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5 Best Drag and Drop WordPress Page Builders Compared

Do you want an easy way to build and customize your WordPress site? That’s where drag and drop WordPress page builder plugins come in handy. These WordPress page builders allow you to create, edit, and customize your site layout without writing any code. In this article, we will compare and review 5 of the best drag and drop page builders for WordPress.

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Why Use a Drag and Drop Page Builder for WordPress?

Many WordPress beginners find it difficult to change or customize page layouts on their site. While premium WordPress themes come with different page layouts, those are extremely hard to customize for anyone who does not know code (HTML / CSS).

This is why users often ask us questions like: “how can we make WordPress drag and drop?” or “is there an easy drag and drop page builder for WordPress?”

There are also beginners who leave WordPress for solutions like Weebly and Wix because of easier design functionality. When we asked some users who switched, their response was: “I wish WordPress had a drag and drop website builder”.

Well, there are several great drag and drop page builder plugins available for WordPress. They allow you to customize every component on your site without writing a single line of code.

These components can be anything like adding multiple columns, parallex backgrounds, full width images, content slider, etc. Users can use these components as blocks to build their own layouts within their WordPress themes.

Now since there are different type of WordPress drag and drop page builders, some which are part of theme frameworks while others are plugins, we decided to compare them to make your decision easy.

Our criteria for comparing these WordPress page builders are: ease of use, flexibility, and the design output.

Having said that, let’s review the best page builders for WordPress in the market.

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Beaver Builder

Beaver Builder

Beaver Builder is a premium WordPress drag and drop page builder plugin, and in our opinion the best one in the market right now.

Beaver is extremely fast and comes with a built in on-boarding tour that quickly familiarizes users with their interface.

Beaver Builder comes with a live drag and drop interface. You get to see all your changes as you add them by simply dragging elements from the right sidebar and dropping them on your page. You can click on any element in a page to edit its properties.

Beaver Builder also comes with several basic and advanced modules which cover almost anything you may want to add. It has sliders, carousel, backgrounds, content blocks, buttons, among many other things.

Pricing: Starting from $99 for single site license.

Our Grade: A+

Review: Beaver Builder is by far the best option in the market. It comes with pre-made templates to help you get started. The ability to customize every little detail makes it a perfect solution for ALL users.

Page Builder by Site Origin

Page Builder by Site Origin user interface

With more than half a million active installs, Site Origin’s Page Builder is one the most popular page builder in the market. One of the primary reason for it’s popularity is the price (free). It is available as a fully functional free plugin.

Site Origin Page Builder is fairly easy to use and works with any standard compliant WordPress theme. For components, Page Builder allows you to use WordPress widgets. It comes with several widgets of its own, and you can download and install any widget. See our list of the 25 most useful WordPress widgets because you can add all of them using page builder.

It also comes with a history tool which allows you to switch back and forth to undo and redo changes that you made. This is a huge time saver and gives you a peace of mind knowing that you revert and undo changes.

Pricing: Free

Our Grade: B

Review: This is the only free page builder that comes to close being great. You have a drag-and-drop interface to create and customize layouts. Although the live editing is not comparable to other solutions that we mention below, you can’t beat the value you are getting for the price.

Velocity Page

Velocity Page

Velocity Page is a simple but very powerful page builder plugin for WordPress. First of all, you get to edit your page with a live preview. Your page appear exactly how you see it during the editing process.

It comes with several built-in modules that you can use by clicking on the add element button. You can create new sections, rearrange columns, and add media from the same screen. This allows you to build multi-media rich pages with very little effort.

Pricing: Starting from $97 for single site license and limited features.

Our Grade: A

Review: Considering it’s coded by the lead developer of WordPress, Mark Jaquith, Velocity Pages goes above and beyond in code quality standards. It’s a very close second after Beaver Builder in terms of ease of use and design output.

Themify Builder

Themify Builder

If you are already using a WordPress theme by Themeify, then Themify Builder is already part of your theme. For other non-Themify WordPress themes, you can get the Themify Builder plugin.

This simple and highly intuitive page builder comes with several ready to use modules that you can add to your pages or posts. Many of these modules usually require you to install separate WordPress plugins.

Themify Builder allows you to edit your pages from the admin area as well as from your live site. With live editing you get to see exactly how your changes will appear on the site. Apart from that, Themify Builder comes with ready-to-use layouts that you can quickly apply to your page.

Pricing: $39

Our Grade: C+

Review: While the builder comes with promising features and it’s drag and drop, there is a learning curve that can leave a user frustrated. You can get nearly everything in Site Orign page builder for free.

Headway Themes

Headway Themes

Headway Themes is one of the most beginner friendly drag and drop themes for WordPress. It is different than other items on our list in the sense that it is actually a complete theme in itself.

It allows you to build any layout and any design you want using a simple drag and drop interface. It comes with built-in ready to use blocks that you can add to any page on your WordPress site. Apart from that, you can download many more blocks and templates from Headway Themes website.

Pricing: Starting from $59 for a single site license.

Our Grade: C+

Review: The rating for Headway Themes is C+ because it’s only a theme. Meaning you have to switch your existing theme while other solutions will work for any theme. Aside from that, the drag-and-drop functionality is superb. The community is excellent, and these guys in our knowledge were the first to do a true drag-and-drop functionality in WordPress.


As we compared the different drag and drop WordPress page builders, one thing became very clear. Beaver Builder and VelocityPage are clearly the top choice.

If you don’t mind spending little money to get the best in market along with guaranteed support from developers, then go for any of these two and you won’t regret it.

If price is a concern, then SiteOrigin Page Builder is your best choice.

We hope this article helped you find the best WordPress drag and drop page builder plugins for your site. You may also want to see our comparison to find the best WordPress photo gallery plugins.

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  1. dreubens says:

    Goodness only knows why headway is in your list. As a beginner I found it really frustrating to use. The whole “shared layouts” aspect is so poorly explained it caused more problems than it was worth. I tried so hard with it but the documentation is poor and the support is lacklustre. In fact within the last 2 months there is zero support. There are minimal video guides to using it. it is sold as a drag and drop and responsive builder, sure you can drag and drop but where you drop blocks is not where they appear on a live site without a heck of a lot of adding margins and padding, which results in it being very unresponsive and just causing a headache all round.

    3 weeks ago I jumped into beaver builder. Absolutely fantastic product, it actually works! It is intuitive, quick to pick up, tons of modules that you would have to purchase as extra in headway. I am in no way affiliated to beaver builder as much as this may sound, but it was the best decision ditching headway and going for beaver, I’m just gutted I didn’t use it from the beginning.. I wasted so much time and effort and nearly lost confidence in myself using headway. Beaver has been fantastic, great slack community too. I can’t comment on the others as I’ve not tried them. Beaver builder all the way!!

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      The great thing about WordPress is that it gives you plenty of great choices. We like both Headway and BeaverBuilder, they are both great tools to build your website.

  2. Jorge Marques says:

    I must say Visual Composer is ok but does not work totally with my theme, support is poor and the amount of CSS I still have to do to get things adjusted is just mad, I am tempted after this in trying beaver builder!

  3. Joe Roberts says:

    Great Article! I was looking for alternative to the various Page Builders out there and came across this article. I had never before heard of or used Beaver Builder before but after reading this article and perusing through the comments I was driven enough to buy Beaver Builder. I have developed in WordPress for over 6 years and I have to say Beaver Builder is probably the best piece of software geared towards WordPress that I have ever used let alone page builder. Kudos to everyone for sending me in the right direction! I was even compelled enough to write about my first impressions of Beaver Builder based off of my experience with it from reading this article.

    If you’d like to check it out feel free!

    Thanks again WP-Beginner for another great article.


  4. A Sisten says:

    Site Origins page builder should at least A grade. Not only because completely free and has many addons, but because it easy to use.

    Visual Composer, also interesting.

  5. Mark Hetherington says:

    I just want to give a well-deserved (in my opinion) mention to SiteOrigin’s Page Builder. I was a complete novice, having never built a website before and in fact having never even heard of WordPress previously – that’s how much I knew about building a website.

    It took me quite a while to begin with and adding new pages with the layout I wanted was still quite a challenge. Then I discovered Page Builder which changed everything. It’s VERY easy to use, has everything most people who are page building will need and it’s also completely free.

    I can’t compare it to anything else as I have only ever trialled one other which I didn’t get on with and can’t remember the name of, but anybody searching these pages who is trying to put a website together, especially on a budget, could do a lot worse than try Page Builder.

  6. ANOWAR says:

    To me Thrive Content Builder is the best. I don’t know why nobody mentioned about it here. I am using their $99 for unlimited personal websites as I have near a dozens of websites to manage.

    However, personal choice and experience can be differed.

    • Keely says:

      I wouldn’t use it – if you remove the plugin, your data is stuck in the database. Try it – add a page using Thrive Builder, then deactivate the plugin. Page will be blank.

      • Nata says:

        Isn’t it how it works with other plugins as well? I think in Site Origin your pages will be blank too if you deactivate it. I don’t know about other ones, haven’t used them.

    • Swapnil says:

      Bro can you share your plugin with unlimited website option with my website. I am a beginner and cant invest this big amount. I will be grateful if you will help me.

  7. Tom says:

    “VelocityPage is not currently for sale. Please stay tuned.”

    What is the story with this?

  8. Felix Albutra says:

    I used Prostyler Theme to several of my client’s websites and I think this is one of the best Drag and Drop Page Builder.

    • Chris Cory says:

      I use it as well and am very satisfied, it does pretty much everything. I have had it crash though when WordPress has been updated and it hasn’t. Also, the size of the sites it creates seem very large even if the site you’ve created doesn’t have much content. I do also find myself using a lot of custom CSS in order to override some of the prebuilt site wide stuff in there, but hey, at least it lets you do that.

  9. samuel israel says:

    no one is talking about MAKE

  10. Adrian Tschubarov says:

    Hi, nice article, but is it biased? You totally ignored Visual Composer, which is the biggest and most flexible one, with lots of components you can add from 3rd party and even you can shortcodize other plugins and player.

    • Editorial Staff says:

      Yes and as authors of several premium WordPress plugins, we can also say that Visual Composer is also the least compatible one to work causing a lot of bugs and compatibility issues.

      However we do agree that we need to a version 2 of this article to add other builders that we didn’t include to add pros / cons of each.

  11. Manas Mitra says:

    I have using both Divi & Site Origin – but with respect to ease of use & flexibility, I prefer Site Origin. One aspect that beats Divi is the number of columns that can be created. In Divi, the restriction is 4 columns but in Site Origin it’s upto 8 columns – it makes Site Origin a better choice from the points for flexibility. On the other hand, in Divi, padding & margin for modules can be set individually for all each of the four sides, where as in Site Origin, it can only be set up for all the four sides together.

    • Mike Oliver says:

      Manas, in Pagebuilder you can do that as well. Instead of using the global padding under Layout/Padding, go to Attributes/CSS Styles and you can set the padding individually, just add each style one line at a time leaving off the curly braces. For example:

      margin-left: 20px;
      padding: 10px 30px 0px 10px;

      • Chrs says:

        Divi has become way to messy, and their support is very poor. In 2 years I have submitted 4 tickets and never had an issues attended to. The most common reply is “Support over 24 hours due to high service demands” or the like. It feels clumsy a 2 star rating from me.

        • Manas Mitra says:

          Hi Chrs,

          I got better responses from ET support. Some time it gets delayed, but I always got a proper solution.

      • Manas Mitra says:

        Hi Mike,

        Thanks for the tip. I haven’t thought it that way. I shall try it. Thank you for the wonderful tip.

  12. Mike Oliver says:

    This summary is pretty spot on, although I would upgrade Site Origin to a B+ :) Site Origin’s pagebuilder is one of the only ones that has not been buggy at some point for me, it always works smoothly and is not overly filled with options. I have used all the other accept Beaver Builder (although I tried the demo and it seems pretty great).

    I have a Themify membership and I stopped using it because of the overload of options. There is too many option panels, it could be a lot simpler and lighter, same thing with Divi and Visual Composer. It seems to me the ones that pack in too much and rely too much on short code are the ones slowing down sites and causing theme conflicts. I think as far as the builders, in my opinion less is more.

    I like that Site Origin has the options you need, but allows you to code in the rest and doesn’t rely on tons of options. Beaver Builder seems to be on the same page as far as a lightweight and cleaner builder.

    Anyone have an feedback on whether or not Beaver Builder works better with the BB theme, or just as good with other themes? I would think the BB theme would be best coded and optimized for the builder. It’s an extra $100 to get the theme with the builder, may be worth it though rather than risking conflicts with other themes.

  13. kartic sutradhar says:

    i have a free wordpress ac…is now now that’s content will lost?

  14. Manas Mitra says:

    I use both Divi & SiteOrigin – they both are excellent.

  15. Hemang Rindani says:

    Nice article. WordPress is a powerful Content Management System that comes with number of modules that suits any complex business scenario and has the ability to make your digital dream a reality. WP importantly provides framework that makes a consistent design and have responsive modules that works well with any device.

    I feel Themify is one the best theme builders that comes with drag and drop functionalities to help a designer built a website with ease. It is a framework that satisfies the development of small as well as large websites and even can be used to build e-commerce websites. The highlight of Themify is that it can design a page from front-end as well as back-end that attracts me the most. To know the backend code helps the developer to make changes as and when required by including short codes or by modifying the coding.

    Thanks for the insights.

  16. Ummehani says:

    I will learn and useit assoon as posible

  17. Terence Pera says:

    Hey just my 2 cents, quite happy with themify and of course using their themes as well.

  18. Helen McLean says:

    I’ve been using Themify themes and now the Builder for quite a few years. What I love about Themify is their great support and consistent updates to keep up with all the latest features of WordPress. Someone else suggested the combination of Genesis framework, Dynamik and Themify Builder, which I have found to be an excellent combination.

    • D'Anne says:

      I’ve chosen similarly to you Helen, except my combo is Genesis, Dynamik, and Beaver Builder. Has cut development significantly and makes for leaner, faster-loading websites.

    • Djong Timoer Jr. says:

      I also use themify for the theme but I left the builder after I often lost my posting. The support is great.

  19. Rich Tejada says:

    A friend sent me the link to this site. Since I have never built a website but do have a rudimentary blog on wordpress ( not as knowledgeable as I want to be on working with it) what would be the opinion of others to assume I am starting from ground zero with no coding experience. I want to have a decent site for personal training that I can change myself and add to without having to run to an expert like many of my friends. Is Beaver Builder going to be easy enough to work with or is Velocity better. I need easy to work with ! Thanks

  20. Mike says:

    What are good wordpress themes to use these page builder plugins with?

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      Some page builders work with specific themes, and some work with almost every WordPress theme. Please see plugin’s documentation or contact support.

  21. Eli says:

    Great info in the article and comments, really helps to make a decision.
    Seems like high votes for Beaver Builder.
    I was wondering how it functions on multi site installation?

  22. Craig says:

    What abut Cornerstone, I just started using that as part of the X theme – what do others think of it?

  23. swapnil b says:

    Aqua Page Builder is also another alternative.

    Its free and has basic features suitable for making good landing pages.

    Its very light weight too in performance and code wise.

    Does not conflict with other plugins

    Renders even other plugin shortcodes

    Other features – Tab , Toggles, Accordian


    • Dave says:

      I agree. Aqua Page Builder is great and Syamil did an awesome job with it. It’s pretty easy to develop for and add new elements to. One of the things I dig is that you develop a page in the plugin and then include it with a short code, which makes it easy to integrate into other items, like plugins and themes.

      • Faheem says:

        I have been watching BB for a while now and I have finally decided to signup. It has come a long way and from what I can tell their support is top notch.

  24. Nick says:

    All that is good, but the Theme Boulevard’s Jump Start 2.0 is the best!

  25. Michael Mancini says:

    My two cents:

    I have been watching BB for a while now and I have finally decided to signup. It has come a long way and from what I can tell their support is top notch.

    My only complaint is I wish there were some different type elements that a lot of my clients ask for like progress bars, counters, colored Google Maps, and others. I think I would have to use Intense Shortcodes with BB but hopefully they will add more of those type of elements.

    You really should test drive BB at their demo and find out for yourself.


  26. John Luke says:

    This article should mention Visual Composer and Cornerstone.

  27. Roberto Porcar says:

    Save your money and time, go with Beaver Builder.

    Unbeatable quality and support. Very active development.

  28. Tim Berneman says:

    I’ve tried many frameworks/themes as well and a few that I would give an honorable mention are:

    Gantry by RocketTheme (
    GeneratePress (
    Responsive (

    Beaver Builder is one I have not heard of but I will try the “lite” version in the WordPress repository:

    Beaver Builder Lite (

  29. Bill K says:

    I realize this article may be focused on standalone builders, but if one is considering a complete package– theme and builder– I cannot recommend X’s latest enough.

    Themeco has incorporated their own pagebuilder into X called Cornerstone, and I really love it. Unlike VC, it is efficient code. But what I love the most is the UX. When I first got my hands on it it was just SO intuitive. For more advanced users it has a built in CSS editor for every page as well.

    I also realize there may be concern about what happens if one changes themes. Indeed, the Cornerstone stuff would not change over, it’s dedicated to X. But… at the same time I also don’t think there’s a site design that can’t be accomplished with X, so there may not be a reason to switch down the road. (that, of course is a whole different discussion!)

    You guys should check it out.

  30. Marlon says:

    Another comment worth to mention …

    The only thing I do not like in Beaver Builder so far is the fragmentation of the UI into two parts (not counting the admin area of the WP, amounting to 3 different interfaces).

    Do you have an interface to page builder and another in the WP Customizer for the general settings of theme.

    That, IMHO, Layers beats any competitor, it integrates the theme options and the builder all in the Customizer, making the user experience more smooth and linear.

  31. Marlon says:

    I have used Beaver Builder and I’m loving it!

    Other greats page builders worth of mention and can be categorized in “parent themes + page builders” are Layers by Obox Themes and UpFront by WPMUDEV.

    Layers is FREE and Open Source, and have fully support for WP Customizer, meaning it integrates nicely with WP UI and you can use and create widgets, has a great documentation and a growing community.

    UpFront, I’ve tested, and for me is like to Wix, ensuring a lot of freedom to the user, which is not always good, depending on your customers.

  32. Bob says:

    Thrive Content Builder (TCB) is also very good and easy to use and loads fast.

    I’ve built some sites with Divi and while a very good theme & builder, learning curve is fairly high. The new 2.4 release looks awesome and may eliminate some of the CSS coding required for most Divi sites.

    I’ve also used Ultimatum theme – similar to Divi, a little easier IMHO. Ultimatum & Microthemer (CSS coder) is a good combo.

    Will have to try Beaver Builder after all the rave reviews. Thanks for the post!

  33. Pierre says:

    Interesting selection! I just think there is one missing plugin here. I would have included Layouts from Toolset. It allows a drag & drop custom design and it’s compatible with bootstrap. I assume it should have a mention in this post…

  34. Andre says:

    Hate to rain on everyone’s parade, but page builders are notorious for generating horrible code in the source. They often have high learning curves for a typical user, as well they can create visual nightmares if you disable them (at least the ones I’ve tried in the past). I’ve even tested themes from Theme Forest that depend on Visual Composer, and the site was a complete mess when I changed themes to test that option.

    In my opinion, they cause more headaches than not.

    • Justin Busa says:

      Hey Andre,

      Have you had a chance to try out Beaver Builder? I would love to hear if you feel the same way about it as you do others. If you’re up to it, you can try out the demo or lite version.


  35. Bill Lewis says:

    The Divi Builder is going to be released very soon form elegant themes! Comes with the Divi theme now and it rocks!

    • John says:

      Divi is the best. You can also get the page builder from Elegant Themes that will work on any theme.

  36. Michael Wilhelmsen says:

    This post feels very suspicious.. So much bragging of the Beaver Builder plugin, the first comments does the same, and not even including the fantastic page builders Visual Composer and the Divi builder, that in my opinion is far superior than these other ones..
    Could this be a “sponsored” post?

    • Editorial Staff says:

      Nope not a sponsored post. We included the top 5 in our opinion. Definitely should’ve included Cornerstone by X Theme. Perhaps we will do an updated version and list out pros and cons of Visual Composer as well.

  37. Ken says:

    The Beaver Builder link in the Conclusion goes to Minimax and not Beaver Builder!

    Also when I attempt to use the demo in BB does not work – cannot add a row?

    Regards – Ken

  38. Max says:

    No mention of Visual Composer?

  39. Dustin says:

    I spent hundreds of hours of testing various page builders (more than I should have no doubt). I’ve used all of the above mentioned including many not mentioned and I 100% agree that Beaver Builder is top notch. Yes, it’s my favorite by far! They are continuously making improvements so it just keeps getting better with each update. As mentioned by others, their support is outstanding. The bar for page builders has been set high by Beaver Builder.

  40. Nemrah says:

    And lets not forget that Visual Composer is not that good for page loading.

    Beaver Builder FTW!

  41. Robby McCullough says:

    Hi there! Just wanted to pop in and say thanks so much for mentioning Beaver Builder. We really appreciate the kind words. :)

  42. Robert says:

    I agree with Marcello. I use Visual Composer and as well the page builder from Divi and cannot wait untill they release that as a premium plugin and can use for all themes. My opinion is that page builder is awesome for people who now have that much experience with WP and want maintain their own webiste.

    Maybe when the release is out you guys can make a part-2 of page builders.

    • Editorial Staff says:

      Absolutely a part 2 would make a lot of sense to add X theme’s Cornerstone and compare it with Divi builder.

  43. Almazia says:

    Another thing I love about Beaver Builder is that if I decided to deactivate the plugin, it won’t leave ugly shortcodes all over my website, unlike some other page builders.

  44. Almazia says:

    Beaver Builder’s Standard license is $99 for unlimited sites (not single site; they are really kind), and they have the free lite version on the WordPress plugin repository.

    • Oliver (WebMan Design) says:

      Hi Almazia. Just to make your message complete: the free version of the Beaver Builder plugin actually beats the Page Builder by Site Origin as you can use any widget with Beaver Builder too. But unlike the Site Origin’s one you have the comfort of front-end editing!

      • ceah says:

        I cut my teeth on Genesis with my own sites, Now I’m thinking of switching to designing client’s sites with page builders. So many people want to feel like they have control and can change things if they want.

        I actually took SiteOrigin’s PageBuilder out for a test drive recently and once I got the hang of it and overcame a few issues, liked it. But I never thought about front-end editing vs. backend. So now I’m going to spend the weekend playing with both the Beaver Builder lite and Layers.

        I do have a few questions for the Beaver Builder lite gurus. I am pretty comfortable with html and css. I also can tinker with php in the Genesis theme. Do you think someone with my level of coding skills needs the premium Beaver Builder or would the lite do? Also, I just checked out a site that says Beaver Builder doesn’t do headers and footers?! That makes no sense to me. Could someone explain that for me?


  45. Paul Floyd says:

    I am wondering why you guys left out DIVI.

  46. Marcelo says:

    Interesting articles to discover other builders… but not to forget about Visual Composer, and the Elegant Themes’ builder which is already built-in Divi theme (and will be released as a standalone builder plugin soon). They both are Grade A builders, and nope, they’re not free.

    • Tim Taricco says:

      I was surprised that Visual Composer wasn’t part of this review of WordPress page builders. It gets a 4.87 star rating out of 5 on CodeCanyon. There are also tons of add-ons available for it.

      • Mark Klinefelter says:

        Not only is Visual Composer Class A and beats the others hands down in this article, one of the neatest factors is that there are so many addons that make styling your site so sweet. One of the best is Ultimate Addons for VC. I have used VC and numerous addons for my development site and am extremely satisfied. A glaring omission by the author of this article.

        • Joel MMCC says:

          Upthread another commenter (@Nemrah July.8 @ 1:09p) mentioned that Visual Composer is “not that good for page loading.” Presumably it injects so much extra and/or inefficient HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to do its thing, and/or the JavaScript requires so much extra overhead at page load time, and/or the PHP and/or SQL involved is slow and inefficient, that while it may be easy to use and produce nice-looking page designs, it really slows things down enough to turn off users and perhaps even generate server and/or timeout errors under heavy load.

          @Editorial Staff replied on Jul. 9 @ 7:23a: “Agreed. One of the reasons why we didn’t include it in this list.”

          So, it wasn’t an oversight. It simply didn’t make the cut. This is supposed to be a comparative review of the best page builders, not all page builders, and apparently Visual Composer just wasn’t considered one of the best for this reason. Doesn’t matter how many features it has: if it bogs down page loading, it’s not considered usable, let alone one of the best.

          Perhaps if they were to go over their code and run it through performance analyzers such as YSlow and make the necessary optimizations, then it could make the cut.

        • karen says:

          Just curious – I have purchased VC – but I’m so used to using Avada & Enfold – or other themes with their own built in page builders – that I’m unsure of how to choose a theme for using V. C I’m used to using premium themes with top-notch support ratings – so if you have any advice to give on a theme with great support that doesn’t have a page builder and is known for great support I’d appreciate that very much! Thanks!

        • Matt says:

          @Mark – I always say consider the source. CodeCanyon is frequented by buyers of a mostly clueless nature (read: the majority – not everyone there) so it’s not really a surprise why the rating is high.

          VC works for them and that’s really all they know or care about. There’s of course much more to a recommendation than that. VC doesn’t deserve a place in this list and when you’ve gotten more experience with WP you’ll hopefully realize why.

          Use what works for you or not. Take the advice of those more experienced than you or not. Ratings are meaningless though if sourced from mostly inexperienced users. That’s why articles like this can be helpful to opening people’s eyes and making them rethink their choice or not.

      • Josh says:

        I love Visual Composer and was also surprised it isn’t on here. Beaver Builder is nice too. I’m not a fan of the Divi theme builder.

    • Editorial Staff says:

      Used the Divi theme, and it definitely has a steep learning curve. They make up for some of it with the preloaded templates, but it’s no where near the flexibility that BeaverBuilder offers.

  47. J says:

    thanks for this really nice article.
    To my mind a 100 dollars for a single site licence is huge when you have a premium whole theme for 50, no? I’d say that the licence could cover up to 5 sites for ex. Nevertheless I’m sure that the quality is optimal and not doubt at all about this is must have type of tools for non advanced developers.

    One you do not cover is visual composer.
    Do you have an opinion on that one?


    PS: All that say respectfully about beaver builder I’m quite convinced to try by now at the next occasion

  48. Sven says:

    Hello, thanks for the report! The Link to BeaverBuilder is wrong, please check.

  49. Desmond Williams says:

    Just a quick note about Beaver Builder. Not only are they the best on the market (subjective of course!), but their support is second to none — which is really valuable when it comes to client projects.

  50. Andrew Macia says:

    What about the Visual Composer on Code Canyon? I’ve used all of these except for Themify and I’d have to agree that Beaver Builder is great, but Visual Composer is just as good and it’s only like $30.00.

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