Like everything in WordPress, there are a lot of options when it comes to page builder plugins. As WordPress 5.0 approaches and brings with it the much bemoaned Gutenberg as the default editor, a lot of people are looking for alternatives.
Content that used to be controlled by themes and custom fields is now increasingly being handled by page builder plugins. They give users more control and help developers build websites faster.
Page builders are nothing new to WordPress, but as websites become more competitive and users are interested in higher quality designs, page builders fill an important role for millions of webmasters all around the world.
Vote in the poll and let us know what your favorite WordPress page builder plugin is. You can vote once per day and the poll will be live for a week, so vote early and vote often! After the poll has closed we’ll compare some of the highest rated plugins to see which has the best performance.
The Results Are In!
Congratulations to Beaver Builder for the come from behind win!
Wait, what is a WordPress PAGE BUILDER?
A WordPress page builder is a plugin that allows you to manipulate the look and feel of your WordPress powered website more fully than a standard theme. They make building custom page layouts faster and easier than using the default editor and theme settings and don’t typically require much programming knowledge if any.
How much do they cost?
Page builder plugins range from free to several hundred dollars. There are three general models:
- Free (Gutenberg) – The plugin doesn’t cost anything but may not have as many included features and may require more knowledge of code.
- Freemium (Elementor, Beaver Builder, Live Composer) – The base plugin is free, but you’ll need to pay for better support or more features. Be sure to read feature comparisons to determine if you’ll eventually need to pay for the premium version.
- Premium (Divi Builder, Page Builder by WPBakery) – You pay a one-time or annual fee for the plugin, updates, and support. Sometimes includes other themes and plugins.
WHICH IS THE BEST page builder FOR YOU?
As with most software, that can be fairly subjective. It often depends on your skill set, budget, and requirements. Free page builder plugins rarely include support beyond community forums, which can be strong or practically non-existent. Support that comes with paid page builders can vary from phone, to Email, to forum-based. It’s important to do your research. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the page builder still being updated? How often? Try and find a public roadmap to get an idea of what’s coming and if you can have input.
- What’s the community like? Even if you have paid support, a vibrant forum and developer community makes a huge difference.
- What’s the ongoing cost? For some this won’t be a concern, but the annual fees can start to add up. Is purchasing the plugin alone enough for you, or will you also need to purchase a theme or other plugins?
- What are the reviews like? Be careful with this one. So many seemingly professional reviews are actually just affiliate sites trying to make a buck from your clicks. Look for up-to-date information that’s written subjectively and professionally.
- Can you find examples using the page builder that you like? It doesn’t matter how efficient and technically impressive a WordPress page builder is if no one has been able to build anything interesting with it outside of a technical demo. If you can’t find examples of good design, move on.
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