Clearly, Elementor, the emerging visual layout for WordPress, has done something right, as it’s becoming increasingly popular, something that shows the growing list of plugins that extend and enhance it.
I’m clear that its main advantage over other visual formatters is the wisdom of its decision to publish a free version in the WordPress.org directory. And this is something Divi should have done a long time ago, since he is a much more advanced developer than Elementor, but he is limited by the fact that he doesn’t have a free version.
Although limited, since it lacks some fundamental elements to be able to completely layout a website, such as some visually attractive way to display entries or WooCommerce products, horrible even inserting the shortcodes, the reality is that the free version of Elementor facilitates the way to enter its ecosystem, and that is helping its implementation.
The list of “elements” missing from the free version of Elementor is no less than 146, according to the developers themselves.
Of course, if you want a fully functional version with which you can layout any website you must acquire the Pro version of Elementor (from $49 per site), which already includes everything you will miss in the free version.
We are talking about fundamental elements:
- Ticket carousel
- Carousel of pages
- Masonry Design
- Custom CSS
- Ticket paging
- Ken Burns Effect
- Integration with forms
- Media Carousel
- Testimony carousel
- Call to Action
- Customized fonts
- Access Widget
- Ticket paging
- Embedding anywhere
- Price tables
- etc, etc, etc…
So what do we do? Do we buy?
Well, dude, it’s an option, and if you dare here you have a link (of affiliation, that gives you the same thing, right?), and if not we will see what free options we have to have an Elementor Pro without paying it.
Free Plugins to Extend Elementor
You’ll be surprised at the quantity and quality of plugins available to extend Elementor to almost Pro levels.
Let’s get to it!
The people at SiteOrigin are not fools. Well, in addition to creating this plugin for their own visual layout, they have incorporated Elementor support into the same plugin.
So you have all their widgets to use with Elementor as well.
You have Google Maps widgets, calls to action, image, HTML5 image and video carousels, price table, entry carousel, video, headlines, contact form, Hero section, icons and also image grid, slide carousel, masonry structure, tabs, taxonomy entries and even testimonials.
As you can see, practically everything Elementor lacks for the Pro version.
Very good option, which is updated very often.
Slightly more limited than the previous one, but also very interesting, especially if you don’t need so many additional widgets.
In this case it incorporates text separators, price tables, entry lists, animated texts, split texts, Google Maps and all kinds of Twitter visualizations (tweets, hashtags, chronologies, etc).
If you only need to add entry listings to Elementor this plugin has everything you need. You can include a list of entries in list and grid mode and define, for example, whether there will be a large entry and then the grid or the list.
They look great actually.
This plugin adds to Elementor widgets to include tickets, portfolio, team profiles, bar charts, all types of counters, testimonial carousel, ticket carousels, customer lists and price tables.
The same name indicates it, and includes no less than 19 new modules for Elementor, such as counters, progress bars, price table, Contact Form 7, people, testimonials, carousels, etc.
It is a very good selection of additional modules.
This extension for Elementor includes 22 new elements, all of which are customizable. Especially equipped with integration widgets for Ninja Forms, Contact Form 7 or Gravity Forms, among others.
It also highlights its social network feeds, in addition to the WooCommerce product grid.
I think it’s a very good selection, very focused on features that other plugins leave out by focusing more on carousels.
If you are looking for a specialized Elementor extension for WooCommerce, start with this plugin. It includes (at the moment) no less than 6 widgets to display WooCommerce products:
- Products by category
- Recent products
- Products on offer
- Best selling products
- Featured Products
- Popular products (best rated)
- It also includes other grid widgets and entry lists, as well as a price table and service list.
If you especially need to add Elementor’s support with Contact Form 7, Ninja Forms or WP Forms forms by installing this plugin you have it covered.
It also features team member widgets, tickets, testimonials, double buttons and additional boxes.
This plugin breaks the general tone of the extensions for Elementor, which makes it compatible with having others installed.
This is because it incorporates special features to Elementor, such as…
- Widget to label any existing element
- Two-line text button
- Galleries justified by jQuery
- Stylized maps
- Calls to action with 2 lines of text
- AudioIgniter Lists
- Preload animation
- Images from Instagram
- Pop-ups (tooltips) in all default elements of Elementor and in those of this plugin (great)
- Programming of visibility of any effect of the plugin.
- As you see, very very interesting, especially the pop-ups, really useful, and the galleries, beautiful.
Another good selection of additional widgets for Elementor, such as carousels, portfolio, blog, testimonials, icon or image boxes, button animation, countdown, prices, counters and pop-ups.
A little bit of everything.
A special, but essential plugin for Elementor.
It allows you to insert pages, library templates and global Elementor anywhere using shortcodes, thus skipping the limitation of the free version of Elementor.
In fact, if you insert a global element of Elementor, when you change it, those changes are reflected anywhere you have inserted it.
The normal operation is through a shortcode whose only modifier is the element ID to be inserted, but if you prefer you also have a new type of custom content.
So, you just need to add your Contact Form 7 forms to Elementor? Then this plugin does the job, being able to apply styles, configure its behavior and more.
Another special plugin, which should not be missing in any Elementor installation. What it does is allow you to create headers and footers for all your web created with Elementor.
This plugin is awesome! Together with Elementor, it eliminates the need for a theme for your website, as it allows you to create the styles of your entire site, using Elementor and some additional widgets that it incorporates.
You simply create your style, and using Elementor, you can drag and drop your designs to any page and they are applied, all without having to program. It’s a no-brainer, you have to see it in action to believe it.
Do You know more free plugins for Elementor?
These are the plugins for Elementor that I recommend, but if you know any more you can tell us in the comments, so we can learn from all of them.
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