I’m going to admit to you right now that I’m a drag and drop WordPress freak. I love trying out new WordPress builder tools—so that I can build client’s website faster and more effective. After using Elementor Pro for some good months, it is time for me to share my personal experiencing using it in this Elementor review.
This review on Elementor free and Elementor Pro (some call it Elementor Page Builder) is quite long. Before we proceed further, here are some key takeaways I want you to know about Elementor.
Elementor Review in a nutshell:
And without further delaying, carry on reading below to discover the best Elementor Pro review.
Elementor is a drag-and-drop page builder plugin for WordPress, which serves several purposes. You can use it to create any content layout or page layout you can imagine. Elementor is compatible with (nearly) all WordPress themes. At this point of time, Elementor is not working well with StudioPress—so if you are using StudioPress child theme like me, you are in for a big surprise.
There will be some level of glitches that you need to accept, or completely move to another theme like I do. If you want to know more about this, I recommend you to scroll down all the way down for more information.
For starters, Elementor is a WordPress builder plugin. I tried installing it as a WordPress theme and it wouldn’t work 🙂
If you used Thrive Architect, Divi or OptimizePress in the past, you would know that drag and drop website builders help you to develop WordPress faster and more importantly, extremely user-friendly (as you don’t require a single line of code).
There are many freelance web developers who are making a huge living without any coding skills. Here’s you can do that too!
So, what else can Elementor do?
These are just SOME parts of what Elementor can do.
With Elementor WordPress builder, the sky is your only limit. While I’ve been using Elementor Pro for over two months, I’m still discovering many more new things about Elementor that constantly blow my mind!
It is important to understand that the free version of Elementor plugin comes with some sweet but limited features.
Here’s what it looks like on the backend (visual builder) for the free Elementor plugin.
The basic features includes:
If you can see, the Elementor free plugin is an effective WordPress builder that is extremely effective for small and new blogs, leisure bloggers and those who don’t require much from a drag and drop website builder.
The free version of Elementor is free to use for life and no credit card is required. If you have not tried Elementor, I recommend you to try it as Elementor is the only free WordPress builder that is super intuitive.
Let me start off by telling you that I get this. Seriously.
When I first downloaded Elementor, I was happy—like really, really happy. I read from many Elementor reviews from other blogs that Elementor is the best, Elementor solves all the web development challenges, etc.
Elementor Pro takes WordPress development to who new level. As a hardcore user of Thrive Architect and Divi, I got to admit that Elementor Pro is freaking awesome to use.
This page is created with Elementor Pro, using customized single post page and footer setting that I recently created.
In short, using Elementor Pro WordPress builder plugin felt MORE like a complete set of builder tool compared to its competitors.
While this part is solely my personal opinion, I hope it carries some weight as I am a huge advocate for Thrive Architect and Divi. I uses Thrive Architect for all my personal blogs while Divi is used for business (freelance website development).
Elementor Pro comes with some sick features such as:
Want to take a deep look into Elementor Pro?
Take a look below.
According to Elementor’s blog, Elementor Canvas is a native blank page template in Elementor. Canvas works with any theme, and lets you design the entire page in Elementor. No header, no footer, just Elementor.
If you want to build a page from ground up, then Elementor Canvas is the absolute choice.
Take a look at this.
Why is Elementor Canvas an absolute game-changer for the WordPress theme development industry?
The Elementor plugin comes in two forms; free and paid plugin. The free plugin provides limited functionality and best for small websites or new bloggers.
The paid Elementor Pro offers robust features which are best used to build traffic, engagement and trust from your website visitors. You can also create highly targeted content using Elementor Pro.
Here’s the pricing strategy (and features) for both Elementor and Elementor Pro.
With the fact that Elementor is an absolutely free drag and drop website builder plugin, there is no denial that it is definitely worth it (at least, worth your time to check it out).
The free Elementor plugin is an excellent choice for bloggers who don’t want to spend a whole of money with designing their website. At the same time, they still want to be able to develop a WordPress easily without coding skills.
At the price range of $0, the free Elementor plugin makes it one of the best drag and drop builder plugin in the market. Hands down.
If you are looking for a full-fledged WordPress builder plugin that kicks ass, Elementor Pro is definitely your go-to tool.
Elementor Pro offers rich features including the super important Pro templates which are killers in the market. If you are a web developer or a professional blogger, I highly recommend you to consider using Elementor Pro for your website (or client’s websites).
I have been using StudioPress all my life. Parting from StudioPress is like getting a divorce. I don’t see that coming and not within the near future.
As my website takes off to new heights, I decided that I need to do something more to grow my online presence. While StudioPress is awesome, I needed more flexibility.
The movement from StudioPress to Elementor isn’t the easiest move. For starters, one of the biggest revenue generator for this blog is Google Adsense.
When I completely make the switch from StudioPress to Elementor Pro, this is what happened to my earnings.
The earnings for Google Adsense is not that big of a “wow factor” to be honest, but being able to make anywhere between $200 to $400 a month without doing anything is definitely awesome.
Moreover, the earnings from Google Adsense is used to cover my premium WordPress hosting on WPX.
Okay, back to the story.
I reached out to the guys from WPX Hosting (my web hosting support) and WPMU Dev (cache plugin support) and we came up with a solution. A solid one to be honest.
If you are moving from any WordPress theme to Elementor, I recommend you to follow these steps.
Both Elementor and Elementor Pro are lightweight—and you want these plugins to work with a super lightweight WordPress theme for super fast loading speed.
StudioPress is out of the topic for compatibility issues and using Thrive Architect/Divi is definitely not the option.
After doing some research, I ended up using WP Astra (here’s a cool case study by Elementor).
Install WP Astra first, followed by installing Elementor or Elementor Pro. If you are using Elementor Pro like I do, you need to have both Elementor and Elementor Pro installed at the same time (for the plugins to work).
When I first changed my theme to WP Astra and Elementor Pro, I did not clear my previous cache. This single mistake of mine costs me 3 hours of additional work.
No matter what cache plugin you use, make sure you clear the cache. Seriously.
Changing WordPress themes is always troublesome. Even at the fastest pace, it will take me an easy 2-hours to get the job done right.
This site is massive—with over 2GB of data, close to a thousand posts and pages, this is crazy. Can you imagine how much time needed if you are going to customized each post and page?
With Elementor Pro, you can use Global Widgets to create customized header, footer and layouts for post and pages. Next, set up automation or conditional logic to ensure that these settings are automatically enabled on specific locations.
If you are interested to know more about Global Widgets by Elementor Pro, take a look at video for more information.
Last but not least, customizing the cache plugin is an important step to ensure that your website is loading fast.
Most of you may be using W3TC or WP Rocket for cache plugin, but I’m using Hummingbird pro. Setting up Hummingbird Pro for Elementor is really challenging—and I recommend you to try and error to get it done right.
Here’s what it looks like after the configuration.
Divi is used by professional bloggers and web developers around the world. Even I use divi for all my freelance website development on Upwork.
So, who is the clear winner when Elementor vs Divi?
The answer is this: It depends.
Here’s what you should know about Elementor and Divi.
Before I end this Elementor Review, I think is important to state my thoughts on this plugin.
Both Elementor and Elementor Pro are fine drag and drop WordPress builder. They are suitable for beginners, website developers and professional bloggers alike.
Elementor provides an upper hand compared to most drag and drop builder tools because it offers free for life usage. While it has limited capabilities, the features are sufficient for most small websites and new bloggers.
Elementor Pro on the other hand is an excellent choice to replace Thrive Architect or Divi, especially when you are looking for a lightweight and fast loading website builder.
The massive integration and beautiful ready made templates makes Elementor Pro a must have especially for serious bloggers.
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