Removing elementor from your WordPress website could be your personal or professional choice as per your site’s requirements, And I respect that.
But before moving further, If you are removing elementor just because of lack of features or proper customer support, then I advise you to go for elementor pro ( Start with just $49/year ) and you will get the access to use lots of elementor pro features and premium support.
Now back to the topic, here I will not only share with you, how you can remove elementor from your website but also if you just want to remove it from any specific page(s).
Along with that, you will also get to know how you can clean up your WordPress database after deleting the elementor.
Sounds interesting?… Let’s Start.
Remove Elementor From WordPress
You can remove elementor from your WordPress website completely by following the steps:
- Go to Plugins and find Elementor in the list of your installed plugins.
- Deactivate the elementor plugin. If you are using elementor pro at your site, then make sure to deactivate that as well.
- After deactivation, you will see the link to delete the elementor plugin. You can delete elementor and elementor pro (if you are using pro).
- And that’s it, elementor got removed from your website.
Remove Elementor From Page
You want to keep and use elementor but just want to remove it from a specific page, then you can try the following steps:
- First, go to the Pages and find that page, for which you want to remove elementor.
- Click on the Edit link to open that page in edit mode.
- Now, you will see the Back to WordPress Editor Button either under the title (if using WordPress classic editor) or at the very top (if using WordPress block editor).
- Click on the Back to WordPress Editor button and it will ask you to confirm, click on continue.
- That’s it, it will set the default WordPress editor for you. Now you can edit your page with a WordPress editor.
- At the very last, Make sure you change the template under the Page Attribute setting to default or any other template, but it should not be Elementor Canvas or Elementor Full Width.
- Now save your changes and it’s done.
Remove Elementor From Database | Clean Database After Removing Elementor
Ok, before sharing this with you, let me tell you this is not a mandatory step to remove elementor from WordPress, you can do that by following the above steps.
It’s just an additional step for those who want to clean up their WordPress database,
Note: Please take a complete backup of your website before making any changes in the database or running any SQL query.
Again, I will not recommend you to do this until you know what you are doing and you have a good understanding of SQL queries and databases.
- First login to your host and find PHPMyAdmin and open it.
- Find your website’s database and click on it.
- Click on SQL to run the SQL query.
- Copy the query given below and paste it into the SQL box. (don’t forget to change the table name in the SQL query before running. eg: you can use wp_postmeta table, but make sure you added the correct prefix as per your tables)
SELECT * FROM `your_table_name` WHERE `meta_key` LIKE '%_elementor%'
- The above query will get you all the results created by elementor in that particular table.
- Now you can select all these results by clicking check all.
- In the next step to delete them, click on the delete link.
- Once you click on the delete, it will ask you to confirm.
- Click on Yes, and it will delete all the records created by elementor in that table.
- After that, you can repeat steps 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 for each table and remove data stored by elementor in the database.
Should You Remove Elementor From Your WordPress Website?
As I said at the start, it’s an individual’s choice to keep elementor or not, and also depends upon the website design and functional requirements. But there are a few things you will have to keep in mind before removing it.
- It can break the layout and design of your website if your website has layouts and pages designed with elementor.
- It can also break and stop the functionalities in your site if those are added by elementor.
- If you are removing it, just because you are not finding it useful due to the limitation of the free version then you can go with elementor pro and you will get so many features, options, and premium support with it.