You know, I heard that question recently, and it made me smile. If I asked you, “why do you buy a Mercedes if everyone is hyping about Tesla?”, you would probably smile too. If there were only one type of every product, it would be a monopoly, and that’s not good for the global economy (I don’t know much about economics, but I’ve read about monopoly in Wikipedia). If there is competition, everyone does their best to improve their own product, and customers get stuff of higher quality. The situation is the same in the page builders niche – developer companies learn from each other’s mistakes and make the software more useful and smoothly working.
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There is a set of features every page builder must have. Drag-and-drop functionality, a set of convenient blocks, real-time customization – you can’t name your product a website builder if it hasn’t those features. That’s why I won’t mention them at all – it’s useless. Instead, I’ll tell you about the raisins that differ Elementor and Gutenberg from other builders.
In the early stages, it hard to predict if the product will be successful. Elementor was launched in 2016, and nobody expects it will grow so rapidly. By now it has more than 80 000 downloads and the highest rating on WordPress.org. The community of users is vast, active and passionate. So, why do that people love it?
WordPress developers don’t hurry with Gutenberg and take their time. Even now it is still not finally released, thus users actively test its functionality. The final version will be added to WordPress 5.0, and its launch date is coming closer rapidly. WordPress team hopes to get 100 000 installs of Gutenberg before merging into WordPress administration panel – to track all the bugs and gather the feedback. However, fans install Gutenberg even. Thus it is not the final version – why?
You can’t evaluate the product correctly if you don’t know its disadvantages and believe me, everything and everyone has them. Some of them are little, like snoring, and some could make you change your decision and choose another builder. So here are some dirty little secrets of both our competitors.
I will tell my own conclusion a little later, but I, certainly, can’t miss a chance to ask someone else’s opinion. As a very friendly monster, I went talking to people and found two writers that used different website builders and formed an opinion about Gutenberg and Elementor competition.
I'm a blogger and have used several of the page builders including Beaver, Elementor and Gutenberg. Here are some of my thoughts on this:
The page builder business (and the premium theme industry) will need to adapt when Gutenberg arrives as the default in the WordPress product. The signs from the WordPress team point at Gutenberg being a major release that they plan to build their future around in order to better compete with Squarespace and others. This means that the technical question of who’s best may not mean much because as usually the majority of users just use the default version they’re presented with.
By being the default choice, Gutenberg will get support from the open-source community through the creation of plugins and themes that are specifically built for it. Most of the newbie bloggers would not have a need to go and look further than Gutenberg. It will cover all their needs in terms of creation of more unique looking blog content and the need to go install another page builder will be pretty much be eliminated for them.
So the acquisition of new users at the current scale will become a problem for page builders and premium themes. The third-party page builders, despite making this format successful, may turn into more of an advanced niche product that enhances and extends Gutenberg. This would then be for more advanced bloggers who have a specific need that Gutenberg may not cover at the time such as access to a wide variety of great looking templates or some specific extension for edge cases. The industry will get tougher in terms of competition, some teams that are adaptable will thrive but some may not survive. It might not happen on day 1 after the release of Gutenberg, but the writing is on the wall for those that don’t adapt as Gutenberg matures and improves.
But I would say all in all the Gutenberg introduction will be great for all the bloggers and the whole WordPress ecosystem. It will make it so much easier and faster to build amazing content without the need of any design experience or tech know-how. And it will expand the WordPress ecosystem and bring new opportunities to developers and entrepreneurs who embrace it.
a blogger at HowToMakeMyBlog
It seems there is a lot of uncertainty at the moment about the direction WordPress is heading as Gutenberg is being slowly rolled out in phases with the eventual aim of becoming a drag and drop builder.
Elementor is one of the best page builders for WordPress alongside Beaver Builder and a couple of others and while this breed of WordPress plugin look like they could be under threat of extinction I like to think there is a more optimistic outcome.
WordPress has always tried to evolve gradually and carefully to remain lean and as a result, I doubt any Gutenberg page builder that comes baked into future versions of WordPress will feature all of the bells and whistles people have become accustomed to.
I anticipate Gutenberg's features such as blocks to make it easy for third-party plugins and developers to extend their drag and drop functionality by creating uniquely functional custom blocks and modules.
This will create a new ecosystem within WordPress where savvy developers will be working on creating these custom blocks that can be exported between sites and shared with other WordPress users. WordPress Page Builders don't have to become dinosaurs if they evolve their purpose in line with WordPress core roadmap. They can become block libraries that extend Gutenberg.
It's also worth noting that Gutenberg is very much in its infancy right now with only the basic tools and a new Medium-like WYSIWYG editor and if you need to build a website today then I would certainly still recommend using Elementor.
designer, developer & digital marketer at Mazepress
Meet Gutenberry – a new WordPress theme intended for Gutenberg editor. The theme allows exceptional options for all the needs of your website. Its nifty variants of home page design and dynamic blog posts listings, fast speed, easy editing and usage, the presence of ZeGuten plugin make it the perfect theme for the outstanding blog.
First of all, Gutenberry is specifically designed for Gutenberg, is operating rapidly and displays great results on Google Page Speed and Gtmetrix. The next thing that makes it suitable for a variety of website subjects and styles is the design, which has a classic look with the usage of neutral and light basic colors, namely light pink, light blue, light aquamarine, white, and nude. The design is minimalistic, at the same time, it provides all the needed options and blocks for the website. Nude, Aqua, Lavender, Crystal, and Mauve theme variants of showcasing your content are available. Aside from these 5 options of a home page, the theme has 6 blog listing variants that will display your publications archive in the best way possible. They include Classic listing, Classic listing small, Classic listing without sidebar, Classic listing small without sidebar, Small listing grid, Large listing grid.
What is more, the theme has the ZeGuten plugin that gives you the power of extra blocks. This allows the template to have 11 additional blocks for the content editing. The blocks include Posts, Section, Pricing Table, Banner, Circle Progress, Countdown Timer, Progress Bar, Inline SVG, Image Comparison, Map, and Animated Box.
Being a clean, classy, and stylish theme, Gutenberry can be considered the best tool to make the website you need. It is highly-responsive and top fast, has lifetime support and free clipart. If you want a unique trendy blog that is simply maintained and moderated, then Gutenberry is a perfect choice.
To me, it is like comparing Batman and Superman. Both are superheroes; both have their advantages and disadvantages. How can you tell who’s better? You can read the pros and cons once more and decide who you like more (and I will be interested if you write your conclusion in the comment section below). I think that Elementor is better. It was launched two years ago, and almost all its bugs are fixed. Gutenberg has excellent prospects for the future, but you still have to wait for it, and while you are waiting, Elementor is just the tool you need.
So, yes, we still need Elementor, even though everyone is hyping about Gutenberg.