Categories Element

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The Categories element allows you to display categories loop from Blog, Shop or Portfolio post type. It also offers many features like a layout, filter, skin styles, etc. You can change the featured image size, set hover effect and other settings.

Common uses:

  • Showing Blog Categories
  • Showing Portfolio Categories
  • Showing WooCommerce Categories
Beware! This element is a part of the Raven elements. Raven is an exclusive plugin developed by Artbees which represents new useful elements to Elementor. 

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Displaying a Categories Element

To add a Categories element to a page:

Add a new page or edit an existing one.
Click on Edit with Elementor button.

From the left dashboard, search for a “Categories”.

Drag and drop the Categories element to your page.

A new dashboard on the left will open with the element’s settings. These are explained below.


Skin Sets a pre-designed skin: either Outer Content or Inner Content.
Source Sets the source of the categories: Blog, Shop or Portfolio.
Specific Categories Choose custom categories to show.


Layout Sets the layout for categories section. It can be Grid or Masonry.
Columns Set the columns number of the categories. You can choose up to 6 columns.
Image Size Sets image source size between the WordPress Image sizes or define a custom size. More information can be found here. This is different than the Image Ratio option in the Style tab for the Featured Image.
Hover Effect Sets the animation on hover.

You can show/hide the element parts in the settings. Here is the list of things you can show or hide on the categories element:

  • Feature Image
  • Title
  • Sub Categories
  • Description
  • Button

When you show/hide these options in settings, they will automatically show/hide in Style tab.


Exclude Excludes custom categories you set in this setting.


Column Spacing Sets the space between categories columns.
Row Spacing Sets the space between categories rows.
Padding Sets paddings around the categories.
Alignment Aligns the categories content on a page.
Background Color Type Sets a background color for categories.
Border Type Sets the border around the categories.
Border Width Sets the width of the border.
Border Radius Sets a custom radius for the border.
Color Sets the border color.
Box Shadow Sets the shadow around the categories.


There are also general settings for the options that you enabled in the “Content” tab in “Settings” section:

  • Feature Image
  • Title
  • Description
  • Button

Responsive Options

You can choose to have different settings on different screen sizes for some of the Categories element options. Whenever you see this icon, it means that you can choose different screen size and freely change that options for your specific resolution.

At first you’ll see the icon for desktop layout only

But when you click that icon, you’ll get two more layouts: for tablet and phone.

To learn more about it, please check this article.

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