Oxygen vs Elementor

Oxygen vs Elementor: Which is Better WP Page Builder

In the Oxygen vs Elementor fight, Oxygen seems to be winning the battle. Oxygen is great in flexibility, performance, and speed while Elementor is good for those who don't know to code at all.

In the Oxygen vs Elementor fight, Oxygen seems to be winning the battle. Oxygen is great in flexibility, performance, and speed while Elementor is good for those who don’t know to code at all. They can build a (bloated) website with Elementor.

We have used both in our clients’ websites Elementor makes websites load very slow. You can create a website with it within 1-2 days and spend the rest of your life optimizing it.

In the latest experience, a client of ours insisted on using Elementor page builder for their website despite knowing its demerits. Our WordPress web designers build their website and simultaneously we built a website with the Oxygen page builder for another client. Both websites had almost the same functionalities and the collective size of images was also equal. Yet both websites had different speeds. We tested on Page Speed Insights and GTMetrix. We can clearly say that Oxygen wins in Oxygen vs Elementor speed performance.

The only reason Elementor and Divi are so famous is their affiliate programs. They are highly endorsed by YouTubers + do too much advertisement. Otherwise, Oxygen by all the aspects is way better than both of those bloat builders.

Oxygen Builder blows Elementor and Divi. How?

Because it has:

  • Infinite power
  • Flexibility
  • Cleaner code
  • Faster websites
  • More knowledgeable community
  • Quicker builds

We asked a few website designers in a Facebook group about their experience with Oxygen vs Elementor. This is what a Freelance web designer said:

I’m actually contemplating swapping out Elementor for Oxygen. I bought the LTD for Oxygen when the hobbyists and enthusiasts were having problems with Elementor 3.0 a while back as a backup in the event Elementor really started to fall apart. Then I started reading up on Oxygen. I hate to say it (because I’m pretty much invested in Elementor and swapping clients over is going to be a major haul) but Oxygen, from a code standpoint, and removal of superfluous junk standpoint is a better platform.

We believe that there are 2 factors that must be considered while choosing a website/page builder. (a). SEO (b). Future of WordPress

Two things to consider:

1) Google updates are going to keep refining and redefining the way we do sites. SERP is going to demand better performance out of sites or penalize those that underperform. So far, the page builders can’t tackle this because they’re built on the idea of adding to or modifying secondary code (the theme) and accommodating whatever plugins are required. So you essentially have core code running alongside theme code running alongside every module that can’t be switched off and plugin code required to make the site run. It’s a wasteful process.

2) Themeless WordPress will be the future of this product with edits in Gutenberg. So … with that in mind, Oxygen or a product like Oxygen will be the future. It replaces/disables the theme altogether and post-design page edits run inside Gutenberg (which is extremely helpful if you need to give ambitious clients page editing access but don’t want them to foul up the design). The caveat here is that all our clients that ask for editing privileges hate Gutenberg — but seem ok with seeing and working with the layout inside Gutenberg. So one way or another making Gutenberg appealing is the challenge.

WordPress Page Builders’ Code Performance Comparison

Oxygen vs Elementor
WordPress page builders' frontend asset comparison

What’s so good about Oxygen?

If you’re interested in becoming more knowledgeable and design websites in a way how they should actually be developed (using custom classes, creating output that produces optimal code, etc), then go with Oxygen. Oxygen is certainly a learning curve (one can call it a steep curve), but so is Webflow, and thousands of designers and marketing teams who didn’t know how to code adopted it and learned “developing” websites (without code of course) and in the meantime, improved their skillsets and value. You don’t actually have to code with Oxygen, but you do need an active knowledge of HTML, CSS, and how the web works in general.

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What’s special about Elementor?

On the other hand, Elementor is an entry-level platform more geared towards web creators. It abstracts away all the complexities of the web and provides you a ready-made framework to just drag-drop and create websites (think Squarespace/Wix). Although this is good on one hand, as soon as you start creating complex layouts, you hit a roadblock after which you have to start finding out workarounds to achieving certain functionalities and layouts (read – addons) and it starts stacking up real quick. Most freelancers and agencies I know have bought at least 1 or 2 third-party addons on top of Elementor Pro (and some more than 5).

Moreover, Elementor is also a choice of many web designers, especially the newcomers. In our research before writing this Elementor vs Oxygen review, a web designer expressed the following thoughts:

Personally, I currently use Elementor Pro for my clients’ projects since it takes much less time to develop a site with it, but I also have an Oxygen Agency license and I’m planning on starting to use that on the majority of my projects soon. Since I can code, I can hack away and find workarounds to annoying Elementor problems by writing custom CSS wherever needed. The time to turnaround with Elementor is really quick because of its great UI and easy content development structure.

If we see the way serious side of website designing and development, it is very much clear that one must have pretty much knowledge of programming languages such as HTML5, CSS3, and PHP. If someone declares himself a web developer, he cannot be limited to page builders only.

Moreover, we recommend you to read this scholarly research paper Website Builders: A Tool In Web Design From A Graphic Design Perspective. It deeply explains what things to look for in a page/website builder for a great-performing website.

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Hasnain Mahar
Hassnain Mahar is a blogger, freelancer, WordPress guru, web designer, and SEO geek. He runs multiple websites and offers his services on freelance platforms.
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