Gutenberg vs. ‘Other’ WordPress Page Builders

In a matter of months, what was known to be a heavy-loaded, slow editor is now a speedy, functional editor with really cool blocks that aids its smooth operations. Gutenberg is an editor, available on WordPress by default, providing users with easier content creation and editing roles. The editor uses blocks to edit the content on a website. Hence it is also known as a block editor. Although the editor cannot be compared to WordPress page builders like Elementor, since their functions and build up differ, the latest editions of Gutenberg seems promising. According to some online reviews, soon, there’ll hardly be a need for basic page builders with advanced editors like Gutenberg in the picture.

Generally, page builders like Elementor offers professional designs and website modification to extents that Gutenberg and other advanced editors do not allow. So if you have some editing and designs to tend to, a different comparison between the two elements should help you decide whether the editor or page builder will proffer the solutions you need.

In comparing Gutenberg editor and WordPress page builders; we have to focus on elements such as;

  • Block Function
  • Customization
  • Editing function for Backend and Frontend
  • Styling and Formatting
  • Drag and Drop FeatureEditor function and Page building
  • Scope

Blocks Function and Customization process

Based on the customization function, contents are handled on Gutenberg with blocks rather than the simple drag and drop function available on page builders. As you advance your use of Gutenberg, you discover more blocks that aid video, audio, files, texts, and image editing. Although Gutenberg still has lots of room for improvement, it provides you with the necessary tools to create beautiful content. 

With the drag and drop tools on page builders such as; Elementor and Beaver Builder, users can design and customize websites professionally to greater extents than Gutenberg. 

Style and Format Options

The contrast between Gutenberg and WordPressapproved Page Builders is more evident in their styling and formatting options. Gutenberg does not emphasize customizing content, like Page builders, and it requires a more manual pattern compared to the automatic use of WordPress page builders. For instance, you will have to choose your preferred image block in editing images, then a block style and then, set an image size with your preferred dimensions. Additional styling and designs will require custom CSS and other third-party plugins to improve the editor’s productiveness.

Styling and formatting on page builders are more advanced compared to the functionality of Gutenberg. With page builders, contents are better modified, and the styles of WordPress themes can be used without coding knowledge. Depending on the WordPress page builder used, you can adjust and reset virtually everything on the builder, based on your preference. Settings on background style, colours, image opacity, animation intensity, border styles, and other details can be amended on a website with immediate visibility.

Drag and Drop Feature                                               

The drag and drop feature available on Gutenberg allows you to drag and drop blocks and rearrange them by clicking and holding the element and moving them to preferred areas on the page. Although the flexibility with Gutenberg’s drag and drop feature is not high, you can also create rows in multiple columns and add contents to any area on your page.

Custom Layouts

Gutenberg is outdone in many areas compared to WordPress Page builders, and its custom layouts are yet another. Gutenberg does not provide users with many options to create layouts. But with the activation of additional plugins like Kadence Block, the editor’s customization power will be increased. Unlike Gutenberg, WordPress Page builders provide users with several in-built templates that can be edited and customized to suit their preferences. Each section’s structure, including its style, content, and colours, can be altered, and users can create new templates from scratch with the tools available on the page builder if they do not like the pre-built template.

Frontend Editing

Although Gutenberg is supposed to be a proper editor, its visual design is not great as it only offers users visuals of how columns, buttons, and quotes will look in the Frontend. The limitation of the Frontend setup on Gutenberg goes on to a preview of the content available to website visitors. Website owners have to click on the preview button on the site each time they have to access the visitor’s view of the site, even when they try to edit the elements on the Frontend. 

Most WordPress page builders, like the Elemetor, provide users with great visual experiences and easy access to the Frontend. These page builders give the users time and energy-saving tools and provide users with tools that help indicate improvements on the website.

The blocks on Gutenberg are its cornerstones as they provide users with the best functions on the editor. The blocks on the platform come with two features;

  • A block can be used multiple times
  • Different blocks can be used on other WordPress sites repeatedly.

Although the blocks on Gutenberg are excellent, they still fall short of WordPress Page builders’ elements. Gutenberg’s elements can be improved with third-party plugins. It solely depends on the plugin’s type and function. 


While Gutenberg helps users create excellent content intended for blogging, writing, photography purposes, and other small online businesses, page builders help create landing pages to boost sales, increase website visitors and grow online businesses.

The difference between Gutenberg Editor and WordPress Page builders stated above is based on the different platforms’ functionality. However, the most significant difference between the two is the purpose. Although Gutenberg can perform page builders’ basic functions, it is designed to provide easy posts and page creations for new website owners. According to WordPress, this function is sensible to the development of primary website building. With Gutenberg’s latest advancement, WordPress users (beginners) can easily manage their blogs or websites without coding knowledge. However, WordPress Page builders are used for professional designs, and they offer users easy tools and functions for advanced-looking templates and websites.

Our Verdict

Comparing Gutenberg to WordPress Page Builders is hardly practical. With the latest advancement in Gutenberg, website and blog owners can perform the basic functions of a simple WordPress page builder at ease. However, sizeable online business owners and more professional websites will stick to the advancement and high technical know-how available on WordPress Page builders like Elementor and Beaver builder.

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