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Elementor vs Beaver builder: Which one to choose in 2020?

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Choosing a Page builder for your WordPress website is quite a confusing decision, isn’t it?

Since there are many page builders available on the WordPress directory. And the long list may confuse you.

Among them, Elementor and Beaver Builder are two of the best page builder available on the market.

But which one to choose? Well, if you are trying to decide between these two, then here is good news for you.

To make things easy for you in this article I am going to make a comparison of Elementor vs Beaver Builder.

Table of Contents

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Introduction to Elementor
Elementor is a fairly recent product, when compared to most other established brands in the WordPress industry, having launched in 2016. The product however, has enjoyed stratospheric growth, both for the free and premium versions, with more then 5,000,000 active installs as at the writing of this article.
 
The great thing about Elementor is that it is both fast, and very user-friendly, without needing any technical knowledge to be able to use it to create custom pages using the drag and drop features.
 
However, even though it is easy, it is also quite advanced, and when combined with other products, one is able to achieve excellent results. Various reviews and articles have been written about Elementor, including this piece by CollectiveRay.
 

Before the detailed analysis check this quick table overview.

 Elementor logobeaver builder logo
Free VersionYesYes
Price$49, $99, $199$99, $199, $399
Ease of Use
Pre-med Templates~300~40
Visual BuilderYesYes
Modules~80~29
Inline EditingYesYes
Support
Unique featureMotion EffectNothing as such
Rating

Let’s get on with it.

User Interface

I kept this topic at first, as we spend most of the time in the page builder‘s editing interface. You need to keep your interface attractive and powerful. This is the tool to attract your audience.

Both of these two-page builders have an amazing interface but some who are quite different. Let’s see which of these two interfaces affect your decision.

Let’s get started:

Elementor Interface

There are two main sections in Elementor’s interface: Sidebar and live Preview. The sidebar is located left from where you can add elements, style them, and make use of other functionality.

And the other one is a live preview on the right side which shows a live preview of your design.

Elementor UI two part

Its interface works by keeping the concept of blocks. On its sidebar, you can see different WordPress widgets and elements.

All such elements are useful to build your pages.

You are allowed to add its elements to your WordPress pages by drag and drop method. And also see its live preview.

Elementor UI

Since the Elementor supports inline editing, you are free to edit your text simply by clicking and typing.

elementor inline editing

At the bottom of the interface, you will get access to some additional settings. Such as:

  • General Setting: Allow you to manage your page’s title, featured image, publish status, and others
  • Navigator: Provides navigation tree to make your navigation easier and convenient
  • History: Helps you to go back to your previous revision
  • Responsive Mode: It shows how your site looks on different screen
elementor page settings

Beaver Builder Interface

Now while talking about the interface of Beaver Builder, it is quite minimalistic than the Elementor. It provides a full-width preview of your design.

At the top bar, you can see essential information about your current page.

If you want to add an element on your page, you can click the “+” button which is located on the upper right corner. You just need to drag and drop to add any elements or modules.

As per the widget editor, it is quite different than that of Elementor. Beaver Builder comes with a pop-up editor.

beaver builder widget editor

In case you don’t like the features of a pop-up editor, then you can drag it to the left or right of your screen. You can also perform in-line editing just like Elementor.

Beaver Builder has now the same layout as Elementor. Like Elementor, you are allowed to drag and drop its modules to the sidebar and add them to your design.

Winner: Elementor

After looking at the interface of both the page builders, I would say elementor is slightly better for ease of use but beaver builder is not far behind it has a much cleaner look.

Modules and Section

Modules are the building blocks through which the page builder design and craft your page’s content.

Modules like texts, headings, buttons, galleries, and other elements are  necessary to make your content eye-catching.

Widgets or modules, both are the same thing. Elementor calls its elements Widgets, whereas Beavers calls Modules.

Here have a look, how its elements woks to make your content beautiful:

Elementor Widgets and Section

In Elementor, you can see three types of elements: Sections, Columns, and Widgets.

  • Section: It is the highest element in the builder hierarchy. Both columns and widgets come inside the section.
  • Column: Likewise, the column is the second layer of the builder hierarchy. And all the widgets lie inside it.
  • Widgets: Elements like text, buttons, and images comes under widgets. These are responsible for making your site layout beautiful.

Elementor comes with 30 widgets in its free version and ~52 widgets in premium one.

elementor all widgets

If you want more, simply extend the Elementor with Ultimate Addons for Elementor. With this, you will get additional ~40 widgets which are amazing.

With this add on you can simply copy paste design from one website to another.

Beaver Builder Modules

Now coming to Beaver builder, it also divides its elements into three different categories: rows, columns, and modules.

  • Rows: It is the largest container of Beaver builder means highest in the hierarchy
  • Columns: It is the second layer which comes after rows
  • Modules: And finally, after columns, you will get access to modules

In the free version of Beaver Builder, you will get 6 modules. But if you want more, you can simply upgrade it to the premium version where you will get ~30 amazing modules.

beaver builder modules

If you want to add more modules you can try Ultimate Addons fo Beaver Builder. With this you will ~60 additional powerful modules.

Winner: Elementor

Elementor has more advanced and useful widgets while looking towards the number of the available modules, Elementor is more in number especially in the free version.

Templates

Templates are responsible for designing the layout of your site. Templates are much faster and effective. And you know what, both Elementor and Beaver builder offers templates for your site.

The best part is, templates are pre-designed elements. You just need to adjust as per your requirements. You will get several attractive templates from both the page builder.

Elementor Templates

You will get ~40 Templates in its free version whereas the premium one comes with 300 different pages and templates.

You will get its templates once you click on the “Add Templates” button. Once you click on that, you will get various options to choose from.

Elementor comes with two kinds of templates: Block and Page Templates.

  • Block Templates: It is used to build specific parts of the page like a contact form.
  • Page Templates: It is a full-page template designed for covering everything required on a page.
elementor template library

You can easily use these templates for your site. If you have your own ideas for such templates, you are free to create and save your custom templates. If you save these templates, you can use it again on your site.

Beaver Builder Templates

Beaver Builder doesn’t provide any templates in the free version all are in pro version. It provides ~40 beautiful templates that are divided into two categories: landing pages and content pages.

  • Landing pages: Such pages are designed for home pages.
  • Content pages: It is responsible for designing all pages like about us page, features page, contact page, and others.
beaver builder templates

Since Beaver Builder comes with less pre-designed blocks, you can use Ultimate Addons fo Beaver Builder. It will provide 300+ pre-designed templates along with rows which is easy to import.

Winner: Elementor

Elementor provides more templates compared to Beaver Builder which is also easy to import and export.

Styling options

Styling feature is very important for any page builder, as it is responsible for providing an attractive look to your site.

You will get several attractive and responsive options from both Elementor and Beaver Builder.

Both the page builder provides control over styling options so that you can customize your site with perfection.

Elementor Styling Options

Elementor provides almost the same styling for most of its elements. Some of its styling options are Text color, Typography, Text shadow, and Blend Mode.

Apart from this elementor also provides theme styling options from there you can control the styling of your entire website.

elementor theme style

But if you don’t want elementor to control the theme styling simply go to Elementor > Settings and check the following two options.

elementor settings

You can make basic styling for the style options.

elementor widget style

After this all, if you are not satisfied with styling options, you can go to the advanced tab.

Here you will get options for custom margin and padding, scrolling effects, background settings, and many more. If you have a premium version, you are also able to add custom CSS to your styling.

elementor widget advanced

The best part about the styling of Elementor, it allows you to set custom values for all sizes of screen. You will get control over your content on different devices.

elementor device style

Beaver Builder Styling Options

The styling of Beaver Builder is quite different than Elementor. It inherits all the fonts and colors from your installed theme on your site.

Its styling option is different for different elements. But normally, it offers style, separator, typography, and other advanced options.

beaver builder style option

When you are about to edit row or button, you will get different options like width, content width, height, color (link color, text color, link hover color), Background (type, color, and opacity), and Border.

And if you go for an advanced setting, you will get many more styling options like spacing, responsive layout, visibility, and several HTML elements.

beaver builder advanced option

Beaver builder doesn’t give any custom css option.

In Beaver builder you can just switch to the desired responsive mode and make all the changes at once.

beaver builder device style

Winner: Elementor

Both the plugin offers a wide range of styling options and allows lots of customizations. But elementor has more advanced styling options.

Theme Builder

Both Elementor and Beaver Builder offer powerful theme building features which will be very helpful for your site customization.

Elementor Theme Builder

Elementor unlocks the theme builder automatically once you upgrade the plugin to its premium version.

To get access to its theme builder, go to templates and then click on the theme builder option.

Here you can edit the templates for page, Header, Footer, Single Post, Archive, 404 Pages, and many others.

elementor choose template

Its page builder work the same as its page editor. It will offer all the normal elements along with specific elements for the theme sections.

elementor dynamic widgets

Once you are done with your custom templates, you will get full control over it with its powerful display conditions.

elementor template condition

Beaver Theme Builder

For Beaver Builder, you have to install a separate plugin called Beaver Themer which might cost around $147.

Despite having the different activating processes, it works similar to Elementor. It is a really amazing tool for your customer which help them to create awesome custom themes.

With its theme builder, you are able to create custom templates like Header, Footer, Archive, Single posts, 404 pages, part, and others.

For creating template go to Beaver Builder > Add New, add a name to your template and choose the template type.

Once the template is created you can set various display conditions.

beaver theme condition

You can use the default beaver editor to create your template .

Beaver builder doesn’t provide any special modules for it’s theme builder, you have to use the default modules. 

Winner: Elementor

Well both the plugin has an amazing theme builder option. But in the case of a premium version, Elementor will be the best option. Since Elementor is quite cheaper and its theme builder is integrated with the premium version.

Unique Features

All the page builders have one or the other unique features which helps them stand apart from the rest. Let’s see what you will get with these page builders:

Elementor

Elementor provides quite a few unique features like popup, forms and scrolling animation.

With elementor you can easily add motion effect to the elements of your website and create beautiful scrolling websites.

elementor motion effect

Beaver Builder

Beaver builder in this regard lacks a bit they don’t offer any such feature all are very much standard features.

Winner: Elementor

Elementor is a clear winner here.

Mobile Responsiveness

In this modern web world, you want your website to be mobile-friendly, both elementor and beaver builder have great mobile responsive settings.

Elementor

Elementor is a responsive page builder plugin. It helps you to create a responsive layout for your website.

It means your site is visible by all sizes of screens like mobile, desktop, tablet, and others.

Just look for this device icon which indicates you can have different settings for different devices.

elementor responsive option

Beaver Builder

Like Elementor, Beaver Builder is also responsive for all sizes of screen. Your site will look great even on mobile.

In beaver builder too you will find those device icons for responsive settings.

beaver builder responsive option

Winner: Tie

Well both the page builders have strong responsive features. No matter which page builder you are choosing for your site, your site will be visible by all sizes of screen.

Speed and performance

Let’s see how the speed and performance is effected by using these page builders.

For the test, I’m using the Astra theme and Astra starter templates plugin without any caching plugin.

Elementor

elementor performance score

Beaver Builder

beaver builder performance score

Form the above result you can see beaver builder has better performance, with the same layout beaver has smaller page size and less request compared to Elementor.

Winner: Beaver builder

Beaver builder is more optimized and performative.

Pricing

Well, both of the page builders come in free as well as premium versions. Their free version can be downloaded from WordPress.org.

But the point is what both costs for the premium version. So let’s have a look:

Elementor Price

Elementor Pro comes with several additional features. The costing price varies as per the number of sites you will use. The pricing plans are like:

  • Personal – $49/year (One website)
  • Plus – $99/year (3 websites)
  • Expert – $199/year (1000 websites)
elementor price

All of the above plans come with 30 days money-back guarantee. So if you are not satisfied with its services, you will get your money back as per its policy.

Beaver Builder Price

Like Elementor, it also comes with some additional features. It costs $99 per year which goes up to $399 for the agency.

Along with the agency plan, you will also get Beaver Builder theme, White-Label branding, and multisite capabilities. Its pricing plans are like:

  • Standard – $99/year (Unlimited site but no multisite support)
  • Pro – $199 /year (Unlimited site with multisite)
  • Agency – $399/year (Standard service and support for White-Label)
beaver builder price

Winner: Elementor

Hence it is clear if you want a free version, Elementor is the best option. But while talking about the premium one, Elementor will be the best for solo users. And for developers, Beaver Builder will be the best option.

Support

When you buy something you want to have after-sales support that’s even more important for WordPress plugins.

Elementor

As per the one-star complaints, support appears as #1 complaint from its users. It seems that all of its free and premium version’s users are not totally satisfied with its support.

For unofficial support, you can join elementors official Facebook page which is quite helpful.

Beaver Builder

Beaver Builder comes with a dedicated support team. Even if you go through one-star complaints about support, you will see most of them are generic and even those have a response from the official support staff.

If you go for its premium version, you will get even better services as it provides self-support options for developers.

Winner: Beaver builder

Beaver builder offers much better support compared to elementor.

Ease of use

No matter whether you are a beginner or an expert, you can easily deal with both the page builder. Even you can use it for creating for landing pages.

One can say elementor is slightly easier to use but not by far, so it is very hard to choose between the two.

Both will give you an awesome experience when it comes to ease of use.

Who is the winner?

Well, from the above description, it is clear both the page builder is just amazing. No matter which one you choose, you will get the best product for your site.

But it seems like Elementor is more suited for designers and creative persons while Beaver builder is more for developers which offers a great framework to work with.   

In the case of templates, Elementor offers a massive amount of templates and elements whereas Beaver Builder is quite simple.

It seems in overall Elementor is more powerful than the Beaver Builder. But still, in the end, the decision will be all yours. And let me remind you again, on average both of the page builders are amazing in their own way.

Conclusion

So I have covered the most important aspects of both elementor and beaver builder. As you can see both are extremely powerful page builders and can help you in creating beautiful websites.

If you want to create modern websites with your creative freedom then elementor is an ideal choice for you. But if you want a solid framework for your website which can be easily extended then beaver builder can be a very good option.

So which one would you prefer? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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