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Elementor Launches Hello Theme on WordPress.org

Once installed, the first step is to create a page and select “Edit in Elementor.” From there users can select from a library of different landing page templates or start building their own layouts from scratch.

Hello is not a new theme. Elementor first released it on GitHub in March 2018.

There are a few major drawbacks to using the Hello theme that may hinder its potential growth.

Access to headers, footers, and widgets is restricted to Elementor Pro users. This seems like a confusing way to build a WordPress site and might be a useful detail to include in the theme’s description on WordPress.org. If there’s another way to access headers and footers without purchasing Elementor Pro, we wasn’t able to find it.

WooCommerce store owners should be aware that the Hello theme does not yet offer comprehensive support for WooCommerce page styles. Although the release post advertises the theme as having “out-of-the-box” compatibility with WooCommerce, the store pages are bare bones and not very attractive. One user commented that the checkout and cart pages do not look very inviting and asked if it will be possible to edit fonts and colors with Elementor.

Some users who switched from the Astra theme, another one commonly used by Elementor users, have reported significant (50%) decreases in loading time on real world sites after switching to the Hello theme. Elementor claims that it is “the fastest WordPress theme ever created,” but the comparison benchmarks posted don’t include any themes that are known for high performance.

The primary purpose of the Hello theme is to offer compatibility with the page builder, but it is not recommended for users who are not using Elementor.