One of the biggest complaints that people have with WordPress versus other platforms like Wix or Squarespace is that the latter two are designed to be page builders, letting you easily customize aspects of your site as easily as dragging and dropping different elements into the page.
Out of the box, WordPress may not be quite as user-friendly. But developers, in an ever increasing attempt to help straighten out the learning curve of the highly popular content management system, have taken steps to soften the slope a bit and make WordPress much more user friendly and easier to use.
How Does a WordPress Page Builder Plugin Work?
WordPress page builder plugins work with WordPress by adding to its built-in capabilities. Whereas you would normally have the ability to generally edit content and make some changes to themes, page builder plugins take this level of customization much farther than what WordPress can do by default.
After using solutions like Wix or Squarespace, it’s easy for people to miss the drag and drop simplicity that these page builders had. With this in mind, many attempts have been made to give WordPress drag and drop functionality.
Here are three of the best page builder plugins that you can use with no programming experience whatsoever to customize WordPress and take the popular blogging platform beyond your wildest expectations
Beaver Builder is used by over one million websites and allows you to separate the content aspect of WordPress while adding on page builder functionality. Even if you should decide to stop using Beaver Builder, your content goes right back into the default WordPress editor, so you lose nothing.
One of the biggest reasons that Beaver Builder is so popular, is that it works with nearly any existing theme. This includes mobile-responsive themes. With Beaver Builder, WordPress truly gets a WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) editor. Make changes in real-time on the front-end of your design and see them exactly as they look. No more previewing and refreshing the page to see your changes.
Plus, Beaver Builder works with a variety of languages as well as WooCommerce, so even if you have a site in another language or an e-commerce business, you can still use this versatile plugin. It comes with lots of pre-made templates that you can use as a starting point, and then customize every aspect of, without touching a single line of code.
Beaver Builder starts at $99 for unlimited sites.
Divi Builder, just like Beaver Builder, lets you create pages by dragging and dropping different elements to create your own design and style. It comes with dozens of pre-made templates for different kinds of websites, and then lets you add nearly 50 different types of content “modules” that can be arranged to create any kind of layout you can imagine.
One of the features that truly makes the Divi Builder stand out is that once you create a specific layout that you like, you can save that configuration for use in other pages. Although the Divi Builder comes with its own theme, also known as Divi, you can use it with nearly any other WordPress theme.
Divi Builder is priced comparatively to Beaver Builder, with prices starting at $89 per year. There’s a lifetime license available as well.
One word that could be used to describe the Elementor page builder? Instant. Instant drag and drop page building capability, instant live edits, instant page loading. Elementor is, in a word, fast. See your changes live, as soon as you make them. No more switching back and forth between preview modes and the back-end of WordPress. It also works with WordPress’ new editing system, Gutenberg.
Like Divi Builder, Elementor lets you mix and match different elements (known as “blocks”) to create templates that combine a variety of options, including sections for services, testimonials and more. You can also save and reuse these configurations on different pages, or even different websites. Elementor also comes with over 100 different templates to give you a starting point to customize them and make them your own.
One of the more interesting features of Elementor is its design features. If you’ve ever wanted to give your page that “designer’s touch” with professional features like box shadows, shape dividers, gradient backgrounds and other common flourishes, but you’re not a graphic designer in the slightest, Elementor is the WordPress page builder for you. You can easily add and customize these features so that your page looks exactly the way you envision it.
Unlike some other editors, which give you a mobile responsive theme as a base, but don’t really let you tweak it independently for each type of device, Elementor places a great emphasis on mobile editing. You can change the font size, paddings and margins per device, and even change how columns are ordered, so that your most important information gets shown in mobile devices first.
Which WordPress Page Builder is the Best?
The truth is, there is no “best” among WordPress page builders. It’s going to depend on what you want to do with your site, how you want to customize it, and much more. If you’re looking for more design freedom with regard to your template, something like Beaver Builder or Elementor may be a better choice. But if you’d rather have the ability to customize and save your layouts, Divi is a sure win.
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