Page builders are now used by everyone — from website owners to developers and web design agencies.
But it can be challenging to decide as there are many different WordPress WYSIWYG editors available out there.
By the end of the article, you’ll have enough information on Divi vs Elementor to make the decision and select the right page builder for your WordPress site.
So let’s get started!
Elementor vs Divi Overview
Used by more than 4M professionals, Elementor is an all-in-one solution to control every aspect of the web design workflow of a website.
And on the other side, there is Divi – insanely popular WordPress theme and page builder which was launched in 2013 and since then earned a lot of respect in the WordPress community. Divi also has the whole community of its own which includes 2.6 million+ websites, over 650,000 loyal users, and a countless number of professionals (designers, developers, SEO and content specialists, etc).
We’ll look at Elementor and Divi in detail, but to give you a quick overview of what these tools offer, here’s a rundown of their features…
- Drag & drop visual editor
- Professionally designed hundreds of pre-made templates
- Fully responsive editing — mobile, tablet, and desktop view
- Global styling elements to manage the entire website’s design from one place
- Ability to control all the theme elements such as header, footer, page layouts, and sidebar widgets
- WooCommerce builder to build a perfect online store
While many of the features are the same, the interface, styling, and everything else is different in these page builders.
So let’s start with the interface of these tools…
While both Elementor and Divi offer visual frontend editing — their editors are very different, and Divi also has a backend editor.
Elementor does not have a backend editor like Divi; still, it’s not a deal-breaker as in most cases you can do whatever you need with the visual editor (plus visual editing is always easier). However, Divi backend builder is still a nice additional feature that can be very useful at times.
The Elementor editor uses a left-hand sidebar in the editor and gives an empty canvas layout, which makes the process of designing websites straightforward, especially for beginners.
To add an element, you just have to drag it to the page from the sidebar. After dragging and dropping the element, the sidebar displays all the settings specific to that element that you can modify.
All the elements in the editor are divided as — basic, pro, and WordPress default elements. The Elementor editor focuses on accessibility and you’ll find it faster than Divi in most cases.
Divi takes a different approach and uses a full-width editor where you can select the desired element and edit it directly on the screen or rearrange it on the page.
As mentioned above, Divi also gives an option of a backend editor that allows you to edit the page with a 100% visual content match. Usually, most people will stick to the visual builder only, but if you prefer backend editing, then you have this option with Divi.
One of the problems with Divi’s editor is that it’s probably not as fast as it should be, and you might experience minor speed related issues if your pages have a lot of elements. So perhaps Elementor might be a better choice if you are looking to build complex websites and lengthy landing or sales pages.
Divi vs Elementor – Ease of Use
After the interface, ease of use should be the most important thing to consider while looking for a page builder because that is where you will spend most of your time.
Divi Builder Ease of Use
While both Divi and Elementor are designed to work with every WordPress theme, Divi Page Builder was originally built specifically for the Divi theme only.
So Divi works really well with the Divi theme, and once you get used to it, the website building process gets a lot easier over time as you don’t have to change themes all the time, and everything is consistent.
Elegant Themes (the creator of Divi) has taken a minimalistic approach with the whole Divi design and so finding the right elements and settings within the editor is a breeze.
You can drag and drop any content module and double click to edit the text directly. The responsive settings, template library, and the page settings are all included in the editor, so you don’t have to visit the site dashboard to make any changes.
With that, Divi also has a wireframe mode which shows a complete structural view of the page. This feature is handy if you’re building large pages with lots of elements. It also provides additional flexibility and endless customization options.
Elementor Ease of Use
Though Divi can be a little confusing at times and there’s a slight learning curve, Elementor, on the other hand, is designed to be simplistic to help new website owners design their first website, but powerful enough to attract developers and agencies as well. As mentioned above, Elementor uses a sidebar from where you can control the page settings and add elements to the page. This makes the Elementor experience simple and straightforward.
Similar to the Divi wireframe view, Elementor has a Navigator, which is a popup where all the elements of the page, including rows and columns, are shown.
Content Modules are the building blocks in a page builder and are used to define the page structure and the overall design. You can drag and drop the modules anywhere within sections, columns, or rows. Each module has individual settings to customize the design and structure further.
Elementor has 28 content modules in the free version and another 50+ in the pro version. All the modules are divided into three main categories — sections, columns, and widgets.
To add a content widget in Elementor, you have to first create a section, and then you can either add a row to divide the content or directly add widgets into the columns. The WooCommerce widgets library of Elementor is also big compared to the limited elements of Divi.
Elementor has a slight advantage over Divi here as with Elementor, you get more modules in its pro version, but it really depends on which modules you will use in your pages. Many third-party developers have also build add-ons for Elementor, so if you can’t find the right widget in the Elementor free or pro version, you can go with the add-ons.
Like Elementor, Divi has 40+ content modules divided into sections, rows, and modules.
The section acts as the container of the rows and modules, rows divide the modules, and modules are the actual content. To add a content module, you first have to create a section with a row inside and then the element.
All the basic website elements such as text, images, galleries, forms, CTAs, etc. are included in the Divi, so you don’t have to use any extra plugin separately.
Theme Builder is a relatively new concept where you can edit everything about a theme directly in your page builder.
This does not mean that you don’t need a theme — but you don’t have to rely on the theme functions as most of the WordPress themes offer limited options. So after you have installed a theme in your WordPress site, you can design your complete website from to start to end using the page builder plugin only.
Elementor Theme Builder
With Elementor visual theme builder, you can design all the aspects of your WordPress site from headers, footers, single posts, posts archives, and WooComemrce pages.
You can also create a design framework of the page, and then use dynamic content to fill the page content automatically. Some of the dynamic content elements are URLs, titles, content, meta description, date, and more!
Features such as conditional publishing settings are also included to display specific templates across different sections of the website.
Here’s a video on how to create websites with Elementor theme builder:
Divi Theme Builder
While Elementor is offering theme builder from two years now, Elegant Themes recently launched a fully-featured Divi 4.0 theme builder. With the new theme builder, you can customize the structure of your site and edit any part of the Divi theme such as headers, footers, blog post templates, product templates, and more.
You can use the Divi theme builder to customize any individual part of your website with custom header, footer, and body layout. And as everything theme-related is controlled directly from the page builder, there’s no need to use child themes.
To keep the colors, typography, and structure consistent across the site, you can use the Divi Global Defaults with which you can customize the structure of your entire site at once. This feature makes the whole website building process very efficient.
Here’s a video on how to create websites with the Divi new theme builder:
Whether you’re looking to set up your first website or you’re an experienced developer, pre-built templates are for everyone.
They just take a minute to import into a page, and instantly, you have the whole page ready. All you have to do then is to make the necessary edits to the content or styling, and you’re good to publish the page.
So templates really make the web design process easy and fast.
Now, as the page builders are designed for this purpose exactly — they offer hundreds of beautifully designed templates to give you a head start.
Both page builders have divided their templates into different categories to cover all the website types and pages — homepage, about, contact, service, pricing, coming soon, and landing pages.
Elementor offers over 150 pro templates and template kits so you can either import individual template pages or import the complete kit and get a site ready in just a few minutes.
Divi also has 100+ amazing layouts built right inside the Divi builder. All the Divi templates come with professional design, original photography and illustrations.
They launch new layouts regularly so you will have access to the latest designs all the time.
You can also create your own designs with the page builders, save them as templates, and then use them again on your site or export them to use on another site.
Code Quality & Performance
Many in the developer community strongly oppose using page builders as some of these tools are believed to not follow the code best practices (which might be questionable though).
However, this sounds like an outdated concept now since most of the page builders have started to focus on the better code quality they are producing. So, things are gradually improving in this aspect. We have seen lots of successful WordPress websites using page builders (including Divi and Elementor) and performing insanely good. Isn’t the performance what we all are looking for?
However, another question here is what will happen if you want to deactivate your page builder (for example if you decide to switch the builders or stop using page builders at all)? What code you will be left with after doing so?
Okay, so here is what happens in this case:
Elementor, even after disabled, leaves the clean and valid HTML code with all the basic formatting (heading tags, lists, images, etc.).
Divi uses shortcodes based approach so after it’s disabled, you are likely to get a messy code filled with shortcodes. This is a commonly known disadvantage of Divi (yes, no tool is perfect).
So, in the end, it all boils down to your strategy and vision. What are you going to do with your website? Do you consider changing it frequently and testing different tools, builders and solutions? Or you would rather stick to one solution and focus on other aspects of your business? This all depends on your situation.
- If you need a clean code, Elementor looks like the best option
- If you don’t care too much about the code and need the optimal long-term solution, Divi might be your choice
As for the overall performance, both page builders are a bit bloated, but overall, Elementor is believed to be a little faster than Divi.
Divi has some reputation for slowing sites down, but we as Divi users ourselves have not noticed any major speed related issues. Yes, as mentioned above Divi can be slow on big pages, but this only happens when you edit them, not when your pages are served to visitors. Our pages here at Mill are quite fast (we regularly measure their speed to make sure that we deliver the best possible experience to our users) and you can test the Divi speed yourself by browsing our posts and articles.
Pricing — Elementor vs Divi
For many of the users, pricing is an essential factor to consider before buying, so let’s take a look at what you will get for your money…
A free version of Elementor is available, and the Elementor Pro starts at $49/year for one site license and $199/year for up to 1,000 sites.
Divi pricing starts at $89/year or the fixed price of $249 for lifetime access to all Elegant Themes products (including Divi) for unlimited websites.
Unlike Elementor, Divi doesn’t have a free version. It’s a premium product.
With the Elementor Pro, you get more than 50 widgets, hundreds of pro templates, the Elementor Theme Builder, and Popup Maker. So you don’t have to use any individual plugin for the form or popup as Elementor can do that for you.
The good thing with Elementor is that you can try the free plugin before going for the Pro version.
While there’s no free option with Divi, you can try it for free with their browser demo. Divi membership provides free access to all Elegant Themes WordPress themes and plugins including beautiful Bloom and Monarch, all in one package. This means that you won’t need to spend any extra money on email optin and social media sharing plugins. This is a very good deal.
Both Elementor and Divi offer a 30-day risk-free money-back guarantee for new purchases, so if you don’t like the product, you can get your money back.
Final Thoughts — Divi vs Elementor
So, what is the final verdict? Divi or Elementor? Which one is better overall?
Well, this is a complex question and looks like there is no straightforward answer to it. Both products are brilliant.
Divi and Elementor are both very powerful and impressive WordPress page builders you can use for building your site.
With all the pre-built templates and theme building features, you can build complete websites without hiring any dedicated designers or developers.
So the decision boils down to the personal preference or if you have any special use case which is offered by either of the page builders.
What you can do is to try the free version of Elementor and Divi browser demo before making any decision. This should help you to better understand how these tools work and which one better suits your needs. In any case, both Divi and Elementor offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. So in case of any issue, you can always file for a refund within those 30 days gap.