To be very honest, a professional web developer will never opt for the drag-and-drop WordPress page building plugins for their development projects. These plugins are usually designed for the non-techies who don’t have much idea about the development process. Although, with the help of these drag-and-drop plugins, users can create a nice-looking, complex pages quite easily — and certainly much quicker compared to working with raw source code.
There are thousands of users who use these plugins and are also in the favor of its usage. So, the question is this: has drag-and-drop tech has made WordPress theme development easy enough? And more importantly: can drag-and-drop page building plugins actually be useful on a real website. In this, article you will have detailed look at five of the most popular drag-and-drop page builder plugins for WordPress.
The Themify Builder plugin is a flagship plugin which offers superb features. It’s a quality rich tool that allows you to do your work both on the back-end (the Builder functionality is available for any page or post in the wp-admin), as well as the front-end (you can enable Builder via the WordPress admin bar).
Both editing interfaces (front- and back-end) are based on having a range of modules to choose from and then dragging and dropping them onto the canvas. The canvas is divided into rows, and each row can be further divided into columns.
Elegant Themes Divi Builder
Price: $89 (full access pass to Elegant Themes)
Elegant Themes’ Divi Builder Plugin is a slightly different solution compared to the other plugins on this list. The main difference here is that instead of a front-end editing panel, you get a new canvas that’s displayed on the standard post/page editing screen.
You then select individual content elements and put them on the canvas, with the possibility to adjust each element to your liking. This creates another level of abstraction, which can be useful if you want to take a more high-view look at your page.
Beaver Builder is a solution mainly marketed towards agencies and designers working on client projects. This definitely doesn’t mean that bloggers won’t find it useful, though.
The plugin delivers a great drag-and-drop page editing functionality that comes inside a completely custom interface (not through the WordPress customizer). It also helps you jumpstart your work by delivering a set of pre-made templates.
Working with the plugin is really straightforward. You just proceed step-by-step, start by adding rows, then adding content to each row, customizing, styling, and so on, until you have a finished product.
MotoPress Content Editor
While most plugins on this list offer functionality through the default WordPress customizer interface, MotoPress Content Editor delivers its own custom interface.
Under the hood, the plugin enables you to adjust the layout and content on any page within the wp-admin. There are full drag-and-drop support and no programming skills required to make your work look great.
SiteOrigin Page Builder
This is a great plugin by the SiteOrigin team. There are parts where some feature is locked and requires the users to buy the premium version. But it’s not there. This is simply a free plugin that’s on par with the paid solutions out there.
That being said, it does introduce some abstraction in terms of editing your pages. You don’t get an entirely usable front-end editing feature. Instead, you get to work with a canvas and a range of individual content blocks.