April 19, 2022
As many of you know, ClockworkWP builds sites using Beaver Builder (BB). Why is that? Well, it’s pretty simple, BB existed before Elementor… that is the only reason we use it, but I’m glad we wound up sticking with BB instead of Elementor. If I had decided to start using Page Builders in 2017, there is a chance I had used Elementor.
We started using BB in 2016, right before Elementor came around. Sure, we run into Elementor sites all the time. We don’t mind maintaining sites that are built with Elementor, but I’m noticed something somewhat interesting about Elementor when it comes to wpscan.com.
What is WPscan.com?
WPscan.com is “an Automattic endeavor” according to their website. What is Automattic? Automattic is the company that funds WordPress.org, WordPress.com, Akismet, Gravitar, etc. This makes WPscan.com a very legit and serious product. Meaning, it isn’t a biased and fly-by-night product.
WPScan allows you to keep track of security holes and you can get notifications if there is a security hole in WordPress, whether it be a security in a theme, plugins, or WordPress itself, WPScan keeps track of the security holes.
One of the nice features of the site is that you can go to the site and search for security holes in different plugins. For example, if you type in “Beaver Builder,” this is what you get:
Just for the record, these security risks listed above aren’t actually BB security issues, but BB add-ons. And if you type in “Elementor” you get 3 pages of security holes (not all Elementor core, but still quite a few!):
And if you go through these, sure not all of these are Elementor’s fault. Some of theme are Elementor add-ons, but there are some that scare me:
I know that I’m not doing a scientific analysis here, but it seems that Elementor has a lot more issues than BB. I have a lot of clients ask which Page Builder they should use if they are building a site themselves and I tell them that Elementor is great, it is a little rushed, and if you don’t mind the whole site breaking when going from version 2 to version 3, go for it. It has more bells and whistles, and it moves really fast. If you’re looking for stability, and now maybe security reasons, I still have to recommend Beaver Builder.