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Compatibility tags

Last Update: March 4, 2024

The compatibility tag mechanism allows external developers to declare their compatibility with Elementor and maintain their plugin headers and versions. This lets users know which plugin they need to update before Elementor updates.

Importance of compatibility tags

As an open-source project, Elementor includes an extensive developers API. This enables the creation of a vast ecosystem of 3rd party extensions that enhances Elementor’s capabilities. 

Currently, there are over 500 addons that extend Elementor’s capabilities.
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When 3rd party developers don’t update their extensions to make them compatible with the latest versions of Elementor, users can experience problems with their websites. To protect their websites from possible future conflicts, Elementor provides a Compatibility Tag that notifies users about plugins that may not be compatible with their currently-installed version of Elementor. This makes debugging easier, if required.

Look for the compatibility tag for any 3rd party plugins you are using before updating Elementor.

Follow these steps:

  1. Login to WP Admin.
  2. Go to Elementor > System Info.
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  3. Scroll down to view compatibility tags.

If there is no compatibility tag, but Elementor knows that the 3rd party plugin is not compatible with a new version of Elementor, a message will be displayed if it is not safe to continue with the update.

For example, you may see an alert, followed by a list of incompatible plugins, similar to this:

Compatibility Alert – Some of the plugins you’re using have not been tested with the latest version of Elementor. To avoid issues, make sure they are all up to date and compatible before updating Elementor.

Benefits of using compatibility tag

Compatibility tag compliance ensures that users will decrease the number of conflicts, and other issues with new Elementor releases. Key features of compatibility tags:

  • Compatibility tags provide transparency and information as to which plugins should be updated before Elementor updates.
  • This mechanism reduces conflicts when using Elementor with external addons and 3rd party plugins
  • This transparency and accountability for addons helps create the optimal experience for both plugin developers and for users because it reduces the friction that can occur  when add-ons conflict with new Elementor releases.

Elementor encourages all addon developers to add the compatibility tag to their plugins. For details, see New Developers Feature – Compatibility Tag.

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