10 Drag and Drop WordPress Page Builders Worth Checking Out
There’s been an explosion of WordPress page builders in recent months, so many in fact it’s hard to know where to begin.
There are front-end builders and backend builders. And what’s the difference between a page builder and a theme builder? Many themes are also available now with built-in builders.
To help you get your head around what’s out there, I’ve put together 10 of the best front-end and backend page builder plugins available.
It’s important to note these are page builder plugins, not theme builders. Chris Knowles offers a clear explanation of the difference between page and theme builders as part of his series on WordPress Theme Builders.
Some page builders didn’t make the cut. Some hadn’t been updated in more than a year and others just didn’t match the functionality and user experience offered by the plugins below.
Cost: Free or upgrade
Upfront is easily my favorite builder on this list for two reasons: one, it’s easy to create a stunning site in no time, and two, it’s just so damn fun to use. Seriously, I could waste days building sites with this builder (and have…).
Upfront lets you drag, scale, position, customize and see every edit you make in real-time. It’s easy enough to build a simple site with some text and a handful of images, but the real fun starts when you add sticky navigation, full-width videos, parallax, mega sliders, Google maps… It usually takes time to add these kinds of elements to a site, but with Upfront it’s all built-in so it only takes a couple of clicks.
There are a bunch of gorgeous starter themes that you can use or simply wipe and rebuild. Seriously, with Upfront you’re only limited by your imagination – this builder is freaking cool.
Cost: Starting at $97
We reviewed VelocityPage earlier this week and found the drag-and-drop page builder, headed by WordPress core developer Mark Jaquith, didn’t quite live up to all the hype.
Still, it’s a robust product with a lot of potential. Check out Chris Knowles review for a comprehensive look at the plugin.
Cost: Free or upgrade for $49.
FastLine offers front-end drag-and-drop experience that comes with various pre-built layouts.
Adding and editing elements on a page is fast and intuitive. A slide out window, much like the WordPress Theme Customizer, provides an easy way to search for new elements to add to a page, like galleries, buttons and forms.
You can also control row layouts and widgets from within the page builder.
SiteOrigin’s backend builder lets you build pages using widgets as building blocks you can drag-and-drop into a responsive layout.
It works with your existing widgets and adds it own for galleries, images, self-hosted video and posts, as well as buttons, call to action, lists and price boxes.
Note: IG Page Builder has been acquired by WooRockets.com and is now called WR Page Builder.
Cost: Free, with upgrades available
WR Page Builder is a simple and straightforward backend drag-and-drop tool that offers responsive layouts.
It works with both posts and pages and includes full page elements, widget support, built-in shortcodes and other options that provide unlimited styling variations.
This plugin also has a live preview mode, which saves time switching back and forth between windows.
Aqua Page Builder lets you create an unlimited number of template variations using drag-and-drop similar to the Widgets interface.
This backend plugin is fairly basic but also intuitive and easy to use.
Visual Composer is a popular plugin included with many themes for sale at Themeforest.
It offers a fluid front-end editing experience without a learning curve so you can quickly create responsive page layouts.
Features include 40+ content elements out-of-the box for complex layouts, a built-in “skin builder” for colors.
Cost: Licenses start at $29 a year
MotoPress offers easy to use front-end and backend editing. The plugin adds a “MotoPress Content Editor” button to the Page Editor so you can easily switch between front-end and backend editing.
Features include support for custom post types, WPML compatibility, extend with your own shortcodes and built-in elements like sliders and galleries for complex layouts.
Previously a premium plugin, Live Composer is now free and offers a fluid front-end editing experience using modules you can drag-and-drop from a pane at the bottom of the page.
Easily add images and galleries, style your text and other elements, add new rows and create columns for your layouts.
Elegant Themes’ backend page builder is pretty basic. It lets you add, arrange and re-size elements on your page.
The builder appears below the regular text editor when you add a new page or post, and you can add modules, and create columns, sliders, tabs, buttons, boxes and other elements.
Themify’s drag-and-drop builder for WordPress offers front-end editing with responsive grid layouts.
This page builder comes with any Themify theme to get you started. It also comes with pre-built layouts and color schemes and support shortcodes.