Which Of The Top WordPress Page Builders should you choose?

WordPress makes it extremely easy to build websites with it. There are many themes that you can use by importing demos and swapping out the content with your own. However, these do not provide the best customizations. To be able to fully customize your design, you should choose one of many WordPress page builders and start from scratch.

In this article, I’ll talk about the top 4 page builders you can use in WordPress.

But why should you use a Page Builder?

When starting a website or an online business, people usually complain about one of two things:

  • The difficulty of building a website
  • The lack of customizations in pre-made themes

A good page builder will solve both of these issues. All you need to do is find the right one for your needs.

There isn’t the best page builder per se, but in this list, we’re taking the following metrics in mind:

  • Ease of use
  • Flexibility and Customization
  • Performance

Each of the WordPress page builders in our list, unfortunately, lacks in some area, so you’ll always have to make a sacrifice and lean toward one of the metrics to be able to make the best choice for your website.

Keep in mind that to be able to better utilize page builders, you need to have professional wordpress hosting on fast SSD servers.

Let’s get into it.

Elementor: Best Average

Elementor is perhaps the most used WordPress page builder and most people have heard of it or used it. Many themes nowadays also come with Elementor pre-packaged, and imported demo content is built with Elementor to allow for a degree of visual editing.

Now, Elementor is very easy to use – it has a drag-and-drop interface, all the elements are easy to reach, and the editing fields are self-describing. Adding a new element to the page is as simple as dragging it from the panel on the left side to the section where you want to add it.

In addition to that, you can use Elementor’s Kit Library to import a pre-made website design and use it in your project.

When it comes to customization, Elementor is not the best as you are not able to use CSS Grid and Flexbox containers – flexbox containers are actually available at the moment as an alpha.

Without these, creating sections and columns is a very generic experience without much in the way of customization. But these same features are also not supported by many other builders out there.

Performance with Elementor is average – it has some bloat which lowers your Page Speed score. Elementor also generates a lot of elements within a page – which is also one of the warnings you’ll receive in Google’s Page Speed test.

The best thing about Elementor is that it has a Free version that is perfectly suitable for most websites.

To recap:

✔ Free version
✔ Easy to use
✔ Flexible enough

✘ Less than ideal performance

Beaver Builder: Good for agencies

One of the WordPress page builders you don’t hear often about is Beaver Builder. However, it’s a robust builder that offers better-than-average section and column management.

Beaver’s interface is extremely fast. One thing it has over Elementor is the floating panel for managing the currently selected element. Most of the modules have the same tabs, which are General, Style, and Advanced. Also, Beaver makes the option to save the module for later use very easy to find – right in line with the Save button on the floating panel.

Beaver is easy to use, although it has a steeper learning curve as opposed to Elementor. On the template side, Beaver is a bit weak, only having page templates and not whole website templates.

When it comes to performance, Beaver Builder is good enough for most websites, and with some additional optimizations, you can reach high-number Page Speed scores, even for mobile.

If you’re an agency, then Beaver builder will be a good fit for you. At the low price of $99 per year, you can build an unlimited number of websites with it. Furthermore, if it matters to you, Beaver’s team has included white labeling in the Ultimate plan.

To recap:

✔ Easy enough to use
✔ Flexible column management
✔ Good performance

✘ Free version is limited

Oxygen Builder: Best performance

Oxygen is a page builder that is fully focused on the best performance and customizability while sacrificing ease of use to get there. It’s targeted at more experienced builders and developers that have at least some understanding of coding such as HTML/CSS/JS and PHP as well.

Ease of use is where Oxygen has sacrificed to get the best performance and customization. The interface is designed to cater to developers and requires knowledge of at least CSS to get around it – and use it to its full potential. It has a steep learning curve.

But because of that, Oxygen is one of the WordPress page builders that has the two things most important for developers and website owners:

  • Customizability / Flexibility
  • Performance

The section/div management in Oxygen really is the best, you can choose from most display values, and the most important ones are flex and grid. These allow you to have the most freedom when sorting your columns.

As we noted, Oxygen is built towards developers and most of the editable fields in the left-side panel are named after CSS properties such as display, flex-direction, flex-wrap, justify-content, and similar – and you can control pretty much any CSS attribute. Custom code integration is also made easy to use – including adding custom PHP within the page.

Speed

Building a performant website with Oxygen is not hard at all, in many cases, if you’ve used optimized images, you’ll get an 80+ mobile Page Speed score right after publishing the page. In combination with our LS Cache, you can easily achieve scores over 90 on Google’s Page Speed.

With the Ultimate plan, you get access to composite elements which are more complex elements, pre-built for you. There’s also a small library of 17 website designs you can import as a whole or page-by-page.

Oxygen does not have a free version, however, all the licenses are for unlimited websites.

To recap:

✔ Great performance
✔ Amazing customizability, especially with Flex and Grid elements.
✔ Subscriptions are lifetime (not yearly)

✘ Steep learning curve for non-developers
✘ No free version

Brizy: The easiest one to use

One of the newer WordPress page builders is Brizy. It focuses on ease of use while sacrificing customizability. As they call it “the best website builder for non-techies”.

If you’re looking for the fastest way to create a website, then Brizy is the way to go. Brizy’s focus is aimed at building a website with pre-made blocks which you can import and edit in just a few minutes.

There are many pre-made sections you can import to your page, all for different purposes – meaning you can import many sections to fill the whole page.

When it comes to customizability, Brizy is not the best as it has fewer configuration options than all the above builders.

Speed is also not Brizy’s top side as it’s just about average. It’s not bad, but it certainly won’t amaze you either.

Similar to Beaver Builder, Brizy also has a white label feature so you could brand it as your own and allow your customers to use your builder. At the same time, the subscription to Brizy is not very expensive and there’s also a lifetime package.

To recap:

✔ Extremely easy to use
✔ Lifetime subscription available

✘ Customizability is not the best
✘ Speed is only average

How to make the choice?

Choosing a WordPress page builders is not going to be easy. First, you’ll need a great plan for your website and exactly what you are looking to do.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How complicated is my design?
  • Can I find a pre-built theme for it?
  • Am I able to spend more time learning to be able to use a more advanced builder?
  • How much does performance matter for my website?

The answers to these questions should get you much closer to the decision of choosing a WordPress page builder. Make sure that you use fast WordPress hosting to be able to get the most performance out of your page builder.