Quite a few years ago now, WordPress was mostly used just as a tool for blogging. Today, WordPress is used as the backbone of all kinds of websites, and it’s for these more complex sites that page builder plugins make the most sense.
Instead of having to hire a seasoned web designer to make a landing page, services page and other pages, you are able to do so yourself with a little time and a few clicks.
In this post, we will cover 5 of the best page builder plugins out there (in no particular order).
The question a lot of you will have when confronted with a name like this is whether or not Awesome builder actually lives up to its name. Is it actually awesome? Let’s find out.
If we take a look inside (which you can do for free, by using the demo), the UI might seem a little confusing at first, but adding a row is completely painless, and filling it up with pre-designed boxes, buttons, and slide makes it easy to create a beautiful page.
It also lets you easily customize the page for tablets or mobile as well. With a few clicks of a button, you can make a rather complicated page 100% mobile ready, without sacrificing any of the looks. You can also easily add a video background to an element by changing the settings.
Price wise, awesome builder is pretty average. Setting you back 27$ for a normal license. The only real setback is that there is no developer’s, multi-site or unlimited license, forcing you to buy one license per project, and for a paid project, you would have to buy an extended license at 135$ a piece.
While there is no detailed tutorial for this page builder, there is some short-and-to-the point documentation on how to do specific things with it, and the plugin itself is straight-forward enough that you don’t really need one.
All in all, Awesome Builder is pretty remarkable, while not completely mind-blowing.
Live composer’s interface feels a little more modern, and of course, the front-end editor offers instant visual feedback which makes it easy to evaluate whether or not a particular change has a positive or negative impact on the design.
It’s relatively easy to use, and it offers a lot of versatility. Having the visual feedback considerably speeds up the process of going from a blank page, to finished design.
The free tutorial not only gives you a feel of what using the live composer will be like, it also teaches you exactly how to use it.
For people who are used to page builders, the tutorial might be a bit slow-paced, and the interface is straightforward enough that the more intuitive will pick up how to use it. On the flip side, for those of us who are completely new to page builders, or slightly technically challenged the tutorial is perfect.
The price is 28$ for a normal license, and 140$ for an extended license (used by developer for a single end product). Again there is no multi-site, or unlimited license available.
You can hardly make a list about page builder plugins without including visual composer. One of the oldest, and more importantly, most talked and raved out page builders out there.
As the name suggests, there is a front-end editor, but you also have access to an equally powerful back-end editor.
It offers perhaps the widest array of original widgets out of any of the plugins reviewed here, and even has a couple of included layouts. While the included layouts are a tad more simple than perhaps could be desired, Visual Composer’s capabilities makeup for this one possible shortcoming.
The front-end editor is smooth and intuitive, and the original widget designs look good, and fit together nicely.
The back-end editor is a great addition if you’re more comfortable tinkering with some things on that end, but prefer front-end editing for the broad strokes.
Again you can test it for yourself with a demo, where you can familiarize yourself with how it works, and really get to know what it is and how it works before deciding on whether to buy or not.
Formerly called panels, Page Builder by SiteOrigin is the only free option on this list. And while you lose out on some of the fancier features, like a front-end editor, it still packs more than enough of a punch for most projects.
Even though there’s no front-end editor, Page Builder does give you an idea of what the page will look out when you fit the pieces together. It is remarkably easy to use, the learning curve consists of learning what the different widgets are, and how they look, and them piecing them together.
The included extra widgets are simple and good-looking, not trying to be fancy where it’s unnecessary, just getting the job done. It also has full support for the standard WordPress widgets, enabling you quickly to add elements like categories, or recent posts, to one of your page designs.
Page Builder might be the best fit if you just want a tool to help you add a nice looking portfolio to your blog, for example.
One of the great things with page builder, is that not only is it free, it’s included in the WordPress depository, which means it has been screened by outside developers, and found to be safe and bug-free. This also means that you don’t even have to leave your website to install it, and you can simply do it from the dashboard.
Not just another visual page builder. The motopress interface is very intuitive, and it’s extraordinarily easy to use. You increase the number of columns/rows by simply dragging objects onto the page. Ironically, this means that it might be too simple for experienced page builder users. When I first tried MotoPress, I was used to options and settings from other page builders, and kept searching for a way to add more columns to a new row. It took me far too long to realize that all I had to do was add another element to a row to get another column.
Of course, after only a few minutes I was building a page smoothly, and I think even someone entirely new to page builders would be able to do the same, at least as quickly, if not even quicker, than those who have used a different plugin before.
MotoPress also offers a free demo.
A typical license for one website costs 29$, but unlike many other page builder plugins, MotoPress offers a developer’s license for unlimited websites, priced at 139$. Updates and support are included for the first year, and renewing a license costs 50% less.
The 5-page builder plugins we’ve covered in this post are undoubtedly some of the best out there. And if you’re in doubt as to which one will work best for you personally, they all offer either a free test drive in the form of a demo or interactive tutorial or they are actually free to use.