Divi is an exceptional theme in many ways. I have seen few themes that are as multifaceted as Divi which makes it a great theme for pretty much any purpose. Coupled with its great graphics and a powerful page builder it certainly is a worthy contender for title of best multipurpose theme.
Great graphics, multi purpose orientation and a powerful page builder, this in and of itself is a potent combination. But having used Divi on a test site, I can tell you that it is certainly a theme that be used by a non developer to create a functional and elegant website with the least amount of effort. And personally I believe that the best themes should always be capable of lending voice to the creative intent of any online entrepreneur without distinguishing those who can and can not code. And Divi certainly goes a long way in that regard as well. Read our detailed Divi theme review to find out more.
Let’s have a closer inspection of Divi, before heaping further praise.
A Preview Of Divi’s Appearance
Let’s have a first hand look at how a Divi run website looks. A theme is the cloak that adorns your website’s content, your content is only as attractive as its theme allows it to be. You’ll see that by using Divi, your content can be placed on the most visually impressive of pedestals for your readership to enjoy.
Now creating a website like the one shown in the preview shown above takes a quite a bit of ability and some prior programming knowledge without a page builder.
But with Divi page builder, the process is made easy enough for those who are looking to build their own websites but aren’t technically savvy enough to do. Enough about the Divi builder, we’ll get to that in greater detail later in the Divi review.
From the ePanel, you can access some pretty important stuff relevant to any website. Under General settings, you can manage your site’s logo, favicon, navigation bar, MailChimp API, your aWeber authorization code and display social media accounts on your site.
Accessing the navigation tab in ePanel will help create the right navigation for your websites and modify, the number and choice of pages and categories. Ad Management permits for easy handling of your site’s display advertisement and the sizes of the banners. Apart from that you can read the documentation for your theme, add any additional code with integration, achieve the desired level of search engine optimization and manage your layout settings. Pretty normal stuff for any good theme.
Divi Appearance Customization Panel
Divi comes to you with the customization options under Appearance > Customize. And from here you can change the color schemes, navigation for your site, fonts, background image, widgets and also opt for a static front page. There a quite a number of new features in Divi 2.5 added to the customization panel that are bound to catch your eye. More information about Divi 2.5 theme update is available here.
Since version 2.5 Divi theme now supports Module Customizer via the familiar WordPress Theme Customizer live preview. It brings many useful features that will help you to create personalized modules with ese. To get an idea how it looks we have prepared you a screenshot:
Divi Builder – A Powerful Drag & Drop Tool
If one were asked to identify the ultimate selling point of this theme, it has to be the page builder capabilities.
Once you open Pages > Add New, under the standard add new page title bar, you’ll notice a use “Page Builder” button. Click on the button and this is what awaits you.
Upon initial inspection, it does not look like much. But upon proceeding to use it further you realize there is much more to it than meets the eye.
Now you can choose to load one of the 32 premade layouts available to you or you can create your own. But the list of premade layouts is pretty extensive and it encompases the appropriate page layouts for multiple purposes, at least one of which should be the right fit for your website.
Personally, I did try to create a layout, but I found it rather difficult to conceptualize the type of site I am looking for. The easier option would be to use a premade layout and then edit it according to my needs.
If you were to load the Homepage Shop layout, the builder would automatically load a complete schematic of the ideal shopping website.
As you might have guessed by now, it is good to start with a premade layout, it saves a great deal of time. But if you do intend to create your own site with numerous new pages, Divi builder is a pretty handy tool. You can add sections, full width sections, speciality sections and modules for functionality.
Basically when you add a new section, you can not start adding modules because the particular section hasn’t been divided into columns yet. Columns are a way of splitting your sections into different widths as a ratio of the site’s entire width. With full width sections, you jump right to adding modules. Modules are an easy way to add functionality to the various sections of the new page you are creating.
If you’d rather not select columns manually, then add a speciality section and you’ll get a number of column choices dividing the section into multiple blocks of differing sizes.
After adding the appropriate number of sections and columns, we finally get to adding the necessary modules to make your page whole. Divi builder is packed with a ton of options at your disposal.
Apart from adding modules, you can also add your own personal touch to it and add CSS to modify the module’s appearance. With sections as well, you can add a custom background for each section and also enable custom CSS with a CSS ID.
Sections, columns and modules make up the building blocks of your custom page. You can move sections and modules easily and switch positions to meet your requirements.
If Divi page builder is the first drag and drop builder you’ve ever used, the page builder may be a bit difficult to handle at first. But once you see the page builder, it will take a few minutes at best to familiarize yourself with the builder’s options.
Another thing that will come in handy is the layout importer which permits you to add layouts from your previous themes and websites. That way you do not have to create pages from scratch.
How Does It Look ?
Now if you were to construct something simple. And you do so in under an hour, wondering what it would look like ?
It doesn’t take a great deal of effort to create a simple and yet highly effective clean homepage for your website.
Easy To Create With Builder For A WP Newbie ?
You may be confused by the number of options in front of you when using the Divi builder. But if you stick with it for a while and use the premade layouts to help get you started, then using the builder to create a complex web page shouldn’t be a challenging task.
It is designed for the non-tech savvy folks who are looking for the right tool to give voice to the creative imaginations in the manner of a creative, elegant web page.
Other Theme Options – Languages & RTL
This theme has 32 built in translations in addition to being fully translatable and comes with full RTL support as well.
So your website doesn’t need to be limited to any region because of language.
Support And Documentation
From what I’ve heard and read, most customers have found the support responsive and sufficient. But with the documentation they provide, it is unlikely that you’ll need to avail of their support.
Elegant themes provides quite extensive documentation about their themes generally. Divi’s documentation is aimed at helping the non tech savvy to familiarize themselves with the theme and its features.
If you are concerned about your ability to use this theme to the fullest, I would suggest that you have a look at the documentation provided.
Any revenue generating website or high traffic website needs to be genuinely concerned with security. WordPress is a secure platform and there aren’t more than few vulnerabilities that have been exposed in the last few years. That being said you are certainly right to look for excellent security features from your theme. And Divi does not disappoint.
The engineers at Elegant Themes have made it a point to make their themes as secure as possible. Sucuri is one of the best providers of security solutions for websites using the WordPress platform. A code audit by Sucuri, having gone through Divi’s code have confirmed that it is a secure platform for your WordPress site.
Websites using Divi WordPress Theme
There are thousands of websites powered by Divi theme and to keep this review shorter we decided to create another article where we have showcases over 30 awesome websites. You can find these Divi them examples here.
Divi along with 86 other themes and 6 other plugins are priced at $89 per year. $89 for a single theme may be considered pricey by some, but for 86 themes and 6 plugins it is extremely good value for money. And you shouldn’t discount the value of their other themes and plugins, they are equally well engineered. A good example would be Monarch, Elegant Themes’ social sharing plugin which one of the best social sharing plugins for a WordPress site.
The personal package is priced at $69 per year, but that comes without the plugins. Or if you like the plugins and themes a great deal and you’ve already paid for the personal package, you can upgrade it to Lifetime Access which is priced at a one time payment of $249. The purchase also comes with a 30 day money back guarantee, if you decide that Divi isn’t for you. But honestly even if you did, there is almost certainly bound to be a theme among 86 other choices that is just right for your website. These are the main things you should know about this theme and here are some things that we would like to say to conclude our Divi review.
- Ideal for the non tech savvy online entrepreneur
- Truly multi purpose, designed for freelancers, small agencies/businesses, magazines and online stores
- The ability to craft powerful landing pages for any website without any knowledge of HTML/CSS
- One of the best drag & drop page builders with multiple premade layouts, modules and sections
- Aesthetic design & great graphics
- Compatible with WooCommerce, Aweber, MailChimp and Google Maps
- Useful documentation for people new to the WordPress platform
- Lifetime updates
- Very good value for money
- Number of options can potentially overwhelm you
- Not the best option for developers
- If you switch from Divi to any other theme, then there is a disaster waiting to happen..
- Main Theme Options panel looks outdated
There are few themes if any, that offers so much in the way of choice to a WordPress newbie. The theme is well designed and the use of all of its features is pretty intuitive. It caters to the needs of all possible niches. The page builder is a powerful ally for any online entrepreneur, it can be used to create landing pages for specific purposes. For those with a little bit of design skill, this theme helps with adding your own CSS code into the theme with little effort.
I am leery of calling any theme the best. But what I can say about Divi, it is a multipurpose theme with a powerful page builder for an online entrepreneur in any niche. This is certainly a theme that anyone who’s interested in creating a WordPress site should have a look at. If you’re a current/past user of Divi or Elegant Themes, let know what you think of the updates in the comments below! And if you have any other questions, fire away! That’s it on our Divi theme review! Cheers 🙂