three elementor addon packs compared

Three Elementor Addon Packs Compared

In this post I want to compare widgets from three popular addon packages for Elementor:  Essential Addons for Elementor, Power Pack for Elementor, and Ultimate Addons for Elementor.  If you add the Pro version to free Elementor, you have more than 50 widgets.  Why do we need more?  Widgets add functionality and design in a nice “package” that are easy to add to your pages. 

While there is some overlap with Elementor widgets, for the most part, these three packages do not duplicate Elementor Pro features.   In looking at the three packs, I will first do a general overview comparison and then look at 3 widgets that are common in each of the three packs to compare their implementation.

The video shows more comparison details.

Overview Comparison

Essential Addons for Elementor

The Essential Addons for Elementor package is the largest of the three.  There is a free “lite” version in the WordPress directory, and a Pro version.  All told, it includes more than 60 widgets and 100 pre-designed blocks.  In addition to content / creative widgets, there are widgets for the dynamic display of post content, for styling 3rd party forms, for incorporating feeds from social networking sites, and for extending other elements with particles, parallax effects, and advanced tooltips.  

Power Pack for Elementor

Power Pack also has a free version in the WordPress directory.  All in, it has more than 50 widgets.  In addtion to content / creative widgets, it comes with widgets for styling 3rd party forms.  There are no pre-designed content pages or blocks, but Power Pack does have the ability for white label — removing Power Pack branding and adding your own. 

Ultimate Addons for Elementor

The Ultimate Addons for Elementor package does not have a lite version in the WordPress directory.  It is also the smallest package with 28 widgets.  The package includes some widgets for 3rd party form styling, some dynamic content widgets, a few WooCommerce widgets, and of course the standard content and design focused widgets.  Ultimate Addons does come with the ability for white label, but does not include any pre-designed content. 

Side by Side Widget Comparisons

I noticed that these three packages had 4 addon widgets in common and I thought it would be interesting to look at the different implementations.

Caldera Forms Styler

Default Caldera Forms Widget

Default Caldera Forms Widget

Caldera Forms itself comes with a widget you can use in Elementor to insert and render a form in the editor.  You drag that on to the page, select the form from the select list, and it renders.  There is no extra style option.  That is where the addon widgets come in.  All three of the addon packages have a widget to help style a Caldera form.

Default Caldera Forms Widget – Content Tab

Default Caldera form has no extra styling options
Default Caldera form has no extra styling options in Elementor

Essential Addons Caldera Forms Widget

Essential Addons Caldera Forms Widget

The Caldera Widget in the Essential Addons pack is feature rich. On the “Content” tab, there are the options to customize the title and description, and show or hide the placeholder text, labels, and messages.

Essential Addons Caldera Forms Widget – Content Tab

Essential Addons "Content" tab for the Caldera Forms widget
Essential Addons “Content” tab for the Caldera Forms widget

Most of the styling options are available on the “Style” tab. Here you can style every element of the form.

Essential Addons Caldera Forms Widget – Style Tab

Essential Addons Caldera Forms widget - Style tab
With the Essential Addons Caldera Forms widget, you can style every element.

Power Pack Caldera Forms Widget

Power Pack Caldera Forms Widget

The Power Pack version of the widget has a “Content” tab that is identical to the Essential Addons version. However, the “Style” tab is a bit different. It lacks the ability to style the Title, Description, and Form Container. Also, some of the other elements that can be styled only have a color option with the Power Pack version, while the Essential Addons version was in depth.

Power Pack Caldera Forms Widget – Style Tab

Power Pack style tab for the Caldera Forms widget
Power Pack Caldera Forms widget – style tab

Ultimate Addons Caldera Forms Widget

Ultimate Addons Caldera Forms Widget

The Ultimate Addons version of the Caldera Forms widget has the styling options split across the “Content” and “Style” tabs. I’m not sure why they did that since it all seems like “style.”

Instead of having a set of options, such as Typography, Color, Spacing, etc spread across sections for each element, it has these pulled out and separated by function. In some ways this makes it easier to style the form as a whole, but you don’t have as many styling options as with the Essential Addons version. One nice touch is that the Ultimate Addons widget has a link to the help docs.

Ultimate Addons Caldera Forms Widget – Content & Style Tabs

Caldera Forms content tab - Ultimate Addons
Ultimate Addons - Caldera Forms style tab

Conclusion – Caldera Forms Styler

In most instances, any of these style widgets would work, however, if you need control over every element the Essential Addons widget is more thorough.

Dual Color Heading

The idea with a “Dual Color Heading” widget is to help you make an attractive and attention getting title by allowing you to style parts of the heading text separately.

Essential Addons Dual Color Heading

Essential Addons Dual Color Heading

One thing that jumps out at you when comparing the Essential Addons Dual Color Heading widget with the other two is that it is very much not like the others.

Dual color heading: three examples
Dual color heading: three examples

The Essential Addons version comes with two extra lines of content: a sub-heading line and an icon line. This seemed a bit odd to me. With an info box you may want the extra lines of content because that will make it easier to line several “boxes” of content along side each other. In the case of a headline, you can just add another line or an icon. In any event, removing the content and icon and the space collapses, so they are easy to remove if you don’t want them.

There were two other oddities that I noticed. First, you cannot select the HTML header tag for the headline (though you can for the sub-heading). Second, while you can select the colors for the two parts of the heading separately, the background option only applies to the entire heading.

Essential Addons Dual Color Heading Example

Essential Addons Dual Color Heading Example
Essential Addons Dual Color Heading Example

Power Pack Dual Color Heading

Power Pack Dual Color Heading

The Power Pack Dual Color Heading widget was more along the lines of what I expected. You could set the HTML heading tag and there was the ability to set a link for the heading.

Each settings section had two parts, one for each of the parts of the heading. The Power Pack version allows for more fully styling the heading parts, including background color, background gradient, or background image … for each part of the heading.

Power Pack Dual Color Settings

Power Pack Dual Color Settings - Content Tab
Power Pack Dual Color Settings - Style Tab

Power Pack Dual Color Heading Example

Power Pack Dual Color Heading Example

Power Pack Dual Color Heading Example

Ultimate Addons Dual Color Heading

Ultimate Addons Dual Color Heading

The settings for the Ultimate Addons Dual Color widget are almost the exact same as those of the Power Pack version. However, they are organized a bit differently and the Ultimate Addons version curiously has the option of a third header text element, though only two can be styled. The third appears to take on the style of the first.

Ultimate Addons Dual Color Heading Settings

Ultimate Addons Dual Color Heading - Content Tab
Ultimate Addons Dual Color Heading - Style Tab

Ultimate Addons Dual Color Heading Example

Ultimate Addons Dual Color Heading Example
Ultimate Addons Dual Color Heading Example

Dual Color Heading Conclusion

The Power Pack and Ultimate Addons versions were more along the lines of what I expected and offered more “dual color” styling options than the Essential Addons version.

Image Hotspot Widget

Hotspot widgets are pretty cool and useful UI elements. I’ve used them for adding markers and links to maps.

Essential Addons Hotspot Widget

essential addons hotspot widget

The Hotspot widgets functioned very similarly when it came to adding markers, positioning them, and adding tooltips and links. You first select an image and when you do the first marker is added to it. You customize the marker and then add the next one, and so on.

Essential Addons Hotspot Widget – Content Tab Settings

Essential Addons Hotspot Widget - Content
Essential Addons Hotspot Widget – Content
Essential Addons Hotspot Widget - Position
Essential Addons Hotspot Widget – Position
Essential Addons Hotspot Widget - Tooltip
Essential Addons Hotspot Widget – Tooltip

One oddity was that it was not possible to name the marker and it didn’t even auto-number. It seemed like this could be an issue as there appeared to be an indent for a text field. You can imagine that if you had 50 markers, it would be hard to find the right one to edit if you needed to make a change.

On the Style tab, you can apply styling to the hotspot icon and the tooltip.

Essential Addons Hotpot Example

Essential Addons Hotpot Example
Essential Addons Hotpot Example

Power Pack Hotspot Widget

The Power Pack hotspot widget was almost the exact same as the Essential Addons version … right down to not being able to name or number the hotspots. I won’t do screenshots of the settings since the similarities are so strong.

Power Pack Hotspot Example

Power Pack Hotspot Example
Power Pack Hotspot Example

Ultimate Addons Hotspot Widget

Ultimate Addons Hotspot Widget
Ultimate Addons Hotspot Widget

At first glance, the Ultimate Addons widget looks to be the same as the others, but it has two really nice features that make it stand out. The first is that you can name the markers! This will make it much easier to manage markers when you have more than a few.

The second unique feature is that you can set the widget to go into “tour” mode and an animation will move through the markers on the image in order.

Ultimate Addons Hotspot Content Settings

Ultimate Addons Hotspot Content Settings - Markers
Ultimate Addons Hotspot Content Settings – Markers
Ultimate Addons Hotspot Content Settings - Tooltip
Ultimate Addons Hotspot Content Settings – Tooltip
Ultimate Addons Hotspot Content Settings - Hotspot Tour
Ultimate Addons Hotspot Content Settings – Hotspot Tour

Hotspot Widget Conclusions

The Essential Addons and the PowerPack versions are almost exact copies. While they are sufficient for getting the job done, the Ultimate Addons hotspot widget is clearly superior, offering the marker naming and tour features.

Summary & Conclusions

Essential Addons is the largest package, but also the least expensive.  The pricing ranges from 1 site for one year at $29.97, to $59.97 a year for unlimited sites, to lifetime unlimited at $169.97. There are a few widgets that add general functionality to others, like the Tooltip widget. There are a number of pre-designed blocks. The Essential Addons pack seems like the best value.

Power Pack is $59 for unlimited sites for 1 year and $199 for lifetime unlimited. Many of the widget types found in Power Pack are also in the Essential Addons package, but there are some pretty important ones that Power Pack offers that are missing in Essential Addons, such as the Advanced Menus widget. When comparing Power Pack to Essential Addons you will need to consider if those missing widgets are crucial or not to your needs.

For Ultimate Addons, the widgets they have often seem to have some tweaks and attention to detail that make them easy to work with. Many of the pricing options leverage their other products by bundling.  All of the packages are unlimited sites. The annual plans start at $69 for just Ultimate Addons, or there are “mini-agency” and “agency” packages that include their other products.  The lifetime plan for using Ultimate Addons goes from $199 by itself, to $499 for the mini-agency, and $699 for the full agency bundle.  Ultimate Addons by not offering a free lite version, by including fewer widgets, and by not including pre-designed blocks seems to be competing on the quality of the widgets that are included and the discounts offered by bundling.

I hope you have found this comparison useful. Please let me know in the comments if you have questions or feedback.

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