42: Divi Builder vs Elementor Pro
In today’s episode we have the ultimate showdown! Divi vs Elementor Pro. We help you find the answer to the question, “which builder is for me”.
On today’s episode of Divi addicts, we’ve got the epic battle the Divi Builder, versus Elementor Pro. What’s up everybody? Welcome to the Divi addicts podcast where we’re bringing you the latest news from Divi as well as tips and tricks to take your WordPress website to the next level.
So welcome to Episode 42 of the Divi addicts podcast this week as we mentioned in the intro, we’re talking about the Divi Builder versus Elementor Pro and if you’ve been in this space for a while, you know if you’re looking to start your own web development company or if you’ve just been trying to build your own website and you’re going back and forth as to which one do I use? Do I develop the actual relationship with the Divi community and go all in on Divi? Or do I get myself into the Elementor community and commit to Elementor Pro? There’s a lot of good reasons for both.
But first, I wanted to start off with talking about my love for Divi and there’s a lot of reasons you know if you’ve if you’ve been here for a few episodes you know I mean I’ve spoken about how much I love the community around Divi, Elegant Themes has done a great job the community has done a great job. People like Geno Quiroz the guys over at Divi life, Aspen Grove studios, Tim Strifler and David Blackman. And also guys like Josh Hall, Sarah Bernal, they all do some really incredible work in the space. And they continue to bring the community together with with things like Divi chat, and WP, the podcast and just a lot of different content that goes out there. That really continues to bring value to the Divi community and to the people who’ve committed to it.
So I have a huge love for Divi. And not only for the community, but for the product that it is. It’s very design oriented, it’s very easy to use, they have been growing and evolving the product extremely quick. And there’s some amazing features and some really great workflows that are built into the Divi Visual Builder. And, you know, along the years when they when they actually before they had the visual builder, I was I was a user, you know, I was a client of Elegant Themes. And I was building WordPress websites using that back end builder and it was a game changer coming from things like Jupiter, Asana a few other No, I’m sorry, not Asana Avada. I’m looking at Asana right now. But there’s a lot of other great themes out there. And nothing was like Divi, when it came out. You know, it was a game changer because most of the other ones are using the visual composer. So what Divi brought to the table was a very comprehensive list of modules and the layout packs and an amazing community that had extense you know, extensibility features or extendibility features another right word for that is but plugins, add ons, layout packs, child themes, all those additions that brought more value to committing to Divi.
So along the years, I just stayed very loyal to Divi and Elegant Themes. And as a as I developed a process Divi became a very critical part of that process as far as building landing pages or websites or even e commerce sites for my clients. It also became a great part of my templates, you know, in scaling and speeding up the the creation of a website for a client because I knew that I could build the templates. I knew I was going to have Divi installed I knew I was going to have certain add ons for Divi, you know like Divi switch from Aspen Grove studios, Page Builder everywhere from Aspen Grove studios in Divi space, Divi bars and Divi overlays from the Divi life team and Tim Strifler. Those just became, you know, part of everything I did every single website had those in it. So I was able to template or create a template of a website or WordPress install that was bare word Divi and it was bare WordPress. And it had those few plugins that I knew were going to be in every one of them.
So that created this love and this really strong bond for me to the Divi community into Divi as a product because it just made life and business a whole lot easier. And so I don’t know if there’s a product out there that can possibly come in between the love I have for Elegant Themes and Divi, but today we’re going to talk about Elementor Pro and my recent experience using Elementor pro for a client site.
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Alright, so we’re back. And now that we’re done with the, hey, we got to pay the bills kind of thing. We’re going to jump right back into the meat of this. So Elementor, what does it do differently than Divi? So if you’re looking at a product for product, they look very similar in the fact that you’ve got sections and inside of the sections, those rows and inside of those rows, they have modules. And you build websites like a building block, and you open up a module or you open up settings for each section or module or row, and you edit through some options that they have is going that way. And fundamentally, they’re very, very similar. But they do things very differently from a business standpoint.
So Elegant Themes in Divi, you can pay for a year, or they have a lifetime option. And from the very beginning, I took a leap of faith and I purchased the lifetime subscription. And it’s paid off very well. For me, it’s been a smart buy. It’s definitely you know, I’ve launched many, many, many sites using that Divi license, and it’s been very beneficial for me financially.
Elementor on the other hand, you pay annually no matter what, and there’s, there’s different options, you can do a single site, you can do three sites, or you can do another level that they have, which I believe is unlimited for the year. But the difference is that each year regardless of the plan you’re on, you do have to pay another license fee. And that works. You know, it’s not it’s not the end all it’s not a it’s not a detriment. It’s not bad. You can build that into your programs, just a different way of doing business. And I find that, you know, because Elementor does this they have more recurring income than what Elegant Themes might have. And it allows them to grow their team and it allows them to pump out features a little bit different and a little bit quicker than Elegant Themes is able to do with Divi. Now that in no way means that Divi is not comparable to Elementor, because from a feature standpoint, they’re very close.
And I know that the disparity the things that they’re missing right now, there’s something that Elegant Themes has already put out their information on they said you know, we’re going to launch a Theme Nuilder, we’re going to launch header and footer customization options that are going to take the product to the next level. But in full transparency and if you’re not keeping up with if you’re not keeping up with Elegant Themes blog has an episode we covered much earlier on in our our feature preview was at Divi and Elegant Themes have put out a feature preview for their Theme Builder, but that was last May, so may of 2018 and we’re in March of 2019 the recording of this, you know March 2, and we still don’t have the Theme Builder. So there’s you know, there are those typically all the other actually all of the Other things that they previewed for features have all come out. That’s the only one. And that’s one that people are, you know, it’s very high demand.
Elementor on the other hand has this, they have their theme builder, they have conditional logic for showing segments that you create in the Divi or not in the Divi and Elementor library, you can create segments use dynamic content, whether it’s the page title, a featured image, or different parts that are in the WordPress database, you can use those in the Elementor modules. And then you can basically say I want them to show up on any child page of this page, or I want them to be this to be on the main page or you know, you’ve got a lot of different conditional options and element or which makes scaling a site and making site wide changes. Pretty Pretty easy. Now, you can work around this in Divi, there’s no no doubt about that you can build global library items, and do things like that. And it does work very well. But each page that you build, you have to add the template and make sure that segment or that section is actually there was Elementor, it will just drop it in automatically.
Elementor has also done some pop up features that are built natively into the builder. Whereas you know, Divi has bloom and monarch for lead acquisition and pop ups and their additions. There are plugins that are on top of it that you do get from having the Elegant Themes subscription, but they’re not necessarily built natively into it. So whereas they have contact forms or signups and pop ups, then they have an additional plugin that does obviously the same features does not do exactly the same thing. But there are there is some overlap in there.
So Elementor is a little bit more of an all in one, they don’t have the plugins and some of the other things but they do have community add on features. So very, very, I guess plainly is that Elementor and Divi are very similar but their execution is quite a bit different. I have found that Elementor does load faster than the Divi Visual Builder. And just manipulation of some things is a little bit easier. But I’m so used to Divi and my workflow is so dialed in using the Divi Builder that even jumping into Elementor. Because it’s so similar, it was a very easy learning curve, it was not difficult at all, it was really just figuring out some of the additional things that it’s able to do that I don’t do in Divi. So it sounds like from what I’m saying, you know, Elementor is a very, very, very strong competitor to the Divi Builder.
And it’s something that depending on your situation, I would highly study the two features and see if there’s something inside of Elementor or that you need specifically for your website, whether it’s pop ups or whatever. You know that that could be the thing that sways you between using the Divi Builder or using Elementor in your business. The other part is financial scalability, you can purchase a lifetime’s license to Elegant Themes. And you cannot do that with Elementor. So the question lies in the project itself. Some projects, you’ll be able to do everything you need to do with Divi and some and you’ll never look back. And if you have the lifetime license that just won’t cost you anything additional.
But if you decide to go with Elementor, you just have to be mindful that you need to have a software maintenance clause in your contract. And you need to make sure that each and every year you’re invoicing for the cost of what it will be to update it. Or they will no longer get updates to Elementor and key updates. Those things or updates are key. Rather, you want to make sure that WordPress and all the plugins and the themes and everything that goes along in that WordPress website is up to date, you know, PHP versions, all of that WordPress core versions, all of it.
So the choice is ultimately yours. But hopefully this has helped you understand a little bit of the difference between Elementor and Divi, especially from the pricing standpoint, I think feature wise you’re going to be splitting hairs as far as Which one do you go with, it’s more about a preference of the workflow. And it depends on if this is a single website for you, or if you’re going to be developing many many client websites. If you’re doing that and you’re going to be as an agency, I would highly recommend committing to Elegant Themes product because Divi is amazing and it’s very cost effective. If you’re going to launch a ton of websites. If it’s a one off a special project Elementor might be cool for you to even get your hands in and just try it because it is very similar but it is very different. It does have some abilities that Divi just does not have yet, but I know they’re coming. So, you know, the choice is ultimately going to be on on you and what works best for your product. So I’m super interested. Let me know hit us up on social media and which one do you choose for your sights? Which one of these builders have you fallen in love with? We would love to know.
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