DIVI REVIEW: IS ELEGANT THEMES SUBSCRIPTION WORTH THE MONEY?
written by Divi Dude
For me, the answer is absolutely. And I will detail why below. But I’m not you. And the things that make us different, may be the difference between whether or not it’s worth it to you. I want to give an honest Divi review. And I hope that if you choose to go ahead with your purchase of an ElegantThemes.com subscription, you’ll reward me by using one of my links. And if you decide it’s not for you, then I hope I saved you the cost of a subscription you wouldn’t have been happy with.
A Divi Review
This is more of a Divi review, than an Elegant Themes review, because other than some of the plugins, I’ve only used the Divi theme. So it’s not fair to review their other 85 plus WordPress themes.
The folks at Elegant Themes are constantly updating Divi. I don’t just mean they fix bugs when they find them (they do), but that they are making Divi better. How much better? Divi is on its 3rd reiteration. (with another major upgrade in-between). That right there shows they care about what has become their signature product. They don’t just sit on their laurels and reputation, they are constantly striving to make Divi better.
What does Divi do? It helps you create beautiful, functional WordPress websites with almost no need to know how to write code. And I write “almost no need,” because there are little tips and tricks you can use in the custom CSS panel or on your child theme’s stylesheet that will help you customize the site to your liking. My site is full of Divi tutorials, with even more on my YouTube channel, so you should go there and subscribe. But honestly, if all you wanted to do was use the templates that come with the theme, or just drag and drop the modules you wanted and insert your copy and links, then it works fine. So Divi is great for the novice user.
But Divi isn’t only for the beginner, it’s for the advance website developer too. With Divi, the ability to customize your website is almost endless. Part of the theme options panel (discussed below) is a custom CSS box, or you can do what I do and create a child theme and customize the CSS from there. And with a child theme, you can also customize the footer, header and functions files as well. (side note: you should always create a child theme, regardless of which WordPress theme you are using).
But let’s not forget that currently Divi comes with 37 modules (discussed below) that can be arranged in any order. Plus the options of full page or boxed-page layouts, rows that can be divided into half, thirds, quarters or any combination thereof. It’s a powerful theme for both the novice and advanced user. Now with that said, one of the drawbacks to Divi is that the most any page can be divided into is quarters, and often times I find that I have something small that I want to stream across the page (like buttons or small graphics) and the ability to break the page up into fifths or eighths would be nice.
I’ve been using Divi since it launched, but what’s become a game changer for me is the Visual Builder which is new in Divi 3. The Visual Builder is a WYSIWYG editor, where you can see changes to your website as you make them (and not to worry, your website viewers won’t see it until you hit save and update). You can change text, make edits, remove or add padding, delete modules, add modules, and move modules, all the while viewing the website and seeing the changes instantaneously. Sometimes I prefer to use the original Divi Builder, which shows your website in modules and then you click on the module, open it and make your edits. Then you view your page by clicking preview. For some things, I find this better. For instance, when you have shortcodes from other plugins, the Visual Builder doesn’t always display them, and in fact the page can look kind of screwed up or even slow while the Visual Builder is enabled. It hasn’t been that big of a deal, but there are some pages I find it’s best not to use the Visual Builder. But honestly, that is usually the exception and not the rule. The Visual Builder is really helpful for most pages. (as I type this right now I am in the Visual Builder).
An Inside Look at Divi 3.0
The “Theme Options” panel is divided into 7 sections: General, Navigation, Layout, Ads, SEO, Integration and Updates. This is the section where most of your administrative decisions happen. Everything from uploading your site’s logo and favicon, to setting up your API keys for Google and Mailchimp, to adding custom CSS, to creating a color picker palette for use throughout the website, to implementing code into your header and body sections, to adding your Elegant Themes user key for updates. And a heck of a lot more.
The “Theme Customizer” panel is where you change the look and feel of your website globally. In this panel you choose your default colors and fonts, change the placement of your logo and menus, change the global blog settings, pick what page is shown when you load the page and a lot more that has to do with the look and feel of your website globally.
The “Module Customizer” panel is where you can customize most of your modules and select their default actions. Such as what default animation you want for the image (i.e. slide in from the left); the individual module default text, border and color settings; size of the social media icon; and a whole lot more.
And lastly, Divi has the actual modules in which you build your pages, projects and posts. As of version 3.21, there are 37 modules inside the Divi Builder and the Visual Builder to choose from. The modules range from Accordion to Countdown Timer to Portfolio to Testimonial to Video Slider, and a whole lot more. Instead of going through each and every module, head over to Elegant Theme’s website and see Divi in action, it will do more to showcase the possibilities than this Divi review can.
Divi and Elegant Themes Support
One of the things I really like about Elegant Themes is its support forums. I often find myself perusing the forums looking for answers to questions I may have. And if I can’t find the solution on their forum, then all I need to do is ask a question and a support ticket is created and one of the programmers from Elegant Themes answers them. And I’m not just talking about answering questions about the features of the theme or plugins, but in fact actually giving you code to help you customize your website. I love that kind of great customer service.
Not Just A Divi Review, I Actually Use It
This is not just a Divi review. I actually use Divi, and not just to build this one site. I’ve used it on multiple client sites: restaurants, caterers, chiropractors, public relations firms, affiliate marketing sites, law firms, photography portfolios and others. I didn’t just sign up for an affiliate program, write a review, and hope the money comes in. I was using Divi for several years before it even dawned on me to create DiviDude.com. I put both my money and my business reputation on the line when I used Divi. And other than a few glitches, it hasn’t disappointed me.
What Is A Subscription?
So above is the good news, now here’s the bad. Elegant Themes, like so many other products (I’m looking at you Adobe Creative Cloud) is subscription based. You can get an annual subscription or a lifetime subscription. What does that mean? It means that as long as your subscription is current you can update your theme to the latest version. But as soon as your subscription is over, so is your ability to patch your theme or plugins. (You can still update the content in your website, you just can’t go from say 3.0 to 3.2). This only applies if you are doing the annual subscription. If you are creating websites for a living, or have a business that uses the Divi theme that will continually be adding to the site, then I would personally recommend going ahead and purchasing the lifetime subscription. With the lifetime subscription, you get all the updates to all the themes and plugins as long as they are being updated, plus any new themes and plugins that are introduced. When I bought my subscription a couple years ago, that’s what I did. And I’m happy I did it, because from here on out every new theme, every update, every new plugin is free. My subscription is paid for and I still get all the benefits and privileges as someone who is paying yearly.
A Divi 3 Tutorial Video To Show It In Use
The following video is not a Divi review video, but it does show Divi in action. It is part of a series of videos I created to show how easy Divi is to use. I will add a video that provides a Divi review shortly. In the meantime, see Divi’s Visual Builder in action.
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