Today WordPress Page Builders are the most preferred choice of developers across the world. It can be used to develop many things, starting from simple pages to the most complex ones. Apart from WP Page builders, some other free tools are available too, the largest among them being Drupal and Joomla. But developers choose WordPress because of some simple yet powerful reasons given below.
- Simple setup
- Simple customization
- Easy to use
According to most developers, WordPress boasts of the most user-friendly interface. Knowledge of any code is hardly required to get a standard WP website up within a very short time. The function and appearance can be modified in minutes by using themes. Plugins are pretty simple and the appropriate one can be found by searching in the admin console.
Following are the comparison of various aspects of top 3 WordPress Page Builders.
Visual Composer empowers you to alter content on the front-end or the back-end. No wonder why it’s a preferred choice in comparison to most of its opponents as they only allow you to design pages using either the front-end or the back-end. Visual Composer comes with a mind-blowing span of content elements as well. The range includes multimedia components for images and videos, social media sharing buttons and components related to content like post carousels, post grids, and post sliders. Support for call to actions and buttons are also provided.
The interface of Visual Composer on both the front-end and the back-end is designed in a simple, easy-to-use manner. It should ideally take a maximum of 15 minutes after installing the Visual Composer to properly understand the relevant processes of adding content components and placing them into columns and rows. Although this plugin is very user-friendly, it’ll take a few hours for the developers to create customized pages according to your needs and preferences. At first, you have to understand the choices that come with each content element. Some pre-loaded templates come with the plugin to speed up the process. It’s advisable to load such a template first and spend time with it, using it to shift objects around and twist content elements etc. This way, you’ll be able to know the working process soon.
Visual Composer has been on the market for years, though the plugin is updated on a regular basis with fresh features. As it’s the best seller among all plugins on CodeCanyon, you can be assured that it’ll get active support for quite some years to come. WP Bakery provides a big “knowledge base” on its website that can help you to learn the process of use. Customer queries are also answered by developers through committed “ticket support process” and comments are actively responded to, on a daily basis, on CodeCanyon. Visual Composer doesn’t charge any yearly fee. So, once you buy the plugin, you’ll be able to receive updates and support for a lifetime.
“Ultimate” is the bestselling “add on” on CodeCanyon. Each element in this package is created with ultimate attention paid to the details to provide you with the best experience. Add on components consist of Info Box, Icons, Info List, Counter, Flip Box, Modal Popup Box, Interactive Banner, Extended Google Maps, and Timeline. Features of the row backgrounds are Vertical and Horizontal Parallax, Fixed Image Background, Video Background, Hover Parallax and Multilayer Hover Parallax. With the help of WordPress Icon Fonts Manager, you can modify the Fonts of your own Icon and search for Icon Fonts in your own library.
In an almost saturated market of page builders, Visual Composer can easily be considered as the most favored and best choice available to WordPress users. The user-friendly interface and awesome looking content elements make it a prominent one. Visual Composer doesn’t have any option to insert the widget into pages, unlike some other free page builders.
2. Beaver Builder
The Beaver Builder is compatible with any type of WordPress theme including the custom designs. It allows you to develop pages from the front end. The main benefit of this front end development is it saves you from having an imaginary view about the look of the page. Beaver Builder comes with a selection of 11 inner page designs and 12 pre-loaded home pages. The page designs include templates like services, about us, contact, portfolio etc. and you can fully customize all designs according to your needs. Unlike many other page builders that you can use only on a single website, you can install Beaver Builder on all websites that you handle.
Once Beaver Builder plugin is triggered on your website, you’re on. A set containing small options is there to help you configure it, but they won’t take much of your time. The settings menu helps you to decide about the page templates, modules, and post types.
To initiate the builder, you have to create a new post or a page. Then hit the tab marked “Page Builder” or click the link mentioned “Page Builder” available on the screen of post list.
After launching Page Builder, the view changes to the front end of the site and now you are free to select any of the pre-loaded 12 home page design templates or 11-page designs that contain content.
Three categories of modules are available in Beaver Builder namely WordPress widgets, advanced and basic. The first category shows all of the active widgets of your website including the fundamental WordPress widgets and those which have been connected later. Depending upon the control system of the module, it permits you to include images as well as format the components and texts in various ways.
You can edit all components of the designs by accessing the context menu. Once you’re done creating the custom page design, you can save it from the Tools menu. You can use the saved designs as the beginning point when developing a fresh page in future.
The world-class support team of Beaver Builder provides solutions generally within a very short time. But in the case of any delay, it’ll take a maximum of 24 to 48 hours. Also, there is a support forum of Beaver Builder, where you can post your query or go through relevant queries and the respective answers provided by the support team.
Beaver Builder Add-ons comes in the market in late 2016. Now, there are plenty of add-ons available. Here is our favorite list of beaver builder addons.
Beaver Builder comes with lots of built-in content blocks. Slideshows, tabs, pages, buttons, testimonials, forms and pricing tables are just some of them.
Developing web pages generally involve a lot of effort and time, especially when multiple projects are going on simultaneously. Beaver Builder allows you to create pages without touching codes. The great interface helps you to complete your job within a short span of time. It doesn’t allow you to fit a column inside other columns.
3. Velocity Page Builder
Velocity Page is a comparatively new WordPress plugin that empowers you to create page designs and modifies those page contents from the front end. Velocity Page is compatible with WordPress pages. Thus, you can develop a new page or edit existing pages at ease. You can’t use this plugin on existing WordPress posts. When you enable the Velocity Page, the existing content of that page is hidden or ignored. You can use the present theme of your site or select from the pre-loaded templates.
After enabling Velocity Page for your web pages, you’ll be able to modify the content only through the front end. After logging in, you’ll be able to see the “Edit” button on the page and you can hit it to enable the modification controls. You can use the editor to have a quick view of the available options before taking a call. Though you can alter the column row by using the button marked “Change item type”, you can’t modify the width of a column.
Once you’ve purchased Velocity Page, you can be assured of their support. If the satisfaction level doesn’t delight or thrill you after using it for 30 days, they’ll give your money back. All the support queries go through an extremely efficient support ticket system and the support team doesn’t stop until they make you feel completely satisfied.
Unfortunately, Velocity Page doesn’t allow any outside add-ons.
There are lots of pre-loaded blocks in Velocity Page that you can easily use to match your page design. You just have to use the simple “drag and drop” system to add a block. Some of these blocks are image, MailChimp forum, media, Aweber forum, text etc.
Velocity Page is a good option for designers and website owners who are looking to add some content to the pages with ease. It truly makes the task of adding pictures and videos easier without changing the design and look of your page. However, the price may become a constraint for some. Also, you can only design pages with Velocity Page. It is compatible with most WordPress themes, but not with all. The good thing is that you’ll get your money back if your theme is not compatible with Velocity Page. It is ideal for those who have no idea about WordPress Dashboard or codes.