Master Addons Review

Master Addons For Elementor Review

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Table of Contents

Introduction

I first looked at Master Addons back in May and then checked it out again recently when I saw it was on sale. I was surprised to see that there had been several big updates and a lot of new features added in the last four months. I purchased a copy to try it out and wanted to share this walk-through and review.

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Free Version Overview

Master Addons is developed by Jewel Theme, who have several free and premium plugins and themes. There is a free version of Master Addons for Elementor available in the WordPress plugin directory.

Master Addons Banner

The free version has 37 widgets.

Master Addons Free Widgets

The free version also has eleven extensions:

  • Particles
  • Reading Progress Bar
  • Background Slider
  • Custom CSS
  • Custom JS
  • Positioning
  • Container Extras
  • Mega Menu
  • Header, Footer, Comment Form
  • Dynamic Tags
  • Custom Breakpoints

The free version also comes with a number of predesigned templates: 7 full pages, 20 headers, 11 footers, and 34 sections.

Master Addons Predesigned Templates

When you install and activate the plugin you get a new menu area in the WordPress admin. The Welcome tab had links to their website, docs, the Facebook group, etc.

Master Addons Settings Welcome

The Addons tab is a place where you can disable widgets you aren’t going to use. I like that they have this option as it helps to keep the Elementor editor from getting overloaded.

Master Addons Settings Addons

Like the Addons tab, the Extensions tab is where you can disable extensions you don’t want to use. Note also, if you want to use the Custom Breakpoints extension then you need to download that, which you can do from this screen.

Master Addons Settings Extensions

The API tab is where you can enter your Recaptcha keys and Twitter tokens.

Master Addons Settings Api

The Version tab is a place where you can rollback you version of the plugin to a previous version, if an update has an issue.

Master Addons Settings Version

The Changelogs tab lists the product changelogs.

Master Addons Settings Changelogs

The Upgrade tab is a link to their website.

One last thing before we go into the Elementor editor is the Master Addons Duplicator feature. Master Addons adds a duplicate button to you posts and pages, which is a nice convenience option.

Ma Duplicator Feature

Some of the Free Extensions

Dynamic Tags Extension

The Dynamic Tags Extension is a feature of the free version. It unlocks the database icon and shows the list of available dynamic tags. This is a subset of what you get with Elementor Pro, as it does not support Custom Post Types or Advanced Custom Fields. Also, when using it, previews don’t show in the editor. I imagine this is useful when using the Master Addons Header and Footer Builder to get some of the site elements.

Master Addons Dynamic Tags

Positioning Extensions

The Positioning Extension is found on the Advanced widget tab. It is similar to the options you get with the Elementor Pro Positioning option.

Master Addons Positioning

Here are the positioning options.

Master Addons Positioning Type

Container Extras Extensions

This extension lets you set the max and minimum height and width of a section, column or widget.

Master Addons Container Extras

Custom CSS Extension

Here is the Custom CSS extension, which is the same as comes with Elementor Pro.

Custom Css Extension

Reading Progress Extension

The idea with a reading progress bar is to use it for long form content so the user has an idea how much of the article they’ve read.

The control is found in the page settings. I enabled this on an Elementor page. You can set the background color and the color of the progress bar.

Master Addons Reading Progress Bar

The progress bar sticks to the very top or bottom of the page. It worked fine on a page created in Elementor. Enabling it only turns it on for that particular page however. I used Elementor Pro and created a single Post template and turned it on in the template and it worked fine.

A Look At Some Free Widgets

Table of Contents Widget

I added the Table of Contents Widget to the top of a page, after the page title. By default it is set to an off-canvas placement with a button to trigger it to appear in the top left of the page, but I changed the button to be center left

Master Addons Table Of Contents

I saved and went to the front-end to try it. I didn’t style the table of contents itself yet and by default it came out purple, which is the Master Addons color. Unfortunately, it didn’t pick up the headings. I even switched to the Astra theme, but that didn’t make a difference.

Toc On An Elementor Page

I noticed that there is an “Additional” panel where you can set the ID or class of the container you want it to index. I set it to “#main” as that is the content container for Astra. That did not make a difference.

Toc Additional Panel

I tried adding the Table of Contents widget to the Elementor Single Posts template and it showed up OK with the correct headings, but the links did not work. Here, for example, I clicked on “The Fourth Heading” and it did not move down.

Toc On A Post Template

The Master Addons widgets have a Help Docs panel with links to help. Unfortunately, they went to the help and video for the Table widget, which did not apply. I checked and didn’t see a help doc for the Table of Contents widget.

Toc Help Links

It is possible I missed some configuration option, but the Elementor Pro table of contents widget, and those from other vendors, work out of the box.

Mega Menu using the Nav Widget

I wanted to try out the mega menu feature. It works similar to some others I’ve used. First, you go into the WordPress menu area and create a menu. I created a single item menu called “Vacation Ideas” with the menu item called “The Best Destinations.”

Menu Screen With One Item

By default the mega menu option is off so I toggled it on. When you do there is a link added to the menu item. I clicked on the cog.

Mega Menu Toggled On

There was a popup. By default the option is off for each menu item.

Mega Menu Disabled For Link

I toggled it on.

Mega Menu Ensabled For Link

When you click the “Edit Megamenu Content” button you go into the Elementor editor in a popup. I added a full width row and an inner column. I added four columns.

Designing Mega Menu In Editor

I added some shading to the section. Then I saved and closed the popup by clicking the X in the right corner

Box Shadow Added To Mega Menu

I then created a new page and opened it in Elementor I added the Master Addons Navigation block and selected the menu I wanted.

New Page With Nav Widget Added

I added some text and then went to the front-end. When you hover over the link then our mega menu shows. That was pretty easy.

Mega Menu Final Result

Master Addons Pro Tests

Display Conditions Extension

The Display Conditions extension lets you set some rules for showing content. Oddly it isn’t an option on sections, as I might expect, but shows on widgets. Here I selected the image widget at the top of the page. The Display Conditions options are on the Advanced tab.

Display Condiitons Panel

You have the option to require all conditions are met or to work when any one condition is met. And there is the list of possible condition checks. The first two groups of conditions, visitor and date/time, are the ones that seem most useful. The only time I can image the others would make sense is if you were using this in, say, the site header and only wanted to show a menu in certain circumstances.

List Of Display Conditions

I tested the date conditions and they worked. The image was shown when the date was within the range and not shown when the date range did not apply.

Restricted Content Widget

This widget allows you to restrict access to either the content of a text box or an Elementor template. Here I added it to a page.

Restrict Content Widget Added

You can restrict based on user role, password, an age question, or a math captcha question.

Restriction Types

You can customize the locked message, the error message, and the actual content that is restricted. Here is the restricted content edit box.

Restricted Content Edit Box

This is what it looks like on the front.

Front End View Of Locked Content

Domain Checker Widget

This is a unique widget. When you add it to the page you get a search box.

Domain Checker Widget Added

You can modify the messages that are shown.

Domain Checker Message Options

There is the option to show an affiliate link after the domain search, which is a cool idea. I enabled this and tweaked the text and entered a URL.

Domain Checker Affiliate Option

This is the result of a search on the front-end. The domain was available and the success message shows. Unfortunately, my affiliate message didn’t show, only a “1”. I’m not sure why it didn’t work as expected.

Final Result On Front End

I looked in the source code to see where it searches and the plugin does a WhoIs search against a domain registrar for each top level domain suffix. This was a nice idea.

Discussion and Conclusions

As I said in the Introduction, the Master Addons plugin has been developed very quickly. I think some of the rough edges, like the Table of Contents not working or the affiliate link not showing on the Domain Checker result, may reflect that.

I also got the impression that some of the features were not developed as fully as they might be. For example, the Dynamic Tags extension may have been added for use in the Header and Footer Builder where site fields would be used, but the feature doesn’t support Custom Post Types or Advanced Custom Fields. This means that many of the widgets have have a dynamic option, but it isn’t of much use. The Display Conditions extension only working on widgets is another example where it would make sense to take the feature further so it would be available for use with sections.

The glitches and limitations make me think that Master Addons might not be the best go-to addon for a general use “foundation” addon.

There are a number of extensions or widgets that are available that are similar to ones added with Elementor Pro. For example, the Header and Footer Builder, the CSS extension, or Image Gallery widget. That means that users could have access to those features even when just using core Elementor. That will appeal to some.

There are also some features that don’t exist in Elementor core or pro, such as the Display Conditions extension, Domain Checker, Image Hotspot, and Restrict Content widgets. The Comments Form Builder is another unique feature. If you are not using Elementor Pro and want some of the Pro features or you want some of the unique features that Master Addons has that aren’t available in Elementor, then Master Addons makes sense.

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Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. You will still pay the same amount so there is no extra cost to you. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  

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