With a plethora of WordPress themes to choose from when building a website, making the right choice can be like navigating the proverbial minefield. With options ranging from free themes with limited functionality (and sometimes in-built spam), through to very complex website page builders, where do you start? In this article we explore some of the benefits of the Divi Theme by Elegant Themes, but first…
What is a WordPress Theme?
A WordPress Theme system is a bit like a skin enclosing your design. However, ‘skinning’ your site implies that only the design is changed. WordPress Themes can provide much more control over the look, tone and presentation of the material on your website.
A WordPress Theme is a collection of files that work together to produce a uniform, coherent design and add specific functionality. Some themes are very template orientated in their construction, thereby limiting simple customisation, and they use widgets (content boxes) that have little to no correlation to the pages themselves, whilst other themes allow you to actually design and build within the theme itself.
There is no such thing as a perfect website theme. We are of the opinion though, that two of the essential features and keys to success are flexibility and ease of ongoing management – both of which Divi Theme provides in abundance.
Why the Divi Theme?
Theme Flexibility & Customisation
As part of its core, the Divi Theme includes a powerful, versatile page builder. This page builder allows you to create an almost limitless number of page layouts without having to know a lot of code. The system also incudes a library of predesigned layouts, a feature which saves a lot of design time and, therefore, reduces the fee for the design element of the website. Out-of-the-box as well, there is the ability to alter the font style on a site-wide basis, set colours, etc.
Unlike many other themes, for example Visual Composer, with Divi Theme there is the ability to obtain a lifetime licence, reducing the ongoing costs of obtaining software updates.
Within the page builder, you can choose from a wide variety of content elements including adding an accordion, buttons, galleries and so much more. And at just a click of a mouse; it’s installed. If you don’t like the location of an item, simply use the drag and drop feature to reposition content blocks.
Mobile-Friendly Website & Responsive Layouts
It is common practice throughout the world to use smartphones to look up businesses and transact online; consequently, it’s exceptionally important that your website looks good and is easy to navigate no matter the device that is being used to view it.
A responsive website changes shape to fit the device; it does so by sometimes eliminating specific areas and altering the way it displays. So your website must look good no matter whether it is viewed on a desktop computer, tablet, laptop or smartphone. The Divi Theme handles this requirement well.
The Divi Theme also provides the benefit of allowing you to check a preview while in the builder mode to see how the content will look on each device before you publish it.
Updating Your WordPress Website
The Divi Theme gives you the ability to edit the page content not only from the back end of the website, but also on the page itself. You can make more complex changes working from the back end, but if it’s just a line of text or a photo that needs attention, then using the front end builder allows you to see what is happening on the page as you do the work. This feature can save you a lot of time. In most other website page themes, you have to flick back and forth from editing to viewing.
All in all, due to its flexibility, price and ease of use, we are of the opinion that the Divi Theme is the best on the market and the most likely to fully meet your website needs.
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