October 13, 2020

4 WordPress Page Builder to Use for Your Design Portfolio


Posted by Sharmarke Hujale


7 min read

The intention of this article is to help people make a choice on which WordPress page builder to use. For their design portfolio.

It could be someone who wants to build up a fast portfolio site. Because you don’t have a lot of time on your hands. And want to show off your projects to a potential client or an employer that you’re applying for a job.

If you have chosen WordPress as your platform. That’s great. Maybe you’re already searching for a page builder. Or considering replacing your existing one.

What page builder should you use? And which one is easy to learn and use? These might be questions you are thinking while searching.
A good thing would also be to figure out what you’re looking for in a page builder.

Do you want a page builder where you can drag and drop as you like with little to no coding involved? Or do you want to use advanced code to kick some uniqueness into your website?

Everything comes down to what your needs are.

Why do we need page builders?

If you get used to how a good page builder works. They can save a lot of time. And you can focus on putting your work out. They are also super useful when building your website responsive. So your website portfolio fits on different devices.

Also If you don’t have a lot of money to hire a developer — using a page builder is a way to go about it. You can create pretty good websites by using a page builder. Especially if you have some knowledge of basic coding. Then you can really do some cool stuff.

A quick overview of WordPress page builders in 2020

I’m going to share with you 4-page builders that I have come across while using WordPress. You might recognize some of them.

I will go more in-depth about the 4-page builders. You’re more than welcome to click through the list to go quickly down.

  1. Divi
  2. Elementor
  3. Brizy
  4. Oxygen

1. Divi

Divi Builder

With a subscription base that’s on 89 USD a year with Divi. You will unlock all the plugins, themes, and cool features that Elegant Themes have to offer. The Divi Builder is flexible and allows a lot of columns and layout opportunities. You can use any theme that you wish by taking advantage of their content modules. Here’s examples of some of the modules:

  • Portfolio
  • Slider
  • Testimonial
  • Social media
  • Pricing
  • Login
  • Map
  • Comments

Though you don’t need to know coding to be able to use Divi Builder. You can add your own custom CSS if you’re not satisfied with the existing stylings. You have the function to duplicate and copy any element with one simple click. As well as the option to hide or lock a certain module on the backend if you don’t want other people to have the ability to edit.

Here is why you might consider this page builder:

  • With over 40+ content modules Divi has one of the biggest libraries of elements to choose from.
  • You have some great templates at your disposal that you can play with.
  • Copy, deactivate and lock fields.
  • Offers unlimited redo and undo. So that you always have the opportunity to save your work from disaster.

2. Elementor

Elementor Page Builder

Elementor already offers a free plugin version of their page builder. But you also have the opportunity to pay for the pro-version. It starts at 49 USD for one website to 199 USD for 1000 sites.

The free version of Elementor offers a simple, but yet powerful page builder. It has one of the fastest interfaces you can find from live-editing to instant page loading. The standard features of the page builder include animations, shape dividers, gradient backgrounds.

It has a good amount of WordPress templates which you can pick and choose from. Elementor is also mobile friendly with handy maintenance mode tools, under construction pages, and more.

The pro-version includes over 26 widgets to help you build your portfolio. You can for example insert social media buttons, comments on your website, categorize your work. You can save your widgets to insert on other pages.

Here is why you might consider this page builder:

  • Free version offers templates, and edit your website as you go live
  • You don’t have to install other plugins for maintenance or coming soon
  • Pro-version only starts at 49 USD for a single website
  • Choose between over 26 widgets to include videos, buttons, social icons, gallery etc.
  • Save edit widgets to use anywhere on your website
  • Can translate your website to many languages

3. Brizy

Brizy Builder

Brizy is relatively a new page builder. Built in 2018 by ThemeFuse who has created many WordPress themes over the years. There exists a free and pro-version of Brizy. It starts at 49 USD yearly for three sites to 99 USD for unlimited sites.

At the moment they run a special lifetime offer around 299 USD for lifetime updates and support. It’s a lot of money to give, but you will never have to pay again. You will also have the newest features, and create unlimited pages.

It has all the things you need in order to design your portfolio without having to know any code.

Here is why you might consider this page builder:

  • A unique lifetime offer for a limited amount of people. Pay once and get lifetime updates and the opportunity to use them on all of your WordPress websites.
  • A neat designed user interface I have come across
  • Over 100 predefined blocks ready to drag into your page

4. Oxygen

Oxygen Builder Interface

The Oxygen page builder is a bit different than the average WordPress page builder. Oxygen works as a separate module that’s still connected to WordPress. They offer a fixed price of 99 USD that includes a 60-day money-back guarantee and lifetime updates to an unlimited number of websites.

The idea with Oxygen is to build fast websites within minutes, and the pre-built components allow you to generate your own designs quickly. And faster if you already have made your designs beforehand using Adobe XD for example.

HTML elements are also included if you have a background or knowledge about coding. Oxygen also has an import/export function to quickly move your designs from one place to another.

I would go so long to say that Oxygen is like Webflow for WordPress. The interface and the features that’s available looks familiar. There’s a lot of tools to use if you learn them. But Oxygen can be quite intimidating for beginners. Experienced developers would find this page builder to be useful, especially with the support of HTML, CSS, JS, and PHP.

Here is why you might consider this page builder:

  • Oxygen provides full coding accessibility and capability (with HTML, CSS, JS AND PHP) alongside a solid, visual front-end builder.
  • This page builder gives you a lifetime of updates and support, and you can use it on as many websites as you want.
  • Have a Facebook group to chat with other fellow Oxygen users for further support and ideas.

Your turn to pick your page builder for your portfolio

I hope by reading this short article you will be more informed about the different page builders. It’s your decision in the end. Always go with what fits your needs by looking at your budget, preferences, and what features you want.

If you have any questions regarding page builders. Please let me know down in the comments. It would also be nice if you would share your experiences with using page builders on WordPress.

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