Crocoblock* roared onto the Elementor* addon stage just a little more than 2 months ago. With some announcements in the various Facebook Elementor groups, we all learned of some sort of mega-addon that was going to be available for Elementor. When I first checked it out, I was skeptical. Why? Well, first of all, the name threw me. That weird name…Crocoblock, plus all of the various elements that were included were named JetThis or JetThat or JetTheOtherThing (you get the idea). All of this from a company called Zemez whose presence seemed to focus around Themeforest offerings. All of this mishmash of names bothered me. I can’t say why exactly. It just seemed odd. Still, I looked into it a little and considered buying in right at first, but I wasn’t convinced it would be worth it. A lot of Elementor widgets? Maybe that’s a good thing, but I wasn’t willing to fork out the money to find out more.
Two months later, and I’ve now been given access to Crocoblock to see what I think about it. (* This means I’m evaluating the product, and I’ve been given affiliate links to use, so yes, links in this post are affiliate links. As always, I’ll tell you what I like and what I dislike about a product regardless of any affiliate links I use).
Even though I was given access to the product, I still considered walking away simply from lack of time. However, I’d seen quite a few posts on the Elementor Facebook group praising Crocoblock since it first began, so I decided to make the time to see if Crocoblock is full of snappy bite or if it is really just toothless.
A little overwhelming…
There is a LOT going on in Crocoblock, so I found it difficult to orient myself at first. But Crocoblock does an excellent job of providing plenty of links to documentation, videos, etc. and that really helps. The installation wizard was very nicely done as well, so kudos for that.
Crocoblock comes with various Jet Plugins, each containing a set of Elementor addons to help in the design process. There are so many of these, and they are grouped into various plugins, that it can be confusing, so I’ll attempt to summarize them now. They are:
JetElements: These are the main set of Elementor widgets that Crocoblock supplies, including some standard offerings such as Buttons, Pricing Tables, and Testimonials, but it also comes with a healthy supply of unique widgets such as Image Comparison, Scroll Navigation, and Circle Progress. One of the most important features was the WooCommerce widgets, but that will become less important pretty quickly, now that Elementor Pro will include similar functionality. So the set of widgets is good, but if this were the only thing Crocoblock offered, I wouldn’t be overly impressed. But … there’s more.
JetMenu: This might be my favorite aspect of Crocoblock. The ability to create a mega menu, in the same drag-and-drop way you’re used to when creating any Elementor section, is a thing of beauty. It’s best to just watch the quick video below to grasp the reason I like it so much. Honestly, it’s not like I even need to create mega menus very often. But when I do…well…this is the way I want to do it.
JetBlog: These are your post widgets. Elementor already allows for this, but JetBlog has some nicely styled post layouts that give you that instant look of a professionally laid out group of posts. Whether you are looking for a magazine-style layout or any number of list or tile layouts, you’ll create it easily with JetBlog. It also comes with a Text Ticker, but I’m not thrilled with it so much. It reminds me too much of the old Marquee HTML element, and no one wants that. 🙂
JetTabs: This helps create tabbed and accordion elements. These are nice, although I don’t use these types of elements enough in my usual designs, so I don’t have a lot to say about them.
JetReviews: I often review things, so I’m always happy to play around with Review plugins or widgets. I have a couple of issues with JetReviews however. First, I couldn’t find it! As it turned out, it didn’t automatically install along with the skin I chose when I first installed Crocoblocks. I’d forgotten that different skins include only the JetPlugins that they need, so it took a while for me to figure out why I didn’t have a Review widget. Once I found it and installed it (in the Crocoblocks admin area), it showed up in my widgets list as expected. Like any other widget, you can just drag it onto the page and start designing and adding your content. But I’m used to using Review plugins that are already setup in advance. I don’t want to have to remember which features I’m rating and recreate those every time I review something. So, for instance, if I’m rating recipes, I might want to rate the prep time, the flavor, and the nutritional value. I don’t want to have to set those up each time. I want those there, waiting for me, so I can just assign a number of stars, and move on. Perhaps I can do that with JetReviews…maybe saving one as a template would do the trick, I don’t know. I got frustrated and felt it was all just too much work. That might just be me. It probably is. You might love JetReviews. Maybe I would too if I gave it another chance. But again…time is limited, and this one just took too much of my time, so I moved on.
JetWoobuilder: Before Elementor decided to go all in with Woo widgets, this was a big deal. Now, it’s less of a big deal, but it’s still a worthy feature. After all, EVERYONE who uses Woocommerce wants to be able to easily create or edit Woo templates. Crocoblock is one of the few easy ways to do that now.
JetTricks: Think of tricks as visual and animated pop effects. This may be in the form of a widget, such as the Hotspots widget (which I thought was a little awkward to use), or it may be in the form of additional options added to other widgets. For example, on the Advanced tab of a normal Image widget, you’ll find a new section called JetTricks that gives the ability use parallax or satellite effects to the image. I’m not even sure what the satellite effect is, though it seems to enable to add text to the image. Anyway, ran out of time to figure that one out.
JetBlocks: This is a set of widgets to help design custom headers and footers. You can drag and drop login forms, shopping cart, search, etc. to your headers and footers. I like it. This is useful for almost everyone.
JetThemeCore: These are pre-built design templates to kickstart your page designs. Just like Elementor page blocks, JetThemeCore gives you a headstart by choosing a template that you can easily edit. They use what is called the Magic Button for this. Click the Magic Button to reach the library of templates included with JetThemeCore.
JetEngine: This is the latest feature of Crocoblock, and it is one a lot of people will love. It enables adding dynamic content to the page. Crocoblock describes this new feature this way:
JetEngine makes it simple to:
- Add custom post types and taxonomies.
- Create post type and taxonomy templates.
- Display templates in lists and grid blocks.
- Use unique widgets and layout customization
That’s bound to be useful in specific situations, although I probably won’t need it all that often.
NotAJetName: On top of all of this, Crocoblock provides the Kava Pro theme. I’m a huge GeneratePress fan, obviously, but Kava Pro has plenty of customization features, so for what is essentially a freebie, the theme is nice. Plus, it comes with lots of “skins” (demo themes) to choose from, which can be very useful.
Crocoblock Price: For $49/year for unlimited sites, (or $299 LIFETIME unlimited), that’s a lot of features. Heck, it’s a TON of features. Many of them are features I wouldn’t use often, if at all. Some of them, though, are ones I really like a lot. So the price is right, if you decide you need Crocoblock.
On or Off The Fence
I’m still on the fence about whether or not I really *need* Crocoblock. Elementor Pro gives me most of what I need already. Crocoblock does add a lot of functionality, and those functions are probably super useful to some users. I know I’ll DEFINITELY use the mega menu feature at some point, as well as the blog layouts, and a few of the widgets.
That’s the thing with Elementor addon bundles, whether we are talking about Crocoblock or any of the other ones available on the market or in the repository. They are all filled with widgets and elements that may or may not be useful to everyone. I usually download an Elementor addon bundle because I need one specific widget among many.
I guess that’s how I feel about Crocoblock. It has some fantastic elements, but it also has many that I just don’t need. That will probably be true for everyone. If it contains something you need, it’s a great deal. I guess the best thing to do is watch the videos, try out the demos on the Crocoblock website, and see if it has what you need. If so, it’s worth it.
But That Name…
So what about that name anyway? It’s still weird, and I still think it’s awkward to have so many conflicting names (JetNames, Zemez, Crocoblock…), but who am I to criticize their marketing efforts, right? Regardless of their naming choices, the product seems to be pretty solid.
It will take me a lot more time to become fully acquainted with all of the Crocoblock elements, but my initial concerns about it have been satisfied. Check out the demos, see if it has something you need. You’ll probably like it.
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