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WordPress page builders have taken the internet by the storm. It is no hidden fact that WordPress powers millions of websites on the internet. As such, a good WordPress page builder can make lives easier for developers and end users alike. Such page builders have made it possible to quickly and efficiently put together a WP site in no time.
As such, the rising popularity of WordPress page builders is no surprise. In this article, we will be taking a look at some of the most popular WordPress page builders.
Finding the Best WordPress Page Builder
We know that WordPress page builders allow us to create entire websites in very little time. Almost all page builders nowadays feature an easy to use drag and drop layout, and come with several predefined style elements and blocks. More importantly, modern day page builders churn out semantically compliant code without the user having to touch even a line of code.
What else can WordPress page builders have to offer? Let us first find out!
Advantages of WordPress Page Builders
- WordPress page builders offer a real-time editing experience so users can see the changes live as they would appear on their site.
- The simple drag and drop features allow you to use various addons, blocks and layouts on different pages thereby giving a versatile approach to design.
- Any decent page builder allows you to disable or hide any existing element to clear it later, and these elements can also be saved for later use.
- You have access to pre-installed blocks and layouts, which in turn allows you to work faster.
- Using WordPress page builders does not require any coding skills. In fact, many page builders also feature a custom CSS option wherein you can specify your own styling — and then export the said styling for use on other websites.
As you can see, WordPress page builders have a lot of features and useful solutions to offer. This has made the lives easier of not just designers and developers but also of the end users as anyone can now customize a website with ease.
Top 6 Best WordPress Page Builders
Now, the big query — which ones are the top WordPress page builders out there?
Divi is a popular WordPress page builder that comes bundled with the best-selling Divi WordPress theme. You can use this plugin with other WordPress themes as well, and it also has frontend and backend interfaces that are easy to use and configure. This particular page builder comes with a lot of useful elements to create great and fully functional pages.
Unfortunately, there is no free version of Divi Builder. This means you will have to shell out at least $89 (per annum) for an Elegant Themes membership. This will also give you access to several WP themes, in addition to the Divi Builder plugin.
Elementor is one of the most well-known page builders for WordPress today. Despite the fact that the plugin was released in 2016, it has already been installed by more than 3 million active users.
In fact, Elementor took the WP page editing landscape by the horns and single-handedly transformed it to something anew. Elementor is a highly popular and reputed name in the league of WordPress page builders.
The free version of Elementor provides you with 40 templates and 30 basic widgets. Free widgets include cool features like image carousels and custom HTML elements. For additional widgets as well as customized templates and premium support, pricing plans begin at $49 per year (for one website).
Brizy is a relatively newer name when it comes to WP page builders. That said, it is also among the easiest to use.
Brizy features a complete set of widgets and design elements that can be added to any page or content area. It offers seamless integration with WordPress and has a feature-packed free plan.
Premium versions come with additional modules and content options and start from $49 per year for three websites.
Gutenberg has been around for some years by now, and it seems to finally be getting community acceptance. That said, it is noteworthy to point out that Gutenberg is, of sorts, WordPress’ response to the page builder frenzy.
Gutenberg was pitched as the official replacement for the WP TinyMCE content editor. As such, the older editor would be phased out by 2022, and Gutenberg would replace it for good. The older editor can still be accessed via the Classic Editor WP plugin, but Gutenberg is the default editor of choice in WordPress.
There is no premium version, albeit many third party developers have, by now, started offering Gutenberg block plugins that extend the overall functionality of Gutenberg. In its basest form, Gutenberg comes with content blocks that can be used to add any type of content to the page, such as media elements, text, video, oEmbeds, and so on.
Beaver Builder is a clean WordPress page builder with semantic code and regular updates. It comes with a bunch of addons that add more flexibility to it. Beaver Builder is very easy to use and is, perhaps, the easiest page builder with a very lenient learning curve.
This particular page builder has been used on more than half a million sites around the world! The free version offers a limited set of templates and content blocks, and you can upgrade to the paid version with additional options starting from $99 per year for unlimited websites. Such a pricing model means Beaver Builder is ideal if you are building multiple websites using it.
The last entry on our list, Oxygen page builder, is different from other WordPress page builders, because it works with a separate sandbox module connected to WordPress. It has an easy to use interface with many page builder elements for buttons, containers, text blocks, image blocks, paragraphs, columns, etc.
Oxygen is a visual editor that is more suited for agencies and theme builders and less for end users. The cheapest pricing option begins at $99, and it does not offer WooCommerce integration. As such, unless you are a designer/developer or agency, Oxygen Builder might not be the best fit for you.
So there you have it — a list of some of the top WordPress page builders out there.
Which one should you use? Well, if you are looking for something easy to learn, Beaver Builder is a good pick.
On the other hand, if you need a plethora of templates and design options, look no further than Elementor. Divi is a worthy choice too, but since it’s a premium offering, it may not fit everyone’s budget.
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