Is Elementor Good For Building A Website?
What People See In Elementor
Human beings value intuitive and user-friendly interfaces, free from cumbersome instruction manuals. That’s what cemented Elementor’s widespread ubiquity as a WordPress-powered drag-and-drop website builder. 8% of the world’s websites have used Elementor as their primary builder of choice.
A simple installation and a few clicks, and voila! Your webpage has been officially minted.
The barrier to learning is virtually non-existent. As long you know how to operate a standard mouse, you’re all set. For non-technical business owners searching for a low-cost and efficient builder, Elementor is the household staple in this industry.
But beneath the largesse of obvious strengths, there are hidden sticking points that are damaging to the overall health of the website.
What We See
As Brisbane’s leading WordPress developer, we have a proclivity for building things from the ground up. That’s why we start with the web rudiments, using WordPress as the primary Content Management System (CMS) of choice. There’s a reason 43% of websites on the Worldwide Web use WordPress.
Every graphic, every element and every line of code is deliberately built from scratch, each bespoke website tightly optimised to match your business expectations, needs, and objectives. We spend quality time tweaking the back end and beautifying the front end.
However, Elementor is a popular tool that isn’t found in our cache. And the reasons for its exclusion are rather straightforward:
1. Elementor Restricts Creativity
Elementor’s unique selling point (USP) is to provide a barrierless shortcut to building a website without a prerequisite baseline of coding knowledge. This is a fantastic solution for business owners who want to build their sites themselves without the steep learning curve.
However, building a website with Elementor limits you to the predetermined visual assets, elements, and blueprints in their catalogue. With the mass integration of Elementor as the go-to option, Elementor-built websites will start exhibiting similar aesthetics and layout. Creativity is, therefore, stifled in favour of user-friendliness.
With full-fledged coding, the world is your oyster and how you choose to build a website is limited to your versatility in it. An artist is only as talented as their mastery of the paintbrush.
2. Elementor Is Resource-Intensive
Elementor’s drag-and-drop feature is both its bane and boon. Granted, Elementor equips business owners to pump out websites populated with complex graphics, video embedding and functional forms.
However, Elementor relies upon incredibly bloated HTML, which is a massive drag on how fast your website can load. Pair that with a multiplicity of unused CSS/JS scripts, plugins and themes and you are left with slow and unresponsive pages that leave a distasteful user experience.
Plus, business owners have a tendency to maximise media-rich content without a firm grasp of page-speed optimisation and load times, sacrificing the latter for the former. To the detriment of the business, customers are left wanting (and waiting).
On the contrary, relying on a Brisbane WordPress Developer like us provides you unlimited flexibility in how you want your website to look, load, and feel.
3. Elementor is Bad For SEO
We’ve discussed SEO in great detail in the past. And page-speed scores are an incontrovertible fact of life. Page speed is an influential metric that determines if an online visitor chooses to stay or bounce from your website’s landing page.
In comparison, a custom-built website using lightweight and optimised HTML, CSS and JS gives them a competitive advantage regarding search engine page rankings and consumer visibility. As our previous article alludes, attention spans are dwindling by the second. If SEO is your top priority (as is most businesses), Elementor will prove to be a double-edged sword.
4. Elementor Is Buggy
Like all pieces of software, Elementor can be replete with buggy inconsistencies and glitches that throw off the appearance or interface of your website. In the worst circumstances, these are unfixable bugs that require an official patch released by Elementor themselves. Should this situation transpire, your website would be at the mercy of their support team.
And this is not hypothetical! This has, indeed, transpired before during the rollout of Elementor 3.0, which was replete with infrastructural glitches and flaws. The support which was followed was slow to resolve the above issues as a result of a lack of quality staffing. While the company has fairly acknowledged the lapses in timely assistance, expect similar hurdles moving forward.
There is no definitive crash course to coding. HTML, CSS, and JS are skill sets that require virtuoso-level mastery. Elementor is a shortcut to constructing a website, but it’s a small-picture solution. That’s where our Brisbane WordPress Developer fits into the big picture.
HTML, CSS, and JS are acronyms that form the basis of what we do on a day-to-day basis. Having built 50 websites, our agency has a rich portfolio of state-of-the-art website design that maximises the user experience, SEO, and page speeds. And we never compromise on any of them. A website needs to captivate, load fast and be readily visible to time-poor searchers.
But we’re not just soulless automatons punching away at each line of code! We’re creatives at heart, and we take our time to evaluate your business’s needs, wants, and hopes before embarking on the website-building journey.
Building a website is a journey of discovery, not a fixed destination, and we are fully committed to travelling that journey with you. Whatever hitches may arise, we’re readily equipped to tackle them.
Let’s organise a meeting of the minds before we embark on this journey together! We’d like to know the brains behind the brand first. Shoot us a message or give us a call, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Let’s talk, don’t be a stranger 🗣️.