BackgroundIn September 2016, Pippin Williamson wrote a comprehensive review of 13 Page builder plugins. Prompted by a tweet from Keith Devon, and a reply from Kimb Jones I re-read Pippin’s review. Realising that I had my own requirements for a Page builder and that it would take a long time to perform my own review I have decided to:
- Attempt to summarise the review.
- Itemise my requirements for a Page builder plugin.
- Have a look at one or two of the plugins myself.
- And perhaps make a few comments of my own.
Summary of 13 Page builder pluginsThis is my summary gleaned from reading WordPress Page builder plugins: a critical review.
|Requirement||Tailor||Page-Builder-Sandwich||Elementor||Pootle||Live Composer||SiteOrigin||Beaver||Visual Composer||Fusion||Divi||Thrive||Brix||Conductor|
|Easy to use|
|open / close shortcode compatible?|
|shortcode styles and scripts?||?||?||?||?||?||?|
|Compatible with ‘the_content’?||?||?||?||?|
|All content retained after deactivation||?||?||?|
|Lock-in effect (e.g. shortcodes)||?||?||?|
|Features? Content & Layout||some||?||?||?||?||?|
|Pippin would use?||?|
6 free Page builder plugins from WordPress.org
|Plugin name and description||Plugin links||Version, total downloads, last update, tested|
|tailor||No info available|
|page-builder-sandwich||No info available|
|elementor||No info available|
|pootle-page-builder||No info available|
|live-composer-page-builder||No info available|
|siteorigin-panels||No info available|
- WordPress Page builder plugins: a critical review
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ConclusionsI haven’t made any conclusions yet. I’m still considering my requirements… I’ve started drafting another post. I’ll finish with some questions for you to think about.
- What requirements do you have for a Page builder?
- Do you already have a site/theme built with a Page builder and you want to change to a different one?
- Is there a lot of content that’s dependent on the Page builder?
- How would you go about migrating?
- What will you do if your current Page builder stopped working?