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Troubleshooting a slow loading Elementor Editor

Last Update: August 3, 2023

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When the editor takes time to load, something is utilizing too many resources. The steps below will help you determine where the resource bottleneck is stemming from.

Close Browser Tabs To Free Up Resources

Having too many tabs open can quickly consume browser resources. The quickest way to eliminate this as a problem is to close other browser tabs that aren’t needed while you edit your page. Load the editor to see if the problem is now resolved.

Activate Safe Mode

If the problem persists, activating Safe Mode is the quickest way to determine if a slow-loading editor is the result of plugin(s) or theme utilizing too many resources. The only thing that changes when Safe Mode is enabled is that the Elementor editor loading is done without any activated Plugins or Themes, for your logged-in user only. Safe Mode has no effect on site visitors or other logged in users. If the editor loads quickly when Safe Mode is activated, that is an indication that either a plugin or the theme is causing the slowdown. Now, you must determine which is the problem by following the steps below.

  1. Deactivate Safe Mode.
  2. Switch theme temporarily. Change your theme to Hello. (Your Elementor-built pages will not be destroyed by doing so). If the problem disappears, then the problem lies in your theme. Contact the theme developer for assistance or change themes permanently.
  3. If the theme is not the problem, find the plugin that is causing the issue. Deactivate all your plugins (besides Elementor), then reactivate each of them one by one to find the one that causes the problem to happen again. Once the problem plugin is found, contact the plugin developer for assistance, or use an alternative plugin.

In most cases, the above will solve your problem, but if not, one of the methods below may work for you.

Note: Safe Mode can be activated only by site admins (i.e. users with administrator privileges), because only they can deactivate plugins. If you are not receiving the Enable Safe Mode option, please ask your site administrator to activate safe mode and troubleshoot the problem for you. In the case of a multisite setup, only Super Admins can activate Safe Mode.

Are you using the latest versions of Elementor and Elementor Pro, if applicable?

The plugin update admin page doesn’t always show available updates right away. You can double-check that you have the latest version by going to Dashboard > Updates and clicking the Check Again button.

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Are you using security software on your computer, such as Kapersky, Norton, or McAfee, along with any other similar programs?

These types of programs will sometimes interfere with the Elementor editor. Disable your security software temporarily to see if that solves the problem.

Are you using optimization software that is often used by CDNs or servers?

These will sometimes interfere with the Elementor editor. Disable the optimization features temporarily, or ask your host to do so, to see if that solves the problem.

Try using another browser or incognito mode

Editing requires use of either Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera. Try also to edit in your browser’s incognito mode to rule out an issue with an add-on or with the browser cache.

Enable the switch front end editor loader

Go to Elementor > Settings > Advanced, and under ‘Editor Loader’, enable ‘Switch front-end editor loader method‘.

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Export to Localhost

If nothing else has solved the problem, you may need to export your site to localhost (your own computer) to verify that the problem is server-related. Details on how to run your site on localhost are outside the scope of this document, but we suggest installing the free Local by Flywheel and copying your site to it for testing purposes. You can use our guide, “How to Migrate Your Site with Elementor” (in reverse, from live to local) to accomplish this. In short, use Duplicator to create a full backup of your live site. Once you have the full backup, drag and drop the resulting .zip file onto Local’s window to import it. If your editor runs more quickly on localhost, then you should suspect an issue with your server. At that point,contact your host to help solve your server issues.


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