Raelyn Tan: Blogging & Digital Marketing Strategist

Divi Theme Review: Based On My Personal Experience

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I’ve had my fair share of bloggers asking me which theme I recommend.

For beginners, I recommend the Divi theme. In my experience, it is the easiest theme to configure and use.

Although this website doesn’t run on Divi (mainly because I did not know that Divi existed when I started this website), all my sales pages (like this, this and this) run on Divi.

It is hence safe to say that I’ve had my fair share of experience using Divi. In fact, I’ve been using it for almost a year now and also have the developer’s license.

In this post, I will be reviewing the Divi theme, and exposing its pros and cons.

Divi Theme Review: Is the Divi theme any good? I've been using Divi for more than a year, and here is my honest review of the Divi website theme.

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My Divi Theme review:

Praise #1: Extremely easy to use

Divi has a drag and drop builder. It is pretty easy to create a decent looking website with Divi without any tech background. Divi works in modules, so all you have to do is select the “block” you want, and then shift it around the page to where you want it placed.

For instance, you can create a block of text and then shift it around the page to where you want it placed.

Recently, they have also released Divi 3.0, giving users the option of using a visual builder (as compared to Divi 2.0, which consists of modules). In Divi 3.0, you can design the page exactly as you want it to look like just by clicking and dragging things around.

I’ll let the video do the talking.

I’m currently still using Divi 2.0 though, because I’ve heard that Divi 3.0 has many bugs. I love Divi 2.0. This is how it looks like back-end:

Pretty neat, huh? You don’t need to know a line of code to get a site up with Divi.

Praise #2: Great flexibility and customizability

Unlike most themes that “force” you to a fixed layout, you can pretty much do anything you like with Divi, without diving into custom code.

Here are just some of the things you can edit and tweak in Divi:

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Margins, background image, background color, embed video, etc.

And here’s even more…

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Width, padding, etc.

There are many different types of pre-made modules that you can use as well:

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The different types of modules available in Divi

Praise #3: Modern + professional looking

When you’re finally done with your site, the website looks relatively professional and modern. This is unlike certain themes whereby the end-product will look like it came out of the Geocities era.

You can see some examples of sites made by Divi here.

Complain #1: Difficult to leave

Once you use Divi, there’s no turning back. This is because when you change themes, there will be a ton of code on every single page that you have to remove.

You will need to go through page by page to remove any excess code. This is fine if you have a small site, but it is going to cost you a lot of money to get someone to do it if your site is ginormous.

Complain #2: Support is bad

Don’t bother asking support for anything. From my experience, they take forever to answer and do not give good replies. I wouldn’t even bother using support.

Sometimes, they do help – but I wouldn’t bank on it.

They use a ticket system and they *may or may not reply* to your ticket should you do decide to send one.

Good thing that the theme is great in such a way that you will unlikely require support.

Overall: I recommend it

I feel that most bloggers and entrepreneurs spend way too long on their website. They pull their hair out and never get their website up. Some even take months just to come up with a website that they like!

The reason is because most people lack the needed technical expertise (and patience) needed to create a great looking site.

Of course, even with Divi, there is still a certain amount of effort that is needed to craft your website. However, for reasons mentioned above, it’s extremely easy to configure Divi and turn it into something that you like.

I hope this helps! You can check out Divi here.

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Yay! I’ve just switched comments on. Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below:

Raelyn,
I have recently built my websites with Divi and had some previous experience only with Weebly (crazy-easy drag and drop). I am a “techno-turd” & know virtually zero about building a website, code, etc. I must respectfully disagree with parts of your opinion. I do NOT think Divi is easy to use and I think Elegant Theme’s promo video–the one that convinced me to buy this theme–is misleading. I believe this because:
1. It does not allow you to drag and drop like Weebly.
2. Trying to figure out how to use the Divi builder’s sections, rows, and modules without assistance is very difficult, especially with all of the Wordpress stuff everywhere. (Do I need WP stuff? If so, what parts? Etc.)
3. I STILL have no idea how to use the visual builder!
4. I have spent $450 on WP Live support just to get my sites up and running.
5. WP Live auto-renews, which they don’t tell you, and you must call WP Live Support to cancel BEFORE the day of renewal, so buyer beware!
6. That being said, WP Live has AMAZA-ZING support & I would never have been able to use Divi without them. But they should be good at $150 a month!

I also must share with you, Raelyn, that YOU have helped me, given me more knowledge as well as confidence that, yes, I CAN launch a website. You helped “push me over the edge and into the pool;” something no one else on the web was able to do–and trust me, I’ve been searching!!

Thank you, thank you, xie xie ni 谢谢! (I used to teach in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province)
May HE bless your socks off,
James Tanis

Hey James, thanks for stopping by!

Hmm, I think difficulty is subjective… firstly, I don’t recommend Weebly for reasons I talk about here (http://raelyntan.com/best-blogging-platform).

As for Divi, the newer visual builder is buggy for now, but I would have to disagree with regards to the difficulty of using The Divi Builder (divi 2.5). It is drag and drop – in the sense of dragging around different sections and modules. I personally find it pretty extremely easy to use. Much easier to use than most themes, and doesn’t require coding knowledge. But well, difficulty is subjective I guess. 🙂

ANYWAY, I’ll be working on launching something new. It will be a ready-to-use, pre-configured website made with Divi to help peeps like you overcome the tech hurdle of getting a nice looking website up! So stay tuned! 🙂

Thank you for your kind words about my site, I really appreciate it!

Hi Raelyn,

I love working with Divi. I use it a lot for my clients because it’s easy for them to go in and make changes to their site, once I hand the site back over to them.

Another page builder that is easy for beginners is the Beaver Builder template. I use this one for my clients as well.

In fact, I’ve really gotten to the point where I like the Beaver Builder better than Divi.

However, either one will work great for people who want a drag and drop page builder.

I personally love using Genesis for my personal blog. The important thing is to find a template that you love and can learn quickly.

Thanks for sharing this review, I have no doubt that it will help people get their blog started.

Have a great day 🙂

Susan

Yes, Divi is great and very easy to use. I’ve used Genesis and it isn’t too bad too (just no drag and drop). However, Divi provides more flexibility in my opinion. Can’t comment on Beaver Builder and its reliability, haven’t had anyone comment rave about it before either, so I’ll reserve my opinion on that…

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