Elementor & speed

WordPress Mobile Speed


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We use Elementor when we have the luxury of server headroom (aka expensive hosting). Kinsta has the headroom because of its good TTFB. Be conscious using the pro version doubles the plugin load time. Some people buy it. Install it. And then never use its features. Paying for it every year. We write about Elementor a lot. People think we’re haters. We don’t hate Elementor. We hate the designers who abuse it.

REFERENCE: https://pagepipe.com/how-elementor-page-builder-affects-mobile-page-speed/

Skim it. Or don’t. Are we recommending removing Elementor? Not for a minute.

We’ve removed page builders during speed site rebuilds. Be aware Gutenberg block editor soon will be a page builder – and much faster than Elementor. How much faster? We guess 300 to 500 milliseconds faster depending upon the complexity of the site build. Why faster? Because Gutenberg is part of core.

Elementor is the pagebuilder of choice (today). It adds about 41 milliseconds (PHPv5.6) unless you buy the Pro version then it doubles the load time. That’s right. Paid themes and plugins are double the load time of free versions. More code!


Steve Teare
performance engineer
May 2021


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