Killing Kim Jong Nam With VX Nerve Agent Crossed a ‘Red Line’

Early last week, in an airport in Kuala Lumpur, two women approached Kim Jong Nam—estranged half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un—from behind. They swiped what the victim described to nearby customer service agents as a “wet cloth” across his face, and fled. Shortly after, he was dead.

Now, Malaysian authorities say they’ve identified the substance that took Jong Nam’s life: VX, a nerve agent that the United Nations classifies as a weapon of mass destruction. And while it’s not an entirely uncommon substance—or particularly difficult to produce—its apparent use marks a troubling break from international norms. And if officials manage to link it back to North Korea, it could have serious consequences.

Special VX

If you’re already familiar with VX agent, it’s likely because of seminal 90s action flick The Rock, in which a disgruntled Ed Harris brings over a dozen VX-laden warheads along with him to seize Alcatraz.

VX doesn’t work quite the way The Rock depicts it. Specifically, contact with it doesn’t cause human skin to bubble and sear. But it plays havoc with the human nervous system. Like other nerve agents, VX interferes with the signals that pass between your brain and your muscles. “If you have a nerve impulse that tells a muscle to contract, you have to turn off the impulse. Otherwise the muscle will stay contracted,” says Matthew Meselson, a geneticist at Harvard and member of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation national advisory board. “The one that primarily kills is a spasm of the diaphragm, so you can’t breathe. You die of asphyxiation.”

VX can work through skin contact or respiration, and while it’s part of a broader class of nerve agents that all accomplish roughly the same effect, experts consider it to be especially dangerous, even among banned substances. “It’s heavier than other nerve agents, so it settles on an environment and can be persistent on the ground. If it was used in larger quantities, it could make an area non-usable,” says Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security.

As the Kim Jong-nam incident showed, though, smaller quantities are also dangerous. “Even a tiny drop is lethal,” Inglesby says.

And while an antidote exists—atropine, which unlocks the muscles that VX causes to seize up—the nerve agent works so quickly that it’s no use unless there’s a hypodermic needle on scene.

So dangerous is the stuff, in fact, that all but a handful of countries agreed to destroy whatever stockpiles they had of VX as part of the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993. One of the handful of holdouts: North Korea.

The Red Line

In 1995, Japan’s Aum Shinrikyo cult turned the nerve agent on a small number of its members, whom leaders believed to be police informants. On a larger scale, VX was one of the chemical weapons deployed in the Iran-Iraq war. The Kim Jong Nam case, though, would be the first VX assassination on record, and the first time chemical weapons were used to that end since a ricin pellet—fired from an umbrella gun—took Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov’s life in 1978.

“That this particular chemical weapon would be used in a political assassination in a third country is very alarming. It’s a red line,” says Ingelsby. “It should be considered a new threshold that’s been crossed in terms of unconventional weapons.”

Those norms matter. After decades without any nation deploying chemical weapons, Syria used sarin and chlorine gas. If a nation-state such as North Korea uses VX once, they or other actors may well do it again.

‘It should be considered a new threshold that’s been crossed in terms of unconventional weapons.’ Dr. Tom Inglesby, Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security

That’s all conditional for a reason. While North Korea maintains a VX stockpile, and Kim Jong Un may well have considered his half-brother a threat to his rule, there’s no direct link between the VX airport incident and the hermit kingdom. And there may well never be, at least from the weapon of choice.

“It’s not very hard to produce, so it’s doubtful that the specific use can be chemical-traced back to North Korea,” says Sigmund Gartner, director of the Penn State School of International Affairs. Any decent organic chemist can make the stuff.

Meselson also says that it may not have been VX at all; if it was, it’s remarkable that the two women survived the attack as well.

All of which underscores how critical the next several days of investigation will be. If it turns out to be a random or untraceable act, it may at least prove to be an isolated incident. Should a direct link to North Korea exist, the world will find itself in potentially dangerous, uncharted waters.

“The political reaction should be very strong internationally, once all the facts are in,” says Ingelsby. “Responsible countries around the world should make it very clear that this kind of behavior is unacceptable.”

Unfortunately, that’s the thing about red lines. Once you cross them, there’s no going back.

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30+ Best Portfolio WordPress Themes for Your Website (2017)

Are you looking for the best WordPress portfolio themes? WordPress is the perfect tool to create beautiful portfolio websites to showcase your work and get new clients. In this article, we will share our expert pick of the best WordPress Portfolio themes, so you can get started the right away.

Best WordPress themes for portfolios

Building a Portfolio Website with WordPress

Choosing the right platform for your portfolio website is crucial for the success. Self hosted WordPres.org website gives you the flexibility and freedom to build a website that not only showcases your talents but helps you get more work.

To get started, first you will need to sign up for a WordPress hosting account. This is where your website will live on the internet.

You will also need a domain name. This will be the address of your website (example: wpbeginner.com or google.com).

We recommend that you use either Bluehost or SiteGround. These are one of the largest hosting companies in the world and an official WordPress hosting partner.

Once you have signed up for a hosting account, you will need to install WordPress. Follow the instructions in our step by step guide on how to start a WordPress blog and you will be up and running in no time.

After installing WordPress you will be able to select a theme for your website. You can pick any theme from our expert selection below and then head over to our guide on how to install a WordPress theme to set it up.

Having said that, now let’s take a look at the best WordPress portfolio themes currently available in the market. This list contains a selection of both free and premium WordPress themes and all of them are fully mobile-responsive.

1. Modern Portfolio Pro

Modern Portfolio

Modern Portfolio Pro is an elegant WordPress portfolio theme from StudioPress. It is built on top of the rock solid core of Genesis theme framework.

Modern Portfolio features a minimalist layout with focus on beautiful display of your images and photos.
It has with multiple page layouts for blog, homepage, landing pages, etc. It is easy to setup using the live theme customizer. The homepage is made of widget ready areas allowing you to drag and drop items on your homepage.

2. Ambiance Pro

Ambiance Pro

Ambiance Pro is a WordPress portfolio theme built on Genesis framework. Designed specifically to beautifully showcase your photos and images, Ambiance Pro comes with beautiful layout choices and elegant typography.

It comes with multiple page templates for your blog, archives, and landing pages. It is quick and easy to setup using the live theme customizer. It has two navigation menus one at the top and the other one at the bottom. The homepage is fully widgetized so you can easily set it up in minutes.

3. Expose Pro

Expose Pro

Expose Pro is another elegant and stylish WordPress portfolio theme by StudioPress. It comes with a widgetized homepage with four widget areas and has multiple templates for your blog, homepage, archive, and landing pages.

Expose Pro is designed to beautifully showcase your photography. It uses large image display and has a custom gallery post format with lightbox display of your photos. It is quick and easy to set up and is highly optimized for speed and performance.

4. Candid

Candid

Candid is a stunningly beautiful WordPress multi-purpose theme with a minimalist style portfolio section baked in. If you want to showcase different kind of multi-media in a storytelling format, then you’d like Candid.

It comes in a beautiful grid based two column layout for the homepage. It beautifully displays featured images, videos, and uses crisp typography that looks great on all devices.

5. Camera

Camera

As the name suggests, Camera is a gorgeous WordPress portfolio theme for photographers, illustrators, and visual artists. It focuses on a stunningly beautiful display of large images with elegant typography that allows you to add rich storytelling element to your images.

It features a distraction free layout with collapsible menu and sidebar. It is easy to setup and avoids confusing users with complicated options. It comes with a built-in getting started dashboard that will help you set up the theme in minutes.

6. Designer

Designer

Designer is a beautiful WordPress portfolio theme for designers, artists, photographers, and storytellers. It uses a beautiful grid-based two column layout on the homepage and comes with a beautiful portfolio display.

It focuses on making sure that your images pop out and no other design elements distracts users away. It has collapsible menu and sidebar and comes with getting started dashboard to help you get started.

7. Pocket

Pocket

Pocket is a minimalist photography and portfolio WordPress theme. It features gorgeous typography and large display of features images and headers. There are no sidebars except for the one widget ready area at the bottom.

It comes with one navigation menu at the top and a social media links menu at the bottom. Due to its super-minimalist approach to design, Pocket is very easy to set up and is highly optimized for speed and performance.

8. North

North

North is another awesome WordPress portfolio theme with a grid based layout. It comes with beautiful portfolio templates to beautifully display images, photos, videos, and audio files.

It comes with multiple color choices, supports posts formats, and can be used with third party gallery plugins to create beautiful photo galleries.

9. Verb

Verb

Verb is a WordPress portfolio theme for designers, artists, photographers, etc. It features a gorgeous design with a grid layout on the homepage and full-width pages for portfolio items and pages.

Verb allows you to customize colors and upload custom logo from the live theme customizer.

10. Peak

Peak

Peak is a modern WordPress portfolio theme featuring a tile based display of images in a responsive grid layout.

It comes with multiple layouts for pages as well as posts. It features a mega menu on top, social media menu, and slide-in sidebar widgets.

11. Aesthetic

Aesthetic

Aesthetic is a stylish WordPress portfolio theme suitable for photographers, stylists, designers, etc. It comes with a built-in portfolio section, multiple layout choices, and unlimited colors.

It also comes with multiple sidebars and a drag and drop page builder. It also fully supports WooCommerce and can be used to run your own online store.

12. Resume

Resume

Resume is a bold WordPress portfolio theme. It comes with a built-in portfolio management area, custom widgets, and a drag and drop homepage builder.

It can also be used as a single page theme where all your website sections are displayed on the homepage.

13. Exposure

Exposure

Exposure is a stylish multi-purpose WordPress theme with portfolio management system built-in. It is ideal for photography, fashion, lifestyle, arts and crafts websites.

It comes with a drag and drop page builder which allows you to design your pages the way you want. It has lots of customization options built-in and it is fully mobile responsive.

14. Corner

Corner

Corner is a minimalist style WordPress portfolio theme for artists, designers and photographers. It comes with a built-in portfolio management area and custom widgets for Twitter and Flickr.

It has multiple page layouts and you can choose your own colors. It supports WooCommerce and is tested with popular WordPress page builder plugins.

15. Elegant

Elegant

Elegant is a powerful WordPress theme for portfolios. It comes with a built-in portfolio management area and comes with multiple grid and column based layouts. It also comes with image filters that you can apply to your photos after uploading them.

The theme comes with its own drag and drop page builder with several built-in templates to quickly create different kind of landing pages. It features gorgeous typography and comes with several custom widgets.

16. Angle

Angle

Angle is a flexible WordPress multi-purpose theme with portfolio section. It comes with a drag and drop page builder, multiple layout options, and several custom widgets.

It is designed to be suitable for portfolio, blogging, photography, and even as a business website. It is easy to set up and optimized for speed and SEO.

17. Coastline

Coastline

Coastline is a uniquely beautiful WordPress portfolio theme. It comes with portfolio content type, powerful custom widgets, and multiple layout choices.

It features a fixed left sidebar with custom background support and comes with different page templates for blog, portfolio, archives, and galleries.

18. True North

True North

True North is a flexible WordPress portfolio theme with a beautiful design. It comes with multiple layout choices and built-in portfolio section. It features grid based layout on the home page with beautiful display of images.

True North supports custom background, custom header, and comes with several custom widgets for social media.

19. Memories

Memories

Memories is a beautiful WordPress photography theme with elegant display of your portfolio items. It does not have a portfolio content type, instead it comes with a gallery display that showcases your photographs, designs, and other visual artworks beautifully.

The theme comes with multiple color schemes and has multiple layout choices. It comes with custom background and header support as well as custom widgets for your social media profiles.

20. Nico

Nico

Nico is another elegantly designed WordPress portfolio theme for photographers, artists, designers, etc. It comes with a beautiful filterable portfolio section and flexible layout options for different pages on your site.

Nico comes with multiple color schemes and has support for custom backgrounds, headers, widgets, etc.

21. Vignette

Vignette

Vignette is a powerful WordPress multi-purpose theme designed specifically for photographers. The homepage features a full screen header where you can use an image or a video with your call to action.

Vignette does not come with a portfolio filter type. Instead it comes with image galleries to showcase your work. It has flexible customization options with support for custom headers, background, multiple page layouts and color schemes.

22. Mozzy

Mozzy

Mozzy is a bright WordPress portfolio theme for illustrators, graphic designers, photographers, etc. It features a customizable homepage with slider and featured content areas.

It comes with built-in sections for portfolio, services, and clients. It comes with support for custom post formats, backgrounds, headers, and social widgets.

23. Mustache

Mustache

Mustache is a single page WordPress portfolio theme for designers, artists, photographers, etc. It is flexible to be used as a onepage theme or a multi-page theme. It comes with built-in portfolio, clients, services, and team members content types.

Mustache features a gorgeous and truly unique design with custom logo support. It comes with Google Maps and contact form support as well.

24. Draft

Draft

Draft is a minimalist style free WordPress portfolio theme. It uses featured images to display a grid based layout on the homepage. Ideal for photographers to showcase their work. It supports theme customization using live customizer and comes with a single navigation menu on top.

25. Shapely

Shapely

Shapely is a highly customizable free WordPress portfolio theme. It is designed to be flexible enough for single page websites as well as multi-page sites. It features a beautiful display of featured images and comes with large custom header support.

It has a fully widgetized homepage where you can just drag and drop widgets to add portfolio, testimonials, and parallax sections.

26. Nikkon

Nikkon

Nikkon is a free WordPress photography and portfolio theme. It is designed to beautifully showcase images in a grid based layout on the homepage. It offers multiple header layouts, footer layouts and multiple page templates. It supports WooCommerce out of the box and comes with easy customization options.

27. Pixgraphy

Pixgraphy

Pixgraphy is an elegant and free WordPress portfolio theme. The homepage features a large header image or custom slider with a grid based layout using featured images. It supports many popular free plugins out of the box and is fully compatible with Polylang plugin to build multilingual websites.

28. Gridsby

Gridsby

Gridsby is a free Pinterest style WordPress portfolio theme designed specifically for photographers, curators, artists, etc. The homepage is built using featured images from blog posts in a beautiful grid based layout. It also uses homepage gallery as a feature to showcase your photos on the homepage.

29. Bailey

Bailey

Bailey is a flexible WordPress portfolio theme for interior designers, photographers, and other creative types. It comes with a built-in section for projects allowing you to easily add portfolio items with full details and images.

The theme supports multiple page layouts with multiple sidebar options. It also comes with several ready to use custom widgets for social media, simple slider, and featured content slider.

30. Videographer

Videographer

As the name suggests, Videographer is a WordPress portfolio theme for video producers, filmmakers, and photographers. It features a large fullscreen header video section on the homepage. It comes with a drag and drop page editor, tons of shortcodes, and several ready-to-use custom widgets.

Videographer also offers page templates, with multiple sidebar options. It comes with different color schemes and it is very easy to setup.

31. Remi

Remi

Remi is another beautiful WordPress portfolio and photography theme. It comes with built in content type to add and manage your projects and portfolio items. It comes with multiple layout options and several custom widgets. It comes with Google Maps and Google fonts support and can be easily customized using live customizer.

That’s all for now.

We hope this article helped you find the perfect WordPress theme for portfolio websites. You may also want to see our complete step by step WordPress SEO guide for beginners.

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Do You Really Need a VPS? Best WordPress VPS Hosting Compared – 2017

Are you looking to compare the best VPS hosting services for WordPress?

Finding the best VPS hosting for WordPress can be overwhelming with so many different options in the market. Sometimes VPS isn’t even the best option for your needs. Just because your website has outgrown shared hosting doesn’t mean that you need a VPS.

Maybe you need managed WordPress hosting or even a dedicated server.

It’s extremely important to understand the Pros and Cons of VPS hosting, so you can make the right decision for your needs.

WPBeginner is the largest independent WordPress resource site that receives millions of pageviews per month. Having helped 100,000+ users and years of experience with WordPress hosting companies, we have created the most comprehensive guide that will help you understand everything you need to know about VPS hosting as well as compare the top VPS hosting companies, so you can choose the best VPS hosting service for WordPress.

Read the full comparison here.

Congress Could Make Self-Driving Cars Happen or Ruin Everything

Congress just stepped into the robocar game. Previously two times, a couple of senators started drafting legislation to advance autonomous automobiles, and the House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and customer Protection held a two-hour hearing exploring how regarding the tech may be implemented. For the elected officials, it’s a large, if tentative, step into the future of transportation.

Obviously, they’re just a little late. Little numbers of robocars currently wander the San Francisco Bay Area as well as other towns, and you’ll probably begin riding included in just a couple of years as Uber among others commercialize the technology. Everything is rushing before a regulatory structure ill-equipped to usher inside modification.

The nation’s patchwork of laws and regulations regulating this technology state nothing about how precisely it’s tested (and on occasion even defined), exactly how cars using it will run, as well as who should settle these questions. Congress can address these all of those questions and guarantee this technology succeeds.

Or they are able to screw all of it up.

“I’d keep clear of dramatic proposals that could produce more dilemmas than they solve,” says Bryant Walker Smith, a professional on autonomous automobiles at University of sc class of Law. Most likely, this evolving technology permeates many parts of society: public security, privacy, the surroundings, obligation and insurance coverage legislation, employment, urban preparation, and more. A legislation aimed at cutting congestion could tangle with tort law; a clause ensuring passenger privacy could eliminate financial benefits for automakers.

State legislators have already stepped in it. The folks behind California’s autonomous automobiles legislation couldn’t also define “autonomous car” without giving Uber a plausible argument for ignoring the rules. Michigan’s law favors founded automakers over newcomers like Bing and Uber. Nevada was able to write a law requiring anyone running an autonomous vehicles to improve its permit dish upon going into the state.

New Law for a Brand new Period

Automakers and technology organizations developing autonomous technology inhabit fear of states drafting their very own rules, making a patchwork of laws. That’s precisely what’s taking place, because although federal regulators dictate almost anything in regards to a car you are able to think about (brake lights should be red, turn alert icons are green, passenger vehicles have airbags), states regulators stipulate their procedure by establishing speed limits, traffic guidelines, an such like.

That’s why the GMs and Googles worldwide see federal intervention being a potential savior. Federal oversight provides a broad, constant framework for evaluation and deploying their robots. During Tuesday’s home subcommittee hearing, representatives of General Motors, Toyota, Volvo, and Lyft said they’re okay because of the voluntary 15-point list the federal Department of Transportation released last fall. (Among other items, the principles favor greater flexibility by federal regulators and present automakers wide latitude in the way they prove the security of the technology.) The guidelines alert states against creating extra laws, and don’t plunge too profoundly into stipulating what kind of technology every person uses—Tesla’s opposition to LIDAR is OK, as is Ford’s lack of curiosity about vehicle-to-infrastructure technology and GM’s commitment to deploying ride-sharing robocars with Lyft.

The absolutely wishes the feds to step it. “Do you agree that Federal automobile protection criteria have to be updated to be able to support the deployment of automated automobiles?” Representative Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan, expected industry witnesses. 1 by 1, they took place the line: Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Of course, they aren’t the only real stakeholders. Any major legislation should think about the issues of independent researchers, privacy and consumer advocates, transport specialists, driver unions, as well as others. Further complicating things, the technology can be so brand new that nobody agrees how a finished product works, as well as how exactly to figure out whenever a robocar is ready for primetime.

“We neither know what test autonomous cars must have to just take nor exactly what should constitute a moving grade,” testified Nidhi Kalra, co-director and senior information scientist within RAND Center for choice generating Under Uncertainty.

Nips & Tucks

If Congress does not have the need to study the matter very carefully and tackle it by having a comprehensive law, it could go at things piecemeal and still nudge automation along. It might begin by revising the Federal automobile protection Standards to reflect autonomous technology. Including, the rules require things like foot-activated brake system. The National Highway Transportation protection management can amend the regulations, but it calls for a few rounds of draft guidelines and public comments. That takes years. Congress will make the same change quickly with a law, or even a clause tucked into, state, an infrastructure omnibus.

It could also tweak Title 49 associated with US legal rule, allowing the assistant of transport to exempt automobiles from federal standards—to a point. What the law states (especially area 30113(d) and 30113(e)) limits those cars to 2,500 per maker in a 12-month duration, and exemption can’t last a lot more than 3 years. Federal regulators are very happy to let Bing produce a car with no controls or brakes, but without congressional assistance, that goodwill can simply go up to now.

Congress additionally could provide regulators the best to accept these automobiles before they go on sale. The nationwide Highway Traffic Safety Administration springs into action whenever cars already traveling prove on their own unsafe. If the DOT published its AV instructions this past year, it suggested Congress treat self-driving vehicles like aircraft, drugs, and medical devices—unsafe and un-OK until evidence states otherwise. You could argue that’ll slow things down, but ensuring these vehicles are safe before they hit the street could avoid crashes that might set the entire industry right back.

That one’s an extended shot, because a hates the concept (you’ll stifle innovation!) and today’s Republican-dominated federal government barely lusts after more regulation. “It does not look like there’s lots of passion for that,” states Smith, the legal expert. “And the agency would require more resources.” Don’t expect Congress to unlock more money, either.

Whatever Congress decides, it must chart a careful course. The age of the robocar is nigh, plus the change will stir up some scary seas.

Aarian Marshall contributed reporting.

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5 Best Drag and Drop WordPress Page Builders Compared (2017)

Do you want an easy way to build and customize your WordPress site? That’s where drag and drop WordPress page builder plugins come in handy. These WordPress page builders allow you to create, edit, and customize your site layout without writing any code. In this article, we will compare and review 5 of the best drag and drop page builders for WordPress.

Best drag and drop WordPress page builder plugins

Why Use a Drag and Drop Page Builder for WordPress?

When starting a blog, many WordPress beginners find it difficult to change or customize page layouts on their site. While a lot premium WordPress themes come with different page layouts, those are extremely hard to customize for anyone who does not know code (HTML / CSS).

This is why users often ask us questions like: “how can we make WordPress drag and drop?” or “is there an easy drag and drop page builder for WordPress?”

When we talk with users who switch from Weebly to WordPress or from Wix to WordPress, their most common response is: “I wish WordPress had a drag and drop website builder”.

Well, there are several great drag and drop page builder plugins available for WordPress. They allow you to customize every component on your site without writing a single line of code.

These components can be anything like adding multiple columns, parallax backgrounds, full width images, content slider, etc. Users can use these components as blocks to build their own layouts within their WordPress themes.

Since there are different type of WordPress drag and drop page builders, some which are part of theme frameworks while others are plugins, we decided to compare them to help you choose the best page builder for WordPress.

Our criteria for comparing these WordPress page builders are: ease of use, flexibility, and the design output.

Having said that, let’s take a look at the best page builders for WordPress in the market.

Beaver Builder

Beaver Builder

Beaver Builder is a premium WordPress drag and drop page builder plugin. In our opinion, it is by far the best WordPress page builder plugin in the market.

It is extremely fast and comes with a built in on-boarding tour that quickly familiarizes users with their interface.

Beaver Builder comes with a live drag and drop interface. You get to see all your changes as you add them by simply dragging elements from the right sidebar and dropping them on your page. You can click on any element in a page to edit its properties.

It has several basic and advanced modules which cover almost anything you may want to add. There are modules to add sliders, carousel, backgrounds, content blocks, buttons, among many other things.

Most importantly, Beaver Builder is very easy to use for beginners. Check out our tutorial on how to create custom WordPress layouts with Beaver Builder.

Pricing: Starting from $99 for single site license.

Our Grade: A+

Review: Beaver Builder is the easiest page builder option in the market. It comes with pre-made templates to help you get started. The ability to customize every little detail makes it the perfect solution for WordPress users.

Elementor

Elementor

Elementor is a powerful drag and drop WordPress page builder. It is built from ground up for speed, and you will immediately notice how fast and responsive it is.

It is a live page builder plugin which means you get to see your page live as you edit it with Elementor. Simply create sections and select the number of columns for each section.

You can then drag and drop widgets from the left panel to your section. Elementor comes with tons of widgets including most commonly used website elements.

From basic image and text widgets to advanced accordions, sliders, testimonials, icons, social media, tabs, etc. Each widget comes with its own settings.

Elementor will also let you add widgets created by other WordPress plugins.

Don’t want to build your own layout?

Elementor also comes with many ready-to-use templates that you can just insert into your pages. You can simply point and click to edit any item on the page and replace it with your own content.

Pricing: Starting from $49 for single site license. WPBeginner users can use our Elementor Pro coupon code to get 10% off any licensing plan.

Our Grade: A

Review: Elementor is one of the best page builder plugin in the market. It is super fast, extremely easy to use, and comes with tons of modules and templates.

Page Builder by Site Origin

Page Builder by Site Origin user interface

With more than one million active installs, Site Origin’s Page Builder is one the most popular WordPress page builder in the market. One of the primary reason for it’s popularity is the price (free). It is available as a fully functional free plugin.

Site Origin Page Builder is fairly easy to use and works with any standard compliant WordPress theme. For components, Site Origin Page Builder allows you to use WordPress widgets. It comes with several widgets of its own, and you can download and install any widget. See our list of the 25 most useful WordPress widgets because you can add all of them using this page builder.

It also comes with a history tool which allows you to switch back and forth to undo / redo changes that you made. This is a huge time saver, and it gives you a peace of mind knowing that you can revert and undo changes.

Pricing: Free

Our Grade: B

Review: Site Origin Page Builder is a good free plugin with drag-and-drop interface to create and customize layouts. Although the live editing is not comparable to other solutions mentioned in this comparison.

Themify Builder

Themify Builder

If you are already using a WordPress theme by Themify, then Themify Builder is already part of your theme. For other non-Themify WordPress themes, you can get the Themify Builder plugin.

This simple and highly intuitive page builder comes with several ready to use modules that you can add to your pages or posts. Many of these modules usually require you to install separate WordPress plugins.

Themify Builder allows you to edit your pages from the admin area as well as from your live site. With live editing you get to see exactly how your changes will appear on the site. Apart from that, Themify Builder comes with ready-to-use layouts that you can quickly apply to your page.

Pricing: $39

Our Grade: C+

Review: While the builder comes with promising features, there is a learning curve that can leave a user frustrated. You can get nearly everything from the Themify builder in Site Orign page builder for free.

Divi

Divi

Divi is a drag and drop theme and WordPress page builder. It is an extremely easy to use and fast WordPress theme with 20+ layouts/templates for different kind of websites.

You can create and save your own Divi layouts. You can also export a layout from one Divi installation into another. Divi also comes with tons of elements that you can drag and drop anywhere in your layout.

Pricing: Starting from $69 per year

Our Grade: C+

Review: Divi is a good page builder. The page builder functionality is superb which allows you to work with other WordPress themes as well. However, Divi uses a lot of shortcodes, and this makes it difficult for you to switch themes or use a different page builder in the future.

Conclusion

As we compared different drag and drop WordPress page builders, one thing became very clear. Beaver Builder and Elementor are clearly the top choice.

If you don’t mind spending little money to get the best in market along with guaranteed support from developers, then go for any of these two, and you won’t regret it.

We hope this article helped you find the best WordPress drag and drop page builder plugins for your site. You may also want to see our comparison to find the best WordPress photo gallery plugins and the best WordPress contact form plugins.

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