One of the features offered by Elementor Pro is the ability to add dynamic content (read: Elementor Free vs Elementor Pro). This feature allows you to add dynamic content to your designs, be it pages or theme builder templates. Although this feature is useful enough to create dynamic WordPress websites with Elementor, it has some downsides. You can only add default dynamic content types 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. JetEngine was created to fill the hole.
If you have ever used the ACF plugin before, JetEngine is pretty similar to it. The difference is, JetEngine is developed specifically for Elementor and Gutenberg. 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. You can read this article for more detailed instructions.
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, JetEngine can also be used 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.
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 images are displayed 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.
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.
You need to enable this module to create a custom form with JetEngine. The JetEngine Forms module can be used to create a wide range of forms. From a simple contact form, email opt-in form (can be connected to Mailchimp, ActiveCampaign, and GetResponse), 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.
- Functionality: (5 / 5)
- Easy of use: (4.5 / 5)
- Compatibility with Elementor: (5 / 5)
- Price: (5 / 5)
- Overall quality: (5 / 5)