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The 20 Best Drag and Drop Page Builder WordPress Plugins

April 29, 2018

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:

  1. it enables you to actually see what you are creating while you create it, and
  2. 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.)

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1. Visual Composer ($34, or Free with Total)

Visual Composer Frontend Editor

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 homepage

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)

Elegant Theme Divi Builder description page

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 title screenshot

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 (Free)


The Page Builder by 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.

But if you want more features, checkout the premium version of the plugin – it can do much more than its free counterpart. Learn more about the FormCraft Drag & Drop Form Builder plugin here.

13. Thrive Content Builder ($67)

Thrive Content Builder homepage

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 title screenshot

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 homepage

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 Page Builder title screenshot

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 preview pageCornerstone 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)

King Composer title screenshot

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 homepage

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 homepage

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.

Article by Tom Ewer WPExplorer Author
Published on: October 28, 2016
Last updated on: April 29, 2018
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  1. Slobodan Kustrimovic says:

    Happy to see Live Composer on the list. Thanks for including it 🙂

    • Amelie Jons says:

      Hello Tom,
      Thanks for sharing this awesome collection of best drag and drop page builder plugins!!!
      Beaver Builder is one of my favorite amongst all these plugins.
      Keep updating.

  2. David T. LeBlanc says:

    Big Page Builder by Site Origin fan. The more I use it the more I understand what a powerful styling tool it is, and it’s free with excellent support. What a deal.

    Check out their Vantage theme as well.

  3. Matt says:

    Hey Tom,

    You should also consider adding our solution, Conductor Plugin, to your list. This website has covered it before here:

    We’re helping consultants and agencies build pages by aggregating WordPress content — easily and quickly.

  4. Hirak Sarkhel says:

    Hello Tom,

    A great compilation for the page builder plugins. All these at one place will really help me to serve my clients better.


  5. graffig100Graffig says:

    Great to see Live Composer on your list – often missed out – fantastic plugin for designers like myself who do not code, coupled with brilliant support

  6. bootstrap themes says:

    These builders are great, but my concern is about the code that it generates. Won’t these generate lot of junk code?

    • AJ Clarke says:

      What do you mean by “junk” code?

    • Nathan says:

      If you are using Bootstrap in your project, use WooRockets Page Builder. It uses Bootstrap for it’s grid system and has an option to not include the embedded Bootstrap resources on your site, thereby preventing any excess code from being included (so no duplicate Bootstrap resources are loaded). I use it for this very reason.

  7. Jeff says:

    Any comparison of WP page builders should include Thrive Content Builder. It’s really slick, and you can build nice looking pages in minutes. I’ve using it for 3 months now and have been very happy with it.

  8. Karim Alinani says:

    Thrive Visual Editor is second to none, please consider reviewing it 🙂

  9. pee4peac says:

    Great article

  10. Robby says:

    Hi Tom! Thanks a ton for mentioning Beaver Builder. 🙂

  11. ataur says:

    What about unyson. its also awesome

  12. Daniel Keith says:

    Hi Tom,
    Live Composer is great. Your articles work as the life blood for my websites. Thumbs up!

  13. singhmonika says:

    Thanks for giving me useful information. I’m really like your words, lots of good reading material. I am actually inspired to improve my sites from your valueable and helpful information. Thanks a lot for this informative post and keep doing the great work.

  14. spark3000 says:

    Hey Guys, there’s a really glaringly obvious missed builder in this post… Layers by Obox

  15. Alex says:

    Thanks for great article. I have been using quite some website builder, most of them are quite confusing since they have some many features. For WordPress, I would love to use something like AIO WP Builder ( It’s very easy to create a page with that plugin. I would give one vote for AIO WP Builder if you build something on WordPress.

  16. kelly says:

    Nice list! And one more – Unyson (which is free from Themefuse).

  17. freshwater says:

    thank you, i will try the free ones. i am not a coder but can copy and paste code if EXACT instructions are given. what i’ve found in my quest so far is that plug in conflicts come up which don’t get answered/or there is no solution. so i am hesitant to purchase a pagebuilder, plugins… then it doesn’t do i wanted. i started using WP 3 years ago and only used their canned themes and the most popular plugin. then i wanted a complete horizontal theme and only discovered Siteorigin PageBuilder and their free Vantage theme which worked well for me but had conflicts with some plugins. i want mega menus but none work, Uber or Max Mega Menus. plus there is the most important the theme has to be mobile responsive. i actually like your site layout with mega menus is the look i want to achieve. several plugins drop content into a page i’ve made with PageBuilder but no options where adjust location (that’s where i have no ability to code in where i want it).

    plus siteorign pagebuilder does not work without out Tinymce. how about the packages you evaluated? and can i assume all other wordpress plugins (like Yoast, cache, photo gallery…) will work with all these pagebuilders?

    the best i could make so far is this you can see the slider has a white space and i have no idea how to fix that. and i like the Social send buttons towards the bottom. (as opposed to sending someone to my FB youtube. i want a viewer to send my page to all their FB, twitter…) but this plugin i have no control where it is dropped.

    and i don’t know how to make a nice footer like i would gladly purchase all products if i knew they would make the look i want and work with the plugins i feel are essential. i feel is a simple, horizontal, not cluttered look.

    thank you for your evaluations!

    ps. why doesn’t official wordpress have a horizontal theme? i thought for sure the 2016 would be but it the same outdated columns!

  18. mikeys4u says:

    Shame there’s no dates on these comments there probably 5 years old……

    • Kyla Avatar Kyla says:

      Well since the article was published on March 27, 2015 I think it’s safe to say all the comments are from the last 9 months 😉

  19. Mike says:

    Well I bought Qards yesterday and found it lacks quite a few things….changing the text colour didn’t work, settings page didn’t work and could not add buttons. Very limited when you actually try to create sites. I got refunded after a full 12 hours of trying to use it. Now I have converted to site origins page maker and it’s behaving very well, and it’s free! They really need a demo site.

  20. Tom Ewer Avatar Tom Ewer says:

    Kyla’s logic is undeniable. 🙂

  21. Tom Ewer Avatar Tom Ewer says:

    I’m glad that worked for you Mike. Thanks for leaving your feedback!

  22. Thomas A. Reinert says:

    @Nathan: Super-helpful tip on bulding my first Bootstrap-based free theme! Works like a charm out of the box, doesn´t seem to produce too much “junk code” and is super-easy to use for the enduser. Not to mention that it´s free.

    Thanks, Thomas

  23. VOCSO WEB STUDIO says:

    Thank you very much for this informative content and resources.

  24. Homo Theme says:

    I like the KingComposer rather one in this list.
    It is fast and easy customize.

  25. phamgiatuong says:

    Yeah, great list!
    Does anyone use ( King Composer yet? I saw they released a nice theme based on that builder – Highstand

  26. says:

    Hi Tom, We’ve actually come up with a groundbreaking and totally free page builder that is getting a lot of traction from the WP community as the fastest page builder:

  27. Georlandio G. Oliveira says:

    Thank you for the informations!!

  28. graffig100Darron says:

    Hi folks, just wanted to raise awareness to KingComposer, a relatively new page builder on the scene.

    From a graphic designer’s point of view this plugin is a game changer, allowing me to get on with the designing of client sites whilst not being bogged down with code.

    Added benefit that even after I deactivate plugin all my content is still displaying correctly!

  29. Simone Maranzana says:

    you might want to checkout the page builder we’ve created: it’s called Brix, and it’s drag & drop, responsive ready and really puts you in the driver seat when designing your website. Check out more at or simply jump to the free demo and try for yourself!

  30. Mark J Armstrong says:

    You only need 1. The Best.

  31. Den Uy says:

    Is there a wp-plugin regarding site builder where you design and download what you have designed?

    • AJ Clarke Avatar AJ Clarke says:

      You mean like a “theme builder”? There are some out there but I can’t remember off the top of my head. For the most part I don’t recommend this because this method doesn’t really allow for theme updates which are important to fix bugs/security issues. We recommend using a theme as a framework and combine it with a page builder for creating custom pages such as our Total theme 😉

  32. Emily Williams says:

    Tom, thank you for including MotoPress!;) really appreciate!

    BTW, this page builder also has the free version – MotoPress Content Editor Lite 😉

  33. samdani says:

    Here you have listed some popular and best builder wordpress plugin. Thanks a lot for sharing this nice content to me. I am really grateful to you for your great job.

  34. andrewworsfold says:

    Tailor is another page builder worth considering

  35. Patricia says:

    Hi Tom,

    Great article and thank you for including Page Builder Sandwich! All the best! 😀

  36. cacscmacoach says:

    please suggest the best one in free & premium categories

    • AJ Clarke Avatar AJ Clarke says:

      There are many free ones on the list (any plugin with the word “free” next to it). We don’t separate them because we’ve listed them in the order of our personal preference.

    • Simone Maranzana says:

      Hi cacscmacoach,

      Brix page builder is now available as free plugin on


    • Patricia says:

      Page Builder Sandwich was listed 14th here. It basically functions like the usual Word processor but for building web pages. Version 4’s on January 2017! 🙂 Would be happy to assist you in it 🙂

  37. freshwater says:

    i’m the Expert Idiot – i love siteorigin PageBuilder which is started using about 5 years ago because it was “free” and since i found so many of these packages and even the free carts opencart, magento, presta sho, zen cart… i found i needed to purchase plugins for shipping (can’t do flat rate) i saw UPS module was about $60 to $200 (lifetime fee) then. plus other plugs might need. saw clients complaining about getting into magento/others then needed to hire hours pgmrs to fix things. i wanted a site with horizontal layout and the WP standard themes don’t do (which i have no idea why they haven’t done it in 5 years?) do i started using siteorigin PageBuilder which i really love, easy to use, has some bugs i’ve found and other plugins don’t function with it over the years but as the net developed and 55% plus now mobile, siteorign pagebuilder you use the Vantage theme with does NOT have nice mobile menus, you have to pay the 29$ year for that and some other nice functions. which i see now most all these shops are going to annual fees and not lifetime fees for update. i have about 30 plugins per site and if i paid all the premium annual fees you’re talking about $300 to $400 a year. if you’re going commerce you’ll need a UPS/postal shipping plugin too. i think many don’t back up their sites and will eventually lose their sites? i even have some minor problems and my hosts suggests i hire an wordpress developer and i hang up and do a softaculous restore and up in 2 seconds. there’s a lot i crap going on to take care of. for some friends who want commerce i wish shopify or other brand corporate name would have their cart but allow .htaccess and cpanel access. but at $90 a month they have all site and new features added responsibility compared to all the little technical things you have to do to build and maintain the site. if WP every makes their woocommerce system as easy as enabling a plugin with all shipping, payments easy to set up, with a built in horizontal pagebuilder… it will take over the entire world. i’ve had plugin updates that kill the site so you have to have a back up. good luck.

  38. Deepak Singla says:

    A good write up.
    The list of page builders is quite helpful. Visual Composer is an effective page builder. Has lots of advanced options to create an interactive page.
    Building simply a page doesn’t pay much. One need to have a full fledged website builder software like TemplateToaster, known for its flexibility and compatibility with the major CMSs and advanced set of features.

  39. Carlos Pinho says:

    Hey Tom

    Nice article. Although, i guess you missed to explain why Visual Composer is better and also, to advise people that using most of these page builders might become challenging when they decide to change to other, since they will get their content full of shortcodes. Well not all, like Elementor. But most this is what happens.

    • AJ Clarke Avatar AJ Clarke says:

      You shouldn’t be using a page builder on tons of pages. Most websites only have a handful of core pages and if you decide to switch plugins you will be re-doing the pages anyway so there is real concern there. And although Elementor doesn’t leave broken shortcodes behind it leaves broken HTML behind which is can actually be much harder to locate and remove. Also using a page builder with shortcodes is much better in terms of flexibility since you can easily tweak the output of any shortcode via custom code (and include filters in the shortcodes/modules), whereas, you can’t do that for a builder like Elementor that dumps html on the page.

      The only real concern with page builders is people that use them improperly and create hundreds or thousands of pages with builder and then they want to switch and have to manually update everything. That’s why in our Total theme we have a dynamic template function you can use so you can build 1 page and auto assign it to all the posts in a specific post type (it supports Elementor also).

  40. Ankita says:

    You covered almost all page builder plugin in this article.
    Thank you for sharing.

  41. Wilhelm says:


    WPBakery Page Builder is definitely one of my favourite Drag & Drop page builders.
    I really enjoyed reading the article, thank you for sharing!

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