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  1. I just started trying out Oxygen Builder, but I have used and continue to use Beaver Builder and Elementor Pro for different reasons. Prior to using these page builders, I used VC which on the surface has been a huge tool with many options and addons. I think where BB and EP are leading is in offering the newer approach of Design blocks dropped into sections or pages.

    I come from a long background in both Print and Web work, so I’m familiar with Adobe products like Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and PS. I like their workflow and UX. I think Oxygen is like a mix of Yellow Pencil and Illustrator, which appeal to me. I would like to see more colour in the UX though, because it’s currently not easy to read / see some of the panel elements, which are much easier to view in Elementor and BB.

    I don’t find BB or Elementor Pro to stand out by too much, because at the moment they are good at different things. BB is better at dynamic data integration, while EP is better at design elements. The recent BB 2.2 beta is catching up to EP though on design. In general I prefer the ability to drag blocks / elements / etc. from the panel into the page layout, which gives me the ability to drop them into a specific column or row.

    I like that there is a revision history in BB and EP, while Oxygen is missing this feature. It’s particularly useful tool that goes back to something I do in Illustrator / PS as well. If I change a colour background 3 times, then I would have to copy the RGB code to a text note rather than the Builder remember previous saves.

    Both BB and Elementor Pro feel more beginner friendly, especially in the panels to adjust fonts, colours, etc. In Oxygen it feel like there are more options but require a more advanced understanding of CSS which is better for Advanced but may not so good for business clients.

    I’m unclear on if Oxygen expects Designer / Devs to create templates and the Business clients to access WP editor and not touch Oxygen OR that regular users to edit content in Oxygen and be taught by Devs how to do it? BB and Elementor Pro are trying restrict levels of access to the layout parts if direct access happens to avoid breaking pages.

    People trash Visual Composer now, but frankly it changed everything and really paved the way for the rest of page Builders. It still likely has the most addons and options of any Builder, but the issue of leaving short codes may or may not be a thing. ( personally think it’s a marketing gimmick to move people away from VC ). It has a few features that I wish BB, Elementor Pro, and Oxygen had such as being able to hide elements one wasn’t using without deleting it on the backend, AND ability to expand / contract the VC boxes, so you could easily move large sections around the layout but when it was a contracted bar.

    I like how in Elementor Pro I can save any element I create as a template, then reuse it easily. It appears in Oxygen I can save a Component to the library, but not sure what else yet.

    I like how in both BB and Elementor Pro the work panel can be hidden or in Elementor Pro it can be moved around / contracted, and Elements addons can be moved up / down as needed using Flexible panel plugin. I don’t like that I have to open the frontend window to see the layout full width. Is there a way to hide or minimize the left side panel while still in edit mode?

    One feature I miss that goes back to using DreamWeaver is the option to have a visual or text mode, which I can theoretically do in VC, so that I can actually look at the code and manually C&P code or modify CSS directly. In Elementor and BB I can’t do that and it’s frustrating relying solely on GUI. Maybe I want to save a piece of a layout and grab that quickly using code view and paste to another site in code view ( no saving templates, exporting files, etc. ).

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    What I disliked the most with Divi Builder and Themify builders is what happens to the content if those builders one day disappear (if dev stops etc), at least with Elementor the content is there once deactivated (didn’t try others). I’m still playing with O2 to see how it behaves, on this matter and others.
    I’m still not sure how to do some things without a theme (esp for things hooked to header, sub header, sidebar, footer etc, and sent by plugins or custom coded, etc)… I’m in exploring mode for now

  2. At the moment I see the Oxygen UI as very limited in terms of user-friendliness. You have to make a lot of clicks to get to your destination. Also the left sidebar is very restless, you always have to click back and forth to reach the goal (I already posted a suggestion for improvement in the forum). And the constantly opening and closing accordion menu makes me crazy.

    On a scale of 1 to 10 I see the usability of Oxygen at about a 5, so there is still a lot of room upwards to optimize it. Brizy’, for example, is a reference for me in terms of usability. And now the challenge is to develop a very good UI, which is suitable for both developers and designers. And it is possible, the techniques are available.

    As far as the functions in the backend are concerned, you should also think about this. Some users need certain functions only very little, or not much, but others more. Also here one should rethink and give the user the freedom to arrange his functions in the way he/she wants. And maybe even by drag&drop. For example, you can build your left sidebar the way you need it. Favorite functions up, down, or even hide them completely. Why should a user have any functions in constant view that he does not need anyway?

    In my opinion, Oxygen should rethink this, completely rethink and revise the UI, and focus on 99% of users, not half of them.

  3. I’m satisfied with Elementor and I recently upgraded my license to unlimited account. I find Oxygen interesting because of it’s more advanced capabilities. Elementor is lacking in integration with backend frameworks like ACF Pro, Pods and Toolset. I’m looking for a builder that would excel in those or offer it’s own CMS capabilities like creating custom post types, taxonomies, fields and seamlessly integrate them with front end.
    I’m impressed with Webflow, but really dislike the fact that it’s CMS is tied to their online platform. What I like about it is that it can generate static HTML and CSS pages for export and I’m impressed with their controls for creating advanced animations and interactions.
    I’m hopeful that Oxygen would stay focused more on advanced users as it seems that all other builders are more geared towards novice or personal use. What is needed is a complete platform independent tool for professional developers.

  4. Love how clean the code is. Love that you don’t need a theme. The UI is one of the best, and the Insert Data functionality is really cool. I do like the library and having the ability to utilize the sets of matching blocks and such, but I would also really appreciate blocks like how Elementor and Brizy do them. Just a full list of light/black blocks with categories (header, call to action, pricing, services section, etc). I also think some other builders have more widgets and better integrations in general, especially woocommerce. And last thing off the top of my head for now is that html5 tags and schema markup are a must

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    Still experimenting with it, but so far with what I’ve been playing with, Oxygen has better theme building capabilities than Elementor.

    Oxygen feels more like the advance users power tool to get things done, which is great. However, as far as reaching a broad market, it may be harder to catch non-pro users that may not be familiar with HTML, CSS, and JS.

    I think right now, power users like myself will really get some enjoyment and use out of it, and you really can’t argue with the price. As long as there are continuous improvements and development to it, it should be amongst the top 3 builders.

    Take a look at Oxygen Builder vs Elementor?

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