Divi vs Elementor - Who Wins in 2020?

WordPress, as amazing a product as it is, for many years was never the most user friendly option when it came to designing websites.

For site design, it originally only belonged to the realm of geeks and coders the world over. That was until the introduction of WordPress drag and drop site builders…

There are several great builders on the market including Beaver Builder, Visual Composer, Themify and Site Origin’s Page Builder. However, arguably, the two market leaders in WordPress site builders has to be Divi and Elementor. 

This article is here to help you decide between them as they face off in a Divi vs Elementor battle.

WordPress however are starting to play catch up and now have their Gutenberg editor. Gutenberg is a step in the right direction in terms of visual builder but is still a long way from Divi or Elementor at the moment.

Divi vs Elementor
Divi History

Divi began its life back in 2013 and has grown into what it has become today. It is now up to version 4.4.3 (at time of writing) and has seen a marked change over the years

Elementor History

Elementor was late to the party, starting its life in 2016. It has now grown to be the powerhouse it has now become. As of writing it is up to version 2.9.2.

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What is Divi?

Divi is available from Elegant themes and is basically a WordPress theme with visual builder that is so much better than the current editor available on WordPress. 

According to the Divi website, It can create visually stunning websites even if you have no coding or design skills.

It comes with…

  • Divi Builder
  • Divi Theme
  • Extra magazine theme
  • Monarch (Social Media plugin)
  • Bloom (Optin form manager and popup builder)

How Much Does Divi Cost?

Divi has 2 packages available..

  • $89 for 1 year
  • $249 for lifetime and lifetime updates.

As you can see, both packages have the same features except the lifetime access is a one time fee and offers good value.

Divi Pricing

What is Elementor?

Elementor is a WordPress plugin that brings a superb visual user interface to designing web sites. 

It has a free version and a paid Pro version with support for many 3rd party extras.

  • Create Your own Themes
  • Create Your own Popups
  • Create visually stunning widgets
  • Create WooCommerce sites

How Much Does Elementor Pro Cost?

Elementor has 3 paid packages available..

  • $49 for 1 year
  • $99 for 3 sites for 1 year.
  • $199 for 1000 sites for 1 year.

As you can see, all packages have the same features and they are all just for 1 year of updates. The $199 package offers the best value.

The best value of all though is the free Elementor plugin available for download. It does lack the bells and whistles but is great when starting out.

Elementor Pricing
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The Interface - Ease of Use

Divi Features

Elementor Features

Divi Pros

Divi Cons

Elementor Pros

Elementor Cons

Divi Interface Score

4.3/5

Elementor Interface Score

4/5

Interface Conclusion

Theres not a lot between Divi and Elementor when it comes to the interface. It all boils down to the way you work and what suits you personally. I like the way Elementor has its editor section in one place and once you’ve learnt how it works it is very intuitive.

However, I love the ability to drag, drop slide edges into position all while working on the page live in Divi. So for me, Divi just wins this battle for the best interface.

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Customisation Modules (widgets)

Divi Features

Divi Modules

Elementor Features

Elementor Widgets

Divi Pros

Divi Cons

Elementor Pros

Elementor Cons

Divi Modules Score

3.5/5

Elementor Modules Score

5/5

Modules Conclusion

For me the winner of the best modules section has to be Elementor. Simply because the free version includes all the modules a web designer needs to build an awesome site. The pro version and paid 3rd party modules have some incredible additions to your arsenal.

Divi is good though but the bloated buggy nature is frustrating to work with at times.

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Ready Made Templates (Layouts)

Divi Features

Elementor Features

Templates Divi vs Elementor

Divi Pros

Divi Cons

Elementor Pros

Elementor Cons

Divi Layouts Score

4.5/5

Elementor Templates Score

4.5/5

Templates (Layouts) Conclusion

No overall winner here for me. Both Divi and Elementor offer plenty of options when it comes to ready made templates or layouts. Elementor is great in that the free version has plenty of templates and kits available. Divi possibly has slightly more exciting looking layouts but both of them are on a par here.

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Price

Divi Features

Divi Pricing

Elementor Features

Elementor Pricing

Divi Pros

Divi Cons

Elementor Pros

Elementor Cons

Divi Price Score

4/5

Elementor Price Score

4.5/5

Price Conclusion

There is only one winner here and that is Elementor. The reason is simple, there is a free version available which meets most web designer’s needs. If you want bells and whistles then of course you can pay for it. 

Divi’s paid plan is better value because it includes a lifetime updates and sites option.

Divi vs Elementor - Who Wins?

I think it all boils down to exactly what your personal preferences are and what is important to you.

If you have a tight budget, like a nice uniform interface and plenty of functionality to create a great site then the winner is Elementor. You can always start with the free version and when you want to pay for more bells and whistles with Elementor Pro and all the addons.

If you have a budget to start with and need all the bells and whistles from the start, its Divi. Also, if you like to work on a live site with drag and drop, The winner is Divi.

Overall, I am calling it a draw. Both companies bring out new regular updates and improvements and so whichever way you decide, you will be happy with the results.