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Top 5 Free Drag and Drop WordPress Plugins

Are you looking to build a completely custom WordPress site, but don’t know complicated coding? If so, this is the blog post for you! We have compiled the 5 BEST and FREE page builder plugins, and compared their features. When looking for the right plugin for your site, here are a few essentials you will need. 

Plugin Essentials

Easy to use: You want to be able to design your site quickly and easily. You want the plugin to be user friendly, while still having lots of design options.

Mobile and tablet design friendly: You want to be able to build a site that is compatible with desktop, tablet and mobile devices. No matter where your website’s audience is coming from you want them to see the site you designed.

Prebuilt ideas and options: Though you may want to build your site completely from scratch, it is nice to have templates and content elements that will make this process easier. 

Ability to see live edits: Not all plugins allow you to see your live site while designing, but the ability to see live edits can make the design process smoother.

Compatibility: If you are using a specific theme or are looking for an easier way to edit a developer built site, you want your plugin to be compatible.

Frequently updated: Make sure your plugin is frequently updated so as new versions of WordPress come out, your plugin will be able to update with it.

All of the following plugins have these essential features, but deciding which is right for your site is up to you. Each plugin’s layout and setup may be different, so finding one that is manageable for you is crucial. Throughout this blog, we hope you find the features that are important for your site, get a few plugin options to try out, and inevitably find the best plugin for you.

Builder Beaver Lite

Builder Beaver is one of the most popular page builder plugins out there today. It offers a “Lite” free version and paid versions starting at $99. This price is more expensive than other paid plugins at first but over time it becomes more affordable. The “Lite” version comes with free templates, standard elements, and the ability to create a full custom site in the live editor. Though there are many more options available in the pro version, users will be able to build a robust site in the free version. Below are some features that come with Builder Beaver Lite.

  • Drag and Drop Page Builder
  • Mobile Friendly 
  • Responsive Editor
  • Real Time Editing
  • Gutenberg Support
  • User Access Settings
  • Custom Post Types
  • Custom and Basic Modules
  • WordPress Multisite support
  • No Content Lock-In (so if you switch builders you don’t have to start over)
  • Upgrade Available

Learn how to install the Builder Beaver Lite plugin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NGynftgYYw 

Brizy

Brizy is an easy to use page builder that comes with countless free options to help you build your site. It also has free and pro versions, with the pro versions starting at $49/year. The free version gives users the freedom to design with added elements, vectors icons, images editing, and more. Below are some features that come with the plugin.

  • Drag and Drop Page Builder
  • Real Time Editing
  • 26 Builder Elements & Pre-made Blocks
  • Responsive Controls
  • Contact Forms
  • Sliders
  • Global & Saved Blocks
  • Undo/Redo
  • Autosave
  • Global Styling: Shadows, Border & Corner Radius, Image Focus, Etc.
  • Video Backgrounds
  • Entrance Animations
  • WordPress Email Integration
  • Upgrade available

Learn how to install the Brizy plugin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFEOTFLzE7U

Elementor

Elementor has more than 2 million active installs, giving users a lot of resources outside of just those offered by themselves. It is a drag and drop plugin that allows users to edit their websites in real time. They offer free and paid versions, with the paid starting at $49/year. Below are some features of Elementor.

  • Drag and Drop Page Builder
  • Real Time Editing
  • 40+ Basic Widgets
  • 30 + Basic Templates
  • Import/Export Templates
  • Mobile Friendly
  • Built-In Maintenance Page
  • Styling: Box & Text Shadow, Background Overlay, Hover Animation, Etc.
  • Entrance Animations
  • Testimonials 
  • Image and Icon Galleries
  • Revision History
  • Upgrade Available

Learn how to install the Elementor plugin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqXr6ZrjLEs 

Page Builder by SiteOrigin

Page Builder by SiteOrigin is a popular page builder that is 100% free. It can be a little more complicated than the other plugins, but if you are a technical person this is the plugin for you. Since this plugin is free, there are no locked features and everything is available to you. Below are some features of Page Builder by SiteOrigin.

  • Drag and Drop Page Builder
  • Theme Compatible 
  • Editable Layout Templates
  • Mobile Friendly
  • Free Theme Add-Ons from SiteOrigin
  • Real Time Editing
  • History Browser
  • Row and Widget Styles
  • Widget Customization
  • No Content Lock-In (so if you switch builders you don’t have to start over)
  • 100% Free
  • Continuously Developed and Updated
  • Available in 17 Languages

Learn how to install the Page Builder by SiteOrigin plugin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdD-k-ynMpc

Themify Builder

Themify is a powerful and intuitive page builder with tons of design options. This drag and drop plugin is free but has the option to purchase an add-on bundle for $39. The Themify company creates WordPress themes and plugins that all work together. Plus, you can also purchase the Builder Pro that includes a membership and all 25 builder addons. Below are some features of the Themify Builder plugin.

  • Drag and Drop Page Builder
  • Backend and Frontend editing
  • Undo/Redo
  • Copy/Paste
  • Import/Export
  • Duplicate
  • Row and Column Customization
  • Entrance Animation
  • Custom Styling: Row Overlay, Google Fonts, Color Picker, Parallax Scrolling, Etc.
  • Video Background
  • Mobile Friendly
  • Multi-Site Support
  • Automatic Cache System
  • SEO Friendly
  • Translate-Able
  • Update Available

Learn how to install the Themify Builder plugin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Dnuwqe0e3M

Builder BeaverBrizyElementorPage Builder by SiteOriginThemify Builder
Free Option
Easy To Use
Mobile Friendly
Pre-Built Design Options
Live Editing
Compatibility
Frequently Updated
Paid Pro Version Available
No Lock-in to plugin
Verified Support & Forums
Frontend & Backend Editing
Revision History Available 

We have compiled this list of 5 page builders because we believe all 5 have awesome features that will allow you to build your dream website. Each is slightly different and only you can decide which is ideal for your site. We hope this blog helped point you in the right direction!

Alison has been with Alpha Hosting since May of 2020. She graduated from Auburn University with a BA in Public Relations and a Minor in Business. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, and playing with her dog.