Elementor Cloud vs Elementor Plugin + Pricing Explained

elementor cloud overview

In this post I’ll breakdown the pricing options for Elementor Cloud and explain the difference between Elementor Cloud and the regular Elementor plugin.

As of June 2022, Elementor launched its new product – Elementor Cloud Website which is a complete solution with built-in hosting, for website creation and management.

While Elementor plugin is doing good in the WordPress ecosystem and currently is used by 7.5% of websites, the success of the Elementor Cloud Website service is still to be seen.

What is Elementor Cloud Website?

Elementor Cloud is an integrated solution that includes hosting, Elementor Pro plugin, security, and design features, all included on a pre-installed WordPress website.

Elementor-Cloud-Website-description

So basically, Elementor Cloud is an all-in-one hosted solution for those who want to build and launch a website and avoid the technical stuff. You only need to get a domain name, everything else is included.

Does Elementor Cloud Provide Hosting?

Yes. It is powered by the Google Cloud Platform. Being a hosted solution, Elementor Cloud made sure their cloud hosting is one of the best.

So, what does this mean for end-users? Google Cloud is in the top 3 cloud service providers according to Statista, having a 10% market share. Even though it’s behind Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure, a direct cloud hosting partnership between Google and Elementor is already a bold signal to users.

Google-Cloud-presentation

It’s a win-win deal if the think that both companies are willing to increase their market share within their industries.

What is the difference between Elementor Cloud and Elementor plugin?

The main difference between these 2 is hosting – Elementor Cloud is a hosted solution, while Elementor plugin is a self hosted solution. In simple words, with Elementor Cloud you get hosting, with Elementor plugin you don’t get hosting.

Here is a more detailed explanation:

  1. Elementor plugin – you install it on your WordPress website and use it to build or customize your site. You buy your own hosting and install WordPress on it.
  2. Elementor Cloud – everything is included in your plan. You get hosting, WordPress and Elementor Pro plugin and all its features pre-installed.

What do you get with Elementor Cloud? 

Here is what you get with Elementor Cloud:

Website builder

  • Elementor Pro pre-installed
  • WordPress pre-installed
  • Access to 100+ Elementor website kits
  • Access to 90+ widgets
  • Theme builder
  • Custom CSS
  • Form builder
  • Popup builder
  • Dynamic content
  • Global design settings
  • Custom fonts
  • Extended animations and effects
  • Many more

Hosting

  • 20GB storage
  • 100GB bandwidth
  • Cloudflare CDN
  • SSL certificate
  • Automatic daily backups
  • Powered by Google Cloud

Who Is Elementor Cloud For?

Elementor Cloud includes pretty much everything that you need to build a website, except one thing – the domain name. So, who could be interested in Elementor Cloud?

It might be a good fit for bloggers, freelancers, website owners and SMBs (small and medium businesses) that need a functional website fast, without going into too many technical details.

It’s a decent option whether they already have a website or want to start from scratch.

Web agencies could also use the Elementor Cloud solution, if they don’t offer hosting, support and maintenance services, as this might complicate things.

Regarding storage capacity, for some web agencies, 20GB may be less than they need, depending on the scale of their projects and services.

What is the pricing for Elementor Cloud?

Elementor Cloud costs $99 / year. This is a is pretty competitive price, giving that hosting and Elementor Pro are included.

elementor cloud checkout

If you don’t need hosting, you can still buy the Elementor Pro plugin, which starts at $49 / year.

Can I use Elementor Cloud on multiple websites?

Yes, you can build multiple websites with Elementor Cloud, but you will have to buy a new subscription for every new website you launch. One new website = one subscription.

How to get started with Elementor Cloud?

Now that you’re familiar with Elementor Cloud, it’s time to give it a try. Here is how to get started:

  1. Buy a domain name
  2. Buy the Elementor Cloud plan
  3. Login to your Elementor account
  4. Go to Websites -> Manage This Website -> Add Custom Domain. Follow all the instructions listed here
  5. Explore your account for other options or access the Website section to manage or customize your site
  6. You’re all set
Elementor-account dashboard

Elementor Cloud limitations

Elementor Cloud has its limitations, here they are:

  • Traffic limitation – 100K users / month
  • Website storage – 20GB
  • Bandwidth – 100GB

Regarding traffic, storage, and bandwidth limitations Elementor mentions that most of the users should be fine with them. It’s not clear what happens if you reach these limits. I think that their support team cal help or advice.

  • Domain name has to be acquired separately

Elementor Cloud doesn’t offer or allow you to buy a domain name within their service. You need to purchase it from a 3rd party.

  • No FTP connection allowed

You won’t be able to upload files to your website via FTP (File Transfer Protocol). Average users don’t need this option anyway.

  • Can’t change CDN’s

Cloudflare CDN is the only one that comes by default

Besides these limitations, Elementor Cloud also prohibits a series of WordPress plugins for two reasons: 1. Competition 2. Security

When it comes to competition, plugins like Divi, Beaver, or Brizy are not allowed (but you don’t need them with Elementor), since these are Elementor’s direct competitors. 

At the same time, for security, performance and compatibility reasons, Elementor doesn’t allow the use of several plugins. Here is the full list of prohibited/incompatible plugins. 

Is Elementor Cloud Worth it?

Yes. If you want to launch a WordPress powered website which is easy to customize and includes pretty much everything you need to get started, then Elementor Cloud is a good choice.

It’s also suitable for those who want to avoid the technical part like setting up hosting, installing WordPress, configuring plugins, etc.

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