Latest Elementor News

HappyAddons has updated the free version of their addon with a new table widget.  They also added a number of hooks and filters so that you can now disable widgets programmatically.

The Astra team has been busy and have recently updated and extended the mega menu with a full width stretched layout.  They also added Gutenberg support in Custom Layouts.

Unlimited Elements added another template kit to their pro version.  The Wedding Template Kit comes with 9 pre-designed pages themed for a wedding website.  One nice feature of the Unlimited Elements template library is that you have the option to create a new page when doing an import, so you don’t have to overwrite the page you are viewing.

The pro version of the Page Builder Framework theme now includes linked color options.  This means you can update in the Customizer in a central place and other places in the Customizer where that color is used will get updated as well.  Also added is a global color palette which can be set in theme settings and the palette appears in the theme Customizer, Elementor, and Gutenberg.

Did you know that PowerPack Elements includes a header and footer builder?  This is useful for sites using the free version of Elementor.  It includes the ability to create a sticky header and one that shrinks on scroll.  The PowerPack Header and Footer Builder has been expanded now to work with all themes.

Poitnet Addons for Elementor is frequently updated with fixes and features.  The PAFE form features have been updated to include form reset, WPML compatibility, and form abandonment options.

Crocoblock recently changed their offering structure to divide their 18 plugins into three sets: design, e-commerce, and dynamic. The idea is that each set targets a different core use.  The design set includes the plugins related to theming, design, and regular widgets.  The e-commerce set focuses on tools related to WooCommerce and building store pages.  The dynamic set focuses on the plugins for working with dynamic data.  There is overlap in the sets.  Each one has 10 plugins (of the overall 18).  There is also an “all inclusive” set that has everything.  The All Inclusive package has extra templates, including “Dynamic Templates” which presumably are tied to JetEngine features.

The pricing changes now offer a single site price and an unlimited sites price.  The blog post about the change explains that the prices have increased to reflect the value of the offerings and to support future development.  There is no argument that the number of included plugins has grown tremendously and the Crocoblock suite is the most feature rich Elementor offering.  The higher price tags, however, will impact solo site builders and small shops that rely on Crocoblock’s features.  Those who purchased the lifetime deal in the early days are feeling smug, while other users are perhaps experiencing whiplash.

JetBooking 2.1, part of the Crocoblock suite, got a nice update that provides more features when working with bookings as well as greater WooCommerce integration. There is now the ability to set property rates based on length of stay and the ability for users to add bookings to their calendar.  There is now a booking availability widget.  You can now add booking details to WooCommerce checkout fields and orders.

First released in May 2017, the free Astra theme has passed 1 million active installs.  Astra has focused on being page builder friendly as well as being a strong general purpose theme.  Congratulations to the Astra team.

The Elementor team has released a beta and developer notes for Elementor 3.0.  There is a lot of news.   Elementor is continuing its move to global styles.  They are extending existing options to add named colors and typography settings and they are integrating some of the basic WordPress theme settings options into the Elementor editor.  It will be interesting to see how “global” we get, as up to now the style settings have only applied within Elementor itself.

The Elementor team is also responding to suggestions that the number of DIV wrapper elements in the code output be lessened so that the HTML source code can be more performant.  This will be a welcome improvement.  They are also dropping support for Internet Explorer 11.

One thing to note is that currently the old templates that are included with Elementor don’t take advantage of these new enhancements.  How that will work still remains to be seen.

This is the first wave of changes coming to Elementor.  More news is expected in a few weeks.

Instagram recently updated their API for third party connections.  Premium Addons was ready with a new version that uses the new API.  You will need to update your Instagram widgets with the new API for continued operations.

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