Divi 4 WordPress Theme Review
Get Divi 4 WordPress Theme Review. The overall direction of the 4.0 release is to establish Divi as a theme builder. I am a big user of the Divi theme from Elegant themes. It’s perfect but it pushes all of the right buttons for independent bloggers and marketers:
- Create new designs quickly
- Easy to use
- No coding required
- Visual editing
Up till now, there have been a few shortcomings. If you wanted to edit category pages or header or footer templates you needed to go find the PHP pages and edit those. Just like most themes.
Now Divi is a theme editor, not just a page editor. This is huge.
Divi 4.0 New Features
Theme Builder vs. Page Builder
Elegant Themes has given Divi the ability to design all areas of your website with Divi features. Now everything can be created with Divi.
Create Sitewide Templates
Now you can manage all parts of your website. It makes total sense that you design your category pages, search result pages, archives, tags, homepages, 404 pages all with Divi.
Templates can be applied in very flexible ways. Combined with exclusion and assignment capabilities you have total control of every item on any page.
Import & Export Theme Builder Paks
One of my favorite capabilities of Divi was the ability to import and export components and layouts. It is a real time saver and it lets third parties create layout paks. Well, now you can export and import the theme builder paks. So you can export your 404 pages, post templates, category page templates, etc. This will be a real time saver when setting up new sites using existing designs.
WooCommerce Product Templates
The Divi 4.0 WordPress theme WooCommerce support got a huge upgrade in 4.0. You can now create site-wide WooCommerce templates that will control the look of all products on your site.
You will not need to design individual product pages.
Divi 4.0 Changelog
The actual changelog for Divi 4.0 is over 200 items long. For the gearheads reading here is a link to the official Divi changelog …
Divi is Slow
That is plenty fast. The performance grade is a result of my compression type I only worry about actual load times.
If you are having trouble with the performance of a Divi site I would look at it…
- Page Size
- Graphic Sizes and GZip or another compression
- Video and other controllers
- Hosting Plan
We have a post discussing the way to improve your WordPress site performance.
Divi is Too Flexible
Users can easily get themselves into design trouble with easy control over layout, fonts, colors, animation, etc. It is like when people could start using fonts instead of a typewriter. Many documents started to resemble a ransom note.
This is an organizational and training issue – not a Divi issue. It would be like blaming a new artist for trying to paint with every color on their pallet. Don’t blame the color selection blame the untrained artist.
Divi 4.0 now helps create a consistent design with Global properties. You can change all of your heading font and color globally for instance along with other style characteristics.
Divi Locks Your Content to its Shortcodes
This issue has validity. If you create a huge site with many pages using the Divi builder you will have pages full of Divi proprietary shortcodes. Shortcodes are used by many plugins and other systems. They are enclosed in square brackets like this [shortcode example] and are instruction for proprietary code. If you want to change themes it will be a project. Divi doesn’t trap your text in its system but the design of your pages will be locked to Divi. You can always get the text into the new system but you will need templates and CSS to do what Divi did easily for you with their shortcodes.
You also have the option of layering Divi Builder on top of your new theme. Divi Builder is a plugin that comes with your annual membership. It can work with most themes and brings Divi functionality to another vendor’s theme. Divi Builder will let you change themes, add new content in the default editor but have your Divi theme pages work the way they always did.
[i2pc][i2pros]Unlimited design flexibility
Controls headers, footers, templates now
No CSS or PHP skills required
Best popular Divi theme – full of support
100’s of free design examples
The ecosystem of 3rd-party addons and layouts[/i2pros]