There are countless pagebuilders to quickly build websites. Elementor and Beaver Builder are the two biggest and most popular in this category. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of both programs? In terms of quality, both are on a very high level. The active installations and number of downloads of both plugins, speak a clear language. These topics are interesting in direct comparison of both plugins:
- Functions of the interface
- Control over the design (individual options or rigid templates)
- Number of templates and options
- Development possibilities like custom CSS
- Free features vs. paid versions
- Design of the prices in relation to the number of websites and subscriptions
Short introduction to both Drag&Drop Pagebuilder Plugins
Basically both plugins are extremely popular and have already created millions of websites worldwide. Beaver Builder and Elementor, are popular with users and developers alike. Nevertheless there are small but subtle differences, which we will explain to you in more detail. Elementor was only developed in 2016 but has already more than five million downloads!
Beaver Builder was launched earlier - in 2014 - and is undisputedly the market leader in this category together with Elementor. Both plugins are classic drag and drop "construction kits" for websites. This means that you simply drag and drop various elements with the mouse pointer to the desired position on your page or contribution. This can be text, but also pictures, videos and hundreds of other elements. Therefore you don't need any previous knowledge of HTML, CSS and programming!
Differences in the interface between Elementor and Beaver Builder
Both plug-ins have a visual preview, which allows you to quickly check the respective results in real time. There is no clear advantage or disadvantage to this question.
With the Elementor the user interface is divided into: Sidebar on the left and a live preview on the right. New elements are simply dragged to the desired position with the mouse (typical drag & drop principle). Text elements are edited or written via inline editing either in the sidebar or directly on the spot. The right mouse button opens another interactive menu. So you can interact with the user interface at any time. In addition, you can easily copy and paste widgets (also from other existing pages).
Here the approach is somewhat different. The complete menu opens in a full window and you have to open the respective options with a mouse click. However, elements are opened via popup, which might disturb one or the other user. But you can customize the interface. The combination of sidebar and content screen (like in Elementor) has proven to be more effective. Generally Elementor makes a better impression.
Design, CSS and developer options
While a "pagebuilder" may make sense when creating websites, professional developers are interested in making individual adjustments to make the appearance really visually appealing. Again, Elementor can make up for lost time because the developer options are simply more versatile thanks to flexible CSS. Here are the options for you, in both plugins closer look:
Basically the Drag&Drop divides Pagebuilder Plugin Elementor its possibilities into three different options:
- Content and layout
- Style (fonts, typography, backgrounds)
- Extended (CSS and for experienced users)
Already in the free version of the plugin, you can add custom CSS classes to elements. However, only the paid version gives you the ultimate "freedom of movement" and allows you to visually refine any element using CSS classes. With the Beaver Builder plugin, such possibilities are rather limited.
It depends on the module: either you choose between two separate or three different options:
- General (basic options)
- Style (colors, fonts)
- Extended ( CSS )
Interesting is the fact that modules can also be hidden in the Beaver Builder. For example you want to introduce a member area. Then only logged in users get full access to all menus, content and options. This is a difference to Elementor, because this plugin does not support this.
Templates and the library (free of charge and with costs)
|From version 2.0 on numerous configurable templates.||Fewer finished templates than with Elementor.|
|Complete pages with different design.||Individual designs are also possible.|
|Blocks where elements can be integrated.||Elements like images, text, contact box.|
|FAQ||Simply drag and drop it into the desired position.|
|Contact box||All finished designs can be saved for later reuse.|
|Designs can be saved as templates (for later use)||Unfortunately you can only use all templates and elements in the paid version.|
|Numerous elements that can be inserted by drag & drop.||All in all, Elementor collects more points.|
|Complete page layouts possible.|
|Even in the free version a sufficient range of functions.|
Basically both plugins are limited in the free trial version. However, Elementor offers more functions than Beaver Builder. Elementor still contains enough templates and widgets in the free version to build a really appealing website.
Regarding the free version of Beaver Builder, you will have to do without most of the features. Only 6 modules are available. But as soon as a paid subscription is taken out, the whole thing looks different.
Elementor Pro Version
- dynamic contents
- Footer lines
- Archive pages
- custom header
Beaver Builder Pro Version
- Adding shortcuts to the page
- White Label Functions
- Track CSS changes in real time
- drag and drop
- numerous elements but fewer widgets as Elementor
Price comparison between Elementor and Beaver Builder
Here both plugins have different advantages and disadvantages. Elementor is cheaper for single pages, while Beaver Builder is more worthwhile for multiple websites. Here are the price aspects:
|Elementor prices at a glance|
|1 website : 49 US Dollar|
|3 websites : 89 US Dollar|
|Unlimited projects : 149 US Dollar|
|After one year, you will receive a 25 percent discount on renewal.|
|Beaver Builder prices at a glance|
|Pure Pagebuilder Plugin : 99 US Dollar|
|Plugin+Beaver Builder Theme+Multisite support : 199 US Dollar|
|All together+White Labeling : 399 US Dollar|
|After one year you can extend the support and save a whopping 40 percent.|
It is important to note that Elementor, unlike Beaver Builder, offers a full-featured free version.
Conclusion on the comparison between Elementor and Beaver Builder
Both Drag&Drop pagebuilders are the true greats of the market. However, there are some differences. There is no real winner in terms of functionality. Elementor has a good free version and a little more features. For this Beaver Builder offers a plugin+theme and is available on unlimited pages. Beaver Builder also supports white labeling (which is important for customer projects). There is no clear winner. Try it yourself. In any case, these two plugins are the absolute top in the market of drag and drop pagebuilders.