Awesome Page Builder Plugins to Simplify Your WordPress Design Process

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WordPress makes it pretty easy to design a unique and visually appealing website. Still, it will require some work and a few well-chosen tools if you want to see your vision come alive on the screen. WordPress core offers some features that will help – such as a live preview option – but it’s still a bit limited.

Fortunately, you can get a lot more control over the design process by using a page builder. This type of plugin typically enables you to drag and drop various design elements onto your web pages, expanding your customization options without you having to mess around with code. Some themes even incorporate page builders, giving you everything you need in one convenient package.

In this article, we’ve done the initial work for you by identifying five awesome page builder plugins that will make your life easier. Let’s check them out!

1. Visual Composer

The Visual Composer plugin.

Although it’s a premium-only option, Visual Composer is pretty cheap considering its feature set. This powerful, flexible page builder is popular enough that it’s built into thousands themes (though we think our theme Total is cream of the crop). It will work with any theme you choose, however, and it makes customizing from the front or back end a streamlined experience. Visual Composer offers a ton of design options, and it’s extendable – so it’s a solid option for developers.

Key Features

  • Features a live drag-and-drop builder on the front and back end
  • Offers plenty of custom content elements to use in your design
  • Provides access to an extensive library of template options
  • Comes with a flexible grid builder for displaying posts and media
  • Includes dedicated support

Pricing

A license will cost you $34, and comes with six months of support (you can pay a little extra to extend that support to a full year). You can also purchase add-ons that provide additional features, most of which cost between $10 and $20.

2. Page Builder by SiteOrigin

The SiteOrigin Page Builder plugin.

It’s important that your page builder plugin integrates seamlessly with the core WordPress platform, and Page Builder by SiteOrigin does just that. It gives you access to a drag-and-drop builder that will feel familiar and easy to use if you’ve spent any time in the WordPress back end. If you’re looking for an option that subtly enhances the default editor by making smart use of the tools and features you’re already used to, give SiteOrigin a try.

Key Features

  • Features a lightweight drag-and-drop interface
  • Uses SEO-friendly code
  • Offers custom CSS and class fields in case you want more control over your design
  • Has a History Browser that lets you preview changes and restore old versions
  • Includes the Widget Bundle plugin, which adds a ton of new widget options

Pricing

Page Builder by SiteOrigin is completely free.

3. Elementor Page Builder

The Elementor Page Builder plugin.

If you spend a lot of time tinkering with your site’s design, you know how important speed can be. Elementor Page Builder aims to save you time and limit frustration by significantly reducing the delays that can occur when making live changes or loading pages. At the same time, it boasts a number of advanced design features without suffering from an overcomplicated interface. Elementor is the page builder to check out if you’re interested in maximizing speed and performance.

Key Features

  • Offers instant drag-and-drop and live edit capabilities
  • Has an easy-to-use interface designed to minimize confusion
  • Features responsive and optimized code
  • Includes lots of advanced and customizable widgets
  • Gives you access to extra design features such as box shadows, background overlays, and animations

Pricing

The basic (yet feature-packed) version of Elementor is available free of charge, while the Pro offering is available from $49.

4. Beaver Builder

The Beaver Builder plugin.

If you’ve never used a page builder plugin before, you may not be sure whether you need a free or premium option. Like Elementor above, Beaver Builder is the perfect way to give you clarity, because it offers both a free version with a limited (but fully functional) drag-and-drop interface, and a number of premium versions you can upgrade to if you want more flexibility.

Key Features

  • Gives you access to a front-end drag-and-drop builder that’s simple to use (free version)
  • Has a variety of layouts to start from, all of which are fully responsive (free version)
  • Includes custom content modules that provide control over your design (a few in the free version, more options in the premium version)
  • Lets you save, load, and export your layouts and designs (premium version)
  • Offers dedicated support (premium version)

Pricing

The basic version is free, and the premium version requires a license. Packages start at $99, and include one year of support.

5. Divi Builder

The Divi Builder plugin.

Elegant Themes is the company behind Divi, one of the most popular WordPress themes out there. Divi Builder is a spin-off product that was developed for (and is included with) Divi, but is also available as a standalone plugin that can be used with any theme. You’ll need an Elegant Themes membership to use this page builder, but in return, you’ll get a powerful tool that gives you an impressive amount of control over your design – and you’ll also get access to a bunch of other excellent themes and plugins.

Key Features

  • Offers a visually attractive drag-and-drop builder with a ton of options
  • Lets you fully customize your layout
  • Includes a wide selection of content modules to choose from
  • Provides custom CSS and styling options
  • Comes with access to the Elegant Themes community, tools, and support

Pricing

An Elegant Themes membership costs $89 per year, and lets you download all of their themes and plugins. You can also pay a flat rate of $249 for lifetime access.

Conclusion

One of the best things about WordPress is that it makes it possible to create a polished and personalized website without knowing anything about code. However, the core platform can only take you so far. If you want added flexibility and near-total control over the way your website looks, a powerful page builder plugin will help you get there.

Chances are, one of these five awesome page builders will be just what you need:

  1. Page Builder by SiteOrigin: A streamlined option that’s fully integrated with the core WordPress features you’re used to.
  2. Elementor Page Builder: An easy-to-use plugin that focuses on providing speed and performance.
  3. Beaver Builder: Offers a basic lite version, or a premium version with tons of advanced features.
  4. Visual Composer: Gives you a powerful page builder for a reasonable cost, can be improved with a variety of add-ons, and is extendable for developers.
  5. Divi Builder: A flexible option with a strong feature set, if you’re part of the Elegant Themes community (or interested in joining up).

Are there any other solid page builder plugins you think we should check out? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

John Hughes
Post Author: John Hughes

John is a blogging addict, WordPress fanatic, and a staff writer for WordCandy.

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  1. drcassie8 says:
    Thank you for pulling this information together, Luke! So, I feel a little dense asking this, but you look kind in your photo :'): If these are plug-ins, then that means you've already identified a theme you basically like, but the plug-in then gives you flexibility to tweak further...So does this also mean it's not that important to spend (too much) time choosing your theme to begin with?? Somehow I've been going into chicken/egg mode thinking about this stuff. Btw, does Artisteer fall into this category, and if so, do you have any thoughts about it? And a somewhat related Q ;') if you don't mind - When you're tweaking a theme in Wordpress, but aren't able to complete everything in one session - Can you do that without yet publishing your new blog to the world? I've seen some articles, not as clearly written as yours, that raised this Q for me. Anyway, thank you, as this information will help me get beyond figuring how to sign in to my Bluehost account..;').
    • Kyla says:
      Kyla
      It definitely is a chicken or egg scenario - you have the option to choose a theme you love then add plugins as need, or pick a plugin that you're familiar with first then choose a theme to complement it.

      Personally I recommend selecting a theme first since plugins are "add-ons" designed to work with most themes. If you think of your website like a house WordPress is the foundation, your theme provides the main structure (walls/doors/windows) with a set of pre-fab finishes, and your plugins offer extra options that might not have been included originally (like new paint, flooring or even an addition). But this is just my preference. If you have a need for a very specific plugin then it might be better to start there and find a compatible theme that supports all of that specific plugin's features.

      Artisteer from what I can see is a generator. It looks like you build what you want on their site then export and that's that. The plugins we mention offer you the ability to make tweaks and changes at any time and on your own website. No third party required.

      For your last question it sounds like you might want to do a pretty significant redesign. In this case it would be best to create a local test site (you can use XAMPP for Windows or MAMP for mac, or even a tool like DesktopServer or Local by Flywheel for this) or to create a staging site if your hosting companies allows it (WP Engine and Flywheel offer this with all their plans I believe). With a local or staging site no one else can see the changes you're making and you'll be able to fully test you new theme, plugins or layout design without feeling rushed. Then when you're ready you can either import your staging site changes to your live site or import your localhost changes to your server.

      Hope that helps! And good luck with your website :-)
      Admin
  2. drcassie8 says:
    Kyla, I seldom use the word 'awesome' nowadays, but I have to in your case - Thank you! Your wonderful house analogy seems to have broken thru my blood brain barrier, and even I hope my procrastination and/or fear! The tack of using a builder as plug-in reduces anxiety about paying for a theme I then find lacks something. And your last comment, I'll keep for the future because it made me get that maybe I'm making a bit too much about setting up the my (first) blog, i.e., I maybe don't need to pack a picnic lunch and prop it up by my computer for 12 hours as I then make any changes to the initial look. (Though when more adept I'll probably check out the staging site etc. just because I like to play with this stuff.) So, since you are being kind indeed ;')...Just from a logistical stand-point, when 'really' getting a site ready to launch to the world, is the idea that with chosen theme installed, mechanics like plug-ins set up, etc., you might then tweak the theme, possibly using a builder and then save/publish/go live to the Entire World @@, as you then hurridly(sp) cram it with a bunch of content... since it's now live and countless thousands are trawling the Web just to find your blog and they gotta find something to read....Or at least that could be one scenario? All this certainly makes me happy to have found a few really nifty helper sites like this one :'). And btw, my apologies because earlier I thanked Luke for the whole article when indeed he was not its author. Though I'll check out the info he shared, too. SO, John, thank you as writer, and Kyla, thank you as Admin (?) who helped me better understand how the builder fits in with 'the house.'
    • Kyla says:
      Kyla
      I'm glad that house bit made sense! As for logistics, unless you have a big promotional opportunity (like a celebrity tweet, mention on a major website like Product hunt or something similar) that will drive a huge amount of traffic to your website you shouldn't worry too about launch day being perfect. You'll have plenty of time to make tweaks to your live site as needed. It takes time for search engines to crawl your site, and once they do they'll come back often to make note of any changes. Just make sure you have your XML sitemaps enabled since this will provide a mapped path for search engines to follow. Personally I like Yoast SEO since it's easy to use and includes sitemaps (here's their guide to enable them) plus a ton of other useful SEO options to help get your website content ranking. Also search engines are looking for quality over quantity (especially with that unconfirmed Google "Fred" update that was recently rolled out). Don't feel pressured to pump out a bunch of quick articles just for search engines - your time will be much better spent devising quality posts for your readers.
      Admin
  3. Bijay Gupta says:
    Great list John..! I'm a great fan of Visual Composer and would definitely recommend the same, a smooth builder with off course great add ons.
  4. drcassie8 says:
    Kyla, Maybe I said this already, but 'Thank you' doesn't seem enough. I feel all empowered now :').
  5. Cavid Muradov says:
    I think Visual composer is the best page builder in the WordPress world.

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