As WordPress has continued to grow in popularity, developers have continued to enhance the options available to users through advanced themes and plugins. While WordPress is popular with designers and developers who are comfortable creating custom themes, it’s also a popular option for website owners and bloggers who want to be able to manage their own sites without needing any coding skills or experience.
There are currently a number of products available that make it possible for WordPress users to have control over the layouts and designs of their site without the need to be able to code custom themes, or to hire a designer to create one. In this post we’ll take a look at some of the leading options.
Many WordPress users are very familiar with Elegant Themes as one of the most popular theme shops. Recently they added the Drag and Drop Builder Plugin to their offerings. With the plugin you can create advanced page layouts without touching any code. You can create columns, sliders, tabs, buttons, toggles, and boxes, and you can resize the elements as well.
To get an idea of what the plugin can do and how it works, check out the video at Elegant Themes. The Drag and Drop Builder Plugin is available to Elegant Themes members with a Developer account. The cost is $ 89 per year, which gives you access to all of their themes (currently 75 themes) in addition to the this plugin.
iThemes is another popular WordPress theme shop, and they also have a product to provide drag and drop functionality. Builder is a WordPress theme that allows you to insert different modules, like headers, navigation, content areas, images, widget bars, footers, and more. The Style Manager plugin that comes with Builder will allow you to change things like colors and fonts without touching the code.
At iThemes you can see demo videos for Builder, the Styles Manager, and Blocks (things like event calendars that can be created with Builder). Builder, 5 Foundation themes, and the Style Manager plugin can be purchased for $ 80. If you want a large selection of child themes and some additional plugins you can purchase one of the higher-priced plans.
Ultimatum is a WordPress theme that was created to make it easy for users to have control over the design of their site without requiring any coding skills. You can create unlimited templates, take advantage of an advanced style editor, create forms, create slideshows, and more. You’ll use Ultimatum’s drag and drop editor to create the design that you want without the coding.
You can watch a video on their site to see what Ultimatum can do. The Starter license allows for use on one site with a lifetime membership for $ 65. Higher-priced plans are also available for use on unlimited sites.
Visual Composer is a WordPress plugin by WPBakery that is available at CodeCanyon. With Visual Composer you can create layouts for your posts and pages very easily with no coding. You can add columns, tabs, message boxes, image galleries, buttons, video players, Google maps and more.
You can view a demo video for Visual Composer on this page. A one-site license is available for $ 25, and an extended license for $ 125.
PageLines is a drag and drop WordPress theme framework that will help you to have control over your site’s layout and design without the need for coding. The framework is built with a responsive design to help make your site look great on tablets and smartphones. You can use the drag and drop editor to create layouts on a page-by-page basis. You’ll also be able to change things like colors and fonts.
A demo video is available at their site. The Standard License for the framework is currently available for $ 139 (normally $ 197).
Headway is another drag and drop theme builder. You can create layouts with its drag and drop grid layout grid. Headway’s Design Editor allows you to add things like background images, round corners, and more. Like PageLines, Headway also uses a responsive layout.
A demo video is available to see Headway in action. The Base License will give you the drag and drop theme builder for use on an unlimited number of sites for life (updates for 1 year) for $ 87.
Other Theme Builders:
In addition to the options listed above, there are even more theme builders for WordPress.