Top 3 Beaver Builder Alternatives for Ultimate Design Freedom in 2019

Beaver Builder has been one of the most favorite WordPress WYSIWYG page builders for web designers.

But today, as WordPress page builders are all in rage, there are plenty of them that you may want to consider.

When you consider Beaver Builder, you may feel the need for more design freedom and customization features. And also, some desire more modules.

Whatever your reason is, if you are looking for Beaver Builder alternatives, you are in the right place.

In this post, I’m going to present you some of the reliable alternatives to Beaver Builder and help you decide a page builder that best suits your needs.

Top 3 Beaver Builder Alternatives

There are dozens of page builders for WordPress. But I won’t recommend you all of them.

This is not a typical top 10 list.

The page builders I recommend below are based on my experience and research.

#1. Elementor

Elementor

Elementor is by far my favorite page builder. This website, BloggingX, is designed using Elementor.

It’s a design-centric page built keeping modern web design standards in mind.

Elementor theme builder

Elementor is one of the first page builders to introduce theme builder functionality. With theme builder, you can visually edit any part of the theme like header, footer, navigation that were not previously editable by page builders. It opens a lot of opportunities for designers.

They later also introduced popup builder functionality that enables you to build attractive popups using the power of their page builder. You can build popups, slide-ins, top bars, bottom bars, etc. You can also add many triggers to popups liked timings, scroll trigger, exit content, HTML element trigger and much more.

They also have dozens of templates for building your popups.

Apart from these main features, there are various other features like:

  1. Role manager: It helps you to manage the editing permissions to users on your site
  2. Finder: Let’s you find any page/post or options on your WordPress site using the hotkey “CMD + E” whenever you are logged into your WordPress account. It’s similar to the spotlight search on Mac.
  3. WooCommerce integrations: If you have a WooCommerce plugin installed on your site, Elementor offers various modules for customizing your WooCommerce pages and site.
  4. Custom fonts and icons: Enable you to upload your own fonts and icons to Elementor.
  5. Version control: Elementor allows you to easily roll back to the previous versions of Elementor.
  6. Developer: You can opt in to receive Elementor beta updates.
  7. Maintenance mode: Enables you to enable or disable the maintenance mode whenever you are editing or migrating your site.
  8. Safe mode: If in any case, Elementor is not loading, you can enable safe mode and troubleshoot which plugin is causing the problem.

It’s a freemium plugin.

The key differences between the free and pro versions are that the pro version comes with access to a lot of additional modules, theme builder, popup builder, dynamic content, and hundreds of pre-built templates.

Added to it, there are dozens of 3rd party Elementor addons you can make use of to add more functionalities and modules to Elementor. Some products like Ultimate Addons for Elementor and Crocoblock are the most noted ones.

Elementor starts at a yearly price of $49 for 1 site, and $99 for 3 sites and $199 for 1,000 sites. It’s good that they are not offering lifetime deals as they believe in the constant improvement of their product.

I’ve been using Elementor for a very long time, and I can say Elementor is very swift when it comes to rolling out new updates. Whenever they roll out new features they even run Facebook ads to let us know about the new features.

Here are some downsides of Elementor:

  • Lacks bulk editing features
  • Doesn’t come with whole pre-built websites (although you can use Astra starter websites plugin for that)
  • Lacks lifetime deal (but Divi comes with a lifetime deal)

#2. Divi Builder

Divi Builder

Divi Builder is one of the most popular products by Elegant Themes.

It’s been some of the most popular WordPress page builders and been in the industry as early as 2008. It’s a product from one of the oldest WordPress companies on this list.

It’s also a design-centric WordPress page builder similar to Elementor.

Divi templates

With Divi, you have access to 800+ pre-made designs and 100+ full website packs.

The new templates are being added every week or so.

Divi is the only premium WordPress page builder.

It comes with 40+ website elements, compared to 80+ modules that the Elementor Pro comes with as of writing this post.

Here are some of the features:

  1. True visual editing: Divi Builder is a true WYSIWYG builder similar to Elementor and Thrive Architect. You can completely build your websites on the frontend without any refreshing or moving back and forth.
  2. Global elements & styles: You can save some elements or styles as global ones so that whenever you change at one place in your website, it’ll get reflected across your entire site.
  3. Bulk editing: With bulk editing, you can select multiple elements on your page and edit them in bulk thus saving your time
  4. Role editing: Similar to Elementor, the Divi builder has great role editing features to manage permissions among your WordPress users.
  5. Find and replace: With find and replace features, you can tweak styles conveniently for example replacing the color HEX codes of the various elements.
  6. Split testing: Divi Builder comes with a built-in split testing feature. In the case of Elementor, you need to make use of Google Optimize.
  7. Divi quick actions: This feature is similar to the “Finder” feature on Elementor. It enables you to find settings, posts, pages quickly on your site through a search bar

Divi builder comes as a part of the Elegant themes membership.

You can get their membership for $80/year or get a lifetime membership for only $249. The membership comes with access to all their products like Divi, Extra, Bloom (for lead generation) & Monarch (social share plugin).

You can use these products on your unlimited sites and also receive lifetime updates.

So, I would say Divi builder comes at a much cheaper price than Elementor.

Here are some downsides of Divi builder:

  • Lacks theme builder feature i.e you can’t edit headers and footers (a huge con for designers compared to Elementor)
  • It lacks a popup builder (but comes in with Bloom plugin)
  • Some dependence on shortcodes

#3. Thrive Architect

Thrive Architect

Thrive Architect is a leading page builder of choice for advanced digital marketers.

It’s a part of the Thrive Themes suite of marketing-related WordPress products.

Thrive Themes products

Apart from Thrive Architect, Thrive Themes has different products like Thrive Leads, Thrive Quiz Builder, Thrive Ultimatum, Thrive Optimize, Thrive Apprentice, Thrive Headline Optimizer, etc.

If you ask me, if you are a designer-centric WordPress user, thrive products may not be for you. The Thrive Themes products are more geared towards marketers for boosting their conversions.

Thrive Architect + Thrive Leads is the ultimate combo I’ve come across when it comes to supercharging lead generation in your WordPress site.

If you need to implement scarcity marketing in your marketing campaigns you may consider getting Thrive Ultimatum. If you've ever heard of Deadline Funnels, it’s better than it.

Unlike Divi, you need to purchase Thrive Optimize along with Thrive Architect to get A/B split testing functionality.

Here are some of the key features that Thrive Architect comes in as a standalone page builder:

  1. Landing page templates: Thrive Architect comes with 100s of conversion-centric landing page templates for webinars, lead generation, product launch, course page, etc.
  2. 24+ modules: Thrive Architect comes with a good number of modules that are foundational modules and also marketing-centric.
  3. Lightboxes: Thrive Architect comes with built-in lightboxes feature for you to create attractive conversion-friendly popups from scratch. Nevertheless, to take lead generation to the next level with various opt-in features, A/B testing, sign-up segues, content upgrades, you need to make use of Thrive Leads.
  4. Integrations: Being a marketer-centric tool, the greatest strength of Thrive Architect is its integrations. It has integrations with 50+ apps and services related to email marketing, webinars, CRMs, etc.
  5. Marketing modules: Thrive Architect comes with modules like data tables, table of contents, superior pricing tables, countdown timers (which can be enriched further with Thrive Ultimatum), etc.

If you manage to make use of all the products offered by Thrive Themes, you can easily build a complete highly converting marketing funnel.

In fact, I would say that using Thrive Themes products is a more powerful way to build a funnel and Thrive Themes products are a great alternative to ClickFunnels.

You can either buy Thrive Architect as part of the Thrive Themes membership or buy it separately.

All of the Thrive Themes products come with lifetime updates and support. However, there are several plans for usage on websites.

Here are some areas where Thrive Architect falls short:

  • Lacks 3rd party modules: As Thrive Themes is a closed ecosystem and the page builder needs to integrate with other products in their suite, they don’t have any 3rd party developers working on addons for them. You’ll be locked with the limited number of modules Thrive Architect offers you, thus your design freedom would suffer.
  • Thrive Architect was previously Thrive Content Builder, and when the migration happened, many people faced several issues – like the entire website’s layout broke all of a sudden. Nevertheless, Thrive Architect is now very stable.
  • No global widgets or styles: The biggest strengths of Elementor and Divi builder are their global widget and style options which are not available in Thrive Architect.

Verdict

If you are very paranoid about design-freedom, go with either Elementor or Divi depending upon your needs.

I would say Elementor has a more loyal fanbase due to its developer-friendly features and approach.

If you are looking for Beaver Builder alternatives solely for more design-centric features, Elementor or Divi won’t disappoint. Pick the one that best suits your needs.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a page builder to build sales pages and funnels, use Thrive Architect along with other Thrive Themes products.

You can build advanced sales funnels with Thrive Themes products.

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Akshay Hallur

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Hi, I’m Akshay Hallur. The founder of this blog BloggingX and many other online ventures. 

I’m a professional full-time blogger, a digital marketer, and a trainer. I’m here to help bloggers like you to create an outstanding blog and earn money from it.

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