As web building platforms evolve to include those who aren’t necessarily well-versed in the world of code, drag and drop page builders lead the way in allowing folks to forget about having to stare at a dull text WordPress editor in order to make websites come to life.
A drag and drop page builder completes two tasks:
- it enables you to actually see what you are creating while you create it, and
- it cuts down on the time it takes to build a website.
Let’s face it: dragging and dropping components is always quicker, and you don’t have to switch back and forth from the back end to the front end of your website to see results.
Drag and drop editors are awesome for beginners and experts who want to speed up their production. Let’s take a look at the best drag and drop page builder WordPress plugins for you to choose from. (You can also check out our guide to drag and drop page building if you’re feeling a little nervous about the whole topic.)
1. Visual Composer ($34, or Free with Total)
The Visual Composer plugin is one of the top selling drag and drop plugins on the market. And with good reason, it’s a pretty cool premium plugin. It’s so great that we included it (for free) in our top selling theme Total. With the Visual Composer you get to choose whether you want to design your website on the front or backend. It also works with any theme you choose to install on your WordPress site, and the over 40+ content elements that the plugin includes are ready to use right out of the box.
Another great feature of this plugin is its flexibility. You can easily add more modules if you know what you’re doing. In fact, we added tons of custom builder elements to our Total WordPress theme using the Visual Composer, like icon boxes, milestones, post types grids and more. Or you can use one of the hundreds of premium Visual Composer extensions to add on any features you might want or need.
2. Elementor Live Page Builder (Free)
Elementor Live Page Builder is an open source front end editor that takes drag and drop page building to the next level. This advanced drag and drop live page builder gives you instant results, so you don’t have to wait around for changes to take effect. This may seem insignificant at first, but these incremental changes add up, and it won’t be long before Elementor has saved you hours in page building time.
Elementor can be used with any theme and on any page type, so go to town on your homepage, sales pages, blog posts, and more. Elementor’s intuitive layout options enable you to easily change everything from section width and height, to column and content position, as well as padding and margin settings.
Another great feature of Elementor is that all of your third party widgets and plugins are automatically available for you to drag and drop into your pages. In addition, Elementor comes with tons of customizable widgets, 400 unique icons, and over 600 Google Fonts.
The best part? It’s free! And it’s probably the best free page builder on the web.
3. Beaver Builder ($99)
The Beaver Builder plugin is a premium drag and drop page builder, but you can also grab the lite version by going to the Plugins panel in your WordPress dashboard. The plugin also comes with a theme if you opt for one of the premium plans, and some plans even give you multi-site capabilities.
The reason this is one of the best drag and drop page builder plugins is because many themes already come with page builders, but they lock the changes to your theme. What happens if you ever want to change the theme? Beaver Builder is a third-party plugin, so it doesn’t lock your changes to a particular theme or design. You can always change things up without having to start over on your initial designs.
View an in-depth review on the Beaver Builder plugin if you would like to learn more, and remember that this plugin even saves your changes if you decide to stop using Beaver Builder. This isn’t always the case with some page builder plugins.
4. VelocityPage Drag and Drop Builder (NOTE: Currently Not For Sale)
The VelocityPage drag and drop page builder plugin has some fairly unique features to help you get your pages built within a few minutes. To start, the editor lets you create stunning landing pages with just a few clicks. You can also view real-time drags and drops, so the changes are reflected once you save the page.
It’s a simple interface so you don’t have to spend any extra time learning how to modify code. Not to mention that you can save the money you were going to spend on a designer. Learn more about the VelocityPage Drag & Drop Builder plugin with our in-depth review.
5. Elegant Themes Divi Builder ($89)
The Elegant Themes Divi Builder offers endless possibilities for creating incredible page designs. Within this intuitive builder, you simply stack rows of columns and add as many elements as you want. The Divi Builder comes with over 40 built-in modules including sliders, counters, and buttons. Every module comes with lots of customization options, including a custom CSS tab should you need to add your own code.
The Divi Builder plugin is included in the Elegant Themes Developer membership. For $89 you get to access to six plugins and 87 themes.
6. Page Builder by SiteOrigin (Free)
The Page Builder plugin is a completely free option that incorporates WordPress widgets to help you build and modify responsive page designs. Since the plugin uses widgets, it is easy for beginners to learn. Besides, it doesn’t do much to change the interface of your WordPress dashboard.
The live editing is wonderful for seeing your changes immediately, and the history tab works well for scrolling back to see all of your changes. So if you make a mistake, you can just go back and do it over again.
7. MotoPress Content Editor ($29)
The MotoPress Content Editor plugin is a premium plugin, but you can always play around with the demo if you aren’t sure about paying right away. This plugin completely replaces the default WordPress editor so that the default doesn’t get in the way of you dragging and dropping all of your components.
The editor lets you drag and drop any element, and it has a nice toolbar for selecting which components you want to include in your post. The plugin works well with just about any theme, so all you have to do is activate it and start editing.
8. Themify Builder (Free)
Themify Builder gives you both a back end and front end editor, so you have the flexibility to choose where you want to do your editing. This plugin works with any theme and comes with lots of options for creating the perfect pages for your site. Within the editor, you can easily duplicate modules and rows, and import or export Themify layouts with ease.
The premium version of the plugin is $39 and offers additional useful features such as over 60 predesigned layouts and dozens of animation effects.
9. Page Builder by WooRockets.com (Free)
The Page Builder by WooRockets.com plugin offers free drag and drop functionality with a powerful layout and fully responsive designs so people can view your website on different devices. You can also conveniently add elements like promotion boxes, pricing tables, progress bars and content lists.
I really like the fact that you can add widgets to any page in your WordPress editor. Simply drag and drop any standard widget in your page editor and you can start editing right away.
10. Live Composer (Free)
The Live Composer plugin is a free plugin for drag and drop page building. It includes 30 different modules for you to include on your pages, and you never have to worry about any coding. What makes this plugin unique is that it comes with professional support in case you are having problems. It’s also completely responsive and you can make that the site works well in several different languages.
11. Aqua Page Builder (Free, NOTE: Not Updated for Over 11 Months)
The Aqua Page Builder drag and drop page builder plugin is a nice free option, and it makes the drag and drop process rather intuitive. It works well with the import/export feature in WordPress, and it comes with dozens of actions and filters. The plugin can act a little buggy at times, but overall, the customization options are decent.
12. FormCraft Drag and Drop Form Builder
This isn’t exactly a full page builder, but it allows you to create forms using a drag and drop editor. FormCraft lets you quickly put together a stunning form, and you can even manage submissions with ease. Pop-up and inline forms are also included. I should also mention that the plugin creator has included a few tutorials to get you started.
13. Thrive Content Builder ($67)
Thrive Content Builder is an intuitive front end editor that allows you to quickly and easily edit your WordPress website. The creators of this plugin are on a mission to take WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editing to the next level. It works on a basic but convenient and intuitive click-to-edit principle. If you want to edit an element, you simply click on it and start editing.
In addition to intuitive front-end editing, Thrive Content Builder also come with lots of other great features, such as call to action (CTA) buttons, a testimonial element, and responsive pricing tables.
14. Page Builder Sandwich (Free)
Page Builder Sandwich is another front end editor that’s super simple to use. The authors pride themselves on having created “pop up-less” front end editing. You simply click on the content you want to edit and start typing. A great feature of this plugin is its vast global shortcode mapping database. From this database, you can easily access shortcodes from hundreds of popular plugins like Jetpack, WooCommerce, and bbPress. To add videos within the builder, you can simply paste a URL or embed code and you’re done.
While the Lite version is free, you can upgrade to the Premium version for $39. This offers a host of additional features, such as enhanced shortcode mapping controls and a carousel slider element.
15. Frontend Builder ($27)
Frontend Builder is another great option if you prefer to do your editing from the front end. With this builder, you create a page in the back end and then activate the builder for that page. You then hop over to the front end and build your page content from there.
Craft your page layout by adding rows and splitting them into multiple columns. You can then drag, drop, and edit your desired page elements to complete your design. Elements, including headings, buttons, forms, and menus, are all customizable within the main interface.
16. Forge Page Builder (Free)
Forge is a front end page builder with incredible options, especially for a free plugin. Forge stages your content instead of forcing you to work on published pages. That way, you can edit your pages from the front end, but they won’t be published until you’re ready for them to go live. Another great feature of Forge is that all elements are designed to improve your search engine ranking, so you can reach new users and customers with less effort.
17. Cornerstone Page Builder ($39)
Cornerstone Page Builder is a front end editor that can be used with both pages and posts. This clutter-free and intuitive builder will allow you to quickly and easily tailor your content without having to switch between screens. One neat feature of this plugin is the Skeleton Mode which allows you to visualize your page structure (or skeleton) at the click of a button. Cornerstone also comes with a continually updated library of elements, templates, and third-party tools.
18. King Composer (Free)
The free version of King Composer offers a responsive drag and drop back-end editor. Within this intuitive user interface, you can create and organize your content by adding rows, columns, and elements. One great feature that sets this builder apart from much of the competition is that pages built with King Composer will remain intact even if you deactivate or delete the plugin.
If you prefer to work from a front end editor, you can upgrade to King Composer Pro for $29 and gain the ability to build pages from the front or back end.
19. Brix Builder ($69)
Brix Builder is a new drag and drop builder that gives you full control over every detail of your page design. Its advanced grid system and intuitive interface enable you to create amazing results. Brix Builder has been designed to be modular and scalable so that it can be extended over time without issue.
This plugin comes with 16 modules, or building blocks, ranging from basic text and images to more advanced features like progress and counter modules. It also includes the Font Awesome library, built-in color palettes, and entrance effects to control how elements appear on scrolling.
20. AIO WP Builder (Free)
AIO WP Builder is a drag and drop page builder designed for content marketers who are looking to easily create professional sales pages. However, its intuitive interface is suitable for creating most types of pages. It supports all types of elements, including video, images, and rich text. It also supports the Font Awesome icon library, so you can easily customize your pages with any icon.
The pro version of AIO WP Builder costs $25 and offers additional features such as Google Fonts and unlimited squeeze pages, widgets, and popups.
Everyone should be using drag and drop page builder WordPress plugins, because they improve your productivity and save you money in the long-run. If you have any questions about these plugins, drop a line in the comments section below.