Envato Elements is a game changer. It’s similar to a WordPress theme club – but supercharged with way more products than any theme club could offer. Envato is also the owner of ThemeForest, CodeCanyon, PhotoDune, GraphicRiver, VideoHive, AudioJungle and 3DOcean.
I normally try to explain who I think should and shouldn’t use companies when I’m reviewing them. But Envato Elements is different. I can safely say that if you’re a web designer or developer, you should have an account at Envato Elements. The amount of products they give you access to is amazing – along with the amount of money it’ll save you.
Envato Elements will provide you with millions of HTML templates, WordPress themes, WordPress plugins, photos, graphics, videos, audio files and fonts. Literally everything you need to create new websites. Plus, they’re always adding new assets to their collection.
I’d even recommend Envato Elements to new developers. Their membership includes access to EnvatoTuts+ which provides you with over 1,200 video courses and tutorials. This includes some great material on how to design and develop websites.
Who is Envato Elements For?
I’ll review some of the assets offered in one of the following sections, but let’s go ahead and cover which groups of people would benefit from using Envato Elements. If you fall into one of the categories below, you should seriously consider signing up.
- Bloggers looking for high quality graphics or photos to use in their posts.
- Anyone running a WordPress-based website who needs themes or plugins.
- Web designers that need WordPress themes, HTML templates or other assets.
- Merchandise creators that need starter graphics for their product designs.
- Graphic designers who simply need more fonts, brushes, actions, and layer styles.
- Business owners looking for stationery, business cards, and website designs.
- Audio producers who need sound effects for their various projects.
As you may have noticed from the list above, Envato Elements is a great option for many people. While I normally just use their HTML templates and WordPress themes, I still find their platform to be worth it. I’m frankly surprised they haven’t put every WordPress theme club out of business.
How Much Does Membership Cost?
Envato Elements costs $16.50/month. To put their value in perspective: if you just downloaded one product per month, you’re getting your money’s worth. If you’re consistently needing new products, singing up is a no-brainer. There are no limits on how much you can download.
It’s also important to mention that you can cancel your subscription at any time. Additionally, you can continue using any assets you downloaded while your subscription was active. Don’t worry, I’ll be covering the license details in one of the sections below.
What Do You Get Access To?
Here’s a quick breakdown of the assets and how many are available:
- WordPress Themes (828)
- WordPress Plugins (419)
- HTML Templates (2,125)
- CMS Templates (857)
- Stock Photos (777,669)
- Presentation Templates (14,664)
- Graphic Templates (39,567)
- Addons (1,573)
- Music Files (13,852)
- Fonts (4,842)
- 3D Renders (22,608)
- Stock Videos (317,201)
- Video Templates (11,775)
- Graphics (19,704)
- Sound Effects (80,325)
It’s worth noting that Envato Elements does not include all products that are for sale in their various marketplaces. It only includes products that have been added to Envato Elements by their authors. Also, there’s new products being added almost on a daily basis to all of their categories.
How Does the Licensing Work?
Licensing is a big deal when it comes to online assets. All assets are covered under the same license which allows you to use them on your own projects as well as on client projects.
There are two licensing related options whenever you’re downloading an asset:
- Project Use – you’re assigning the item to a specific project.
- Trial Use – examine the item before deciding if you’re going to use it.
In short, you’re paying a small monthly fee to be able to use anything on Envato Elements in commercial projects. If you cancel your subscription, you won’t be able to download assets anymore, but any that you’ve already downloaded and registered can continue to be used.
Envato Elements vs Everyone Else
When you’re looking for digital assets from any of Envato Elements’ competitors, you normally end up with two options: free repositories or commercial repositories.
Free repositories can be great. WordPress.org offers a ton of free themes and places like Pixabay offer a ton of free images. However, their products pale in comparison to Envato Elements.
There’s also a ton of paid competitors out there. Many of them a great, but they just don’t have the resources to provide as many assets as Envato Elements. You have to remember that Envato sources their assets from thousands of sellers that are members of their various platforms.
Regardless of what competitors you may be considering, I highly doubt you’ll find anything close to what they’re able to offer. None of them can compete based on quality, quantity or price.
Some Final Thoughts…
I think the only thing that holds some people back from using Envato Elements is the price. But, how much money would you save if you could cancel all of your memberships to other theme clubs and not have to worry about making one-time purchases anymore?
I personally think that their platform is severely underpriced. If you’re a blogger, website owner, graphic designer, or web developer, you need to be have an account there. The amount of money and time saved by using their assets is well worth the amount they charge.
And don’t worry, if you end up hating your membership, you can cancel your account at any time. You’re not locked into long-term contracts or anything like that. If you want to stop paying, it’s as simple as clicking a button or sending an email to their support team.