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Elementor vs Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder: Ultimate Comparison

TL;DR: This post is a detailed comparison of Elementor vs Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder. We’ll give you both an easy-to-scan overview, as well as a much more in-depth look at various areas of each page builder.
While page builders might be a divisive topic among hardcore WordPress users, there’s no denying the massive effect they’ve had on the WordPress ecosystem when it comes to making design accessible to regular users.

Beyond that, sometimes it seems like every single WordPress company has dipped their toes into creating a page builder at some point. OK – slight hyperbole…but there are a lot of page builders out there.

In this post, we want to dig into three of your most popular options: Elementor vs Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder

 
Beyond giving you a look at the basics of how each page builder functions, we want to go beneath the surface level. For that reason, we’re also going to dig into things like advanced styling options, responsive design functionality, code lock-in, real-world performance, ease of use, and more.

By the time that you’re finished reading this comparison, we hope that you have a deep understanding of each plugin and, more importantly, the confidence to choose the page builder that’s right for you.

 
 
 
 

The summary: Elementor vs Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder

Ok, we’re going to cover everything in a lot more detail. But before we throw a bunch of feature-specific comparison tables, pictures, and GIFs at you, we thought it might be helpful to give you a quick overview of Elementor vs Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder.

If you just want the highlights, give this table a read. If you want all the nitty-gritty details, keep reading the following 3,000 words for a much deeper look:

 
Elementor vs Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder
Elementor Divi Builder Beaver Builder
Free Version? YES NO YES
Starting Price for Pro $49 $89 $99
Ease of Use 4.5/5 4.8/5 5/5
Visual Builder? YES YES YES
In-line editing? NO YES NO
# Of Official Elements 53 46 31
Most Unique Feature Embed Anywhere A/B Testing Beaver Themer
Pre-made Templates 100+ ~42 ~56
Leaves Behind Clean Code? YES NO YES
Performance Rank 3rd 1st 2nd
 
 
1.

Which page builder is the most popular?

This is not meant to be a definitive look at which page builder is the most popular because the numbers reference slightly different things.

Still, we thought it would be a fun exercise to compare the published user numbers for each page builder. Here’s how they stack up:

* The Elementor and Beaver Builder numbers come from WordPress.org, while Divi Builder’s number comes from the Elegant Themes website. Also, the Divi Builder’s number refers to the overall number of customers that Elegant Themes serves, regardless of the reason those customers joined (not just for the builder).

(Charts by Visualizer Lite.)

 
2.

A look at the main page builder interfaces – do they offer real front-end editing?

While all three page builders from our comparison offer visual front-end page building, they don’t all go about it in the exact same way.

In this section, we’ll take a look at each page builder’s main interface and discuss some of the quirks that differentiate each from the others.

 
The content editing interfaces in page builders
Elementor Divi Builder Beaver Builder
Visual Editing YES YES YES
In-line text editing NO YES NO
Sidebar control panel YES NO YES
Overall Beginner Friendliness Easy to pick up right away Takes a few minutes to understand the interface Easy to pick up right away
 
Let’s now compare these aspects for each builder one by one:

A look at the Elementor interface

Elementor divides its interface into two core parts:

  1. A left sidebar where you can add new elements and edit settings for existing elements
  2. A visual look at your page on the right side

To add a new element to your design, you just need to drag it over from the left side and you’ll see a live preview of how the element looks on your actual page:

You can set up new columns using the Add New Section button:

To edit the content and styling of an element, all you need to do is click on a certain element and you’ll be able to edit it in the left sidebar. Any changes that you make will immediately be visible in the preview of your site:

It’s important to note here that, unlike Divi Builder, you can’t edit text by directly typing into the visual interface. Instead, you’ll need to do all of your typing and formatting in the left sidebar:

As you’ll see in a second, this approach is similar to Beaver Builder.

A look at the Divi Builder interface

Though Divi Builder also offers a backend editing interface, we’ll focus on the visual editor for this comparison because visual editors are what most users prefer.

Unlike Elementor, where you have a clear distinction between the visual preview of your site and the Elementor control sidebar, Divi Builder opts to overlay all of its options on top of a live visual preview.

Here’s what the interface looks like when you first open the Divi Builder:

To add a new Module (Divi Builder’s name for elements), you’ll use the various + icons:

 
 
Unlike Elementor and Beaver Builder, you can type directly on the page to edit text on your designs. And you can also rearrange modules by using drag and drop:

 
For non-text modules, you’ll often use a popup box to edit the module rather than typing directly in the page, though.

A look at the Beaver Builder interface

In interface terms, Beaver Builder has more in common with Elementor than it does with Divi Builder.

Like Elementor, Beaver Builder has a sidebar that lists all the available modules. To add a module to your page, all you need to do is drag and drop it from the right sidebar into your live page:

 

 
As you can see at the tail-end of the GIF, though, Beaver Builder uses a different interface for editing the modules, opting for a popup like Divi Builder.

One great thing about Beaver Builder is that you can automatically create new columns just by dragging one module next to another, whereas Divi Builder and Elementor force you to manually create new columns before you can add new elements. It’s a small thing – but it makes the design process feel a bit more fluid.


 
3.

What sort of content modules you can use to build your pages with

Elements or modules (the terms are often used interchangeably) are an important part of a page builder because they’re the actual building blocks of your designs.

In the interface comparisons above, you saw two types of modules:

  • Text
  • Button

But most page builders also offer much lengthier element lists that give you more niche elements like:

  • Testimonials
  • Contact forms
  • Pricing tables, and more

Here are the total numbers of modules currently available for each:

 
The number of modules available in page builders
Elementor Divi Builder Beaver Builder
# Of Official Elements 53 46 31
Use WordPress Widgets? YES YES, but not easily. More complicated than other modules YES
3rd-party Add-on Elements? YES YES YES
Because each of these page builders offers a large number of modules, we’re not going to focus on the modules that are all the same. Instead, we’ll try to highlight some of the differences between Elementor vs Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder for more advanced module types.
 
 
That is, here are some of the notable modules that are not shared by all three page builders:
 
Modules that are *NOT* shared by all three page builders
Module Elementor Divi Builder Beaver Builder
Flip Box YES NO NO
Dedicated Audio Player YES, Soundcloud YES NO, but can use widget
Animated Headline YES NO NO
Portfolio YES YES NO
Social Share Buttons YES NO YES
Social Follow Icons YES YES NO
Login YES YES NO
Facebook Comments YES NO NO
Person/Team Member NO YES NO
Native Comments NO YES NO
 
Beaver Builder definitely has the most “No” answers on the list…but that’s not necessarily a dealbreaker.

Beaver Builder still includes all the foundational modules that you’re likely to use on a daily basis – it just might not be able to compete with the more niche modules that the other two offer.

 
4.

How far you can go with extra styling in each builder

While page builders try to make design as simple as possible, it’s almost unavoidable that you’ll want to do more styling than dragging a module into your design and calling it a day.

For that reason, you’ll want a page builder that gives you more control over the look and positioning of your various elements and sections. This is, potentially, where you’re going to find the biggest differences between Elementor vs Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder.

In short, Elementor and Divi Builder offer the absolute most advanced styling options, though Beaver Builder isn’t far behind.

 
Styling options in page builders
Elementor Divi Builder Beaver Builder
Basic Styling YES YES YES
Custom margins/padding YES YES YES
Custom fonts/typography YES YES YES
Directly add custom CSS to module YES YES NO
Custom gutters YES YES NO
 
Here’s everything in a bit more detail:

Elementor advanced styling options

When you click on any element or section in Elementor, you’ll get three tabs in the Elementor sidebar:

  • Content – lets you specify basic content and alignment settings
  • Style – lets you set things like fonts, colors, borders, and more (depending on the element)
  • Advanced – lets you add custom margins/padding, change Z-indexes, entrance animations, custom CSS identifiers/custom CSS code, and more
 

 
Similarly, you have a good deal of control over sections, including the ability to set gutters, widths, and more:
 

 

Divi Builder advanced styling options

Whenever you click on the Gear icon for a module or section in Divi Builder, you’ll see a popup with more advanced settings options.

Like Elementor, Divi Builder gives you three different tabs to manage your modules, though the content that’s contained within each tab varies slightly:

  • Content – lets you set text and basic formatting options
  • Design – lets you change fonts, borders, custom margins/padding, sizing, and more
  • Advanced – lets you add custom CSS or CSS identifiers, as well as change responsive design settings

As you can see, there’s a good deal of overlap with Elementor here. Both page builders give you plenty of control over specific modules on your site:

Similarly, you can also add advanced styling to rows and sections, including custom gutter widths, equalized column heights, and more:


Beaver Builder advanced styling options

Like Divi Builder, Beaver Builder lets you add further styling to a module or section by showing a popup.

And again, like Elementor and Divi Builder, you get three different tabs (though some modules have fewer tabs):

  • General – lets you set basic content and functionality
  • Style – lets you choose colors, basic alignment, font size, and more
  • Advanced – lets you add custom margins, responsive settings, user role visibility, animations, and CSS identifiers
 

 
One function that’s lacking here is the ability to add custom CSS code directly to the module. But, Beaver Builder does have a cool option that neither of the other two page builders have:

The option to hide or display a certain module based on whether or not a user is logged in to your WordPress site.

You can also add advanced styling to rows and columns, though the settings aren’t quite as detailed as Elementor and Divi Builder because Beaver Builder lacks the ability to add more advanced styling like column gaps:

 

 
 
5.

Are these builders all mobile-responsive?

Because of the importance of responsive design, you want a page builder that lets you add responsive design functionality to your pages.

Below, you’ll find a comparison of the various responsive design features offered in Elementor vs Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder:

 
Responsive design features in page builders
Elementor Divi Builder Beaver Builder
Show/hide content based on device YES YES YES
Different margins based on device YES YES YES
Different font sizes based on device YES YES NO
Custom breakpoints NO (but there is a ticket about it) NO YES, but only site-wide. Not for individual pages
 
Additionally, it’s worth pointing out that Elementor users seem to be enjoying the builder’s mobile-design capabilities quite a lot. Here’s a comment we got from a quick Facebook survey that we did (the Q: “What are the top 1-3 things that convinced you to use Elementor instead of the other popular builder plugins?”):


 
6.

What unique features does each page builder offer?

With WordPress page builders, there’s a lot that’s the same…

Sure, there are plenty of small differences in the comparisons above – but the core page building interfaces are pretty similar. That is, you drag and drop elements onto a page and further style them as needed.

But now, we want to dig into some of the unique features of Elementor vs Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder. These are things that go beyond the regular page building interface and tack on helpful new functionality. And they also might help you make your decision when it comes down to Elementor vs Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder.

Elementor unique features

Elementor has done a great job creating unique features that differentiate it from the competition. Here are some of the big ones:

  • Embed Anywhere – lets you use widgets and shortcodes to embed Elementor designs anywhere in your site, including sidebars, footers, and other areas.
  • Maintenance/Coming Soon Mode – lets you use Elementor to design a maintenance mode or coming-soon page and actually turn on those pages right from the Elementor interface.
  • Shape Dividers – a cool design effect that lets you add SVG shapes to your designs right from the Elementor interface.

Divi Builder unique features

Not to be outdone – Divi Builder has an amazingly powerful built-in feature:

Split testing.

Divi Builder lets you easily set up A/B/n tests for specific modules from the backend builder interface. You can then compare those modules’ effects on a specific goal to pick the version that works best:

Other unique features include:

  • Divi Role Editor – lets you restrict access to certain Divi Builder functionality (or even specific modules) based on user roles. The other two page builders include basic role restrictions – but they’re nowhere near as detailed as Divi Builder.
  • Lock elements – another helpful feature is the ability to “lock” certain modules to avoid accidentally making a change to a finished module.
  • Copy module style – instead of duplicating an entire module, Divi Builder lets you copy just the style.

In fact, we can just put most of the “right-click” options here. Neither of the other page builders lets you right-click to make changes:


Beaver Builder unique features

One of Beaver Builder’s most unique features is the recently released Beaver Themer add-on. This add-on is a separate purchase, but it essentially lets you use the same Beaver Builder interface to build your entire theme, including headers, single post layouts, and more.

Additionally, Beaver Builder is the only plugin to include a white label feature by default. While casual users might not care about this feature, many WordPress developers find this important.

 
7.

What kind of pre-made templates does each page builder offer?

While the big draw of page builders is that you can build your own designs from scratch, you don’t have to. That’s because each of these page builders comes with a library of pre-made layouts.

Design templates available in page builders
Elementor Divi Builder Beaver Builder
Number of pre-made layouts 100+ ~42 ~56

Elementor pre-made layouts and library functionality

One of Elementor’s selling points is that it comes with over 100 predesigned templates. These templates cover everything from:

  • Homepages
  • Landing pages
  • Contact pages
  • Service listing pages
  • Pricing pages
  • Coming soon pages
  • Login pages

And for each type of page, you often have designs targeted towards specific niches. If that’s not enough, you can also find many more Elementor templates on the web.

You can also save your own page designs (or section/row designs) to the Elementor library to quickly reuse them.

Divi Builder pre-made layouts and library functionality

Divi Builder comes with ~42 pre-made layouts. Rather than focusing on specific niches like Elementor’s templates, Divi Builder’s layouts are more general page types that you can customize as needed (plus, there are multiple third-party Divi layouts available on the web):

Like Elementor, you can also save modules, sections, or complete designs to your library to quickly reuse as needed.

Beaver Builder pre-made layouts and library functionality

Beaver Builder includes ~56 pre-made templates divided into two categories:

  • Landing pages
  • Content pages

The landing page templates are divided into specific niches, while the content pages are usually a bit more general:

Like the other two page builders, you can also save your own sections or pages to the library to reuse them as needed.

 Who has the best templates? Tweet here: 
 
 
 
8.

A look at code quality and lock-in for each page builder

Page builders get a bad rap with many developers when it comes to code quality. Additionally, some shortcode-based page builders (like Divi Builder) can cause “lock-in,” whereby if you ever deactivate the plugin, your content becomes a mess of shortcodes.

In this section, we’ll look at two things:

  • What kind of code does the plugin output?
  • What happens if you ever need to deactivate the plugin?

To do that, we’ll create a similar design and layout for each page builder. Then, we’ll see what the code looks like between Elementor vs Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder and, more importantly, what happens if you deactivate the plugin.

Just in case you’re interested, here are the designs that I used with each builder:

Elementor page design
Divi Builder page design
Beaver Builder page design

Spoiler alert; Elementor and Beaver Builder leave behind the cleanest code, while Divi Builder has an unfortunate shortcode issue.

Elementor code quality and lock-in

Here’s what Elementor’s code looks like while it’s activated:

 

 
And here’s what happens to your layout and code if you deactivate Elementor:
 

 
Not too bad! While you lose all the fancy formatting and icons, Elementor leaves behind clean code that at least preserves basic formatting like <h2> tags and lists. You can’t ask for much more from a page builder.

The fact that Elementor doesn’t lock you in has also been pointed out as one of the builder’s key strengths in a quick Facebook survey that we did (the Q: “What are the top 1-3 things that convinced you to use Elementor instead of the other popular builder plugins?”):


Divi Builder code quality and lock-in

While it’s activated, Divi Builder’s code looks a lot like Elementor’s:

 

 
However, if you deactivate Divi Builder, you’re in for a nasty surprise…
 

 
Ouch! That’s a mess of shortcodes. This is why some people criticize Divi for its lock-in problem.

Beaver Builder code quality and lock-in

While it’s active, Beaver Builder’s code looks pretty similar to the other two:

 

 
When you deactivate it, it leaves behind clean code like Elementor. In fact, as far as I can tell, the code left behind is pretty much identical to Elementor:
 

9.

Elementor vs Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder compared on performance

Tied with code quality, another important consideration is how each page builder affects performance. What’s more interesting than raw page load times is the page size and number of requests.

To test this between Elementor vs Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder, we’ll take our examples from above and run them through Pingdom to gather page load times and other pertinent data. Note – the test site is not running caching or any other page speed optimizations.

 
Elementor vs Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder: Performance comparison
Elementor Divi Builder Beaver Builder
Load Time 1.47 seconds 1.32 seconds 1.38 seconds
Page Size 698.2 kB 606.0 kB 639.0 kB
Requests 43 30 33
 
While the page load times are too close to draw any conclusion, we can say that, at least for this test layout, Divi Builder was the most optimized in terms of page size and number of requests.

To be honest, we know this result is likely to cause some controversy…but that’s what the numbers said when we ran the test.

For reference:

Elementor performance
Divi Builder performance
Beaver Builder performance
 
As always with these kinds of things, your mileage may vary, and it seems that the other two builders are equally praised for their performance.

For instance, here’s what the Beaver Builders group on Facebook had to say on the topic:

 
 
10.

A look at pricing for each page builder

Elementor and Beaver Builder operate on a freemium model, while Divi Builder is exclusively part of the Elegant Themes Membership.

Of the two freemium plugins, Elementor offers the more feature-rich free version. Elementor also offers the cheapest Pro version, though that cheapest plan only supports a single site, while both Divi Builder and Beaver Builder’s plans support unlimited sites.

Here’s how everything stacks up:

 
Elementor vs Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder: Pricing
Elementor Divi Builder Beaver Builder
* For your $89, you get access to every single product that Elegant Themes sells, which increases the value for your money.
Free Version? YES NO YES
Pro Starting Price $49 $89* $99
 
 
11.

Ease of use: How easy it is to get started with each page builder

This section was surprisingly difficult to write because it’s hard to put aside my biases as someone who uses and writes about WordPress every day. That is, what I consider “easy” doesn’t always match with what a casual WordPress user finds “easy.”

In general, I think all three are user friendly and easy to get started with. But if I had to rank them, I would put them in this order:

 
Beaver Builder
I think being able to create new columns via drag and drop makes it easy to start building right away.

Author's ease of use rating: 5/5

Divi Builder
Though the interplay between sections, rows, and modules can be a tiny bit confusing at first, I’ve spoken to many beginners who find Divi Builder’s inline text editing to be super intuitive.

Author's ease of use rating: 4.8/5

Elementor
Elementor is by no means difficult or complicated – it just lacks inline text editing and requires you to set up your column structure before adding elements. Additionally, the way the sidebar changes from “list of elements” to “advanced options” can be a little confusing at first.

Author's ease of use rating: 4.5/5

 
Again – the differences between each are by no means huge and, in general, I find them all easy to use.

One more thing worth pointing out that’s also kind of related to the topic of ease of use is customer/user support quality. Basically, your overall experience with a given builder depends highly on how easy to figure out certain non-obvious aspects of the builder are, or how willing to help the support team is.

This, however, is quite difficult to rate and only comes to light after you’ve been using your builder for a while. Likely, you will find good and bad reviews for all three support teams – Elementor, Divi Builder, and Beaver Builder.

 
 
Here’s one (Elementor):
 
 

Elementor vs Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder: which should you choose?

While you could always just use each of these page builders yourself and see which one is the most suitable, we’re guessing you’re probably reading this article because you want us to help you out with that. So, which is the right one for you between Elementor vs Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder?

In general, Elementor and Beaver Builder share more in common with each other than they do with Divi Builder.

For that reason, it’s easier to draw a meaningful divide between Elementor/Beaver Builder and Divi Builder. Making the case between Elementor and Beaver Builder is a bit more difficult.

Still, we’re going to attempt it

Just like with our Divi vs Avada vs X Theme comparison,  we’re going to ask you which of the following statements most apply to you: 

 

(A)

  • I don’t care about in-line editing – sidebars are fine for me.
  • I want as many advanced styling and responsive design options as possible.
  • I want as many pre-made templates as possible.
  • It’s essential that my page builder leaves behind clean code if I ever deactivate it.
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(B)

  • I like being able to edit text right on the page (in-line editing).
  • I like to optimize my designs with split testing.
  • I don’t plan to switch page builders – once I pick one, I’ll use it for a long time.
  • I value having a huge third-party community I can turn to for help.
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(C)

  • I like the idea of building my entire theme with a page builder
  • I think it’s helpful to be able to create multi-column designs via drag and drop
  • It’s essential that my page builder leaves behind clean code if I ever deactivate it.
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And that rounds up our comparison of Elementor vs Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder. Now we want to hear from you – what are your thoughts on these three excellent page builders? Do you prefer one over the others? Do you think there’s an important differentiating feature that we missed?

Let us know in the comments!

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Original text by Colin Newcomer and Karol K.
Layout and presentation by Karol K.

 
CodeinWP Editorial: CodeinWP Editorial is a team of writers and WordPress experts led by Ionut Neagu. All content edited by Karol K.
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