5 Best Elementor Alternatives for Agencies

Updated: June 23, 2021

We know. You know. They know. Everyone knows that Elementor is a great page builder plugin. Actually, it’s not just a page builder. Instead, Elementor has transformed from a mere page builder into a comprehensive site building tool. As you have known, Elementor (the pro version) allows you to customize nearly every part of your WordPress site without coding. Thanks to the custom fields support, you can even take Elementor to the next level.

While Elementor is great for personal use, the case is a bit different for agencies. If you have a web agency company that develops websites for clients, you definitely want to get a project done at the minimal capital possible. At the time of writing (February 11, 2021), the most expensive plan offered by Elementor (which an ideal choice for web agencies) costs $199 per year. The license of the plan (the EXPERT plan) allows you to use Elementor on 1,000 websites ($0.19 per site). But soon, you have to spend more money to create 1,000 websites.

Recently, Elementor announced via an email newsletter it will change its Pro plans, which will apply on March 9th, 2021. Starting on March 9th, the EXPERT plan is limited to only 25 sites (from currently 1,00 sites). In the newsletter, Elementor also introduced two new plans:

  • Studio – $499 per year for 100 sites
  • Agency – $999 per year for 1,000 sites

You are right. Starting on March 9th, you will need to spend $999 to build 1,000 sites with Elementor ($0.9 per site). Have you calculated it? The increase is too significant. Nearly 1000%. And still, Elementor doesn’t offer a one-time purchase option. Meaning that you have to spend a yearly budget to continue using it.

We know that Elementor wants to value professional developers and designers. But $999 per year for 1,000 sites? It’s something you need to think of. Again and again.

5 Elementor alternatives for agencies

We have some friends that have or work for agencies, in which their job is to create websites for clients, using WordPress. Most of them use a page builder to get a project done. One thing they have in common. They are likely to prefer to spend a large capital upfront by buying a page builder plugin with a one-time purchase option instead of paying a yearly subscription fee. The reason is quite reasonable. They don’t want to spend another yearly budget (they already do on web hosting and domain).

If you have the same thought, then the following page builders are great to replace Elementor.

1. Brizy

Brizy Page Builder, one of the best Elementor alternatives

Brizy might is the closest alternative to Elementor. First, it is also released as a freemium plugin, meaning that you can start with the free version before upgrading to the pro version to unlock more features. Second, it is also a generic page builder (not optimized for any theme). One thing that makes Brizy stand out is that it’s extremely light. Brizy comes with an addictive visual editor that offers a live editing experience just like Elementor. You can edit the content right from the canvas area.

The pro features offered by Brizy are not much different from Elementor. First, it comes with a theme builder that allows you to create custom templates to replace the default templates of your theme (single post, archive pages, header, footer, and so on). Second, it also comes with a popup builder to allow you to create beautiful popups using its visual editor. Here are the key features offered by Brizy:

  • Theme Builder
  • Popup Builder
  • Form Builder
  • Mega Menu Builder
  • WooCommerce Builder
  • Dynamic Content (including custom fields)
  • Premade Templates
  • Global Typography
  • Global Colors
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Custom Fonts
  • Custom CSS

Brizy has three pro plans. One of which is the Lifetime plan that you can get with a one-time purchase option.

2. Divi Builder

Divi Builder, one of the Elementor alternatives that offers a one-time purchase option

Same as Elementor, you can also use Divi Builder on any WordPress theme although it would be better to use it on the Divi theme. Divi Builder itself is available in two versions: a standalone plugin (which you can use on any theme) and the built-in feature of the Divi theme and the Extra theme. If you prefer to use Divi Builder on the Divi theme or the Extra theme, you don’t need to install the Divi Builder plugin anymore as it is an integral of those themes. The Divi theme, Extra theme, and Divi Builder are developed by Elegant Themes, along with two other plugins: Monarch and Bloom.

How good Divi Builder at replacing Elementor?

Overall, the features offered by Divi Builder are not much different from Elementor. However, you might need to make an adaptation as its editor interface is quite different from Elementor. The biggest difference between Elementor and Divi Builder is that Divi Builder comes with way fewer design elements (called modules). There are only 38 modules offered by Divi Builder (outside WooCommerce modules). If you need more modules, you can install extensions. Elegant Themes provides an official marketplace where you can find the extensions you need.

Divi Builder is a paid plugin. You can visit this page to try the experience of creating a page using Divi Builder.

Divi Builder comes with the following key features:

  • Theme Builder
  • WooCommerce Builder
  • Premade Templates
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Custom CSS
  • Global Colors
  • Advanced Hover Effects
  • Custom Fonts
  • Dynamic Content (including custom fields)

Elegant Themes offers two plans in which each plan allows you to use Divi Builder on as many websites as you want. The first plan requires you to pay a yearly subscription ($89 per year) while the other one is a one-time purchase ($249).

3. JetPlugins

If you love Elementor, just admit it. If you still want to use Elementor to create websites for your clients, yet objected to spending that much yearly subscription fee, JetPlugins is a great alternative. JetPlugins is a set of premium Elementor add-ons from Crocoblock. There are 18 add-ons in the set in total. Each add-on is designed for a specific use. JetEngine, for instance, is designed to allow you to add dynamic content. Be it default dynamic content of WordPress or custom fields. Need to create a popup? There is JetPopup on the set that you can use to do so.

Here are the Elementor add-ons on the JetPlugins set:

  • JetEngine: To add dynamic content (custom fields, custom taxonomies, custom post type, and so on)
  • JetThemeCore: To create a custom header, custom footer, and other custom templates
  • JetStyleManager: To control the page style settings
  • JetBooking: To add booking functionality
  • JetBlocks: To enrich the header and footer’s content
  • JetTricks: To add interactive visual effects
  • JetReviews: To allow users to add comments, reviews, and rating
  • JetTabs: To display content in a tabbed interface
  • JetMenu: To create more advanced menus. Supports mega menu and off-canvas menu
  • JetWooBuilder: To customize your WooCommerce store
  • JetSmartFilters: To add advanced filters for any post type
  • JetPopup: To create popups
  • JetProductGallery: To display product galleries to a single product page. In a more beautiful, professional way
  • JetCompare&Wishlist: To add wishlist and compare functionality
  • JetSearch: To create an AJAX-based search
  • JetBlog: To display articles in tiled and list styles. Can also be used to create a YouTube playlist
  • JetElements: Adds 40 create widgets
  • JetAppointment: To add appointment functionality

Same as Divi Builder and Brizy, there is also an option to get JetPlugins with a one-time purchase option.

4. Zion Builder

The case of Zion Builder is quite similar to Divi Builder. It was previously only available for Kallyas theme before released as a generic page builder plugin back in May 2020. The interface of Zion Builder is quite similar to Brizy, which is pretty light. It also offers a live editing experience whereby you can edit the content directly from the canvas area. The responsive editing feature is also available to make sure your page fits any device. Zion Builder itself is quite tempting and it seems that it will be a serious competitor to Elementor and other page builders. At the time of writing, Zion Builder has no theme builder yet, but the feature is under development.

Zion Builder offers 4 pro plans you can choose from, including the LIFE TIME plan which you can get with a one-time purchase option. The key features offered by Zion Builder include:

  • Template Library
  • Dynamic Content
  • Custom Fonts
  • Custom Icons
  • Custom CSS

Zion Builder itself is released as a freemium plugin so that you can start with the free version to try the page building experience with it.

5. tagDiv Composer

tagDiv Composer is a page builder designed specifically to create an online magazine, newspaper, and blog. However, it also comes with design elements (called shortcodes) like button, call to action, icon, text, image, list, progress bar, team member, and so on. Meaning that you can also use tagDiv Composer to create general websites just like other page builders above. Welthee Project and iFlow are two of the websites that are built with tagDiv Composer.

tagDiv Composer is developed by tagDiv. The company releases its page builder in the bundle of Newspaper and Newsmag themes. In other words, you need to use either the Newspaper theme or Newsmag theme to use tagDiv Composer. Both Newspaper theme and Newsmag theme are available on Themeforest. Just like other themes on Themeforest, you can also get Newspaper theme and Newsmag theme with a one-time purchase option. To be honest, we really wish that tagDiv will release tagDiv Composer as a standalone plugin someday.

The bottom line

Everyone knows how useful Elementor in helping users to create a website. A great editor interface. A stack of useful features. Not to mention a well-established ecosystem. However, increasing the plan by nearly 1000% is debatable. Really debatable. Regardless of the reason behind it. This is especially will make it harder for agencies. $999 for 1,000 websites might is worth it if you don’t need to make a yearly payment to renew your license. Unfortunately, that’s not what Elementor offers to you.

If you subscribe to the Agency plan of Elementor (which cost $999 per year), not only you will need to spend a large amount of money on a yearly basis, but it also makes it hard for you to make a switch if you experience a problem with Elementor during the active subscription period (unless you are okay to lose your money). Elementor is not the only WordPress page builder, though. There are a bunch of alternatives out there to help you to create a website with WordPress as we have mentioned above.

Originally posted on: February 11, 2021

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