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July 12, 2022

As a Drag-and-Drop Visual Editor, the popular WordPress Elementor plugin allows you to customize content elements to create unique website layouts easily.

Fixing Common Errors: WordPress Elementor Plugin

Elementor remains one of the most popular and widely used page builders available to WordPress users. As a Drag-and-Drop Visual Editor, the WordPress Elementor plugin allows you to customize content elements to create unique website layouts. Unfortunately, you may run into some issues using any WordPress plugin, and Elementor is not an exception. In this article, we will review five most common Elementor errors and learn how to fix them.

Is the WordPress Elementor Plugin Good for WordPress Beginners?

Yes, indeed! Because of its easy-to-use Drag-and-Drop Visual EditorElementor is the best solution for anyone who wants to quickly design websites without the hassle of editing any code. 

As the most popular page builder for WordPress, Elementor lives up to its reputation for being the ultimate WordPress page builder. Many of its templates and widgets are available for free, and the user interface is fast and efficient.

Why is the WordPress Elementor Plugin Running So Slow?

If Elementor is running slowly, there is most likely heavy CPU consumption caused by plugins or a lack of server resources. In most cases, the solution is to increase your memory limit or look into more powerful cloud hosting option.

Overview of the WordPress Elementor Plugin

Elementor has become the page builder plugin of choice for many WordPress site owners in recent years. The plugin currently has over five million activations, making it one of the most installed page builders. The WordPress Elementor plugin provides an intuitive, user-friendly interface and features many modules for web design elements of all kinds. It has also earned its place among the Nexcess WordPress and WooCommerce Hosting Plans/Plugins.

Elementor is supported by a passionate community of software developers who contribute to the plugin’s success by creating various add-ons. Elementor add-ons are extensions for the Elementor platform that enhance the default functionality and provide more customization options for building dynamic web pages.

Elementor System Requirements

The first step to avoiding issues with the WordPress Elementor plugin is ensuring all system requirements are met for using the page builder on your website. Here are the current systems requirements announced by Elementor:

  • WordPress Version: 5.2 or greater.
  • PHP Version: or greater.
  • MySQL/MariDB Version: MySQL 5.6 or greater, MariaDB 10.0 or greater.
  • PHP Memory Limit: 128 MB or greater.

The 3 Common Reasons Behind WordPress Page Builders Errors & How to Address Them

Before we can dive into the process of understanding and fixing the top five common WordPress Elementor plugin errors, we need to understand what lies at the heart of plugin issues. It may sound surprising, but the vast majority of plugin errors are caused by the same problems, especially regarding page builders. Below we have gathered the top three common reasons behind the errors generated from WordPress page builders and how to address them so that the corresponding Elementor error or errors are fixed.

Error Reason #1: Plugin Conflicts

A WordPress plugin is a piece of software that gets built into your website to extend and enhance its functionality in different ways. Website owners tend to install many various plugins to manage every aspect of their website. The question of how many plugins should be activated on a WordPress site at once has been one of the most frequently discussed topics in the WordPress community. The more third-party plugins installed at once, the higher the chance of code conflict that results in various errors and plugin malfunctions. 

When it comes to page builder plugins in general, and Elementor in particular, plugins or themes incompatibility is one of the most common reasons why errors occur. Plugin conflicts can include Elementor conflicting with other WordPress plugins or having various incompatible Elementor add-ons installed simultaneously.

How to Address a Plugin Conflict

Addressing a plugin conflict means understanding what plugin or plugins cause another plugin’s malfunction. You can manually deactivate all plugins and activate them one by one to locate the source of the conflict. Some Elementor add-ons can be incompatible, so you may need to disable all of them the same way.

Error Reason #2: Server-Side Issues & Server Limits

Server-side issues form a considerable segment of the root causes that can affect your website's functionality and performance. WordPress allows you to build dynamic database-driven websites that rely on PHP as the programming language in use. Therefore, any issues that occur during the PHP code execution process are going to cause errors on the website.

The most common server-related issues that can cause errors on the WordPress backend are processes trying to use more memory than can be allocated to them or waiting for a script to be executed for more time than it is allowed — which are frequently referred to as reaching the PHP memory limit or hitting a timeout. The limits are in place to prevent processes from overusing server resources. Still, sometimes the default settings might be causing issues while working with page builders and other high resource usage plugins. 

How to Address a Server-Side Issue

First, it is best to check server logs to determine what caused the error. Then, you can adjust server limits based on the error messages you see in PHP and web server error logs.  

Error Reason #3: Security Tools

Security tools installed on the server are meant to protect your websites from various attacks and minimize the chances of hackers breaking in by exploiting known vulnerabilities. These security tools can include web application firewalls and WordPress security plugins.

For example, Nexcess uses ModSecurity as the web application firewall. ModSecurity presents a set of attack detection rules that a request sent to the website is checked against to protect the website from SQL injections, cross-site scripting attacks, and more. Once a detection rule is triggered, the request is blocked, and an error message is returned.

How to Address a Security Tool Item

Check the logs to see if a ModSecurity rule got triggered. For example, you may need to whitelist your IP address or adjust a particular detection rule to allow a specific URL. If you suspect a security plugin is at fault, temporarily disable the plugin during the troubleshooting process and contact the plugin support if needed.

Top 5 WordPress Elementor Plugin Errors

The WordPress Elementor plugin users can run into issues at all stages of using the popular page builder — from loading the plugin interface to saving a page. Here are the five most common Elementor errors and what causes them. As we reviewed the three most common reasons behind all page builder plugin errors, you will notice that the issues outlined below can be fixed using the approaches we discussed.

Please note that the best approach to troubleshooting any issue is to determine what caused it by thinking of any changes made to the website before the error appeared and checking server logs to get more information. 

Top WordPress Elementor Error #1: Elementor or Its Components Fail to Load

Issue Description

Elementor is stuck on the loading screen presenting, the user with a gray page. You may also be getting a blank page trying to load the plugin or notice that the widgets panel is not loading. 

Possible Causes

There are plugin conflicts, server limits reached, the Elementor system requirements have not been met, or a trigger event with one of the active security tools occurred.


If the editor loads with a blank white page, that might indicate that the system requirements have not been met, the PHP process is reaching its memory limit, or another fatal error occurred in PHP. The gray page that is endlessly loading when trying to open Elementor is most likely caused by a plugin conflict, an Elementor add-ons conflict or occurring PHP fatal errors. When the widget panel fails to load, it can be caused by all reasons listed above, and it is hard to say which one is more likely to be at fault.

Top WordPress Elementor Error #2: Unable to Publish or Update the Page

Issue Description

Collectively, this is a big group of publishing issues that includes all types of errors you may receive when trying to use the Publish/Update button in Elementor. The most common errors are the 500 Internal Server Error and 403 Forbidden Error. You may also notice that you cannot edit a page as you keep getting redirected to the live page.

Possible Causes

There are plugin conflicts, server-side issues, server limits have been reached, or a trigger event with one of the active security tools occurred. 


Plugin conflict or the PHP process reaching the PHP Memory Limit set might be at fault for being redirected to the live page when trying to edit it in Elementor. The 403 Forbidden Error is most likely caused by a security tool condition, where there is a high chance that a ModSecurity rule got triggered while saving an edit to the page. 

All kinds of issues can cause the 500 Internal Server Error, so it is recommended to check PHP and web server error logs to determine the best way to fix it. If you receive a 502 Error, try saving the edit again or using another browser.

Top WordPress Elementor Error #3: Changes Not Getting Applied on the Live Pages

Issue Description

Sometimes you may notice that the changes you make to your website pages are not applied after saving them. 

Possible Causes

The browser or server-side caching is causing this condition.


If you do not see the changes you made applied to your website from Elementor, clear the cache in your browser. If it does not help, you may need to flush the WordPress cache and the CDN cache. If you are using Memcached or Redis, you would want to take additional steps to clear the cache on the server side. If clearing the cache does not work, regenerate the CSS file by clicking Regenerate Files & Data option from Elementor > Tools area.

Top WordPress Elementor Error #4: Page Not Found

Issue Description

You are getting a 404 Page Not Found Error when you try to navigate to a specific page.

Possible Causes

There are plugin conflicts, broken WordPress permalinks, server limits have been reached, or a trigger event with one of the active security tools occurred.  


The 404 Page Not Found Error can be caused by broken permalinks. It can be addressed by resetting the permalinks structure. A plugin conflict might be at fault, or you might be hitting the PHP Memory Limit or running into another fatal error in PHP. A ModSecurity rule triggered can also return a 404 Error Code, but it is rare.

Top WordPress Elementor Error #5: The Edit with Elementor Button Missing

Issue Description

The Edit with Elementor button has disappeared from the WordPress Admin Bar.

Possible Causes

There are plugin or theme conflicts, or the proper post types have not been selected.


Ensure that the relevant post type is selected from Post Types by reviewing them in Elementor > Settings > General area. If the post type is selected, consider if any changes have been made to the site recently, including updating the WordPress version or adding any custom code added. You can also temporarily switch to a default WordPress theme to rule out any issues with the current one. A plugin conflict may also be at fault regarding the Edit with Elementor button missing.

Conclusion: WordPress Elementor Plugin & Fixes for Common Errors

The WordPress Elementor plugin is the page builder of choice for many website owners due to the fantastic functionality it provides for web page creation. However, to minimize the possibility of experiencing issues with the plugin, it is key to meet the Elementor system requirements. The vast majority of errors that may appear while using Elementor are caused by plugin conflicts, reaching server limits, or server security tools blocking the requests. Knowing how to diagnose and troubleshoot page builder plugins’ errors can help you address these issues appropriately in a timely manner.

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Kiki Sheldon
Kiki Sheldon

Kiki works as a Security Specialist for Liquid Web. Before joining the Abuse & Security Operations Department, she worked on the Liquid Web Managed Hosting Support Team, where she gained extensive knowledge of Linux System Administration and popular Content Management Systems (CMSs).

Kiki’s passion for writing allows her to share her professional expertise and help others. She keeps up with technology and always looks to improve her technical skills. In her free time, she enjoys reading, especially classic books and detective stories.

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