices of all screen resolutions. On the topic of adaptability, the page builder also works fine with existing WordPress widgets and any WordPress themes.
Elementor and SiteOrigin are two of the most famous page builders at WordPress.org. In terms of code lock-in though, Elementor leaves behind clean HTML while some widgets leave behind shortcodes on SiteOrigin.
Again, SiteOrigin is free but its premium edition costs $29.
Cons of SiteOrigin:
- Plain user interface
- Requires additional “smarter” widget bundle
- No in-depth control of page layout
Elementor Vs WPBakery
WPBakery Page Builder for WordPress is formerly known as Visual Composer. It is one of the most famous in the CodeCanyon marketplace, a topnotch WordPress plugins hub.
Elementor has its own classified themes while Visual Composer does not have any. Instead, it has dozens of third-party themes that are completely compatible with the plugin. Also, it features frontend and backend editors that allow users to edit their work in a fast and efficient manner. In addition, WPBakery Page Builder is compatible with premier plugins such as WooCommerce and YoastSEO. It also works seamlessly with translation plugins like WPML and Polylang.
The builder is also designed to integrate different page features instantly. What’s more, you can adjust the elements by simply clicking on it and exploring the many settings it offers.
Visual Composer is available as $59/year for a single site license. It comes with over 100 templates, over 200 elements, at least 5 addons, support, and 40% discount on license renewal. Three-site license is priced at $149/year and includes the features of the first package plus updates and theme builders. Package for agencies and freelancers cost $349/year. This one includes all mentioned inclusions and can be used for unlimited websites.
Cons of WPBakery Page Builder:
- Not as user-friendly as others
- Potentially conflicting with other plugins
- Leaves shortcodes on pages after deactivation
Most page builders come with a live frontend editor and drag-and-drop functionality, which are essential in making the building process as convenient and as fast as possible. This means users can easily make adjustments to their work to achieve desired results.
After assessing the features of the seven page builders mentioned, the top three are Elementor, Beaver Builder, and Divi Builder.
Almost every page builder has similar customization options, they only differ in the number of available templates and modules. Another major difference is the price. In all honesty, Divi Builder’s lifetime package sounds really worth the price. One minor problem is that it has no free version, unlike Elementor and Beaver Builder.
In terms of clean code, Beaver Builder and Elementor both leaves behind clean codes, whereas Divi Builder doesn’t.
Beaver Builder lacks in-line text editing feature which is common in both Divi Builder and Elementor. This feature is very useful, especially when working on web page content.
Compared to Divi Builder and Beaver Builder, Elementor has more official elements and shares more modules.
Elementor, furthermore, stands out as a functional and corresponding page builder. With all its features and functions, Elementor seems to be designed for builders regarding of their skills, experience, and page building goals. As for the pricing, Elementor also proves to be catering for buyers of all budgets. This probably explains why it has more users (500,000+) than Divi Builder (440,000+) and Beaver Builder (400,000+).
Feel free to try Elementor to check out its feature and to learn how it really fares against other page builders out there.