Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for a rollicking ongoing review of the Divi WordPress Theme by Elegant Themes. Ok, it’s not going to be that rollicking and I’m certainly not going to bash the Divi theme. But I will share my frustration with the theme after using it for awhile and point out a few things that I believe detract from the overall experience.
I approach this Divi theme review from the perspective of one who is not up to speed with HTML and CSS code. I mention this in my general review of Elegant Themes and to a large degree, most of what I expressed on that review is applicable to the Divi theme.
Why Did I Purchase the Divi Theme?
I was a little frustrated with the minor shortcomings of the free WordPress themes and was looking for something more robust and simple. I looked into the Genesis and Thesis themes, of course, but didn’t want to pay that much money for a single theme. So I continued to search and stumbled upon Divi. I was immediately hooked by the advertising promising building block simplicity and powerful functionality. Here’s their three main advertising blurbs straight from their sales page:
The Divi Builder: The Divi Builder allows you to create beautiful and unique layouts visually, without touching a single line of code. The builder gives anyone the ability to create truly dynamic websites with ease.
Pre-made Layouts: Divi ships with 18 pre-made layouts that allow you to quickly jumpstart your development. These are completely customizable and can be used as a great starting point for creating your own designs.
Responsive Design: Divi is wonderfully responsive no matter how you choose to configure your website. Each and every building block will conform to your visitor’s screen, creating the most intuitive browsing experience.
I was impressed. This was exactly what I needed. And I would also get the other Elegant Themes as part of the package. I was sold! I couldn’t wait to try the program out.
And That’s When My Frustration With Divi Began
The first thing I noticed about Divi was that it was far more complicated than I expected. And was missing some very basic functions that even the most generic WordPress freebie theme included. Simple things like being able to upload a custom header, position a logo where you want it and edit the footer with your site name and copyright notice. I was puzzled.
How could it be possible for a program that prides itself on easy customization and powerful building block simplicity lack basic WordPress functions and customization? How was it possible that Divi lacked a solid documentation that clearly explained how to do what you wanted?
How was it possible that basic Divi theme customizations required CSS code work-arounds that you’d have to spend hours searching for on the Internet and the Divi Theme forum?
So what are these Divi theme flaws that take away from what could be a fantastic theme? I’ve mentioned a few above and could list more here. But since I will also be looking for answers and solutions to these flaws, I will address the flaws I encounter as separate posts and link to it here. That way, this post doesn’t drag on and on. My goal is not to bash Divi but rather to identify some of the weaknesses so it can hopefully be improved in subsequent releases of the program. That’s how I will approach the Divi Theme Flaws.
Turning Divi Theme Frustration Into Solutions
Ok. So there’s a definite learning curve with Divi and the other Elegant Themes. Let me say right here and now that Divi is a powerful WordPress theme with tons of potential. The layout templates are very helpful to see how the Divi Page Builder system works. And the Page Builder, with its system of section blocks and modules really does make setting up a page a snap. I was disappointed that aside from a pre-defined pricing table, a table builder isn’t included as one of the module options, but hopefully that will be included in the next update. I’ll speak more about the benefits of using Divi as I continue to use it and discover new things and will update this review accordingly.