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What is a Template?

Last Update: July 17, 2023
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Templates can make building sites much more efficient.


Templates are a helpful tool that can help you save time when creating or editing documents. Instead of designing pages, sections, containers etc. from scratch, you can use templates to implement your designs quickly and ensure a consistent look and feel across your site.

In Elementor, templates also refer to the standard parts (e.g. header, footer) of your website. 

Template or template?

As mentioned above, when working with Elementor the word template is used in two different ways:

  1. A standardized document that you can edit to suit your needs (e.g. a resume template will tell you how to format, and where to enter, your education, work experience, etc.). These templates are primarily saved and accessed through the Template Library
  2. A primary document that will be replicated throughout your website (e.g. your website’s header and footer). In Elementor, we call these templates “site parts” and they are accessed primarily through the Theme Builder.

Examples of templates

Alex wants to create a hero section and reuse this design in hundreds of pages, only changing the words in the heading. They create the hero section and save it to the Template Library. Now every time they want to reuse it, Alex simply imports the template and changes the text.  

Francis needs a professionally designed page but doesn’t want to hire a designer. They open up the Template Library and find and import a pre-designed template created by Elementor, changing the text and images. 

Jessie is building a site for Smith Construction and wants to design the header. They go to the Theme Builder and edit the header site part template, using the name Smith Construction. This header appears above every page on the site. A year later, the company changes its name to Smith and Sons. Jessie changes the company name in the header site part template and this change is replicated in all the headers across the site. 

Next steps 

Now that you understand the benefits of templates, learn more about how to use the Template Library

To get the most out of Elementor, check out the Elementor Academy and our YouTube channel for helpful learning resources. If you come across any issues or need help, please contact our Support Center.

Have more questions? We’re more than happy to assist.

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