The Divi WordPress theme is huge. Half a million websites use this theme and rising! I have had an account with Elegant Themes since 2011, and most of their offerings are somewhat dated or very pedestrian/uninspiring, but the Divi theme has transformed Elegant’s fortunes. Why is it so popular?
To quote Elegant Themes, “Divi’s new visual builder allows you to create and edit your pages on the front-end of your website. When you load the builder, you see your page exactly as you would if you were browsing your website normally. With the builder activated, however, everything on the page becomes editable! You can click into any element and adjust its content, size, spacing, color, positioning and more. You can add, duplicate and delete content, drag content from one area to another and load items from your library instantly. All of the Divi modules and settings that you are familiar with are still there, enhanced and simplified through the new visual interface.”
So that’s it – it all sounds simple. Anyone can install the Divi theme and create a website. Er….well not quite. There are loads of things to configure to get your pages looking nice. Some of these, although they may not involve code are quite technical.
The biggest problem with Divi is if you change your mind and want to use another theme. With most themes you may have some work to do in the options panel but the page content remains untouched. This does not happen with Divi. If you change to another theme your pages will look something like this….
Lots of horrible code. If you change themes you more or less have to start from scratch, which is something to be aware of.
I’m not anti-Divi, I have used it myself on numerous occasions, and there are lots of child themes on the market, but if you opt for Divi it had better be forever if you don’t want to start again.