What is a Page Builder?
You may be asking yourself: Is a page builder similar to a site builder or theme? Not quite, but not too far off! Let’s start off with the basics.
A well designed, responsive, website is a key area for anyone wanting their online content to stand out among the thousands of competitors in many of today’s markets.
WordPress is famous for being both user-friendly and having seemingly limitless potential. The problem is, though, that learning the skills necessary to create awesome websites takes a long time. It might not be in your budget to pay someone else to do it, as web designers can be very expensive.
There is a great solution available for anyone running a WordPress site, which means you’ll never have to learn web development OR pay someone else to do it – Page Builders!
Page Builders allow you to create awesome pages for WordPress, allowing you to increase important page metrics and conversion rates. While some are slightly more advanced than others, they generally require little to none coding knowledge. You can easily create a page in just a few minutes, allowing you to focus on what really matters– content.
So, could a page builder be right for your WordPress site? Check out the list below of my favourite page builders for WordPress:
Page Builder by SiteOrigin – Free
First on our list is the free Page Builder, by SiteOrigin. This drag-and-drop page builder allows you to arrange rows and columns on your page into which you add your content.
Site Origin is the easiest to use plugin on our list, but it does lack some of the functionality that the others offer. Included is a basic set of widgets that include image, video, text, button etc. that can be added to by downloading the Site Origin Widgets Bundle.
Above all, this plugin is great for bloggers who want to make their posts a bit more visually interesting without having to get too involved in design, but those who want to make something that really stands out may want to look for something a bit more in-depth.
Visual Composer – From $34
Visual Composer is probably the most popular website builder available – It’s the highest selling plugin on CodeCanyon and comes bundled with hundreds of themes on ThemeForest. Visual Composer has loads of content modules and features a back-end editor to customize your WP Dashboard.
At this price point, Visual Composer is a damn fine page builder and should give serious consideration to anyone needing to get their site up and running without having to spend too much money.
If you want to give Visual Composer a try before purchasing, they allow you run a test version of their software on their site.
ThriveThemes Content Builder – From $67
Next, we have the hugely popular ThriveThemes Content Builder. Without any knowledge of HTML or CSS, users can create beautiful pages for their sites using the drag and drop functionality that contains loads of modules. One of the big draws for this plugin is that you see exactly what everything will look like on the finished page, as you’re making it.
Each module is customizable and the plugin is great for designers and non-designers alike. I would have liked to see more options on things such as responsiveness, as I ran into some issues when I was using it.
ThriveThemes offer a 100% money-back guarantee if you decide you’re not happy with it within 30 days. This allows you to make a few pages and see if it’s to your liking before committing for the long term.
All in all, Thrive Content Builder is almost perfect, but could do with just adding a bit more in terms of editing of modules.
Beaver Builder – From $99
Last comes my personal favourite page builder, Beaver Builder. In use, it works very much like ThriveThemes, but I just find it has more options available to tweak.
The plugin also boasts a great set of widgets to drag onto the page, and each one has plenty of editing options such as padding, margins, and responsive options – You can set things to show or not on different screen sizes – so you’ll never be stuck with a page that looks bad on mobile.
I personally recommend Beaver Builder to designers, developers, and even amateurs who just want to easily make a nice looking page without spending huge amounts of money on hiring an agency to do it for them.
As you can see, whatever your budget, there’s a WordPress page builder for you. Depending on your website’s focus (blog, e-commerce, etc), having a well designed page could be highly beneficial.
The compilation above isn’t an exhaustive list of everything that’s available, but I have personally used all of these and am happy to recommend any of them to friends, colleagues, and readers alike.
Got anything to add? I’d love to hear feedback from anyone else who’s had experience using any of these page builders, good or bad.