Another week of hard work here in Elementor has led to some amazing improvements in the user experience, as well as some cool new features. I know you’re all eager to find out what we’ve managed to accomplish, so let’s get started.
The Fastest Page Builder Just Became Faster
One of the key advantages of using Elementor, which we’ve been boasting about since the launch, has been that Elementor is the fastest page builder in the market.
Because we are dedicated to the goal of giving you the best possible page builder, we have not stopped trying to improve performance even further, and have now made Elementor even faster. In fact, it’s now at least 30% faster, and a lot leaner on memory consumption.
This sets a new standard of speed for page builders on WordPress. It also affects the live page editing, which is even more smooth and seamless.
Add Hover Animations to WordPress
Last week we introduced the Entrance Animations feature, that allowed you to choose from 37 different animations, and set them for your widgets and page elements. This allowed you to easily add animation to WordPress without coding or using external plugin.
Today we are adding the Hover Animations feature, that includes 27 different hover animation effects you can choose from. Hover animations are even more useful than entrance animations, because they make your whole WordPress site more interactive, every time the user hovers over a certain element.
To watch these cool animation effects, hover over the following images:
Live becomes lively
We have added a cool new feature to the UI, that allows you to interact with the widget and see how it behaves while still on Elementor’s editor. For example, you can switch between tabs on the Tabs widget, open and close elements on the Accordion widget, and watch hover animation effects as you hover over the element.
All these interactions are viewed without the need to go to preview mode, while still editing in the content area.
Control the size of the panel
There’s a huge difference between the time you drag and drop widgets onto the page, and the time you configure the widget settings, or write text in the text editor. In the first case you really don’t need the panel to take up too much space, and in the second case you want the panel to be wide enough so it’s convenient to edit.
Because of this difference, we’ve added the ability to widen or narrow the panel, allowing you to make the content area wider. All you have to do is grab the side of the panel, above or below the preview arrow, and drag it left and right.
Smooth scrolling for anchors
Smooth scrolling is a user interface pattern that adds an animated motion effect when the user clicks on a menu link. This feature is most commonly used on one page layouts, where the header navigation connects the visitors to the various parts of the page in a smooth motion between the parts.
This effect can also be achieved with JS, or with a dedicated plugin. But hey, why on earth would you choose to use these methods, if you can get the same effect using Elementor?
New Elementor design tutorials
We have already published 11 video tutorials that help you use the different widgets and features of Elementor. Just this week we’ve added 6 new tutorials, that explain about:
- The Testimonials Widget
- Entrance Animations feature
- Box Shadow feature
- The Icon List widget
- The Google Maps widget
- The Image Carousel Widget
Since launching the video tutorial series, we’ve been getting the same request over and over again: To explain how to create a full landing page, from top to bottom. Yesterday we published the first of these videos, titled How to create a stunning landing page using Elementor.
We are growing!
Elementor has been downloaded over 30,000 times, and has over 6,000 active installs. These are really impressive numbers, for a plugin not even two months old. This growth rate is a great motivator for us, and we are thrilled to keep adding more features for our dedicated users to enjoy.
Elementor is now available in 8 different languages. The last language to be added is Persian, created by Hamed Takmil. This is a great step towards making Elementor a global phenomenon. The French and Italian translations are already on their way. We invite French and Italian translators to help us translate the rest of Elementor to your languages, so feel free to join the team in the translation page. If you’ve never translated a plugin, please read our translation guide to help you get started.
Elementor in the Blogosphere
Here are some of the places Elementor has appeared in during the past week:
WPKube – An in depth review of Elementor by none other than Brenda Barron
Geektime – This week we were featured in the Israeli startup & tech publication Geektime
Icegram – The makers of the Icegram plugin have also published a review of Elementor
WPTuts – The folks at WPTuts have created this amazing video review of Elementor
We get a lot of compliments for having released an open source page builder with full design capabilities. These capabilities are about to expand significantely, with the upcoming release of our template library. This will make designing full websites with Elementor much easier.
Stay tuned for the post next week, where we will explain about this release, which is the biggest improvement we have ever added to Elementor.