This list has been updated February 2020.
I’m gonna get right to it: the Elementor page builder plugin rocks. It’s fast, intuitive, and makes designing a web page just as easy for the novice WordPress user as it is for the seasoned web developer.
In fact, of all the drag-and-drop visual page builders I’ve used, this is my favorite. And it should be yours, too, if you want to build your own WordPress site without coding and in no time at all!
That said, the plugin has its limitations. Though, to be fair, it’s because there are so many use cases for WordPress that it’s kind of hard for one plugin to be able to handle them all. But that’s part of what makes WordPress such a great CMS, isn’t it? Being an open source software, any plugin developer can fill in the gaps with their own integration. And that’s the focus of today’s article:
The best Elementor addons (free and premium) you can use to give your page builder plugin a lift.
13 Best Free and Premium Elementor Addons
As you build your WordPress website, you’re bound to want more ways to enhance designs, improve the user experience, and, consequently, drive more visitors to conversion than what the basic WordPress settings allows for. In order to do that, though, you need a tool that can rise to the challenge.
With dozens of widgets available, there’s a lot you can accomplish with Elementor right off the bat.
If you’re looking to take further control over your design capabilities, you can do so with Elementor. You simply have to find the right addon to grant you that power. Here are the best free and premium addons to do that.
1. Anywhere Elementor
One of the great things about using a page builder like Elementor is how quickly it speeds up the design process. However, neither Elementor nor WordPress allow you to customize the layout or look for certain pages on your site. For instance:
- 404 error pages
- WooCommerce product pages
- Blog category and tag pages
With the Anywhere Elementor plugin (and its Pro counterpart), that all changes. Rather than leave your visitors to encounter bland-looking pages along their journey, you can bring more personality and brand consistency to these pages by designing layouts and templates of your own.
2. Astra Starter Sites – Elementor, Beaver Builder & Gutenberg Templates
While Elementor comes with a pack of pre-designed templates (free and premium), the selection of pages and selections might not have what you’re looking for. Of course, you could always look to your WordPress theme for help in the matter, but what if you were using a very simple, free theme in the hopes that Elementor would do the heavy lifting?
In that case, I’d recommend using the Astra WordPress theme (you can get it for free) and then laying this plugin on top of it.
Basically, if you want ready-made templates designed specifically for your page builder plugin of choice (which doesn’t have to be Elementor), you can get them from this plugin.
There are over 100 templates available — a few dozen of which are free — and each is tailormade for a specific business or website type.
3. Elementor - Header, Footer & Blocks
When you create a new page with Elementor, you have a choice of blank page to start with.
Default is the layout provided by your theme.
Elementor Canvas does away with the header and footer.
Elementor Fullwidth is a standard page layout (and may be the same as Default).
Why would you choose Canvas? Well, if you don’t like the header or footer options provided by your theme, Canvas enables you to design your own headers or footers. Sort of.
To create your own site-wide header or footer, you’ll need this plugin to do so.
The plugin developer has added other options here as well. So, not only can you create a custom header or footer, but you can design custom Elementor blocks as well.
4. Elementor Addon Elements
This is an interesting Elementor addon as it doesn’t offer a traditional collection of elements.
You can add things like:
- A timeline
- Comparison table
- Before/after (flipping) image
- An info circle (where the text changes as you hover over the different spokes)
- Tweet embedder
So, while I can’t recommend this plugin for every Elementor user, I can make you guys aware of it as it has some nifty features that you don’t normally get with other addons. If you had wanted to add one of these elements (like a comparison table which can be difficult to do on your own), this plugin is the one to do it with.
5. Elementor Pro
Of course, let’s not forget about Elementor’s own contribution to its page builder addons collection.
With Elementor Pro, you’ll get access to its full stable of widgets. And, as you take a look through the list of options, you’ll realize that many of these are a necessity when designing websites for business and e-commerce. Pricing tables, calls-to-action, block quotes, add-to-cart buttons, breadcrumbs, navigation, and so on can make a good WordPress website a great one.
In addition, Elementor Pro comes with the Theme and Popup Builder.
If you want to design custom layouts or universal designs for your website (or your clients’ sites), these tools will be invaluable.
Another big benefit of upgrading to Pro is that you get access to all the premium resources and support that Elementor offers. Considering how much this plugin can and should do for you, having a direct connection to the makers of it will only make it better.
6. Essential Addons for Elementor
This Elementor addon is great for any user who wants to add more business features and functionality to their WordPress website.
With an intuitive Global Control center, users can toggle on/off dozens of new features.
There are two huge advantage of this:
- It allows users to instantly add advanced designs and elements right from the Elementor editor.
- With the toggle feature, users can disable any features they won’t be using and simultaneously create a more concise Elementor editor for themselves.
If you’re a fan of Elementor, but feel like it doesn’t do enough for your business or agency, this plugin will fill in the gaps.
7. Envato Elements – Photos & Elementor Templates
There are a few people who should perk up at the mention of this plugin:
1. Envato Elements subscribers (or Envato marketplace users, in general).
2. WordPress design agencies that want to streamline their workflow with ready-made and premium-quality templates.
3. WordPress users and bloggers who intend on using lots of images and want to save time tracking them down on other websites.
To make the most of this Elementor addon, you’ll have to pay a premium. However, if visual elements need to be flawless, then it’s probably worth the investment.
8. Flexible Elementor Panel
One of the things I like about using other page builder plugins is that you have more control over where the editor sits as well as how much room it takes up. With Elementor, however, you don’t typically have that sort of control.
The editor sits on the left sidebar and the website gets updated in real-time on the right 2/3 of the page.
When this plugin is enabled, though, you can change how that editor looks.
The hamburger menu in the top pink bar opens up new editor options for Elementor. You can make the panel draggable, resizable, and hideable from here.
This would be great, for instance, for bloggers and other content writers who want to focus on writing and less on the styling of the text (which should be left to the designer anyway).
9. Happy Elementor Addons
I realize that a lot of these addon packs look similar to one another. However, if you want to give your website a more uplifting and animated vibe, I’d suggest giving this plugin a try.
With the free version of the plugin, you’ll gain access to a lot of useful widgets you won’t find anywhere else. For instance:
- Calendly appointment scheduling integration
- Scrolling news tickers
- Logo grids
- Step-by-step blocks
- Animated client/project counters
The premium version of the plugin takes it up another notch, with essential business blocks like pricing tables, feature lists, and business house.
10. Livemesh Addons for Elementor Page Builder
One of the problems I have with recommending any “ultimate” addons pack in WordPress is the fact that it has the potential to really slow down a website. The more features you add to a plugin (and to the Elementor editor), the slower you can expect your website to load.
However, that’s not something you have to worry about with Livemesh Addons.
This is a note provided by the plugin’s developer:
“You can deactivate those elements that you do not intend to use to avoid loading scripts and files related to those elements.”
That’s a sign of a developer who truly understands WordPress and web hosting limitations.
I’d also say the number of addons included in this pack is another sign of how well-versed the developer is in web design best practices.
This plugin is the perfect solution for business websites that need elements like testimonial blocks, data visualization elements, and pricing tables.
11. Premium Addons for Elementor
With Premium Addons for Elementor, you’ll open your Elementor plugin up to tons of new features and widgets.
Here you can see what kinds of elements you can enable with this Elementor addon. Needless to say, these aren’t ordinary addons.
Take, for instance, the Fancy Text element which adds an animated typewriter-style headline.
Whether you want to jazz up your personal blog or a business website, this addon is chockfull of elements that’ll blow your visitors’ socks off.
12. Toolbar Extras for Elementor & More – WordPress Admin Bar Enhanced
To be clear, this plugin is not going to be something that a beginner or even intermediate WordPress user will need to use.
The reason you’d use Toolbar Extras is if you’re a developer or agency that’s building complex Elementor websites.
Unlike most of the Elementor addons on this list, this plugin doesn’t have anything to do with adding new widgets to the editor. What’s you’re changing is the WordPress toolbar (the bar that runs along the top of the admin panel).
Why would you want to add a custom admin menu? Well, there’s a lot you can do to customize an Elementor website and it grows even more complex the more Elementor plugins you use.
You could leave them on the sidebar to sift through, or you could create an Elementor command center at the top of the admin area to make building and editing your site much easier.
13. Ultimate Addons for Elementor
Finally, let’s talk about the Ultimate Addons pack for Elementor. If you feel like you’re able to capture most of what you want to do with your design using the above plugins, but just aren’t convinced that one plugin will get the job done, take a look at this.
With the premium Ultimate Addons plugin, you can do much more than just add pricing to a services page or improve the appearance of WooCommerce product pages. Those are, of course, important to have, but this plugin gives you the following widgets:
- Informational boxes
- Business hours
- Fancy header stylization
- Dual-color headers
- Before-and-after sliders
- Google Maps
- Contact form stylers (Contact Form 7 and Gravity Forms)
- Pricing lists, boxes, and tables
- WooCommerce add-to-cart
- Instagram feeds
- White labeling
- And much more
In addition, because this plugin is made by the same people who created the Astra theme, you get access to all their Starter Sites when you buy this plugin, too.
If you really want to impress visitors, then you need an Elementor addons package which packs a powerful punch.
One Final Note
As I mentioned before, Elementor is an incredibly useful page builder when you’re designing WordPress websites, blogs, and ecommerce stores. But Elementor is free to use, which means there are some limitations in terms of how far you can go with it. Thanks to the Elementor addons above, though, that doesn’t have to be an issue anymore.
If you haven’t built your website with Elementor yet or you’re not happy with what you have so far, I have a 30-minute course that will walk you through the process. Even better, I’ll show you how to use Elementor templates that allow you to create a picture-perfect design with just a few clicks.