I came across an Elementor vs Beaver Builder comparison review that was published in August 2020. While I am pretty biased in favor of the Beaver Builder platform the reviewer seemed to favor Elementor.
If you are trying to decide which page builder platform to use I’d encourage you take a look at the review Beaver Builder vs Elementor – An Ultimate Guide and Comparison (2020). But the problem is trying to keep up with the evolving features in both platforms. I left a comment to the article (which is currently pending and not yet visible at the end of the post) pointing out some of the omissions and corrections to his review. Since my comment is not visible on the original post I’m including it below:
Upfront I’m an avid Beaver Builder/Themer website developer. As you’ve mentioned both platforms continue to evolve so I’d recommending looking at the respective websites for the current list of features. For example, BB now has the revision history that you noted was missing and has supported different styling for the 3 responsive breakpoints for every element (and has a responsive editing mode the previews the mobile and tablet layout while you are editing). It also has preformatted row and column templates in addition to the page templates.
But as a developer of websites for clients I think Beaver Themer is the deciding factor. I’d suggest your readers look into the Themer Connector and Conditional Logic features. The Connector lets you “connect” to a dynamic WordPress element for many content choices. For example, if you set up a template for a Single Post layout you can insert a heading at the top of the page and connect it with the Post Title element, add a background image for a row and connect it with the Post Featured Image.
The Conditional Logic feature can be applied to any row, column, or module in the Advanced Display setting. I frequently use custom fields for client sites so they just have to fill in the information and my Themer layout displays that on the front end. For example, I have a custom field for an artist collective with over 200 artist pages. The artist can just enter their phone number, email address, or Zoom link in those respective fields. Beaver Themer lets me “connect” a button target link to the Zoom link field, but only display that button if the Zoom Link field is set. Same with the phone and email display. If those fields are filled out a Beaver Builder text module will “connect” to that custom field, but only display the text if that field is set.
The other advantage I find for Beaver Builder is the top notch community support on Slack and Facebook.
So for the time being BB with Themer is my choice to sit on top of a Genesis Framework theme. But FWIW, I expect the native Gutenberg will obsolete all the page builders in a couple of years. Those companies and the ecosystem (UABB, Powerpack, etc.) I expect will evolve to transitioning their expertise to Gutenberg blocks and enhancements. Currently I use BB for page layouts, page templates, header and footer layouts, but use Gutenberg for individual Post content layout.
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