A couple of decades ago, creating a website involved a lot of back and forth between developers, copywriters, and project managers. It took months just to get a few simple changes updated on your website.
Nowadays, knowing how to code isn’t necessary to build engaging websites. Page builders like Elementor make it super easy for non-coders to create any WordPress website they want.
In this guide, you’ll learn about Elementor and how it can help you build a stunning website.
What is Elementor?
Elementor is a drag-and-drop page builder for WordPress. This plugin helps you create beautiful pages using a visual editor. It’s designed for you to build dynamic websites quickly.
This WordPress plugin is an all-in-one solution—letting you control every part of your website design in a single platform. You can customize your website to fit your brand with motion effects, multiple fonts, and enhanced background images.
Why You Should Use Elementor
Elementor works for all types of professionals on your team. If you’re not tech savvy, the visual editor gives you the flexibility to drag any of the 90+ widgets to create content, like buttons, star ratings, and progress bars. For developers, it’s still a top-choice platform with script optimization, custom attributes, and rollback versions.
What Can You Build With Elementor?
Elementor is an effective tool for building everything from your entire website to specific landing pages. You can design sales pages, promotional pages, and even custom forms. If you can imagine it, this platform can help you design any page for your WordPress website.
Check out this restaurant website built with Elementor.
Enter your email address in the text box on the pop-up window.
Then, click Subscribe & Download.
In your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins > Add New.
Click Upload Plugin, and choose the .zip file you’ve downloaded for Elementor.
Click Install Now, and then Activate Plugin.
Installing via WordPress Dashboard
From your dashboard, click Plugins > Add New.
In the search field, enter Elementor and locate Elementor Page Builder.
Click Install Now. After installation, click Activate.
How to Use Elementor in WordPress
With Elementor, you can take your design vision and turn into reality. Live editing makes the process painless by allowing you to view each element as you design it. Let’s explore the Elementor editor.
Quick Tour of the Elementor Editor
Elementor offers an intuitive design for users. So, you can learn the basics of the editor in a couple of minutes.
For starters, you can access the Elementor editor from the left side of your WordPress dashboard.
Or you can click Edit with Elementor when you create a new page or post.
Drag-and-drop features are located on the left side of the editor. You can search for specific widgets to customize your pages. Choose from basic elements, like a heading or image gallery, or explore more advanced elements, like animated headlines and testimonial carousels.
In the Style & Settings Configuration menu, you can set default colors and fonts for your pages. You also can configure global settings for your entire website on Elementor.
Elementor comes with a built-in Revision History section. Under the Actions tab, you can trace your changes, moving back and forth between each action. Under the Revisions tab, you can switch between your revisions and revert back to any previous version.
How to Build Your First Page in Elementor
Elementor stands out from its competitors because of its ease of use. Try it for yourself by building your first page in the platform—no coding skills required.
Go to your WordPress dashboard.
Click Pages, then Add New.
Click Edit with Elementor to enter the page builder.
Elementor will load to look like this:
The Elementor editor consists of three main building blocks: Sections, Columns, and Widgets. Sections are the largest building blocks. Within Sections, you can add groups of Columns, and Widgets are housed within Columns.
You control the Sections, Columns, and Widgets using the blue handle. Just right click the handle to edit the blocks.
Templates are pre-designed Pages and Blocks to help you design your WordPress website. Pages are full content layouts, while Blocks are sections with pre-built widgets, like footers, headers, and FAQs.
Elementor gives you a full license to use any of the templates for your business. There’s a field to search for specific templates by page type, template name, or tag. Plus, all templates are mobile responsive. You can insert them into any page with just one click.
From the main editing screen, click the white folder icon.
To preview a template, click the magnifying glass icon.
Click the green Insert button in the top right-hand corner to select your desired template.
When you’re finished designing your page, you can preview and then publish it.
Go to the bottom panel on the right side of the Elementor editor.
To preview your page, click the eye icon.
To publish, click the green Publish button.
How to Use Advanced Features in Elementor
Elementor’s pro version offers advanced features to take your WordPress website to the next level. You get access to more widgets, a theme builder, pop-up builder, and custom field capabilities.
How to Create a Popup in Elementor
Pop-up forms help you capture email addresses from leads. Elementor makes creating these forms easier with its pop-up builder. Follow these instructions to create your own popup.
In your WordPress dashboard, go to Templates > Popups > Add New.
Name your template and click Create Template.
Choose a template from the Library or create your own design.
Click Publish, then Save and Close.
Open a new page in Elementor (CTRL + E for PC users; Command + E for Mac users).
Drag in a button widget.
Under Layout, choose Link > Dynamic > Actions > Popup.
Go to Popup > Open Popup and select the popup you created.
Go to the live page.
Then, click on the button and see the popup appear.
How to Customize WooCommerce Product Page in Elementor
WooCommerce is a popular e-commerce platform to help you build an online store for your business. Together with Elementor, you create custom product pages to boost your sales.
Before you can customize your product page, you’ll need to install and activate WooCommerce and Elementor to your WordPress dashboard. You’ll also want to add a few products to your website. You can learn about WooCommerce setup here.
After setup, you now can design your product page. Follow these steps.
In your WordPress dashboard, go to Elementor > My Templates.
Click on the Add New button.
Choose Single Product as your template type and click Create Template.
The Elementor Library will load.
Next, choose a pre-designed product page template, or build one from scratch.
To publish your page, click the green Publish button on the bottom left panel.
Frequently Asked Questions About Elementor
Do you still have questions about Elementor? No problem. Here are a few frequently asked questions about the plugin along with the answers.
How much does Elementor cost?
Elementor is a free plugin for WordPress users. If you want to unlock additional features, you can get the pro version. You can find the prices here.
Does Elementor work with all themes?
Yes, it works with all themes that follow WordPress’ coding standards.
Does Elementor slow down your website?
Elementor is one of the fastest page builders. However, some websites can cause slow loading times. Here are common ways to fix the website speed issue.
Elementor is a WordPress plugin specifically built to help you design a custom website for your business. Its user-friendly interface makes it an effective platform for non-coders. If you want to attract and nurture more leads, install Elementor and HubSpot’s CRM plugin to increase your conversions.
Originally published Aug 28, 2019 10:56:50 AM, updated March 03 2020