Elementor is one of the most popular, and probably the easiest drag and drop builder for WordPress. With more than one million active installs, Elementor is revolutionizing the WordPress experience. But what is Elementor and why is it this popular? In a few words, it’s a visual composer for WordPress that provides professional designing capabilities right on your current website. More precisely, it adds an extra widget on your usual WordPress editor that allows near-miracle instant edits on live page loads. Let’s see in this Elementor Review if it lives up to its hype.
1. Why use it
As you probably know, WordPress comes by default with its standard editor that you can use to create posts and pages for your website. However, the kind of WordPress theme you choose dictates and limits the design and style of your frontend outlook. To create exciting designs, you may result in tedious coding and CSS fine-tuning. With Elementor, all this becomes a thing of the past due to the following features:
- Separate and original interface that you can use to create pages, posts and custom post types
- Visual drag and drop interface to easily add new sections to a page without the need of coding.
2. How to Install and Configure it
Once installed (and activated), the plugin introduces a new menu item on your WordPress admin dashboard. In addition to this, it creates a new button in the original WordPress editor for better accessibility.
Now it’s time to see in this Elementor Review, all the features, perks, and elements that have made Elementor a well-known player in the WordPress scene. Out of the box, the plugin offers the following characteristics depending on the version:
- Main page building or core functionality also called “My Templates”. The plugin provides content blocks or widgets that you can place anywhere on your page (template) and rearrange them as you wish. The plugin currently provides more than 300 blocks and 29 widgets for you to enjoy. Widget examples include heading, icon box, social media icons, image gallery, progress bar, text editor, and video among many others.
- Pre-made page templates. This is probably one of the biggest advantages that you will see in this Elementor Review. The plugin greatly acknowledges that site owners may be operating on tight budgets. For this reason, it comes with more than 100 free WordPress page templates to choose from.
- Responsive website toolsets. There are tools to determine different font sizes, reverse column ordering, margin, and padding per device and more. Using these tools, you are able to create (device) mobile responsive pages and posts for your website.
- Elementor Canvas. This is a custom page template that completely disregards your theme limitations. The plugin provides an opportunity to use a blank page without theme-generated elements such as sidebars, headers or footers. This feature is handy for your landing and coming-soon pages.
- Maintenance and Under Construction Modes. If you need to restrict frontend visitors, you do not need to install another plugin. Elementor provides this feature.
With all these features, the free version of Elementor offers just about all that a standard user needs, including about 80% of the characteristics.
In addition to the previous functionalities and perks, the paid version of Elementor provides the following extra features that can be extremely handy for web designers or agencies:
- Animated headlines
- CRM integrations and marketing automation
- Custom CSS
- Customized fonts.
- Global widgets
- Layout widget for blog posts
- Role management features.
- Video and image sliders
- Visual and intuitive form builder
- WooCommerce features
4. Pros and Cons
- Easy to use.
- The Free version is full of features.
- No HTML, CSS, or PHP skills needed.
- Real-time preview (no guesses as to how the front end will look like).
- Ability to design pages differently for different devices (desktops, mobile etc).
- The ability to undo and/or roll back to previous versions when editing.
- The visual builder obviously doesn’t offer the same flexibility as if you were directly coding.
- The plugin sometimes (rarely) fail to load or apply some styles correctly.
In this Elementor Review, we saw many incredible features that make this plugin one of the top Page Builders for WordPress. Without any doubt, if you are looking for an outstanding drag and drop builder for WordPress that has a competent Free version, Elementor is probably the best.
- Time Saved: 10/10
- Performance: 9/10
- Easy to use: 10/10
- Extensibility: 8/10
- Price: 8/10 ($199 Unlimited Sites, $99 3 Sites and $40 1 Site)
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