These two plugins are among the most popular WordPress page builders so you don’t need to worry about making the wrong choice.
There are many differences between Div and Elementor in terms of pricing and features. These differences could impact which direction you choose.
This article will help you understand. Let’s start by looking at what Divi and Elementor share in common. Then we will take a closer look at their differences.
We will conclude by comparing their pricing plans and technical performances, which are other important considerations than their features.
Let’s get started.
These are the basics of your WordPress website
If you are rushing and don’t know what to do, skip the next section. This section is for those who plan to use a page-builder but don’t know what it is. Let’s start with the basics.
What is a page builder?
Page builders are a tool that lets you create professional-looking websites without any prior programming experience. Instead of spending months learning how to code pages, the page builders have made it easy for you by putting them in small user-friendly modules called elements/modules. Drag and drop these elements onto the page. Then place them where you want them. You’ll have a stunning website.
You can drag an image or text box from the menu bar to add it to a page.
Many page builders already include pre-built templates that have been shown to convert visitors for any niche. The templates will do the heavy lifting for you, so you don’t have to do much more than drag-and-drop. Imagine building a website using Lego blocks. This is exactly what a page maker helps you to achieve.
What is Divi Page Builder?
Divi, a popular WordPress theme, has sold over 700,000. It is also the most used page builder among WordPress users. Divi is more than a page builder. It also caters to individuals, agencies, website owners, freelancers, and other businesses. By helping them create professional-looking websites, and optimizing them for conversion via A/B testing, Divi is much more than a page building tool.
Divi’s popularity can be attributed to many factors, but here are some:
- Unlimited Access: Divi grants you unlimited access all its features on any website you build with the page builder. There are no complicated pricing schemes or pricing gimmicks. Absolutely nothing. There are no restrictions on unlimited access.
- Clear Pricing plan: Divi’s pricing structure is clearly laid out and caters to all websites you create using the tool.
- Support and a Thriving Community: Divi offers incredible support and a vibrant Facebook community. This ensures you have all the help you need to create and use your website. This is extremely helpful as many users agree that the tool has a steep learning curve.
Important to mention that the Divi page builder is included with the Divi theme. This is quite uncommon. You can however use the Divi builder with any other theme.
Elementor, just like Divi, is a top page builder worldwide for individuals and businesses with one website. Elementor is well-known for its fast page speed, beautiful design, and simple-to-use interface. You can also use it for free. However, if you need all of the features, the premium version is required. This comes with a steep price.
Elementor has almost the same features as Divi, with a few exceptions. We’ll look at these differences in more detail later. It’s also easier for beginners and faster. It’s also much cheaper for one website, as you will see in the pricing section.
Elementor is used by over 5,000,000 people. They’re doing something right.
It’s easy to use
The ease and usability of a page builder are two of the most important features. It’s likely that you will spend a lot of your time there so it should be easy to use.
Let’s take a look at the interface of these page builders. Let’s start with Divi.
Divi User Interface
After installing Divi builder plugin, create a new webpage. A message will appear asking if you prefer the default editor or Divi Builder.
The Divi builder option will open a page with a message asking you to choose between “Build From Scratch”, “Choose A Premade layout” or “Clone an existing page”.
You start with a blank page when you choose the “Build From Scratch” option. The “Choose a Premade Layout”, on the other hand allows you to choose from a variety of pre-built templates. The “Clone Existing Page” option copies an existing page, overlays it onto the current page, and the “Clone Existing Page” option does the same.
The Divi Builder will open if you select the “Build From Scratch” option. Then, you will be asked to insert another row and to insert a module.
Divi is a floating menu. There is no sidebar or menu.
You can tap on the floating circle to access useful tools and other options. These are the contents:
- View of the wireframe
- Zoom tool
- Tablet view
- Desktop view
- Divi builder settings
- Save to the library
- Load from library
- Page settings
- Editing history
- Clear layout
- Search for help
- Save and publish draft buttons
A new set of menus will be displayed when you hover over an element in the Divi builder. You can configure elements’ settings such as layout, content or custom CSS.
The Divi builder’s interface is minimalistic, giving you a full screen of work to use. However, this also means you will need to click a lot to accomplish things. This may be a problem for some who believe it will hinder the “ease-of-use” concept.
Elementor User Interface
Elementor focuses on accessibility, just as Divi does. Drag and drop an element from your sidebar onto the page. The sidebar will then change to show the options for the element you have dragged.
Click the red square button to return to the original element selection menu.
The Elementor Sidebar is made up of three segments.
- The upper menu
- Menu lower
The upper menu contains general settings. The body provides data about the element selected. The lower menu offers additional configuration settings.
Elementor is focused on accessibility and user-friendliness, as it’s obvious. Divi can take some getting used to. Elementor is all about accessibility and ease. Divi focuses on simplicity and cleanliness.
It all comes down to your personal preference. Do you prefer an interface that is simple or one with all the options?
You have the option.
They share many similarities
These two WordPress page builders are the best. Let’s now compare their user interfaces. There are a few differences in the features between them, but these are the main features you will get no matter which plugin you choose.
Drag-and-drop visual interface
Both Divi and Elementor offer drag-and-drop visual editing. You can create your page using this interface. This allows you to see what you are doing and how visitors will view it. You can even edit text by tapping and typing directly on your page.
Divi has a full-width editor. It does not have any clear interface elements. There is one button at the bottom that opens up a few options when you tap it.
You can add or modify modules by hovering over your design. The floating buttons will appear after you do this.
Divi is a module that represents every type of module in different colors. Pop-up settings are used to configure one module. You can also drag-and-drop the pop-up to change its size and location.
Elementor also provides users with a fixed sidebar that is permanently visible on their left screen. Although this might not provide an immersive design experience for all users, it is much more convenient to interact with a fixed sidebar that remains permanently visible than a floating button like the Divi interface.
Which one is right for you? All it comes down to personal preferences and your individual needs. Elementor’s interface might be more convenient if you are looking for the convenience factor. You may find that Elementor’s interface is easier to use and more reliable than Divi. Divi is the best choice if you prefer an immersive experience with a clear workspace and a sidebar that doesn’t appear fixed.
It is possible to just test them both (if you are deciding on which one) to determine which interface allows you to work seamlessly. This is subjective and will depend on your definition of user interface ease-of use and convenience.
There are many styling options
Divi and Elementor are both the most popular WordPress page builders plugins. While there are some differences in the features, they offer many more design options and styles than any other WordPress page builder.
Because both page builders offer many small features, it can be difficult to compare the two. We will now look at the core features of Divi and Elementor in terms of style and design.
- Custom spacing
- Parallax scrolling, and other animation effects like this one
- Modular custom positioning
- Shape dividers
Responsive Design Default
Divi and Elementor ensure that your designs are responsive by default. Your designs will work on all devices, including smartphones and tablets. These plugins allow you to adjust the responsive settings of your designs. Elementor and Divi allow you to use different style settings depending on the device of your visitors. You can even hide certain modules, such as large images that are too large for smartphones.
These WordPress page builders plugins can be used for multiple pages. You can also design your entire WordPress theme using the same drag-and drop visual interface. Elementor was first to offer the theme-building feature, then Divi followed with Divi 4.0.
Theme building is a way to eliminate the need for a WordPress theme. It allows you to create your entire theme using a drag-and drop page builder. You can even create templates for your website:
- Archive pages include the page listing all your blog content.
- Headers custom
- You can have one page or multiple pages.
Both of these theme builders are capable of dynamically adding native WordPress data, such as a title for a blog post, and can also be used to add custom data.
Divi lets you arrange the various parts of your theme templates with a back-end interface that looks something like this:
The visual front-end builder is required if you need to create your template components, such as your header or footer. Dynamic content allows you to add website information like website title and tagline.
Elementor, on the other hand, allows you to jump directly to the visual builder to make your theme template. You can also add a dynamic content feature to any widget, and there are dedicated widgets for team templates.
You can publish your template and choose where to use it. For example, you could just use the template created for specific post categories.
Divi and Elementor, in general, are powerful theme builders.
Support for Right-clicking
Both Divi and Elementor support right-clicking. This is a unique feature for WordPress page builders. Although it may seem insignificant, the ability to right click is crucial to improve your workflow. This ability allows you to quickly:
- Save templates
- Widgets can be deleted
- Copy styles in different widgets
- Duplicate widgets
- There are many more.
Divi vs. Elementor: The Differences
We are now more familiar with the similarities between Divi & Elementor. Let’s look at the main differences between the two WordPress page builders.
Elementor – Pop-up Builder
Elementor and Divi have a pop-up building tool, while Divi doesn’t.
Elementor’s pop-up creator allows you to create and display pop-ups anywhere on your website using Elementor. You can also use all the Elementor widgets so you can design:
- Promo pop-ups and call to action
- Email opt-in popups
- Register and log in pop-ups
- There are many more.
However, Divi does not have a built-in popup builder like Elementor. You can however use third-party plugs such as Divi overlays to create popups.
When Divi is purchased, you get complimentary access to the Bloom email opt-in plugin. This plugin lets you create email opt-in popups. It is not as flexible as Elementor’s popup builder.
Divi offers a built-in A/B testing feature
If you are looking for a simple website, this feature is not something you should focus on. However, for marketers or promotional-focused people, Divi comes with integrated A/B testing to optimize design. To quickly see which variants perform best, right-click on any module. You can test different images, headlines and CTA buttons.
This feature is extremely helpful if you plan to create landing pages or similar. Elementor doesn’t have an A/B test built in. You can however perform A/B testing using Elementor through third-party solutions such as Google Optimize. Third-party plugins like the Split Test for Elementor. This is not as convenient as the inbuilt Divi option.
Divi comes out-of-the box with both the Plug in Version and a Theme
Elementor is a plugin. Although the Elementor team has their own theme, “Hello theme”, which can be used in conjunction with the Elementor theme maker, it is a standalone plugin.
Divi, on the other side, comes with both the plug-in as well as the theme. This may seem like a minor difference, but it is a significant one.
You can be sure that Divi’s page builder and theme will work seamlessly together if you choose the Divi theme. Elementor allows you to use powerful third-party themes. Divi makes this easier.
Elementor offers mainly templates, while Divi has more templates and layout packs
Divi and Elementor both offer a variety of beautiful templates you can use. However, the way they offer templates is different.
Divi has layout packs which are themed templates that can be used for specific niches. The Divi layout pack for restaurant websites would contain many templates.
- Menu page
- Delivery page
- About page
- There are many more.
Divi boasts 1167 page templates in its 158 layout packages. This makes Divi more popular than the other page builders. Elementor is slowly rolling out its own layout packs, called website kits. Elementor currently has 7 site kits, Divi has over 150 layout packs. This is why there’s still some difference.
Elementor plans to add a new kit each month to their website collection. However, it might not be as extensive as Divi if they keep going at this pace.
Elementor offers a larger marketplace for third-party extensions
Elementor and Divi both have a number of outstanding features. One is the ease with which you can find third-party plugin add-ons that enhance the functionality of the plugins. Elementor is the clear winner in this area, despite both page builders being strong third-party marketplaces. Elementor has a free version, which has allowed third-party developers to make more Elementor extensions. This is in contrast to Divi.
If you search for “Divi”, WordPress.org returns fewer results, but if you do the same thing with “Elementor”, you get twice the number of result pages. Both page builders have extensions that are better than the average, but Elementor has more options.
Without comparing the pricing options, no comparison between Divi and Elementor is complete. However, the price of each product will depend on how many sites you plan to use it.
Divi offers only paid options, while Elementor has a free version. This is the first obvious difference. Elementor’s free version also offers a lot more functionality. If you find the features in the free version to be useful, then Elementor is the better choice than Divi. It is not so clear if you need access to the premium features.
Elementor is the most affordable option if it’s used on one website, but Divi is much more affordable if it’s used on multiple websites.
Elementor offers website-based licensing plans
- Personal plan starting at $49 per website
- Advanced plan starting at $99 for three websites
- Expert plan starting at $199 for 25 sites
- Studio Plan starting at $499 for 100 sites
- Agency plan starting at $999 for 1000 sites
All packages above are valid for one year of licensing. You will continue to have access to Elementor Pro even after your first year subscription expires. However, you must renew it annually to continue receiving updates and support. Elementor offers a 30-day money-back guarantee for all plans.
Divi, on the other side, only offers two pricing plans. The two pricing plans let you access Divi for unlimited websites.
- $249 for lifetime access with unlimited updates and support.
- Annual access: $89, with one year of support and updates.
You can access Divi for unlimited websites with two different packages. This is a huge advantage. The package price includes access to all Elegant Themes products. This includes the social media sharing plugin Monarch, and the email opt in plugin Bloom.
Divi Builder is more affordable if you plan to run multiple websites. If you only need a page builder to create one website, and price is important, Elementor premium is the better option at $49.
Divi vs. Elementor: Which Should I Choose?
Elementor, Divi and Divi are the two most popular page builders plugins. You can’t go wrong either.
It all comes down to:
- The Desired & Required Features for Your Project. For example, would you like to use a popup builder? Elementor is your best option. Do you have project marketing goals and want an A/B testing function built in to help you achieve them? Divi is the right choice.
- Your Budget Limit: Elementor Pro is the best option if you only intend to create one website and keep it running. It will also be more affordable and budget-friendly. Divi is the best option if you need to design multiple websites.
- Personal likes: Your personal preferences will play a major role in deciding which page builders you should use. Do you prefer a fixed or floating menu? Elementor Pro is best if you prefer the latter, but Divi is better if you prefer the former.
You can find out which version works best for your project. If you are looking to create a simple website, the free version might be best for you. The Elementor interface is a simpler interface that you may find easier to use. Divi’s interface may be slower than Elementor’s, but Elementor’s backend interface is much faster.
It all comes down to personal preference again. What may seem slow to some may be fine for others depending on what you are trying to accomplish.
Here are some tips to help you make the right decision.
- Consider the differences in feature and decide which one is most important for your project.
- Consider how each page builder’s pricing fits into your budget.
- To find the right plugin for you, grab a copy of each one. Divi provides a demo site that allows you interact with the editor to get a feel for it. Elementor, on the other side, is available for free at WordPress.org. Get your hands dirty to discover which one flows best with you.
Divi vs. Elementor: A Brief Overview of the Similarities and Differences of the Two Page Builders
Similarities between Divi and Elementor
- Support via Right-click
- Responsive design options
- Drag and Drop visual interface
- Many style options
- Use the theme builder
- Elementor has a pop-up building tool
- If you only want to create one website, Elementor is more affordable.
- Elementor provides a free version that includes valuable features.
- The third-party marketplace it offers is much larger due to the free version.
- Divi comes with both a page-builder plug-in and a theme.
- Divi can be used on multiple websites, making it more affordable.
- You can become a Divi member to gain access to all Elegant Themes products.
- Divi has more layout options than Elementor, and more templates.
- A&B testing can be included in any Divi package.
Divi vs Elementor: Conclusion
Both page builders plugins are excellent, as millions of users have already suggested. Depending on your purpose, one might be more beneficial than the other.
Elementor, for example, is a great choice if you like having all the options available while you design. Divi’s pricing plan works best for agencies that want to create multiple websites.
It all depends upon the features you need, ease of use, budget, project, and personal preferences.