When you embark upon building a new website in 2024, be prepared to spend a lot of time and energy to get things set up properly. Luckily, there is help in the form of some powerful production tools. Zion Builder and Elementor are two tools you can use to quickly build a website in WordPress. Both provide a good blend of code and design. Rest assured, you do not need to know how to code with either one of these products.
Quickly build your blog or website for your business or personal needs thanks to a range of features and tools available in both products. Let's look at some of the features, price plans, pros, and cons of this web builder. After reading this article, you may decide to try one or both of these products to help you build your web business.
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As mentioned before, you do not need any coding experience to use either one of these products. There are enough tools to build a sleek and professional looking custom website.
When you use Zion Builder or Elementor, you probably won’t need another tool to help produce a website. It would be an understatement to say that both web builders have tons of features at your disposal to help you get a website up and running as quickly as possible. When you go to both company web pages, you may be overwhelmed by the available tools and online gadgets.
Both page Builders do interesting things in regards to pop ups. The difference here is where the pop-ups appear. On one hand, Zion Builder utiilzes the Page builder pop-up feature which makes it easy to access all the different templates available as you build the web site. Zion’s Modal Builder lets you create custom pop ups. Enable a pop-up by way of scrolling, exit behavior, or when somebody is on your page for a few seconds on your Zion website.
The popup element in Elementor is only seen on the user’s end. Elementor’s PopUp Editor allows you to create unlimited pop-ups for your WordPress website. You can build really cool professional-looking pop-ups in a variety of designs and from different widgets.
Both web builders also allow you to apply Global CSS styling across the website depending on which package you buy. You can apply custom CSS to a specific element, page, or the entire website.
Are you worried about not being able to keep track of past actions? Luckily, both builders keep track of your actions. You are able to see past revisions and undo or redo past actions. So if you make a mistake or want to go back several steps, this won't be a problem.
Zion Builder and Elementor both understand the importance of uniform or customized headers and Footers. You do not need any code to design your header or footer to your liking with these products.
Build and customize your own themes so you will have no problem having a unique look to your website. Of course, whether you were using Zion builder or Elementor, you can always use a pre built template. Both builders come with several pre-built themes available and you will probably find one to your liking.Once you find a template that you like, simply customize it to your wish.
Both web builders are useful if you have an online store. A WooCommerce Builder is available on both these WordPress builders. However, Elemento’s WooCommerce option appears to be way more extensive than in Zion Builder. You can place WooCommerce products or other elements on any section on your website.
Bloggers can have fun with both of these builders. The difference is that Zion Builder specifically has a Blog Post Builder feature. Within Elementor, there are many elements throughout the product that bloggers can take advantage of such as the drop cap tool and in-line editing. Zion specifically has a tool just for the blogger.
The engineers of both these WordPress builders understand the power of adding a visual slideshow. Zion allows users to add a Slide Builder to show any type of content ( written or visual). I must admit that Elementor wins here though. The slide feature in Elementor allows full-screen and full-width sliders. Have fun with various special effects and animations on the Elementor slider as well.
Both sites make use of the various keyboard shortcuts such as command + ( various) to get things done faster.
Whenever you make a mistake or want to change something on Elementor or Zion, you can easily back track your latest action or your action from months ago. All your revisions are saved. So you are not stuck completely rewriting something from scratch if you previously deleted it.
You can easily utilize drag-and-drop on both products. A easy way to change the size of any element in Zion Builder is the use of the drag tool. Simply hover over the element and then drag the toolbox lines to your desired size. However with Elementor, you have a full drag and drop editor.
Don't get me wrong, ZIon has many great features that enhance the website. You can resize borders, have global fonts, and do all sorts of things with CSS without being a coder. However, at the moment it can't compete with the over 90 widgets available on Elementor.
Elementor has Basic widgets, PRO widgets, Theme widgets, and WooCommerce Widgets. There are basic widgets for star ratings, dividers, Google Maps, tabs, and HTML. The Pro widgets include a price table, animated headline, media carousel, call to action, and a PayPal button. The Theme widgets include breadcrumbs, search bar, and a site map among others. For your online store, the WooCommerce widgets available include products stock, upsells, menu cart and more.
Elementor has a library which comes with 100 designer made website kits for you to utilize. Search the library and find a kit to your liking. Once you find one, you can customize it anyway you like and easily add content. It's a pretty nice and easy way to get started with your website.
The Zion library has its own panel that may be accessed from the main bar. Reusable templates may be found in the library. Take a pre-made template or make your own to save to the library. With a simple click of the insert button, you may add a template to any page.
Both products offer advanced features based on which package you choose.
Zion allows you to exhibit user control by enabling whether logged in or logged out users can see your site's content.
Elementor appears to win when it comes to more Dynamic content options. You can even upload your very own fonts. Have fun with responsive screens as you can customize the design break points in 7 different ways.
As you can see, while no coding is needed, both products allow developers to show off their skills and add extra code where they see fit.
You may try out Zion Builder with a free download. 10 basic templates come in the free option, over a hundred elements in a library, and over 40 core elements. Luckily, the free option does provide enough elements that allow you to see what Zion Builder can possibly do for you. Elementor allows users to test it out for free as well. That the free version is very basic. To be honest, Zion’s free version provides more elements when testing it out.
Zion's main plans range from $29 a year to $249 for life. Each plan has everything available in a free option. On the other hand, Elementor’s plans range from $49 to 999 a year.
Individuals with one website can take advantage of Zion’s Personal plan for $29 a year which comes with probuilder elements, blog post Builder, team Builder, and support. $89 a year allows you to build and publish a hosted Elementor website.
The $69 a year Pro plan lets you build 3 websites compared to the Extended plan that allows unlimited websites for $149 annually. For $50 more dollars a year, you can create 25 websites on Elementor.
Users may be interested in Zion’s limited Lifetime plan. It allows you to pay $249 one time for Lifetime access. However, there are only 923 licenses left so act fast. If you are an agency that creates thousands of websites a year, you can pay $999 annually for Elementor.
Both sites allow you to test them out for free.
After paying for a subscription on Zion, you are not locked into a contract. Subsciptions can easily be cancelled. You also have 30 days to get your money back after signing up for a subscription. All paid Zion Builder subscriptions come with support and updates.
If you decide to cancel your plan, it will not affect your website. Zion Builder will continue to work after your license expires.
Pages will load fast with Zion Builder due to its lightweight code. Speed is key in 2024!
Elementor comes with a ton of widgets to create a very enhanced website. While Elementor may be more expensive than Zion, it also has way more widgets and features. Elementor also seems to be the best source for truly Dynamic content.
Both WordPress builders are great for anyone who does code. However, both are also built with future coding in mind. Developers can always go back into both products and add advanced CSS, HTML, or even PHP at least on Elementor.
If you are a smaller agency that has to build several sites, Zion is great for you. Large agencies are better off with Elementor. Experienced web developers will also appreciate both tools since you can easily get a website up and running quickly. After building a basic website, developers can easily add advanced code to both builders over time.
There are so many options now when you want to build a website. You no longer need to have the code. Luckily, both Elementor and Zion think about coders and non coders alike.
In addition to widgets, both sites allow you to utilize a library for many prebuilt elements. Elementor even has full web kits that you simply have to customize.
Since both products allow such fast pre-building, this is great for agencies that are working on a time crunch. It is easier to scale up with clients and meet their demands when you can use pre-built elements and customize them as you like. Developers no longer have to create websites from scratch anymore. They can show off their skills by customizing pre-built elements on both web builders.
The lifetime option on Zion is great for now but it won’t last. Once the lifetime option goes away, Elementor may be the better option even though it is more expensive. The plethora of dynamic elements for several types of web builders - products, bloggers, etc. make it a win in more ways than one.
On the other hand, people often mention Zion Builder’s speed. There's nothing worse than building a massive website with amazing content that takes forever to load. Some even say it is faster than Elementor. This may change over time with Elementor’s advancements.
In the competition of Elementor vs Zion Builder, both builders have great qualities that allow you to create an amazing website in little to no time. If you want more enhance features, Elementor wins this battle. Zion is the champion of speed and pricing - at least at the moment!