Divi is one of the most popular multipurpose WordPress themes by Elegant Themes. The theme was released in December 2013 and being updated since then. No matter what product you are selling or what service you are offering to your clients Divi can be customized to fit your needs.
I must say that Divi is one of easiest themes I have ever used. The customization options are self-explanatory and the UI is very intuitive. Additionally, it is bundled with the Divi Builder, a drag-and-drop visual page builder that facilitates the process of designing your pages, post, and even custom post types. This is why I always recommend Divi for non-developers.
I am not the only one who recommends using Divi. Check the Divi theme review – the best multipurpose theme 2017 by WPLift.
Divi theme features
- An Easy-to-use theme options panel
- The theme customization options are integrated into the default WordPress customizer
- Divi leads split testing. This feature allows you to design two versions of your page and provide full statistics on which version performes better
- Comes with the Divi page builder, a visual page builder with tons of designing elements
- 32+ Pre-built page layouts
- The ability to save your custom layouts
- Translated into 32 languages
- Multilingual-ready with RTL support
Installing and configuring Divi theme
Before we dive into installing and configuring the Divi theme, let’s take a look at one of Divi’s demos:
I must say that Elegant themes carefully thought about the appearance of Divi. Of course, choosing the design layout, content and images play a major role in how the overall design. They also thought of making the theme functional to fit any niche. Once you install Divi theme, you will notice a new menu item on your dashboard.
Under the Divi menu item, you will find links to:
- The Theme Options panel, As you can see in the screenshot below, the theme options are classified into tabs. This makes it easier for the user to find the desired option. From there, you can upload your logo, customize the navigation options, disable comment on pages, and much more.
- The Theme Customizer, Where you can customize the looks of your theme. For example, choosing your color scheme and customizing the header and footer. I am a big fan of integrating the theme customizer into the default WordPress customizer as it allows you to see the changes you apply in real-time. The animated screenshot below shows setting the header style from default to center.
- The Module Customizer. From there, you can choose the default settings that you want for the page builder modules.
- The Role Editor. This feature allows you to control the actions (related to Divi theme) that can be taken by the users on your website. For example, you can grant the privilege of using split testing for administrators and disable it for all the other roles.
- The Divi Library
is where your custom page layouts are kept. We will cover this in more details later in this article.
Divi theme layouts (pre-built pages)
Almost every flagship theme comes with a decent number of demos to choose from. This makes the design process easier for non-experts as you won’t need to go through the process of laying out each and every page design. What I really like about Divi is that it doesn’t force you to import a full demo as it creates many pages, posts, and custom post types that you might not need. Instead, it allows you to choose the layout that suits the page that you are creating. For example, if you are designing your home page, you can simply import one of the homepage layouts. Check the animated image below to see how it is done.
This is how the layout that we loaded looks on the front-end.
The Divi page builder
I must say that the Divi page builder has evolved over time. The release of Divi 3.0 offered an enhanced page builder which offered a live front-end page builder. In fact, this is a really important feature that Elegant theme added at the right time as many of the leading page builders in the market offered front-end page editing.
In versions prior to 3.0, you had to design the page in the back-end, save it then look up the changes on the front-end. In my opinion, Divi offered the most easy-to-use, functional, and visually appealing back-end editor.
Now that we saw how the old page builder looked like, let’s take a look at the new front-end editor.
Yes, it is true, that exactly the same as your page front-end! But, by clicking on the different textual elements on the page you will be able to edit the text and choose the different options available for each module.
To edit the pages using the front-end editor, click on the “Use Visual Builder” button. This will take you to the front-end of your page.
This is how easy it is to edit the modules’ textual elements using the visual editor:
To choose from the design settings available for each module, you simply need to click on the gear icon for that specific module. A window will pop-up where you can set the design options to your likings.
It is worth mentioning that you can also add custom CSS to each module. Additionally, you can choose to hide or show a certain module on the different devices (phone, tablet, desktop). You will find these options under the Advanced tab.
One of the powerful features of Divi is that it allows you to save a section to the Divi library. This comes really handy when you want to use the same section on another page. To save a section, click on the “Save Section To Library” icon. Fill in the Template Name, Choose whether you want this section to be global, choose the category. Finally, click on the “Save to Library” button.
As a side note, you can also save rows and pages to the Divi library. You will find your your saved templates under the “Add From Library” tab.
Divi theme compatibility
When purchasing a theme you don’t want it to have compatibility issues with the plugins that you will use to build your website. Considering the fact that Divi is a multipurpose theme, the guys at Elegant Themes ensured following the WordPress coding standards. This results in not only the compatibility with other plugins but performance optimized.
Out of the box, Divi is compatible with many well-known plugins such as, Woocommerce, WordPress SEO by Yoast, W3 Total Cache, Jetpack, Contact Form 7, and many others. According to Builtwith, Divi is powering over 660,000 websites worldwide. This is a solid proof that Divi is a robust theme.
Building multilingual websites using Divi theme
Divi is translated into 32 languages. I have seen many multilingual sites built using Divi theme. If we are talking about multilingualism we must mention that Divi is fully compatible with the well-known WPML plugin.
Documentation and Support
Divi theme documentation is devided into 6 main categories:
- Divi modules
- Learning the basics
- Using the builder
- The Divi library
- Customizing Divi
- Other features
I must say that the documentation team did a great job explaining the different theme features and how to use them. The theme articles include screenshots that illustrate where everything is. On top of that, you will find video tutorials.
As for the support, Elegant Themes has a dedicated support forum for Divi. To be honest I didn’t use the support forum before. Yet, I am sure that the folks at Elegant Themes are doing a great job there as well.
If you want to purchase Divi you will need to pay $89/year including updates and support. This might seem a bit pricey, right?! This is not true, as you will have access to all the products that Elegant Themes offer. In the matter of fact, you are paying this amount to get 86 themes and 3 plugins including the Divi builder. IMHO, you can’t really go wrong if you choose Divi for your upcoming project. The reason is that it is a multipurpose theme that is empowered with an astonishing visual builder. In addition, you are getting 85 free themes for free!
It is worth mentioning that you can get a lifetime access for $249 including updates and premium support.
To wrap up things in this Divi theme review, I think that Divi is one of the best multilingual themes available in the market due to its intuitive interface and the enormous number of features that it offers. Yet, if you are not sure if Divi is the theme that will fit your upcoming project, you can try it out here. Already building websites using Divi? Share your experience with us in the comment section below.