Follow These 5 Simple Steps
- Install GeneratePress, available for free from the WordPress theme repository.
For maximum value, at an extremely low price, grab the Premium addons plugin. At only $39.95, you get all of the following:
- All 14 add-ons & future releases
- Unlimited websites
- Lifetime usage
- 1 year of updates & support
- 30 day money back guarantee
- Install Elementor, available for free from the WordPress plugin repository.
While the free version has everything you need to create amazing page designs, the Pro version kicks that up quite a few notches, giving you more ways to create outstanding designs.
- Show off your posts in lists, grids, masonry, or blog layouts, with filters and more.
- Live form editor, which is so cool when you first experience it. Oh so much better than the way other forms are built.
- Save a widget that you carefully designed as Global widget, and use it anywhere on your site. Change it once, and it instantly reflects that change everywhere it is used.
- Live custom CSS - make a change and see it live. Super nice!
- Embed anywhere - this one is possibly the most loved feature by everyone. Embed a template (one you created or from a 3rd party), anywhere - in sidebars, footers, etc. This gives you amazing control.
- More and better of everything. More templates, more widgets, better slider, and amped-up Woocommerce widgets.
Technically, you could stop here and call it done. But there are a few more free plugins I recommend, to make sure your experience is better.
- Install the More Responsive Tablet 4 Elementor (MRT4E) plugin.
It's a long name, but it does supply a crucial element that Elementor lacks. It gives you control over how your page elements function in tablet mode. Elementor already gives you fine control over desktop and mobile, but tablet control was left out. MRT4E is the answer to that problem. No configuration needed. Just install it, and instantly you have the same controls for tablet as you do for mobile and desktop in the Responsive options.
- Install the Code Snippets plugin.
Don't freak out. I know you expect to never have to deal with code. But just in case your no-code bubble ever bursts (and it usually will), you'll be ready. Instead of adding code to your functions.php file, like so many tutorials suggest, you should manage them easily with a plugin designed for it. No more messing up your functions file, and bringing your site crashing down in the process. With its Safe Mode feature, if something goes wrong, you can quickly delete the last snippet, and return to normal.
- The last plugin that I consider essential is the Simple Lightbox plugin.
I'm not sure why Elementor left image lightbox functionality out, but it's a "simple" matter to add it in. Once activated, all images will automatically be displayed in a lightbox when clicked on. There are plenty of options to help you present the lightbox in a myriad of ways.
Of course, there are plenty of other plugins you may need for your own purposes. Some are directly related to either Elementor or GeneratePress, while others are more general in nature. But these 5 steps will give you the solid foundation you need to create beautiful, and beautifully functional, WordPress content. Have fun desiging!