Elementor vs Divi Builder: A Hands-on Page Builder Comparison

Looking for some help deciding between Elementor vs Divi Builder as your go-to page builder?

Both are massively popular WordPress page builders. And each has a similarly massive community of designers and enthusiasts.

So how can you pick between the two?

That’s where we’re here to help!

We’ve written a detailed, objective comparison of these two page builders.

We’re not looking to pick sides, so don’t expect a single recommendation at the end of this. But we are looking to dig in and provide a much deeper comparison than you’d get from looking at each page builder’s feature list.

By the end, you should have all the information you need to make your own informed decision.

Let’s jump in!

Elementor vs Divi Builder: Comparing The Interfaces


While both Elementor and Divi Builder offer front-end drag-and-drop editing, each plugin’s interface uses a different approach.

With Elementor, you’ll do most of your work from a fixed sidebar, while Divi Builder utilizes more floating buttons.

Elementor

Elementor divides its interface into two core sections:

  • 1 – a live preview of your design that you can edit with drag and drop.
  • 2 – a sidebar where you can add new elements, apply styling, and access other functionality. You can hide this sidebar if you ever want a quick fullscreen preview.

Elementor vs Divi Builder interface

To add a new design element to your page, you just drag it over from the list in your sidebar:

elementor add element

And Elementor supports inline editing for elements with text. That means to edit any of the text on your page, you just need to click and type (like you would in a Word document). You can also use the text editor in the sidebar, if desired. The two automatically sync*:

elementor inline editing

*You can see that as we type directly on the page, the text in the sidebar editor automatically updates as well.

Divi Builder

Unlike Elementor, Divi Builder gives you access to both front-end visual editing and back-end editing. Realistically, most people will probably just stick to the visual editor, so that’s what we’ll focus on. But if you are the type of person who likes back-end editing, you do have that option with Divi Builder.

The visual editor interface is quite a bit different than Elementor. The first thing that you’ll probably notice is that there’s no fixed sidebar like with Elementor. Instead, you access everything with floating buttons that open various popups:

divi interface

For example, if you want to insert a new module, you’ll use a floating popup:

divi builder add module

Once you get some modules on the page, you can use inline editing to directly edit text on the page just like with Elementor:

divi builder rearrange

And you can use drag and drop to reposition elements on the page:

divi inline editing

Though it’s mostly personal preference, you should consider whether you prefer Elementor’s more static approach to its interface versus Divi Builder’s approach where you’re clicking floating buttons (that can change positions depending on your design setup).

Elementor vs Divi Builder: Modules And Sections


To actually build your designs, you’re going to rely on your chosen page builder’s library of modules and elements. In this section, we’ll compare the building blocks that both Elementor and Divi Builder offer.

Elementor

To build your designs, Elementor gives you three types of elements:

  • Sections – these are the largest group. You can include columns and widgets inside a section.
  • Columns – these help you divide your page vertically. You can resize columns using drag and drop.
  • Widgets – these are the actual design elements you’ll use, like text, a button, etc.

In its free version, Elementor gives you 28 widgets to build your designs. With Elementor Pro, you get access to 30 new widgets for a total of ~58 widgets.

You can view the full list below:

elementor widgets list

You can also add additional widgets to Elementor using third-party add-ons like Ultimate Addons for Elementor.

Divi Builder

Divi Builder similarly gives you three different building blocks, though with some different names:

  • Section – the largest container.
  • Row – rows fit inside sections and let you use different column layouts to divide your page vertically. You cannot resize these columns with drag and drop, but you can assign custom widths using CSS or choose from Divi Builder’s pre-built column layouts.
  • Modules – these are the actual design elements that you’ll use.

There’s no free version of Divi Builder, so there’s only one set of 36 modules.

You can view the full list below:

divi builder module list

Like Elementor, you can also find third-party plugins that add additional modules to Divi Builder.

Elementor vs Divi Builder: Styling Options


Both Elementor and Divi Builder are highly praised for their styling options. So if you’re a designer, you’ll love all the settings you get to control how your design looks and you can be confident that these two page builders are both pushing the envelope with their styling options.

Elementor

When you first install Elementor, it will automatically apply its own styles to the content that you create. But by accessing the plugin’s settings, you can turn this functionality off and use your theme’s global styles instead:

theme styles

If you’re using the Astra theme, this setting is helpful because it lets you use Astra’s Customizer controls to set up your global styles, which will save you a lot of time in comparison to having to manually edit each individual element.

Once you dig into the actual Elementor interface, Elementor gives you three different tabs to control how every section, column, and widget looks and functions:

elementor styling options

In the Content and Style tabs, you can set up basic controls like alignment, colors, and typography. These controls vary depending on the type of element that you’re working with.

And in the Advanced tab, you can control settings like custom margins/padding, whether or not to hide a specific element on certain devices, and a lot more.

For many design settings, you can also set up separate styling settings depending on a user’s device, which helps you create more customized responsive designs:

responsive controls

And if you have Elementor Pro, you can directly add custom CSS to individual elements for even more control:

elementor custom css

You’ll see your custom CSS applied right away on the live preview.

Divi Builder

Like Elementor, Divi Builder similarly gives you three different tabs to control your various elements:

  • Content – basic settings like text.
  • Design – covers everything from alignment to colors, shadows, animation, and more.
  • Advanced – lets you add custom CSS and control responsive visibility.

divi builder styling options

Like Elementor, you can apply many of the design settings differently depending on a user’s device:

divi builder responsive controls

And if you like working with custom CSS, you have plenty of flexibility because Divi Builder makes it easy to add CSS both to the main element, as well as before/after the main element:

divi custom css

Elementor vs Divi Builder: Template Libraries


Both Elementor and Divi Builder give you large pre-made template libraries to help you quickly build out sites. In this section, we’ll compare how each builder’s library works and what you get.

Elementor

Since the release of Elementor 2.0, Elementor now offers two different types of templates:

  • Pages – these are full-page designs.
  • Blocks – these are designs for individual sections of a page. For example, you can find blocks for a “Contact” section.

If you’re using the free version of Elementor, you get access to ~40 page templates and a larger number of block templates. You can also save any of your own designs as templates to reuse them later.

And if you want access to more templates, Elementor Pro unlocks the full template library, which gives you access to hundreds of page and block templates:

elementor templates

If you’re using Astra, you can also get access to a variety of pre-made websites based on Elementor and Astra via Astra Starter Sites.

Divi Builder

Elegant Themes recently redid the entire Divi Builder template library. The new system is a major upgrade, both in terms of the number of templates available and how you work with them.

You now get access to 350+ templates spread across 45+ layout packs:

divi builder templates

A “layout pack” is essentially a set of themed templates. For example, you might have 8 different templates that, combined, help you build an entire restaurant website.

Like Elementor, you can also save your own designs as templates to reuse them later.

Elementor vs Divi Builder: Theme Building


This section isn’t really a comparison because, for now, Elementor is the only one that offers full theme building via Elementor Pro.

By “full theme building”, we mean that you can actually use the same Elementor interface to build every single part of your theme – including your header, footer, and template parts.

When you utilize Elementor’s theme building functionality, you first choose where you want to apply your template:

elementor theme building

Then, you can build your template using the Elementor interface and a special set of Theme Elements. These theme elements let you bring in dynamic information from your site. For example, you can find elements for Post Title, Author Box, etc.

elementor theme widgets

And when you publish your template, you can control exactly which content to use the template for:

elementor theme templates

Divi Builder doesn’t offer anything similar right now. But if you’re using Divi Builder with the Astra theme, you can still build custom headers or footers with Divi Builder (or Elementor) using Astra Pro’s Custom Layout module functionality.

Elementor vs Divi Builder: Other Smaller Considerations


Beyond the one-to-one comparisons above, each page builder offers some unique features that can’t be directly compared. That’s what this section is for…

Elementor

  • Global widgets – with global widgets, you can reuse the same widget in multiple spots on your site and then update every instance of that widget just by editing the global widget once.
  • Embed anywhere – using shortcodes or sidebar widgets, you can embed your saved Elementor templates anywhere on your site, including your sidebar and footer.

elementor embed anywhere

Divi Builder

  • A/B Testing – Divi Builder lets you run A/B tests for different modules to see which performs better for a specific goal. This can help you optimize the content that you build with Divi Builder.
  • User Role Editor – Divi Builder includes a detailed Role Editor interface that lets you control exactly which actions different users can take. You can even disable individual modules for specific user roles.
  • Global modules – like Elementor’s global widgets, these let you add a single module to multiple pages and then update all of them at once.

divi builder role editor

Elementor vs Divi Builder: Pricing


Of these two page builders, Elementor is the only one that offers a free version at WordPress.org. Divi Builder is exclusively premium.

If you’re happy to pay, here’s how pricing stacks up for Elementor Pro vs Divi Builder:

There are three Elementor Pro plans:

  • 1 site – $49
  • 3 sites – $99
  • Unlimited sites – $199

There is no lifetime option. Each plan includes one year of support and updates. After that first year, you’ll need to renew if you want to continue receiving support and updates. Active customers get a 25% renewal discount to continue support/updates.

Even if you don’t renew, Elementor Pro will continue to function, though.

Divi Builder is available as part of the Elegant Themes membership package. There are two different prices for this package:

  • $89 – use on unlimited websites with one year of support and updates.
  • $249 – use on unlimited websites with lifetime support and updates.

Final Thoughts On Elementor vs Divi Builder


You’ll find thousands of happy users on each side of the aisle, so there’s no clear winner here. To help you make your decision, though, here are some of the most key differences between Elementor vs Divi Builder.

Elementor has…

  • A generous free version at WordPress.org
  • More widgets to build your designs (if you have Elementor Pro)
  • Full theme building functionality (with Elementor Pro)
  • A static interface with a set sidebar

Get Elementor

Divi Builder has…

  • Maybe a little bit deeper styling options, though it’s pretty close
  • More templates with the new Template Library
  • A dynamic interface with lots of floating buttons
  • Back-end editing

Get Divi Builder

Additionally, the teams behind both Elementor and Divi Builder do a great job of regularly pushing out quality new features, so you’ll have a great development team backing you no matter which page builder you choose.

And both Elementor and Divi Builder also integrate well with the Astra theme, so you can take advantage of Astra’s helpful functionality with either page builder (learn more about why Astra is the perfect theme for page builders).

Now it’s your turn – which of these two page builders do you prefer and why?

1 thought on “Elementor vs Divi Builder: A Hands-on Page Builder Comparison”

  1. Awesome articles, this one is super helpful for us. Nice overview of many important features of both platforms. Especially nice is the clear instruction on how the builders interact with Astra Pro and reminds us how perfect Astra is for working with Divi. It also prompted my wife to take another look at Elementor.

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