One of the features offered by Elementor Pro is the ability to add dynamic content, which is very crucial to create theme builder templates. If you still don’t want to use Elementor Pro for a certain reason (probably you hate a subscription-based payment model), you can give JetEngine a try. What is that?
JetEngine is a premium Elementor add-on that allows you to add dynamic content to your Elementor page or template, just like Elementor Pro. The add-on is developed by Crocoblock. Unlike Elementor, Crocoblock offers two options to get JetEngine: with a subscription-based and one-time purchase option. You can get it on the official website of Crocoblock.
What type of dynamic content you can add with JetEngine?
First, you can use JetEngine to add the default dynamic content types of WordPress such as featured image and post meta. Second, you can use JetEngine to create custom fields and custom post types. JetEngine itself comes with modules, which allow you to create other content types like form, calendar, and map.
Here are 8 of the things you can do with JetEngine.
1. Creating Forms
JetEngine is a versatile add-on. In addition to allowing you to add dynamic content, you can also use it to create a form. You can use JetEngine to create several types of forms. From a simple contact form, a user registration form to a front-end post submission form. The form builder feature of JetEngine supports the following field types:
- Text Area
Creating a form with JetEngine takes two processes. First, you create the form on the JetEngine backend. Second, you style up the form on the Elementor editor. Before being able to create a form using JetEngine, you need to enable the Forms module from the JetEngine settings page.
If you need to connect your form with a third-party service such as Mailchimp and GetResponse, you can also do so. JetEngine itself supports 11 action types.
2. Creating Custom Fields
Pods and Advanced Custom Fields are two popular custom field plugins for WordPress, but if you use Elementor, you should try JetEngine as well, which is designed exclusively for Elementor. You can create the custom fields on the JetEngine backend and then use the custom fields you created on the Elementor editor. JetEngine supports the following field types:
- Text area
- Icon picker
- Color picker
When creating a custom field group with JetEngine, you can assign it whether to an existing content type like blog posts, pages, or even custom post types. You can read this article for detailed instructions on how to add custom fields in Elementor using JetEngine.
3. Displaying Default Fields
JetEngine is an Elementor add-on designed specifically to allow you to add dynamic content. You can use it as an Elementor Pro alternative to adding default WordPress fields like post meta (post date and post author) and featured image. You can also use JetEngine to add dynamic terms (categories and tags), and dynamic links.
4. Creating Custom Post Types
Say you want to create a movie review website with WordPress+Elementor. Instead of the default post type (blog post) or page, you can write the reviews on a custom post type. While for the default post type, you can use it to create regular articles like news or opinion. On the custom post type, you can add custom fields like movie rating/score, movie genre, review summary, and so on.
In WordPress, a custom post type is treated differently than the default post type. It won’t display anywhere unless you display it manually. You can read our previous article to learn more about WordPress custom post type. With JetEngine installed and activated, you don’t need to install an extra WordPress plugin to create a custom post type as it allows you to create one. We have a separate article that covers it.
5. Creating Custom Taxonomies
In WordPress, there are two default taxonomies: categories and tags. They are intended to organize your articles. You can use categories to put together articles on more general topics. While for tags, you can use them to put together articles on more specific topics.
Is it possible to create custom taxonomies? Yes. JetEngine is one of the plugins that you can use to create a custom taxonomy. You can create a custom taxonomy for the default post type, custom post type, media, form, and other types of content in WordPress.
6. Creating Listing Grid
Say you have a project to create a lodging rental website for your client. Your client asks you to display the lodgings in a listing. When clicking an item on the listing, the visitors will be redirected to a detailed page about the item/lodging. Take a look at the example below.
With JetEngine, you can create a sort of website like the one above. JetEngine comes with a Listing Grid widget which you can use to create a listing page like the one above. It takes two main components to create a listing page with Elementor and JetEngine: custom post type and listing template. We have a separate article that covers it in case you are interested.
Since you can also use JetEngine to create a form, you can add a form to your listing template. If you want to add booking functionality to your listing template, you can install JetBooking, another Elementor add-on developed by Crocoblock.
7. Creating Dynamic Calendar
Want to create a dynamic calendar on your WordPress site? Again, you don’t need to install a new plugin if you have JetEngine installed and activated. You just need to enable the Calendar module to create one. The concept of dynamic calendar is pretty similar to a listing page above. You display your events in a calendar. When visitors click the event, they will be redirected to the detailed page of the event as you can see on the example below.
8. Creating a Map Listing
If you want to create a lodging rental website, then map is a crucial element you need to add. Thanks to the Maps module, you can also use JetEngine to create a map listing. The concept is pretty similar to the dynamic calendar above whereby when your visitors click a map on the maps list, they will be redirected to the detailed page associated with the map. You can use the Maps module to add a feature to your website that allows your visitors to search for lodging by location.
The Bottom Line
Just like other businesses, cost production is a crucial aspect to notice in the web development business. Fewer cost production means more profit. That’s a very simple calculation. Often times, WordPress-based site developers install too many plugins to add a certain feature or functionality to the website they are working on. JetEngine is a great plugin to cut off cost production. In addition to the 8 examples above we covered above, you can also use JetEngine to create a dynamic repeater, user-editable profile, and more.