Do you build sites with Elementor for a living? If so, you’re going to want to check out our CrocoBlock review.
CrocoBlock is a toolkit for Elementor users that comes packed with tons of Elementor add-ons, heaps of pre-built demo sites and Elementor templates, and a flexible multipurpose base theme called Kava Pro.
Keep reading my CrocoBlock review for a look at how you can use all these goodies to build more creative websites with Elementor.
CrocoBlock Review: What You Get With The Package
Ok, so what all do you get when you subscribe to CrocoBlock?
There are two core parts.
First, there are the Jet plugins. These are different plugins that add extra functionality to the Elementor page builder.
There are a bunch, but here are the highlights:
- JetElements – adds 40+ new widgets that you can use in your Elementor designs.
- JetMenu – lets you create a mega menu using Elementor, and otherwise enhance your menus.
- JetBlog – gives you 4 unique widgets to display your blog posts, like tiles and a text ticker. Check out the demos here. I really love these.
- JetTabs – adds 4 new options for tabs and accordions. See demos.
- JetReviews – helps you add style to your reviews with review boxes and rating bars.
- JetTricks – enhances Elementor with new visual effects, like section particles, tooltips, hotspots, etc. See the demo for examples.
- JetWooBuilder – gives you a bunch of widgets to help you showcase products from WooCommerce.
- JetBlocks – lets you create headers and footers with Elementor, including 9 widgets and lots of settings (works with Elementor Pro 2.0)
While the rest of the review might make you think the two are an inseparable package – that’s not the case. You can use the plugins with any theme, including the other popular Elementor themes.
Hands-on With CrocoBlock
To get started, you can install the Jet Theme Wizard. Once you activate your license, it will automatically install the theme, including a nice feature that will automatically set up a child theme for you:
Once you install the child theme, you can choose from one of the many pre-defined demos. At the time that I’m writing this review, there are 34 different demo sites, which gives you a ton of variety to choose from:
CrocoBlock has done a good job of spreading these demos out over different niches, so you can probably find one that fits the niche for the site you’re building.
For this review, I’m going to pick the neat Journez travel agency template because it has a great example of the types of unique menus you’ll be able to create with CrocoBlock (check out the demo here).
When you go to install a demo, it will also prompt you to install some of those Jet plugins I shared above. You can select exactly what you want:
And then once you click Next, CrocoBlock will go ahead and install everything for you (which might take some time depending on how many plugins you have to install).
Then, you can choose what to do with the demo content. You can either:
- Add the demo content to your existing content (if you don’t want to lose content)
- Replace your content with the demo content (only do this on a blank install!)
- Skip the demo content altogether
And once the process finishes, your site should look exactly like the demo. Here’s my new travel agency:
So far – the onboarding process is pretty smooth! Let’s get to customizing.
Customizing Your Website With CrocoBlock
As you learned at the beginning, all the page designs are Elementor templates, with extra functionality from the Jet plugins thrown in.
This makes it super easy to customize everything because you’re just working with the normal drag-and-drop Elementor interface, but with a couple neat twists.
For the core pages, you’re using vanilla functionality, with the addition of all those new Jet widgets:
Let’s get into some of the more unique things, though…
Managing Headers And Footers
If you go to CrocoBlock → My Library in your WordPress dashboard, you can see a list of all the theme parts for your site:
To edit any of your theme parts, you still get to use the Elementor interface, as well as the Jet Blocks that let you dynamically insert important functionality. For example, here’s what it looks like to edit the header:
Customizing Your Menus For Even More Flexibility
To create the neat menu effect from my demo site, CrocoBlock uses the included JetMenu.
This plugin is pretty deep. And the way in which my demo site is using the hamburger menu is also unique.
What my demo site’s hamburger menu is doing is loading an Elementor template when a user clicks on it:
But JetMenu also lets you integrate right into the normal WordPress menu system to design menus using Elementor in that way:
If you want to see this method in action, check out this help video:
Figuring out the way in which the menu system worked took me a little time. But that’s definitely not a criticism because you get a lot of flexibility for how you set up your menus.
Using CrocoBlock’s “Magic Button”
As another Jet plugin add-on, CrocoBlock adds this Magic Button option to Elementor:
Basically, it expands on Elementor’s core functionality by including a huge array of templates from CrocoBlock.
When you click it, you can drop in:
- Full page designs
- Templates for headers, footers, archives, and singles
- Individual sections
- Any designs from your own template library
And all of them are organized by:
- Use (e.g. about, FAQ, etc.)
- Topic (e.g. Photographer, Real Estate, etc.)
I don’t have an exact count, but we’re definitely talking hundreds of templates here (these overlap with the pre-built demo sites, though).
Getting these in addition to all the regular Elementor templates gives you a ton of options for building great-looking pages without having to start from a blank canvas.
Exploring Some Of The Individual Jet Plugins
To round out this CrocoBlock review, I want to give you a look at a few of the other smaller features from the various Jet plugins, because it’s hard to capture them all.
First up, the Jet Tricks plugin adds three options to all of the regular Elementor widgets:
And you also get the neat Particle effect if you’re editing a section. For sections, you also get the Jet Sticky option which lets you create sticky sections:
One of my favorite new widgets is the Smart PostsTiles widget in the JetBlog plugin. This lets you create some unique-looking tile grids from your latest blog posts (or custom post types):
And like the regular Elementor Pro posts widgets, you get plenty of options for querying posts, like only choosing from specific categories or tags. You can even filter by custom field.
It’s hard to show you everything just because there are so many features – so I recommend checking out all the Jet plugins to see everything you get.
How Much Does CrocoBlock Cost?
You have three different plans to get access to everything you saw above, including:
- All the Jet plugins, which you can use with any theme
- The Kava Pro base theme
- All the pre-built demos/templates
First, there are two annual options, which give you a year of support and updates:
- 1 website – $49
- Unlimited websites – $79
Then, they have a lifetime plan, which I know all you developers and agencies will love.
You can pay $299 for lifetime access for unlimited sites.
I think that’s pretty good value for the money given how much you get with CrocoBlock.
Final Thoughts On CrocoBlock
If you build sites with Elementor for a living, I think this is a good one to have in your toolbelt.
It does some unique stuff that I haven’t seen with other Elementor add-ons. The way you can build menus is neat. And I love the blog post widgets.
The theme building parts probably aren’t quite as valuable if you have Elementor Pro 2.0. But you’ll still get access to the theme building widgets, which adds value even if you are using Elementor Pro.
It might take you a little while to figure out what exactly you can do with everything. But once you get over the learning curve, you’ll be making menus, adding Jet Tricks, and lots more in no time.