Would you like to know how to install Elementor on your website?
Our favorite page builders for WordPress are Divi, Visual Composer, and Elementor. They are easy to set up and allow you to achieve great-looking pages. In this guide, we will basically talk about Elementor by showing you how to install it.
You should know that there are three main ways to install Elementor. Like any WordPress plugin, you can do this by:
- uploading it to Elementor’s website and installing it from the WordPress dashboard
- installing it directly from the WordPress repository
- By installing it from the cPanel
The first method is the one we like, it’s easier for beginners and has fewer problems. But if the first two methods don’t work, the last one will work fine.
Install Elementor via the WordPress dashboard
For this method, go to the Elementor website and choose the plan that’s right for your business.
By clicking on Buy Now you will be redirected to a page that will ask you to create an account and complete the payment. If you already have an account, log in and continue.
You will be taken to another page and the download will begin. Depending on your browser settings, the file may be downloaded automatically, or you will be prompted to save this file.
Your version may be different after reading this tutorial. But rest assured the installation procedure remains largely the same.
Once Elementor is downloaded to your website dashboard.
Click on Extensions on the side menu then on Add.
Click the Upload extension button. This will open a window that will help you find the Elementor file that you downloaded in the previous step. Select the file and click Open.
You can either drag the file to the “Choose File” button or click “Choose File”, find your Elementor file and click “Open”.
Click “ Install Now ” to install Elementor on your website.
Since Elementor is powerful, you may experience a WordPress memory limit error or exceed the maximum execution time.
Assuming you have installed Elementor successfully, you will see a “Plugin installed successfully” message.
Click on the Activate plugin button to start using Elementor. You will be redirected to the Elementor welcome page.
Install Elementor from the WordPress plugin directory
Installing Elementor from the WordPress plugin directory is generally quite easy. However, we find that this way does not work very well on XAMPP which many newbies use, which is why installing Elementor through the Dashboard is a very viable option for newbies.
But if you opt for this second method then go to the Extensions menu in the sidebar of your dashboard and click on Add.
On the search bar located at the top far right of this page type the word Elementor the first result is usually the plugin you are looking for. Usually, it is the first one that appears in the results list.
Click “ Install Now ” to install Elementor.
Once Elementor is installed, the “ Install Now ” button will change to “ Activate ”. Click on it to activate Elementor and start using it.
You will be redirected to the installed extensions page.
Install Elementor from the cPanel
Installing plugins via cPanel is something every webmaster should know. This is a fallback that will work every time if you run into errors with the other methods.
The reason we use cPanel, rather than FTP, is that most FTP programs do not have a Check Out function, while the cPanel’s file manager does without a problem.
If you absolutely must use an FTP, you must unzip the folder on your computer, then upload this folder to wp-content / plugins/folder. If you are on a Mac, the folder can be unzipped automatically. If you are on Windows, right-click on the folder and click ” Extract Here “. If you don’t see this option, you may need to install the free 7-Zip program.
Let’s install Elementor via cPanel.
Go to Elementor’s website and download it. You will probably need to put your email address to access it.
Go to the cPanel of your website. The address is generally the following: yourwebsite.com/cpanel or yourwebsite.com:2083.
Click on “File Manager”, which will open in a new tab.
Go to public_html and find the wp-content folder for your website. You’ll usually find it on the root of your website, but your path to getting there might be different.
If you can’t find the wp-content folder it might have been renamed. Some webmasters do this as a layer of protection against piracy. If so, search for wp-admin and wp-includes. These are never renamed.
If you found this folder, open it, you will find a subfolder called ” plugins ” open that too.
If you don’t have any plugins installed you will probably just see an index.php like in the image below. More likely, there will be other folders, corresponding to the plugins you have installed.
Click on “ Upload ”.
Make sure the selected path ends with plugins. Drag Elementor’s compressed file into the download area.
You can also click ” Select File ” and find your Elementor.zip file saved on your computer.
Once Elementor is downloaded, the bar will likely turn green. If you can’t make out the green, just wait a bit until the slider reaches 100%.
Go back or close the tab to return to the file manager.
In the file, the manager makes sure the elementor.zip file is selected, then clicks ” Extract ” on the top bar.
You will see a popup with details of what is being checked out. Make sure that the extraction path ends with plugins then click on Extract file.
After a few seconds to a minute, the files will be extracted into a folder called “ elementor ”. Click on “Close”.
You can delete the .zip file that you originally downloaded. Click on it to highlight it, then click ” Remove ” in the top bar.
That’s all for the installation via the cPanel then close the tabs.
Go to your website and go to the Installed Extensions page. You may need to refresh the page to see Elementor in the list of plugins. Click “ Activate ” under Elementor.
Congratulations, you have successfully installed and activated Elementor from the cPanel.
Now you can start creating your pages.
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