Introducing Single & Archive Builder

Single & Archive builder lets you design blogs just like you always imagined. By visually designing your blog without code, you can complete projects lightning-fast, and get full control over your blog design right at your fingertips.

For years, designers have been struggling with their theme’s settings and dealing with endless PHP coding to make even the most minor changes to their blogs.

All this ends now, with Elementor’s Single & Archive Builder.

The Single and Archive builder allows you to visually design your blog posts and main blog page right from the Elementor editor, just like you build any other page.

This is the natural evolution of Elementor towards full website customization. When Elementor launched, it was restricted to the content area only. With the Theme Builder, we expanded its reach to the header and footer builder. This is yet another vital expansion towards the dynamic blog areas of your site.

Sorry Theme, I'm Using Elementor to Design My Client's Blog!

Using this builder, you’ll experience an unparalleled level of flexibility in your day-to-day workflow. Any revision you want to make to the blog you’re working on – you can do it visually, right in the Elementor editor. This way, you can work faster, stay focused on the creative process, and complete more projects.

Create Gorgeous Blog Posts

Build Your Single Post

The single post determines the layout of your blog posts. For single posts, you use dynamic widgets to build the blog post template. These widgets are truly dynamic, and draw content dependant upon the post the visitor is currently viewing. To make it easier to design live, you can preview the template with any of your previously created blog posts. This way, all the dynamic widgets get populated with actual content from your site.

There is an additional feature that makes it even more flexible to create blogs. Even after you publish a single template, you can still design any specific blog post using Elementor. We’ve built this as a layered structure, so the single template is used as a frame, but you can still access any specific blog post that uses the template and design it further with Elementor. This is a unique feature of our theme builder.

Main Blog Page Design

Customize Your Archive Page

The Archive page displays a list of posts, and serves as the parent for posts. Examples of archive pages are Post Categories, Tags or Author pages.

By customizing the Archive Posts widget, you can actually alter the design of each of those pages. For example, modify the ‘read more’ button, or image size.

To spice up your blog page, you can add other elements, like a featured post, subscribe forms, social icons, and so on.

Main Blog Page Design

Design Your Search Results Page

Use the archive template to easily create Search Results pages. The same process is used to customize the look and feel of this template.

When your user searches your site, they will see a custom search results page that has been tailor-made to suit your vision, instead of the default results page that comes with the theme. 

You can also incorporate promotional areas in your search results page, directing your users to take action and not just browse through the site.

Dynamic & Static Combo

Dynamic Content Will Knock Your Socks Off

You’re used to building pages with static content. 

By building templates that include dynamic widgets, you’re able to build a template once, and apply it across your site. This way you can design numerous pages all from one page. For example, if you customize a certain featured image, it will display a different image on every post, but every image will share the same layout and style.

Mixing dynamic widgets with static widgets enables you to develop a flexible workflow. This helps raise the wow factor of your blogs by including elements like social share buttons, promo boxes, subscribe forms, call to action widgets. Every feature is readily available to spruce up the blogs you design.

Just like you saved hours of work by using Elementor instead of CSS to design pages, you will save even more time by using dynamic content on Single and Archive pages, instead of coding your blog with PHP.

Cross-category Custom Fit design

Conditions Open Even More Opportunities

Until now, we focused on the design of one single blog. But actually, there is a whole other world awaiting you.

With Conditions, you can simultaneously work on multiple blog designs that provide a custom fit according to a category or any other taxonomy.

Want a different design per category? Per author? Utilizing this feature, you can create websites that are far more sophisticated and tailor-made to the needs of your clients.

shiny New Templates

10+ New Blocks for Blogs

If you want to learn how to properly build a dynamic single or archive template, try out one of our designer-made blocks. We included dynamic widgets inside them, so you don’t have to build your blog from square one.

How to use

Archive and Single Tutorials

Check out the four step-by-step tutorials, that will walk you through the new process of creating the archive and single templates. Get on the fast track, by adding templates, building dynamic content, previewing your page, setting conditions and publishing.

No more headaches!

Conclusion

The single and archive templates will have a huge impact on how Elementor designers create, edit, and improve blog layouts on WordPress. Without getting stuck on cursed coding, you can concentrate on the creative process, resulting in better looking and richer blogs.

Ever got stuck building blogs? Let us know about past frustrations, and share your plans to create blogs with this simpler workflow.

About the Author

Ben Pines

Ben Pines is Elementor's CMO. He has been in the online marketing industry for over 10 years, specializing in content marketing. WordPress has been Ben's platform of choice since the time it was used solely for blogging.

75 Responses

  1. Thats fantastic news. Just today i wanted to start to create a blog-section within a clients website. Now I can use the newest feature from Elementor. 🙂
    By the way: Do you know, when your team will be implementing full compaibilty/integration with Toolset? I (and I know from many other users) need this for our projects.
    Thanks
    Thorsten

    1. We have released an ACF integration which we plan to further develop. A Toolset integration will either be developed by us or by an external addon in the future

  2. Very well, Ben Pines, again I’m surprised with Elementor Pro today, exactly today a client asked me to change the page reading the article in the blog … and as a designer was worried about maintaining the same graphic pattern, and alas … .you and your team give me this gift winder. Thank you and keep thinking like this for ever and ever!

  3. I’m so excited I just wee’d my pants 🙂 Great work Elementor team. I’ve been waiting a long time for this kind of ease of customisation with WordPress. I feel like we’ve just all grown up a bit.

  4. Thank you for this! I appreciate all the time and effort the staff is taking to bring new features to Elementor! Glad to be a part of the Elementor Community!

  5. Elementor just keeps getting better. I’m also hanging out for the integration with Toolset…. sometime soon I hope.

  6. Great features as usual. Thanks Ben & Elementor team!

    Just wondering if it is possible to show the (Post Updated on “Date”) field? I’m designing an intranet website and displaying this field dynamically alongside the “Post Publishing Date”will help a lot.

  7. Hmm. Now I’am a little bit confused. When Elementor 2.0 was relased there was a note in the Release-Notes, that there is an (beta) Integration of Toolset. Would be great if a Toolset-Integration could be developed in the (very) near future.

  8. In the Archive Page you can not modify the individual Cards. Example: different background colors for each. I was excited until I realized these limitations.

  9. Elementor works great for single posts. Will Elementor eventually be able to use custom fields (using ACF) to build archive posts?

  10. Really great news!!
    For a grandma like me, any news like this helps me to get closer to my personal goal: to rebuild my site by myself.
    Finally my website will be responsive and new: it’s not a little thing at my age 😀
    So THANKSSSSSSSSS

  11. Thank you for the hard work you put into Elementor. It has made my work life easier and continues to impress.

    With the ACF integration, is it and/or will it be possible to add in ACF fields for archives instead of standard post data?

  12. Really looking forward to WooCommerce product and archive pages too! 😀

    You and the team are doing a fantastic job, Ben!

  13. Great!!!
    Btw, any news if the the update will include the option for ‘Post Navigation’ to stay in current category… (and loop last to first post)? This was said would be added to the next Pro version in github a while back and is so critical for Single post’s layouts & ‘post-nav’ usefulness. THX!

  14. If I already own Pro and have purchased it within the past 3 months, how do I receive the upgrade with these features?

    1. I think it has to do with active install numbers. ACF (free version) has over 1 million active installs. Pods only has around 60,000 (according to WordPress.org).

  15. SUPER SUPER SUPER – C O O L
    This is exactly what I was waiting for for my magazine-like blog
    I can not explain you how happy I am.
    Now I just have to understand how all that works, hope someone will publish some video-tutorials.
    Thank you guys.

  16. I may be wrong but I would think wooCommerce would have been a higher priority than blog posting. Just my personal preference based on most of the sites we are developing are for business and products.

  17. Love what you guys are doing, but one of my favorite aspects of Elementor is how it leaves behind content when you remove the plugin…would love to see this happen with themes. Right now if I disable the plugin the customizations vanish.

    I imagine this is because you are probably storing the changes in the database, which is completely understandable, but would love to see these generated out as traditional template files. Theoretically to the point where one could design a theme using Elementor, package it up, and distribute it without Elementor (not that you’d actually want to ;-)).

    Anything that prevents lock-in, I’m a fan of. 🙂

  18. Could it be so that the Elementor folks will truly integrate Woo + WP including Woo Archive pages? At Beaver-Themer-level – but Elementor-simple? 😀

  19. I’m a little confused… wasn’t this already released with version 2? In this blog article https://elementor.com/introducing-theme-builder/ from April it mentions single template and archive template ability? What is the difference here please?

    Also why do the video links to Youtube throughout this article say coming soon if it’s already available, such as ‘Coming Soon – Learn about the archive template’ but then you click and it does nothing as the links are hashtags so the page just refreshes?

    Please help me understand haha

  20. At 1:46 – How did you do that? Make the post title with the white background lie halfway up on the featured image?

  21. I know we are asking for a lot from Elementor being that it’s one of the newest page builders on the market, but I am also waiting for a Pods integration. Hope that they can get to this soon. Beaver bulder has a very nice pods integration, but I don’t want to buy another theme builder. I want to stick with Elementor. PLEASE…..

  22. Toolset Integration…..Please please. They are now in v3.0 for types and I asked about the Integration with Elementor….To he frank they said it lies solely on your doorstep…..Please don’t break the promise you made when v2.0 launched. A full and deep integration with Toolset. Or even a Beta, we relying on this things to create fully diverse websites.

  23. Great stuff guys. Any webinar planned around how to create a new single blog post with Elementor now? The 2min overview is pretty high level, rushed and assumes there is content already to pull through. What about a from-scratch version for people building a new site? After all WordPress began as – and still fundamentally is – a blogging platform so it doesn’t get more important than posts. #fingerscrossed

  24. We really need that extended to CPT. I’m on the Pods side but an integration ACF + CTP UI will be also awesome ! Well done !

  25. Please, could you include an option in Archive Builder to allow the full post with formatting to be shown, rather than just an excerpt or nothing? I can do it using Premium Addons for Elementor, but the rest of the widget’s styling is far inferior to what is available in Archive Builder. I think it could be a very useful addition!

  26. Is there any plan to allow dynamic content in the Post Widget? Or, the ability to build custom skins?

    Right now I have to use AnyWhere Elementor Pro to build skins that contain dynamic content and display them in my CPT archives.

    The less plugins I have to work with the better.

  27. This is already possible but one only issue that Sidebar goes away but remaining everything is perfect and make as you need to make, infect can put video as background for Product Archive Product individual grid blocks and social media icons too. the possibilities are endless 🙂 let me know if u want to know.

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