Beaver Builder vs Divi

So, you are looking for a new WordPress page builder plugin, right? How do you choose between Beaver Builder vs Divi when these are the most popular products around?

You have done some preliminary research and have found out that these two are the most touted choices for building websites. You may also have some experience in using one of these pagebuilder plugins.

Now you want to find out which of these popular plugins is the best. And most of all, which is worth your money?

In that case, you have come to the right place. In today’s post on CollectiveRay, we are going to explore all the important features of these page builder plugins and compare them head-to-head to help you find the best one for you - and where you should spend your money.

Read on to find out which is the best page builder plugin for WordPress. If you're interested in WordPress plugins in general, you might want to check out our other reviews and roundups, featured on Collectiveray.

We have sites running with both of these products installed, so we've revisited this article in to update all relevant details as necessary.

Beaver Builder vs Divi

Beaver Builder is very easy to use but Divi has more customisation options. Both products give you access to professional looking layouts. Divi has 140+ layouts compared to Beaver Builder's 50 templates. Divi is slightly cheaper than Beaver Builder at $89 which includes all products from ElegantThemes.

Summary

  Divi Builer beaver builder logo
Price $89 (includes all ET plugins and WordPress themes) $99
Free Version No Yes
Real-time editor Yes Yes
Frontend / Backend Both Both
Target Audience Developer / Designer / User Web Developer / Designer
Elements supported 46  31 
Clean Code No Yes
Pre-made templates / layouts 140+ 50+
Cool Feature A/B Testing Beaver Themer
Performance
What we liked  A very powerful solution for creating any type of layout  Simple user interface
   Superior layout management options  Content remains intact even after deactivating the plugin
   Attractive pricing with access to lots of other WordPress themes and plugins  Unique editor mode for clients
     Allows you to use WordPress widgets in the layouts
What we didn't like  Takes some time to get used to  More expensive than the other page builders
   The frontend editor takes some time to load.  No undo, redo, or history option
Overall
Winner 🏆  
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Why use Beaver or Divi Builder?

BB LogoIf you're relatively new to the WordPress world, you might not know the full history of page builders and how they have come about.

Essentially, up to a few years ago, WP could create either pages or posts. Both of these content items are very similar.

They supported mostly texts and images and your run-of-the-mill website content such as video etc.

If you wanted anything fancier, you had to use plugins and/or shortcodes as necessary.

Now, shortcodes were great, because they allowed you to insert specific features and functions wherever you wanted to on a page.

But they still had their limitations - you still had to install a bunch of different plugins to be able to achieve and use multiple different elements on a page.

If you wanted sliders, Call-To-Action buttons, videos, image galleries, and other stuff, you had to keep adding more and more plugins.

This brought with it another problem - the more products you add to your installation, the heavier your website would get and the more it was prone to security vulnerabilities coming from the various items you had to install.

This was a problem.

There was another problem. You could not create a page or post visually. You had to design a page using shortcodes and after several iterations of changes, you would arrive at a result which was close to what you desired.

Eventually, developers and WP vendors started realizing that most people wanted the ability to design and define their own pages without constraints - not use templates, which made all websites look the same.

And thus, the concept of page builders came about.

This is essentially the core of such a feature - the ability to drag and drop different elements to design and define a page or post in a way that YOU want.

Divi builderWe're not too sure who came up with the first pagebuilder product, but definitely, ElegantThemes have been one of the vendors to make this concept very very successful.

As soon as people saw the potential, all of the major vendors started jumping on the bandwagon.

Today, most of the major vendors will bundle some sort of visual page builder into their themes - if they don't have one themselves, they will partner with somebody and embed/enable this feature in their theme.

So what about Divi and Beaver Builder?

ElegantThemes have been in this niche so long that they've really understood what people want and have given it to them - their product is one of the most popular around, with more than 400,000, 600,000 sales.

They are focused on those users who want to create a website but are not bothered with what's going on under the hood - they just want things to work and don't want to get technical about it or mess around with any code.

ElegantThemes Target Audience: 

People who want to get a website designed and up and running without involving a developer or knowing much about code.

Example users:

  1. Small business owners
  2. Bloggers
  3. SEOs
  4. Affiliate website owners
  5. Content writers who are doing websites
  6. Web designers
  7. Digital marketing agencies

If you had to take a look at the below image, Divi is targeted towards the designer.

Designer vs Developer

Beaver Builder has a different sort of user. While ElegantThemes targets those who are less "technical", BB goes after those users who are designers and developers at heart. Divi has some limitations which these developer types find frustrating, and BB identifies and fixes these issues nicely. 

This has allowed this product to take off nicely with those who identify more as developers.

If you're interested in how ET products compare to other popular options available out there, you might want to consider the following two articles we've also written:

https://www.collectiveray.com/wp/themes/divi-vs-genesis-website.html

and

https://www.collectiveray.com/wp/themes/divi-vs-avada

Continuing on the image above, BB would be more at home with the developer.

BeaverBulder Target Audience:

Web developers and designers who like to tinker around with the code, be in full control of what's going on what to be able to tweak things to make them work the way they want to, not the way the vendor designed it.

Example users:

  1. Web developers
  2. Web designers who want to tinker with code
  3. Digital agencies
  4. Freelancers

With that introduction out of the way, let's start digging into each product, so we can see the features, functions, PROS and CONS of using either of these two items.

Let's start by discussing the User Interface of both of these products.

The WordPress PageBuilder User Interface and User Experience

The Divi Builder Interface

ElegantThemes have been working on their product for quite several years at this point. With a strong community supporting them, giving them plenty of great feedback - these guys know how to stay on the pulse of their users.

They have built an interface that is entirely focused on a great User Experience.

They haven't build hoards of fans by accident. Their strict focus on the design and usability of their product has been one of the key aspects of making this builder so successful.

Have a look at this short intro video (2 minutes). This is from the very first version of Divi (2015), many things have changed since then, but it's great to get a quick summary of the possibilities.

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But let's take an actual look at the UI.

After installing Divi, you will be able to access the builder by creating a new post or page. The first thing you’re going to see is this:

divi interface

Clicking on the Use Divi Builder button will redirect you to the new visual editor, which was introduced in Divi 3.18.

This function is in response to WordPress 5.0 after the introduction of the new Gutenberg editor as you can see from the image above. The old Divi back-end editor is now not available for use with the new WordPress post editor.

That’s why Elegant Themes focused on improving their front-end visual editor and made it such that the back-end and front-end is now seamlessly integrated with one another.

However, you still have the option to revert not only to the classic Divi backend editor but also to the classic WordPress post editor. All you have to do is to go to Divi > Plugin Options > Advanced.

enable classic editor

Toggle the “Enable Classic Editor” to On to bring back the original WordPress post editor.

Enabling this option will also bring back full Divi’s full back-end editor. Then, toggling the “Enable the Latest Divi Builder Experience” to disabled will bring back the pre-Gutenberg Divi backend builder (however, keep in mind that you will lose some of the latest features and improvements of the modern builder).

The front-end real-time editor, now allows you to design and visualize the page you are working on on the fly.

This is frankly, a great feature because you don't have to "guess" or refresh the front end to see the result of the design you are working on.

You can see it as you design it.

This is what ElegantThemes are calling "A new visual experience".

User Interface

They have recently been working to creating a new version of the Builder (which was released as version 3.0). The crux of this version was that rather than having two separate "views" a backend view and a live view, the two will blend into the same thing. The back-end editor shows the live version as you are working.

The new Divi visual builder replaced the older back-end/front-end editors.

Below you can see what the new builder looks like. Notice how you can seamlessly switch between the backend (wireframe) view and front-end view with a single mouse-click.

wireframe view

This is a complete WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) experience. 

Have a look at the below image - see that design in the backend? This is exactly what it will look like when published.

To access the pagebuilder from the backend, go to Posts > Add New. On the resulting page, click the “Use The Divi Builder” button. This will open the interface, which looks like the following

 

Divi 3 Pagebuilder Frontend

 

Divi 3.1 (which we've already reviewed here) allows you to create separate sections for various parts of the page. It supports three types of sections – standard, full-width, and specialty.

For the standard and full-width sections, you can choose a column-based structure. There are lots of combinations including two, three, four-columns in different sizes. The specialty section features nine specially created column structures. You can add multiple rows inside a section to have multiple column structures.

Columns

Once you have chosen a layout, you can add modules to the individual columns. You will find separate options to provide the module content, configure the design options, and provide custom CSS.

You can reposition the modules, columns, rows, and sections by dragging and dropping these into their desired locations. There are dedicated buttons to delete, duplicate, and open the settings section for each of these items. It is also possible to undo, redo the last actions and revert to the previous actions by using the history feature.

To use the pagebuilder from the frontend, visit the page you want to edit and click the “Enable Visual Builder” button.

Depending on the page content, it may take a while to load the interface (bear with us, the front-end editor is quite heavy and needs time to download and render).

Divi frontend interface

Once the fronted pagebuilder loads, you can start customizing the page.

Like the backend interface, you can add a new section, choose the column structure, and enjoy complete access to all the module settings options.

Of course, a designer without drag and drop is dead in the water, but of course, this product handles D & D very nicely.

In fact, not only is it, drag and drop - but it also maintains responsiveness as you are designing.

Given that you'll be working on the actual live blocks of contents and elements, you'll be dragging the actual pieces of content.

And of course, everything is still fully responsive.

Have a look at the following short demo of live, responsive blocks.

 

 Responsive Editing

 

You can drag and drop the modules, rows, columns and also copy, paste, delete, or edit these according to your requirements. 

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So what about ElegantThemes competitor? Does it have the same flexibility? Does it work in real-time in the front-end?

Read the rest of this article to find out the answer to these questions. 

How to use Beaver Builder

Not wanting to be left behind the in the race to pagebuilder domination, BB has come out with all guns blazing.

Or teeth-gnashing, if we want to keep the Beaver analogy. 😀

BB offers both editing in the frontend and the backend, so it does not lag in that regard.

It can be used on pages, posts and most other WP custom types, as long as they have been enabled.

By clicking on the Admin tab for the relevant custom type you'll see the builder being loaded so you can use it to design your content.

Before we continue, you might want to view the following short video (2 minutes) about using BB.

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Essentially, in the backend method, after you log in to your dashboard first, go to Posts > Add New, and click on the “Page Builder” button. This will bring up the pagebuilder interface - something similar to the below.

BB PageBuilder UI

The first step is to choose a template for the page. You can choose any of the ready-made templates or get started with the blank one to create your own template. Once you have chosen the template, the next step is to choose the row layout.

You can choose the row layout from the left sidebar. Open the sidebar by clicking the “Add Content” button on the top-left menu of the page. The menu also offers a few other buttons to change the template, open the tools, section, publish the page, and a dedicated help button.

BeaverBuilder offers several column structures including one, two, three, four, five, or six columns, and rows with left, right, or both sidebars.

Just drag the row layout into your desired position on the page.

Beaver row structure

The next step is to add modules to the columns. You will find the modules in the left sidebar.

Choose the module you want to use and drag it to the desired column on the page. At this point, you will be provided with the module settings window. There are multiple sections to manage the content and style of the module.

You can drag and drop the rows and modules to change their positions. There are separate buttons to delete, duplicate, or open the settings for any row or module. It is also possible to change the column structure of a row.

To access the pagebuilder from the frontend, visit the page you want to edit and click the “Page Builder” button. This will open the same interface as creating the page from the backend.

BeaverBuilder frontend interface

You can work with the existing design or choose a new layout. All the other options like adding various rows, modules, widgets, and managing them are exactly the same as the backend.

Would you like to see a free live demo of BeaverBuilder now? Click the button below. (Opens in a new window)

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The Available Modules for Beaver Builder / Divi

Divi Builder

This plugin currently comes with 46 content modules, but given the scale of development and new version releases, you might probably see more as of when you are reading this article.

Among these, you will find the regular ones like:

  • text,
  • search,
  • accordion,
  • button,
  • CTA,
  • audio,
  • video,
  • custom code,
  • divider

Advanced choices of elements include:

  • counter,
  • optin,
  • portfolio,
  • login,
  • map,
  • person,
  • pricing table,
  • testimonial, and
  • video slider

Of course, these are not the only modules available, but if we kept listing them, given that there are more than 46 supported elements, we would be here forever.

Let's just say, you're most likely to find a module for any requirements you'll need.

If you don't find such a module built-in, you can opt for 3rd party elements developed specifically for particular requirements.

With version 3.1, an API has been developed and released, to you can expect custom elements and modules to start popping up all over the place.

Fun times ahead!

Let's see what fancy stuff other developers will come up with. Stay tuned.

But enough about that, let's have a look on how to use a module:

Divi builder modules

Click on your desired module to add it to the post. At this point, you have to configure the module settings. 

The pagebuilder provides you with three sections for this purpose:

  1. Content,
  2. Design, and
  3. Advanced.

The Content section includes all the options regarding the content of your chosen module.

Design allows you to choose the color, font, background style, border, margin, and padding for the module.

Lastly, Advanced includes dedicated fields for adding custom CSS ID, class, and for applying custom CSS before or after the module or to the main content.

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Beaver Builder

BB divides the modules into two categories –

  1. Basic Modules and
  2. Advanced Modules

The basic modules include:

  • text editor,
  • heading,
  • HTML,
  • button,
  • image,
  • video, and so on.

The other category contains more advanced modules:

  • CTA,
  • content slider,
  • countdown timer,
  • menu,
  • posts slider,
  • tabs,
  • etc.

BB modules

The plugin offers three sections to manage a module –

  1. General,
  2. Style, and
  3. Advanced.

Among these, the General section allows you to configure the settings related to the module type.

The Style section enables you to choose the color, alignment, font, and other styles for the desktop and mobile versions.

Advanced includes options to set up the visibility, animation along with dedicated fields for adding CSS class and ID.

You can see a more clear demo of the BeaverBuilder features below.

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The next part of our Beaver Builder vs Divi review will deal with the available page templates or pre-defined layouts. This is something that is bound to make your life simple and allow you to design brand new websites in a matter of hours, even minutes, instead of weeks.

See below what we mean!

Built-in Page Templates

Built-in page templates essentially are there to shorten your design/development time. By having these in place, you only have to tweak the content and the design slightly and you're good to go!

Divi Builder Page Templates (aka Layouts)

When version 3.0 was released, it came with several (more than 100) ready-made templates to help you get started as quickly as possible.

You can use a template by clicking the “Load From Library” button in the post editor. This will open a list of the available templates.

divi prebuilt layout

You will find professional layouts for the landing page, coming soon, about me, contact us, team, maintenance page along with several variations for the homepage, blog, shop, and portfolio pages.

It is possible to use these layouts as they are or customize these according to your requirements.

Of course, one may have quite a large number of templates (or as ET calls them) page layouts, but the real meat is whether or not they are actually any good and usable to create your own designs.

Essentially, the basic idea is this - you load a pre-defined layout, then you customize the text, imagery and other content to suit your business and - voila - you've got an amazing "designed" website without requiring any real design knowledge.

This is great power in the hands of those who want to get things up and running quickly but are not very comfortable with code or design per se.

Just an FYI - there are more than 250 layouts available at the time of writing this article.

Let's have a quick browse at what is available in terms of layouts.

Complete Website Packs

This right here is a killer-feature which we think is great for the target audience which this product is aimed for. Given that we mentioned the audience to be people who want to get something off the ground quickly, the availability of complete website packs is truly a blessing.

Essentially, these are a bundle of the essential 7 to 8 individually designed pages required for somebody to just launch a full site in a matter of minutes. 

Have a look at how Nick Roach from ET describes the value that the layouts bring to this product. (Yes, you'll notice that Nick's hair is longer, quite some time has passed between the two videos!).

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The pages are customized for the specific niche/industry, having the essential elements required for that specific kind of business.

All you would need to do as a user is import the design and change the content to suit your specific requirements.

Here are some of the niches which are available as website packs. As of now, there are 31 layout packs available with a total of 250 pages designed.

  • Restaurant Landing Page - this is a pack consisting of 8 pages to provide anything which a restaurant or food-based business to launch their online presence, including the hours of operation in the footer for easy access by customers.

 Restaurant landing page

  • Design Agency - the design agency pack is a 9-page bundle of creatively and professionally designed pages for a digital or design agency. Of course, prominence is given to work and style, showcasing the skills of the business in a way which converts
  • Fashion Landing Page - one industry which surely needs to look great online, is a fashion blog.  This layout pack of 8 pages focuses on allowing the blogger to brand their image as necessary. It's all great for use by photographers and other visual businesses.
  • Travel Agency - the design here has a strong focus on the user visiting the site taking action, pushing and urging the current viewer to call or book now with attractive Call To Action buttons.
  • Wedding Home Page - a perfect way to quickly launch a wedding showcase. It, of course, focuses very much on the aesthetics and many other custom features specific to weddings.
  • SaaS Company - another type of business, typically startups, which typically has little time to waste and needs to get up and running quickly. This layout pack gives them all they need to get up and running and get the necessary information out there.

Divi layouts

There are plenty of other layouts available including but not limited to:

  • Learning Management System
  • Coffee shop
  • Farmers Market
  • Yoga or Fitness Studio
  • Photo Marketplace
  • Copywriter
  • Florist
  • Web Agency
  • Interior Design Company
  • Digital Payments business
  • Pottery and craft studio
  • SEO Agency
  • Business consultancy
  • Design conference
  • Food recipies
  • Law Firm
  • Author
  • etc, etc.

As time goes by, ET keeps adding more and more layouts to their library to cater to specific niches. Even if your specific industry has not been catered for right now, you will definitely be able to customize one of the existing layouts and designed to suit your needs.

 

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Beaver Builder Page Templates

BB also comes with lots of professionally designed templates. You will be asked to choose a template when creating a new post. It is also possible to change the current template by clicking the “Templates” button.

BeaverBuilder templates

There are two types of layouts –

  • Landing Pages and
  • Content Pages.

Landing pages include templates for physical products, apps, professionals, restaurants, technology, fashion, photography, mobile, music, automotive, and so on.

Content Pages include templates for the necessary website pages like the about us, services, portfolio, team, contact, FAQ, blog, etc. Most of these templates are available in different styles. As the templates are provided with an image, you can easily choose the best one according to your requirements.

Let's have a bit of a deeper look at what's available for you as a customer of BB.

Landing Pages

BB has designed several landing page templates that are ready to use. Amongst these we can find:

  • Small business template - based on the Probiz template, this will help you create a presence for a small business quickly.
  • Fitness, Gym or Sporty template - fitness and sport is always a hot niche and The Body Factory template is designed specifically for clients in this industry. Yoga, Gym, or any physical fitness industry works well with this.
  • Magazine, Blogger, Fashion blogger template - Another ever smoking hot industry, the Fashion Freaks template is just right as a high-end designed look and feel screaming class, sophistication, and luxury.
  • Lawyer, Law Firm Template - another hot niche, lawyers and law firms are lucrative clients, who demand a presence which can convert high-paying clients. The professional web presence can be easily adapted to other practice-based industries.
    We'll only mention briefly the rest of the templates
    DJ Beaver template
  • Photography portfolio template
  • DJ / Musician / Band template
  • Restaurant / Cafe template
  • Full-screen layout template
  • Creative, web agency template
  • eBook template
  • Education or University template
  • Cars / Automotive template
  • Mobile App template
  • General business template
  • Construction template
  • Coming soon template

We highly recommend that you have a look at the demos available with each of these templates, to see how easy it is to get started with these templates.

Content Pages

While templates of full websites are fantastic, sometimes we still want to tweak or create specific pages. For this reason, BB also has many content pages that have been designed and ready-to-use.

Content pages

Here are some of the pages which are available for use:

  • About Us (several versions)
  • Our services 
  • Photo portfolio
  • Design portfolio
  • Our Team (several versions)
  • Contact (several versions)
  • Pricing (several versions)
  • Blog (several versions)

Of course, we only expect these to grow over time.

Click on the link below to go directly to the templates page. 

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PageBuilder Settings 

Divi Builder Settings

Setting up this plugin is very straightforward.

Once you install and activate the plugin, go to Plugin Options, and provide your username and API Key in the “Updates” section to receive automatic updates.

divi builder settings options

You can see additional settings here such as API settings, Post Type Integration and Advanced.

The API settings contain options for Google Fonts and Google Maps integration.

Under Post Type Integration you will be able to enable or disable Divi builder on certain post types.

Under the Advanced tab you can find options for minification, static CSS file generator, etc. and the options to enable the classic WordPress editor and classic Divi back-end builder.

The newest item here is the “Theme Builder” page.

Here, you can find the theme builder templates you’ve built or imported along with options to import and export them, view theme builder editing history and more. We’ll cover this new feature in more detail later in this article.

You will find a list of all custom layouts in the Divi Library page. There are separate buttons to manage the layout category and to import or export the layouts. Go to Divi Role Editor to define how much access different user roles will have.

Finally, in the Support Center, you can check your system server status, essentially, it displays some important information about your server.

If there are options that aren’t set to certain recommended values, Divi will notify you about them here so that you can fix them.

This is also where you can configure “remote access”, enabling Elegant Theme’s support team to directly access your admin dashboard to help you fix any errors you might have.

Other items include safe mode and logging.

Beaver Builder Settings

The settings options for BB are located in the Settings > Page Builder page. Provide your license key in the License section to enable automatic updates for the plugin.

In Modules, you can enable or disable the modules. Post Types allow you to define which post types can use BeaverBuilder. In Templates, you can decide which templates will be available in the pagebuilder interface.

beaver builder settings options

The Icons section enables you to decide which icons should be available in the interface.

The available options include

  • FontAwesome,
  • Foundation, and
  • Dashicons. 

This is an example of how BB allows you to customize and tinker with all of the options you need. If you're not happy using FontAwesome, choose something you like.

You will also find separate sections to clear the cache which will remove any dynamically generated CSS and Javascript.

Finally, you will find an option to uninstall Beaver Builder. These functions remove all BB related data from your WordPress database - so make backups before you use it and make sure you know what you are doing.

Recommended Reading: https://www.collectiveray.com/beaver-builder-vs-elementor

Additional Features

Divi Theme

The plugin from Elegant Themes comes with several other exciting features. For instance, the PageBuilder Library enables you to save customized modules and layouts so that you can use them again in the future. What’s more, it is also possible to import or export these items to and from other websites.

The superior layout spacing options also demand special mention. These options make it a lot easier to apply the exact spacing you want between the rows, elements, and sections. You will find dedicated options to define the margin, padding, vertical and horizontal spacing. It is also possible to set up the row and column widths.

Divi Spacing options

In some instances, you may have to use the same module in multiple places. You can easily copy and paste any module, row, or column to other posts or pages. What’s more, you can mark these as global items. This allows you to make the changes to a single global item, and the changes will automatically be applied to the other places too. 

Divi Theme Builder

One of the biggest updates Elegant Themes released for Divi in the last few years is the Theme Builder.

This new feature (as of October 2019) allows you to build, design and customize your entire website. It’s no longer just a page builder, it’s a complete theme builder.

You can create global custom headers and footers or define one for individual areas of your site.

You can also define custom body templates that allow you to build custom product templates, blog post templates, 404 pages, search results pages as well as custom archive pages such as custom category pages, custom author pages and more.

divi theme builder

The theme builder extends the power of the page builder to your entire website.

When creating a new template, you have access to all the tools and features of the page builder, allowing you to build and design it any way you want.

This means you can create custom designs for headers and footers if you want. To complement this, the menu module comes with improvements such as additional layout options and total design control to help you build beautiful headers and footers with a custom menu.

The new custom body templates allows you to change all your posts, products or page’s design and structure at once.

Before this, you’d have to go to every post, product or page and edit them using the page builder to make changes. Now, all you have to do is to define a template, apply it to appropriate areas of your site and you’re done.

You can even use WooCommerce modules to create custom product templates for your online shop. There are also dynamic content modules equipped with an updated post loop and filtering options that you can use to create custom archive pages.

Of course, you also have the full means of controlling where and how your template will be applied. You can easily include or exclude certain items from a template via checkboxes, as can be seen below:

conditional logic

As of version 4.0, Divi is no longer a page builder, it’s a theme builder.

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Beaver Builder

On the other hand, BB also has some tricks up in its sleeves.

First of all, live frontend editing is impressive. It offers an intuitive experience where you can edit the page and get the exact output without any guesswork. It also allows you to use the default WordPress widgets and custom widgets in your layouts.

Beaver Builder WordPress widgets

The editor mode will be handy when delivering a project to the client. This mode allows you to limit the abilities of the client to make sure that she is not making any unwanted changes in the core layout.

Another significant feature of BB is that the page content remains intact even after you deactivate the plugin.

You will lose the styles, but the page will still display the content. In contrast, most other page builders will leave you with a mess of shortcodes when you deactivate that plugin.

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Pros and Cons

Divi Theme

Pros

  1. A very powerful solution for creating any type of layout,
  2. Superior layout management options,
  3. Attractive pricing with access to lots of other WordPress themes and plugins - buying it is a no-brainer, excellent value
  4. Many great designs, with plenty of customisation options,
  5. Powerful theme builder,
  6. Extensive documentation and great, responsive support

Cons

  1. Take some time to get used to,
  2. Frontend editor takes some time to load and adding modules to pages is much slower than BB
  3. You are limited to the modules available and developed by ET (although version 3.1 now supports a developer API, which means developers will start to integrate their plugins with it)
  4. Cannot remove the data it adds to the database, making moving away from Divi theme a pain

Beaver Builder

Pros

  1. A simple user interface,
  2. Content remains intact even after deactivating the plugin,
  3. Unique editor mode for clients,
  4. It allows you to use WordPress widgets in the layouts.
  5. Fast, snappy, responsive UI which is easy to understand interface
  6. Large selection of professional templates to help you get started with your design
  7. Supports WP native widgets so you can use anything plugins available for WP in BB

Cons

  1. More expensive than the other WordPress page builders
  2. No undo, redo, or history option which makes it a hassle if you make a mistake

Pricing of Divi vs Beaver Builder

 

Both Beaver Builder and Divi are GPL-friendly, meaning you can use them on as many sites as you need. products so you can use them on as many websites as you wish.

There are three different plans which you can opt for with Beaver Builder from $99 topping out at $399. Each plan or license gives you full access to the Beaver Builder plugin and all modules and templates, with the higher tiers giving you some more advanced features such as Multisite, White labeling and Themer.

With Divi, you have just two options, yearly, at a standard price of $89 which requires a yearly purchase, or the lifetime option at $249. Both have the exact same access, but of course, you lose access to support and upgrades once the year passes.

Let's have a more detailed look. 

Divi Builder

You have to be an Elegant Themes member to use their plugins - and access comes at the below rates. 

There are two plans available for you – Yearly Access and Lifetime Access.

The yearly access plan is priced at $89 per year. On the other hand, lifetime access allows you to enjoy all these benefits for a one-time payment of $249.

Fortunately, there is an EXCLUSIVE to CollectiveRay 10% OFF offer going on right now so get yourself a bargain today. While you're at it, might as well get the Lifetime Access given this limited time discount!

Both plans offer unlimited access to all the themes and plugins developed by ElegantThemes.

You will get timely updates, premium support, and a 30-day money-back guarantee as well.

 

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Beaver Builder

Beaver Builder pricing

Beaver Builder offers three pricing plans. The Standard plan is priced at $99, which allows you to use the plugin on one website, gets you one year of support, and access to premium modules and templates.

Pro is priced at $199, which includes all the benefits of the standard plan, plus the BB theme and multisite-compatibility.

Lastly, Agency is priced at $399 and enjoys all the features of Pro along with complete white labeling permission.

 

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Which Pagebuilder Should You Choose?

Now we come to the (difficult) part where we need to choose between these pagebuilders.

As you have noticed, both plugins offer tremendous value for the money. They deliver an excellent user interface and makes it a lot easier for you to create custom layouts.

As both plugins have their use cases, you need to find out which one meets your requirements the most. Let me help you with that –

  • Choose Divi if you want complete control over the layout. Once you get used to the available options, it is a very powerful tool allowing you to create any type of layout you want.
    Final result: 5 out 5.
  • Go with Beaver Builder if you want to get started quickly. As this pagebuilder doesn’t use any shortcodes, you can easily scrap the current design and try a new one with a few mouse clicks.
     Final result: 4.5 out 5

 

If you're looking at other options you might also want to check out Visual Composer or Elementor Pro, both of which we've covered separately on this site. Both Elementor and Visual Composer are major players in the page builder niche.

Final Words: Beaver Builder vs Divi

Divi and Beaver Builder are two of the most popular pagebuilder plugins right now. Unless you have used both plugins extensively, it is really challenging to choose one over the other. This comparison post should help you make that decision.

We believe that Elegant Themes gives you more value overall, given that you are getting access to a ton of WordPress themes and plugins, but BB is also a great choice.

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So, which one have you chosen? Let us know in the comments below. 

About the Author
David Attard
Author: David AttardWebsite: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dattard/
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