The majority of us knows that having a beautiful website can make the difference between success and failure online. I guess no one can think of a case where an ugly, non-responsive website that takes ages to load would be beneficial in any way. Now you installed WordPress on your hosting provider and want to give your website the style it deserves. Normally you would start digging into a variety of sources and start looking for a simple, yet elegant solution to build our online presence. (Note: If you think about starting a WordPress Website, and are looking for a simple way to start – Check my post about WordPress hosting on SiteGround).
Getting through all these sources can be quite tricky since there is no lack of themes and options. After some hours you end up buying your first theme. Often they look rather nice at first but you find some flaws in the way. Sometimes they even don’t work as intended or they don’t look like you have expected it. And if you happen to enjoy it – you are stuck with this look most of the time. This is not the best thing in our fast-paced world after all where you want to be able to keep up to date. Forcing you to start again…
Instead of starting this never-ending story of uncertainty you could choose the following…
ElegantThemes (Divi) Review
Divi from Elegant Themes [Full disclosure: This is an affiliate link and you support me by clicking on it] is a Premium Theme solution. One that won’t be free, but totally worth it. Divi is one of the most used WordPress themes according to stats from buildwith.com with a variety of styles to choose from. There are many options and ways to customize it almost feels like a framework. I started to use Divi on all our website projects and I was able to set up and configure everything in a few moments. Due to their simplicity, the visual editor and the huge variety of templates it has been a blast to work with this tool.
One of the first things I am interested in is how smooth the installation process actually is. How is the overall feeling and how long does it need to be set up. Some of you want to build multiple websites so the easier and faster the better.
Setting up Divi is like adding a normal theme. In your admin area go to Appearance –> Themes –> Add New and choose the Divi.zip that you have downloaded from the member area.
Choosing a Theme
Then I’d like to know how many themes do they have. Do I like them and are they keeping them up to date? At the time I am writing this article there are 72 different layout packs that can be described as their themes. Those including over 549 total pre-made layouts which are all pages in total including the subsites (home, landing, contact, blog,…). While ElegantThemes is constantly adding new content and updating their layouts there is always more to come.
You can preview the layouts as live demos right here: Divi live demos
Divi Theme Customizer
With this tool, you can make changes to your theme. This includes the style of the header, which base colours are used and what is the standard font you like to have. It is the place to go when you want to make global adaptations that affect your website as a whole. There is an “Additional CSS” section as well if you want to add some extra variation to your appearance.
The Visual Builder
One of the most compelling things about Divi from ElegantThemes is the Visual Builder. It gives you the ability to edit your content right in the front-end of your website. You can change the text, edit colours, drag&drop modules around and make separate changes for desktop, tablet and smartphone users. You get an easy to use WYSIWYG editor that incorporates many years of experience and constant improvements. Remember when you had to make changes in the backend, hit update, wait a few seconds, check the page, hit F5 and see how if you like the change? Those days are gone! You can see all your changes in real-time and hit save anytime you like.
You can switch the view between devices (Desktop, Tablet and Smartphone) and adjust the look separately to your liking.
In addition, you can make use of the Editing History and undo changes (even hit CTRL+Z).
ElegantThemes provides their users with additional plugins that are really worth mentioning. Despite the smaller ones and several external plugins specifically designed for Divi there is Bloom and Monarch [Full disclosure: These are affiliate links and you support me by clicking on them].
I will go more into detail in a further post but in a nutshell:
Bloom is an email opt-in plugin that helps you collect email addresses and build your mailing list
Monarch is a social media sharing plugin that helps you to get more shares and followers.
Documentation & Help
ElegantThemes know how important it is to have a detailed documentation in both written and video form. They guide you through and you will be able to find an answer to most of your issues (if there are even any). They offer nice support as well as a chat where you can reach out to them directly.
- Perfect for non-tech-savvy people
- Simple and lightweight
- Import/Export pre-made and own layouts
- WYSIWYG editor
- Use on unlimited websites
- 46 build in elements
- Top security
- Well documented with great support
- Lifetime updates on the bigger plan
- not for developers who like to code it all
- hard to switch to themes outside of the divi universe
Do you have a question or don’t agree with me?
Also published on Medium.