WordPress Themes vs. WordPress Template Kits – Explaining the Differences

What are template kits?

Template kits are the perfect example of how templates are used for individual pages on a website. Elementor Template Kits are sets of page templates available as collections revolving around a specific theme or site type.

If you take a look at our template library, you’ll see what we mean. Template kits consist of a group of individual templates to be used for a cohesive website. For example, our real estate website template kit consists of templates for every page that a standard real estate company needs to use, as well as templates for individual components, namely pop-ups, headers, footers, contact forms, and so on.

What makes the template kits special is that they are tailored to a specific business goal or user personality. An example of this is our template kit for an online course website. This site is for marketers and industry professionals who want to create and deliver content in the form of an online course.

With this design persona in mind, we knew without much prior user research that the users of this template kit would appeal to an audience made up of savvy internet users interested in a modern educational medium like online courses. From this we deduced that the website should have a modern, tech-savvy style, with a design language that appeals to, for example, young professionals who want to expand their skills and advance their careers.

What is the difference between a template and a template kit?

They may sound synonymous, because it’s true that both WordPress templates and template kits come with pre-designed elements that can be used on a per-page or even per-component basis. By default, however, template kits are a collection of templates that are not just theme-based, but a “complete package” that includes all the pages and design components web developers need to create a website of a specific category. Also, template kits are easier to edit and customize, while templates tend to be hard-coded.

Of course, there are many other differences between templates and template kits, including the following:

  1. Our template kit includes every page you need for a complete website: a home page, a contact page, an about us page, a gallery/project exhibition page where relevant, a blog archive and a single post page, as well as a header and footers, generic pop-ups, 404 pages, and so on.
  2. Going forward, with Elementor Template Kits you will be able to download an entire kit with a single click or choose which parts of our kit you want to download – unlike some WordPress themes (not templates) that allow this ability to import demo content (some have it and some don’t, also of those that do, some have the ability to choose which parts of the demo content to import and some not).
  3. With the Elementor Template Kits you have the flexibility to use global colors, global typography, theme style, etc. with the option to make exceptions and give different definitions to specific images, text, title names, etc.

What is the difference between a template kit and a theme?

Template kits are similar to themes in that each template in the kit uses the same color scheme, typography, spacing conventions, and essentially the same brand values ​​and motifs. However, these kits also differ from themes in that you have more options to make your own theme customizations;

Some other differences between template kits and WordPress themes:

  1. Many WordPress themes rely on external WordPress plugins for everything to display properly. This means that in addition to installing the theme, you need to install additional plugins for the website to work and display properly.
  2. To customize a theme or template, you often have to use CSS codes.
  3. Very often WordPress themes use shortcodes to create the content. In these cases, replacing the theme will break the content and require you to rebuild the site. In contrast, the Elementor Template Kits build the content directly in Elementor, without shortcodes. So if you are using Elementor to create your content, switching themes will not “break” the content.

For example, you can use a template element from the kit, but detach it from the template so that you can make specific changes to it in one instance. However, other places on the site where this template has been used will not be affected by your “one-off” change.

Using template kits as website design

With our recently launched kits library, building a complete website just got easier. Each kit contains all the website components you need: page content, header, footer, archive pages, single pages, pop-ups, site settings, global settings (colors, fonts, etc.).

You can use our wide range of kits, or you can create your own personalized kit to use with any new website, containing the individual elements you need to build a complete website and customizing each element for that particular site.

Template kits are the fastest option for building a brand new website and we’ve officially reduced your workflow to a small series of clicks.

Knowledge is power

Now that you have a better understanding of what WordPress resources are available for your site, you can see why assets like template kits will make your web building process even more robust, smooth, and easier. The scope of what you can do with WordPress sites knows no bounds, and maximizing the potential of template kits, WordPress themes, templates, and page builders will allow you to achieve better results than ever before.

Translated by Lisa Kraus
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