By default, WordPress comes with its own native page builder called Gutenberg. Like it or not, it’s here to stay but if you really dislike it or simply need more functionality, there are many alternatives. We’ve used every major WordPress page builder to date and we’re ready to share the results.
All of these page builders come with drag and drop functionality as well as the ability to design in the front end of the website, allowing you to see the website come together live on screen.
All of the page builders we’ve reviewed all have their own strengths and weaknesses, with there being no real “best” or “worst” option, rather only what’s best for your individual requirements.
There is one caveat to this however and that’s when the page builder is tied into a theme. It’s not unusual to see a premium theme come bundled with a page builder but when a page builder is developed as part of a specific theme, when it comes time to change your theme, you’ll almost certainly need to rebuild your entire website with a new page builder.
WPBakery Page Builder
We’ll kick things off with what is one of the best known page builders for WordPress as it has come bundled with many premium themes for years. It has a large library of modules and is very extensible. The front end editor is very good but the plugin does tend to run high on CPU usage so be careful if you’re on shared hosting as this can slow down your website.
This is one of the newest contenders in the WordPress page builder game but it does offer one of the most intuitive editing experiences and has near limitless design possibilities. The plugin also has a very small footprint so it won’t impact your website loading time. The standard Elementor page builder is free to download and use but it’s well worth forking out for Elementor Pro as this comes with many different modules and customisation options.
Another incredibly popular plugin as it’s the builder used for the Divi theme. As mentioned in the intro, it’s a good idea to avoid page builders that are tied to certain themes. However, the Divi WordPress page builder works perfectly fine without the Divi theme and can be used to practically any theme. It’s a very strong contender and like Elementor, it comes with a very intuitive and easy to understand user experience. The one downside is that it doesn’t offer as many modules out of the box as other page builders but if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, it is very extensible and with some custom code you can create your own modules.
This page builder offers another really special user experience and feels similar to Elementor Pro. The templating system is also one of the best out there, however, the modules don’t have anywhere near as many customisation options as other page builders and you’ll need to resort to using custom CSS often.
Page Builder by Site Origin
As Page Builder by Site Origin is available for absolutely free, it would be almost criminal to leave it off this list. It’s a solid page builder with a tonne of modules and is very lightweight so it won’t bog down your website. The user interface is very similar to the others but the front end editor is a little more basic than the others.
All of the page builders we’ve reviewed are incredibly easy to use, flexible enough for even the most hard core of designers and all have great support available. As we’ve said above, there’s no “best” or “worst” WordPress page builder – it all comes down to what interface you feel more comfortable with and whether it has the modules you’re looking for. We’d highly recommend taking them all for a test drive and seeing which one fits your requirements better.