Images are essential – They tell stories, convey emotions, and set the visual tone of your website. But not all images are created equal. Traditional formats like JPEGs and PNGs, while ubiquitous, can suffer from a significant drawback: they lose quality when scaled up. This is where Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs) enter the picture with crystal-clear advantages.

SVGs are not made up of pixels like traditional images. Instead, they use mathematical formulas to define lines, shapes, and colors. This magic formula means that no matter how big or small an SVG is displayed, it will always look perfectly crisp.  They’re ideal for logos, icons, illustrations, and other design elements that need to look perfect on any screen size. Plus, SVGs often have incredibly small file sizes, keeping your website nimble and fast-loading.

Harnessing SVG Potential with Elementor

Choosing the right tools is crucial for unlocking the full potential of SVGs. Elementor, a leading WordPress website builder, offers a user-friendly and powerful platform to integrate and manage SVG seamlessly within your web projects. Whether you’re a seasoned designer or just starting out, Elementor simplifies the process, helping you create stunning websites that are both visually appealing and optimized for performance.

SVG Fundamentals 

The Building Blocks of SVGs

Like a digital blueprint, SVGs are constructed using special code that defines the basic building blocks of the image. Let’s break down the key components:

Core Elements

  1. Rectangles (<rect>): Define rectangular shapes with attributes like width, height, x, and y for positioning. Add rounded corners with rx and ry.
  2. Circles (<circle>): Create circles using the cx and cy attributes for center coordinates and the r attribute for radius.
  3. Ellipses (<ellipse>): Similar to circles, but with rx and ry attributes for customizing the radius along the x and y-axis.
  4. lines (<line>): Draw straight lines with starting coordinates (x1, y1) and ending coordinates (x2, y2).
  5. Polygon (<polygon>): Specify a series of points to create closed shapes with any number of sides.
  6. Paths (<path>): The most powerful element – use the d attribute to draw complex curves and shapes using a series of commands.
  7. Text (<text>): Embed text directly within your SVG for titles, labels, and more.

Attributes: Key Modifiers

  1. fill: Controls the color within a shape. Accepts color names (red), hex codes (#FF0000), RGB values (RGB(255, 0, 0))
  2. stroke: Sets the color of the outline around a shape.
  3. Stroke-width: Determines the thickness of the outline.
  4. Opacity: Controls the transparency of an element (values from 0 to 1).

Groups and Transformations

  1. <g> tag: Group elements together for collective styling or transformations.
  2. Transform attribute: Apply transformations like rotate, translate, scale, or skew to elements or groups.

Example: Creating a Simple SVG

Here’s a basic example demonstrating how these core elements and attributes come together:

<svg width=”100″ height=”100″>

  <circle cx=”50″ cy=”50″ r=”40″ fill=”blue” stroke=”black” stroke-width=”3″ />


This code creates a blue circle with a black outline in the center of a 100×100 pixel SVG canvas.

Inline SVG vs. External SVG

When working with SVGs on websites, you have two primary methods for integrating them:

Inline SVG:

The SVG code is embedded directly within your HTML document using the <svg> tag.


  • No additional HTTP requests, potentially improving page load times.
  • Full CSS styling control over individual SVG elements.
  • It is ideal for simple SVGs or those requiring extensive styling.


  • You can increase the size of your HTML files, especially with complex SVGs.
  • It is less convenient to reuse the same SVG across multiple pages.

External SVG:

The SVG exists as a separate file with the .svg extension.

You reference it in your HTML using methods like <img>, <object>, or as a background image.


  • Cleaner separation of code for maintainability.
  • Ideal for reusing the same SVG in multiple locations.
  • Browser-level caching, potentially boosting performance across pages.


  • Additional HTTP request (though caching can mitigate this).
  • Less direct CSS styling control over individual SVG elements in some cases.

Choosing the Right Method with Elementor

Elementor streamlines SVG integration regardless of the method you prefer. Here’s a general guideline to help you decide:

  • Inline is often best for simple icons, logos, or SVGs closely integrated with your Elementor design where individual element manipulation is needed.
  • External is ideal for complex SVG illustrations, patterns, or graphics that are reused throughout your website.

Creating SVGs

While you can hand-code SVGs in a text editor, dedicated software offers a more visual and intuitive way to design them. Here are some popular options:

Professional Vector Graphics Editors:

  • Adobe Illustrator: Industry-standard software with a powerful toolset for creating complex SVG illustrations, logos, and icons.
  • Inkscape: Free and open-source alternative to Illustrator, offering a wide range of vector editing tools.

Online SVG Editors:

  • Vectr: Free, browser-based tool with a user-friendly interface, great for beginners.
  • BoxySVG: More advanced features geared towards web developers.
  • SVG-Edit: Open-source editor that runs directly in your web browser.

Tips for Creating SVGs with Elementor in Mind

  • Organize your layers: Name layers descriptively for easier management when editing the SVG within Elementor.
  • Consider Elementor’s styling capabilities: You can often achieve certain effects directly in Elementor with CSS, simplifying your SVG code.
  • Export with care: Ensure your vector editor offers clean, minified SVG code output for optimal performance.

SVGs in Web Design with Elementor

Embedding SVGs in Elementor

Elementor provides several flexible ways to incorporate SVGs into your designs, making the process intuitive and smooth. Here are the primary methods:

Using the Image Widget

  • The most straightforward approach – is simply to drag and drop the Image Widget onto your page.
  • Upload your SVG file as you would any other image format.
  • Elementor treats SVG like other images, granting you access to sizing, alignment, and basic styling controls.

Using the Icon Widget

  • Specifically designed for icons – the Icon Widget offers a dedicated SVG library.
  • You can upload your own custom SVG icons.
  • Benefit from Elementor’s styling options for customizing the color, size, and hover effects of your icons.

Employing the HTML Embed Widget

  • It grants full control when you need to embed inline SVG code directly.
  • Paste your SVG code into the widget’s designated area.
  • Ideal for scenarios requiring advanced SVG placement or CSS interactions that go beyond standard widget settings.

Adding SVGs as Background Images

  • You can use SVGs as background images within Elementor sections, columns, or individual elements.
  • Two primary ways to achieve this:
    • Inline within the style settings: Embed a small SVG as a background image using the background-image: url(‘data:image/svg+xml;…’); CSS property.
    • Traditional CSS: Reference an external SVG file within your custom CSS.

Example: Embedding an SVG with the Icon Widget

  1. Drag the Icon Widget onto your Elementor page.
  2. Click “Choose Icon” and select “SVG” from the dropdown.
  3. Click “Upload SVG” and select your SVG file.
  4. Adjust the icon’s size, color, and other styling options as needed.

When is the HTML Embed Widget Necessary?

Situations where the HTML Embed Widget might be the best option include:

  • Implementing complex SVG animations with JavaScript.
  • Needing direct access to individual SVG elements for intricate CSS styling.
  • Integrating interactive SVGs with extensive event listeners.

Styling SVGs within Elementor

Elementor lets you customize the appearance of your SVGs to match the aesthetic of your website seamlessly. Understanding some basic CSS principles will empower you to make the most of these styling options.

CSS Basics for SVG Control

These core CSS properties are fundamental for styling SVGs:

  • fill Changes the color of an SVG shape or element.
  • Stroke: Controls the color of an SVG shape’s outline.
  • Stroke-width: Adjusts the thickness of the outline.
  • Opacity: Sets the transparency level of the entire SVG or individual elements.

How to apply CSS Styling in Elementor

Elementor provides intuitive controls for applying these styles:

  1. Select the SVG element: Click on the Image Widget, Icon Widget, or the section/column where your SVG is embedded.
  2. Style Tab: Navigate to the ‘Style’ tab in Elementor’s settings panel.
  3. Adjust Styling: The Elementor interface offers options to modify the ‘fill’, ‘stroke’, etc., of your SVG.

Targeting Specific SVG Elements

For advanced styling, target specific elements within your SVG.  Here’s how:

  • Inline SVGs: Add CSS classes or inline styles directly within your SVG code for precise control.
  • External SVGs & CSS: Use your browser’s developer tools to inspect the SVG structure and target elements with your CSS rules.

Example: Styling an SVG Icon with Hover Effects

  1. Add an SVG icon using Elementor’s Icon Widget.
  2. Go to the ‘Style’ tab and change the regular icon color.
  3. Switch to the ‘Hover’ state within Elementor’s controls.
  4. Select a different color for the hover effect.

Optimizing SVGs for the Web

While SVGs are generally known for their small file sizes, optimizing them further ensures a smooth user experience and improves page load times. Here’s what you need to know:

Elementor Image Optimizer

Elementor includes a built-in image optimization feature. It can automatically compress your SVG images, reducing their file size without a noticeable loss in quality.

Manual Optimization Tips

  • Clean code: Ensure your SVG code is free of unnecessary elements, attributes, and whitespace. Many vector graphics editors offer options to “minify” or “clean up” your SVGs.
  • Simplify paths: Avoid overly complex paths, as these can increase file size. If possible, use basic shapes and combine them strategically.
  • Remove unused metadata: Some SVG creation tools embed metadata that isn’t essential for web rendering.

Optimization Tools

  • SVGO: A popular command-line tool for fine-grained optimization of SVGs.
  • Online SVG optimizers: Services like provide quick and easy web-based optimization.

Balancing Optimization and Design

It’s crucial to find the sweet spot between file size and visual integrity.  Excessive optimization can sometimes lead to slight visual degradation of your SVGs. Experiment to find the right balance for your projects.

Don’t worry about over-optimizing if you’re using Elementor Hosting.  Its powerful infrastructure with features like image compression, CDN, and caching is already doing a lot of heavy lifting for you!

SVG Interactivity with Elementor

Elementor opens up exciting possibilities to make your SVGs interactive, enhancing your website’s engagement and visual appeal. Here’s an overview of how to achieve this:

Basic Hover Effects with Elementor

Elementor’s built-in styling controls grant you the ability to implement simple hover effects directly without needing custom code:

  1. Select the SVG element: Click on the Image Widget, and Icon Widget, or the container holding your SVG.
  2. Style Tab > Hover: In Elementor’s settings panel, switch to the ‘Hover’ state tab.
  3. Apply Changes: Adjust CSS properties like ‘fill’, ‘stroke’, ‘opacity’, or add ‘transform’ effects to create transitions when a user hovers over the SVG.

Example: Changing an Icon’s Color on Hover

  1. Add an SVG icon using the Icon Widget.
  2. In the ‘Style’ tab, set the icon’s color.
  3. Switch to the ‘Hover’ tab.
  4. Select a different color for the icon’s hover state.

Complex Interactivity with JavaScript

For intricate interactions that go beyond basic styling changes, JavaScript is your ally. Here’s the general workflow:

  1. Embed SVG: If your SVG isn’t already inline, use the HTML Embed Widget to add it to your page.
  2. Event Listeners: Use JavaScript to add event listeners (e.g., ‘click,’ ‘mouseover,’ ‘mouseout’) to specific elements within your SVG.
  3. Manipulate SVG: Within your JavaScript functions, manipulate CSS properties or SVG attributes to create animations, transitions, or other dynamic effects.

Things to Consider

  • JavaScript Libraries: Libraries like SnapSVG or GSAP can streamline the process of creating advanced SVG interactions.
  • Accessibility: Ensure any interactions don’t hinder accessibility, especially if they convey important information.

SVG Animation in Elementor

CSS Animations

CSS provides a relatively straightforward way to introduce basic animations to your SVG elements.  Here’s how to breathe life into your SVGs using CSS transitions and keyframes:

CSS Transitions (transition)

  • It is ideal for smooth changes in properties when triggered by events (like hovering).
  • Define properties to transition (fill, stroke, etc.), duration, and easing functions.

CSS Keyframes (@keyframes)

  • Grant greater control by defining animation sequences at specific intervals.
  • Create a @keyframes rule, specifying changes in properties at various percentages throughout the animation.

Applying CSS Animations within Elementor

  1. Target the Element: Select the SVG element you wish to animate (or a container element if animating the entire SVG).
  2. Advanced Tab: Go to the ‘Advanced’ tab in Elementor’s settings panel.
  3. Custom CSS: Add your CSS transition or keyframe rules to this section.

Example:  Simple Hover Rotation Animation

/* Add this to the Custom CSS section in Elementor  */

.my-svg-icon:hover {

    transform: rotate(360deg); 

    transition: transform 0.5s ease-in-out;}

Limits of CSS Animations (SMIL)

While powerful, more than CSS animations might be required for highly complex SVG animations.  The legacy SMIL (Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language)  standard offers extended possibilities but has limitations in terms of browser support.

Integrating Lottie Animations Created in Adobe After Effects

Lottie is a powerful JavaScript library that renders animations created in Adobe After Effects as compact JSON files. This opens up a world of possibilities for dynamic and engaging SVG-based visuals.

Here’s why Lottie is an excellent choice for Elementor users:

  • Performance: Lottie animations are generally lightweight, ensuring smooth performance even on resource-constrained devices.
  • Cross-platform Compatibility: Lottie works consistently across modern browsers.
  • Ease of Use: Elementor has a dedicated Lottie widget making integration a breeze.
  • Designer-friendly: After Effects is a popular tool among designers, bridging the gap between design and web implementation.

The Workflow: From After Effects to Elementor

  1. Create Animation in After Effects: Design your animation using After Effects’ rich toolset.
  2. Bodymovin Plugin: Export your animation as a JSON file using the Bodymovin plugin for After Effects.
  3. Elementor’s Lottie Widget: 
  • Drag the Lottie Widget onto your page.
  • Choose between uploading your JSON file or referencing an external URL.
  • Customize playback settings, trigger options, etc., through Elementor’s controls.

Where to Find Lottie Animations

  • LottieFiles: ( A massive marketplace offering free and premium Lottie animations.
  • Create Your Own: Use After Effects to design custom animations.

Example: Adding a Loading Spinner Lottie Animation

  1. Find a suitable loading animation on LottieFiles.
  2. Click ‘Copy Link‘ to get the animation’s URL.
  3. In Elementor, add the Lottie Widget.
  4. Paste the LottieFiles URL in the ‘Source URL’ field.
  5. Adjust the size and any other desired settings.

Advanced SVG Techniques for Elementor Projects

Creating Complex Custom SVGs

While basic SVG shapes and elements are a great starting point, the true power of SVG lies in crafting unique and detailed graphics.  Here’s where vector graphics editors shine:

The Path Element (<path>)

The path element is the most versatile SVG element. Here’s a breakdown of the primary commands used within its d attribute for drawing shapes:

  • M (moveto): Set a starting point for your path.
  • L (lineto): Draw a straight line to a specified point.
  • C (curveto): Draw a Bézier curve using control points.
  • S (smooth curveto): Draw a smooth Bézier curve based on the reflection of the previous control point.
  • Q (quadratic curveto): Draw a quadratic Bézier curve.
  • T (smooth quadratic curveto): Draw a smooth quadratic Bézier curve with a reflected control point.
  • Z (closepath): Close the path by drawing a line back to the starting point.

Example: Drawing a Simple Triangle with <path>

<svg width=”100″ height=”100″>

  <path d=”M50 10 L90 90 L10 90 Z” fill=”red” /> 


Tips for Mastering Complex Paths

  • Practice with basic shapes: Start with simple shapes before tackling intricate designs.
  • Visualize control points: Understand how control points in Bézier curves (C, S, Q, T commands) influence shape.
  • Use vector editor tools: Tools like the Pen Tool in Illustrator or Inkscape simplify the path creation process.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment!

When creating SVGs in a vector editor, consider Elementor’s styling capabilities as you organize your design. It might be easier to style certain effects directly in Elementor rather than making your SVG code overly complex.

SVG Filters and Effects

SVG filters bring a range of image-processing capabilities directly within your graphic elements, allowing you to achieve striking and unique effects. Here’s an introduction:

How SVG Filters Work

  • You define filters using the <filter> element.
  • Individual filter effects are created using filter primitives such as <feGaussianBlur>, <feColorMatrix>, <feDropShadow>, and more.
  • You apply a filter to an SVG element with the filter CSS property or the filter attribute in SVG code.

Popular SVG Filter Effects

  • Blur: The <feGaussianBlur> primitive creates soft blurring effects.
  • Drop Shadows: Add realistic depth with the <feDropShadow> primitive.
  • Color Manipulation: Use <feColorMatrix> to adjust colors, saturation, and contrast.
  • Blend Modes: Combine elements in visually interesting ways with <feBlend>.
  • And More! There’s a vast array of filter primitives to experiment with.

Applying Filters within Elementor

While you can apply filters directly with inline CSS, managing complex combinations of filters is often easier in your vector editing software.

Example: Creating a Blurred SVG Background

  1. Create your SVG design: Include the shapes or elements that will form your background.
  2. Define the Filter: Inside your SVG code, create a <filter> element and add an <feGaussianBlur> primitive to achieve the blur effect.
  3. Apply the Filter: Reference the filter’s ID using the filter attribute on the SVG elements you want to blur.
  4. Embed in Elementor: Use the HTML Embed Widget to place this filtered SVG as a background for a section or column.

Powerful effects come with performance considerations.  Elementor Hosting’s infrastructure, with its emphasis on optimization, is well-equipped to handle your SVG creations even when using filters.

Accessibility Considerations for SVGs

It’s crucial to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, can understand and interact with the SVGs on your website. Here are essential accessibility guidelines to follow:

Semantic Meaning: The title and desc Elements
  • Always include a <title> element immediately after the opening <svg> tag to provide a brief textual identifier.
  • Use the <desc> element to offer a more detailed description of the SVG’s content, especially for complex graphics.
ARIA Attributes
  • role=”img”: Indicates to assistive technologies (like screen readers) that the SVG is an image.
  • aria-labelledby: Connects the SVG to its corresponding title or desc element for clear identification.
  • aria-hidden=”true”: Use this attribute to hide purely decorative SVGs from screen readers.

Accessibility Best Practices with SVGs

  • Keep it simple when possible: Complex SVGs can be harder for screen readers to interpret.
  • Alternative Text: If an SVG conveys essential information, provide a text alternative.
  • Focus States: Ensure that any interactive SVG elements have clear visual focus indicators for keyboard navigation.
  • Color Contrast: Maintain sufficient color contrast for visual clarity.
  • Testing: Use screen readers and other assistive technologies to test your SVG implementations from the perspective of a user with disabilities.

Example: Adding Accessibility Attributes to an SVG

<svg role=”img” aria-labelledby=”titleID descID”>

  <title id=”titleID”>Chart of Company Growth</title>

  <desc id=”descID”>A line chart showing a steady increase in revenue over the past 5 years.</desc>


Even with careful accessibility considerations, some complex SVGs might be best accompanied by alternative descriptions for full inclusivity.

Troubleshooting Common SVG Issues with Elementor

While SVGs and Elementor work together seamlessly in most cases, sometimes issues can arise.  Let’s cover some common scenarios and their solutions:

1. SVG Not Displaying

  • Incorrect File Path: Double-check if you’ve uploaded the SVG to the correct location and the path in your Elementor widget is accurate.
  • Caching: Clear your browser cache and any Elementor-related caching, especially if you’ve recently uploaded or modified the SVG.
  • SVG Code Errors: Validate your SVG code ([invalid URL removed]) to fix any syntax errors that may prevent rendering.

2. Cross-browser Compatibility Issues

  • Older Browsers: Test across different browsers, especially older ones (IE11 and below may have limited SVG support or quirks).
  • Vendor Prefixes: For some advanced CSS effects directly styled within your SVG, you might need vendor prefixes (-webkit-, -moz-, etc.) for full compatibility.
  • Legacy SMIL Animations: Make sure any SMIL animations have fallbacks for browsers that don’t support it.

3. Display or Scaling Issues

  • viewBox Attribute: Ensure your SVG has a proper viewBox attribute to define its dimensions and how it scales.
  • Conflicting CSS: Inspect your Elementor settings and any custom CSS for styles that might unintentionally interfere with the SVG’s display.
  • Responsive Design: Remember to test how your SVGs behave across different screen sizes and adjust styling with media queries if needed.

4.  Unexpected Styling Results

  • CSS Specificity: If Elementor’s settings aren’t applying, use more specific CSS selectors targeting your SVG or try inline styles.
  • Inheritance: Remember that some CSS properties are inherited from parent elements and might affect your SVG’s styling.

Debugging Tools

  • Browser Developer Tools: Use your browser’s inspector to examine the rendered SVG structure and applied styles. This is invaluable for troubleshooting.
  • SVG Editors: Many vector editors offer live previews to help identify issues within the SVG code itself.

Elementor Hosting Factor

It’s unlikely that Elementor Hosting would directly cause SVG issues.  However, its robust infrastructure and emphasis on speed can help mask some display-related problems that might be more noticeable on slower hosting solutions.

Elementor Hosting & SVG Performance

The Importance of Optimized Hosting for SVG-Rich Websites

Choosing the right hosting platform makes a significant difference for websites that heavily utilize SVG graphics. Here’s why Elementor Hosting is an exceptional fit:

Speed as a Core Focus

Elementor Hosting’s architecture is built with speed in mind. Everything from its server infrastructure to content delivery mechanisms prioritizes delivering your SVGs and overall website content with lightning-fast load times.

Global Reach with Cloudflare Enterprise CDN

The Cloudflare Enterprise CDN ensures your SVG assets are geographically close to your visitors. This minimizes network latency and provides a snappy user experience.

Advanced Caching

Elementor Hosting employs multiple layers of caching (object caching, browser caching, etc.). This means SVGs that are frequently used are served even faster on subsequent visits.

Optimized for WordPress

Elementor Hosting is fine-tuned specifically for WordPress, the platform on which Elementor thrives. This translates to efficient code execution and seamless handling of your SVG content.


Throughout this guide, we’ve delved into the fundamentals of SVGs, their advantages, and how to integrate them into your Elementor projects seamlessly. Here’s a recap of why SVGs and Elementor work so well together:

  • Performance and Scalability: SVGs, known for their small file sizes and resolution-independent nature, empower you to create visually rich websites that don’t sacrifice speed. Elementor Hosting amplifies this benefit further with its speed-focused infrastructure.
  • Design Flexibility:  Elementor provides intuitive controls for embedding and styling SVGs.  Create custom designs with vector editing software and import them effortlessly, or tap into the vast libraries of pre-made SVG elements.
  • Interactive Potential:  Add a touch of engagement with basic hover effects or intricate JavaScript-powered animations.  Elementor’s seamless integration streamlines the process.
  • Accessibility Focus:  Implement accessible SVG practices, ensuring your website is inclusive for everyone.
  • Dynamic Capabilities:  Elementor Pro unlocks dynamic SVG content, allowing you to personalize visuals based on user data or behavior.
  • Efficient Workflow: Global styles in Elementor Pro offer centralized control, leading to a more streamlined workflow, especially for managing SVGs used across your website.

Whether you’re a seasoned designer or just starting to explore the world of SVGs, Elementor provides a user-friendly and powerful platform to bring your ideas to life. The combination of Elementor website builder, Elementor Hosting, Elementor Image Optimizer, and Elementor AI website builder’s potential to generate SVG makes it a compelling choice for modern web design.

SVGs are not just a trend – they represent a fundamental shift towards scalable, performant, and adaptable visuals on the web.  By choosing Elementor, you position yourself at the forefront of web design, ready to create stunning and user-friendly websites that stand out from the crowd.