We decided to publish the best 5 WordPress visual builders to help you make the decision, especially when you are planning to start a WordPress blog this year. This article will be rather lengthy. Therefore, below is the table of content for quick summaries.
We decided to kick start our WordPress visual builders review 2020 with Oxygen Builder because:
Initially, Oxygen Builder was developed to be the first WordPress visual builder for WooCommerce. Due to the massive demand and growth, Oxygen is now fully integrated with Gutenberg blocks.
Watch this video to learn more about Oxygen Builder and how it can be one of the best WordPress tools of the decade.
One of our core revenue generation method in WP Maven is WordPress development and the entire process of developing a WordPress site would take us a long time. With Oxygen, we were surprised how fast we can easily create a website design and deploy it to live servers in just a matter of days (not weeks).
Drag element edges to set spacing, or drag & drop to re-order using the intuitive visual editor and with no coding skills. You can even add transition and animation to any elements too.
Oxygen is the only visual builder that is build for WooCommerce. Design your WordPress eCommerce store in anyway you like, minus the coding works and adding tons of pleasure in between.
Oxygen allows you to create any custom website headers (visually) that you ever wished for, including sticky and overlay headers in just a few clicks of the mouse.
Set global colours, fonts and styles in one place and watch the magic happens. Press save and the changes takes effect almost instantly on every post and page. Oxygen is a time saver.
Oxygen is SEO optimized and you don't require any WordPress SEO plugins to make your site better. Oxygen is also developer friendly—you can even writer PHP, CSS and JS live!
Get used to flexible builder elements, dynamic data with repeated and loops. You can even export your beloved Oxygen designs out to any other Oxygen powered website of your choice.
Oxygen, by far, is one of the lightest visual builders we had ever tried in over a decade of web designing. Oxygen is also the only reason why we decided to 5x our web design services in 2020 because it is so easy to use. We literally smile every time we run the Oxygen visual builder.
Overall, Oxygen Builder is the best WordPress visual builder for WordPress, WooCommerce and Gutenberg block. While Oxygen syncs well with major WordPress updates and cores, it still has some funny incompatibility issues with some WordPress plugins.
Oxygen plans start at $99 for lifetime license and unlimited websites.
Elementor is our second top pick for the best WordPress visual builder. To start, Elementor is a free WordPress visual editor that had garnered over 1 million users. We use Elementor and Elementor Pro on our clients' websites too, and by far the experiences were always amazing.
We love Elementor because:
Take a look at this video to have a quick introduction on what Elementor is.
We believe that WordPress visual builder should come with easy to use drag and drop builder and low learning curve for beginners. Elementor hit the mark for both!
Here are some of the best Elementor features that deserve the second placing in the top WordPress visual builders for 2020.
Elementor is the one of those design platforms to offer pixel perfect design, yet produces 100% clean code. Take your design vision and turn it into a stunning custom-made website.
Elementor allows you to design forms visually, integrate them with your favorite marketing tools, and generate more traffic, quality leads & conversions. You can reduce one plugin at the very least!
Elementor was built for beginners and the visual builder is easy to use to learn that you don't require a manual to build your first WordPress website. The best part? No coding skills required.
Elementor is an open-source project. Since it was launched, thousands of website developers had contributed to Elementor, allowing it to constantly pushing out new updates and features.
Elementor might not fit everyone, but it certainly fits the majority of website owners. With over a million users every month, Elementor stands tall and strong among with top brands.
Elementor builder allows you to create popups without having to install additional software or plugins. You can even integrate content from WordPress into your popups.
If you are looking for an affordable WordPress visual builder that doesn't suck, Elementor is definitely a great choice. As a matter of fact, you can't go wrong with Elementor.
The best part?
Elementor is free to download and Elementor Pro starts at $49 per year.
The third spot in the best WordPress visual builders for 2020 is Divi by Elegant Themes. For the record, Divi is a popular drag and drop builder, and comes in two forms; Divi Theme Builder and Divi Builder Plugin.
Divi Theme Builder is a standalone WordPress builder that acts as a WordPress theme while Divi Builder Plugin is in a form of the plugin and able to integrate well with most major themes in the market. You can read more about Divi Theme Builder review here.
Depending on the size and complexity of the web development projects, we do use Divi Themes for our clients' works simply because:
Let's see what Divi is all about, shall we?
One of the biggest advantages of using Divi is simply because it has a unique pricing structure—yearly and lifetime. More importantly, getting either one of the plans will enable you to have unlimited access to all the themes, plugins and documentation within Elegant Themes.
This means that instead of getting just one premium WordPress theme, you are getting more than what you are paying for!
Do you know that it is really easy to create a responsive full-width slider with Divi builder?
You don't have to move through and forth to the editor and front page. All WordPress editing are done in real time and you get instant display on the changes you had done.
Having the right animation and effects can make your content stand out from the crowd. With Divi, you can drag and drop, and perform changes without knowing any CSS.
Over 110 pre-made templates and 880+ widgets/elements, you are literally spoilt with choices. Import anything directly from the Divi theme library in just a few clicks.
Divi builder is built with strong and powerful WordPress building capabilities. Using Divi, you can transform anything (including images and graphic) to any layout of your choice.
Divi is one of those WordPress visual builders that allows you find a specific element and perform global changes to them in just a few clicks. This saves a lot of time in WordPress development.
Now, this is crazy. Divi is the only visual builder that allows you choose multiple elements and perform simultaneous changes and amendments under one go. Definitely a game changer in the industry.
If you are undecided if Divi is the best WordPress visual builder for 2020, here's one reason why we love Divi (and our clients too)!
Hint: Divi is very flexible and easy to customize. We recommend you to read Divi Theme review right here.
Divi is by far one of the most unique WordPress visual builders that don't suck. It comes with both theme builder and plugin, which is an excellent move to cater to the majority of the WordPress website users. Divi is not perfect—sometimes, Divi couldn't load properly in WordPress especially when there is plugin conflict or limited server resources. This is very common among WordPress builders and not just towards Divi only.
Overall, Divi offers very creative features, round the clock support and out-of-this-world product perks (unlimited usages, unlimited tools and lifetime access).
Divi yearly plan is priced at $89 per year and Divi lifetime access is $249 for a single payment.
Beaver Builder is a WordPress page builder plugin. Just like its counterpart, Divi, it has Beaver Builder Theme too. But what makes Beaver Builder different from the rest of the WordPress visual builders is the amount of bloatware.
This plugin is lightweight and even though it is not as lightweight as Oxygen, it is still one of the lightest in the market. Until date, there are over a million websites that are powered with Beaver Builder.
Access Beaver Builder theme library and get unlimited access to all the demos there. Change anything you want within the demos and even choose to reuse them for future.
Beaver Builder's front end drag and drop website builder gives you total control over the layout of your pages. With this plugin, you can position the texts and images in just a few clicks.
Beaver Builder's page builder plugin can be used with any theme and make your content hostage. If you decide to stop using Beaver Builder, your content gets ported right back into the WordPress editor.
You can use Beaver Builder's framework to create your own child themes, especially for website customization. Choose from a variety of styles using our settings presets, then modify them with the native WordPress Customizer.
Beaver Builder is a cool, lightweight and fully functioning WordPress visual builder. It is easy to use and extremely beginner-friendly.
If you are looking for a WordPress front end editor that is worth your money, you seriously need to consider Beaver Builder.
Beaver Builder pricing plans start at $99 per year (40% discount on Beaver Builder plans upon renewing) for unlimited websites.
The last visual builder for WordPress in this list is Thrive Architect (read the Thrive Architect review here). Thrive Architect is a product from Thrive Themes and we had been using this since the early stages. Back then, Thrive Architect was known as Thrive Content Builder (TCB).
Thrive Architect has come a long way and this is still an excellent visual builder if you want to have an easy life. In other words, you won't find any problems with Thrive Architect as compared to other visual builders in the market.
Here's what I mean:
Thrive Architect is the fastest WordPress visual builder that we had used. There is no doubt that you can build WordPress pages and posts faster with this tool.
There are over 375 different elements that you can use to build your dream landing page/sale page with Thrive Architect. Plus, they are all focused on conversions!
You can ignore a significant amount of WordPress plugins thanks to Thrive Architect features. It includes testimonials, countdown timers and lead generation forms that integrate with your favorite email marketing tools.
We love Thrive Architect because it is very affordable. Priced at $67 for a single website, there is no denial that Thrive Architect is one of the best drag and drop WordPress builders.
Add click-to-tweet quotes, highlighted boxes, styled list and other forms of media easily to get much higher engagement when you use Thrive Architect for your website.
The time span for gaining the attention of people is under 7 seconds. Use different eye-catching elements to keep your visitors peeled to the screen and reduce your bounce rate.
Thrive Architect is an excellent choice for bloggers, entrepreneurs and small website owners who don't want to spend a whole lot of time, money and effort in building a WordPress website.
Two major advantages of Thrive Architect are low learning curve (the tool is basically plugged and play) and speedy post creation.
You can't go wrong with Thrive Architect, really.
We are really torn between the 5 visual builders we shared above. For the record, we love them all—but at the same time, we still need to choose a winner, right?
Here's what we think.
This blog, WP Maven is powered by Oxygen Builder because we believe clean codes = faster website loading speed. While we are a strong advocate for Oxygen, we fully understand that the WordPress industry is constantly evolving, thus there will be many other drag and drop tools in the market.
What do you think? Share your thoughts below and tell us what you think.