Divi Builder vs WPBakery (Visual Composer) Page Builder
I have decided to compare the WPBakery Page Builder WordPress plugin (formerly known as Visual Composer) with the Divi Builder plugin released by Elegant Themes. If you don’t know it yet, ElegantThemes has released the Divi page builder as a separate plugin, so you can use it with any WordPress theme, not just with Divi. This is a great news and I will now try to make a brief comparison of these two most popular WordPress page builder plugins, WPBakery and Divi Builder.
Before we start, you might also like to check out my Divi Builder plugin review that should familiarize you with Divi.
So to start off my comparison, I can say that both of these plugins are drag and drop, so it is really easy to use them. You can easily create new columns, add sections and different modules. Divi Builder plugin comes with 46 content modules, while WPBakery has 50+ content elements. Both of them come with more than 100 built in layouts. However, personally I do not think this is an advantage or a disadvantage, as you can easily customize these built in layouts for your needs or just simply create your own from scratch. In my opinion the predefined layouts should be used just for inspiration or as a starting framework for your own layout.
Both Divi Builder and WPBakery Page Builder are responsive. And as for the process of adding new elements (columns and/or modules), this is similar with both of these plugins. You just need to click on a button. You also have an option to set custom margins and padding for modules.
Also, both of them have frontend (visual) builders, as well. So you can see visually what you are building. This is a really great feature that I use quite often.
I have also done a small test – I activated both plugins on one of my WordPress installations and both of them worked. So if you ever need to use both on one website, you can do so. However, of course, this will not work on one single page. But you can create one page with Divi and an other one with WPBakery.
Lastly, I’d like to mention that there are other page builder plugins as well. For example Themify Builder or MotoPress Content Editor, but to be honest, I’m not very familiar with these other ones and they are not that popular.
What about you? Which content builder plugin do you use? Feel free to let me know in the comments below.
PS: If you have not tried the Divi Builder plugin, you can get it here together in a package with other ElegantThemes’ great plugins like Monarch and Bloom. It’s definitely worth the price.
Also, you might like to read my other comparison of Divi with Elementor.
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Both page builders are virtually the same in likeness and ease of use. However if you are a Web Designer or Web Developer the soar thumb differences are 3 modules and licensing fees for multiple websites! Visual Composer requires you to pay $34.00 to be used on only 1 site where the client CANNOT be charged for the use. The extended license for Visual Composer is $170.00 which allows you to charge the client or end user for the use of the plugin. As mentioned above, Visual Composer is missing 3 modules; 1. a responsive slider, 2. a web form (must purchase an extra plugin for this feature), 3. and a portfolio / photo gallery with sortable tabs.
The Divi page builder on the other hand allows you to purchase for a 1 TIME FEE of $230.00. This includes a licence for unlimited websites, unlimited support and unlimited updates for all your web projects for life! For all web designers who hate coding and web developers worried about licensing and restrictions, this is a relief. Further, Divi’s built-in slider has a full width feature, web form module (which is basic but effective) and portfolio module with sortable tabs.
In my opinion these features are what helped in my decision.
Just thought I would share. :-)