Which WordPress theme do you work with? I prefer to use the Divi theme (aff.). In this episode we’ll be taking a look at the theme that I use and why I can recommend it to you. You’ll get answers to these questions:
- What exactly is Divi?
- What does it do?
- How does it work?
- And what can you run into?
In the previous episode of this blog series, I took you on a tour of the WordPress dashboard. One of the menu items we had a look at was Appearance. This is where you can change the appearance of your website and work on the design of the website using a WordPress theme.
Divi is an all-in-one theme and page builder
Divi is more than just a theme. It’s an all-in-one theme and page builder. In the first episode of my previous blog series ‘Create your own WordPress website in 7 steps’, I talked about website builders. So, what is a page builder? A website builder is the software with which you create the website. In this case, that’s WordPress. In the website builder there is a page builder, or ‘editor’, that you use to create and design various web pages according to the theme that has been installed. The default WordPress page builder is Gutenberg, but if you choose one of ThemeForest’s themes, you’ll be using a different one, such as Elementor or Visual Bakery.
These page builders are fine, but you can also choose a separate page builder. Why would you do that? It all depends on your personal preference. Maybe you prefer working with a specific page builder. For example, because it has options that you like or because the page builder in the theme that you’ve chosen doesn’t meet all of your requirements. This might mean that you’ll have to look for another page builder, which is something you can do without if you’re creating a website for the first time or if you’re not very experienced. I myself love working with Divi. With its, or to be precise ‘her’, all-in-one website building solution, Divi is a real diva among WordPress themes.
Visually build anything very easily
This brings me to my next question: What does Divi do? As the name all-in-one suggests, Divi enables you to create and design a website at the same time, and tailor it to your requirements as well. What Divi’s designers call advanced visual builder technology, enables you to ‘visually build’ anything very easily using drag ‘n’ drop. With a huge library of templates and layouts to choose from, or by building from scratch, you can, for example, make your own headers and footers, and sectors with rows and columns. In addition, you can add content blocks, fill stylesheets with code to configure all of the pages in your WooCommerce webshop in the same style and layout, create all of the buttons at the same time, or give the checkout page an entirely different look and feel.
Now, let’s look at how Divi works. It’s very simple. You’re in the driver’s seat from the moment it has been installed. When you create your first page, you have three options: 1. Build from scratch, 2. Choose a premade layout, 3. Clone existing page. I advise you to choose the second option, because then you can load one of the many layouts from the library and won’t have to edit much. Because all of the pages and layouts are saved, you can choose a layout from the library again or decide to clone (duplicate) an existing page when you create a new page later on. Is this too complicated for you and do you prefer something even simpler? In that case, I would download a beautiful theme from the ThemeForest website if I were you.
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Divi caters to tailor-made solutions
“Hey,” I can hear you say, “I thought Divi was supposed to be user-friendly.” Well, it is. Even so, it’s not suitable for everyone. If you want to create a simple website without too much effort and don’t need to change anything in the design, then you won’t need all of the options that Divi has to offer. Divi is for people who create tailor-made solutions, for instance for clients, and gladly put in some extra work. Let me give you an example. Using the WooCommerce plugin you make simple WordPress webshops. Especially if you stick to the standard page layouts. However, once you start styling the pages, you need to use CSS code and that takes time and effort.
The same applies when you create website forms, for example, for online surveys or price calculations for a webshop. You can easily do a good job using Divi for that, unless you’re making a form that needs certain conditions. Here are a couple of examples. Say that the calculation of the total price of an order in your webshop is built up of more components than just the number of products, sales tax, and weight and measurements for shipping. For example, because a discount is given on the purchase of a certain quantity or of a combination of two of the total of five products in an order.
Or imagine that in a survey, the respondents may only choose five of ten options, or that an option is necessary where respondents can state that none of the situations A, B and C apply. Divi isn’t suitable for these types of situations, so you’ll need a plugin like Gravity Forms. This enables you to set specific conditions with jQuery, and using CSS code, you can style the form with the same design as the website’s.
What you see is what you get
Anyway, these are very specific situations that can’t be solved by other themes either. In my experience, I can safely say that Divi is a very user-friendly theme with which you can very easily create and design a website to meet all of your requirements. What I also love about Divi, is that you can use a so-called ‘child theme’. A child theme is a theme in which you can place your own stylesheets, php scripts and so on, and overwrite the Divi main theme files with your own adaptations. After this, you can develop this child theme to your heart’s content. The advantage of this is that you can always fall back on the main theme. And because of Divi’s ‘What you see is what you get’ (WYSIWYG) principle, you can view what you’re creating straight away in real time in 3 display modes: desktop computer, tablet and smartphone.
Are you going to use Divi too?
Now you know what Divi is, what it does and how it works, you can decide for yourself if you’re going to use it. This summary can help you to decide:
- Divi is an all-in-on theme and page builder
- You can use it to create and design a website
- It’s very user-friendly
- It uses drag ‘n’ drop
- You can use standard templates and layouts
- But you can also build from scratch
- It’s geared to creating tailor-made solutions
- You can view what you’re creating straight away in real time
Are you going to use Divi too? You can buy and download Divi on the Elegant Themes website (aff.).