Elementor page speed

QuestionsElementor page speed
John asked 1 year ago

I am looking for an: easy to use page builder; with great features; integrates well with 3rd party apps, to help the end user develop stylish, sales driven web pages, that “load quickly”.

Elementor appears to be a great solution in most areas, especially with its incredibly stylish form builder.

However having read an article that advised it can: significantly slow load times, reducing the user experience; increasing bounce rates off your site and damaging google ranking, I am concerned.

The article emphasises an issue with ‘Font Awesome', an icon font as well as a few other issues.

This is the link to the article.

I understand you use Elementor as well as Beaverbuilder.

However having typed this sites domain into the URL it took a very long time to load. Well over 6 seconds, i wasn't timing but it was very slow.

I also tried to check the theme this site is using on http://whatwpthemeisthat.com/ and got an error message stating:

“Connection to https://www.wpcrafter.com/ timed out.
The site may be currently overloaded. Try again later.”

All this information suggests there may be a real issue with page speeds using these page builders and themes.

Would you be kind enough to give your view on the article, my experience with the speed of this site, and also recommend any work arounds, as I would like to be able to use these products or some alternatives.

Many thanks, Mark.

8 Answers
Adam @ WPCrafter Staff answered 1 year ago

That article has been debunked in many Facebook groups. Sure using anything other then hand coding is going to lead to a larger page size.  If a few extra kilobytes bother someone, then they should not even use WordPress because the biggest cause of a slow site is not a few kilobytes, its that WordPress itself is dependent on a database. That is where any issues with page load time come into play.

My website loads fine and is always under 2 seconds unless it is tested in Australia or an Eastern European data center.

My website is not a typical WordPress website, there is a ton going on and a ton of traffic, it is a very fluid environment because of all the moving parts.

Ron answered 9 months ago

In my case, it doubled load time. I built a custom head layout using Elementor & OceanWP (premium extensions used). Nothing was added that wasn't in the original OWP theme, just a different layout. After finishing, I checked the site at GTmetrix, site loaded at an average 5.1 seconds after three tries. It was loading at an average of 2.5 seconds! Deactivated Elementor, it back to 2.5. I then reread at the docs to make sure I wasn't doing something wrong, no, just added bloat. I've read several articles, some which did speed test Elementor, and they found excessive load times too. I'm sure this is greatly diminished when using fast hosting, but it appears most people using Elementor, are not.

jun answered 5 months ago

Hi Adam, Could you please check my website https://oleanherbs.com/. The front-end home page loads too slow it takes 10-30 seconds. but the other normal theme pages loads normally. I don\'t know yet the problem and sometimes the pictures missing or not loading properly and other buttons or sections is not on the right place that it should be. 

Conor Treacy answered 5 months ago

Hey Jun,
The biggest issue you're running into is unoptimized images. The home page alone is 8.7MB (4.5MB image then add in 2MB each for CSS & JS.  It's just not optimized.
Check out autoptimize which will give you some help with regards to reducing the css and js file sizes.

The images of your products are 1206×1552 but when you display them, at most they would be 333×430 – so you need to resize your images before uploading to the site.

I'd start there, then look to optimize further once your image situation is taken care of.

Rev answered 5 months ago

I landing here after googling “elementor slow” I have elementor pro (thanks to recommendations by wp crafter and others) and it takes FOREVER TO LOAD. It takes so long to load it often won't load. I have a very cheap landing page builder that loads way faster. Elementor is SLOW. At least for me. I don't understand how others are getting fast speeds. By the way, it's just elementor pages, not any other pages. So yeah, there are many of us with this problem. It sucks 🙁
 
PS: all the trouble shooting steps they suggest just take way too much time. I need to make quick landing pages on the fly, not dedicate my life to just trying to figure out how to make ONE. The whole process is taking too much of my time 🙁

Siteroo - Handcrafted Websites answered 3 months ago

I agree with Rev, Elementor consumed all of my energy and time just for 1 landing page and 2 privacy and terms pages. Load time is being severely affected. I\'m getting loads speeds of 5-8 seconds but I want under 2 second DomContentLoaded. I\'ve seen some pretty fast WP Bakery sites load waay faster. I think it depends on how much you use Elementor in a page as well. My sites currently built fully in Elementor Canvas using elementor hello backend theme. https://Siteroo.com.au https://stefancaliaro.com. I really think Elementor should warn it\'s users when they\'re putting too many Elementor in one page (similar to how The Sims game had a room full meter). That would be epic! I feel like Elementor isn\'t designed for the best performance. If you want performance, sick to a more native theme like Astra, OceanWP, GeneratePress and just use a Page Builder for some body sections for optimal speed. There\'s also Page Builder Framework which WP Crafter has a video on. https://youtu.be/HeT69ISfV68 If you\'re building a full page in purely Elementor, it\'s going to use more bloated code. If youre just adding a few things in the body. It\'s least likely to be affected. I saw Hestia and other themes using elementor but they\'re just downright slow compared to optimise themes I\'ve seen using more traditional plugins like WP Bakery/Visual Composer. Also these older themes usually include demo pre-built site pages which is a very great time and energy saver. Going to look at Thrive Architect or Beaver Builder, Divi even seems faster. Theres\' https://webflow.com too.
I prefer to keep all of my customiser settings in one menu, I'm pretty that's everyone on the planet. WordPress by itself just overcomplicates things so much more so than it needs to be, frustrates me to no end. Webflow is pretty great for speed and flexibility too but there's a learning curve to it as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz5NT0SbdSA

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luna answered 3 months ago

Hello, please can anyone tell me how I can delete elementor pro? And please is it possible to explain what will happen to my site? I have built only my home page with elementor but I would like to take it away. Am just afraid I'll be left with a mess.. thank you very much for your suggestions !

Suzan answered 2 months ago

For me Elementor is a great page builder and I have been using it for a every long time and it has been working perfectly, no issue of a slow loading time and I have used this for all of the sites I designed. And I think sometimes it could be other plugins that could be contributing to that. It is advisable to avoid using too many other plugins in combo with Elementor which could interfere with the performance of your site.

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