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JetEngine Plugin: Overview and Review

JetEngine is a great WordPress plugin to add dynamic content to Elementor. You can use it to create both custom fields and custom post types. Also, there are several features you can unlock such as listing builder and profile builder.

As you know, one of the features available on Elementor Pro is the ability to add dynamic content. However, by default, you can only add default dynamic content of WordPress such as featured image, post meta (date, time, comment counts, and so on), post title, page title, site title, author info, author meta, WooCommerce product price, WooCommerce product stock, and so on. There are no options to add custom dynamic content types like custom post types, custom fields, or custom taxonomies. You can use use JetEngine to fill the gap.

If you have ever used the ACF plugin before, JetEngine is pretty similar to it. The difference is, JetEngine is developed specifically for Elementor (Initially. It is now also supports Gutenberg and Bricks Builder). You can use it to create custom dynamic content types and then add them to your Elementor designs or Gutenberg.

What is JetEngine?

JetEngine is a part of JetPlugins, a set of premium Elementor add-ons developed by Crocoblock. There are 18 add-ons in the set in total. As mentioned earlier, JetEngine is a plugin to create custom content types in WordPress, much like ACF. The difference is, this plugin is designed specifically for Elementor. The custom content types are created in the JetEngine backend (dashboard) and you can then add them to your Elementor designs via the Elementor editor.

You can create custom content types according to the needs of the website you want to create. Some custom content types you can create with JetEngine are:

  • Custom post types
  • Custom fields
  • Custom taxonomies
  • Custom forms
  • Listing items
  • Dynamic calendar
  • Dynamic gallery
  • Dynamic map
  • And several other custom content types

The default setting of JetEngine can only be used to create listing items, custom post types, custom fields, and custom taxonomies. To be able to create other custom content types, you need to enable the modules.

JetEngine is a paid plugin that costs $43 per year. A bit cheaper than ACF Pro which costs $49 per year. You can get JetEngine on the official website of Crocoblock.

How JetEngine Works

As we mentioned in the intro section, you can create the custom content types in the JetEngine backend and use the custom content types you created on the Elementor editor when creating a page or template.

This is great as you don’t need to ruin your design to change the values or add new items of the dynamic content on your design. Every change you made on the dynamic content won’t affect your design.

To give you an overview, let’s take an example by creating some custom fields. Go to JetEngine -> Meta Boxes on your WordPress dashboard. Click the Add New button to create a new custom fields group.

On the next step, you can add the custom fields you need as well as set the required information such as the name of the custom fields group, where you want to assign it, and so on. You can click the Add Meta Box button on the right side to publish the custom fields group.

To use the custom fields group you have just created, you can create a new page with Elementor (or edit an existing one). Add any widget (i.e. the Heading widget) and go to the left panel to set the content. Instead of typing the text, you can click the database icon. You will a JetEngine options block.

To use the custom fields you have just created, you can select the Custom Field option and select the custom fields you want to use on the Field dropdown menu.

For custom content types like forms, listing grid, or calendar, you need to add the widgets offered by JetEngine (which you can find on the LISTING ELEMENTS widgets block). The concept is the same. You need to create the content first on the JetEngine backend before being able to select any content variable.

In addition to custom content types, you can also use JetEngine to add default dynamic content types of WordPress such as post title, post meta, post excerpt, user profile, post thumbnail, and so on.

You can use the Dynamic Field widget, Dynamic Image widget, and Dynamic Meta widget to add default dynamic content types of WordPress.

JetEngine Modules

Again, the default setting of JetEngine can only be used to create listing items, custom post types, custom fields, and custom taxonomies. To be able to create other custom content types like custom calendar, custom gallery, and custom forms, you need to enable the associated modules first. To do so, you can go to JetEngine -> JetEngine on your WordPress dashboard. On the Modules tab, select the modules you want to enable and click the Save button.

As you can see in the image above, there are 10 modules offered by JetEngine.

1. Grid Gallery for Dynamic Field Widget

You can use this module to display the image galleries of the default post type (blog posts). To do so, you need to create a custom fields group and assign it to Posts. Make sure to add the gallery field when adding the custom meta fields.

2. Slider Gallery for Dynamic Field Widget

Same as the first module above, you can also this module to display image galleries of the default post type. The difference is, the module displays images in a slider form instead of a grid.

3. QR Code for Dynamic Field Widget

You can use this module to display the QR codes using the Dynamic Field widget of JetEngine.

4. Calendar

You can enable this module if you want to create a dynamic calendar with JetEngine. This module is great to create a dynamic event calendar page on your website.

5. Forms

You need to enable this module to create a custom form with JetEngine. You can use the Forms module to create a wide range of forms. From a simple contact form, email opt-in form, user registration form, front-end content submission form, booking form, and so on. There are 17 field types you can use. Also, you can set conditional logic for form fields.

6. Listing Grid Injections

You can use module to display listing templates with different style settings. For more detailed instructions about listing template, you can read this article.

7. Profile Builder

This module allows you to create personal accounts for the users on your website and gives them the possibility to submit information to your website via a frontend form.

8. Maps Listings

You can use this module to add a dynamic map to a listing item. This module is great to create websites that need map info such as real estate listing sites.

9. Dynamic Visibility for Widgets and Sections

This module allows you to define parameters of visibility for every element on the page. The element will only be displayed if meets certain criteria. You can, for instance, hide a certain element on your website for logged users, users with a certain role, and so on. You can use this module to restrict certain content to certain users dynamically. When this module is enabled, you will see a new options block called Dynamic Visibility on the Advanced tab on the Elementor widget panel.

10. Data Stores

On big websites like Amazon, Goodreads, and IMDb, there are features to add products, books, and movies to wishlist. The Data Stores module is used to add the similar feature to your website. You can also add a like feature and show your users how many times a certain item has been liked by other users.

JetEngine is a great solution if you want to create a dynamic, complex WordPress website with Elementor. It allows you to create and add custom dynamic content types that are not supported by Elementor Pro such as custom post types, custom fields, dynamic calendar, listing items, and so on. Combined with Elementor Pro, you will have deathly ammunitions to create dynamic websites with Elementor although you can also use JetEngine on Elementor Free.

Final Thought – JetEngine Review

The ability to create listing items allows you to create websites like real estate listing websites or directory websites, while the versatile Forms module allows you to create advanced forms like frontend submission form, user registration form, booking form, and so on.

JetEngine is a great tool to unlock the power of WordPress as a flexible, fully customized content management system. Without needing to have coding skills, you can create complex websites with it. JetEngine and Elementor are a perfect mate. You can use JetEngine to create the core functions/features of your website and then use Elementor to style them up.

If you have never used a similar plugin before (i.e. ACF as the popular similar plugin), it will take time for you to learn how to use JetEngine. After using it and digging it deeper, you will realize how useful the plugin would be.

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Aliko Sunawang

Aliko Sunawang

Aliko is a WordPress expert and lead blogger at WPPagebuilders. He has been blogging with WordPress since 2012. He is responsible of all content published on this website.
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2 thoughts on “JetEngine Plugin: Overview and Review”

  1. We received a warning from our hoster about this plugin.

    At WP Engine we take the security of your sites very seriously, and make every effort to keep our customers aware of any potential security risks. We are reaching out to you today because we identified your site(s), ***, is (are) utilizing a vulnerable version of the JetEngine plugin.”

    However I cannot update it.

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