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Elegant Themes is one of the oldest and most trusted WordPress Theme houses. They provide a collection of 87 WordPress themes and serve over 280,000 customers. Elegant Themes have always been recognized for the quality of their themes, the exquisite graphics used and responsive nature of all their products.
Divi, first released in December 2013 has gone on to become their flagship theme and has been widely hailed across the WordPress world as a truly multipurpose theme for the typical online entrepreneur looking to create the right website for any niche.
With Divi, they had created a multi-purpose theme that can genuinely be used for a plethora of small business ventures with a powerful repertoire of theme options. The theme has probably one of the best page builders, I’ve seen so far.
A great part of this theme’s appeal is the relative ease with which a newbie can create a website on WordPress. It is well suited to the needs of freelancer displaying his/her portfolio of work, a photographer creating a photography site, a journalist trying to create an online magazine and a small business owner looking to take their business online. Divi is well suited to almost every niche imaginable.
And the biggest advantage using Divi with a powerful page builder, people from all walks of life with different professions can create an online portal to express their passions, creative endeavours and expand their business with little or no technical knowledge of website design.
You are right to expect updates when you pay for a theme or plugin. Elegant Themes are dedicated to updating their products as they are to creating them, as any good theme house would be. And on that note, let me introduce you to the latest update for their flagship theme, Divi 2.4.
Our full Divi theme review is available here.
Divi 2.4 Updates
Just when you might think this theme couldn’t get any better. A number of updates were released as part of the most recent version of the theme, Divi 2.4.
A constant supply of new products and updates for old ones, is an another aspect of Elegant Themes that has endeared them to their customers.
A slew of updates were made to Divi. Let’s have a breakdown of the changes they’ve made.
The Divi library permits the user to save layouts, sections, rows and modules. And once saved on the library, you can access any library element from the page builder. Importing and exporting elements allows for creating variations with the same base image, but the process is far less time consuming than starting from scratch.
Global Page Elements
Divi Library elements are basically instances of a section, row or module which can be added to any number of layouts. If you make changes to the global library elements aka sections/rows/modules, the updates are replicated in all the places that you’ve used them on your website.
Reinvented Builder Interface
A full facelift for the builder interface. With the newly implemented changes, you can adjust column structure of existing rows, choose a custom row width, specify row and column spacing. You can add background video/image to rows and columns. The columns would also never look too crowded with column padding to keep adequate spacing.
Adjustable Custom Spacing Controls
I did mention previously that the new update allows for the adjustment of row width. You can alter the section padding of each section, row and module both globally and on an individual case by case basis. The module margins, content/row width, column spacing can all be set by the user.
New Layout Possibilities
Multiple new additions to the Divi interface combine to open up a new array of pages you can now produce. And this coupled with the Divi library which can be used to call layouts, sections, rows and modules which can then be edited, makes it far easier to create complex and intricate pages with a ton of features.
From the new customizer you can manage theme gutter width, website content width and sidebar width. You can also handle the body text styles and header text styles.
Choose among 10 column layouts available, change the social media link styles and widget header/body text styles that are placed in the footer.
The theme customizer enables the user to choose the appropriate section and row heights, body and header text sizes for mobile devices.
One complain I recall, whilst reading about the previous versions of Divi was the inability to control button styles. But with the new Divi updates, you can change border styles, border radius, button icon and its placement. You can also choose from different hover styles for your buttons from global button settings.
Extra Navigation Options
New navigation options in the theme customizer enable you to show/hide logo on scroll and the same for the header after scroll. Divi permits for fine control over navigation link text styles and sizes. The same can be said for the logo height, the drop down menu’s and fixed navigation menu’s background color.
Custom CSS & Advanced Module Settings
The updates allow for unique settings for individual modules with regard to text, color, button styling, module margins and padding. It is also very easy to add custom CSS.
New Fullscreen Headers
Headers are define how people perceive a website when they first glance it. Divi’s update also brings to you new full screen header modules with 24 unique layouts. Layout elements included logo, title, subtitle, text content, image header, background image/video, color overlays, parallax background images and 2 call to action buttons. The new header options includes full width code and image modules, regular code, page title and post title modules.
Divi Post Builder
Divi Post Builder allows for the user to show or hide the page title, meta, the featured image alongside the page builder’s content. There is also a new post title module that will display the page title, meta or featured image within the a full width of page layout or in the sidebar.
Read more about Divi 2.4 update here.