Get Up & Running with Elementor for WordPress
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Get Up & Running with Elementor for WordPress

by Mary Marnell

Published on February 22, 2021

Everyone loves playing with blocks.

It’s not hard to unleash your inner child these days, given how user-friendly making a website on WordPress is. Especially if you use Elementor, one of the most popular page builders on WP.

The key to Elementor? Blocks.

Your response might be: Take me there! After all, blocks can become castles or cars or whatever you conjure to create. Likewise, blocks on Elementor can become the website you’ve always wanted to have. The hidden trick is, with Elementor, you can build a magical website without knowing how to program even a single line code since Elementor is an easy-to-use drag-and-drop tool.

Simple as 1-2-3

Here’s a very basic breakdown of how to start playing with Elementor’s blocks to build your own website on WP:

  1. You need to pick a domain name and find a place to host it. The first task can be fun and challenging since domain names go to the heart of staying on brand and what you want might not be available. What host you go with might take some sleuthing, but there are lots of options, from WPEngine to Flywheel or LiquidWeb.
  2. Once you have a domain name and have picked a hosting service, you need to install WordPress, the world’s most ubiquitous content-management system. There’s a reason that WP powers a third of all web pages: it’s open-sourced and very pliable from a design standpoint. You can pick from thousands of plugins to help you build or sculpt your page, but if you overload the plugins, your page will load very slowly.
  3. So that’s why three million users have gone with Elementor, a page builder that basically aggregates the plugins you need into one seamless platform. Once you have WP installed in your web page (your hosting service can help you with it, if needed), it’s simple to add Elementor. Just go to the WP Dashboard, click plugins and add New. Then search for Elementor. After installation, just hit the Activate button.

You’re Off!

Very quickly you’ll see why so many users have fallen for Elementor. The blocks! Just by dragging your mouse around, you can arrange blocks of content in inventive and clever ways. There’s no need to know a programming language. All you need is a cursor and an open mind.

But let’s say you don’t have the time or patience to play around too much with Elementor’s blocks. You can pick a template and then customize it with your own text, images, icons, or buttons. Elementor allows you to preview these changes in real-time without toggling back and forth between an editor page. If you don’t like what you see, you can fix it immediately. Elementor puts you firmly in charge of the frontend of your web page.

Dig Deeper

Because of Elementor’s popularity, a veritable cottage-industry of tutorials and blog posts have sprung up to offer novices the best tips for making Elementor work as it should. But the first place to start is on Elementor’s own web page, which will walk even the greenest, non-tech newbie through the process of becoming proficient with the basics of the builder.

Once you get your sea legs, you can try sniffing around Elementor’s YouTube channel which features dozens of slickly produced and logically presented tutorials. You can also shuffle over to the Sniffle Valve, which also features video and blog help on a wide range of Elementor topics. But this blog is for experienced developers who understand how CSS works.

Which brings up our last point…

Time Is Money

Despite all the resources at your fingertips, and the drag-and-drop ease of Elementor, you still might require more guidance to arrive at a website that meets your needs and perfectly matches your design. You might not have time to master the Elementor learning curve, and that’s where we can help. It is a very powerful tool, and it’s intuitive to use but to tame it, you need to put in the hours.

If you have a vision in mind for your website—or even if you don’t—we can create a custom theme in Elementor that will truly be one of a kind. We also have a few tricks up our sleeves that can help you achieve a fast-loading, visually stunning website with a mobile version that rocks.

Interested in getting started with Elementor?

We’re up for any challenge, big or small, and we love playing with blocks (we do it for a living). Reach out today!

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