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Visual Composer vs WPBakery

Visual Composer Website Builder and WPBakery Page Builder are two completely separate plugins.

The WPBakery Page Builder plugin relies on shortcodes to render its content while the new Visual Composer Website Builder relies on react-based output. Both are independent plugins and hence one cannot be replaced by another.

It is important to mention that old versions of WPBakery Page Builder were called WPBakery Visual Composer before a complete rebranding and development of the new Visual Composer Website Builder. To understand which plugin you are using, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Plugins -> All plugins.
  2. Check the plugin name.
  3. If it is “WPBakery Visual Composer” then the plugin used is WPBakery Page Builder.

A major difference between the two is that WPBakery Page Builder only works within the content area and hence areas such as header, footer, and sidebar cannot be edited using it. The Visual Composer Website Builder on the other hand allows editing the complete website.
The following video explains detailed differences between the two:

Here is a comparison between the features of the two:

Features WPBakery Page Builder Visual Composer Website Builder
Free version
Drag and Drop editor
Frontend editor
Tree view mode
Insights (Content Analysis)
Backend editor
Mobile editing
Inline text editor
Instant save
Header editor
Footer editor
Sidebar editor
Popup builder
Page layouts
Global header and footer
Dynamic content
Maintenance mode
Archive page editor (archive, category, tags, authors, search)
Works with any WordPress theme
Custom Post Type support
Multisite support
Multilanguage ready
RTL compatible
Template management
Blocks templates
Element presets
Element lock
Templatera/Global Templates (Reusable templates)
Template Export/Import
Design Options
Copy/Paste
Element clone
Element custom name
Grid Builder
Hide element
Keyboard shortcuts
Recent colors
Undo/Redo
Blank Page Wizard
Custom CSS
Custom JavaScript
Element replace
Role manager
Icon libraries
Google fonts
Instagram-like filters
Parallax effects
Gradient background
Slideshow background
Carousel background
Zoom In/Out background
Video background
Element animations
Background image position
Shape divider
Box Shadow
Instant column resize
Column stacking
Reverse column stacking
Row full width/height
Responsive preview mode
Automatic responsiveness
Custom row responsiveness
Yoast SEO support
Shortcode support
WordPress widget support
Gutenberg element
Block for Gutenberg
Custom widget support
Giphy integration
Unsplash Stock Images
API
Staging activation
3rd party Add-ons
WooCommerce Support
Cloud library
Menu elements
Online customer support
Theme integration
Developers License

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