It finally happened – ever since Elementor gobbled up $15 million in funding, I was waiting for them to launch their own official Elementor Cloud product to go beyond being “just” a plugin and start morphing into a full website building solution.
Elementor has already expanded with features like full theme building, dynamic content, a popup builder, etc. These features let you control pretty much every part of your site’s front-end display from one tool – Elementor Pro. That’s a big part of why we like Elementor Pro so much, and also why we use it to control the design on WPLift (yes – you’re looking at an Elementor Pro-powered site right now).
However, before now, Elementor still couldn’t help you with the other part of running a website – the backend infrastructure and maintenance stuff. It’s not as flashy as glamorous, but it’s even more important than how your site looks on the front-end because a slow or unreliable website is going nowhere fast.
Elementor Cloud changes that. Now, from one service, you’ll be able to have Elementor help you with both the backend infrastructure and the frontend display. That means you can focus 100% on designing awesome websites for your clients and/or growing your own sites.
In this post, we’re going to dig into what Elementor Cloud offers. It’s still in beta at the time that we’re originally writing this post, but it should give you a good idea of what you should expect and how it can help you out.
What Is Elementor Cloud?
Elementor Cloud is kind of like managed WordPress hosting specifically for Elementor websites. Unlike something like Brizy Cloud, which is separate from WordPress, Elementor Cloud is still built on the full WordPress software that we all know and love.
The only big difference between it and self-hosted WordPress is that Elementor handles all of the setup and maintenance for you so that all you have to do is use Elementor Pro to design your site.
Obviously, it also comes with pre-installed Elementor and Elementor Pro so that you can start designing your site right away.
What’s Included With Elementor Cloud?
As I’ve mentioned, there are two parts to Elementor Cloud:
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- The backend infrastructure
- The front-end design tools
The backend infrastructure follows the same basic resource approach as most managed WordPress hosts, with limits based on storage, bandwidth, and visitors. Here are the current limits as of December 2020:
- 20 GB storage
- 50 GB bandwidth
- 25,000 monthly visits
That should work for most of the sites that people are using Elementor to build, though it obviously won’t work for super high traffic sites.
You also can bring your own custom domain name and you’ll get access to built-in free SSL certificates. Elementor will also back up your site every 24 hours and you’ll get access to support.
There’s also a nice feature for people who build client sites (which is a lot of Elementor users) – while you’re working on a site, you can make it private and lock it behind an access code. This is neat if you’re working on a client site and want to give your client access while still keeping the site private from anonymous visitors.
On the front-end, Elementor Cloud also comes with three pre-installed tools:
- The free version of Elementor
- Elementor Pro
- The free Hello Elementor theme
Basically, it comes pre-installed with everything that you need to start building your site with Elementor.
Beyond that, you’ll still be able to install your own WordPress plugins (with a few restrictions, like a managed WordPress host).
Can You Use Other Plugins With Elementor Cloud?
Yes! Unlike some other cloud solutions, Elementor Cloud is still pretty much fully-functioning WordPress. That means you’ll be able to install your own WordPress plugins to go along with Elementor/Elementor Pro.
For example, you can install Yoast SEO, Toolset, LearnDash, etc. Pretty much any plugin.
There are just a few restrictions, though.
First off, you can’t use another page builder plugin (like Beaver Builder or Divi). I don’t really think this is too onerous since you’re probably pretty set on Elementor if you’re using Elementor Cloud. Basically – it would be weird to sign up for Elementor Cloud if you’re planning to use Divi.
You also can’t use some performance plugins – I assume because Elementor Cloud is already implementing these popular performance techniques for you.
Finally, there are some random-seeming restrictions like not being able to use qTranslate X, Image Map Pro, or WP Clone.
All in all, though, you should be able to use pretty much any plugin that you need.
Elementor Cloud Pricing
At the time that we’re writing this Elementor Cloud introduction, Elementor has not publicly released pricing information yet. I imagine it should be competitively priced with other managed WordPress hosts, but we just don’t know yet.
It’s also going to be bundled with Elementor Pro, which should offer even more value since it means you no longer need to purchase Elementor Pro separately from your hosting.
We’ll update this section when we know more about how much Elementor Cloud will cost.
Other Elementor Cloud FAQs
Let’s quickly run over some other questions that you might have about Elementor Cloud…
Does Elementor Cloud include Elementor Pro?
Yes! You get Elementor Pro as part of your Elementor Cloud subscription.
Is there a free trial?
Yes! You’ll be able to try it out for 21 days for free.
Can I use my own domain name with Elementor Cloud?
Yes! While your site will start off with a free Elementor subdomain by default, you can easily connect your own custom domain name when you’re ready to go live.
Can you host multiple sites with Elementor Cloud?
Not during the beta, but I imagine this feature will be added soon,
Does Elementor Cloud include staging sites?
It doesn’t at the time that we’re writing this post, but Elementor does have this feature on their roadmap, so it’s in the plans. I imagine this is something that a lot of people will want, so it will certainly make its way into the system.
Additionally, remember that it does include a feature to let you protect your site while it’s under development.
Does Elementor back up my site?
Yes! Elementor will automatically back up your site every day.
Can I migrate my site away from Elementor Cloud if I want to switch to a host?
Yes! You can move your site to another host if you decide that Elementor Cloud isn’t for you. Remember – it’s still WordPress, so you can move to your own self-hosted install if you want.
Can I migrate my existing site to Elementor Cloud?
No! Currently, you cannot migrate an existing site to Elementor Cloud. It only works for sites that you’ve created from scratch on the platform.
As we answered above, though, you can go in the other direction and migrate your site away from Elementor Cloud to another WordPress host.
Does Elementor Cloud offer support?
Yes – you’ll get support every day from 7 am to 11 pm GMT+2.
How to Get Started With Elementor Cloud
As I mentioned, Elementor Cloud is currently in beta, so you can’t just go and sign up for it right away.
If you want to try it out, click the button below to go to the Elementor Cloud site and put your name on the list for beta access.
And if you want to learn more about Elementor Pro in general and why we think it’s the best page/website builder for WordPress, check out our detailed Elementor review or click the button below to go to the Elementor Pro website: