Originally launched in 2016, Elementor is one of the younger page builders on this list. But even though it got a late start, Elementor has quickly racked up over 3,000,000 active installs at WordPress.org, which makes it the most popular page builder out there, at least by WordPress.org numbers.
Its claim to fame is a quick, glitch-free visual interface, flexible styling options, and powerful other features like full theme building.
Though it started as just a page editor, the premium version, Elementor Pro, now lets you do a lot more than just page building. The two most notable features are:
- Theme Builder: Design your entire theme using the same convenient Elementor interface. This includes your header, footer, archive pages, single post pages, WooCommerce product/shop pages, custom post type templates, etc. You get dedicated widgets for common elements, and you can even dynamically insert content from custom fields.
- Popup Builder: Design flexible popups using the full Elementor interface. You can include all the regular Elementor widgets, which lets you create email opt-in popups, contact form popups, login popups, and more.
These two additions really help Elementor stand out from the competition. Though theme building is becoming a popular feature, the popup builder is still quite unique.
Elementor is available as a free plugin download, but you also have the option to pay for the Pro version. The Pro version starts at$49 for one site and goes up to $199 for unlimited sites. As you’ll discover with the features listed below, and with Elementor’s ease of use, this is quite the steal.
The free Elementor download offers a simple yet powerful WordPress page builder, with one of the fastest interfaces you can find. Everything is instant, from live edits to the instant page loads. The standard page builder features include animations, shape dividers, gradient backgrounds, and headline effects. There’s even a template library with stunning WordPress templates, all of which you can pick and choose from. The free version of Elementor is also mobile-friendly, with some handy tools for maintenance mode, under construction pages, landing pages, and more.
GeneratePress with Sections
GeneratePress is a free WordPress theme, but we like to consider it as a simplistic page builder solution, perfect for beginner webmasters, bloggers, and developers who want an uncomplicated, rapid visual builder. In addition, you can add the handy premium Sections add-on to incorporate drag and drop functionality to your GeneratePress interface.
Let’s start with the theme itself. GeneratePress is a simple, lightweight, and free WordPress theme with rave reviews and a beautiful layout for landing pages, blogs, business websites, and sales pages. It’s hard to figure out a market where you couldn’t utilize the GeneratePress theme since it’s so modern and clean. Needless to say, if you’re tired of clunky, slow themes, it’s worth checking out GeneratePress. Most of the editing is done through the WordPress live editor when working with the free theme, but you gain access to all modules (add-ons) including Sections, when you opt for the premium version of the theme.