Gutenberg vs Elementor – Which WordPress Editor is Better 2022? (Compared)

Last Updated: 10 mins By: Priyanka Panjiyar

Are you confused between Gutenberg vs Elementor? No worries, we’re here to clear your confusion. 

If you’re a WordPress enthusiast then, you must have heard about both Gutenberg and Elementor at some point. Gutenberg is a block editor, whereas Elementor is a page builder plugin.

However, one common thing between them is, both are used to create WordPress websites. In this article, we’re going to compare both Elementor vs Gutenberg so that you can decide which one to use for your site. 

So, let’s get started. 

A) Gutenberg vs Elementor – Introduction

i) Gutenberg – Introduction

Gutenberg Block Editor

Gutenberg was first introduced with WordPress 5.0 version in 2018. Before Gutenberg, WordPress offered the Classic Editor. Gutenberg block editor has been the official WordPress block editor for the past 3 years. 

Simply put, Gutenberg offers separate blocks to add various elements. For example, an individual block for an image, a heading, a paragraph, a video, a gallery, and so on. It also allows you to add custom CSS code to enhance your website. Additionally, Gutenberg is more useful to content editors. 

ii) Elementor – Introduction

Elementor Page Builder

Elementor is one of the most popular WordPress page builders. It allows the users to create as well as edit websites using a simple drag and drop interface. 

As of today, Elementor has over 5 million active users making it one of the top 5 highest-rated website builders. Moreover, it’s open-source software and released under GPLv3 license. Interestingly, Elementor powers 2.24% of the top 1M websites on the web. 

This amazing page builder was first introduced in 2016 by Yoni Luksenberg and Ariel Kliksten. Elementor offers both a free version and a premium version. Moreover, it’s more suitable and useful to web designers. 

B) Gutenberg vs Elementor – Ease of Use

i) Gutenberg – Ease of Use

Gutenberg is a default WordPress page/post editor i:e it comes built-in with your WordPress website (WordPress 5.0 and above versions). To use the Gutenberg block, firstly, you need to log in to your WordPress dashboard. 

You can Add New Page/Post. Or, you can choose a page or post you want to customize from the sidebar menu. When you hover over the page/post, you can see an Edit button. 

Edit Page

Then, it takes you to the page/post editor. Add a suitable title for your post or page. Simply click on the Plus (+) icon to add a new block. 

Add New Block

You can add paragraphs, images, headings, videos, and so on. Moreover, you can customize the blocks as well. You can change the typography, background color, fonts, and much more. 

Block Options

Also, remember that you need a Gutenberg-compatible theme. We highly recommend using Zakra. It’s a multipurpose theme; hence, with Gutenberg and Zakra, you can create a WordPress website of any niche. 

ii) Elementor – Ease of Use

Elementor has a free version and a premium version. Hence, you can easily install it from the dashboard. Along with that, you also need an Elementor ready WordPress theme. 

Lucky for you, Zakra is fully compatible with Elementor page builder as well. Other than that, Elementor itself provides a WordPress theme called Hello.  

Having said that, let’s install Elementor. To install the free version, just go to Plugins >> Add New from the sidebar of your WordPress dashboard. 

Plugin Navigation

Next, search ‘Elementor’ on the search box. When it appears, click on Install Now and finally hit the Activate button. 

Elementor Activate Button

Once you install the plugin, navigate to the page/post and click on the Edit option. On top of the page/post, you can see the button ‘Edit with Elementor.’ Click on it and it takes you to the Elementor editor page. 

Edit With Elementor

On the left panel, you can find lots of widgets. Such as the Inner section, Texts, Images, Buttons, and so on. You can add a new widget by selecting the Add New Section button on the right panel. 

Add New Section

Next, all you need to do is drag a widget and drop it on the right side. Also, don’t forget to click on the Update button as shown below.

Upload Widget-min

You can also add pre-built templates. Click on Add Template button then; a pop-up appears where you can find many Blocks and Pages

Add Template

Choose one that suits your website’s niche and hit the Insert option. You can also further customize them according to your needs. 

Blocks and Pages

Final Verdict: Both Elementor and Gutenberg have a beginner-friendly interface. Even a person with no coding skills can create a WordPress website with ease. 

C) Gutenberg vs Elementor – Widgets and Blocks 

i) Gutenberg – Widgets and Blocks

As you know, Gutenberg is a block-based editor.  The good news is you can save the blocks and reuse them later as well. 

To browse all the blocks and widgets provided by Gutenberg, click on the Browse All button located below the Plus (+) icon. You can find various blocks divided into different categories. They’re as follows.

Text Media Design Widgets Theme Embeds
ParagraphImageButtonsShortcodePost TitleEmbed
QuoteGalleryColumnsArchivesQuery LoopTwitter
TableVideoSeparatorCustom CSSPost DateVideoPress
PullquoteMedia & TextPost CategoriesSocial iconsPost ContentSlideshare
VerseFile Page BreakerLatest CommentsPost ExcerptCrowdsignal

Note: There are many more options than mentioned above. Along with that, Gutenberg also offers Patterns such as Call to Action, Double Call to Action, Event Details, Featured Content, and Introduction

Besides, Gutenberg has a powerful API; hence, WordPress developers can create their own customized blocks as well. They can even develop Gutenberg block plugins and add-ons

For example, Gutenberg Block by BlockArt is an easy-to-use Gutenberg block plugin. It provides many additional blocks to add to your WordPress website. 

Did you know, BlockArt comes in-built with the Zakra theme? Moreover, you can also install it from your dashboard as it’s free. 

Gutenberg Blocks by BlockArt

BlockArt WordPress Plugin

To edit your page/post with Blockart, hover over the page/post of your choice and click on the Edit option. Next, select the BlockArt Library button at the top.

BlockArt Library

On the BlackArt Library, you can see three different categories – Sections, Starter Packs, and Templates

Further, under Sections options, you’ll find Categories such as CTA, Banner, Contact, Countdown, Testimonial, Service, Team, Pricing, Gallery, and so on. 

BlockArt Sections

Under the Starter Packs, there are Categories like Business and Non-Profit. 

BlockArt StarterPacks

Likewise, you’ll find Business and Non-Profit Categories under the Templates option. 

BlockArt Templates

All you need to do is, hover over the Section, Starter Packs, or Templates you like and click the Import button. 

ii) Elementor – Widgets and Blocks

Elementor is a widgets-based page builder. The free version of Elementor offers 40+ widgets. Some of them are – Buttons, Headlines, Forms, etc. Also, with the free version, you get 300+ pre-made templates

Correspondingly, Elementor has four different premium plans. With premium plans, you get 90+ Basic & Pro Widgets300+ Basic & Pro Templates, 60+ Pro Website Kits, and 20 Expert Website Kits

Just like BlockArt, there are Elementor add-ons and extensions that can offer you extra widgets for your WordPress website. 

With Zakra premium (Personal Plus and above) plans, you can download Companion Addons for Elementor plugin. Once you install Zakra, Zakra Pro, and the Companion Addons for Elementor plugin, you can add extra widgets such as:

  • Slider widget
  • Testimonial widget
  • Gallery widget
  • Services widget
  • Countdown widget
  • 10+ more widgets

You just need to drag the widget and drop it to create a stunning page/post for your WordPress website. 

Final Verdict: Both Gutenberg and Elementor have enough widgets and blocks for your site. If you wish to add extra blocks and widgets, you can install BlockArt and Companion Addons for Elementor respectively. 

D) Gutenberg vs Elementor – Pricing

i) Gutenberg – Pricing

Gutenberg is completely free of cost. It comes in-built with WordPress 5.0 versions and above. 

Since it’s free, you have to rely on the free support channels if you come across any problem. 

ii) Elementor – Pricing

As mentioned above, Elementor has a free version as well as a premium version. The premium version offers four different pricing plans. They’re discussed below:

Plans Price Websites
Essential$49/Year1 website
Expert$199/Year25 websites
Studio$499/Year100 websites
Agency$999/Year1000 websites

Additionally, with the free version, you get a drag-and-drop live editor, theme builder, responsive design, and more. 

Elementor Pricing

Other than that, Elementor also provides hosted plan at $89/Year. The hosted plan offers 20GB storage, SSL, Automatic updates, premium support, and much more. 

Final Verdict: You can get both Gutenberg and Elementor free of cost. Apart from that, Elementor offers a premium version as well. 

Gutenberg vs Elementor – Final Thoughts

Below we’ve mentioned the pros and cons of both Gutenberg vs Elementor. Therefore, you can compare yourself and choose the suitable one for you. 

Pros of Gutenberg

  • Free of cost: This block editor is absolutely free to use. 
  • Excellent editing options: Gutenberg offers various blocks hence, even a person with non-coding knowledge can create a fully-fledged website. 
  • Responsive design: The pages/posts you create using Gutenberg are highly responsive and looks great on all the devices like mobile, tablets, laptop, etc. 
  • Developer-friendly: If you’ve got the skill, you can create custom blocks as well. Also, creating Gutenberg plugins and add-ons is possible (as mentioned above).
  • Customization options: Each Gutenberg blocks are separately customizable. You can adjust the headings, fonts, background color, and more. 

Cons of Gutenberg

  • Compatibility issues with Themes and Plugins: Gutenberg is available from WordPress 5.0 and above versions only. Hence, some WordPress plugins and themes may not support the Gutenberg block editor. 
  • No premium support: Since it’s free to use, there’s no premium support. You need to rely on the free support channel. 

Pros of Elementor

  • Easy-to-use interface: Elementor offers a live drag-and-drop builder. One can simply drag a widget and drop it to create a beautiful page/post. Hence, it also provides an excellent user experience. 
  • Free and premium versions: This page builder provides both the free as well as the premium versions. You can install the free version, and if you want to add extra features, you can upgrade to the premium version. 
  • Regular updates and premium support: This page builder keeps updating. And, also it offers premium support to its premium users. 

Cons of Elementor

  • Limited number of templates: Elementor provides only a certain number of templates to their users. 
  • Limited number of SEO tools: It provides very limited SEO tools hence, it might affect your Google ranking. 
  • Slow page loads: Your site might load slower as Elementor provides complex layouts. 

Wrapping It Up!

And that’s all for the comparison between Elementor vs Gutenberg for now. We’ve mentioned the pros and cons of both Gutenberg and Elementor hence, you can decide for yourself. 

While Elementor is a WordPress page builder, Gutenberg is a block editor. Nevertheless, you can create a WordPress page/post using both. Not to mention there are Gutenberg Block plugins such as BlockArt and Companion Addons for Elementor that can help you add extra functionalities to your website. Besides, Zakra supports both Gutenberg block editor and Elementor page builder.

Finally, it’s the end of this article. We hope you enjoyed reading this article. And, if you did, take a moment and share it on social media. 

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Priyanka Panjiyar

An enthusiastic Technical Writer and a Blogger. She spends her free time painting, watching movies and series, and listening to music. You can also connect with her on Twitter @Priyanka9502 and LinkedIn @priyanka panjiyar

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