If you’re on this page hunting for the best Visual composer alternatives, look no further because it’s here that your search ends.
That’s the exact aim of this article, to share their pros and cons and help you zero-in on a suitable choice.
But before we dig into the alternatives for the Visual Composer, let’s see why you need its alternatives.
What is Visual Composer? Why do you Need its Alternatives?
Visual Composer is one of the oldest WordPress Landing page builder plugins. It lets you create fascinating (or not so fascinating, matter of personal opinion) pages on WordPress, with simple clicks and a drag & drop interface.
The good things about it are that it’s used by over 2 million+ WordPress users, features can be extended with its over 200+ add-ons, and is affordable (really, it delivers more value than its cost).
But what about the cons of Visual Composer?
Well here they are:
- User-interface isn’t encouraging. (You have to click multiple times to reach even the most basic, most-frequently used buttons).
- Customizations options are limited.
- Lacks undo button (and you’re asked to buy an additional add-on for this!)
- No global elements support
- Not enticing as compared to following WYSIWYG WordPress editors
Search bar doesn’t work properly in Visual Composer:
So overall, even though Visual Composer is a good landing page WordPress plugin, but it needs to catch up with the new players on the ground.
New players? Yeah, I totally aim at introducing you folks to each other, so here goes!
1. Thrive Architect (Price: $67) View Demo
It arguably is the best WordPress page and content builder out there. It’s fast, has a plethora of options for nearly every element, and is robust.
The best part is, it can be used not just to craft swift looking, conversion-optimized static pages, but your normal, everyday blog-content pages as well.
It’s also the same page builder we use over here at UniversalBloggingTips, check it here on KwFinder review.
Let’s start with what’s possible with ThriveArtchitect:
- Landing Pages
- Content Pages
- Webinar Pages
- Sales Pages
- Basically any other kind of page depending on your creativity and goals!
In fact, Thrive Architect comes bundled up with 170 free, pre-designed landing page templates, which cater to every single need and type of landing page you might require, no coding needed, all you’ve got to do is, edit the elements and you’re all done!
In addition to that, it also lets us create unique “Column and row elements”, with Drag & Drop. This is something that not a lot of visual composers out there offer, at least not with this kind of flexibility.
The customization options are extensive; you can customize literally anything from the depth of a button to the size of a popup. This is a big win, especially when compared to Visual composer which is somewhat conservative when it comes to customizations.
Advanced options such as Device-specific elements let us decide which elements should be shown on which devices, animations help us crisp the page up, and this is all just the tip of the iceberg.
Obviously editing everything and anything is hands-on and direct, simply drag the element on the page, change the text or image, or add your own, and you’re done. Honestly, crafting a page couldn’t be simpler.
If you’re somewhat of an unsatisfied, and it never seems enough for you, here’s a list of some of the elements ThriveArchitect is armed with:
- Call to Action Buttons.
- Styled lists.Credit card icons.
- Lead Generation Forms
- Content Boxes
- Countdown timers.
- Content Reveal.
Basically every weapon in the arsenal which helps you win the professionalism battle and makes your page far more lucrative is up for grabs with ThriveArchitect.
Obviously individual elements such as Headings, rating icons, dividers, images etc are available as well.
As the screenshot above well illustrates, there isn’t much that “should’ve been” but isn’t available with ThriveArchitect.
Infact, even though it might seem like we’re overly bent towards ThriveArchitect and somewhat biased, trust me we aren’t.
I’m sure the features and elements we just discussed assure of the fact that, it does deserve the gold-stars it’s getting over here.
The only factor why I’d chose Visual Composer over Thrive Architect is if I’m on an extremely tight budget, and am looking for a cheaper alternative to Thrive Architect.
Thrive Architect goes for $67 for the single license, and $97 for a 5 site license, although there’s a $147 license as well for 15 sites. Grab Thrive Architect here!
Infact they’ve announced that soon they’ll be adding A/B testing for landing pages, more templates for pages and popups, as well as a contact form element! So hey it’s totally worth it!
So let’s sum this one up?
- Extensive customizations options.
- More than enough elements and page-styles.
- New, Upgraded editor.
- Hotkeys make things easier, as well as faster.
- Responsiveness is dealt with (something that was a bit of an issue with Thrive Content Builder).
- User-experience and interface are much, much better both compared to earlier version of the Architect as well as that of Visual Composer.
- Can be seamlessly integrated with Thrive Leads (best Optin WordPress plugin).
- Pricey, but only when compared to Visual Composer’s pricing.
- No “Unlimited Sites” license (earlier it was available for $97).
2. The Divi Builder (Price: $89/yr, UBT Discounted Price: $70/yr) View Demo
Another Visual Composer alternative that would spring up in anyone’s brains after Thrive Architect is The Divi builder.
With 437,821 clients already using Divi, there’s little doubt if it deserves to be listed as a Visual Composer alternative.
Divi, alike Thrive Architect is an extremely feature-rich and user-friendly page builder. Obviously, it’s drag-and-drop, but even at this very basic level of similarity between Visual Composer and Divi, they differ widely.
The Visual Composer’s drag and drop interface is somewhat clumsy, while that of Divi’s features a smoother drag and drop, as well as in-line editing.
It has a back-end editor as well, so you can first design your page layout on Divi, and then will have to switch to the front-end to preview( or customize) the designs. Here’s a sneak-peek:
One of the primary differences between Visual Composer and Divi is its support for Global elements, while that’s not available with Visual Composer.
And it’s so advanced that you can choose which settings of your elements are to be saved as Global module and which are to be excluded! So that’s one of the primary edges it holds over Visual Composer.
Also, Divi is a “row and column” page builder, so we first need to design the layout of the page with elements placed in different rows and columns, and then fill it with content, this is something that boosts creativity and provides for much more designer’s liberty!
As far as module-support goes, Divi has really done itself over on this with 46 individual page building modules, which include:
- Audio Player
- Bar counter
- Email Optin
….to name just a few!
Obviously, customization is great and extensive as well, there isn’t anything which you can’t customize according to your own preferences, although it still doesn’t pair up in the same league as that of Thrive Architect.
Something that provides Divi with its unique flavor is its “disable” element feature, this isn’t available with most other Visual Composer alternatives on this list though.
It lets you “disable” an element instead of having to delete it completely, so if there’s a temporary promotional campaign you’re running and you spent quite a bit of time creating it, and you might need to use again in future, simply hit the disable button.
Advanced features such as unlimited undos/redos, locking-in content to prevent editing, spacing and padding control etc are available as well.
And to top it all up, it also has wrapped itself with 30 pre-designed page layouts. Now that’s nowhere near what Thrive Architect is offering but still is enough considering how you can take those pages and re-design them to absolutely anything you want.
Another advanced feature worth singling out here is its A/B split testing functionalities, which lets you split-test your pages!
So it’s brimming with features, but does it burn a hole in your pocket? The Divi Builder is priced at $89.00 USD, considerably higher compared both to Visual Composer, or Thrive Architect, but that’s so because it’s bundled up with a lot of things, including “All” of Elegant Theme themes, all their plugins and much more!
But you need not worry… You have special access to UBT discounted price for Elegant Themes.
- Good customization abilities.
- Global Elements support.
- A/B Split testing features.
- Smooth in-line editing.
- Pre-made templates.
- Not cheap!
3. Beaver Builder (Free or $99/unlimited licenses) View Demo
Beaver Builder isn’t as big a shot as Thrive Architect, or Divi builder when it comes to Visual Composer alternatives, granted.
But then again, it’s one of the simplest, easiest to use, and one of the top page builders you’ll ever cross paths with.
The major difference between Visual Composer and Beaver Builder is that, Beaver Builder isn’t an in-line editor, instead all the text that you edit is actually edited in a pop-up and then shown on the page. It’s not a deal-breaker, but I still personally prefer the In-line editors.
Another major difference is that, while with Visual Composer you can edit both on the back-end as well as the Front-end, Beaver Builder is an exclusively front-end editor, and it’s not a bad thing (just in case you’re wondering).
The Drag and Drop editor is as smooth as can be expected and doesn’t lag while building the pages.
Obviously, Beaver Builder too comes pre-bundled with a number of pre-designed page templates to choose from, although an added feather in the cap of Beaver Builder is that it has categorized its pages into different sections.
So you can directly choose from Landing Page / Content Page / Custom templates. As far as homepage pages go, it boasts 14 pre-designed templates.
The Content page is again divided into:
- About us
- Business Contact
- Portfolio kind of pages to choose from.
All their pages are completely mobile-responsive as well and can be integrated with every theme.
Again, unlike Visual Composer, they totally support Global Elements as well, so any module saved as Global Module can be used on any other page made with Beaver Builder
They have 5 basic modules and 22 advanced modules. The basic modules feature:
- Text Editor
While the Advanced ones include:
- Call to Action
- Pricing Tables
- Subscription forms.
- Contact Forms etc.
There are some other advanced functionalities as well, such as Display rules, delay-rules and such. There’s an added feature called “Editor mode”, which helps you hand off sites to your clients, without giving them 100% editing access.
This makes sure your clients don’t screw up their sites by accident.
As far as pricing goes, it costs more than Thrive Architect, or The Divi Builder, and still doesn’t have features as impressive as them.
Their lowest plans start as high as $99, and if you opt for the Pro plan, it comes in for $199, and then there’s the $399 USD Agency plan for the really loaded folks out there.
All the plans offer “Unlimited sites” integration, and are a one-time fee!
- A long list of individual modules.
- Simple and easy to use.
- Good, if not great pre-designed templates.
- No In-line editor.
4. Elementor (Free or $49/year) View Demo
In a short span of existence-time, Elementor has been able to get 1.8 MILLION users worldwide. So that clearly gets it a table on this list of best Visual Composer alternatives.
The primary reason I love Elementor is, it has a heavily equipped “Free version” as well, which does most of the tasks you’d expect of any page builder.
Although obviously, the Pro version packs a better punch.
Anyway, starting off with its user-interface, it strongly resembles that of Thrive Architect, with the elements placed in a sidebar resembling that of Thrive Architect, along with a center-screen work-space.
Another big win is its comparatively faster, and real-time in the real sense drag and drop editor. Obviously, it has learned from its competitors, and thus offers a drag and drop interface which beats all the other Visual Composer alternatives’ drag and drop editors discussed thus far throughout this article.
Its architectural capabilities deserve praise without second thoughts. It offers row and column editing, resizing of the whole page, column gap, and extensive margin-padding settings as well.
Talking of Landing pages, it features a number of pre-built landing pages up for grabs, which can be taken up, edited and made live within a matter of minutes.
Individual modules are another core-component of any page builder, aren’t they? Elementor boasts over 50 individual modules which help you design your pages better.
Anything and everything that can be found on Thrive Architect, Visual Composer, Divi or Beaver can be found with Elementor, and then some! So honestly, this is again an aspect where I’d vote for Elementor over Beaver, Divi or Visual Composer.
Customization can’t be a question because of not just typography or colors, Elementor grants us full access to an elements existence, including borders, edges and what not! So whatever you wish to customize, can be customized, period!
Mobile responsiveness is another question that pops up when talking of page builders, Elementor again not only provides 100% mobile-responsive templates but has taken things to the next level with its real-time preview screens and percentage controls.
Obviously, it supports advanced functionalities for the more code-savvy designers by letting them add their own custom CSS to the pages.
And as far as Pricing for the Pro plan goes, it offers 3 plans:
- $49 for 1 site.
- $99 for 3 sites.
- $199 for the lifetime.
And honestly, this is the best-ever pricing-package compared to all the other page builders on this list. It’s cheap, as well as extensively feature rich.
- Over 50 individual modules.
- Unlimited design possibilities.
- Pre-design templates.
- No major cons!
So if you’re digging for a cheap, but a total value for money Visual Composer alternative, I’d say Grab Elementor before they hike the prices!
Without stretching the thread, let me just conclude by saying that we’ve included as many as 4 different Visual Composer alternatives throughout this piece.
Now they all have their pros and cons and differ in their pricing plans.
So which one is the best Visual Composer alternative? I’d say they all are in the same league, with more or less the same features, the final winner would be based on your own preferences, choices, and budget, because except the pricing plans, there isn’t any major difference to most of them.
But still, if you are looking for our suggestions, we would highly recommend you going for Thrive Architect.
Do let us know your personal favorites in the comments and the reason why they’ve won you over.