Introducing Elementor 3.8 Free and Pro Beta – Elementor Developers

Hi Elementor beta testers,

We are incredibly excited to be introducing our new beta versions of Elementor 3.8 and Elementor 3.8 Pro, which includes some highly anticipated features. We also take this opportunity to introduce to you our new release mechanism, which will make our future releases a lot more predictable, and reliable. 

These versions will include: 

Introducing The Loop Builder – Pro feature

Elementor 3.8 will be introducing the first phase of the Loop Builder. The Loop Builder enables you to create and design the main item for repeating content (i.e. loops) such as listings, as well as customize its layout on the page. By creating a main item template yourself, you gain a lot more design and dynamic content flexibility than the Posts widget allows you to achieve. 

The first phase of the Loop Builder includes the ability to create a main item for posts, and custom post types, future updates will include full WooCommerce support, and additional capabilities that will enhance your website. 

Creating your Main Item Template

There are two ways to design your main item template:

To design your main item template, you can use nearly any of the widgets in Elementor.. Each of the widgets you use, can be assigned any of the dynamic values available on your website, or they can be left as static and used to enhance the design of your main item. 

Displaying the Loop on a Page

The loop templates you create can be used on any page, using the Loop Grid widget. With this widget, you can determine the name of the template you would like to use, the data source from WordPress to display content from, and adjust the layout, style and pagination to your liking. 

Important Note for Cloud Hosted Website Users

Please note that in order to eliminate conflict with other third party plugins, the naming convention for the Loop template has changed from ‘Loop’ to ‘Loop Item.’ As a result, if you’ve created loop templates with previous Cloud versions of Elementor, they will be deleted. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. On the new version, this will be solved and templates will be saved properly.

How to Test It:

Create an In-place loop

Create a loop item from the Theme Builder

Flexbox Containers Beta – Now Marked as Stable

After having gone through extensive testing, and reviewed under a variety of use cases and integrations, this version marks the status of the Flexbox Containers experiment as beta, and is now considered stable. That means you can feel confident using them on your own website. 

We will make an effort to ensure that any changes and improvements made to Containers from this point forward will also be backwards compatible, and should not affect the way they appear or function on existing websites who have activated the experiment. Since for some of you, Flexbox Containers will require some learning and getting used to, for the time being – it will be your decision when to activate the experiment and use Containers on your website. [That is also why, they will still be located under the Experiment tab in Elementor Settings for the time being].

Please note, if you decide to activate the experiment, and design layouts using the Container, but then decide to deactivate the experiments, all website parts created with Containers may disappear. 

To learn more about how you can use Flexbox Containers on your website, you can also try it out yourself first in the Elementor Flexbox Playground

New: Remove Kit – Revert your Website to its Previous Condition

Ever downloaded a website kit but then changed your mind? With this update, you don’t need to restore your entire website to a previous version or manually undo all the global styles applied by the kit or delete the pages it came with. 

Any kit downloaded from this version onwards can be easily removed by going to the Import/Export tab under Elementor Settings → Tools section(from the WordPress dashboard) and clicking the ‘Remove Kit’ button. This button will only appear if you downloaded a kit after updating to this version. 

How to Test It:

Update about the Release Mechanism 

Over the past couple of months, we have been reviewing ways to increase the speed of providing you with new updates, and reducing incompatibility issues.

As a result, we decided to change our release process in two ways: 

Make An Impact: Share Feedback Before Features Are Released

We’re always looking to get to know Elementor customers on a deeper level. If you’re interested in meeting with our team and sharing your insights, feedback, and feature requests you’re welcome to sign up for some quality time with us here. Or download Elementor’s Dev Edition. Talk soon!

How to Install the Beta Version

If you still haven’t enabled beta testing in Elementor, please follow these steps:

Known Bugs in Elementor 3.8 Free and Pro Beta 

As we prepare these Beta versions for stability, there are a number of bugs we identified that are already in progress of being solved,  including: 

Loop: 

Flexbox Container: 

As we make changes to our GitHub in an effort to keep it organized,  improve the way we deliver information to you, and our ability to review your feedback, please follow the instructions below when reporting bugs, or making feature requests: 

Designated time for release: October 23, 2022  (Estimated)

Many thanks for your support and help!

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