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Building a website on WordPress can be a very tough feat without the right builder.
That’s because a good page builder will help you:
And a lot more.
So today, we’re taking a look at one of the most popular page builders of WordPress: Beaver Builder vs Divi.
The differences between the Divi builder and the Beaver builder are not noticeable from the get go, but if you look into it you’ll notice slight variables that make either page builder a better option for specific people.
Beaver builder is better to get started easily, but Divi also has some easy to navigate options, and it’s better for deep customization.
Read our Divi Builder vs Beaver Builder comparison to find out more.
If you want an easy to use tool to build a beautiful WordPress page, drag-and-drop builders can save your life.
Most of them work with a visual editor.
While most visual builders work with pre-made templates that you can modify with widget blocks, the few differences in how:
Make one builder better for your site.
So let’s analyze each difference in particular.
Beaver Builder is much easier to get started with, both installation and navigation wise.
The Beaver builder is a freemium plugin, so you can download it from the WordPress plugin page:
Activate it on your WordPress website in an instant:
And start editing. If you want any premium features like more pre-made widgets, you’ll just upgrade to the paid version:
Once installed, you can either edit pages in their frontend WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor:
Or use a few backend editing tabs, which add new ways to edit your classic WordPress pages.
For the frontend editor, which you’ll be using to add content modules on your website pages, all of your options are available on the right-hand screen:
And it’s easy to get started.
One other option is editing the blocks you add directly:
So the workflow is pretty streamlined. If you have any experience with theme editing or other page builders like Elementor, the Beaver Builder is a breeze to get started with.
On the other hand, Divi is a bit more complicated to use.
First, you can’t download it from the WordPress plugin market.
You’ll need to go on the Elegant Themes website, pay for a Divi plan, and download a zip file containing the builder after purchase:
After that, you’ll need to upload it to WordPress on your own:
It’s not an extremely complicated process, but it’s still harder than starting with the Beaver Builder.
Now for the user interface, starting with the good stuff.
First, it’s easier to rearrange things on a page: Divi moves faster when editing premade widgets.
Second, you can adjust the widget margin and padding with a click:
While in Beaver builder or other similar tools, you’ll need to edit this via text:
And it’s going to take a while to get used to it.
On top, the Divi builder has better design at times.
But that’s about it when it comes to advantages.
Overall, the Divi interface is harder to use than that of Beaver Builder.
In fact, that’s more or less the only big drawback of Divi in our opinion.
Options for editing are spread around the screen:
And menus or buttons aren’t always intuitive enough to help you hit the ground running with the tool. Divi has a steeper learning curve than Beaver Builder.
So in turn, Beaver Builder easily wins this round.
Structuring your WordPress page is an important part when starting to build it.
And most page builders manage it pretty badly.
For example, in Elementor you’ll just add widgets in a predefined space and it will automatically treat it as if it was a one column, one row element.
You need to take some extra steps to change the structure of the element, and if you didn’t do it from the beginning, you’re stuck with your current structure.
By comparison, both the Divi builder and Beaver builder do a much better job. Whenever you add a new element, you choose the structure of that predefined space:
And so it’s much easier to lay the foundation of your page.
Both Beaver builder and the Divi builder get an extra point here, but we have to admit that Divi does a marginally better job here visually – these options just look better in Divi, even if the pages you create aren’t that different.
Widgets are the bread and butter of drag and drop builders.
Most builders will include the following:
And a lot of other specific items you can use to build your site.
For example, Thrive Architect is a page builder made for marketers, with a ton of conversion rate widgets like countdown timers and offer tables.
True to its cumbersome interface, the Divi builder is harder to use when adding widgets. It has two specific tabs that you can use to drag widgets from, and they’re not always easy to find.
On top, Divi has no support for WordPress elements, while the Beaver Builder has a ton of elements to choose from in that category.
Take a look at their variety:
But there are disadvantages to the Beaver builder as well.
While its widgets are more modern looking and seamless, it lacks in variety. The paid version has a bit over 30 pre made content blocks, while the Divi builder comes with a dozen more.
And for the free version, the variety is laughable:
But it’s not like Divi has an impressive variety either, so widgets are not the most important criteria for this roundup
But that’s not the case when it comes to templates.
Divi is the king of templates, and it definitely surpasses Beaver Builder and all other page builders. Even just the Divi theme is adaptable and easy to use enough to offer a lot of creative freedom.
Qualitatively both the Beaver builder and the Divi builder have beautiful templates.
Here’s the library of Beaver Builder:
And here’s the library of the Divi builder:
If either page builder has a template you like, you’ll get a beautiful site either way.
But Divi blows all competition out of the park – including the Beaver Builder – in quantity.
So let’s talk about layout packs, because that’s how this builder offers templates. They’re all separated into individual packs depending on your website.
Here are some examples of what you get:
And about 170 other layout packs, bringing the total of individual page templates to…
That’s a lot of templates.
As we mentioned in our Elementor vs Divi review, there’s no template competition for page builders. The Divi Builder easily takes the cake.
Styling options are pretty similar with both tools. You can change fonts, colors, add hovers and rearrange elements pretty much the same in either Divi or Beaver Builder.
And that’s even if you just edit the Divi theme, or the Beaver Builder theme.
So when it comes to your creative freedom, you’re only limited by what you can draw up, so it may be hard to compare one builder vs the other.
However, there is a slight difference we appreciated.
While you can achieve the same results with both the Divi builder and Beaver, Divi’s interface is better designed at times.
For example, when choosing between background colors, you can actually preview a few color options:
Which you couldn’t do in Beaver Builder.
It won’t make much of a difference in your actual workflow since you’ll probably paste the hex code of color whenever you build a page, but it’s still an extra point in terms of interface.
People use mobile devices more and more to browse websites.
So while you’ll build your site from a computer, it’s very important that your pages look good on mobile too. Responsiveness editing in a page builder ensures a higher conversion rate, and it’s better for SEO.
In the Divi builder, you can preview and edit a page as it would look on mobile by clicking a single button:
And that’s also possible with the Beaver Builder:
So both tools do a great job of helping you optimize your site for mobile visitors.
Both Beaver and the Divi builder have a backend editor, which you can use to enhance your blog posts page.
But Beaver Builder gets ahead with the WordPress elements you can add on any page.
So if we left it at that, Beaver would win.
But the Divi builder also has some special options for blogging:
And on top, it has a lot of support for loading time optimization.
So it’s more or less of a tie in this category, especially since most of your blogging needs can be taken care of by WordPress, and for SEO you should definitely use a specialized plugin like RankMath, not just a page builder.
Right off the bat, Beaver Builder falls behind because you can’t add custom CSS with it.
This might not mean much for you if you’re not a developer, but think about it: even if you don’t know your way around CSS, you might still need it if an expert works on your site. Custom CSS is important for fine retouches, so Beaver lacks a bit behind the Divi builder.
Moreover, Beaver has fewer advanced customization options when compared to the Divi builder.
But other than that, you’ll find support online for a lot of integrations, both for the Divi builder and for Beaver. You can add:
And a lot of other third party APIs that can help you take your website to the next level with your page builder.
Besides what we mentioned so far, both tools have a few other quirks you should know about.
Let’s start with Beaver.
They do have their own customizable theme for higher pricing tiers, so you can change your website from the ground up, making Beaver a very good choice for developers that want to get their hands dirty.
But other than that, Beaver Builder lags behind.
They count a lot on their page builder and templates (which are great, don’t get me wrong) and don’t add a lot of value anyway else.
On the other hand, the Divi has a lot of extra features besides their vanilla page builder.
First, you can do A/B testing on your pages with the Divi builder, which is great for conversion rate optimization.
Second, you get the famous Divi theme in the pack.
But they don’t stop here.
Whatever pricing plan you choose, you’ll also get a few other tools.
First, there’s Extra, which is Divi’s Magazine WordPress Site Builder:
So if you run a news website or an online magazine, Divi is the better choice, especially since you’ll most likely count a lot on social traffic. Divi has a solution for that as well.
Monarch is Divi’s social media sharing plugin:
Making it easy to integrate with your social platforms and incentivize the social sharing of your content.
Lastly, Divi also comes packaged with Bloom, an email address optin and lead generation tool, great for increasing your conversion rate.
It’s not quite as good as a specialized tool like OptinMonster, but you do get it regardless when you buy a Divi subscription.
So the Divi builder already got ahead marginally with its vanilla features.
But add the extra features at your disposal from Elegant Themes, and it seems like a pretty irresistible offer.
Especially when compared to what the Beaver Builder offers.
But should you pay for it?
The first thing you probably figured out is that Beaver has a free option, while the Divi builder doesn’t. That’s important, so if you want to try either tool before you commit to one of them, Beaver gets ahead.
However, that doesn’t mean the Beaver Builder comes with a better price, so let’s analyze each offer.
If you want to buy Divi, this is what you’ll pay to Elegant Themes:
It’s a simple two tiered scheme, and it’s not that expensive.
For a yearly access to Divi and its updates, support and extra features you’ll only pay $89. It is a bit more expensive than Elementor’s cheapest plan for example, but notice that you get unlimited websites for it, so it’s a pretty good choice.
If you really like Divi and you plan on using it long term, you can pay $249 and get unlimited lifetime access to all of their tools.
That’s a very good offer.
Especially if you’re an agency and need a reliable page builder to use on a variety of sites.
On the other hand, this is what you’ll pay for the Beaver builder:
Right off the bat, you’ll notice a few things:
One, There’s no lifetime access option, which makes Beaver a much more expensive choice in the long run.
Even if there was a lifetime option, the prices are pretty steep.
The standard tier will cost you $99 a year, but it doesn’t come with anything extra – it’s just the builder, the modules and templates, and support for a year.
If you also want WordPress Multisite capabilities, you’ll need to pay $199 each year. No, that doesn’t mean being able to install it on more websites.
Any Beaver plan lets you install the plugin on as many sites as you want.
Rather, it just comes with extra support for WordPress Multisite, which is one of WordPress’ beloved features that lets you manage multiple sites from the same dashboard.
It does sound like a bit too much: an extra $100 just for multisite support?
But it’s definitely appreciated by people managing a bunch of trafficked sites, so it’s hard to make an objective price statement about this builder vs the other.
Lastly, the agency version comes with White Labelling support, which is definitely something important for agencies (and even successful freelancers) that build a lot of websites for their clients and want to personalize the experience in accordance with their branding.
But it will cost you $399 a year, which is the most expensive yearly plan we’ve seen on any page builder so far.
However, one more mention.
Besides the free version for WordPress, Beaver also has a hosted demo where you can play with all of their functionalities.
So Beaver does have better options for big agencies that want to customize their experience, but other than that, Divi definitely has a better pricing scheme.
Both Divi and Beaver have an exhaustive knowledge base, and some support when getting started.
When it comes to personalized help, Elegant Themes and Beaver builder have a seemingly live chat support on their website.
But it’s not a well oiled machine.
With Elementor, you’ll get a response in a matter of minutes.
While Divi and Beaver take a longer time to respond, and you might only get a solution sent to your email address after a while.
With Divi, it can be up to a day:
But we did have experiences when they also got back in under 30 minutes.
With Beaver, you can get a response in a matter of hours:
So while you won’t get extra fast support, you do have an easy way to contact the developers, and that’s what matters.
When you draw the line, Divi is the definite winner between the two.
Everything you get:
However, that doesn’t mean the Beaver builder is a bad choice.
It does have a better user experience.
On top, the white labelling and multisite functionalities can go a long way for agencies that build a myriad of sites for their clients.
So which should you buy?
If you want the all around better choice, go for Divi.
If you want better widgets and templates, choose Divi.
On the other hand, if you rely on WordPress widgets to build your pages, choose the Beaver Builder.
If you want the best price, choose Divi.
However, if you want a better user experience and a flattened learning curve, Beaver might be the better choice for you.
And again, if you work for an agency, the white labelling and multisite features could weigh enough in the favour of Beaver for you to buy it.
However, these aren’t the only two options you get.
So what other page builders are out there?
If you want our all around top pick for a page builder, choose Elementor. It’s got beautiful templates, brilliant support, seamless navigation and a decent pricing scheme (including a free version that actually lets you build a website, not like Beaver Builder’s free plugin).
On the other hand, if you want a page builder made to fit online marketing and sales needs, Thrive Architect might be best for you. It’s not a brilliant builder, but it has a lot of templates that help you increase your conversion rate.
For more information, read our Divi vs Elementor showdown, as well as our Thrive Architect vs Elementor piece.
The Beaver builder is one of the best page builders you can use.
But Elegant Themes comes in strong with their Divi builder, taking the cake in our Beaver Builder vs Divi showdown.
When you lay it all down, it’s just the more sensible choice for most people.
But that’s our take on it, and we want to know what you think.
What would you use between Divi vs Beaver?
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