About Divi - A review
The Divi theme builder is a WordPress.org theme (as well as a separate plugin compatible with almost any theme) that enables the drag and drop building of a custom WordPress website without knowing how to code. It comes with the following: Each section / row / column, each module, each element of your site (including the header / footer) can be customized. The only limit is your imagination and knowledge of the Divi theme as well as WordPress as a CMS program.
The pros of using Divi as a theme (or plugin) is that this “website builder” has the power of the world famous content management system with the ease of a simple drag and drop website builder. Bonus – it works with any host of choice that supports it (that is to say it is not tied and any one host) like other web-based website builders. The cons however is the learning curve of both Divi the theme builder as well as WordPress the CMS. You have better things to do – like run your business.
Responsive Drag & Drop Framework
Pre-Made layouts to help speed up the process
And so much more...
The Divi Theme for WordPress is a framework for building WordPress websites. It has sections, in them rows, and in them modules. Otherwise known as building blocks, all three of these elements can be custromized without knowing how to code.
The Divi Theme for WordPress provides many 20+ pre-made layouts based on page type. Such page examples include Home page, About, Services, Portfolio, Blog and Contact. This helps to speed up the process of putting the website together.
Steps to Building your Divi Website
1. Plan-Plan-Plan for your website. That is to say know what pages you want, what you want each page to say, what images you want to use, and what design elements (colors / fonts / layout) you want in your website. This will make the set up much, much easier.
2. Do your homework on the Divi builder as well as WordPress to get to know its functionality. Know what to accomplish and where. This will make setting up your website much easier.
3. Install WordPress on your “managed” host of choice.
4. Install Divi as your theme of choice.
5. Set up the back end via settings: site title & tagline via general settings, static home page via reading settings, search engine visibility via reading settings, page name url via permalink settings
6. Set up the back end via appearance: colors, fonts, header, footer, logo, menus, widgets, etc.
7. Set up of plugins: Divi Booster, ET Updater, Yoast SEO, WP Performance Booster, WP Smush It (Image Optimization), Cache Enabler, Wordfence Security, WPS Hide Login, Backup, MailChimp, JetPack (Publicize/Booster/Security via a WP.com account), WooCommerce / Monarch Social Sharing / Bloom Lead Capture. Be sure to NOT over do it with plugins though. Each adds weight to the website.
If you have a managed WordPress hosting account or JetPack, you may not need the backup, cache or security plugins. Confirm with your host before installing them. Also, you must ensure each plugin chosen agrees with the host as well as each other. Also try to keep the plugins to a minimum as overdoing it will slow down your website. Depending on the set up of your host and the results of website performance tests via GTMetrix, other plugins may be needed.
8. Now you can set up & optimize each page. This is where the fun really begins. No really – if all else has been set up first, setting up of each page will be the easy part. Note that projects, ecommerce items, and blog posts are managed in a separate section than the pages but the modules controlling them will be part of the page. Just be advised that some newer themes may not support older browsers such as IE 8. More about seo services here.
Need a little help with the Divi Framework for WordPress?
To be honest, as a business owner – you have better things to do than dinker with a website builder such as the Divi theme for WordPress. Here is what we can do.