Elementor vs Divi: Detailed Features Comparison

Updated: December 7, 2021

Instead of a theme, many WordPress users are now conducting a deep research on a page builder when they want to create a new website. The reason is because a page builder offers way more customization options than a theme. On top of that, page builders like Elementor and Divi Builder offer a better page editing experience than Gutenberg, the default editor of WordPress. Both Elementor and Divi Builder are two of the most popular WordPress page builder plugins. No wonder if they are often get compared each other. This post will also compare the two. More specifically, we will compare the features offered by both page builders. We will compare the performance (speed) of the two in a separate article.

There are some areas whereby both Elementor and Divi Builder have in common. One of which, the two have a well-established community than other page builders thanks to their open ecosystem. Be it Elementor or Divi Builder allows third-party developers to develop an add-on to extend the features and functionalities of the page builders.

Key Differences

Be it Elementor or Divi might needs no introduction. But to make it clear what are going to compare in this article, there is no bad to make a short intro about the two.

Elementor is a freemium page builder plugin developed by Elementor, Ltd. It is a generic page builder, meaning that it’s not built or optimized specifically for a certain theme although there are some WordPress themes that are designed specifically for Elementor, including the Hello theme — which is also developed by Elementor, Ltd — and Page Builder Framework.

Meanwhile, Divi is a WordPress theme. Once again. Divi is a WordPress theme. Not a plugin. But it comes with a built-in page builder called Divi Builder. When you install the Divi theme, you will have the Divi Builder to create pages on your website in a visual way just like Elementor. If you want to use Divi Builder on another theme instead of the Divi theme, you can also do so as Divi Builder is also available as a standalone plugin just like Elementor. You can read our previous article to learn more about Divi Builder. Both Divi and Divi Builder are developed by Elegant Themes, Inc. The company also develops three more WordPress products: Extra theme, Monarch (social media sharing plugin), and Bloom (email opt-in plugin).

So, what we will compare in this article?

Since Elementor and Divi are technically two different product types, we will compare Elementor with Divi Builder. More specifically we will compare the pro version of Elementor with Divi Builder.

Let’s start by comparing the key design elements they each offer.

Design Elements

Design elements should be the first aspect you consider when choosing a page builder as they determine what elements you can add to your page. Elementor uses the term “widget” to mention a design element, while Divi Builder uses the term “module”. Elementor is one step ahead in this area than Divi Builder as it offers more than 90 widgets in total, while Divi Builder offers only about 38 modules.

Elementor Pro Regular Widgets:

Inner SectionReviewsToggle
HeadingTable of ContentsSocial Icons
ImageCountdownAlert
Text EditorShare ButtonsSoundCloud
VideoBlockquoteShortcode
ButtonFacebook ButtonHTML
DividerFacebook CommentsMenu Anchor
SpacerFacebook EmbedSidebar
Google MapsFacebook PageRead More
IconTemplateText Path
PostsLottieSite Logo
PortfolioCode HighlightSite Title
GalleryVideo PlaylistPage Title
FormPayPal ButtonNav Menu
LoginImage BoxSearch Form
SlidesIcon BoxSitemap
Nav MenuStar RatingPost Title
Animated HeadlineImage CarouselPost Excerpt
HotspotBasic GalleryFeatured Image
Price ListIcon ListTable of Contents
Price TableCounterAuthor Box
Flip BoxProgress BarPost Comments
Call to ActionTestimonialPost Navigation
Media CarouselTabsPost Info
Testimonial CarouselAccordion

Elementor Pro WooCommerce Widgets:

ProductsProduct Stock
WooCommerce BreadcrumbsProduct Meta
Custom Add To CartShort Description
WooCommerce PagesProduct Content
Product CategoriesProduct Data Tabs
Menu CartAdditional Information
Product TitleProduct Related
Product ImagesUpsells
Product PriceArchive Title
Add To CartArchive Products
Product RatingArchive Description

Divi Builder General Modules:

AccordionEmail OptinPricing Tables
AudioFilterable PortfolioSearch
Bar CounterGallerySidebar
BlogImageSlider
BlurbLoginSocial Media Follow
ButtonMapTabs
Call to ActionMenuTestimonial
Circle CounterNumber CounterText
CodePersonToggle
CommentsPortfolioVideo
Contact FormPost NavigationVideo Slider
Countdown TimerPost Slider
DividerPost Title

Divi Builder WooCommerce Modules:

ShopWoo Meta
Woo Add To CartWoo Price
Woo Additional InfoWoo Rating
Woo BreadcrumbWoo Related Products
Woo Cart NoticeWoo Reviews
Woo DescriptionWoo Stock
Woo GalleryWoo Tabs
Woo ImagesWoo Title
Woo Upsell

As you can see on the tables above, Elementor offers more design elements than Divi Builder. Meaning that when creating a page using Elementor, there are more elements you can add to your page. For instance, Elementor allows you to add a form thanks to the Form widget. You can even create a multi-step form using the Form widget.

Again. Both Elementor and Divi Builder support add-ons. You can install an add-on to add certain elements that are not offered by Elementor or Divi Builder by default.

Theme Builder

Page builders evolved. Not only you can use them to create a page, but you can also use them to customize every single part (from the header, footer, 404 page, and so on) of your WordPress site thanks to their theme builder feature.

Theme builder itself is a new trend in the WordPress sphere. It is what makes a page builder steps beyond WordPress theme. Both Elementor Pro and Divi Builder comes with a theme builder. The feature allows you to create custom templates to replace the default templates of your theme parts (header, footer, single post, and so on). No programming skills required. Instead, you can create a custom template using the visual editor of Elementor and Divi Builder.

Take a lot at the following table to find out which theme parts you can create the template of using Elementor Pro and Divi Builder.

Elementor ProDivi Builder
HeaderYesYes
FooterYesYes
Single PostYesYes
Single PageYesYes
Custom Post TypeYesYes
Category Archive PageYesYes
Tag Archive PageYesYes
Author Archive PageYesYes
404 PageYesYes
Search Results PageYesYes
Elementor vs Divi: Theme Builder Feature Comparison

If you have WooCommerce installed on your WordPress site, you can also use both Elementor Pro and Divi Builder to create custom WooCommerce pages as follows:

Elementor ProDivi Builder
Shop PageYesYes
Single Product PageYesYes
Product Category PagesYesYes
Product Tag PagesYesYes
Cart PageNot yet (available soon)Yes
Checkout PageNot yet (available soon)Yes
Customer’s Account PageNot yet (available soon)Yes
Elementor vs Divi: WooCommerce Builder Feature Comparison

A little note about single post template. When creating a single post template using Divi Builder, you can customize every single component of the post content, including the main content itself, heading levels (H1, H2, H3, so on), link, bullet and numbering, and block quote. Elementor Pro, meanwhile, only allows you to customize the main content and post title.

Both Elementor Pro and Divi Builder supports display conditions. Meaning that you can assign a certain template to a certain area. For instance, you can create a custom single post template and assign it to certain posts (which you can select manually), post under certain categories, and so on. You can create multiple templates for a certain theme part if you want it. For instance, you can create multiple header templates on your website.

Dynamic Content

WordPress is a popular CMS to create a dynamic website. It comes with some default dynamic content like featured image, post title, and so on. Both Elementor and Divi Builder support dynamic content. You can add dynamic content when creating a custom template using either Elementor or Divi Builder. Here are the dynamic content types supported by the two:

ElementorDivi
Featured ImageYesYes
Author Profile PictureYesYes
Site LogoYesYes
Site TitleYesYes
Site TaglineYesYes
Page TitleYesYes
Post TitleYesYes
Post MetaYesYes
Archive Page TitleYesYes
Archive Page DescriptionYesYes
Archive Post MetaYesYes
TaxonomyYesYes
LinkYesYes
Custom FieldYesYes
Elementor vs Divi: Dynamic Content Feature Comparison

Elementor is one step ahead in this area thanks to its dynamic color. By the time this article is written (June 15, 2021), Divi Builder supports no dynamic color like Elementor.

Animation Effects

Do you want to add an animation effect to your page? Both Elementor and Divi Builder come with some animation effects that you can add to your design, be it a page or custom template. Sticky effect and entrance animation are two of the common animation effects supported by Elementor and Divi. With the sticky effect you can, for instance, create a sticky header on your website or floating button. Scroll effect and mouse effect are also two of the animation effects you can make use to create a stunning effect. They allow you to unleash your creativity in web design.

Especially for Elementor, it supports Lottie animation in case you want to add a Lottie animation to your page. Here are the animation effects offered by Elementor and Divi Builder:

ElementorDivi Builder
Sticky EffectYesYes
Entrance AnimationYesYes
CSS TransformNo (available soon)Yes
Scroll EffectYesYes
Mouse EffectYesNo
Elementor vs Divi: Animation Effect Feature Comparison

Responsive Editing

Today, most people spend more time on smartphone than laptop. So, it’s crucial to create a website that has a responsive design. When creating a website using Elementor or Divi Builder, you can optimize a certain page or custom template for each device type so that you will be able to create a beautiful website without sacrificing the experience. In order to make your website really mobile-optimized, you can even disable unnecessary elements on mobile device.

Elementor

To switch to a certain editing mode in Elementor (desktop, tablet, or smartphone), you can click the device icon the bottom side of the settings panel. You can then select the device type on the appearing top bar. You can even set specific screen size if you want it.

Divi Builder

In Divi Builder, you can simply click the device icon on the bottom side of the editor to switch between editing mode. Divi Builder even allows you to select a specific smartphone model like iPad, iPhone (with a certain model), and Samsung Galaxy (with a certain model). It also allows you to set a specific screen size just like Elementor.

Supporting Features

There is a feature offered by Elementor Pro that is not available in Divi Builder. The feature is popup builder. The popup builder of Elementor is versatile enough. You can use it to create a wide range of popup types. From regular promotional banner popup, notification popup, cookie consent popup, and so on. You can even use it to create a full-screen menu. Another handy feature offered by Elementor is full-site editing that allows you to edit the header template, footer template, and other custom template (e.g., single post template) in the same screen. Full-site editing is not available on Divi Builder.

Actionable link is another feature that is not available in Divi Builder. In Elementor, you can set an actionable link and connect it with a third-party service. For instance, you can add an actionable link to start a WhatsApp chat or Facebook Messenger chat.

One Divi built-in feature that is not available on Elementor is the ability to set dynamic visibility via Display Conditions. It’s a new feature started available Divi 4.11.0. With the feature, you can hide/show an element by certain parameters. The elements you can hide include section, column, and module. The parameters supported by the feature are:

  • Login status
  • User role
  • Web browser
  • Operating system
  • Date and time
  • Location

You can read our previous article to learn more about the feature. With the dynamic visibility of Divi, you can minimize the use of plugins to create a certain website or to run a certain marketing campaign. For instance, you can use it to create a membership plugin thanks to the login status support. Or you can use the Email Optin module to collect email addresses of visitors who use a certain operating system thanks to the operating system parameter support.

Here are some other features offered by Elementor and Divi you might want to consider.

ElementorDivi Builder
Popup BuilderYesNo
Custom CSSYesYes
Role ManagerYesYes
Custom FontYesYes
Custom IconYesNo
Actionable LinkYesNo
Full-site EditingYesNo
Export/Import TemplateYesYes
Coming Soon/Maintenance ModeYesNo
Dynamic VisibilityNoYes

Pricing Options

We’ve finally come to this part. It’s always challenging to decide which is the better app from the pricing perspective.

The pro version of Elementor is available in five plans with the cheapest one charges you $49 per year for one site. $49 is not an expensive price at all given there are a bunch of features you will get, including form builder, theme builder, popup builder, and so on. The only issue with Elementor is that it offers no lifetime plan for the pro version. Some users prefer to pay once for a software although they have to spend more money upfront, rather than spending a yearly budget.

If you enjoy the editing experience of Elementor and don’t want to spend money on a yearly basis, there is Crocoblock as the alternative to Elementor Pro.

Meanwhile, Elegant Themes offer simpler pricing plans than Elementor. It only offers two plans: Yearly Access and Lifetime Access. Yearly Access means you need to spend money on a yearly basis to keep using Divi. While Lifetime Access allows you to get Divi (and other products developed by Elegant Themes) with a one-time purchase option.

Unlike Elementor which adopts the volume-based license, Elegant Themes allows you to use its products on unlimited websites. In other words, you can install Divi on as many websites as you want with one license.

The Verdict

It’s always challenging to choose a tool to create a website, especially if you want to create a website for clients. There are a lot of aspects you need to consider before choosing one, including features and price. Both Elementor and Divi Builder are two popular tools to create a website with WordPress. The two allow you to create a fully customized WordPress website more easily thanks to their visual editor. No coding skills needed. Even if you have programing skills, using a page builder like Elementor and Divi Builder is a smart decision as it will ease your job in getting a project done more efficiently.

From the feature perspective, Elementor is better than Divi Builder as it offers more features as you can see on the table below.

ElementorDivi Builder
Theme BuilderYesYes
WooCommerce BuilderYesYes
Popup BuilderYesNo
Form BuilderYesYes
Dynamic ContentYesYes
Custom FieldYesYes
Dynamic LinkYesYes
Animation EffectYesYes
Template LibraryYesYes
Responsive EditingYesYes
Actionable LinkYesNo
Full-Site EditingYesNo
Custom CSSYesYes
Custom FontYesYes
Custom IconYesNo
Role ManagerYesYes
Elementor vs Divi: Key Features Comparison

Although Elementor offers more features, Divi is a better-suited option if you prefer a simpler pricing plan, especially if you want to create multiple websites. You can choose the one according to your needs. The option is yours in the end.

Original posted on: June 15, 2021

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3 thoughts on “Elementor vs Divi: Detailed Features Comparison

  1. For client website, I design using Elementor because it is more complete.

    But for own website, I prefer lightweight page builder like Zion Builder or Beaver Builder.

    SEO is important for own website to get more visitors. If client want SEO optimization, I will migrate their website to Zion Builder or Beaver Builder.

  2. From the perspective of a regular user, Elementor I think is the best option as it is offers more comprehensive features, but if you are an agency who need a page builder for multiple websites Divi Builder is more worth it. No debate. Despite lack of design elements, Divi Builder comes with all necessary features.

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