Elementor In its nearly four-year-long career, it has had an exceptionally large library of extensions written by independent developers. I wrote about the ones I personally like in the article "10 additions for Elementor". These are just ten of the much larger range of extensions available. Today, however, we will look at the plug-in ElementsKitwhich I did not mention in the article, but which offers some interesting features that you may like.
ElementsKit - in two versions
As you can easily guess, we are talking about the free version available in the WordPress repository and the PRO version, which can be purchased on the developer's website.
There are many differences between the free (Lite) and paid version (Pro), but what is worth emphasizing is that some of the features that in most cases are available only in the paid versions of the plug-ins (if any) are also available in the FREE version. What is it?
Header and Footer
Something that surprisingly can also be found in the free version of ElementsKit!
This functionality allows you to create your own header and footer in Elementor, replacing the standard ones served by the theme we work with. This gives you the freedom to design these basic and very important elements of every page.
The only thing you will not find in the free version are conditions related to the use of these elements. The header and footer created in the free version will be displayed on all subpages of our website. However, if you have the PRO version, you can create multiple headers and e.g. display one on the homepage, another one on the archive pages, a third one on the entry pages etc. This gives you much more room for manoeuvre, but are the above conditions necessary? They are not. In most cases, especially for classic websites, the possibilities of the free version will be completely sufficient.
This is another element that sets ElementsKit apart from other add-ons for Elementor. We have the ability to build a Mega Menu.
It could look like this, for example:
In practice, we have the Elementor at our disposal, so how the Mega Menu will finally look like and what elements will be included depends only on our creativity and needs.
Also in this case, the free version of the plug-in provides a sufficient range of possibilities. We can quickly create an aesthetic and functional Mega Menu. We can even import it from the plugin templates library and only adjust it to our needs.
Something that might appeal to slightly more advanced users. This is not about creating WordPress widgets, but Elementor widgets. If we need our own specific widget to use later when working with Elementor, this is the place to create it. Effect:
The builder itself is intuitive enough. We quickly add basic elements to the content tab, styles or advanced settings.
Creating more complex widgets, however, will require some coding. For this purpose, you will find tabs with the HTML/CSS/JS code editor
Convenient tool although personally I wouldn't bind myself with this plugin if my goal was only to create my own widgets for Elementor. Here it is better to refer to the documentation for developers and write the widget from start to finish. However, ElementsKit gives such a possibility and it is free.
What else can ElementsKit do?
The free version offers a library of 30 ready-made block arrangements and 20 pages for import. In comparison, the PRO version of the extension has more than 400 blocks and more than 65 pages. This is quite a substantial resource, which in many situations makes work with the site easier.
There are 41 widgets that enrich Elementor in the free version, while the PRO version has over 70 to offer.
What you will not see in the free version, but what you will get in the PRO version are conditions related to the display of particular widgets. For example, you can decide whether a widget should be visible only to logged-in users or vice versa.
However, there can be many more conditions. You can decide whether a given widget is to be displayed or not by selecting a specific date, day/days of the week or hours. This is useful when running marketing campaigns on the website. Basic conditions, but often enough. If you want to know more, take a look at Course Dynamic Pageswhere we are working with an extension that offers many more possibilities in this field.
ElementsKit - modules
Although most decent add-ons have their architecture based on modules, many still do not offer this capability. Fortunately ElementsKit belongs to the first group. We can decide which modules should be active and which not, because e.g. we do not use them at all.
The same applies to widgets. Please note that this module is very helpful if you create pages for your clients and you want to quickly copy previously developed arrangements from one page of client X to another of client Y. We have here the module Cross-Domain Copy Pastewhich simplifies this task to the minimum. The first time I came across this mechanism was in the Elementor Happy Addons extension.
How much does ElementsKit PRO cost?
The plug-in is available at a decent price $39 for one page, $87 for 5 pages or $179 for any number of pages. That's on an annual subscription, but if you prefer lifetime offers, you can pay once and forget it. Such pleasure has a slightly higher entry threshold, however. For a single site, it's an expense of $119, for 5 pages $259, and for unlimited pages $489.
Do I recommend it?
The extension, even in the free version, gives a lot of possibilities of working with the website and Elementor. The header and footer builder are worth mentioning, as well as Mega Menu, which many Elementor extensions do not have, especially when it comes to free versions.
The plugin is well written, intuitive, and the tests I've done have been basically without mishaps. It may be a substitute for Elementor PRO because of the ability to create a header and footer, but there's no fooling around either. Theme Builder in Elementor PRO offers incomparably more in this field. If I personally had to decide to invest in an extension, I would first choose Elementora PROI would also look at ElementsKit, and possibly later on as an extension with additional widgets or Mega Menu.
If I were to briefly summarise the plug-in, in my opinion it is one of many we have already got used to and it will only depend on our needs and preferences whether we decide to use ElementsKit or something else like Happy Addons, Essential Addons, Crocoblock family, etc.
If you don't want to invest in Elementor PRO, but are keen on creating a page header and footer in Elementor and want access to more widgets including for your WooCommerce shop, then ElementsKit is certainly worth looking into.
Take a look at the extension's page, go to the widget and module demo subpage and see how this extension can really support you in the process of building and developing the project you are working on.
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