Beaver Builder Vs Elementor (March 2018) - WordPress Page Builders Comparisons

Beaver Builder Vs Elementor Comparison 2018

Updated: March 3, 2018
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Both of these page builders excel for different reasons. Beaver Builder is incredibly reliable and very developer friendly. It is also less expensive than Elementor. However, Elementor does have much better modules available and are more aggressive in releasing new modern design features. Sadly Elementor can have issues from time to time with updates, however, the Elementor team has been working to improve this with beta testing. Ultimately it's a tough choice, I would say Elementor has the edge even though I am using Beaver Builder on this website.


Cost: Free to $99 /per year




Cost: Free to $199



Beaver Builder Overview

Beaver Builder is a WordPress page builder that is loved by website developers and DIYers alike. It's reputations of being developer friendly, having clean code, and reliable updates has led to it being used on over 600K websites.

Elementor Overview

Elementor is a WordPress page builder that has taken WordPress web design by storm. It had the deepest feature set, yet is very easy to use and master.

Beaver Builder Key Features

  • Front End Page Builder
  • Full Template Library
  • Works With Any Theme

Elementor Key Features

  • Live Front End Page Editor
  • Awsome Designer Features
  • Template Library
  • Mobile Responsive Options
  • Fastest Front End Editor
  • Performance Optimized

Beaver Builder Things To Consider

Beaver Builder is fantastic, in fact, it is the page builder that I am using on this website. There are some weaknesses with Beaver Builder when it comes to having modern design features. It doesn't have box shadow, hover effects, gradients, and the list goes on and on.

Luckily this gap has been filled with 3rd party add-ons, but I would prefer if they were part of the core page builder. This is why I also use Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder.

Elementor Things To Consider

The team behind Elementor is relatively new and very aggressive in launching new features. From time to time, their updates have resulted in some issues for some people.

However, they recently released a version manager so you can easily revert to a prior version of Elementor. Also, they make it easy to test out beta versions.

In the past 12 months, the Elementor developers keep getting better at improving this, but you should be aware.

Beaver Builder Coupon / Discount

There are currently no active Beaver Builder Coupon or Beaver Builder Discounts available. However, if you do purchase Beaver Builder through the link on this website, I will give you access to Beaver Builder Essentials, my premium training course which normally sells for $199.

Elementor Coupon / Discount

There are currently no active Elementor Coupon or Elementor Discounts available. However, if you do purchase Elementor through the link on this website, I will give you access to my complete training program, Elementor Essentials, which normally sells for $199.

Beaver Builder Review Summary

Beaver Builder is a fantastic page builder that I personally use. When you pair it with Beaver Themer, there is no limit as to what you can build for yourself and for your clients. This is the exact combo that I use, and simply couldn't create what I am now able to create without it.

Elementor Review Summary

Elementor is the strongest page builder currently available. They consistently release new features that are in line with current design trends. This means you will be able to keep your website relevant.

Elementor Pro is an incredible value considering all the additional modules and power features that it includes.

If I were starting a new website project today, Elementor would be the page builder that I would choose. I consider it a must have WordPress page builder that is a pleasure to use.

Other Beaver Builder Comparisons

Hey sorry I don't have any comparisons just yet, but will very soon.

















  • Francis says:

    The only problem I see with elementor is the lack of flexibility with custom post type. For instance with the post grid module you can’t show the custom post fields. Do you know if the elementor team will give more flexibility to custom post type in the future?

  • Al says:

    I am not building websites for anyone else. I am using Genesis Framework with a Genesis (Zigzag theme). Some of the pages have been created within the theme and some of the content in Beaver Builder. What do you recommend moving forward? Switching over to Elementor, or just staying with Beaver builder?

  • Michael Winston says:

    I noticed with most of your page builder comparisons state “Works With Any Theme”, but elementor does not. What does this mean?

  • Bhaskar N Subramanian says:

    I just installed Elementor free version. My requirement was to add Tabs. However, I notice that within the Tabs I can only use the Text Editor (and Shortcodes). Is it not possible to embed Widgets into Tabs in the free version? Does any other Page Builder provide the ability to add Widgets into Tabs?

  • Bhaskar N Subramanian says:

    Hi Adam, thank you for your great comparisons. I have been using Beaver (free version) and want to have tabs on my pages. I tried Tabby, but realised that I need to edit the text version to make it work. Do either of these page builders have tab building options which display properly on PC and Mobile? Do I need to install any plug-ins?
    Also, if I do decide to move over from Beaver to Elementor, will existing pages (built with Beaver) automatically work with Elementor or do I need to do any migration or re-editing / publishing?

  • Daneil says:

    Adam, is this post for comparing the beaver builder vs the elementor?

  • Kevin says:

    Hey there Adam, I hear Beaver Builder is adding inline editing as well in February 2018 using the Wallace Inline add on.

    I personally like BB Agency better than Elementor Pro. I do agree with you on Elementor‘s design vs BB. But I find with the array of addons for BB it really is just preference.

    Would you agree?

    I feel like I can do just about everything with BB + Astra that you can with Elementor + Astra.

    I guess my biggest concern with Elementor would be the White Labeling compared to BB Agency.

    As BB Agency allows you to fully brand yourself. For you and your clients.

    Do you ever see Elementor adding the White Label option?

    Thank you for your time,


  • Anthony Paul Graffeo says:

    I am currently using a page builder and theme I am comfortable with but they are having so many errs and the theme is so robust and clunky im torn between beaver builder pro and elementor pro I am still teaching my self css and html but i just re launched and i build for clients and do all updates any suggestions what you feel the right one would be grreat for me thanks this website is very nice and helpful.

    • Adam @ WPCrafter says:

      Elementor is more geared to the designer and Beaver Builder is more geared to the developer. For me, I started with Beaver Builder but want the design options of Elementor, so I am in the process of changing. You can get better visual results from Elementor without custom code.

      • Anthony Paul Graffeo says:

        thanks for theh reply Adam my next question is what is the best theme with Elementor I see some use astra some use generate theme some use ocean wp theme what is one you recommend and best way to research it. thanks in advanced. and Thanks for the guidance I love your site btw very informative.

        • My preference is Astra for many reasons. It’s the only theme that was specifically made to work with page builders. It has many advanced features yet is very easy to use. They recently added their WooCommerce integration which is top notch. They also have several specific integrations that they are working on, for example LifterLMS which is what I use to power my online courses. I am working on some content comparing them in detail.

          • Anthony Paul Graffeo says:

            thanks for all the advice one more question I promise. In your professional opinion why is astra ad Elementor better than theme co new pro theme is it lighter not as much code I may switch not sure thanks. for the advice

          • Yes on the points you made. Also, the Cornerstone page builder that comes with the X Theme locks you in because it uses shortcodes to generate everything. So if you disable it or want to change in the future, say goodbye to all of your content.

  • Itay says:

    Hi Adam,

    Thanks for this useful article! I also watched your videos on your youtube channel and they are great too!

    I have a short question,
    I’m kind of new to WP but I’m an advanced Front-End developer.
    I’m planning to build a new website for services reviews (finance services) which will include the review content with referral links.
    On one hand I thought to use Elementor because my plan is to build a modern & user-friendly website (not like the current websites in the finance industry), but on the other hand I understood that with a few changes in the code (which I’m ok with, as long as they are not time killers) I will be able to do the same in BB.

    I’m ok with the pricing of both of them, and currently, I’m going to build one website.

    What do you think will fit better into my plan?
    Many thanks for your help!

    • Adam @ WPCrafter says:

      RIght now I am leaning more in favor of Elementor in your case primarily because of a new feature that will be added in February 2018. You will be able to use Elementor to create post templates that you can dynamically apply to your posts. This will allow you an extra level of control over your content layout and make it very easy to make changes.

      Beaver Builder has a companion product named Beaver Themer which allows you to do this now, but it is an additional $147 purchase. It is what I have used for all of these comparison posts.

  • Max says:

    Hi Adam. Ive learned allot from your videos and the comments section. Have you had any expereince with the AnyWhere Elementor Pro plugin . Ive heard it adds a ton of functionality ontop of Elementor (such as the ability to create post templates). Thanks allot for all your help. Best regards. Max

  • tanja says:

    hi adam!
    i’m coming late to this, i actually started blogging with the tesseract and later with the tesseract pro plugin almost 2 years ago and i did not see you videos about tesseract at this time, because now i’m very unhappy with the theme, since there is no support and its not working good. i have a new website and i would like to ask you for advice: i currently have the uncode theme, but its very different, i can not figure it out. so i’m considering changing theme and builder, for ex beaver builder or elementor. which builder you recommand for me, and which theme?
    thank you so much,

  • Roberto says:

    And sorry for any typos…. πŸ™‚

  • Roberto says:

    Hello Adam,
    I am really interested to invest in Elementor Pro as already own Astra Agency, but there is something that I need to ask tou before committing myself: Based on your experience how many times you had issues after updating Elementor?

    For me reliability is crucially important, i have over 40 client webites with Genesis and never have to worry about an update.

    I really want to use the Combo Astra/Elementor for my new clients and so why I am asking you an opinion.
    By the way I have noticed that the guys at Elementor recently intoduced the chance to rollback back to previous versions and that is a very valuable feature when things go wrong and I also use WP Time Capsule with daily backups that I can rollback to as well. Considering to have a staginc copy of each new site and update on staging before production sites…

    I take this opportunity to wish you a very happy new year and thank you so much for your very useful videos, it is because of you that I discovered Astra and Elementor.

    • Personally, I haven’t had any issues. I do know this was a big problem in the past, but Elementor has become much better at update releases in the past 6 months. That being said, personally I don’t trust any updates these days. I find that the more things on your website the more crucial it is to flush your cache and look everything over after an update. I have had the most trouble on this website with PowerPack for Beaver Builder. The good news on that front is that WP Time Capsule is going to have a feature in the near future where it will take a snapshot image before and after an update, and compare the 2 to identify visual changes for you after updates. This is a feature that you are going to want no matter what the stack you are using.

  • MBDEV says:

    Hi Adam, I stumbled across this post looking for something else. I am Astra Agency member and Elementor Pro guy myself. Right now I have a client who at first liked the idea of trying elementor and so after designing his whole site in Elementor he now wants to go back to Beaver (ugh) Do you have any idea how to convert? I can’t seem to find anything anywhere about it. I’m thinking I’m going to have to rebuild. πŸ™

    Thanks and I’ll be checking your site a lot from now one. very well written.

    • Sadly, when you build with 1 page builder, there is no way to change. Sure when you deactivate Elementor or Beaver Builder, you will be left with the text and the images. Of course, that doesn’t help because all the time goes into the styling. I would say in this case, your client should pay you double because you can’t just switch.

  • Lawrence says:

    Hi Adam,

    I work for a church and need to look at site architecture that will take us well into the future. I like the fact that Elementor is open-source and feel that it would be around longer than BB. That is not the most important consideration. I know that there are good themes out there for churches that use BB (OneChurch), but I like what you say about Elementor, and am wondering if you know of any Elementor-based themes that are church-focused? The main thing would be the organization and archiving of audio/video files, and team templates. THANKS!

    • One of the videos I want to make in 2018 is how to make a church website. I would suggest you take a look at my video tutorial on PODS, which essentially lets you build these content types into any theme. And it is super easy to do. In Feb 2018 Elementor will be releasing the ability to create global templates for these content types. Pair that with Astra and you will be set. But I will be creating many tutorials on this, and there will be a full tutorial for churches.

  • ColinW says:

    Adam, do you think Elementor will ever integrate with LifterLMS as Beaver Builder is able to? LifterLMS has a “labs” plugin that adds LifterLMS-specific modules for course and lesson construction via Beaver Builder and it allows row & module visibility settings to conditionally display elements based on course/membership enrollment status of the current visitor.
    Guess I should post this question in the LifterLMS FB group, but as it was your work that got me thinking about swapping to Elementor I thought I’d ask here firs

  • Mohamed says:

    Great Comparison

    Do i need child theme for elementor?

  • Julien says:

    Dear Adam

    I really find your content helpful, this also includes the way you present it. So thank you for that.

    If I remember it right, Elementor is more based on shortcodes than Baever. I heared that for instance when deactivating the Beaver plugin you would see a let’s say more overviewable structure than if you did with Elementor.

    My point actually is this one: With which builder will I be easier able to see for exemple how did they code this or that animatiom and maybe add my own codes to it?

    Kind regards


  • Chad says:

    Adam, I like your blog and easy to read comparisons. I’m having a very hard time deciding between BB and Elemantor. I see that BB just released 2.0 and it has me wondering if you still think Elementor is better?

    I plan to use a page builder with the Astra theme for various types of sites. For instance, affiliate sites with product review blogs, also I need an editor that can handle WooCommerce. I know Astra is adding WooCommere support soon. But which editor is better for WooCommerce? Is there a comparison that shows the different features?

    One thing I’m confused about is the Themer addon for BB. Does Elementor have this same functionality? You seemed very excited about this but still, recommend Elementor over BB with the Themer addon?

    Both of these page builders are excellent which is why I think I’m having a hard time deciding. Thanks for your advice, I’ll make sure to purchase everything with your aff links.

  • Jack Johnson says:

    Adam, have you looked at Beaver Builder 2.0 yet?

  • Joe says:

    Hi Adam,

    Thank you for your videos and information. Please, could you clarify, if I purchase Elemenator unlimited is this a one time purchase or a yearly purchase? I read something about renewing licenses yearly for client websites.

    Thank you


  • Vegard says:

    Hi there,
    just bought the Pro version of Elementor, and combined it with Astra (after your recommendations). Have already built 2 sites for clients, and they love it.

    But now I just read about beaver themer, and I’m wondering if I should consider BB and Beaver Themer together with Astra if this gives me more flexibility.

    Elementor have 30 days money back guarantee, so I could use that option.

    Do you have any idea if Elementor are releasing something similar to Beaver Themer.

    And, do I get ALOT more flexibility with BB and BT with Astra VERSUS only Elementor and Astra.

    Thanks for this great site πŸ™‚ keep up the good work!

    • Yes if you need the features that Beaver Themer offers, there really isn’t a comparable solution out there. That being said, Ben at Elementor said in the Facebook Group a few days ago, that Elementor will have the same features in February most likely. So it’s coming, and I will be switching to Elementor on this website when they do.

      • Grant Tanner says:

        Astra Pro has many features that resemble Beaver Themer as well. It hasn’t quite replaced Beaver Themer for me yet though unfortunately. We’re getting close πŸ™‚ I have yet to try Elementor. I’ve loved Beaver Builder the last 2 years or so that I have been using it. It’s been good to me and I have done a handful of client websites with it. I’ve had quite a few technical difficulties with it lately. BB 2.0 has some nice features, but still looks weak with some of the features I see coming from Elementor. I think I am due to give it a try.

  • Terp says:

    I am new WP, migrating over from Joomla; therefore, I am spending a lot of time learning what’s out there (builders, themes, WP core add-ons, code, etc).

    I looked at the Astra site and it appears it, too, used Beaver-Builder…but even on their contact us page (I tried to find the leanest page I could with the fewest graphics, etc) is pretty big in terms of JS files called and CSS loadedβ€”and BB is adding A LOT of that overhead.

    I know that’s the tradeoff, but I am surprised how much is being called…whether being used or not. This combo didn’t make Astra look like ‘the lightest, fastest’ theme out there.

    Consider a post that compares the overhead each of these builders/themes requires…food for thought. πŸ™‚

    • Well, I guess you can get nitpicky about this mysterious thing called “overhead”, but the reality is every page on their website loads completely in under 1 second but will feel even faster than that. Yes with a page builder there are going to be a couple extra lines of code, but it’s not significant enough to be a negative. Sure to a purist, they will not like it, but it really is an insignificant increase over hand coding.

  • Thee says:

    Hi Adam,

    I’m a newbie and I’m definitely not a programmer or coding expert.

    I want to build a website for my business. I heard about Beaver builder from someone and thought I would give it a try. But after reading your articles, I’m not sure now which one is the best or more importantly is the easiest for me to use. If it’s not too much, please advise which one of WP page builder that is best for me. Thank you.

  • Tim says:

    Im a BB user for a long time now but I recently tried out the OceanWP sandbox trial and I must admit, it made me mess around with elementor for the first time and I do like it. It looks good but im kinda heavily invested with BB having licences for Themer, powerpack and UABB.
    Its very tempting, I haven’t tried out Astra yet but ive heard it can be a little buggy at times. Im kind of looking to move away from the BB theme

    • Astra is not buggy at all. It was in beta and many people were using that version, but it was an advanced access beta for the purpose of testing. That being said, it has been out of testing for a month now and its pretty amazing. I have been using the Astra theme on this site for the last 5 months and love it. There is no other theme with its smarts and functionality, there just isn’t.

      • Tim says:

        Dam you! Now Im going to have to try Astra. Im a big fan of UABB and their group. I have only been doing bits and pieces with Oceanwp but I find it really good. I think its a bit more biased towards elementor though and as I said Im more a BB guy.
        Have you a link to Astra in case I purchase?

        • I am going to have to remake this video when Beaver Builder 2 is released because it fixes many of my complaints. Yes, I do have links to Astra on my recommended page, also in the footer of this site. They will take you to be bonus offer page, to show you what I am including as a bonus.

  • sharon says:

    Hi, I want to create an ecommerce website – I was looking at Flatsome (do you know of this theme?) – then I came across Elementor . In your opinion, which is the best ‘drag & drop’ frontend page builder for online shops? Warm regards Sharon

  • Robert says:

    Thanks Adam. I love your videos and your honest advice. It is refreshing and extremely helpful for those new to WordPress design and development.

  • Robert says:

    What will happen if I cancel my BB Pro and Theme subscription? Will my site dissolve? I am thinking about moving to Elementor. Would you recommend Astra over GP for a base theme for Elementor?

    • All your websites will be fine, they just won’t get updates any longer. This will most likely be fine, but there are situations where WordPress gets an update and Beaver Builder may have problems with the editor. This recently happened and Beaver Builder had to push out an update.

      Yes, I wholeheartedly stand being Astra being the best theme out there, and you can’t beat what you get with Elementor.

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