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While in the process of creating a social media marketing strategy for by start-up business I had the great pleasure to work with Carol Dunlop. It was an excellent experience in every way. Carol is very patient in working with social media novices such as myself. She explains opportunities, and how to maximize those opportunities, in easy to understand terms and provides hands-on guidance with each project and assignment. I would highly recommend Carol for work related to social media and web design. She is excellent.

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Here are things I like about working with CSI: - They are prompt in your appointments, emails, and replies. - They also clarify with the customer before doing work. - They communicate with the customer throughout the process to make sure everything is still understood. - Their billing is pretty thorough too. - And, their work is good. - There were few to no calls regarding mistake/ miscommunication here and there. If there was it was handled immediately.

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Owner
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Carol has been attending to Mom-Talent's website for several years. She is prompt, knowledgeable and easy to work with. She provides superior services at prices that are affordable.

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I like the one-on-one and the feed back that CSI gave me to get started. I had no idea as to how to begin my web page project. Thanks to CSI, I now have a web presence.

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Beginner’s Guide to Using Elementor for WordPress

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It’s here! 2020 has arrived. I’m so happy to see this new decade and New Year come in.

A new anything brings so many possibilities for learning and growth. Not to mention, it gives you the opportunity to start fresh.

That’s what we’re doing at CSI, starting fresh with some key elements that are crucial to your success with your website.

I’ve used Elementor for WordPress over a year now and I couldn’t be more thrilled with it. It’s a page builder plugin. I love the way it performs that it’s now our “go to” page designer for our websites. That goes for everything, including client sites.

There are a number of plugins like Elementor that can build landing pages or an entire website, but this one has proven to me to be the most flexible and user-friendly.

With that being said, I’m going to dive deep into how Elementor works and I’m taking you along for the ride.

Elementor

What is Elementor?

Elementor is a plugin that’s designed to be used with WordPress. It allows you to use drag & drop technology to create your landing pages or entire website.

Think about how Canva allows you to create beautiful designs quickly and you’ve got the gist of Elementor.

It works for designers like me as well as the non-techy crowd.

Here are some of the websites and landing pages we’ve built using Elementor.

Now let’s get to work building your website with Elementor.

 Elementor Install and Setup

First, you’ll need to install Elementor on your WordPress website.

You can either download it from Elementor.com or log into your WordPress dashboard and search for the plugin.

Installing via Elementor.com

  • Go to Elementor.com and click Free Download.
  • Enter your email address in the text box on the pop-up window.
  • Then, click Subscribe & Download.
  • In your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins > Add New.
  • Click Upload Plugin, and choose the .zip file you’ve downloaded for Elementor.
  • Click Install Now, and then Activate Plugin.

Installing via Your WordPress Dashboard

  • From your dashboard, click Plugins > Add New.
  • In the search field, enter Elementor and locate Elementor Page Builder.
  • Click Install Now. After installation, click Activate.

Once Elementor is installed, the fun begins.

Now you have access to some of the best designs ever, in my humble opinion.

Let’s make sure that your journey to awesomeness begins on a high note.

get started with elementor

First, go ahead and take the tour Elementor has set up for you. It will give you all the information you need to get started quickly.

Elementor check system info

Next, make sure the template gallery is accessible, which is very, very important for ease of use.

Go to Dashboard > Elementor > System Info. Check to see if the Elementor library is connected.

 
 
Elementor sync library
Then go into Dashboard > Elementor > Tools and click “Sync Library.”
Elementor upgrade font awesome
Next, click the Font Awesome Upgrade and allow the upgrade to run.
elementor creating a new page

Creating Your First Page

  1. Create a New Page: I always like to set up the Title and then “save draft,” first. It’s easier to do it on this screen rather than waiting to do it on the Elementor page builder page.

  2. Click “Edit with Elementor” at the top of the page and wait for it to load.
Elementor page screen

This is the page builder screen where you’ll do all your layout and design work. On the left are the control elements.

elementor layout widgets

In addition to the standard widgets, you can also install other plugins that work with Elementor and enhance it’s capabilities. 

Additional layout widgets

You can see that I’ve installed Themovation Elements. 

You can access any of the native WordPress widgets and use that content as well.

Elementor templates
  1. The Templates: To access Elementors template library, click the gray folder where you see “Drag widget here.” The pink PLUS button allows you to add sections of content.
Once the template library opens, you can review all the templates that are available for use.

No matter whether you’re using the Free or Pro version, you have a variety of choices.

 

You can scroll over any template to see what it will actually look like. When you see the one you want, click the insert button and wait for it to load into your page


choosing a template in Elementor

When the page loads, save the draft. Then click the “settings” gear to change the layout.

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Choose your page layout in Elementor

Depending on your site’s options for page layouts, you’ll be able to choose the perfect layout for you.

    • Default: This is the default layout for all pages in your theme. Elementor sits on top of and works alongside your theme.
    • Elementor Full Width: This layout includes the header, full-width content, and footer.
    • Elementor Canvas: This layout does not include the header and footer, only the Elementor page elements. This layout is also the best option for landing pages as you don’t’ want any distractions from your core message.
editing with pencil
  1. Editing your Page

Clicking the Pencil in the upper right corner of a widget or the 6 dots in the middle of a section allows you to edit that area.

Video Tutorial for Elementor

Check out the video below for a more indepth look at creating website pages using Elementor.

There you are, the basics of working with Elementor. In upcoming posts, I’ll show you how to find your “inner designer” and unleash creativity you didn’t know you possessed.

Let me know your thoughts regarding Elementor and if it’s something you’re going to try.

I want to make sure you have all the tools you need to create your own awesome website. What questions do you have?

Let’s chat about your website and how we can create something awesome.

Beginner Guide to Using Elementor

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