As a web designer, you’re always on the lookout for ways to build better websites in less time.
That’s the dream, right?
But it’s hard to find a tool that can offer both easy visual design and the flexibility to create custom sites at the same time. The easy tools aren’t always flexible, and the flexible tools aren’t always easy. It doesn’t have to be that way, though.
In this post, we’ll show you how you can use the Elementor WordPress plugin to build complete websites using visual drag-and-drop editing, while also retaining the ability to dig in and get your hands dirty with more complex functionality when required.
Let’s run through 5 ways that Elementor can help you with your next project.
1. Build Your Site With A Visual Drag-And-Drop Editor
Everything in Elementor starts with its visual drag-and-drop editor. As you build your website, you’ll see exactly what your visitors will see, which means there’s never any mismatch between how you want something to look and how it actually looks.
To build the layout for your site, you can choose from dozens of widgets. These widgets include simple foundational elements – like images and buttons – as well as more complex elements, like pricing tables or sliders.
Placing them is as simple as drag-and-drop. Then, you can edit any text by clicking and typing right on the page.
Elementor gives you section and column elements to control spacing and backgrounds, as well as custom margins and padding to get their positioning just right.
Everything you build is responsive by default. But you can also go in and manually change how your design works on different devices. For each device, you can:
- Change typography
- Adjust column order
- Set custom margins and padding
- Change section and column settings
And you can also use Elementor’s built-in device previews to see exactly how your site will look on different devices without leaving the Elementor interface.
2. Choose from 200+ Designer-Made Templates And Blocks
While Elementor lets you build complete websites from scratch, you don’t have to start from a blank canvas unless you want to.
Elementor comes with over 200+ templates made by professional designers. These templates come in two forms:
- Page Templates – these are complete, done-for-you page designs. All you need to do is add your own content.
- Blocks – these are separate page sections. Think of them kind of like Lego blocks that you can assemble into a full page design.
You can insert any one of these templates right from the Elementor interface with just a few clicks:
And you can also create and save your own templates to reuse them later. Or, you can even import templates from other third-party sites.
By the way, Envato has released a WP plugin called Envato Elements Template Kits that includes hundreds of free Page and Block Templates for Elementor!
3. Get Full Theme Building Functionality (Including WooCommerce!)
Unless you’re building a simple brochure site, creating a complete website often involves more than just a few core static pages.
If you want pinpoint control over a site’s dynamic content – like a blog or a WooCommerce store – that’s where Elementor Pro’s theme builder functionality comes into play.
With Elementor Pro, you can build WordPress theme parts that dynamically pull in content from core WordPress functionality.
For example, you can build:
- Site headers that automatically pull in menu items from the core WordPress Menu system.
- Blog page templates that automatically apply themselves to WordPress posts.
- Blog archive pages that automatically list all your latest blog posts.
Basically, it does what the name says – lets you build your entire theme. And it’s not just limited to core functionality, either.
Elementor Pro’s dynamic content functionality lets you pull in content from custom fields added with WordPress tools like Advanced Custom Fields, Toolset, and Pods.
And Elementor Pro also includes dedicated WooCommerce builder functionality that lets you build your WooCommerce product and shop pages.
4. Build Forms Straight From Elementor (And Connect Them To 20+ Integrations)
Most websites aren’t a one-way conversation. That is, rather than just displaying your own information to readers, you’ll probably want to collect some information from them as well.
For example, if you have an email list, you need a way to collect all those emails from your visitors!
That’s where Elementor Pro’s Form widget comes in.
The Form widget gives you over 10 different fields that you can use to create any type of form, including fields for date pickers, phone numbers, and more.
It also has 20+ dedicated integrations that make it easy to connect your form to popular services like:
And if that’s not enough, you can also hook a form up to Zapier webhooks, which lets you connect your Elementor forms to any one of the 1,000+ services that Zapier supports.
5. Add Your Own Code If Needed
It’s not just important that your final website looks great, it also needs to run well.
A big part of that is clean code. Clean code helps your website:
- Load quickly
- Work properly in all browsers
- Rank well in Google
- …you get the idea – it’s important!
That’s why Elementor focuses on strictly outputting clean code.
Finally, Elementor also makes it easy for you to use your own CSS when needed. The core plugin lets you apply a custom class or ID to any Elementor widget. And Elementor Pro makes it even easier by letting you add custom CSS directly to each widget:
Let Elementor Speed Up Your Next Web Project
Whether you’re building a simple business website, a custom eCommerce store, or anything in between, Elementor can help you speed up your next web design project with its simple drag-and-drop interface and dynamic theme builder functionality.
The core Elementor plugin is free and available at WordPress.org, so you can try it out today. And if you want access to theme building, the form widget, and lots of other great features, consider upgrading to Elementor Pro for even more helpful functionality.