Best Page Builders for Ecommerce

Ecommerce in WordPress almost always means WooCommerce or Easy Digital Downloads. These page builder plugins offer the best integration and the most options to create a stylish, custom ecommerce site.

Elementor Pro WordPress Page Builder Review

Elementor Pro is packed with elements

Elementor Pro includes about every type of element that you can think of. These days, including all these elements is pretty much expected though. Where Elementor exceeds expectations is in the options it has for customizing each element.

While exploring the element options, you’ll find all the expected options to adjust fonts, set padding and margins, colors, and so on. What you might be happily surprised to see is options to create nice looking animations, layered parallax, and scrolling effects built in.

Special Integrations

Chances are Elementor Pro will integrate with your favorite services

Elementor is completely compatible with WooCommerce. More than that, Elementor Pro includes a nice selection of WooCommerce elements to display products, categories, price lists, and special WooCommerce elements like the cart, single product, and customer account pages.

There are also built-in integrations with MailChimp, MailerLite, MailPoet, GetResponse, ConvertKit, Drip, and ActiveCampaign.

Elementor Pro’s built-in theme builder

Sometimes even the best theme is exactly the right fit for what you need. Elementor Pro’s integrated theme builder is the solution.

Having an integrated theme builder isn’t unique to Elementor Pro. Beaver Builder’s Themer plugin is an extremely powerful tool as well. The main difference between the two is that Elementor’s theme builder is included in their basic package. That’s just crazy!

Elementor Pro Theme Builder vs Beaver Themer

Now, it’s great that Elementor Pro’s theme builder is included as part of the package. That makes it significantly less expensive than the $199 Beaver Builder Pro package + $147 Beaver Themer plugin.

The price difference isn’t the end of the story though. As far as features and layout customization options, I think Beaver Themer has the advantage. I may explore a comparison between these two theme builders more completely in the future.

For now, the takeaway you should have is that Elementor Pro’s theme builder is a great overall value and wins on price. Beaver Themer is the more powerful of the two.

Create Dynamic Content with Elementor

If you don’t know this already, dynamic content is the text, images, or videos (or just about anything else that can be displayed on a website) that changes from page to page. A WordPress blog post is a great example. A template controls how the post is displayed so you don’t need to build each post from scratch. The only parts that get switched out from post to post is the text and featured image.

Plenty of plugins like Advanced Custom Fields, Pods, and Toolset let you customize WordPress posts and pages by adding your own custom fields. And Elementor integrates with most of them. With Elementor’s built-in theme builder, you can create custom page templates to display all of your dynamic content pretty much however you like.

How does the plugin work with Gutenberg?

You can choose to use either Gutenberg or Elementor to build your pages. For example, you could create an Elementor template for your posts layout and then use the Gutenberg text editor to add your content. Many people (myself included) have opted to ditch Gutenberg in favor of the Classic Editor plugin. Elementor works just fine with it too.

Elementor’s developers also released the Elementor Blocks for Gutenberg plugin and made it available in the WordPress plugin repository. This plugin lets you use Elementor blocks inside the Gutenberg editor.

In addition to these integrations, Elementor also connects with the Facebook SDK, reCAPTCHA v2, don Reach, TypeKit Web Fonts, HubSpot, SalesForce and Zapier. This is an impressive list compared to other page builders.

Beaver Builder Pro WordPress Page Builder Review

Beaver Builder Pro has all the modules you’ll need (and then some)

Beaver Builder includes a full collection of 30 modules that will satisfy just about any design need you could have. Every module includes a number of customization options so you can make it look how you want. A few other page builders include a larger default library of modules but mostly those extras offer unnecessary flourishes rather than actual benefit to page building.

The only other page builder that I’ve reviewed that surpasses Beaver Builder in features is Elementor Pro. Elementor Pro’s animation and parallax settings are pretty great.

Start nesting your columns

The ability to nest columns within columns is extremely handy. One of the larger updates in 2018 added the ability to drag a split column layout into an existing column. This feature opens the door to even more complex layout patterns.

Added extras included in Beaver Builder

Beaver Builder includes added extra features like page specific CSS and JavaScript, custom responsive breakpoints, conditional visibility rules to display rows, columns, or modules based on specific conditions, and a lot more.

Beaver Builder makes ecommerce easier

Beaver Builder is best integrated with WooCommerce. It includes options to display single and multiple products, full product pages, cart and checkout pages, and a lot more. If you pair Beaver Builder with Beaver Themer, then you can basically take total control over the appearance of your online store.

For any other WordPress ecommerce plugins, as long as the plugin provides shortcodes, then you can use Beaver Builder to build your pages.

Connect with major email list managers

Beaver Builder includes a customizable subscription form module that connects with MailChimp, Constant Contact, ConvertKit, Ontraport, and many others.

How does Beaver Builder work with Gutenberg?

There’s nothing to report here and that’s a good thing. Beaver Builder Pro has no conflicts with Gutenberg. However the developers warn that switching back and forth between Beaver Builder and Gutenberg is not advised and can result in data loss. There’s no surprise in learning that though.

Divi Builder Review 1

Divi Builder brings puts a ton of page building and customization features at your fingertips.

Divi Theme Builder

This is the big one for Divi! They’re a bit late to the theme builder game but the 4.0 release of Divi Builder should catch them up.

Divi Theme Builder extends their page builder’s core functionality to all areas of your WordPress site. You can now build custom templates for any page and post, custom headers and footers, WooCommerce product pages and so on.

Live drag and drop page building

With Divi Builder, you’ll see all the features that have become expected in a top tier page builder:

  • Live drag and drop editing
  • Inline text editing
  • Responsive page building
  • Global settings
  • 50+ page elements

Beyond all these great features, you’ll also a few that are less common in a page builder and a couple that are truly innovative such as:

  • Full featured code editing with syntax highlighting
  • Multi-select bulk element editing
  • Find and replace styles
  • Color manager
  • Copy/Paste and Undo/Redo
  • Role editor
  • Right click options menu
  • Divi Quick actions