A Complete Guide to the Elementor v3.0 Beta Release
Have you heard the news?
The new version of the Elementor WordPress plugin is nearly ready to launch. It’s called Elementor 3.0 and will bring major benefits to your WP site.
If you haven’t read our 5 reasons to love Elementor article, you may not realize how this software can benefit your web presence.
Elementor takes the strain out of complex tasks. There’s no need for coding. Just drag and drop to build any user interface you want.
And with the new beta release, Elementor brings even more powerful features to its five million customer base.
This article breaks down the main benefits of the plugin. We look at all the exciting new features of 3.0 including a revamped design system and global styles.
So read on to learn about Elementor themes and how the new version will take your site to the next level.
What Is the Elementor WordPress Plugin?
Elementor is an open-source website builder platform that offers a simple way to edit content.
It was designed by web professionals who realized WordPress had a problem: WP wasn’t user friendly.
There was too much coding for the average user. You couldn’t add and edit content easily. Everything was text-based and dull.
So they beavered away to develop a visually-driven experience.
One where site owners could see how their sites would look before going live. And make it really easy to add complex widgets and process forms.
Elementor went live in 2016 and four years later a new website launches every 10 seconds using the platform!
You can add the plugin to your existing WordPress website in the admin area. Just go to Plugins > Add New and select the zip file to upload.
At the end of the article, we’ll share which plugin zip file option to download. But first, what are some of the features Elementor brings that can help manage your site?
The key to making a successful WordPress website is simplicity.
That lies at the core of the Elementor plugin: both for developers, site owners, and visitors.
Simple Editor and Design
WYSIWYG stands for what you see is what you get. And the plugin offers exactly that with its drag-and-drop editor tools.
Simply choose a tool like a textbox or an image control and drag it onto the page.
The plugin updates in real-time while you make your edits. It acts like desktop publishing software in that you can resize and move elements easily. And you can navigate between pages using the powerful Finder feature.
Simple Elementor Themes
Themes control the design of the entire site so editing one portion can update all of the pages.
Thankfully the plugin makes this a breeze. From headers and footers to blog posts, you’re able to edit multiple areas of your site with one click.
Simple Marketing and Integration
You can add widgets to put on your WordPress site to enhance it.
Items like star ratings, counters, and testimonials also help market your products and services. You can use them throughout your website or on unique landing pages.
Elementor also offers professional pop-ups that won’t be automatically dismissed!
Elementor Plugin 3.0 Beta Release
The last stable version of the software was released back in April 2018. But the developers have been busy since then and currently (August 2020) the fourth Beta is now available on Github.
To preview the new release, you’ll need to clone or fork it from Github.
This won’t be possible for many non-tech site owners but don’t worry. We’ve got a full breakdown of 3.0’s latest features and developments.
So what has the coding team been brewing over the past few years?
Elementor Pro 3.0 Features
Get ready for a game-changer!
The new version of the WordPress app has so many features we’d need an Elementor tutorial just to get through them. Instead, we’ve picked the best ones to share.
Let’s find out what the latest Beta has to offer.
Design System to Die For
The design interface system has been upgraded and offers the best WYSIWYG ever.
Teams can now collaborate together to work within the fluid system of content management. Changes to colors, fonts, or styles update automatically. That means everything’s 100% consistent all of the time.
The layout interface now uses a global set of variables to work from. Change a color once, for example, and it’s available on every editor screen.
The three major edits include site settings, color palette, and font styles.1. Site Settings
The new Settings panel offers several site configuration tools and options. You no longer need to leave Elementor to change settings which results in faster editing.
The panel lets you access your main settings including your favicon and logo under the Site Identity section. You can change the site title and tagline here too.
Lightbox options can be configured from the main panel. So if you need your product images to pop-up in a different format, that’s easy to do.
The Theme Styles global settings let you change your default styling for HTML elements. That includes backgrounds, buttons, form fields, and headings.2. Global Color Palette
Although the current version of the plugin offers default colors the options are limited. In 3.0, the Global Colors feature provides a better workflow for your palette.
You can edit the four base colors to ensue content contributors keep consistent. Everything’s referenced from a drop-down menu. The plugin also auto-names them into fun names like Fuzzy Wuzzy Brown!
It’s simple to match color schemes too.
As CSS variables lie at the heart of the palette, it’s easy to change colors site-wide. Just use the picker inside a control, and everything updates to match the new style.
The fall-back Theme Style sets the look for HTML tags like headings and body. So if you don’t define or choose a palette, your site will still look great.
And remember, you don’t need to learn or edit any code.
Elementor’s philosophy of keeping things as visual and non-geeky as possible lives on in 3.0. So no CSS files to update or worry about. Just one tool that makes practical sense.3. Global Font Styles
Typography and the color palette form the basis of a website’s presence. Therefore, like Global Colors, the development team created a better way to deal with text styles.
Global Fonts use CSS variables to manage font styles across the site.
Options include the font family, size and scale, transformation, and decoration. For paragraph content, you can edit line-height and letter spacing. There are even options specific to mobile devices.
Every widget containing text can be customized using your own custom fonts. And if you change your mind, edit one setting to see dozens or hundreds of elements update at once.
The developers have really listened to their users. As a result, they’ve improved the speed and accuracy of the plugin.Less Code and More Speed
Inner classes were a constant issue raised by naysayers of the software.
By removing them, the unrequired code gets stripped away. And that means a leaner DOM which leads to quicker download speeds and faster execution.
Developers also changed the naming conventions for widgets to reduce the amount of code.Improved URI Handling
To integrate more with WordPress, the plugin uses the wp_allowed_protocols() function.
You get to control more of the plugin’s functionality from your core WP Admin settings. So less time finding the right screen and more time ensuring your site works as intended.Farewell Internet Explorer
Alas, IE support is no more.
Unless your visitors are using Windows XP, which itself is no longer supported, it won’t affect anything. IE was a buggy browser replaced by Edge a few years ago. And it will not be missed.
Purchase an Elementor WordPress License
The new version of Elementor should be released within 2020 but how do you get your hands on the current plugin? And more importantly, how much does it cost?
The great news is that Elementor is FREE for any number of websites! Just visit this link and click the Get Started button at the top right.
But if you want the best use of the plugin, opt-in for the Pro version.
Elementor Pro offers all the basic features plus:
- Over 50 professional widgets
- 300+ templates
- The Theme Builder app
- WooCommerce integration
- Support and updates for a year
It only costs $49 for one site per year which is a bargain, especially for the WooComerce Builder. And if you own three websites the cost barely doubles!
Elementor + WP = J+B Web Development
Elementor 3.0 looks set to make WordPress users’ lives even easier. But if you don’t have a WordPress site or your CMS sucks, it’s time to call in the experts.
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