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Elementor vs. Divi – Which one to go for in 2021?

Elementor vs Divi

Elementor and Divi are both excellent page builders, so which one to choose? I’m sure many of you have faced this dilemma. It’s not an easy decision. Elementor and Divi are the most popular page builders on the market for WordPress.

Introduction

WordPress comes with the Gutenberg editor. The Gutenberg editor is used to add content to your pages or posts. It has blocks for header, paragraph, layout, and design. The design capability offers only essential elements. Other plugins are available with more sophisticated blocks, which may have the potential to replace page builders. Kadence Blocks is one such plugin. 

Both Elementor and Divi have a separate editor integrated into WordPress. Essentially, they are drag-and-drop, what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) builders. The best part is, both builders allow you to build your pages without ever needing to code anything. Add to this, both have a wealth of content elements and styling options built-in, making it a snap to construct professional-looking pages. What more could you ask for?

All you need to know is the concept behind how Elementor and Divi work. Adam Preiser describes it as the 3C concept (Container, Column, and Content). A container in Elementor and Divi is a section, a column is a row with one or more columns, and content is a module in Divi or a widget in Elementor. Content could be text, button, video, audio, and so on.

Let’s now get into an actual comparison of Elementor vs. Divi. 

Pricing and plans

Elementor introduced new pricing plans valid from March 9, 2021.

PlanWebsitesCost per yearSupport
Essential1$49Premium support, one day response time
Advance3$99Premium support one day response time
Expert25$99Premium support one day response time
Studio100$499VIP support - live chat
Agency1000$999VIP support - live chat

Divi comes with two plans: yearly access costing $89 or lifetime access with unlimited websites costing $249.

Divi prices are very competitive when compared to Elementor. One drawback is that Divi doesn’t offer a free version, so you will need to buy it to test it. They do, however, offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. And here’s the best part: I can offer you a 20% discount for both Divi plans.

Theme builder

Theme builders for both Elementor and Divi have almost the same functionality. Make a header or footer for the global website or make an individual header for some webpages only. For example, you could make a different header only for your blog posts. The theme builder has almost no limitations. It’s handy for woocommerce shops too. Example: different colors in the header for men’s or women’s jeans. The product category would control this.

However, I think the theme builder in Divi is visually more appealing and easier to understand. In Elementor, you need to first create a page and then use a condition to apply it.

Elementor
Elementor and Divi

About Elementor

Elementor is a page builder only. You can choose any WordPress theme in theory. I say in theory because not all themes might be compatible with Elementor, though most are. Elementor has its own theme called “Hello.” This theme is an empty framework. It is excellent if you want to build the website from scratch, especially the header and footer.

I haven’t used Elementor with “Hello” yet. Generally, I use the theme Astra 3.0, OceanWP, or Kadence. All those themes have lots of customization and work great with Elementor. 

Also, Elementor offers template libraries accessible from the editor. The library contains ready-made full websites, pages, or blocks. It’s a great starting point with lots of design ideas. It’s even possible to import a template and delete the section(s) which are not useful for your needs.

Add-ons for Elementor

There are also third-party add-ons for Elementor. The add-ons enrich Elementor with even more features and widgets. For example, HappyAddon (paid) adds more cool widgets and features such as cross-domain copy/paste and live copy. You can copy/paste an Elementor element from one website to another, something not available in Elementor. The live copy function is elegant too. You can browse the HappyAddon library for useful elements and copy them into your website. 

HappyAddons

About Divi 

Divi as a page builder differs from Elementor. Earlier there was no choice but to use their theme, whereas Elementor was compatible with almost any WordPress theme. But clearly, Divi has woken up, and in its most recent release, one has the option to use other themes. However, I recommend using the Divi page builder with the Divi theme. Otherwise, many useful features will not be available, like the powerful theme builder or the Divi library.

With Divi’s page builder, you get a lot of bang for your buck, such as the all-in-one Divi theme, layout libraries, additional plugins called Extra, Bloom, and Monarch. If you opt for Divi, you’re opting to be part of their ecosystem. There are lots of widgets available too. Divi offers everything necessary for a good-looking website. The layout library is already vast and still growing. Divi continues to develop layout packs for special occasions, which are part of the access plan.

Performance Update

In August 2021, Divi released a massive performance update. The maker of Divi went back to the drawing board and designed a new framework that dramatically increases the performance of loading websites. The new underlying framework will only load PHP codes and assets when needed to process the web page’s modules and features.

In addition, Divi automatically identifies critical CSS, deferring non-critical styles sheets and reducing the Divi’s builder’s CSS output by combining duplicate styles. Furthermore, a set of new options improve caching, delay various render-blocking requests, and remove unneeded resources.

Based on my tests using Google page speed, my Divi website edyrecommends.com gained a massive speed improvement. Worth to mention the mobile score improved a lot. Near perfect page speed score out of the box. Divi still recommends using a caching plugin and a CDN.

Massive Divi Performance Update

Speeding up Divi from every angle

Presets in Divi

In September 2020, Divi introduced preset styles. A new fantastic method to model your designs. For example, design a button as per your own wishes, save the design as a preset and apply the preset to other buttons, and instantly they will get the same look. You can create more than one preset and set a preset as default. Every module has the default preset applied automatically, which means if you change the default preset, all buttons with the default preset set will change. Presets apply not only to a button (just an example), but for any module in Divi, section, or row. 

The remarkable thing about Divi presets is that you could import a starter template from the Divi library and change the default preset, and it will change the design across your website at one go. Cool, isn’t it?

Elementor vs. Divi – feature comparison table

FeatureElementorDivi
Free version available✔️
Lifetime license✔️
Advance Contact Form✔️
Starter Templates✔️✔️
Dark Interface✔️
Global Colors✔️✔️
Color Palettes✔️
Theme Builder✔️✔️
Woocommerce Template✔️✔️
Popups✔️
Change Content per Device✔️
Effects on Hover✔️✔️
Section Dividers✔️✔️
Exporting and Importing Templates✔️✔️
Revision and History✔️✔️
Code highlight✔️

Summary: Elementor vs. Divi

ElementorDivi
more straightforward to learn,
tools and elements are arranged on the left side, separated from the canvas.
steeper learning curve.
elements are displayed on the canvas, challenging to identify the elements and distinguish the section, row, and modules
many useful addons are available from third partiesmarketplace where you can buy child themes, extensions (add-ons), and layouts.
easier for building a woocommerce shopmore difficult for building a woocommerce shop
5 plans, no unlimited websites
announced a price increase for Expert plan,
two new business plans as of March 2021
two access plans.
Yearly and Lifetime for unlimited websites
new plans offer chat support tailored for business customers (web agency)Premium support - chat support 24/7

Divi and Elementor add unnecessary codes and bloat, slow down the website’s speed and make it challenging to change the theme or page builder later.

Some WordPress developers are saying

Conclusion

Both Elementor and Divi are fantastic page builders. Which one you go for in the end is a personal decision. In most cases, the cost is a deciding factor. Divi’s price is unbeatable, especially when the new Elementor pricing goes live in March 2021. Divi recently added excellent new features like presets or layers view, while Elementor is shifting focus to customer support. 

What do you think? Please comment below or get in touch with me by email. And remember: if you purchase a Divi plan using my link, you will be entitled to an exclusive 20% discount!

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