Using the free version of Elementor, you only touch the surface area of the Elementor ocean, which is extremely deep. The premium version of Elementor comes with advanced features like theme builder, popup builder, global widget, dynamic content, form builder, and a number of extra widgets. One of the reasons why some users don’t want to upgrade to Pro is because Elementor accepts only a subscription-based payment option.
The same case as Adobe’s products. Today, all of Adobe’s products, including Photoshop and Lightroom, are only available with a subscription-based payment option. Something that many users complain about.
Many WordPress users love Elementor because it has a very light interface that offers a pretty cool user experience. No need to click a button to save a change, live-preview, wide canvas area. You name it.
If you are the sort of person who hates a subscription-based payment model, there are lots of add-ons you can install to replace Elementor Pro features that you can get with a one-time purchase option. Here is the list we recommend.
Theme Builder Alternative: Raven
One of the key features offered by Elementor Pro is the theme builder. This feature allows you to create a WordPress theme without coding. You can create custom theme parts like the header, footer, single post layout, 404 page, archive page, and so on using Elementor visual editor. A custom theme part you created with Elementor will replace the default theme part of your active theme. Elementor Pro has the following widgets that you can use to create a custom theme part:
- Nav Menu
- Post Title
- Post Content
- Post Excerpt
- Post Comment
- Post Info
- Author Box
Raven has widgets to replace the Elementor Pro widgets above to allow you to create a custom theme part. Here are the key widgets offered by Raven:
- Navigation Menu
- Post Content
- Post Meta
- Post Comments
- Site Logo
In addition to the widgets above, Raven also has other widgets that you can use to add creative elements to a page, including Form, Tabs, Post Carousel, Photo Roller, and so on. You can our article here to learn more about Raven.
Raven itself is developed by Artbees, the developer of Jupiter X theme.
Popup Builder Alternative: JetPopup
The popup builder of Elementor is pretty cool. You can use it to create a beautiful popup without dealing with CSS or HTML. There are pre-made templates you can choose from to save you time in creating a popup.
You can use the popup builder of Elementor to create any sort of popup. From promotional popups, email subscription form popups, notification popups to a popup to create a full-screen menu. The popup builder of Elementor supports display conditions, allowing you to display a popup on a certain page within your website. You can also set how a popup appears.
JetPopup — developed by Crocoblock — is a great alternative to Elementor popup builder. The features offered by JetPopup are not much different from Elementor’s popup builder where you can also set where and how a popup appears. JetPopup supports the following trigger types:
- On page load
- Inactivity time after
- Page scrolled
- Try exit
- On date
- Custom selector click
There are 6 popup layouts that you can use to create a popup: classic, slide in, bar, bordering, full view, and full width. JetPopup also offers popup templates. There are about 64 popup templates you can choose from.
You can read this article to figure out the comparison between JetPopup and Elementor popup builder.
Form Builder Alternative: Raven
The pro version of Elementor has a Form widget that you can use to create a form. You can use it to create forms like a contact form, email subscription form, submission form, and so on. Some premium Elementor add-ons like Essential Addons and Happy Addons actually have widgets to create a form.
However, they don’t really allow you to create a form. Instead, the form is created via a third-party plugin (such as WPForms, Contact Form 7, and Gravity Forms), while the widgets they offer can only be used to style the form.
The Raven’s Form widget is different. It allows you to create a form, not just styling a form. There are about 14 field types that you can use to create a form with Raven, including Email, Date, Time, and Checkbox.
The Raven’s Form widget can be integrated with Mailchimp and HubSpot. If you use a form backend service like Getform and Formcarry, you can also connect your form with it thanks to the webhook integration.
Global Widget Alternative: WunderWP
Elementor Pro has some features to ease your job in creating a page or website, including global widgets.
What is a global widget?
When adding a widget to the canvas area of Elementor, you can add some styling options to make it look appealing. Once you are done with the styling process, you can save the widget as a global widget. A global widget is a widget with the styling options you have added to it. A global widget is reusable. You can add it to every new page you create.
WunderWP is an add-on that adds similar functionality to Elementor Free. This add-on allows you to save a widget you have customized for recurring use. The difference, the customized widgets are stored in the cloud. This gives you an advantage since you can use the widgets on different websites (websites on different domains).
In addition to allowing you to store customized widgets to the cloud, WunderWP also offers pre-made page templates and section templates. You can read our article here to learn more about WunderWP.
Dynamic Content Alternative: JetEngine
The dynamic content feature of Elementor Pro allows you to add dynamic content to a web page. The easiest example of the implementation of dynamic content is the featured image on the single post layout. The image will dynamically change according to the featured image you set on a single article. Elementor itself supports several dynamic content types. From post meta, archive description, archive meta, site title, data, author info, post URL, and so on.
JetEngine is an add-on that adds similar functionality to Elementor’s dynamic content feature. With JetEngine, you will be able to add dynamic image, dynamic link, dynamic terms, and dynamic meta (date, author, number or comments). JetEngine can also be used to create a custom post type in WordPress.
WooCommerce Builder Alternative: JetWooBuilder
Elementor Pro has some widgets that you can use to create an e-commerce website with WooCommerce. JetWooBuilder is a great alternative that you can use to create an e-commerce website with WooCommerce.
This add-on allows you to create a custom single product page, a custom archive product page, a custom product category page, and a custom shop page. There are several widgets you can use to create those custom pages.
JetWooBuilder also offers premade templates for single product page, product category page, and archive product to save you time.
Motion Effects Alternative: JetTricks
Elementor Pro allows you to create an attractive web page with several animation effects like parallax, flip box, scrolling effects, mouse effects, and 3D tilt effect. JetTricks is the add-on you need if you want to add animation effects to the page you are working on. This add-on allows you to add effects like parallax, sticky column, section particles, unfold, and hotpots.
Pro Widgets Alternative: JetElements
Elementor Free offers only about 30 widgets, while Elementor Pro offers more than 90 widgets (read: Elementor Free vs Elementor Pro).
In Elementor Pro, you have creative elements like Slides, Animated Headline, Price List, Price Table, Call to Action, Flip Box, and so on.
You can install JetElements to add extra widgets to your Elementor Free. This add-on comes with some creative widgets that are not available on Elementor, even Elementor Pro. Some key widgets offered by JetElements are:
- Advanced Map
- Image Comparison
- Pie Chart
- Pricing Table
- Team Member
- Vertical and Horizontal Timeline
JetElements adds 34 extra widgets to your Elementor in total.
Where to Get Those Add-ons?
All of the Elementor add-ons we covered above are available on the Jupiter X theme bundle. You can get all of the add-ons above with a one-time purchase option for $59.
Wait a moment.
With only $59, you will get a theme with $204 worth add-ons. Jupiter X is an Elementor-based WordPress theme that is bundled with JetPlugins, a set of premium Elementor add-ons developed by Crocoblock. The JetPlugins members included on the Jupiter X theme bundle are:
- JetBlog: $15 /year
- JetElements: $19 /year
- JetEngine: $19 /year
- JetMenu: $19 /year
- JetPopup: $19 /year
- JetSmartFilters: $19 /year
- JetTabs: $15 /year
- JetTricks: $15 /year
- JetWooBuilder: $19 /year
If you buy those add-ons individually, you need to spend a $159 yearly budget. Again, you can get those add-ons with a one-time purchase option with the Jupiter X theme bundle. Plus, you will also get over 250 website templates and over 100 Elementor block templates.