Would you like to know the best features to master on Elementor Pro?
All WordPress users have known it. Elementor is one of the most popular page builders. Being a freemium plugin, you can enjoy the experience of creating a beautiful page in a visual way using Elementor with an option to upgrade to the pro version to unlock more advanced features.
There are actually two ways to extend Elementor functionality. Besides upgrading to the pro version, you can also install third-party add-ons developed by well-known developers like weDevs, WPDeveloper, to Crocoblock. If you’d rather upgrade to Elementor Pro instead and still wondering what features you can unlock, here’s the list.
Top 20 Features of Elementor Pro
1. Theme generator
What is a theme builder?
To understand the concept of a theme builder, you first need to understand the components of a WordPress theme. A WordPress theme consists of template files. Each template file controls the layout of part of the theme. For example, the header.php file controls the layout of the theme’s header, while the footer.php file controls the layout of the theme’s footer. Most WordPress themes have the following template files:
- header.php: To control the layout of the header.
- footer.php: To control the layout of the footer.
- single.php: To control the layout of the single article (blog post).
- sidebar.php: To control the layout of the sidebar.
- archive.php: To control the layout of archive pages.
- page.php: To control the layout of the page.
A theme builder allows you to create custom templates to replace the above templates, as well as other templates that belong to a theme. You can build the custom template using the visual editor of the page builder you are using (Elementor in this case).
One of the advantages of using a theme builder instead of a theme is that you can define where a custom template will be applied. For example, you can define a custom header template to apply to a certain post, page, posts under certain categories, the whole website, etc.
In other words, you can have different layouts of a certain part of the theme (e.g. header) by creating multiple custom templates for the same part. Another advantage is that you have unlimited customization options.
2. WooCommerce Builder
Do you have a WooCommerce powered eCommerce website? Elementor Pro is also capable of taking your eCommerce website design to the next level by allowing you to create custom templates for your WooCommerce online store. No need to buy a WooCommerce theme.
Instead, you can customize parts of WooCommerce yourself using Elementor’s visual editor. The WooCommerce parts for which you can create custom templates are:
- Single product page
- Product archive pages (categories and tags)
- Shop page
3. Form Builder
Elementor Pro gives you access to the Form widget. You can use this widget to add a form to the page/theme builder template you are working on. This widget allows you to create a wide variety of form types, thanks to its extensive field type support.
You can integrate your form with reCAPTCHA to protect it from spammers. With a little trick, you can also use the Form widget to create a registration page on your website. Elementor also allows you to create a multi-step form to let you create a simplified long-form, as well as to provide a better user experience for your users.
Elementor itself doesn’t have a default feature to handle form submissions. Elementor’s Form widget supports integrations with popular services GetResponse, ActiveCampaign, ConvertKit, Discord, etc.
4. Popup Generator
Pop-up builder is one of the features that you can unlock after upgrading to Elementor Pro. This feature allows you to create beautiful pop-ups on your website without coding. You can even use the ready-made form templates offered to streamline your workflow.
There are over 100 ready-made pop-up templates offered by Elementor.
Elementor’s pop-up generator itself supports the following types of triggers:
- On page load – When loading the page
- On scroll – When scrolling
- On scroll to element – When scrolling to the element
- On click – On click
- After inactivity – After inactivity
- On page exit intent – On page exit intent
Elementor Pro’s Popup Generator also supports display conditions, which allows you to define where a pop-up will appear. It also allows you to display a pop-up window based on the following conditions:
- After x page views
- After x sessions
- When arriving from a certain URL
- When search engines arrive
- Show a pop-up window for non-logged-in users only
- Display on specific device types (desktop, tablet, smartphone)
- Show in specific web browsers
With its click trigger support, you can also use the pop-up generator to create both a full-screen menu and a non-canvas menu.
5. Third-party integrations
As mentioned above, you can use Elementor’s Form widget to create a wide range of forms thanks to its extensive support for form fields. One of them allows you to use the Form widget to create an email registration form to generate leads.
You can connect your form to popular email marketing services like ActiveCampaign, GetResponse, etc.
Here are the third-party services with which you can integrate your form:
These third-party integrations are particularly useful if you want to use Elementor to create landing pages.
6. Custom CSS
Elementor indeed allows you to create beautiful pages on your WordPress website without having to deal with CSS. However, if you want to create a unique website, you can use your CSS skills. This feature allows you to implement CSS features that are not yet available on Elementor, such as CSS Transform to add a stylish hover effect to Elementor.
You can add custom CSS to each Elementor element. Whether it’s a section, column, or widget. You can access the custom CSS block under the Advanced tab of the settings panel (panel on the left side) in the Elementor editor to add custom CSS.
7. Motion effects
The motion effects offered by Elementor Pro fall into two types: the scrolling effect and the mouse effect. Besides, you can also apply the sticky option to sections and widgets.
8. Over 90 widgets
As you know, Elementor is released as a freemium plugin, which means there is a free version available for you to enjoy the Elementor user experience without spending a dime. Although Elementor Free offers basic widgets, the pro version comes with more advanced widgets such as Form, Posts, login, Price List, etc.
There are over 90 widgets you can unlock in total (free widgets and pro widgets)
9. Dynamic content
Not only can you use Elementor to build static websites. With its dynamic content support, you can also use Elementor to build a dynamic website like blog, news portal, ad website, and other types of dynamic websites. You can add dynamic content to a template or theme builder page using the following widgets:
- Site Logo
- Site Title
- Page Title
- Post Title
- Post Excerpt
- Featured Image
- Post Info
10. Custom fields
The widgets we mentioned in point 9 above can be used to add default WordPress dynamic content, such as post title, post meta, featured image, etc.
What about custom fields? Elementor Pro also allows you to add custom fields. By maximizing this functionality, you can use Elementor to build any kind of website with minimal plugins possible. Elementor Pro is compatible with the following popular custom fields plugins:
- Advanced Custom Fields
How to integrate a certain custom field plugin with Elementor?
You can simply create the custom field group using your favorite custom field plugin and use Elementor to display the data of the custom fields you created. You can display custom fields on a template.
Here ends this first list of features that you will be able to unlock using Elementor Pro. You will discover the next ones in another article.
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