As a WordPress user, you are already familiar with these two terms Elementor and Gutenberg.
These are the two most important plugins on the WordPress editor used to design web pages.
They both contain so many different elements and templates that you can use to create your web pages just by drag and drop.
Now, as you are here to clear your confusion or to know:
Which one is better?
Here, in this article, we will be comparing these two most frequently used WordPress editor plugins Elementor and Gutenberg
Let’s begin with their journey on WordPress.
As Elementor came to market or launched in 2016 whereas Gutenberg was launched in 2018.
Elementor has two years market advantage over Gutenberg means more people are using elementor than Gutenberg, approximately more than 5-million people are using Elementor right now and the graph of this is increasing exponentially day by day.
Now, let’s compare Elementor and Gutenberg on their:
Comparing features of Elementor vs Gutenberg
While we are comparing the features of elementor and Gutenberg, we know that both the page builders are comparatively sided by side in terms of features.
But which one has better features?
Well, I would say that depends on your need, they both are best in their own zone.
Features of elementor:
If you are building a complete website and you want to customize the theme, template, and element according to your choice then here comes Elementor.
- Elementor provides you all features from which you can customize your website’s theme, template, and elements of your own choice.
- It will let you adjust the padding, margin, and border of the template.
- You can make a complete functioning website by using elementor page builder.
- It will let you add multiple columns and complex layouts on your webpage.
- It provides a collection of libraries of templates that you use.
- It allows the ideal integration with other wordpress plugins.
- It will provide you 40+ widgets to style your webpage, section, or complete website.
Elementor also has a pro version of it which includes abundant features for professionals.
Mainly used for:
- theme building : customizing each and every aspect of theme
- visual design forms
- professional blocks, templates, widgets and features.
- technical support from elementor team 24/7
Features of Gutenberg
On the other hand, if you are new in web building/designing and you are writing a content blog or creating a page for some content then I would recommend that you go for Gutenberg.
It is user-friendly to use and minimal to learn. No matter how unfamiliar you are to it you can work freely on it.
Gutenberg is WYSIWYG and has a variety of blocks, templates, elements, and themes available for you.
- you can create multi-column layouts.
- Number of blocks present for different content like images, tables, buttons etc.
- You can also add, delete, and re-arrange any block, you can also embed videos from any website to it (i.e., Facebook, YouTube, Instagram etc.) or from any other source and customize every block without affecting the other.
- It contains more than 25 blocks.
- It has a mobile editing feature: this feature will make your website run smoothly on mobile screens and make it look fantastic also.
What are the key differences between Elementor and Gutenberg features?
Drag and drop:
Well, elementor page builder is a drag and drop type. You don’t have to add or write anything manually to add any template or theme.
While in Gutenberg you will add blocks manually.
Elementor and Gutenberg both are flexible to use. But, elementor is quite more flexible to use than that of Gutenberg.
Elementor allows users to make the whole website flexible and Gutenberg allows users to add content blocks flexibly.
Gutenberg is said to be the world’s best and most popular page editor, but it still lacks in many aspects as compared to elementor.
Gutenberg is a WordPress default editor: used to edit, create content blocks that you can reuse for other pages also without making them from scratch.
Ideal for simple layouts and including content that fits in the theme.
Whereas elementor is used to make a fully functioning website without writing any block of code. it allows you to create a header, footer, themes, pop-ups, landing pages and provide you animations and motion effects.
ideal for mobile-friendliness, when you need plenty of designing and styling options, and when you require full alignment control.
Elementor vs Gutenberg Speed:
As elementor provides a number of customization features, and libraries of the templates, themes.
libraries or backend files either we use all on our page or not but it will load all.
which will make the page load slower.
Gutenberg is more lightweight as compared to the elementor as it does not contain any libraries to load.
The Gutenberg page loads faster than that the elementor page.
Elementor vs Gutenberg Efficiency:
While working on elementor or on Gutenberg both are efficient to use.
But, which is more efficient to use?
When we work on elementor it gives us a preview of every change we make immediately.
we drag any widget, element, a toolbox that appears on the left side of the page and drop it to where we want it on the webpage.
We just select it and drag it to our desired spot on the page and elementor will immediately show us how it will look on our web.
As it is a front-end editing tool. whatever action you perform you will see its end results right away.
whereas, in Gutenberg whenever we add any block, image, table, etc. we won’t know how it will look on our webpage, to see the changes we will click on a preview button to view the changes.
Whenever you make any changes you will have to click the preview button to view how this change appears on the webpage.
As it is a backend editing tool and to see the end results of action we will click on the preview button to view
Well, in my perspective I found elementor more efficient to use than that of Gutenberg because whenever I was making a change elementor was showing me immediately whereas in Gutenberg I have to check it after every tiny action by myself.
Elementor vs Gutenberg Pricing:
Elementor and Gutenberg both are free WordPress plugins.
But elementor has a pro version whose pricing varies according to usage.
And its pricing is categorized as essential, advanced, and expert packages
- Essential costs 49$ for 1 pro website per year.
- Advanced costs 99$ for 3 pro websites per year.
- Expert costs 199$ for 25 pro websites per year.
Simply, as it is the paid version of elementor it contains more diverse features than that of elementor.
At this point, you must have understood which is better for you, because in my point of view both are heroes of their own.
it depends on how you are using them or what is you need them.
You want a block page editor not familiar with adjusting padding, border, and margin or new to web designing then none other is better than Gutenberg.
But if you want a web page builder then Elementor is the best choice.
Because it provides you with a variety of features ready to use templates, themes, widgets, blocks and so many other features plus an advantage that you can customize them according to your wish or need and you can see the changes you have made immediately.
you can make a fully functioning website with elementor.
elementor has also a paid version elementor pro with countless new features to make a professional website.
Also, you can use both Gutenberg and elementor on the same page and the integration of both plugins will be ideal.
Let suppose, if you are making a web page using an elementor theme and template and you want to add a block of text then you can add that block with Gutenberg also.
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