8 Best WordPress Page Builder Plugins Compared (Based on Real Experience)

8 Best WordPress Page Builder Plugins Compared (Based on Real Experience)

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Looking for the best WordPress page builder plugin so that you can start creating content with a visual, drag-and-drop interface?

Elementor WordPress page builderElementor is active on over three million WordPress sites according to WordPress.org, making it one of the most popular page builder plugins.

Elementor is also what we use here at WPLift – if you check out our homepage and other core pages, all of them are built using Elementor, which is why we’re generally pretty big fans of Elementor.

So what’s the deal with Elementor and its growth?

Well, first off, Elementor is a visual, drag-and-drop page builder plugin, which means that you’re able to design your content using the exact same view that your visitors will see. It also boasts inline editing, which means you can just click and type on the page to edit content.

Elementor inline editingElementor’s growth.

You can also purchase pre-made Elementor templates from sites like EasyThemePacks that are built on Elementor.

Lots of Design Options

Elementor is especially popular with designers because of its detailed style options. You’ll get pinpoint control over every single element, including neat goodies like absolute positioning.

So if you like having design flexibility, I think Elementor might be the best tool for you (though there are some other good options, too – like Divi Builder).

A Super Powerful Pro Version…That’s Also Affordable

Elementor Pro, the premium add-on for the free version at WordPress.org, started out as just a set of extra widgets along with some helpful new features like the ability to add custom CSS directly to individual widgets.

Since then, though, the Elementor team has packed in a ton of value…without really changing the price.

The two biggest additions are:

  • Theme Builder
  • Popup Builder

With Elementor Theme Builder, you can take the same visual Elementor interface and use it to design your entire website – including your site’s header, footer, blog single pages, blog archive page, etc. You can even use it to design your WooCommerce product pages.

Elementor theme builderToolset, or Pods.

Then, Elementor Popup Builder lets you design popups using the Elementor interface, including lots of targeting/trigger rules, as well as the ability to set up email opt-in forms.

Overall, the value that Elementor Pro offers is tough to beat in my opinion. You can learn more in our full Elementor review.

Price: Free version at WordPress.org. Pro version starts at $49

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2. Divi Builder

Divi BuilderElementor in that respect.

Divi Builder gets ragged on by some WordPress folks for its performance, but, having tested this stuff multiple times, I think that’s unfair.

In performance tests that I’ve run, Divi Builder fares fine. It’s not the absolute fastest, but it’s certainly in the same range as many other popular page builders. I’ve found my Divi Builder pages usually have a slightly larger file size, but do a better job at keeping HTTP requests to a minimum.

Lots of Design Options

Like Elementor, Divi Builder comes packed with tons of design options, so if you like being able to tinker with elements, you’ll probably be a fan of Divi Builder.

Divi styling optionsElegant Themes, the developer, does a great job of publishing Divi tutorials and resources on the Elegant Themes blog.

You can learn more about Divi in our full Divi theme review. And we’ve also compared Divi vs Elementor if you want to see how they stack up.

Price: Available as part of the $89 Elegant Themes membership, which gets you access to every single Elegant Themes product.

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3. Beaver Builder

Beaver Builder page builderBeaver Builder team prioritizes stability rather than adding new features as quickly as possible, which is something a lot of folks appreciate.

It does indeed have a stable interface that’s never crashed on me. And I also find its interface to be quite speedy, which is nice when you’re working with a lot of content.

Beaver BuilderBeaver Builder interface to design your theme (much like Elementor Pro).

The only downside is that Beaver Themer is a separate purchase, starting at $99.

White Labeling

If you purchase the Agency package, you can white label the Beaver Builder interface to match your branding. Not many other page builders offer this feature, at least not in the core plugin.

Price: Limited free version at WordPress.org. Pro starts at $99.

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4. Thrive Architect

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5. Oxygen

Oxygen WordPress website builderour Oxygen 2.0 review.

Price: $99 for lifetime updates and use on unlimited sites

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6. Brizy

Brizy page builderToolset, ACF, and more.

Efficient, Intuitive Interface

As I mentioned above, if I only considered the actual builder interface, I think Brizy would be my favorite page builder plugin.

Again, that’s because Brizy makes it more efficient to access settings in my opinion. For example, you can see that most of the settings for the button appear right in the editor, rather than forcing you to use a sidebar:

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7. Page Builder by SiteOrigin

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8. WPBakery Page Builder

WPBakery Page BuilderEnvato space, WPBakery Page Builder had to make this list.

You might know WPBakery Page Builder by its previous name – Visual Composer. The Visual Composer team rebranded the old page builder as WPBakery Page Builder a couple of years ago so that they could launch a new page builder under the Visual Composer brand.

So yeah – there are two plugins – WPBakery Page Builder (formerly Visual Composer) and the new Visual Composer website builder plugin.

WPBakery Page Builder offers both front-end and back-end page building, so you can choose the interface that appeals to you.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of the WPBakery Page Builder interface and I find it less intuitive than something like Elementor or Beaver Builder. However, it’s undeniably popular, which is why I think it still deserves a spot on this list.

Tons of Extensions and Widgets

One of the big high points of WPBakery Page Builder is how you can find an extension for almost anything.

So many third-party plugins offer dedicated WPBakery Page Builder widgets, so it’s super easy to use that third-party content in your designs.

If you want to see it in action, check out our Elementor vs WPBakery Page Builder comparison.

Price: You can purchase the standalone plugin for $45. Or, it also comes bundled with tons of premium themes at ThemeForest.

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What’s the Best WordPress Page Builder Plugin in 2019?

I don’t think there’s a single best WordPress page builder plugin for all users. Instead, I think it’s about finding the tool that’s best for you, and that might not be the same for everyone.

Personally, we use Elementor here at WPLift, and I also use Elementor on my own personal websites. So from our perspective, we find Elementor to be the best page builder plugin for our needs, and I think it’s a great plugin to start with if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of your choices.

However, all of the other plugins also have something to offer, so they’re worth exploring as well.

For example, if you’re a developer who gets a migraine every time you look at the code output from a page builder plugin, you’ll probably be a lot happier with Oxygen.

Or, if you want the most intuitive interface, you might prefer Brizy.

Many of these plugins have free versions and/or money-back guarantees, so you can experiment and find what works for you.

Now it’s over to you all – any questions about these plugins? Did I miss one that should be on the list? What’s your favorite WordPress page builder plugin? Let us know in the comments!

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