Page builders are great tools for building a design in WordPress. They give you the tools to create practically any type of layout you can imagine and save lots of time in the process. In this article we’ll take a look at the top 5 best drag and drop builders for WordPress.
Most include features to add modules, make adjustments to padding and widths, resize columns, adjust heights, add CSS, etc. All are easy to use. The builders are in no particular order.
The Divi Builder (available as a theme or plugin) includes 46 content elements and allows you to build your layouts from the frontend or backend. A new layout pack is added to the built-in library every Monday. You can import new layouts or export your layouts and reuse them on other websites.
The Theme Customizer gives you customization tools to style the site globally or you can style each module independently. Divi has a large following with lots of Facebook groups, tutorials, child themes, layouts, third-party plugins, etc. Divi is responsive, multi-lingual, and supports RTL.
Divi is one of the most popular premium themes for WordPress.
2. Beaver Builder
Beaver Builder is a frontend builder with lots of pre-made templates to get you started. The free version comes with 5 modules and 9 rows. It can help you get the feel for the plugin’s user interface, but it seems too limited to do much else. The pro version includes 30 modules, and adds templates and lets you save to the library.
It provides an interface with elements in the customizer. You build the overall layout of columns and rows, and then drag the elements where you want them. You can edit any element and the theme customizer includes more adjustments. The edit window includes templates you can load and you can see those you’ve saved to your library. It’s responsive and translation ready.
Beaver Builder is probably the easiest builder to use.
Elementor is a frontend builder. The free version of Elementor has 46 elements including widgets and WordPress elements. The pro edition adds 23 more widgets and pro templates with a focus on sales and conversions. Choose from 12 different row options and then drag the element to a column in that row. Each element opens an editor where you can edit every element. You can even add columns within columns.
It includes dozens of templates that you can add simply by clicking to add a template rather than a section. Templates are added to that specific section itself. You can save, export, or import your designs. There are lots of third-party widgets available. Elementor is built for speed. It’s responsive, multilingual, and includes RTL.
Elementor is the most powerful free builder.
4. WPBakery Page Builder
WPBakery Page Builder (formerly known as Visual Composer, which is now the name of a new builder) includes an intuitive frontend and backend builder. Use the grid builder to create the layout and then drop the elements where you want them.
It has over 50 elements, over 100 pre-made templates, 200 third-party add-ons, 40 grid design templates, and lots more. Each of the elements can be edited individually. You can copy and reuse templates, create your own templates, and edit any template you want. It’s translation ready and responsive.
The builder is lightweight and easy to use.
5. Page Builder by Site Origin
Page Builder by Site Origin has both a backend builder and a frontend live editor. Create custom row styles and layouts with up to 12 columns and 12 ratio options. Edit the attributes, layout, and the design for each element.
The free version includes 26 widgets counting WordPress widgets, and 20 templates that you can edit. The templates include spaces for premium widgets, so there will be some features missing with the free version, but there are enough widgets in the free version to create some interesting layouts. The premium edition adds 13 widgets, enhances the page builder with new tools such as custom post types and block animations.
This one is simple to use but not as powerful as some of the others on this list.
I think all of the builders in this list are great choices, but my favorites are the first three with Divi being the one I currently use the most. Sometimes plugins don’t work with all themes the way we want them to. I’ve found that themes that include their own builders are better suited to that builder, and can sometimes include more features.
Regardless of whether you use a theme or a plugin, these five drag and drop builders are sure to have the tools you need to build your next WordPress website.
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