Top 4 Faster and Cheaper Elementor Alternatives

Updated on November 30, 2022 | By

Elementor is no more the only solution for quickly building websites for professionals and amateurs. Block plugins or FSE(Full site editing) themes offer the same easiness to build and are more straightforward than Elementor.

With both speed and Page Experience becoming SEO algorithms, picking a theme or a block plugin with good performance aspects is a key feature to rank.

Blocks plugins offer the same drag-and-drop feature of Elementor, but are leaner, as they don’t load the many libraries needed to work as Elementor. 

If building without using code is your goal, look at the top picks below.

What are FSE (Full site editing) themes and block plugins

FSE(Full site editing) themes have properties that turn them and allow a set of specific customizing, building, and configurations, such as:

  • Site Editor; edit and navigate between various templates, template parts, and styling options
  • Template Editing; edit/change/create the template a post/page uses
  • Block Theme; build using blocks;
  • Theme Blocks; custom blocks from the theme such as post author.
  • Browsing; navigate between templates, pages, etc.
  • Navigation Block; a block that allows the customizing of the navigation’s menu.
  • Query Block; replicates WP_Query, allowing functionality, etc.

FSE themes also have “Patterns”, which are pre-built layouts to be used by dragging or copy-pasting into your design. WordPress recently launched the patterns directory which lists patterns created by users to copy-paste into your design.

GenerateBlocks

Generateblocks is a WordPress block editor with 4 features on it. These 4 blocks (container, grid block, headline block, button) are meant to build your WordPress site with flexibility without the need to have a single block for each thing, according to GenerateBlocks.

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GP theme and GP block website example #1

Each block has full customization on the free plan, including:

  • Typography; Pick from Google or Local fonts with full customization.
  • Spacing, Colors(including Gradients).
  • Background and Background Images.
  • and SVG(can use on buttons). 

Generateblocks Pro

The Pro plugin has far more customization settings and an option of over 150 templates to speed up your building process. The additional customizations are:

  • Global Styles; create global styles across the website and use them everywhere.
  • CSS effects such as opacity & blend, box-shadow, text-shadow, filters, etc.
  • Background images and gradients to Container blocks.
  • Built your SVG library.
  • Copy-paste styles: copy a style from a block and apply it to another.

To view the library with all of the templates available in GenerateBlocks Pro, click here.

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The pricing (1 year) on each product would be as follows:

  • GeneratePress + GenerateBlocks: Free
  • GeneratePress Premium 500 websites $59 + GenerateBlocks Pro $39 1 site: $98
  • GeneratePress Premium 500 websites $59 + GenerateBlocks Pro $99 250 sites: $158

Consider our reflink to buy Generateblocks Pro or GeneratePress Premium.

Kadence Blocks

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Kadence Blocks website example #1

Kadence Blocks is a free plugin to build websites with blocks, extending Gutenberg’s capabilities.

It currently has the following features:

  • Row Layout: rows with nested blocks either in columns or as a container.
  • Image Gallery
  • Form
  • Advanced Text: sizes and attributes for desktop, tablet, and mobile.
  • Buttons, tabs, and accordions.
  • Lottie animations.
  • Free design library.

Pro version offers:

  • Animate on Scroll.
  • Custom Icons and Fonts: upload your own custom icon, fonts, or an entire set.
  • Design Library: various designs to kickstart your projects.

Check all blocks here.

Kadence Blocks Pro is currently offered at $69/year for unlimited sites.

Gutenberg

WordPress’s next-gen block editor is meant to make building using blocks easier and more convenient.

Gutenberg lets you edit individual content blocks on posts or pages. Add and adjust widgets. Design your site headers and footers. Re-use blocks.

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Gutenberg website example #1

Gutenberg is used in the Wp Media plugin Wp Rocket website which recently switched from WordPress Block Editor. 

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Gutenberg website section example
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Gutenberg mobile website example

Blocksy

Blocksy is a Gutenberg-ready and lightweight theme.

It is currently ranked as one of the best-performing WordPress themes on the Core Web Vitals Technology report, with 32,1% of eligible origins(URLs) having a ‘Good’ Core Web Vitals label.

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Blocksy theme example #1

Blocksy Free theme features include:

  • Header builder.
  • Footer builder.
  • WooCommerce features: AJAX add to cart button, advanced archive, and single product layouts.
  • Trending and related posts module.
  • Cookies notice and Woocommerce support.

Blocksy Pro

Blocksy Pro theme features are as follows:

  • Content Blocks and Hooks: Create blocks and display them on a list of locations.
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Blocksy Content Blocks and Hooks
  • Adobe & Google Fonts.
  • Mega menu
  • Conditional sidebars, headers, and footers. Show only when needed.
  • WooCommerce features: Wishlist.

Pricing:

  • Blocksy theme: Free
  • Blocksy Pro 1 site license: $49/year
  • Blocksy Pro unlimited sites: $99/year

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