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Best Drag and Drop WordPress Page Builders

5 Best Drag and Drop WordPress Page Builders

If you’d like to make it in the business and not miss out on any opportunities, it’s essential that you have a website. You can use it to reach your target audience and for different marketing strategies that could further help grow your business. In order to make a website, most people turn to WordPress, since it’s simple to use and because of its hefty community support. Some WordPress themes are available for free, whereas others are premium, but what both have in common are pretty much limited customization options. This means that you probably won’t be able to create a website exactly how you pictured it, unless you start using WordPress Page Builders. Many are available out there, so how should you know which one to pick?

We’ve done the research for you and we’ve singled out the best drag and drop WordPress page builders:

1. Beaver Builder

Beaver Builder

Beaver Builder is without a doubt one of the most popular WordPress builders around. It enables you to create a website without knowing a single line of code.

There are two versions of Beaver Builder available, lite and pro. You can download the lite one for free from WordPress.org. It includes some basic modules and columns layout. The pro version (from $99) on the other hand comes with more customization options. It includes modern template designs, 20+ modules, etc., and you can purchase it from their official website.

This drag and drop plugin is quite simple to use, and one of the great things about it is that you can see exactly how the changes will look while you’re editing an element! The live preview takes up the whole page, so it’s easy to keep an eye on all the theme setting changes. To add new elements, you can simply drag them from the sidebar. As for text editing, you can do it inline or in the editing window.

Beaver Builder comes with a collection of predesigned templates that are also niche-specific. You can use them as they are, or tweak them as per your needs and style. It’s also compatible with most WordPress themes and plugins. However, if you wish to be absolutely sure that it’s compatible with the theme and the plugin of your choice, you can test it by downloading the lite version first.

What also makes this page builder stand out is the Beaver Themer add-on. If you want to use it though, you must purchase it separately for $147 a year. Beaver Themer enables you to build a theme from scratch, including headers, footers, single post layouts, etc.

One of the downsides of using Beaver Builder is the fact that there are no undo, redo, or history options. You can, for instance, undo text changes with the simple Ctr + Z, but this will not work for layout changes. As for layouts, to undo changes you must click the Revisions button. Find the revision that needs to be changed or removed, and apply the desired modifications.

Whether you’re the lite or the premium user, Beaver Builder support team is there to assist you. They provide limited support for the lite version users, whereas the premium users get 1 year of support.

What makes Beaver Builder a great WordPress page builder:

  • Intuitive user interface
  • Comes with the real-time editor
  • No coding knowledge required
  • Great support
  • Decent collection of readymade templates
  • You can use widgets in layouts
  • Beaver Themer add-on

2. Elementor

Elementor

Elementor is another drag and drop page builder for WordPress that has over 1 million active installs.

You can download the free version or purchase the pro one from Elementor.com. The cheapest plan costs $49 and you can use it to build one site, whereas for the unlimited number of sites you’d have to pay $199.

Even if you don’t possess any HTML or PHP knowledge and skills, with Elementor’s fully intuitive user interface you can easily craft a website exactly the way you want it to look.

Just like Beaver Builder, Elementor also comes with the live preview option, so you can immediately see what your changes will look like once applied. To add new elements to the page, simply drag and drop them from the left sidebar and place them literally anywhere you like. If you wish to modify something, click on the desired element and make the changes again in the sidebar. When it comes to text editing, as of November 2017 Elementor has introduced the inline editing option, so you can alter your text directly on the page. If you compare it to the Divi Builder’s inline editor, Elementor’s turns out to be a bit more flexible regarding the elements it supports. What you can’t style, however, are the links.

This page builder also enables you to add widgets to your website anywhere you like, including footers, sidebars, etc. You can design a Coming Soon page as well and add SVG shapes to your designs, which will look awesome on your website.

Elementor comes with a collection of pre-built and easily customizable layouts (more than 100 of them), but it also includes the Elementor Canvas, which is a blank page template. This means that you can build a page from scratch, without using any of the elements of the WordPress theme you’ve installed.

To go back to the previous version of your page and to revert any changes, just click the Revision History.

As for support, if you’re using the free version, than you can look for answers in their Docs section. Premium users get 1 year of professional support from the Elementor team.

What makes the Divi Builder a great WordPress page builder:

  • Vast assortment of modules
  • Right-click mouse option
  • Split testing
  • Clean user interface
  • Decent collection of premade templates
  • It’s fast
  • No coding knowledge required

3. Divi Builder

Divi

There’s only premium version available, and it can be purchased on Elegant Themes’ website. You can get a yearly access to all of their themes and plugins for $89, or a lifetime access for $249.

To set up a website with Divi Builder you don’t need to know a single line of code, which makes it perfect for an average user. Its user interface is fairly intuitive, and you can rearrange modules by using drag and drop options.

Divi Builder includes the inline text editing, so you can make changes to both your content and some simple changes to the layout inline, directly on the page. However, most changes to modules have to be made in a popup box instead on the page.

One of its great features is split testing, or the A/B testing. This means that you can basically test specific opt-in forms from the back-end builder interface and then decide which version works best for you.

Unlike other page builders, Divi Builder lets you use the right click mouse button. That enables you to undo/redo an action, to copy/paste modules and sections, to lock certain elements to avoid changing them by accident, as well as to copy just the style instead of the entire module.

As for its assortment of premade templates, Divi Builder has about 42 in total, and the majority of those is not really niche-specific. It’s compatible with most WordPress themes and it’s really fast, especially with Divi theme. With other themes, though, you could experience some slight issues. This can especially occur when you add many elements to the page, so it might take a longer timer for it to load and re-load.

The Divi Builder support team is always available to assist you, and their community support forum is also great for finding answers to any questions you may have.

What makes Elementor a great WordPress page builder:

  • It’s really fast
  • It’s cheaper than other page builders
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Elementor Canvas
  • No coding knowledge required
  • Amazing widgets
  • It requires zero coding knowledge

4. Thrive Architect

Thrive Architect

Thrive Architect, formerly known as Thrive content Builder, is another great front-end, drag and drop page builder.

There’s no free version available. The pricing packages start at $67 (in that case you can use it on 1 website), and for $97 you can use it on up to 5 websites.

To build content with this page builder, you don’t need to know how to code. No matter the package you purchase, you’ll get 274 customizable landing page templates, which is quite impressive, as well as 1 full year of customer support. You can also always find answers on their community support forum.

Thrive Architect page builder is quite impressive, as it lets you create almost any design imaginable, and is compatible with all themes. Its user interface is fully intuitive, and somewhat similar to Elementor’s.

When you wish to add elements to a page, you can simply drag and then drop them from the sidebar. A cool thing happens then – in the sidebar, you can immediately see the properties of the elements you’ve added to the page. As for styling options, when compared to other page builders, Thrive Architect offers some advanced properties that others don’t have. Inline text editing is also available, which is definitely a great thing. When it comes to the sidebar, you can even choose which side to display it on.

Thrive Architect also enables you to use the undo/redo action, even with hotkeys (Ctrl+Z and Ctrl+Y, retrospectively).

What makes Thrive Architect a great WordPress page builder:

  • Amazing user interface
  • Impressive element styling options
  • The use of hotkeys for fast actions
  • Vast collection of templates
  • No coding knowledge required
  • Numerous features (more than any other page builder)
  • Remarkable inline editing experience

5. WPBakery Page Builder

WPbakery

WPBakery Page Builder is both a front-end and a back-end page builder, which today has more than 1.5 million active installs. As of October 2017 Visual Composer has been renamed to WPBakery Page Builder, but it’s important to note that the Visual Composer Website Builder still exists. It’s used for creating whole websites, while the WPBakery Page Builder is intended for crafting the content part.

You can get it for $45 from their official website.

As the aforementioned page builders, this one doesn’t require any prior coding knowledge either. The user interface is not that intuitive though. When you wish to apply a change, that may require multiple clicks, and most options are in form of a drop-down and in popups, which may not always be the best solution. Also, it may take you some time to find all options available, in particular when you’re only just beginning to use the WPBakery Page Builder.

Overall, the styling options are a bit limited, especially if compared to what you can do in Elementor, Thrive Architect and Divi Builder. It does however allow you to edit your logo, menus, headers/footers, etc. If you are a developer, though, this page builder enables you to implement some additional options and also increase the overall functionality of your website.

What’s great about it is the fact that it has an impressive third-party add-on community, which counts more than 250 add-ons.

The pre-made layouts library is quite rich, with about 86 templates, but most of those are actually sections, and not full pages.

When in need of support, you can either check their FAQ page or contact their support team.

What makes the WPBakery Page Builder a great WordPress page builder:

  • Compatible with every WordPress theme
  • No coding knowledge required
  • Front-end and back-end editing
  • Nice collection of modules
  • Great options for developers
  • Amazing number of third-party add-ons
  • Regular updates

Conclusion

No matter the page builder you pick, all of them let you take full control of your website without having any prior coding knowledge. They are fully responsive, and come with great functionalities and options, but some definitely offer you more value for your money. From our point of view, it seems that you can’t go wrong with any of these WordPress page builders, and it all comes down to your preferences and needs. Give any of them a go, and you will surely be able to craft magnificent websites!

We hope this article was helpful. If you liked it, feel free to check out some of these articles as well!

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