Beaver Builder Vs Elementor Comparison 2018

Updated: September 3, 2018
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Beaver Builder and Elementor are my personal 2 favorite page builders available today. In fact, I am using both on this website today. This site started with Beaver Builder, but I ultimately felt that I wasn't getting what I wanted from Beaver Builder and started the process of switching to Elementor. Being deeply experienced with both, let me try to sum up the comparisons here. Beaver Builder is ROCK SOLID and this is why many developers choose to use it. Many in the Beaver Builder user community have become pretentious about this and see it as a benefit that the reason Beaver Builder is more stable is that it improves at a snail's pace (it pains me to say that). They don't want Beaver Builder to change or improve or evolve. Elementor, on the other hand, is crushing all other page builders in the features it has and the value they are adding to the page builder. Elementor already won this race by a mile, adding over 100k new active installs per month. To get the Elementor Pro feature set in Beaver Builder, it would cost $99 for Beaver Builder, $147 for Beaver Themer, and $69 for an add-on package. Where Elementor Pro will cost as little as $49 for 1 website, or $199 for unlimited websites. All that being said, both are great builders and it really boils down to what you want and what your needs are. What your priorities are. For me, I want a builder that brings features that I can leverage to improve the user experience on my websites, without having to add any custom code.

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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. Elementor is the most full-featured free page builder. There is also a Pro add-on to add additional developer features.

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 & Block Library
  • Mobile Responsive Options
  • Fastest Front End Editor
  • PRO Create Custom Headers / Footers
  • PRO Create Post Type Layouts

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

Since it launched, Elementor has had explosive growth with it being active on nearly 1 million websites in less than 2 years. The product has become more and more refined because the team behind Elementor is VERY aggressive in making it the best WordPress page builder on available.

With that explosive growth, many Elementor users are also new to WordPress and website building in general. As a result, I have noticed some people having trouble opening up the Elementor builder, but its typically never caused by Elementor itself. Instead, it is caused by outdated hosting, outdated PHP version, the rocket loader enabled in Cloudflare, or some overly aggressive caching or performance plugin.

The reason I point this out is that in some circles there is this perception that Elementor has issues when upgrading, but I have never experienced that myself and have made an effort to see what is causing this for WPCrafter fans and it's always the same causes listed above.

However, Elementor has a version manager so you can easily revert to a prior version of Elementor. Also, this makes it easy to test out beta versions.

With regards to Elementor Pro, it is fair to point out that it is not GPL licensed. I personally don't have any issues with this, but there are some people that do. Elementor is GPL licensed which is a requirement to be in the WordPress plugin directory.

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.

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Review Transparency & Ethics
These reviews & comparisons are my opinions based on my usage and testing. Although I have been solicited for paid reviews, I want to make it clear that I have always declined! I have never been paid to write or record any reviews, EVER! For more information on my review process, visit my Transparency Report linked above.

109 thoughts on “Beaver Builder Vs Elementor”

  1. Followed your suggestion and went with Elementor Pro unlimited about a year ago. Initially difficult to work with due to technical issues on Elementor side, however recently speed save improvements have been good. Having said all of that I find support difficult to work with. Last week found significant problems with “navigation” tool. Support hasn’t been able to find a resolution. Would the Beaver product be a better product in the long run?

  2. Hi, what made me (a first time user of these types of page editors) go for BeaverBuilder (although after reading this I much prefer the pricing and look of Elementor) was the testimonials, hotspot, and other ultimateaddons.com elements available for Beaver vs their Elementary product, which I guess is newer. At least according to my research on the webpage of ultimate addons and reviewing their listing features.

  3. Hi Adam, thank you for this useful article. In the introduction you mention that “To get the Elementor Pro feature set in Beaver Builder, it would cost $99 for Beaver Builder, $147 for Beaver Themer, and $59 for an add-on package” I’m struggling to find this configuration. Here are my questions:

    1. Beaver Builder and Beaver Themer are both included in the Beaver Builder Pro package at 199$ ?

    2. Which is the $59 add-on package that you have mentioned and where I can find it?

    Thank you in advanced for your help.
    Kind Regards,
    Alessia

      1. Hi Adam,
        Thank you very much for your kind reply. I’ll take the chance to ask you a couple more questions, if you don’t mind:

        1. What is the difference between the Beaver Builder Theme and the Beaver Themer?

        2. Where can I purchase the Beaver Themer?

        3. Moving on Elementor, I know you have recommended Elementor Extras as addon package. Is there any other package that you would suggest as well? What do you think about Elementor PowerPack addon?

        Sorry I know they are a lot of questions 🙂 But I really appreciate your help.

        Kind Regards,
        Alessia

  4. In response to your comment about your biggest gripe with Beaver Builder is their mobile editing.

    What you demonstrated in your video regarding the mobile editing was a bug, even the developer of Beaver Builder commented on your video and informed you that was not the intended behaviour. Yet you continue to claim the mobile editing in BB is poor and use this when comparing the two?

    The BB dev even asked for access to your site so he could look into further as he couldn’t reproduce the error on his end. You didn’t provide this information as far as I am aware, heck you didn’t even know which browser you were using. This has since been addressed and you can see what the cause was on their change log page.

    For me, Elementor is aimed at the very new-to-WordPress user or someone who can’t write any of their own CSS. Where as Beaver Builder is aimed at both, yeah it doesn’t include things like box-shadow or border radius and so forth, but if you’re building a website these are aspects you should know. It isn’t hard to add a custom class to a row, column or module and use CSS to add those styles.

    I see a quite a few people saying this about Beaver Builder, but at the same time, say they build websites for users. If that is the case, they’re con-artists who build sites for people, yet don’t know the very basics of build a site i.e simply CSS like box-shadows, border-radius.

    I used Elementor on a couple sites and found the UI bloated and confusing something I don’t have with Beaver Builder. I ran some tests of my own and I was able to build the same design with less effort and overall BB was the quick of the two builders to design the layout.

    In regards to their 2.0 update which is basically a poor clone of Beaver Themer, yet their marketing tell you this is the first of its kind and nothing else is similar in the WordPress space. Beaver Themer was released over a year ago, almost a full year before Elementor 2.0 and yet they say this?

    You can tell by how they’re releasing features that this was rushed out due to the popularity of Beaver Themer. Heck, Elementor still doesn’t allow you to create layouts for WooCommerce, yet Beaver Themer supports WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads and Events Calendar, you fail to mention this in your videos. Why don’t you do a comparison of Beaver Builder/Beaver Themer vs Elementor? I think most viewers would be surprised when you say the combination of Beaver Builder/Beaver Themer is superior to Elementor.

    You could argue that well Elementor has these features in one plugin, I don’t like that and I think it is a mistake to include the features and prefer the way Beaver Builder did it i.e. a separate plugin. Not all users need these features and prefer to use the header/footer of their theme.

    Regarding your points on BB vs Elementor, what do you mean by “Fastest Front End Editor”? The BB UI loads instantly, something Elementor doesn’t so how are you calculating this?

    Also, you clearly have never contacted Elementor support as their support is shocking. In the 9 times I’ve contacted theme, each time they said it wasn’t their issue so I had to prove it was before they would even respond to my ticket. I even had one of their support tech tell me that I should ask my question on the WordPress forums as it wasn’t connected to Elementor, yet my question was regarding an issue when building my own block. If that isn’t connected to Elementor I don’t know what is.

    On the other hand, Beaver Builder support is without doubt the best support I’ve never contacted. I’ve asked stupid questions and even high level code questions and each time they come back within the same day and provided an answer that resolved my issue. BB support should 100% on your ratings above in my opinion.

    1. First off, i’m going to need you to back up and moderate your disrespectful tone here. You are making accusations based on things that you don’t know about, writing half-truths, and putting down people that choose to use Elementor.

      Before making that review video I and numerous people were reporting major issues with mobile editing and the developer just didn’t take it seriously. I personally messaged them prior to making the video, specifically about the mobile editing experience. A simple search in their Facebook group will show that this was a HUGE complaint and a MAJOR issue for all Beaver Builder users, not just me. And the reports had been going on for months. So your points are seriously misinformed.

      Did you notice anything after my video? Did you notice how it got them to take MASSIVE action and deal with the mobile editing experience once and for all? Did you think that just happened?

      Your words speak volumes about the issues with the Beaver Builder community. It’s most vocal people have turned into this elitist group of people that put other people down for their choices. Did you even read what you wrote? And this is supposed to help Beaver Builder how?

      I guess all these Elementor users are just a bunch of con artists that build websites for users!

      1. What do I need to back-up or moderate? I haven’t been disrespectful, but I can’t say the same about you after your comment about myself or the majority of the Beaver Builder community. The Beaver Builder community is friendly and their Slack is welcoming and a pleasant community, the same can be said about the Facebook group. So I ask you, can. you back-up your claim that they are elitest?

        I never put anyone down for using Elementor, I simply stated that somethings that are possible in Elementor are possible in Beaver Builder, but require CSS and that if you’re building sites for people you should have a deep understanding of the fundamentals like CSS. If you don’t and continue to build sites for people then you’re deceiving them. For example, would you let someone fix your car if they had only a basic understanding of how the car works? If you found out after the fix that they don’t really know what they are doing would you ask for you money back. I am quite sure you would.

        You made a review video showing a bug in the responsive preview. The Beaver Builder developer mentioned this on his comment and asked for more info so how can you say they didn’t take it seriously. The same thing was mentioned in the Facebook group long before your video and there support team asked for more information and this was never provided unless it was in a DM or ticket. You can’t report an issue and say something like this is poor or not working properly you do need to provide information so they can fix it, how can they fix something without adequet information.

        So you think your review video was the trigger for them to fix a bug in the builder? Wow, ok? I think it more likely that they found the cause and fix it. You know this is what developers do, fix bugs.

        The Beaver Builder community is in no way elitist a group, both the Slack and Facebook are a great community and helpful. To say otherwise is just wrong and a lie. I do believe that the Beaver Builder community is protective of Beaver Builder, but so are all communities when they like a product or service Apple vs Microsoft, Playstation vs Xbox, tabs vs spaces etc… You may have had some people comment negatively about your posts or videos, but some of the information you mention on your video is usually not accurate.

        For example, your say the Beaver Builder mobile editing preview really stinks, yet this was a bug. You made no reponse video correctly this, so all the viewers of your video think Beaver Builder mobile preview sucks.

        Your video about inline editing where you sarcastic put in the title ‘Finally!’. I think you will find its these kind of things that make the Beaver Builder community annoyed.

        Now I would like you answer some of my questions.

        1. You give both Elementor and Beaver Builder a rating of 100% for ease of use, how can that be. Elementor is bloated and the UI is confusing and all over the place (at the time of your review). Something you have mentioned in the past when you said it was something hard to click the section settings. A new user to WordPress or page builders in general would find Beaver Builder easier to use and probably find Brizy the easier out of all them.
        2. Support, Elementor support is no where near the level of Beaver Builder support. Something I mentioned in my past comment, I noticed you didn’t respond to this in your comment above, why is that?
        Also, look at that the WordPress forums for Beaver Builder they answer within the same day. No other plugin does this and this is for the free product.
        3. Reliatbility, Elementor has had tons of reports and comments about how there updates arent reliable. I’ve never heard this about Beaver Builder. So how can you give themt he same score. Can you tell me?
        4. Fastest Front End Editor, how did you calculate this? I did some testing on my own and Elmentor is the slowest builder to load when launching it comparing to Site Origin, Divi, Brizy with Beaver Builder being the fastest. So how did you to this conclusion?

        Overall, Elementor is a good page builder, but I prefer Beaver Builder. The new features coming make it so that all the pros for Elementor over Beaver Builder are almost gone except that Beaver Themer isn’t included. I think this is a wise choice most users won’t need those features and they are more dev/designer specific.

        The new feature in Elementor however, that is a different question and probably one of the worse design choices I have ever seen a plugin take. That is, Elementor taking over your browsers right click. This is such a bad design choice and you rave about it in your video.

        1. At this point, to me, it looks like you just want to argue your opinions as fact. That’s ok, you can do that, and I’ll publish your comment as I do all comments. To me though, it is not coming across as rational, so that is when it stops being productive.

          – Yes we agree here, the vast majority of the folks in the BB community are fantastic. Like I said, “It’s most vocal people have turned into this elitist group of people that put other people down for their choices”
          – Like I already said, I reported issues with the mobile editing experience along with many other users long before making the video. You make it sound like there was 1 tiny issue and it was all my fault. Sure blame the user, in this case hundreds of users, if that makes you feel better. Facts are the video was put out, the developer put a laser focus on it, and now all the users are better off. Then I put a video out showing the improvements off https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0j_T6Ucbog
          – At the time of making that review video, it did really stink. Thank goodness for all the current and future improvements in v2.2
          – If you don’t like the Elementor interface and find it bloated, that’s fine, you’re in the minority but are entitled to your opinion.
          Elementor support is excellent as well as Beaver Builders support, we can 50% agree here.
          – Elementor is VERY reliable, sure 2 years ago when they launched they had some bumps, but that was 2 years ago. And it was something that I pointed out when comparing the 2 page builders in a video in 2016.
          – Changes with Elementor are instant, literally instant, no refresh. Beaver Builder still needs a refresh, it’s not instant. And you also know version 1 was mega slow.
          – Elementor taking over the right-click is about usability and it’s users are going to love it. You can get your normal right-click back if you wanted it. But if you hate it, that is your opinion, and once again you are entitled to that opinion as well.

          Listen, you are obviously not a fan of any of my work, that completely fine. Perhaps it just not for you then, and that’s ok too.

          1. Hi Adam, I still have issues with the mobile editing. I’m a Beaver Builder, I love BB and I prefer using it than other page builders but yes the mobile editing could use some work.

      2. Hehe, get him/her lol.

        I’m here trying to decide what builder to use for my next up-and-coming project.

        I have to agree with the customer service aspect, from a personal perspective on beaver builder. I have messaged them many times and they always come back pretty quickly.

        On another note, they are fixing to lose me personally because the free version of elementor seems way better. I can’t say how their customer service is though. I have no past experience with them, yet. You have just about sold me on them though.

        My only concern is not being able to open Elementor after I download it. If it can happen, I’m usually the one it happens to.

        Love your channel Adam. It made my day seeing your return comment. :}}

  5. Hi Adam, I have seen some of your reviews and helpful videos. I believe in total honesty and appreciate/trust what you say. I think you deserve the referral,s o I am here to by Elementor Pro. Thank you

  6. I want to be able to develop my own content blocks which my clients could use – which would, in this regard, be the most flexible and adaptable page builder? Anyone?

  7. It should be noted that in the long term, unlike the FREE version of Elementor ( which if not for the rules of the WP.org plugin repo it probably wouldn’t be licensed GPL either ), the paid version Elementor Pro isn’t licensed GPL while BB Pro is 100% GPL. The Elementor terms are actually very restrictive and the spirit of the license is very much anti-GPL. The WP community wouldn’t be what it is today without the GPL. Plugins vendors that don’t want to play by the rules of GPL shouldn’t be encouraged / enabled by your financial support.

    This is an important distinction when you’re doing client work or even building a business site for yourself. If you’re doing a non commercial personal site or don’t care about the licensing implications (you really should) then Elementor is probably a fine choice. For such a powerful product, the license just turns me off.

    1. Yea I used to think that way regarding the GPL, but after 10 years of using WordPress I have yet to see how not adopting the GPL license has harmed anything. In 10 years I have seen the opposite, adopting the GPL has the potential to cause more harm and legal expense to a developer that is trying to grow their business.

      A few years back we saw LeadPages fork a commercial plugin and give it away for free because it was GPL licensed. Two years ago someone forked Beaver Builder and sold hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of it. These are people that would have bought Beaver. There are many other examples of where it has caused harm as well.

      I am not saying the GPL is all bad, but I do think as WordPress has grown up, it’s not that relevant any longer. It’s a nice gesture, but I don’t think it matters as much as some think it does.

      1. Forking happens. It’s completely legitimate to fork GPL products whether commercial or not. Especially if done with the blessing author(s). The authors shouldn’t automatically license their products GPL but should instead think if they’re at all opposed with the grants the license makes.

        The Beaver Builder team have mentioned repeatedly on their blog that they’re all in on the GPL regardless and went so far as to suggest guidelines (not rules) for doing so ethically which is commendable and WP Community friendly.

        The Beaver Builder brand is however is protected by a registered trademark though. There is a clear distinction between the code and the brand.

        Of course, you can’t take their code, redistribute it, and still call it Beaver Builder. They simply ask anyone that wants to fork Beaver Builder to remove their trademark(s) from the codebase.

        I’m happy they’ve decided that a few bad apples is no reason to close the orchard. They’re in it for more than just the almighty dollar or market share growth. They’re doing it right and turning a profit. That’s awesome.

        1. I think you are drawing a false conclusion that by not licensing GPL it is in some way profit motivated and bad. There are multiple sides to this and I don’t think the conclusion you are drawing is a fair one.

          I rather have more Elementor business models then OptinMonster business models. The misplaced hate that comes from choosing to go non-GPL is driving developers to SAAS business models which I think is by far worse for the user. Somehow it’s become a bad thing to own your intellectual property to the extent that you are vilified.

        2. “Especially if done with the blessing author(s).”

          Adopting a GPL license is the way authors of code give their blessing. There’s no need for additional permissions.

  8. Hi Adam, I am researching page and theme builder for weeks now. I want to make the right choices because of the costs and time … I know some (very) basic html, css and php for loops. Here is my question:

    I am looking at Beaver builder and themer OR Elementor pro and astra. This is what I want to make:
    Can I design a blog theme, make it into a zip file, upload it to themeforest or my own website, have a client to download the zip file and use it? + make some options for the client to adjust the theme like a full width blog without sidebar – with sidebar – grid blog post – color choices – … ?

    Your website really helps me and I will def buy the best tool through your links

    1. So yes you can do that, but only distribute the templates. If your templates would require the Pro version of any of these, then the client or purchaser would need to purchase their own license for those products.

  9. Thanks for all of the great info. I am confused with Beaver Builder — do you need all three parts ? It looks like a plugin and a theme and an add on pack. What is needed?

    1. JimPatrick Munupe

      Donna essentially your right you do need three parts for it to work well especially if you have clients like me. I got Elementor Pro for my team but now also considering Beaver Builder because it has improved on a few points Adam had raised before, inline text editing, pop up editor and mobile preview modules. Also specifically for the Whitelabel option that is lacking with Elementor.

  10. 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?

        1. Yes you are right, but I think we are talking about different things. Sure you can do that and then be presented with a bunch of code that you then need to start modifying. I don’t see that is happening in the page builder any longer. There are many ways to do that if you are wanting to deal with code. And then if you want it to look halfway decent you are going to have to invest a good amount of time with writing custom CSS.

          What I think I was addressing is doing it within the page builder with an interface, not spinning your wheels with custom HTML & CSS.

  11. Bhaskar N Subramanian

    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?

  12. Bhaskar N Subramanian

    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?

  13. 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,

    Kevin

  14. Anthony Paul Graffeo

    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 vmalongisland.com goodfellaspartyrental.com and korfhagebjj.com 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.

      1. Anthony Paul Graffeo

        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.

        1. 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.

          1. Anthony Paul Graffeo

            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

          2. 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.

          3. This has been extremely valuable. I’m deciding between Elementor and Beaver Builder, and I think I’ll try Elementor, with the free version of Astra as my first choice of theme, or OceanWP if that doesn’t work. But after an adverse experience with the X user interface yesterday, either BB or Elementor seems like a better direction.

  15. 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!
    Itay

    1. Adam @ WPCrafter

      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.

  16. 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

  17. 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 missindustrious.ch. 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 powerdressing.net 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,
    best
    tanja

  18. 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.

    1. 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.

  19. 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. 🙁

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

    1. 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.

  20. 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!

    1. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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

    Julien

  23. 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.

  24. 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

    Joe

  25. 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 🙂 keep up the good work!

      1. 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 🙂 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.

  26. 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 loaded—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. 🙂

    1. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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

    1. 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.

      1. 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?

        1. 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.

  29. 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

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

    1. 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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