These differences might make you prefer one over another. This article is about those differences and to make it easier for you to choose.
Divi, by Elegant Themes, is one of the most popular page builders for WordPress. With over 1.3 million happy users worldwide, Divi is a top choice among both professional designers and web design companies. You do not need to have prior coding experience either, and no matter what type of website you’re trying to build, Divi will handle the job.
Elementor page builder lets you do everything that a page builder should do. It is arguably the easiest page builder to work with and also the one that delivers almost all features for free. No coding or designing skills? Don’t worry because Elementor got you covered.
Elementor vs Divi – Common Features
Both are excellent page builders, so most of the features will match, except for minor differences here and there. So, before we dive into the differences, let’s look at what that these two giants have in common.
Divi & Elementor – User Interface
When you use Divi for the first time, you will see a full-page editor with almost no interface elements except a single button.
This ‘plus‘ button will let you add and configure interface elements or modules.
These modules are color-coded, and each unique module will be represented in different colors. The modules have customization settings popup where you can configure it as your heart desires. And it can be moved around, of course.
Elementor has a similar interface with one slight difference – it has a fixed sidebar on the editor’s left side, which is visible at all times. This might be a turnoff for some people as you do not get the true immersive feel like on Divi, but for some, this might be more convenient than floating popup buttons.
The customization interface is straightforward, though. The sidebar lets you add using drag-drop and configure widgets (here, widgets are the elements on the web page).
Place it wherever you want and click on it to open that particular widget’s configuration settings. Hit the “Add new section” button to include more columns on your page. The in-line text editing feature can let you edit directly from the page, or you can use the text box on the sidebar for the same thing.
Both builders offer visual editing, in-line text editing, and are fairly easy for a beginner to use. However, Elementor offers a slightly bigger number (90) elements than Divi (46). And both can use WordPress widgets, but that might not be easy with Divi.
Which one has a better interface? Well, that will depend entirely on your taste.
Elementor vs Divi – Style Options
I have already established that both of these page builders are big names in the world of WordPress. So naturally, both of them will come with tons of detailed styling options. Since so many small options and features go in styling options, it would be tedious to mention every small styling option these two have in common, but if I have to mention some notable and necessary options, these are:
- Basic customization & styling.
- Custom margins and padding.
- Custom fonts and typography.
- Ability to add custom CSS to modules/widgets.
- Custom gutters.
- Shape dividers and custom spacing.
- Numerous animation effects, including parallax scrolling.
Elementor builder provides you with three tabs in the sidebar,
- Content tab for specifying essential contents and alignments.
- Style tab for configuring fonts, colors, and more.
- Advanced tab for adding custom margins or paddings, animations, customs CS identifiers, and tons of other advanced stuff.
Divi has similar 3-tab styling option,
- Content tab for basic formatting options.
- Design tab for changing fonts, colors, padding, margins, and more.
- Advanced tab for adding custom CSS, identifiers, and more.
Also, Divi comes with more than 42 pre-built layouts for you to use. These layouts are more general type rather than niche focused so you can change it as you like. Elementor’s arsenal of pre-made templates is 100 + strong. These templates cover everything from Homepages, Landing pages to Login pages.
For those who don’t know, a responsive page /site will fit beautifully on screen with every size. This will ensure your website will look as if it’s on a computer screen or a small smartphone’s screen.
Both Divi and Elementor let you make a website that is responsive by default. You do not need to worry about forgetting to enable it.
However, they don’t just enable responsive design, but also give you options to configure it.
That means you can use different styles depending on the visitors’ screen size. You have to hide certain modules or widgets to make the site look perfect on any device of any size.
Right Click Support
This might sound something minuscule, but for a page builder, this is a relatively new feature. Both Divi and Elementor support right-click to speed up your work. Right-click options such as copying styles, duplicating widgets and modules, save custom templates are some of the few opportunities you’ll see on both.
Here’s what a right-click option looks like on Divi and Elementor:-
Elementor vs Divi – Code Quality
When it comes to code quality, theme builders are frowned upon by developers. Some shortcode based builders are infamous for causing a lock-in and creating a mess when you deactivate the plugin.
Fortunately, both Elementor vs Divi produce quality codes. However, Elementor’s code looks more cleaner than Divi’s. And Divi will leave a nasty mess when deactivated.
- Both of thee page builders offer a huge library of high-quality template & landing pages.
- WYSIWYG editor.
- Customize everything.
- Reusable templates and page elements.
- Role manager for restricting control if you have multiple people working on the site.
Elementor vs Divi – Key Differences
Let’s dive into some of the significant differences that make both of them stand out.
Elementor’s Popup Builder
The most significant and most notable difference between Divi builder vs Elementor builder is that Elementor has its popup builder. Elementor lets you use the same interface where you’re designing your website to build a popup theme, put it anywhere and increase your site’s conversion rate. You can use this feature to build email opt-in popup, log in or registration popup, coupons, and promo popup, etc.
If you use Divi, you have to rely on third-party plugins for building popups. Although you get Bloom email opt-in plugin when you purchase Divi, it is still not as flexible as Elementor’s built-in popup builder because you cannot drag and drop elements.
Divi’s A/B Testing
Most users overlook this feature because A/B testing (aka Split Testing) is only useful if you’re marketing focused.
For those who don’t know, A/B testing compares two variations of the same website. Page, etc. to check differences in performance. If you use this feature, then Divi will stand out to you. Performing an A/B test is easy too.
All you have to do is right-click on a module and spin up a variation of the module and check. You can try A/B testing on Headlines, buttons, media, and everything else.
You can use A/B testing on Elementor too, but you have to opt for a 3rd party plugin to do so. There are obvious options, but it is not as convenient as Divi.
Divi is both theme and plugin
While Elementor is only a plugin, Divi makes it convenient for its user with the option for both plugin and theme. Elementor does have a barebone theme that can be used to build a site around it, but Elementor itself is a plugin and nothing more.
This isn’t a significant difference, and I’m not sure it makes any difference at all, but it is nice to have options.
Divi has More Resources.
Both Divi and Elementor offer tons of great-looking templates that you can use on your website, but these two have a slightly different way of defining a template.
Divi gives “layout packs.” These layout packs are templates kits built for certain niches. So, if you want to make a site for a specific niche, Divi offers you a layout pack that will have multiple templates for homepage, classes page, contact page, about page, blog, and others. You choose what you prefer. With over 150 layout packs and more than a thousand unique page templates, it is almost certain you will find something for your niche.
The templates Elementor offers are just one-off templates, and you might have difficulty in matching one theme with another. This might change soon as Elementor is starting to offer its own version of layout packs called “site kits.” It already has some kits available, but it is nowhere near what Divi provides.
Elementor has bigger market
While both of the giants offer a tremendous 3rd party marketplace for extensions to further enhance their functionality, Elementor wins this round. This might be the result of Elementor’s free version option.
Compared to Divi, Elemntor’s free version have a plethora of functions and options. This enables more 3rd party developers to build extensions for Elementor as there is a higher possibility of their extension being used.
Elementor vs Divi – Speed & Performance Test
The site’s performance is affected by tons of various factors, including its loading time, database queries, page size, code quality, and more. Although using a page builder to build your website from the ground up might make your website somewhat bloated, but you got to admit it is way better than being confined to traditional WordPress themes.
Note that this is a raw performance test – no additional plugins for speed optimization are used during this test. I’ve neatly compiled the essential factors that were tested on both the page builder in the table below. Lower is better.
Here is the pingdom test results of Divi theme:
And here is Pingdom test results of Elementor theme:
Elementor vs Divi – Pricing Comparison
Divi and Elementor have different pricing plans. Divi has two pricing plans, and both of the plans will let you use Divi on any number of websites.
There’s a big benefit if you choose Divi – you get access to all products from Elegant Themes.
Elementor has site-based plans. All three plans are for one year, and you need to renew it for continuous support and updates.
- Divi – $89 for everything for 1 year (5 different products). Use on unlimited sites.
- Elementor – Free; or $49 for 1 year. Use on 1 website.
It is essential to note that the free version of Elementor has almost every feature you need to build your own site. In that case, you do not need to buy any of the page builders and get the most out of Elementor’s free version.
But if you have to buy one, the pricing plan that Divi offers look more attractive compare to Elementor’s. However, if you’re working on only one website, Elementor’s Personal plan will be cheaper.
Elementor vs Divi – Features Comparison Table
|Features||Elementor Builder||Divi Builder|
|Free Version||Yes||No, but offers 30 days money back guarantee|
|Drag & Drop Editor||Yes||Yes|
|Real Time Editor||Yes||Yes|
|Ease of Usage||4/5||3.5/5|
There are some unique features that Elementor provides, which differentiates it from the competition.
- The Embed Anywhere feature lets you embed designs anywhere on your website. These designs include headers, footers, sidebar, and a lot of others.
- Maintenance / Coming Soon mode can be designed and turned on from Elementor’s interface.
- You can add and edit different SVG shapes from the interface.
Divi has its own set of unique features to make it stand out from the competitions.
- Role editor function to limit access based on roles.
- Ability to “lock” modules to prevent it from accidental change.
- Option to copy specific module style instead of the whole module.
Which is Better – Elementor or Divi?
Both Divi builder and Elementor builder are excellent page builders for WordPress. The arsenal of features and tools that these two have for you at their disposal will allow you to build a beautiful website in any-time. Both builders offer WooCommerce support with streamlined user interface.
Ease of use is what these two-page builders have focused on. Although with Divi builder, there will be a small learning curve.
But there are some factors which should help you choose the best one for you.
Interface: This is purely a personal preference. If you fancy Divi’s immersive and somewhat modern page building experience over Elementor’s sidebar based interface, then you’ve already chosen. Divi only offers a small popup and displays as few UI elements as possible whereas Elementor has a permanent sidebar with ready to use tools.
Pricing: Elementor comes in a freemium version. It offers a fairly powerful free version with tons of tools and even templates which would be more than enough for any newbie. However, in both the free and Pro version of Elementor, a base theme is required.
Divi’s pricing and plans are way better than what Elementor is offering if you are looking for a lifetime of service, updates, and unlimited usage. Moreover, Divi’s pricing is inclusive of the builder and theme. And, you even get access to all other products from Elegant Themes.
However, if you just have one site to take care of, and paying for what you will never use is not an option, then you should go for Elementor. That will be a lot cheaper.
Performance: In terms of performance, Elementor is the clear winner with lower load time and page requests. However, Elementor will leave behind a clean code with no lock-in when deactivated.
The final verdict comes down to you and only you. It all depends on what you’re searching for.