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The Top 6 WordPress Page Builder Plugins in 2018

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Nowadays, there are countless page builder plugins for WordPress. If you aren’t sure of which choice to make, don’t worry! Just continue reading this article and choose which of the page builder plugins from our list will suit your requirements and needs.

Below in this article you can find a collection of the best page builder plugins on the market, compared and scored according to the following categories (5 points each):

 

  • Value – how much do you get for the cost?
  • User Interface – how easy is it to use?
  • Options –what kind of customization is available?
  • Commitment – what happens if the plugin is disabled?

 

  1. Page Builder (by SiteOrigin)

Value – 5, UI – 3, Options – 3, Commitment – 4 
Total Score: 15

Page Builder is a free WordPress plugin which features the crucial basic modules. There’s also a decent page template choice and user interface. Plus, some improvements have been added with a basic visual editor.

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Primarily, it isn’t shortcode driven, thus if it happens to get deactivated mostly clean code will be left behind. One of its downsides is that it isn’t customizable as other plugins and isn’t very fancy. However, the great thing is that it is very reliable and it comes for free.

 

  1. Divi Builder (by Elegant Themes)

Value – 5, UI – 4, Options – 5, Commitment – 3
Total Score: 17

There are definitely many reasons why you should choose Divi Builder. First, it comes with a well-designed user interface which is very simple and easy to figure out and use. Then, it offers various module options, page templates, and a high-level design control.

divibuilder

Next, you can add custom CSS to each of its elements and save your own templates. What’s more, each module includes a specific customization option for mobile display. You can also design using a visual editor and switch back-and-forth.

Yet, there are also some disadvantages. The biggest is the fact that Divi Builder is shortcode driven. If it gets deactivated your website will display plenty of shortcodes.

 

  1. Themify Builder (by Themify)

Value – 4, UI – 3, Options – 3, Commitment – 1
Total Score: 11

Similar to Divi Builder, this plugin is customizable by using backend or frontend editing. Even though it requires certain skills and knowledge (more than the other page builder plugins) it is definitely worth the effort. In fact, it provides you with a great module set and good layout control. Plus, it enables you to set up various column structures and modify gutters or other advanced positioning.

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However, the major drawback of Themify is that all of your page builder content will be gone if you deactivate it unless you manually copy it to WordPress editor, which is a time-consuming task when there’s a lot of content for copying.

 

  1. WPBakery Page Builder (formerly Visual Composer)

Value – 4, UI – 4, Options – 4, Commitment – 3
Total Score: 15

WPBakery Page Builder, known as Visual Composer in the earlier times, is one of the first to appear on the market bundled with many ThemeForest themes. Although it isn’t free, it certainly isn’t expensive – a $45 one-time cost.

Over the years, many new features have been added and both frontend and backend editing has become possible which made it very flexible. This plugin offers a decent number of modules, design customization options, and mobile views.

Furthermore, WPBakery Page Builder shares the same disadvantage with the Divi Builder plugin. In other words, it is shortcode driven, so when it gets disabled those ugly shortcodes will appear on your page.

 

  1. Beaver Builder

Value – 4, UI – 5, Options – 5, Commitment – 5
Total Score: 19

Beaver Builder has a free lite version and a paid one. The free version only includes some basic modules. On the other hand, the paid version (starting from $99 to $399 a year) offers high value for the money spent.

beaver builder

To begin with, the paid version has a nice user interface featuring drag rows, columns, and modules. It comes with a great built-in design, but you can also customize the modules with different colors, fonts, margin, padding, etc.

Moreover, you can add CSS classes within the modules very easily. Plus, it offers amazing layout templates that allow you to create and save new templates. Last but not least, Beaver Builder isn’t shortcode driven so you may lose the layout, but not the content.

 

  1. Elementor Page Builder (by Elementor)

Value – 5, UI – 5, Options – 4, Commitment – 5
Total Score: 19

The number of active installs, over 700,000 to be specific, speaks itself for the quality and popularity of Elementor. What’s even more convenient, the core plugin comes for free in the WordPress repository. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?Elementor

Its greatest features include a pretty good glitch-free user interface, design control, front-end editing, and various modules. Moreover, it offers pretty good responsive settings options such as previews or disabling certain elements for certain devices. And, there’s a bundle of pre-built templates and content blocks for speeding up design.

And, if the plugin gets disabled, the layout will be lost, but the content will stay preserved with clean HTML.

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Thank you for reading this article. We hope you found it helpful. Today we presented a collection of the top 6 WordPress page builder plugins in 2018. If you need any additional help, or have any questions regarding this article, please feel free to contact us below in comments, and we will do our best to help you as soon as possible.  

 

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Editorial Staff at 85ideas is a team of WordPress experts led by Brian Harris. Here to share amazing tuts, guides and collections.

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