If you're looking to build your first website for your business or online store, there is no easier way than using a page builder plugin. Page builder plugins are very popular nowadays because they allow anyone to build a beautiful website without touching a single line of code.
One of the best page builder plugins available on the market today is Elementor. It's an easy to use page builder plugin that can be used for free but it also comes with a pro version that offers even more useful features for your site.
In today's review, we'll talk about what Elementor has to offer, look at its pro features, the pros and cons of using it, and help you decide if Elementor is the right plugin for you.
What Does Elementor Offer
Elementor allows you to use various blocks with a simple drag and drop interface and see the changes happening on your site at the same time as you’re making them. This eliminates the need to refresh the page or to load a preview in the new window.
The plugin comes with numerous widgets, premade blocks and templates, the ability to preview the design for mobile devices, styling features, and more. Let's take a look at those features more in-depth below.
When you create a new page with Elementor, you'll be greeted with a blank canvas where you can drag and drop widgets that will make up your page. The free version includes widgets such as text, images, headings, columns, icon boxes, carousels, Google Maps, and more.
You can also include third-party widgets from other plugins and WordPress itself. This means you can add WordPress galleries, recent post lists, tag clouds, and any other standard WordPress widget.
Elementor also includes a number of premade templates that you can use a starting point for your design. You'll find templates for About, Contact, Homepage and other pages as well as templates for various industries such as a restaurant, hotel, tourism, webinars, and more.
Additionally, Elementor offers premade sections like FAQ, accordion, calls to action, features, and more. Keep in mind that some of the templates and sections are only available on the premium version of the plugin so you will need to upgrade your license before being able to use them.
A noteworthy feature of Elementor is the fact that you can preview your design on tablets and mobile devices at any point in time. This makes it easy to design a perfectly responsive website as you can adjust the design until it displays without any issues on any screen size.
Each widget can be styled to your liking. You can adjust colors, content, fonts, layout, and more. On top of that, you can access even more styling options by clicking on each section and adjust the position, margins, paddings, and other settings.
Elementor Pro Features
As mentioned earlier, Elementor Pro comes with additional features that will improve your website design process even more. Let’s take a look at the main pro features of Elementor.
The Pro version of Elementor allows you to use WooCommerce blocks that will help you create an online store with Elementor. You can display a list of your products on any page as well as your product categories.
You'll also find Add to Cart button which can be linked to any product on your page. This means you can create your own custom product layout and use Elementor's Add to Cart button to allow visitors to go to that product's page and purchase it.
Another notable Pro feature is the ability to save any of your widgets as a global widget. When you're happy with the content and the style, save it as a global widget and you’ll then be able to add it to multiple areas on your site. If you decide to change the widget in any way, it will instantly update everywhere.
Portfolio and Post Layouts
The Pro version adds several different layout possibilities for your posts and portfolio items. You can choose between a list, grid, masonry or the standard blog layout.
Other Premium Blocks and Features
Aside from the features above, Elementor Pro also includes the following:
- Custom CSS
- Sliders and Ken Burns animation effect
- Flip boxes
- Live form builder
- Pro templates and sections
Elementor Pros and Cons
Before you make your final decision, here are Elementor's pros and cons to consider.
- Easy to use
- Works with any WordPress theme
- Great support for responsive design
- Plenty of building blocks and styling options even on the free version
- You can find plenty of free extensions that add even more functionality to Elementor
- Even though it's easy to use, some of the styling options are not as easy to find and require a little bit of extra clicking
The free version of Elementor can be downloaded from the official repository. You can purchase the Pro version on the official website. There are three licenses available:
- Personal license is available for $49 and allows you to use the plugin on one site and includes one year of support and updates
- A Business license is available for $99 and allows you to use the plugin on 3 sites with one year of support and updates
- Lastly, the Unlimited license is available for $199 and includes installation on an unlimited number of sites and one year of support and updates.
All things considered, Elementor offers a lot of features even in the free version of the plugin which makes it one of the most feature-rich free page builder plugins. However, if you need advanced functionality, you can easily upgrade your license to the Elementor Pro. Give the free version a try and then consider the Pro version if you want to use Elementor to make an online store or to have more control over your blog layout and style.
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