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Elementor vs Divi: 2023 WordPress Web Builder Comparison.

Need to build a new website in WordPress without coding? Dive into a comparison of the best Wordpress web builders in 2023: Elementor vs Divi.
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When building a new website in WordPress, Elementor and Divi are two of the best webpage builders on the market. Both of these renowned page builders offer a plethora of design capabilities and features that empower you to create stunning websites without any coding knowledge. So, let’s dive in and discuss all things Elementor vs Divi.

For the purposes of this article, I will be comparing the paid Pro version of Elementor with Divi.

  1. Ease of Use:

    Both Elementor and Divi have an intuitive front-end, drag-and-drop interface that allows you to effortlessly create, edit, and rearrange elements visually as you build out the page. Both also have a live preview feature that showcases real-time changes, ensuring a smooth and efficient design process.Elementor has a static sidebar panel for all the page settings and tools, which makes finding, adding and editing elements to your design easy. Divi doesn’t have a sidebar panel by default, but showcases floating panels for each section’s tools and settings. This gives you more screen space to design and build your webpage.Divi also allows you to choose between front-end editing (making changes directly on the visible page) and back-end editing (using the WordPress admin panel), catering to different user preferences. In my experience, I haven’t had a need to use a back-end editor for Elementor since the settings and tools panel is always on and super easy to follow. However, Divi, with its floating panels and tabs along the bottom of the screen, can sometimes feel a bit cluttered. If I’m having a slow connection day, I end up using the back-end editor to get things moving along quicker, but this also means I have to hop in and out of preview mode to make sure that what I’ve edited looks right on the front-end.Lastly, Elementor and Divi both have easy to access responsive editing to allow you to toggle between views (desktop, tablet, mobile) and see how the page looks across devices. Personally, I prefer Elementor’s responsive toggle views which seem to load faster than Divi.

    Overall, when it comes to ease of use, both Divi and Elementor are brilliantly designed webpage builders that are intuitive and enjoyable to use. But, for this category Elementor is a little faster and feels less cluttered.

    Elementor vs Divi 2023 “Ease of Use” Winner: Elementor

  2. Flexibility and Functionality:

    Elementor is a WordPress plugin (not a theme), and although you can use it with most WordPress themes to edit your content, it’s recommended to install Elementor’s Hello Theme, which complements the plugin nicely. Once installed you can also select a premade website design from the Elementor Kits Library, which houses a diverse collection of ready-to-use websites that you can import and make your own. This means that you no longer need to find a specific WordPress theme to match your design style.Divi, on the other hand is a WordPress theme equipped with the Divi webpage builder. Divi prides itself on its library of visually stunning templates that seamlessly integrate with its builder. This cohesion between theme and builder lets you easily customise all areas of your website, including headers, footers and core theme functions. Elementor [Pro]’s Theme Builder, provides you with control over the header, footer, and other theme aspects but is slightly less advanced than Divi.

    For this category, it’s hard to pick a winner. Both Divi and Elementor both have excellent design flexibility allowing you to create the website you have envisioned. However, if I had to tip the scales, when using Divi, you don’t need to install another theme, it all comes as part of the package making it easy to get started with a few less steps involved.

    Elementor vs Divi 2023 “Flexibility and Functionality” Winner
    Divi, but it really comes down to personal preference.

  3. Performance:

    Page speed and performance are crucial factors for user experience as well as facilitating clean code (as much as is technically possible with a front-end webpage builder) for better SEO.

    Elementor’s Hello theme is a lightweight option that prioritises speed with clean code, minimising performance bottlenecks.

    The Divi theme coupled with its builder plugin is a little less lightweight. Its robust feature set could occasionally affect page loading times, however The Divi team has been actively working on updates to enhance performance and user experience.

    For this reason, Elementor wins the Performance category.

    Elementor vs Divi 2023 “Performance” 
    Winner: Elementor

  4. Pricing:

    Elementor offers a freemium model, whereas Divi offers a 30 day free trial.Elementor’s free version provides the essential tools, but its Pro version is really where it’s at. Elementor Pro unlocks advanced features including the Theme Builder, Pop-up Builder and more, starting at $49US/year per website.

    After the 30 day free trial, Divi’s pricing starts at $89US/year or $249US for lifetime access, providing access to all its features and themes as well as unlimited website builds.When it comes to price, Divi is the clear winner with its option to build unlimited websites under a single subscription or lifetime purchase.

    Elementor vs Divi 2023 “Pricing” WinnerDivi.

  5. Community and Support:

    Elementor boasts a massive user base, which translates to extensive online communities, tutorials, and third-party extensions. Its official documentation and support forum ensure users can troubleshoot effectively.

    Divi also has a strong community and active user base providing comprehensive documentation and a dedicated support team to address user inquiries. Personally, I’ve had a great experience with Divi’s support team and their 30 day free trial is a great way to enable you to use all of Divi’s features and potentially build a website, before committing to a subscription. For me, I would say Divi wins here.

    Elementor vs Divi 2023 “Community and Support” 
    Winner: Divi, due to my own personal experience.

  6. Updates and Innovation:

    Both Elementor and Divi are committed to innovation. Elementor frequently releases updates with new features and optimisations. Divi also maintains a strong focus on enhancing its builder and theme to meet evolving design trends.Both builders have also just released new AI integrations, which will make your web design process a breeze. Think copywriting, image creation and easy responsive design! Watch this space.

    Elementor vs Divi 2023 “Updates and Innovation” Winner: Draw

Overview of the category winners:

Ease of use: Elementor
Flexibility and Functionality: Divi
Performance: Elementor
Pricing: Divi
Community and Support: Divi
Updates and Innovation: Draw!

Elementor: 2
Divi: 3

Overall winner for 2023 (based on my own personal experience and preference): Divi by a margin – but I still love Elementor and I continue to use both. In fact, I’m currently using Elementor for my blog so….

Conclusion:

Both Elementor and Divi offer powerful visual editors for WordPress web design in 2023.

Elementor’s sidebar panel makes it easy to organise and customise individual page elements, combined with a growing Kits Library of pre-made websites to choose from – you can get your website up and running quickly with Elementor.

On the other hand, Divi’s all in one theme and builder package, as well as it’s dual editing modes (front-end and back-end) provides a little extra flexibility for web creators who want to get more granular with their designs.

So which web builder should you choose? Well, the choice between the two often comes down to personal preference, budget and project requirements.

Which WordPress web builder is best for you?

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