Before we get to the three highly recommended WordPress theme builders I have in store, let us first go through the reasons why a theme builder is such an essential tool.
Besides its visual front-end design and editing interface. Essentially a theme builder will allow you full front-end customisation without the need for coding. A good theme builder will allow you to customise every aspect of your WordPress website allowing you to more readily maintain design consistency.
Now, you might think that using a theme builder, or even a website page builder for that matter, eliminates the need for a WordPress Theme? ( I don’t know how messed up that sounded, but bear with me)
You see, this is where things might seem a little grey at first, because in actual fact, Shapeshift is one WordPress theme, well, actually it works more like a “content block theme editor…” that allows your to create custom page structures on the fly.
This reminds me of a WordPress Theme concept from the past. Theme Revenge was the name, and it was a WordPress theme built with the aim for being the one and only WordPress theme you’d ever need.
Looking back though, and as excitable as the concept may have seemed, the final results were never as satisfying as the possibilities found with themes and page builders mentioned below.
Basically, Shapeshift is a state of the art theme that no only helps reduce the number of additional plugins. It also allows you to quickly and globally add blocks of pre-designed content to your layout without the need for any coding skills.
The thing you will find in common with the following WordPress Theme Builders is that they all are known for their WordPress Pages Builders. Something tells me they’re all working from the same page. And have realised the constraints that page builders inherit.
Theme builders allow for “core” WordPress editing that page builders do not. This is a great development as it also allows you to better accommodate the use of plugins such as WooCommerce.
The Elementor Pro 2 Theme Builder comes built-in with with the Page Builder. And allows you to visually customise headers, footers, WooCommerce products, and more with widget styled templates.
Divi 4 is perhaps the most popular and desired WordPress theme and visual page builder, especially as it can cover the suitability required from a number of different niche websites. Plus with the 1000s of free niche website templates available, you’ll be hard pushed to run out of design ideas for your page layouts.
Divi has long been a strong contender in the WordPress visual page builder movement. And now with theme editing capabilities, Divi 4 is a confident recommendation.
Our feature highlight goes to the Thrive Themes Builder for WordPress because of its clean and intuitive interface and especially for its business user oriented approach.
Combined with Thrive Architect and Shapeshift – you’ve got a pretty powerful set of front-end tools at your disposal.
And being another WooCommerce friendly theme builder, that comes with a suite of conversion focused tools makes this option ideal for the solo-preneur.
A great way of thinking about the Genesis framework, StudioPress and WordPress combined; is Genesis as the security enforced frame and body of a car, whilst your StudioPress (child) theme is the paintwork aesthetics, and WordPress as the actual car. ( I quite like that analogy…)
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