Rebuild / Convert WPBakery Page Builder / Visual Composer to Elementor

Before the tutorial, I would like to share my journey of ThemeForest, Divi and Elementor. You may use the jump to link to skip to the tutorial.

Ex-lover: ThemeForest + Visual Composer

I used to love ThemeForest + Visual Composer, It provides a nice user experience on web development for non-coder like me. And I can create a beautiful website just like the theme’s template. Yes, just like the template, and there are thousands of them lookalike over the internet.

When I need to change the layout design, it turns to a nightmare, either you stick with the current theme design or switch to another ThemeForest theme, it cost you time and money to rebuild all over again.

Another problem with ThemeForest theme, most of them are the multi-purpose theme, they provide you everything all in one package, way more than what you need, and it turns your website becoming very slow website.

Ex-lover: Divi Builder by Elegant Theme

Therefore, I came across Divi Builder. Very affordable price at only USD180 for the Life Time usage and it provide more freedom to create the website layout based on my requirement.

It was a happy journey at the beginning, the learning curve is fine and I found myself create a much better website with Divi Builder.

The honeymoon ended with updates, the Divi Builder version 3.X always breaks my websites when I need to update, this is such a horrible experience. End up I spends more time to solve the problem.

There are lots of complaints on the Divi Builder Facebook user group, and some members recommend a new page builder call Elementor.

After a few days of playing around Elementor, I decided to subscribe to the expert package and never look back.

Problem: Slow WPBakery Page Builder / Visual Composer website loads in 27sec

This website is built with ThemeForest’s theme with Visual Composer. It loads so slow and the client keeps facing trouble with it.

Slow WordPress Website
Slow WordPress Website Warning
Rebuild / Convert WPBakery Page Builder / Visual Composer to Elementor
Rebuild / Convert WPBakery Page Builder / Visual Composer to Elementor and optimise from 27sec to 1.2sec

They put a notice to warning visitors about the slow loading website. To try to get better performance, the client hosts in AWS EC2, but the cost is so expensive. (595 request loads under 27sec is a pretty good performance)

Other problems that I found after the site audit

  • WordPress, theme & plugin are outdated for years.
  • Outdated PHP.
  • The website had been developed by numbers of times, they never remove whatever themes & plugins they no longer needed.
  • They installed lots of plugins to achieve some simple layout design.
  • Multiple repeated function plugins.
  • Use WPBakery Page Builder (Visual Composer) to create a post!

8 easy steps on how to rebuild (convert) the website from WPBakery Page Builder (Visual Composer) to Elementor and make slow website load very fast in 1 sec

1. Create a staging site via Migrate Guru

  • Backup! Always backup first.
  • Create an A record “dev” and point to your staging server IP address.
    if you use dev, the staging site URL will be https.dev.website.com
  • I use Migrate Guru to mirage the website from the live site https://website.com to https://dev.website.com

2. Remove WPBakery Page Builder / Visual Composer and others unnecessary themes and plugins

  • Records down the current list of plugins
  • Remove unnecessary extra themes, but I always keep a basic WordPress theme like Twenty Twenty for debug purpose.
  • Remove WPBakery Page Builder / Visual Composer and other unnecessary extra plugin

3. Remove the Shortcode with Shortcode cleaner

When you remove the WPBakery Page Builder (Visual Composer) plugin, it will leave you tons of shortcode and is very time-consuming to go through page by page to remove. The Shortcode Cleaner Pro saves me lots of time & effect. Furthermore, the development is very helpful. Below is some of the Pro features.

  • Clean up the backend editor admin content.
  • Clean up the content into a database.
  • Clean up broken shortcodes that are left from any page builder.
  • Show broken shortcodes status in the admin bar.
  • Force any active shortcodes to be broken [inactive].
  • Clean up unlimited number of posts, pages [intsead of just 100 in lite version].
  • Add new custom frontend site content filters.
  • Use default backend Admin WP content filters.
  • Add new custom backend admin content filters.

4. Optimise the Database

Advanced Database Cleaner Pro
Advanced Database Cleaner Pro
Advanced Database Cleaner Pro Table
Advanced Database Cleaner Pro Table

5. Redesign the website with Elementor page builder

I use Hello Theme with Elementor Pro‘s theme builder function to redesign header, footer, page & post layout. Said goodbye the slow multi-purpose theme from ThemeForest

6. Make use of Code Snippets

Some functions you don’t really need a plugin, and you can use code snippets to replace it. Below are some sites for code snippets.

7. Use Gutenberg to handle the post

Use Elementor Theme builder function to design a Post template with a call to actions, and use Gutenberg Block to draft out few post template for the client, so they can be duplicate the template and replace with their text & graphic.

Always remember Elementor is Page Builder, not post builder. You should NOT use Elementor to create the post, use Gutenberg Block.

8. Website Optimisation

You may check up my other post WordPress Speed Optimization to score 100 on Google PageSpeed Insights

Result: From 27sec to 1sec

And finally, the rebuild website load way faster than before, from 27.1sec (hosts in AWS with EC2) to 1.2sec (hosts in shared hosting WPWebHost), reduce the page size from 57.1MB to 755KB and reduce the requests from 595 to 54 requests.

Convert From Visual Composer To Elementor
Convert From Visual Composer To Elementor

Ending Thoughts

I hope this tutorial will help you to solve your problem. Buy me a coffee ☕ if this tutorial really helps.

And if you have any question please give me a shout to my comment box. I’ll try to help you accordingly.  If you need Rebuild / Convert from WPBakery Visual Composer to Elementor service, hire me to get the dirty job done. Money-back guarantee!

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