Some of the most well-known WordPress page builders have been around for quite a while now. Divi, in particular, has been a popular candidate among WordPress designers since its release in 2013.
There’s now a new kid on the block that’s starting to make waves in the WordPress community and his name is Breakdance.
Regardless of how you feel about page builders, it’s hard to deny that they can be a valuable tool for creating custom WordPress websites. But all products come with tradeoffs, and no page builder is perfect.
You're probably reading this because you're trying to decide which page builder is right for you.
In this article, we'll pit Divi against Breakdance and see how they compare in terms of features, flexibility, ease of use, and more. By the end, you should have a good idea of which one is the better choice for your needs. Both builders offer their unique advantages, so it really depends on what you're looking for and the timeline of your projects.
Since Breakdance is one of the newest builders in the WordPress market, it's still developing some features that are available in more veteran builders like Divi and Elementor. Let's dive in and take a closer look at both of these builders!
Breakdance vs Divi WordPress Builder Comparison
Ultimately, a page builder has to accomplish two things – make it easy to create custom layouts, and give you the flexibility to customize those layouts to your heart's content.
Let's see how Divi and Breakdance stack up in those departments. Both Divi and Breakdance are no different. However, they each have their own unique approach to achieving that goal.
Breakdance was released a few months ago after being in development for the last few years. The product is created by Soflyy, the same team behind the Oxygen Builder.
Even though Breakdance is new, the team behind it has a lot of experience in the WordPress community. The builder is the result of that experience, and it shows in the product.
Breakdance is a pleasure to use, and it makes creating a WordPress website extremely fast and easy. It is packed with 130+ builder elements, 35+ WooCommerce elements, and a huge library of complete website templates.
Divi, built by Elegant Themes, is one of the most popular WordPress themes and page builders in the world. There are many reasons why you might choose to use Divi as your WordPress page builder.
Due to its 285 layout packs and over 2000 layouts, you're pretty much able to create any type of site design. If you've never built a website before, you'll be able to create something beautiful with Divi (once getting past its learning curve).
Divi is also extremely versatile - whether you're creating a simple business website or an elaborate online store, Divi has the tools and features that you need to get the job done. Divi is also highly affordable.
Once purchased, you can get access to all of Divi's features, including regular updates and premium support. Due to the vast age difference between both products, it's no surprise that Divi has a few features that Breakdance doesn't.
Regardless, I have full confidence that within the next year or two, Breakdance will close the gap and be on par with Divi in terms of features and design elements.
Breakdance vs Divi – What's The Same?
Both Breakdance and Divi offer extensive drag-and-drop capabilities that make it easy to create custom WordPress websites without having to touch a single line of code (if you don't want to). They both also come with a range of pre-built templates and modules that you can use to speed up your workflow – although Divi overwhelmingly takes the lead here.
And if you want even more control over the design of your website, both page builders allow you to add custom CSS. Both builders allow both front and back-end editing for adding custom code to your site.
Both builders include global elements and the flexibility to save and move your designs around. This is a feature that I absolutely love and makes the design process much faster. With Divi, you can save sections, rows, and modules to your library for later use.
You can also save entire page designs and import them into other Divi sites that you're working on. Breakdance also has a similar feature, with support for cross-site copy-paste. This means that you can copy any elements or sections from one Breakdance page and paste them into another.
Each builder has WooCommerce integration & custom form builders so you can create an online store or gather leads from your website.
Divi and Breakdance both offer a fair amount of control over the design of your website. You can change colors, fonts, sizes, spacing, and pretty much anything else you can think of through their built-in visual editors – This makes it easy to see what your changes will look like before you publish them and is also a huge time-saver and helps to avoid any costly mistakes.
Breakdance vs Divi – What's Different?
When creating new pages, Divi gives you the option to start with a premade layout or to build your own from scratch. With Breakdance, you can only start with a blank canvas – there are no premade page layouts. Although Breakdance does have individual page elements, you can't use a 1-size page template as you can with Divi (at the moment). This is a minor quibble, but it's worth mentioning. I'm sure over time Soflyy will add more premade page layouts to the builder.
Divi has 250+ pre-built modules while Breakdance only offers a couple of dozen. With Elegant Themes' recent update to the Divi template library, you now have access to hundreds of templates that can easily be customized to fit your needs. With over 350 individual templates and 175 layout packs, you're sure to find something that fits your website perfectly. All of these layouts and templates are conveniently categorized so you can quickly find what you're looking for.
Divi comes with a built-in split testing tool (Divi Leads) that allows you to test different versions of your pages to see which one performs better. Breakdance doesn't have a split-testing tool, but you can use a third-party service like Google Optimize to do A/B testing.
In Breakdance, you can use sections, divs, and columns to create custom page layouts. In Divi, you get three building blocks that are called rows, sections, and modules. Sections are the largest container on both builders. Breakdance does emphasize you don't need to know how to layout divs and can simply add many things to a section and customize them as you need.
Breakdance 1.5 was released recently and comes with new exciting features. This includes support to use alternate templates to the Post Loop Builder that users can output static content inside. The custom CSS box is also enhanced which autofills the selector, and an optional Dynamic Data “God Mode.” More advanced users can choose to override the default Breakdance type safety for dynamic data.
Breakdance also has three new design sets - Lights of Love, Divine Real Estate, and Travel Trip. Still behind anything available for Divi, but Breakdance templates are so much faster & were designed weeks ago. Some Divi layouts are years old.
Divi recently introduced Divi AI, a new way of creating content and images using artificial intelligence. Using the ChatGPT integration, Divi can now automatically write enticing article titles and flawless body text. Interesting to see them integrate AI directly within.
Divi AI also works with Midjourney, a text-to-image generator that creates stunning, professional-looking images. With this cool feature, you can automatically generate images or use the built-in Divi image generator. I wonder if Breakdance will try to compete with those features at some point.
Comparing SEO Friendliness
Regardless of page builder, you can speed up your WordPress website by using a caching plugin, a CDN, and optimizing your images. I recommend using all three to get the best results. Between the two, Breakdance takes the cake when it comes to speed and SEO friendliness. The builder was built consciously with speed in mind from the ground up.
Comparing UI and UX
Breakdance has recently gained a slightly infamous reputation for having tons of nested menu options that can look confusing for beginners. Divi, on the other hand, has a very bouncy and interactive visual builder. Breakdance seems to be a bit more direct – only really giving you what you need to see.
Comparing WooCommerce Capabilities
If you're building a theme from scratch, Breakdance allows you to set up a fully-fledged WooCommerce shop without having to worry about coding anything. Just add your products in WooCommerce and you're good to go. If you're looking to customize how your shop page looks, you can create a custom template in Breakdance and add shop elements to it as you see fit.
Divi also allows you to create a WooCommerce shop, but unlike Breakdance, you have to setup the theme page template and design it yourself. This can be a bit of a hassle for people who are new to WordPress and don't want to bother.
If you're planning on setting up an online shop, I recommend using Breakdance over Divi because it's much easier and you don't have to worry about coding anything (unless you want to buy a site built with Divi).
Breakdance vs Divi Pricing
Both builders have an interesting pricing structure. Divi costs $89 yearly for access to all of its features, including updates and premium support. Alternatively, you can pay a one-time fee of $249 for lifetime access. Breakdance costs $99 per year for use on a single site, with no lifetime access option. Breakdance doesn't have a lifetime deal, but the unlimited site purchase at $199 includes use on unlimited sites.
So, which one is the better deal? It really depends on how you plan to use the page builder. Strictly based on pricing – If you only need it for a single website, Divi is the more affordable option. However, if you think you might use it for multiple projects, Breakdance could save you money in the long run. We wouldn't suggest basing your page builder selection on pricing alone – there are many other factors to consider. The cost of these builders is marginally low compared to the headache of having to redo an entire website from scratch because you chose the wrong platform.
Comparing Support & Communities
Elegant themes, the company behind Divi, offers 24/7 support via live chat, email, and phone. They also have an extensive documentation site that covers just about everything you could ever need to know about Divi.
Breakdance doesn't have 24/7 support, but they do offer email support and have an active Facebook community where you can get help from other users. There's also a decent documentation site that covers the basics of using the page builder.
If you need immediate help or want the peace of mind that comes with knowing that someone is always there to help, Divi is the clear winner. However, if you're the type of person who prefers to figure things out on your own or are confident in your ability to find answers in the Breakdance community, you'll be just fine with their support options.
Should You Use Breakdance or Divi?
The cliché answer is that it really depends on your needs. If you're just starting out and need a page builder that is easy to use and doesn't require any coding knowledge, Divi is a great choice. It's also a good option if you're looking for a page builder that has lifetime access.
However, if you need a page builder that is built with speed and performance in mind or are looking for one that includes a seamless WooCommerce setup + integration, Breakdance is the better option. It's also newer and has more life in it. I'm sure it will be updated for years.
Additionally, if you want more control over the design of your website and don't mind spending a little extra time setting things up for a larger reward, Breakdance is definitely the way to go.
At the end of the day, both Divi and Breakdance are great page builders with a lot to offer. The best way to figure out which one is right for you is to try them both out and see which one you prefer. Playing around with Divi's demo site and installing the Breakdance trial are both good ways to get a feel for each builder.
Do you have any experience with Divi or Breakdance? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! Best of luck building your website!