26 Responses

  1. Nebulas Website Design
    Nebulas Website Design June 26, 2014 at 15:09 | | Reply

    This is an awful plugin in my experience when it has been used in themes and it can’t be disabled. It is full of bugs and the support is very slow and unhelpful. If you use this to create pages or posts and then decide to switch back to the normal editor, make an edit it then breaks the layout.

    In my opinion the WordPress editor is fine the way it is and the use of a shortcodes plugin such as Shortcodes Ultimate works just as well.

    1. Jean Galea
      Jean Galea June 27, 2014 at 00:17 | | Reply

      I think it’s one area that is still in its early stages, although there is already a lot of competition with several plugins offering drag and drop building functionality. The WordPress camp seems to be divided between those who want to retain the pure experience with at max a few shortcodes to use, and those who want to make it really easy for users to create their own layouts, and therefore welcome plugins such as Visual Composer. This plugin is definitely one of the best drag and drop plugins out there at the moment. So ultimately it depends on which camp you fall in.

  2. Pablo del Valle
    Pablo del Valle June 26, 2014 at 19:41 | | Reply

    I agreed with Nebulas, in addition to his comments if you use search in your wordpress you will have to install a plugin to get rid off all the shortcodes that will show in the results.

    Not recommended.

  3. Jason and Company
    Jason and Company June 27, 2014 at 10:28 | | Reply

    I think Visual Composer is a great plugin, and well worth the money.

    A great time saving tool!

    The ability to customize pages and have them be responsive far outweighs the small trade-off of added shortcodes

  4. Andrew
    Andrew June 27, 2014 at 12:22 | | Reply

    In my experience Visual Composer worked great! I’m using it for every site that I create for my clients and my clients are very happy with it. Happy clients – happy me! 😎 I’m huge fan. Kudos to guys from WPBakery.

  5. bb31
    bb31 June 30, 2014 at 03:14 | | Reply

    Able to share the difference between Visual Composer, Live Composer and VelocityPage? Not just how easy it is to use, but their functions… I am abit confused and don’t want to buy and end up regretting.

  6. Randy Clark
    Randy Clark July 2, 2014 at 01:01 | | Reply

    In my opinion, Visual Composer has jumped the shark. Its interface is clunky and has proven to be difficult for my clients to use. There are much better options out there these days.

    1. Jean Galea
      Jean Galea July 3, 2014 at 00:46 | | Reply

      What would you recommend instead Randy?

  7. Alpa
    Alpa November 7, 2014 at 14:22 | | Reply

    in my experience visual composer very nice plugin but when activated press theme at that time also visual composer worked this composer and after 6 month this back end editor not working visual composer 4.1.2 with WordPress 4.0 please help me how it solved??

  8. Scott
    Scott November 24, 2014 at 00:19 | | Reply

    I think its great for those who are new to WP but when your concerned site speed and you looking to get rid of some plugins VC is on the cut list.

    1. Jean Galea
      Jean Galea November 24, 2014 at 04:20 | | Reply

      Would you suggest an alternative Scott?

  9. Jesús Martínez
    Jesús Martínez November 24, 2014 at 13:52 | | Reply

    I would say SiteOrigin… VC performance is not really fast and the SO brings the features

  10. Huzaifa Khan
    Huzaifa Khan March 1, 2015 at 23:58 | | Reply
  11. Andre
    Andre July 2, 2015 at 07:15 | | Reply

    I often wondered how the typical end-user feels about these page builders, especially with Visual Composer as it’s been around for a long time. I know many Theme Forest theme developers include it, but I am one who does not like page builder plugins and do not make it part of my themes. However, I know it’s more of a personal preference with many who like them while others don’t. Obviously WPBakery is doing well regardless.

  12. auscoolwebs
    auscoolwebs July 17, 2015 at 03:38 | | Reply

    Lets not forget the external CSS footprint that Visual Composer leaves on a web page. The ‘JS_composer.css’ file is about 500KB! This is pretty horrible for page speed optimisation….

  13. Sara Jade (@jadeinteractive)
    Sara Jade (@jadeinteractive) August 7, 2015 at 21:36 | | Reply

    I’ve always worked with themes that my team and I have built, so admittedly, I’m not a seasoned pro when it comes to pre-made, pre-packaged (heavy and slow) WordPress themes. That said, I recently acquired a new client who uses a pre-made theme they purchased from themeforest. The theme is beautiful, I have to admit … but it requires Visual Composer. In the 10 years that I’ve been working with websites, I’ve never seen a more resource-heavy, slow, or painful to use plugin. It took 23 seconds to load a single page from the admin panel … a page WITHOUT any image files, video, or other large, fancy files. 23 seconds to load a text-only page, and the site is on a dedicated server … Are you kidding me? I feel like I’m getting older every time I use this thing. I’ve noticed that VC is not required for posts, and they load up like a champ, so I’m pretty sure it’s not a site error. This ginormous plugin just seems to consume every available resource when it’s in use … including my patience. If there is some magical wizardry involved to make VC work properly, please for the love of god tell me what it is. I beg you.

    1. Arp Laszlo
      Arp Laszlo August 22, 2015 at 14:49 | | Reply

      I’d like to know as well. I’m also using it for a client site and the cpu usage has been nuts.

  14. Durmonski
    Durmonski September 3, 2015 at 02:44 | | Reply

    This is a great plugin indeed. Do you have examples of sites that are using Visual Composer to build their pages?

    1. Diana M Joice
      Diana M Joice January 27, 2017 at 08:30 | | Reply

      Hello Durmonski,

      I created my site with VC. But since I use it extensively, the more pages I create with VC (blog pages as well, and of those I have many) the slower my site gets.

      And it’s a very simple layout with very little bells and whistles.
      You can have a look here: http://dianamjoice.com/

  15. MASOOD
    MASOOD September 9, 2015 at 05:02 | | Reply

    Is there any way to edit with visual composer frontend editor in view mode. It’s working fine in text mode but when i try to edit and save the text on view mode in frontend editor its triggers error “$carousel.carousel is not a function” .

  16. Jacob Perl
    Jacob Perl January 9, 2016 at 19:08 | | Reply

    Thank you for this review. I dig VC but have been wondering lately: VC outputs a fair amount of nested HTML structure for even the most simple page layouts, though to be fair, I would assume other page builders do the same…what are your thoughts on how this might affect SEO?

  17. Emily
    Emily February 26, 2016 at 11:23 | | Reply

    Does anyone know how to speed this up? The idea is great but it’s unusably slow.

  18. rb
    rb July 5, 2016 at 18:55 | | Reply

    Visual Composer is a horrible plugin. We got it bundled in a premium theme. It expired after 6 months and now visitors cant read the pages we made. And we cant access/edit the pages we made / and theme people dont support us.
    It is a scam- that I have to keep buying it over and over just to keep my site running.
    STAY AWAY from Visual composer.

  19. slobodan
    slobodan October 26, 2016 at 07:49 | | Reply

    STAY AWAY from Visual Composer and any theme that uses it. Waste of money, time and nerves …

    1. Mark Zahra
      Mark Zahra October 27, 2016 at 06:20 | | Reply

      Care to elaborate on that slobodan?

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