QuestionsHow do I edit the blog page in Astra free using Elementor free?
asked 1 year ago

I want to use my Elementor-created site header and footer templates, at least, on the Blog page.  I'd love to use Elementor to design other elements, also.  Is this a use restricted to Elementor Pro?  Is there a work-around that retains the native WordPress blog page?  Thanks, LSB

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Adam @ WPCrafter Staff answered 1 year ago

As soon as you tell WordPress which page is your blog index page, found in settings > reading, then WordPress takes control of that page and no page builder can edit it. This has nothing to do with Astra or any theme. This has nothing to do with your page builder either.

The solution is easy. Leave that setting blank, and then create the page in Elementor. That’s it.

In fact, that is how I have my blog index page setup.

Linda Sue Buehler answered 1 year ago

I lost three days searching for my answer.  I tried setting a different page to be the post page so I could edit the Blog page with Elementor free.  As soon as I set it to be the posts page again, all work was lost.  Fail.
I had the rest of my website finished, so I was leery about using the customize function to change the background color on only the blog page when I'd used Elementor to set the background on the rest of the site.
Sure enough, setting a background color on the Blog page set that color across all pages.  I left it that way and plunged on.
When I created a test post, Elementor was back, but only inside the body of the post.  I'm unable to edit the appearance of the sidebar or the heading or header menu and can't add the footer section the rest of my site has above the footer bar.
All I can find on the subject was a pre-2.0 post from the Elementor people saying Blog pages are not editable at this time, they'll consider it in future.  I can't find anywhere that Elementor 2.0 does it now.  I now have this one page that's key to my site's purpose with that oddball header menu and I guess I get to live with it.

Vivek Kubal answered 5 months ago

I hope you might have found your Answers Since its around 8 months now. to edit blog using Elementor. you need to create blog page on Elementor Option in your WordPress left Options. 

John answered 4 months ago

Hi Vivek, 
So are you saying you can create a blog with ElementorFree? or is that with Pro
There seems to be information about Pro everywhere, but this is the only one I can find referring to Free.

Shaikha answered 3 months ago

im having same problem, no edit with elementor button on my blog page 🙁

Vivek Kubal answered 3 months ago

Hi John
Apologize for the late reply, to effectively use Elementor free version you need to add an Elementor WordPress plugin
Shikha Once you've added Elementor plugin, from the page you can see Edit with Elementor Option, That's it.
for full details on how to create a blog on Elementor in 2019 please check the latest article at https://vivekubal.com/create-blog-posts-with-elementor/

Rosemary answered 2 months ago

I'm a beginner with Astra theme and Elementor plug-in. I was told you can't use the Elementor plug-in on a post – it all has to be done with WP Editor. So I did that. However WP Editor doesn't seem to give you the options for text size and colours in headings and general layout that Elementor does.

Is there a way to use Elementor within a post? The Elementor edit does come up but I'm nervous about using it in case it affects the other posts I've already got on the site.

Any advice? Thanks!

Vivek Kubal answered 2 months ago

Hello Rosemary You can 100% use Elementor on your post, Only two things you need to activate Astra theme and Elementor plugin. Once you activated these things. go ahead create test Post. Click on the Heading of any post, Go inside it and you will get the Elementor Option (I\'ve attached a Screenshot) for Basic Elementor Guide, you can check this link https://vivekubal.com/create-blog-posts-with-elementor/ Comment back if it doesn\'t work.

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Rosemary answered 2 months ago

Thank you Vivek for that really speedy answer. I've used Elementor on the other pages, but was told to use WP editor for posts. I've only got the free version – does that make a difference? I do get the Elementor editor choice, but was told it would affect the other posts.

Can I ask a supplementary question too? Is there a Table of Contents for use within a post if you use Elementor? I've looked and can't find how to put one in. On the internet it said that Elementor didn't have a TOC. Thanks for brilliant help.

Vivek Kubal answered 2 months ago

You can create beautiful blog or website with the Elementor FREE VERSION.
If you are talking about Classic Editor? Let me explain that to create a post on Elementor, you need to create a separate section for every single paragraph, title & image you wish to add to your post, compare to Classic it is time-consuming.
but with classic Editor, you can do that easily in one box. you just need to select a paragraph, H2, H3 easily with a dropdown.
Elementor does not affect your other posts, At least it doesn't affect mine. If you open a post in Elementor which is written in Classic Editor, It will open in Single Section without any change in format.
I didn't understand your supplementary question, Are you asking how to create sections for the post in Elementor?
You can dm me on twitter for any more help. @vivekubal

Rosemary answered 2 months ago

Hi Vivek – tried to DM you but it says you don't accept messages. I have followed you – I am @Agingchallenges. The supplementary section is about creating a table of contents – I wondered if you knew how to do this in Elementor. This question applies: https://www.wpcrafter.com/question/does-a-table-of-contents-widget-for-elementor-exist/

I do know how to use Elementor – and yes it is time consuming but it also allows you to make it look better with the use of colour in the headings which I can't seem to make Classic Editor do at all – small fonts and only black. Unless I'm missing something again – which is perfectly possible!!

Thanks again for your help. Rosemary

Vivek Kubal answered 2 months ago

I have messaged you on Twitter regarding changing font size and font type.

Said answered 4 weeks ago

Same problem here. I was able to customize Blog page with elementor, but as soon as you change it from Settings–>Reading–>Default Blog posts to Blog Page(which I just customized with Elementor), all customization is gone. I am using free version of elementor, I wonder if I purchase Pro version, will it work? Can I build one custom blog header for all posts? thanks in advance.

Ayesha answered 4 weeks ago

I too need a tutorial on how to create a Blog page on WordPress
Im using “Astra theme” and “Elementor Page BUilder”

I want to know
1. How to create a blog page
2. How to customise
3. How to blog through desktop
4. How to blog posts through my mobile.

Vivek answered 3 weeks ago

Hey Said
This shouldn't have happened since you are selecting only the blog page. Can you just check if you have more than one blog pages

Said answered 3 weeks ago

I'm going to double check on that one. But does it matter if I have more than one Blog Page, as long as I tell WP from the settings which page to be treated as default page for Blog posts. I do have some other idle pages on draft unused, I could delete them, but still I don't see relationship here why they would effect my assigned default blog page.

Vivek answered 3 weeks ago

@ Said If you have 2 or more blog pages, you may end up selecting wrong one and as a result you will see blank or not unstructured blog page.
Just to take chance you can also try to select default blog page from Customize–> Homepage setting.

@Ayesha
Here is article which might help you solve your issue.

Elementor : #1 WordPress Page builder to create a website

Said answered 3 weeks ago

Nope, didn't work. Looks like that feature(universal customized blog header page for all posts) only works for paid customers(Pro version). Thanks for the help though. WPCrafter video on youtube did not clarify that part – whether it was possible on free version or not. From my experience, it's only for Pro version.

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