Page builder plugins have revolutionized the concept of web design. You can create a beautiful website without writing a single line of code if you have a page builder installed on your WordPress account. Elementor is the most common page builder plugin for WordPress, with over 5 million active installs.
Elementor is a freemium plugin in and of itself. Although you can use it for free, there are several advantages to purchasing the pro edition. You may be wondering what the differences are between Elementor Free and Elementor Pro before upgrading to Elementor Pro. Continue reading. This article will cover everything you need to know.
In general, the features provided differentiate Elementor Pro from Elementor Free. Of course, Elementor Pro has more features than Elementor Free. The features mentioned below are only available in Elementor Pro and are not available in Elementor Free.
- Pro Widgets
- Theme Builder
- Popup Builder
- wooCommerce Builder
- Third Party Integrations
- Pro Templates
Let’s go over each of them one by one.
Widgets in Elementor Free vs. Elementor Pro
Elementor has a visual drag-and-drop interface, much like other page builder plugins. Simply drag widgets from the widget panel (panel on the left side) to the canvas area to create a screen. You only have access to around 30 widgets with Elementor Free, while Elementor Pro gives you access to over 90 widgets.
Elementor Pro is the only way to get crucial widgets like Form, Call to Action, Posts, and Navigation Menu.
If you have WooCommerce installed and enabled on your WordPress site, WooCommerce widgets will appear.
You can have more flexibility when designing a web page if you use more widgets. Please note that the table above does not include all of Elementor Pro’s widgets. We just use the most important widgets. If you use Yoast, for example, Elementor Pro includes a Breadcrumbs widget.
A WordPress theme, if you haven’t noticed, is made up of the following elements:
- Single Post Template
- Category Page
- Author Page
- Tag Page
- And More
You can create those main elements above using Elementor’s Theme Builder feature.
Each Elementor-created theme element will take the place of an element in your active theme. For example, if you create a header with Elementor and publish it, it will replace the active theme’s header. Elementor lets you set a display condition for the header, as well as other theme elements, before publishing them. You may use the header on the entire website or on specific pages.
If you’re interested in seeing how Elementor-powered websites look, go to the Elementor Showcase page. The Elementor team selects the best websites built with Elementor and showcases them on this blog (updated monthly).
Elementor Popup Builder
After installing Elementor on your WordPress site, you’ll notice a new menu item on the left panel called Templates. Under this menu item, there is a section called Popups. If you don’t use Elementor Pro, you’ll just see a “Get Popup Builder” message when you press Popups. Elementor’s Popup Builder is a feature that is only available in the pro version.
If you’re unsure about the concept of the popup you want to create, Elementor provides premade templates that you can use. Using such parameters, a popup may be shown on specific pages. For example, after a landing page has fully loaded, you can show a popup. You can also use triggers to display a popup.
If you’re using WooCommerce to create an online store, Elementor Pro is a great plugin to use. The WooCommerce builder in Elementor Pro allows you to customize any aspect of WooCommerce. You may make a single product page, an archive product page, a shop page, and so forth. Around 6 WooCommerce widgets are available in Elementor Pro:
- WooCommerce BreadCrumbs
- Custom Add to Cart
- WooCommerce Pages
- Product Categories
- Menu Cart
You can also use some premade templates to make a custom WooCommerce part.
Third – Party Tool Integrations
Premium widgets, such as Form, are available if you use Elementor Pro. For a business website, this widget (Form) is important. This widget can be used with third-party marketing software such as MailChimp, GetResponse, MailerLite, and HubSpot. It’s a big disappointment not to be able to use Form. You won’t be able to use popular marketing techniques like creating an email list.
Yoast, the most popular SEO plugin for WordPress, is one of the third-party tools supported by Elementor Pro. By integrating Yoast with Elementor Pro, you can add breadcrumbs to your single post template.
Another drawback to not using Elementor Pro is that you won’t be able to use Font Awesome’s pro icons. Font Awesome is integrated with Elementor to provide icons, as you might know. Elementor Free does not have access to the entire Font Awesome library of icons. In addition, you won’t be able to use your own icons.
You can also use Elementor Pro to install custom fonts.
Elementor Pro Templates
Elementor provides pre-made templates to save you time when making a page. Elementor offers a variety of templates, including homepages, about pages, contact pages, landing pages, single post templates, section templates, and more. Elementor has recently added a new feature called Template Kit. A Template Kit is a set of templates (home page, about page, contact page, single post layout, and so on) that are all designed in the same design, allowing you to create a website in minutes by simply importing templates.
However, Elementor Free does not include all Elementor templates. Since they include pro widgets, certain templates are only available to Elementor Pro users. The “PRO” label appears on Pro Elementor templates.
Conclusion – Elementor Pro vs Free 2021
It’s impossible for over 4 million users to be wrong. Elementor is without a doubt the most common WordPress page builder plugin. We don’t call it “the best” because we haven’t tried any other page builders. However, there are times when we don’t need to try anything else if something we already have is capable of delivering everything we need. Elementor is capable of doing almost all that a page builder does.
Theme builder, popup builder, WooCommerce builder, templates, and awesome widgets are just a few of the features available. It also has a very user-friendly interface, which makes it difficult to look away.
Elementor is free to use, but the free edition only allows you to interact with the surface of the application. To go deeper into the Elementor sea, you’ll need Elementor Pro.
The following table compares the features of Elementor Free and Elementor Pro.
|Elementor Free||Elementor Pro|
|Number of Templates||40||900+|
|Third – Party Integrations||NO||Yes|
|Full Site Editor||NO||Yes|
|Get Elementor Free||Get Elementor Pro|