Elementor Plugin for WordPress
Elementor is a widely popular WordPress page builder that is far from what it once was. With so many newer technologies and improvements to Gutenberg, Elementor is no longer the best way to build and customize WordPress websites.
Are you fed up with Elementor?
After using Elementor since day one, I've recently dumped it for more favorable options. Despite being a pioneer in the WordPress page-building market, I've grown tired of their clunky approach to web design.
Not only that, but the main reason I've decided to dump Elementor is directly rooted in its functionality, and compared to Gutenberg, I feel Elementor is no longer the best way to go, especially if you're looking for speed and efficiency.
And If you're just looking for validation, then you've come to the right spot because, by the end of this article, you'll be completely convinced that Elementor sucks.
Fortunately for you, I have some great suggestions and alternatives that will put you in the right direction.
Why Elementor Sucks
What's The Point?
I don't have many great things to say at this point, except that Elementor sucks! I think they prey on newbie blog owners and web designers who believe using Elementor will help them quickly design their websites. Here's the truth:
There is still a huge learning curve for using page builders, so why not just ditch them and learn CSS instead? Instead of watching Elementor tutorials (like I did years ago), you can just as easily watch CSS tutorials. Or read my super simple styling guide on WordPress and CSS.
Besides, Elementor isn't solving much of a problem anyway. The way I see it, you have three options when designing a website with WordPress:
- Use a “multi-purpose” theme with all of the bells and whistles.
- Use a lightweight theme with a page builder (Elementor).
And if you're extra special as I once was, you can use a “multipurpose” theme like The7 AND Elementor Pro with ADDITIONAL Elementor plugins! Back then, my visual load time was nearly 7 seconds. Oof.
For newbie web designers, Elementor has one thing going for it: the ability to add different “elements” on-demand without the need for other plugins. I'll admit that this is extremely helpful for designing websites for clients with different requirements. And if done correctly, it can still be super fast.
GeneratePress is a much lighter and faster solution if you're building websites for clients. Combine that with CSS Hero if you don't have much CSS knowledge, and you're golden! You'll be able to build superb websites for anyone.
Where, then, does that leave Elementor? If you need an “element”, just grab a “discrete” plugin or Gutenberg block, and you have the same thing, except your website won't be so heavily bogged down.
Newbie blog owners don't understand this, so I am writing this post. This misinformation is the basis for my entire blog!
So, to reiterate, if you are thinking about creating a website for yourself, don't waste your money on Elementor. It's completely unnecessary.
High Memory Usage
According to WP Hive, Elementor's memory usage is HIGHER than 94% of all other plugins. So basically, this is one of the biggest and fastest plugins there is!
Here is a user that can attest to the ever-increasing memory size and slow editor.
And I agree! Elementor's editor is freakin' slow! Imagine having to wait long periods of time just to make a few edits. No thanks, I'll pass.
So far, we've discovered that Elementor has a limited purpose and high memory usage. What else could go wrong?
The support sucks too! A quick Google search will turn up countless Elementor customers that are fed up with their poor support. Take a look at this comment from winningwp.com.
Almost everywhere you look, you will find more of the same. Here is another unhappy PAYING customer waiting endlessly for support to answer.
You don't even have to dig to find this stuff! It's hilarious they still operate. If I haven't convinced you enough that Elementor sucks, maybe my next point will.
Removing Elementor is a Pain
Good luck removing Elementor once you have an entire website built with it. Once a website is built with Elementor, you'll have to pretty much redo everything if you want to remove it.
Sure, some things might get converted to Gutenberg blocks, but it won't be pretty, and many elements will be completely broken. Once you tread down the road with Elementor, you're basically stuck.
The Number 1 Mammoth Reason
And now for my biggest gripe with Elementor, the main reason I think Elementor sucks. The overall functionality isn't even that great. Please, allow me to explain.
With Elementor, you can't easily insert elements in between paragraphs (unless you make each paragraph its own element, which is also quite overly complicated). For example, let's say you want to add a form between two paragraphs.
This is how you would do it:
- Cut the second paragraph
- Add element after the first paragraph
- Paste the second paragraph back into another element
HOW BARBARIC IS THAT!?
It's totally barbaric, was always so frustrating for me, and is a nightmare when clients request a redesign! So yes, I'll say it again, Elementor sucks.
But what can you do about it, you ask? Well, for starters, let's ditch Elementor's ancient decrepit techniques and move on to something a little newer.
Behold! The most robust theme for WordPress, GeneratePress, has a secret weapon, and it's ready to put Elementor to shame.
While not a front-end builder like Elementor, my number one suggestion for newbies is to use Gutenberg (now the default WordPress editor), and learn how to use GenerateBlocks, the secret weapon behind WordPress' most robust theme. You can easily insert blocks anywhere you want, unlike with Elementor.
AND IT'S FAST!
If you need a particular block, just search for one that does exactly what you need it to, and run it through WP Hive to check its performance. Combine that with their GeneratePress theme, and you can easily deploy sites using their site library. All without using bloated crap like Elementor. Compare both plugins on WP Hive to see for yourself.
See what I mean? GenerateBlocks is so much lighter and draws on fewer resources than Elementor. It's truly marvelous!
CSS Hero is a live WordPress Theme editor plugin that works without modifying any of your theme's files. It has an extremely low footprint as it only adds a single static CSS file to your site.
While also not technically a front-end builder for WordPress, CSS Hero allows you to easily manipulate any WordPress theme on the fly. For example, you could import free Astra Gutenberg templates and edit them with CSS Hero. Check out their Live Demo to see it in action.
How to Use CSS Hero?
After installing the CSS Hero plugin, navigate to any page you want to edit and click the CSS Hero button from the top admin bar.
Then click on any element you want to style, and use the CSS editor to style it. When you're done, click Save. It's that easy. And no matter how much you edit, you only expand the CSS file by negligible amounts.
Anyway, those are my suggestions for Elementor alternatives. In my opinion, front-end builders are a thing of the past. Elementor sucks and is obsolete. Good riddance, I say!
And you know what else sucks? Hostgator.