Elementor is one of the most convenient tools for creating websites that exist today. Graphic designers, website developers, and even advanced developers can use Elementor to create stunning websites using just a few instances of coding. But, how can we know if what’s good for the website builders is also good for its administrators? This is the question we asked the webmasters at our company, and we present to you a summary of their answers.
An Online Store on Elementor
To decide whether or not to use Elementor to build an e-commerce website, you should first and foremost examine the scope of use and the target audience. So for example, when an e-commerce website offers a limited number of products that are part of their business image (a single service/product), then usually, you can treat the website as an image website, even if you do sell some products through it, and in these cases – there is no doubt, Elementor will do a wonderful job!
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On the other hand, when it comes to a website whose entire purpose is to generate sales, then it should be examined through a completely different lens.
Let’s start with some simple definitions:
Here are the system components:
- Content management system: WordPress.
- Store management system: WooCommerce.
Here are the design elements:
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- Design template: a variety of options.
- Design plugin: Elementor.
The problem with Elementor is that it’s actually an add-on to the system and not a stand-alone system. Similarly, WooCommerce which enables e-commerce on a website is an add-on that does not stand on its own. When running two plugins at the same time, and they are required to converse with the system, the design and with each other, there are several basic conditions that need to exist for it to work properly:
- Higher allocation of resources.
- Using only high-quality additives.
- Frequent maintenance and development work.
WordPress frequently changes, the design templates frequently change, WooCommerce frequently changes, Elementor can frequently change, and when a large number of basic components of the website are constantly changing along with any other plugins that you may be using, things can get out of hand very quickly and this creates continuous errors and makes it difficult to manage the website.
Therefore, if you are building an e-commerce website where many and frequent changes will be made, and if you want an e-commerce website that will allow optimal flexibility and ongoing work without experiencing any problems, we will (almost) always advise you not to base your website on Elementor, and certainly not on a combination of a dedicated template for an image website while using complementary elements such as JET to achieve the desired visibility.
An e-commerce website has the ability not to be as visually pleasing as an image website as long as it provides the speed, stability and details required to generate sales, and as many of them as possible. Constantly dealing with fixing different bugs, errors and a lot of frequent updates will not generate the peace of mind required of you to turn your e-commerce website from a small one, to big a big one!
So, How Do You Do It Right?
If you have decided that you want a website with the WOW effect but one that will also generate sales, it is recommended to combine 2 different installations. One for visibility, for which it is definitely recommended to use Elementor, and another for sales that will be defined as a sub-folder or as a sub-domain, and for that one a development template adapted to e-commerce will be used, a template that was designed to serve e-commerce websites and will know how to provide the best performance and the best shopping experience for all of the parties’ satisfaction (both sellers and buyers!)
Another option is to base the entire website on the basis of an e-commerce-adapted development template and use Elementor only for certain pages on the website. That way, most of the pages will load based on the template and only certain pages will load using the Elementor plugin. In any case, the combination between the two could turn out deadly down the road, so make sure to be careful!
Good luck 🙂