Using a high-quality page builder on your WordPress website may save you tones of time and energy if you want to create a custom look&feel for any of your posts and pages. The trick is to find one, of course. In one of my previous posts I have presented to you the power of SiteOrigin Page Builder.
Now I will present to you another high-quality plugin that you may just fall instantly in love with. It is called Elementor and it just might be the page builder that you’ve always needed!
What is so special about Elementor?
Actually there are a couple of things that you will find interesting at first and quite useful when you start using it. Let’s begin with its lack of shortcodes. What does this mean? Well, imagine that you decide to deactivate Elementor at some point. With most of the page builders you will get a pile of shortcodes and no content instead of any post or page that you created with them. Elementor will not make you go through this. Your content (text and images) will be saved. So perhaps a minimal adjustment will be needed in case you don’t want to come back to this plugin ever again. But I know that you will most likely continue using it because it is absolutely awesome!
And speaking of awesome, let’s mention the second feature that will grab your interest on Elementor – it is a live page builder. This means that you are in full control of the creation of your content by knowing exactly how it will look when it’s published. Everything that you do is just click, drag&drop, some minor settings for each widget and section and voila! Now I know that this sounds great but there is another thing that is important here – the live page building process that Elementor provides you with is able to show you how your content will look like on any device. This means that you will be able to create responsive content with extreme ease and without any bad surprises when you publish it.
Want more reasons to try Elementor? Here is another one – speed! This plugin is fast and your sections will be filled with content instantly. No more waiting.
Elementor is also open source and free! That is another reason to be interested in it. I can say that it provides enough power to compete with some of the known premium page builders for WordPress. This means that there is a great chance to achieve the same (and even better) effect but without spending any money. And let’s mention it once again – no shortcodes and no lack of speed.
How to use Elementor?
I suggest to visit its official page and download the plugin from there. However Elementor is available in WordPress.org as well and you can also get it using the WordPress plugin installer in your dashboard. You will also see a couple of additional plugins that might extend the power of this plugin if you try the latter method.
Now upload (in case you use my suggestion) the zip file, install it and activate it. So far, so good! Now go to your dashboard and find the Elementor menu in it. There are a couple of settings to adjust regarding the usage of the plugin – where to use it, who to use it, default colors and fonts, etc. You can also sync your Elementor library and even provide the plugin developers with some usage statistics if you want to aid them in further developing the plugin. It is anonymous, of course.
In the Elementor menu you will find your template library. It should be empty at first but any templates that you create or get will be stored there eventually.
Lastly you can click on the “System Info” sub-menu in order to see some details about your WordPress configuration in case you need to ask for support. You can copy and paste it with ease so that the developers can see where the problem might be.
Remember to save any settings and now create a new post or a page. Do this like you always do but now click on the “Edit with Elementor” button in the WordPress editor.
What will happen next is that Elementor will take control over any editing process and will load the post/page so that you will be able to see how it will look like when published. This means that you will be editing directly over the frontend (the theme) of your WordPress website.
You will notice that you start with a few options:
- to add a new section
- add a new template
- drag a widget directly
On the left are your elements. You can use the vast majority of Elementor ones or you can also insert any suitable widgets that you have on your WordPress website.
You can always resize and change the positions of each sections and sub-sections. Each of the elements’ settings are extremely easy to apply and you see the result live. You can add videos, images, social media elements, testimonials, text and other multimedia, buttons, icons and many, many more!
There are effects for mouse hover for some of the elements and also entrance effects when you first see them. You can add CSS classes, set margins and many other settings so that your content will look awesome when published. All you need to do is save each element after editing it.
When you are done with your post/page you can either see it live or go to your dashboard. You can always switch back to the WordPress editors if you want after you exit Elementor.
This plugin works with any theme on any WordPress installation. You can find out more about Elementor Page Builder from this video:
And that’s it, friends! Now it’s up to you to decide whether you want to try Elementor or not. Please share any thoughts on its usage in the comment section below and don’t forget to spread the word about this extremely easy to use and powerful page builder on social media.
See you soon!