When it comes to building websites, it’s all about how to build them fast and efficiently.
If you are going to build a website and you don’t plan to write all of the code from scratch, (because who really has time for that?) then you will more than likely opt for a page builder and as long as you stay away from Wix or Squarespace then you’ll be alright. Nothing against those two, but if you really want to build the next great website with more customization than you could dream of then you’ll want to look into a page builder that covers all of your needs.
There are plenty of builders out there now and every day there is a new one that pops up, but not all of them are created equal. If you choose wrong, you could not only waste time and money, but you could also open your site up to hacks and limit your ability to scale your business. We’re not going to go through the hundreds of builders in this post, but today we are going to discuss the new kid on the block “Nimble Builder” versus the original gangster “Divi Builder.”
Grab a coffee (or your preferred beverage), because we are about to dive in and see which builder is the best in 2022.
The Interface and The Visuals
I might receive some flack for saying this, but I personally believe that the interface is the single most important thing when it comes to these page builders. Other people will probably say speed, content modules, support, and or other features. None of those things matter if you can’t even figure out how to use the builder to even build a simple contact page.
Starting with the Nimble builder. I automatically notice that it has all of the normal things that you would expect to find in a builder. They give you the ability to add sections, rows, and modules. Site wide options and a moderate amount of content modules to build the page out with. Nimble promotes itself as being simple and fast. I can honestly say that they really nailed down the “simple” aspect as the interface is straight black and white with very little design details.
I can’t help but be a little bored already by looking at this interface with how plain and simple it really is and once you go through everything a few times it’s not too hard to figure out where things are located and then being able to place the content on the page, but it does seem like something is missing from the experience of building out a page.
Now with the Divi Builder, you’ll be drawn to the easy-to-navigate interface that is also highly involved with using colors to help separate the differences between sections, rows, and different modules. As a more of visual learner, I’m drawn to these interface design aspects to help with building out a site. Both builders can achieve mostly the same things, but you will have to adjust to using one over the other and figure out how to navigate each interface to create the site that you want to build.
I need content now
Nimble Builder, I was able to locate the different content modules that you can simply drag and drop into your page. (All builders will have this drag and drop feature, but some of them will have more modules than others.) Nimble I was able to find roughly 25 modules ranging from text, buttons, accordions, and more.
Divi boasts more than 50 different modules that really run the gambit of what you can think of using for your site, but what is even better than that is the massive amounts of 3rd party developers that strictly create additional modules for the Divi platform. Divi might have 50+ modules, but the Divi community gives you access to thousands of modules and additional divi add-ons
Make it advanced!
Nimble’s advanced features include animations, additional header options, and other effects. With Nimble they give you the ability to create an animation on just about any element with a quick fade, slide, or bounce effect. Along with that, you can also define additional background colors and logo image dimensions on scroll, but that is about where it ends with Nimble when it comes to advanced features.
Divi’s advanced features include all of the normal animation options, but they now also include several different scroll effect animations for any element in order to really make your site a truly interactive experience. Another great feature that divi offers that I believe people tend to look past is split testing. Divi allows you the option to create split tests for any page, any section, any row. Split testing allows for tracking different audience interactions with the different versions of the elements and that will enable you to see which design delivers the better results. Divi is constantly releasing new features and I would highly recommend subscribing to their newsletter in order to keep up with their innovation.
Is it easy?
I know what you’re saying, you’re saying “Dan, okay cool I get it, but which one is the easiest to use, and how effective is each builder?”
How easy a builder is pretty subjective to what you feel most comfortable with using and your personal experience with builders. Both builders are easy to use if you are simply trying to put together a quick website with minimal content, but it just depends on how in-depth your website needs to be and what you need to implement into the site will determine how hard a builder is to use or to figure out how to incorporate different elements or design structures.
Which one wins?
When it comes down to brass tax, The overall design, features, the massive amounts of modules, and customization. I believe the Divi Builder wins this comparison 100x over. The divi community is one of the best builder communities out there and is always willing to lend a helping hand to new developers.
Nimble builder is simple and offers some of the most basic elements, but as they continue to grow and develop their builder I wouldn’t just completely rule them out just yet.
I would suggest thinking about which features do you value the most and of course another thing that might come in play is pricing and what will meet your budget. As always, its best to dive into each of them and simply play around in each of them to get a feel for both of them.
Curious to learn more?
There are a ton of builders out there and I would love to go through each and every one of them in more depth. Let us know in the comments if there is a builder you think I should dive into next time.
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