Ratings and Reviews of the Best (and Worst) WordPress Page Builders
WordPress page builders give you the freedom to build custom pages without touching any code.
There are dozens of page builders on the market. With so many to choose from it's hard to know which one you should use. I personally test every WordPress page builder that I review so you don't get burned by endless trial and error.
I BUY, INSTALL, and USE every WordPress page builder that I review. Every page builder is rated based on these essential features:
Layouts and Templates
Performance and Updates
My name is Sean. I've been building websites for more than 15 years. For the last 8 years, I've been working almost exclusively with WordPress and Shopify.
I've read all the blog posts that review the "Best WordPress Page Builders" or the "Top 5 WordPress Page Builders". They can be helpful but after I finished all that reading, I still didn't know which one to choose.
The only thing left to do was try them all. I've spent my own money and hundreds of hours testing every WordPress page builder that I can get my hands on. I'm putting all this together because I personally have needed a resource exactly like this for a long time!
I' don't favor any single page builder over another. I'm not really even promoting WordPress. This guide is for people who have already decided that WordPress is the right fit for them and need the flexibility of using a page builder.
Beaver Builder Pro
Beaver Builder Pro excels as a page builder by giving you powerful ways to build and customize pages. Using it to build WordPress pages is a truly liberating experience. Recently surpassing 1,000,000 active installations, Beaver Builder is arguably the fastest, most stable, and user friendly page builder in the WordPress world. I highly recommend it.
The Elementor Pro team released the free version of Elementor in the summer of 2016 and followed up with Elementor Pro in the following December. Reaching a new milestone, Elementor Pro has more than 2 million active installations!
With over 50,000 downloads, Brizy Pro is growing and has huge potential to compete with the more popular page builders.
Divi Builder from Elegant Themes is a noticeably well built page builder. It has an impressive collection of powerful, well thought out page building features and customization options. On top of all that, the recent release of Divi Builder 4.0 adds full theme building! All this and recent performance improvements are sure to keep Divi…
SiteOrigin Page Builder
SiteOrigin Page Builder is built by a small, dedicated team. At first glance, this page builder doesn’t seem very special. However, it does have some very positive aspects.
Themify Builder promises big and claims that it is the the most powerful and intuitive page builder for WordPress. After using it for the first few minutes, you’ll quickly realize that it struggles to live up to it’s own hype.
WPBakery Page Builder
Visual Composer is easily one of the first (or the first) page builder plugins available for WordPress. Even after rebranding as Page Builder, WPBakery’s plugin still boasts that they have the all-time most popular page builder for WordPress. The reality is that though lifetime sales may still stack higher than it’s competitor’s, the time for this page builder is long over.
Cornerstone, developed by Themeco, is built into and tightly integrated with their X and Pro Themes. Themeco has also made it available for sale on CodeCanyon as a stand alone page builder. Cornerstone has a very clean look and uses some novel approaches to page building. However, the interface can be confusing and it will only work with themes that include a full page layout template.
First released in 2014, Live Composer has long been just under the radar. But with more than 50,000 active users, a lot of people are already sold on this page builder. After using it for a while, I found that there are a couple of things to like about it along with a few notable turn-offs.
Aqua Page Builder
Aqua Page Builder was developed by Syamil MJ back in 2013. It was actively updated for a few years and for it’s time was fairly innovative.
As of 2019, it hasn’t been updated for the last 3 major WordPress releases. If anyone is still using it, I strongly advise them to move on to a page builder that is actively developed. Using out of date plugins can create dangerous security vulnerabilities.
About This Project
This is a self-funded project. By saying that, what really I mean is that this is almost an entirely non-funded project. When I can, I use affiliate links to point back to the signup page for a page builder. If you decide to purchase a plugin and want to support my work, all you need to do is use the links on this site when you buy it.
In the interest of full disclosure, I used Beaver Builder Pro to build this site. That's because personally I like it and am familiar with it. I don't have any "special" relationship with the company. For that matter, none of my reviews are solicited and I receive no direct compensation for any of my reviews.
Instead of working in secret for weeks and months before having a big reveal, I'll be adding reviews as I complete them. Think of this as watching a website being built in public. I started this project with some of the most popular plugins first. If you check back occasionally, you'll probably see a number of rough drafts and revisions.
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