I have been a Crocoblock customer since 2019. At that time, I used JetElements for one of my projects. Today, I use all of Crocoblock products by subscribing to its All-Inclusive plan. In this review, I will share my experience of being a Crocoblock customer for about 5 years.
Crocoblock itself used to develop WordPress plugins exclusively for Elementor. But today, it also develops plugins for Gutenberg, the default WordPress editor. In the early stage of Elementor, Crocoblock was the go-to solution for users who wanted extend Elementor functionality — without upgrading to the pro version.
But with so many competitors currently available, a big question pops up. Is Crocoblock still a good solution to build websites with Elementor?
Let’s start by getting to know who Crocoblock is.
🤝 A Brief Intro About Crocoblock
Crocoblock is a developer team based in Ukraine. The team develops a number of WordPress plugins in which the majority of them are aimed at helping users to create professional WordPress websites with a no-code approach. JetEngine, for instance, is plugin from Crocoblock aimed at creating custom content — much like ACF.
As I mentioned earlier, Crocoblock used to develop Elementor-only plugins. Its founder saw a bright future in Elementor and wanted to offer extra features and functionalities that Elementor hasn’t had. It developed WordPress plugins — or Elementor add-ons more precisely — to add specific functionality to Elementor.
For instance, Crocoblock developed JetMenu to allow Elementor users to create a mega menu to their websites. It also developed JetBlog, which is dedicated to users who want to use Elementor for blogging.
In total, there are about 20 plugins developed by Crocoblock. They are called JetPlugins.
JetPlugins is a set of WordPress plugins developed by Crocoblock. The name is used to make it easy to mention all of the Crocoblock’s plugins — which consists of 20 items as I have just mentioned above.
In other words, the word “JetPlugins” represents all the WordPress plugins from Crocoblock as follows:
You can get the plugins on the above list individually or as a bundle. If you buy the bundle, you will have a dedicated menu on your WordPress dashboard to manage the plugins in the bundle. From installing, activating, updating, to deleting.
From the menu, you can also access the settings page of each plugin. This is great because your WordPress dashboard will be so much cluttered if each plugin has a dedicated menu item on the dashboard.
🙀 No Longer Elementor-Only Plugins
Crocoblock emerged in 2014, but it really gained more attention by the WordPress community since the release of JetElements in 2017. JetElements was plugin aimed at making it easy for no-code site builders wanting to take advantage of Elementor. The plugin offered some advanced design elements that were not available in Elementor by default.
After successfully releasing JetElements, Crocoblock released another Elementor add-on called JetBlog in the same year. This time, the add-on was designed specifically to create an editorial-based website with Elementor such as blog, news, and so on.
New page builder plugins continue coming to compete with Elementor. Not to mention Gutenberg, the default WordPress editor which started to be embraced by some WordPress purists. Crocoblock realizes this and finally decided to make some of the plugins it develops to be compatible with Bricks Builder and Gutenberg.
You can now use the plugins from Crocoblock below on Bricks Builder and Gutenberg, not just Elementor:
Crocoblock even has a plugin built specifically for Gutenberg and Bricks. The plugin is JetFormBuilder.
🤔 What Features Available in Crocoblock
Before I continue, I want to insist once again that I currently use the All-Inclusive plan of Crocoblock. So, what I am going to share here is based on my experience with this plan. The plan itself includes all plugins in the JetPlugins set.
As I showed above, Crocoblock offers a centralized location to manage all the plugins instead of adding dedicated menu items for each plugin. However, it still adds dedicated menu for plugins with specific functionality such as JetEngine and JetAppoinment.
Here are Crocoblock features available on the All-Inclusive plan.
1️⃣ Centralized Plugin Mangement
There are 20 plugins you can install with your All-Inclusive Crocoblock plan. Crocoblock offers an installation wizard to make it easy for you to install the plugins, but you can also install them manually yourself if you prefer.
To make it easy for you to manage your plugins, Crocoblock offers a centralized plugin management which you can access from the Crocoblock menu on your WordPress dashboard. From this menu, you can deactivate, update, or rollback a plugin to an older version.
Unfortunately, Crocoblock doesn’t hide the installed plugins on the WordPress native plugin management. When you go to Plugins -> Installed Plugins, you will still see the list of plugins from Crocoblock. It would be great if it hides them to make your WordPress dashboard cleaner.
2️⃣ Extra Design Elements for Elementor
Elementor already has plenty of native design elements — called widgets. Third-party developers still find them are not enough, though. For instance, Elementor has no native widget to add a responsive table to a page.
One of the plugins available on the Crocoblock All-Include plan is JetElements. It is an Elementor-only plugin that allows you to add more creative elements to your design. With the plugin, you can add elements like responsive table, advanced map, circle progress bar, to Instagram feed. These elements are not available in Elementor by default.
JetElements can be an alternative if you need more widgets, but not too interested to upgrade to Elementor Pro.
In total, there are 45 widgets that JetElements offers. Here is the list.
|Contact Form 7
|WooCommerce Top Rated Products
|WooCommerce Best Sellers
|WooCommerce Sale Products
|WooCommerce Featured Products
|WooCommerce Recent Products
3️⃣ Dynamic Content
As you know, WordPress supports advanced customization via custom content. In general, there are two custom content types that WordPress supports: Custom fields and custom post type. ACF is a popular plugin to create custom content in WordPress. But if you want to try a different experience, you can give JetEngine a try.
JetEngine is a plugin from Crocoblock designed to create custom content. With it, you can create both custom post types and custom fields. The field types it supports are:
Apart from creating custom post types and custom fields, you can also use JetEngine to create dynamic table and listing page.
JetEngine itself has a long enough story. The plugin was initially only available for Elementor, but Crocoblock has expanded its compatibility. You can now use it on Gutenberg and Bricks Builder.
4️⃣ Booking System
The All-Inclusive plan that Crocoblock offers also comes with a booking system functionality, which is powered by the JetBooking plugin. Same as JetEngine above, JetBooking was initially also an Elementor-only plugin, but it now supports Gutenberg and Bricks Builder as well.
JetBooking is a great plugin to add a booking functionality to your website. However, it depends on JetEngine to work properly. You need to JetEngine to create items (custom post type technically) to be booked. Also, you need to integrate it with WooCommerce in order to be able accept payment for the service you want to offer.
5️⃣ Appointment System
JetAppointment is another plugin you can install on the All-Inclusive plan. The plugin adds an appointment system to your WordPress website. Same as JetBooking, it requires JetPlugin to work. Also, it needs WooCommerce to process the payment.
The plugin itself is great if you plan to create a website for appointment-based service. Such as doctor, psychologist, and so on. You can even integrate it with Zoom to allow clients to book a Zoom call.
6️⃣ Theme Builder
In case you didn’t know. WordPress has a native theme builder feature, but you need to use a block theme to access it. If you are not interested with block theme and need a theme builder, then you can try JetThemeCore.
JetThemeCore is a plugin from Crocoblock that adds theme builder functionality to your WordPress. Meaning that you can create custom templates for your website without needing to deal with code. JetThemeCore itself is compatible with Elementor and Gutenberg. In other words, you can create the custom templates whether using Elementor or Gutenberg.
The custom templates you can create with JetThemeCore are:
- Single post
- Archive pages
- Search results page
- 404 page
You can access the theme builder feature from Crocoblock -> Theme Builder on your WordPress dashboard. When creating a new custom template, you have two editor options to choose from: Elementor and Gutenberg.
JetThemeCore supports display conditions. Meaning that you can create multiple custom templates for the same site part (e.g., header).
A little note if you are an Elementor Pro user. Using JetThemeCore and Elementor Pro’s theme builder altogether might cause a conflict.
7️⃣ WooCommerce Builder
Creating a fully customized WooCommerce-based e-commerce website is possible with Crocoblock thanks to its WooCommerce builder feature. The feature itself is powered by the JetWooBuilder plugin. Unfortunately, the plugin is only available for Elementor.
With the plugin, you can create custom WooCommerce pages to replace the default pages. You can use it to replace the WooCommerce builder feature of Elementor. The custom pages you can create JetWooBuilder are:
- Single product
- Product archives
- Shop page
- Cart page
- Checkout page
- Thank you page
- My account page
JetWooBuilder offers about 67 WooCommerce-related widgets you can add to your custom pages.
Same as JetThemeCore, using JetWooBuilder and Elementor Pro’s WooCommerce Builder alltotegher can cause a conflict.
8️⃣ Popup Builder
Popup is a great marketing tool if you implement it correctly. I personally use popups on some of my websites to capture leads and to display floating banners. Elementor Pro is by far the best popup builder plugin I have tried.
In the newest structure of Elementor Pro plans, popup builder is only available on the Advanced plan and above. The Essential plan subscriber has no access to this feature. The popup builder feature available in the Crocoblock All-Inclusive plan can be a solution if you need to create a popup.
The feature is powered by the JetPopup plugin, which is compatible with Elementor and Gutenberg. Its features are no different to Elementor Pro’s popup builder in general. You have a full control over the popup design.
The workflow of JetPopup is a bit similar to JetThemeCore whereby you need to select an editor you want to use to create the popup.
The option to set display condition is also available, which is great if you want a popup to show up only on specific pages on your website instead of the entire website. While for trigger type, JetPopup supports the following options you can choose from:
- On page load
- On page scroll
- Exit intent
- On date
- On time
- On selector click
👍🏻👎🏻 Pros and Cons of Crocoblock
Crocoblock is still a good option to build professional websites with a no-code approach. Especially if you are an Elementor user. But just like other software, there are some cons that Crocoblock has.
In this section, I will share the pros and cons of Crocoblock from my personal point of view. Again, what I will share here is based on my experience with the All-Inclusive plan.
Let’s start from the pros.
Not all WordPress users have a programming background. But they surely can create a professional website — even a complex one — by understanding the basic concept like custom post type, custom field, and other terms in the WordPress world.
Also, not all WordPress users really have adequate web design background. But thanks to a visual editor a page builder offers, they can create a decent website with a drag-and-drop editing experience.
With Crocoblock, you can create nearly all type of websites with a no-code approach. No need to touch a single line of code at all. You can use JetEngine to create dynamic content, JetElements to add create elements to your design, JetMenu to create a beautiful menu, and more. You have countless options to unleash your creativity, while also further learn web design and web development.
In general, here are some positive things I found on Crocoblock:
- Plenty of design elements to unleash your creativity in web design
- Dynamic content support to create a more complex dynamic website without coding
- Centralized settings panel
- One-time payment option is available to save yearly expense in the long term
JetElements was the first Crocoblock plugin I bought before I subscribed to the Crocoblock All-Inclusive plan. I bought the plugin for one main reason: It had cool design elements, better than Elementor’s native design elements. After further exploring the Crocoblock website, I found other useful plugins with specific functionalities. Including JetMenu and JetBlog.
Later on, I started to wonder why didn’t Crocoblock put the functionalities of JetElements, JetMenu, and JetBlog intro a single plugin.
That’s what I don’t really like about Crocoblock. It develops too many plugins in which the functionalities can actually be put together into a single plugin. JetElements, JetMenu, JetBlog, and JetTabs should be a single plugin in my opinion.
With Elementor continue to add new features, some plugins from Crocoblock are no longer relevant. For instance, you no longer need to install JetTabs to create a tabbed gallery. Those who love ACF will not use JetEngine to create a listing page since Elementor already has a native loop builder feature.
Here are things I don’t like about Crocoblock.
- Too many plugins for functionalities that can actually be put together into a single plugin.
- The pricing options are not that good for a single project
📝 The Verdict: Is Crocoblock Still Recommended?
A quick answer to the above question is, yes. Crocoblock is still recommended if you are looking for a feature-rich plugin set to enrich your building experience with Elementor. However, it’s only recommended if you create a website for a client. For a self-own website, I would rather be using Elementor Pro. If I need to add dynamic content, I can install ACF.
Or actually, the answer can be different depending on what website type you want to create.
While Elementor keeps adding new feature to the pro version, including loop builder and display conditions, some features that Crocoblock offers are not available in Elementor yet. So, for some cases, Crocoblock is still a better solution that Elementor Pro.
You need to learn your needs first before deciding whether you need to subscribe to a Crocoblock plan or not.