I am currently updating existing websites for my client, and building new ones, as well. For the existing sites, we have decided to switch to Divi. I have been using Genesis since 2012, but right now, Divi seems better than Genesis for many ways.
Is Divi Better than other themes?
There are other drag and drop themes or visual page builder like Divi, but Divi seems to be promising with the fact that it is crafted by Elegant Themes. The company behind it is known for building reliable themes for WordPress. Yes, it is always important to consider if the company is capable of maintaining its product and for sure, Elegant Themes will keep Divi up to date.
Is Divi Better than Genesis Framework?
Genesis has been marketed to be one of the most secure theme frameworks. It is also believed to be SEO friendly. How about Divi? At this stage, I could not say if Divi is better than Genesis or vice versa. Based on experience, although Genesis is known to be SEO optimized – but your site’s SEO performance depends on many aspects. For me, the most important aspect nowadays is content.
Security? One of my client sites once hacked before, and he was using Genesis that time. Security depends on many aspects too, and it could not rely on a theme alone. When thinking about security, we have to think about plugins that we are using, the strength of our passwords, and many more.
So, considering security and SEO – I could say that it is okay to try out other themes out there. That’s why I am using Divi right now. Why?
I simply love the way the page builder works. Right now, I am not fun with the visual page builder – I am more comfortable working on the backend using different beautiful modules available on Divi. Divi is powered by its page builder – called Divi builder. Although it is compatible with other themes even Genesis, I still preferred to use Divi (for 100% compatibitibility with Divi page builder). I have tested the builder on Genesis with Genesis Dumbaster installed. Genesis Dumbaster (available at the WordPress repository for free) is built for Genesis to be used along with a page builder. The plugin can make box layouts full width so Divi builder could be used by any Genesis child themes. Regardless, I still choose Divi.
What other things that made me change my mind?
As I said, I have a strong bond with Genesis. I have been using it for around 5 years. What made me change my mind? Oh, I found out that StudioPress, the maker of Genesis, is not that active in updating Genesis or releasing new child themes. It could be alarming, since I am considering a company that will thrive for long. I am not saying that Genesis could be outdated soon, but knowing Elegant Themes made Divi as their flagship product – then I know I will benefit from its development and enhancement.
Designing templates is never been this easy!
I am really addicted right now in building page templates and how easy to import or export template settings and content from one website to another.
Whenever I want another design, there’s no need to switch to another child theme. One divi child theme could be enough, I even don’t use a child theme this time, since there’s no reason to inject new CSS in the theme files.
Unlike Genesis, we could easily build a new design for the homepage using the builder. We simply have to create a new page. We have the option to build it from scratch using the different modules or import an existing template or use one from the Divi library and then tweak from there. That simply means that we can easily create different versions of the homepage without switching a theme and this is good if you we do some sort of A/B testing. Also, it’s very easy to create different page templates (and save it for future use). For example, if we want to create a pricing page, then it’s just a few clicks of the mouse (without even doing custom CSS).
That’s not the case with Genesis. However, it is also popular nowadays to use page builder with Genesis including Beaver Builder and Visual Composer. But think about, if I use Divi, I don’t need a page builder since Divi page builder is already packed with it. I don’t even need to install a child theme and I don’t need to pay extra for a premium page builder.
Don’t get me wrong about the child theme, to inject all the CSS tweaks, I use the famous Simple Custom CSS.
How if we want to switch a theme later?
We can! I have tested it by switching back to Genesis. As long as the Divi builder is installed, all the layouts will be preserved. Some blogs out there would tell you that by using Divi, switching to another theme could be a pain in the ass and would cost you more money. Not really with the birth of its build builder.
So, make sure to install the Divi builder first before switching to another theme!
I started at Fiverr selling my web design skills on Genesis and even I am not active on Fiverr right now, I am still receiving several custom design offers for Genesis framework. But right now, I can see a large market for Divi. Why?
Website owners somehow would like to easily update their site and add content to it and the idea of making these changes visually could hugely benefit them. With the visual builder, they could easily update or change some layouts visually and they don’t have to touch a code.
Is Divi the ultimate WordPress theme and page builder?
Right now, I could not say yes to this question. I have been testing Divi for months and I like it, but there is a plenty of room for development and further enhancement. There are a handful things that I don’t like with Divi, as well – particularly on the modules.
The modules available on the page builder do not give you everything, so it is still important to know how to tweak one of them using CSS.
Enough for now, I will be working on this journal along the way as I build more sites using Divi by Elegant Themes.