I did a review of Divi theme a couple of months ago, but since then we have since seen the release of Divi 2.0.
Divi 2.0 is a major release by the Elegant Themes team that really builds on top of what made the initial version so successful. It has added a bunch of new modules, page layouts and lots of other features that make it one of the most versatile WordPress themes you can use. It is also one of the best looking themes out there, and it really shows off the design skills of the Elegant Themes team.
I have been experimenting with this new version of Divi on a new site I am working on and I am really excited by some of the things it can do. So in this post, I wanted to share with you guys some of my favorite new features of Divi 2.0.
Intro to Divi 2.0
For those of you still new to the theme, Divi 2.0 is currently the flagship product of the Elegant Themes club. The first version of Divi was released back in Dec 2013, and Divi 2 is now out six months later. What makes Divi different from their other themes is its fully integrated Page Builder. With it, you can construct extremely flexible layouts by just dragging and dropping Divi modules exactly where you want them. No coding required.
Instead of having a WordPress theme that is suitable for creating plain vanilla blogs where every page looks basically the same, you now have a dynamic theme that can create full featured sites.
Lets say you are building your company website. With Divi 2 you can use the Homepage Company layout to quickly create an awesome looking front page that will wow your visitors. Introduce your team to the world with the Our Team layout and make sure your customers can contact you by leveraging the Contact Us layout.
Divi’s numerous page layouts makes getting started really fast. Then use the Page Builder to customize and tweak things to look how you want them.
So what are the cool new things that were added to Divi 2.0?
Brand New Modules
Divi 2.0 introduces 13 new modules to bring a total of 33 modules you can use on your pages. A couple of my favorites include the Gallery and Filtered Portfolio modules which are great ways to create pages that can show off your work.
The Circle and Number counter modules bring some style and flash to your pages by allowing you to highlight certain statistics using their beatiful animations.
And then there are modules that you will use more often like the Social Follow module that adds crisp and sharp looking social media buttons to each page.
Improvements to Existing modules
Collecting emails should be the lifeblood of any business, and Divi supports this through the Subscribe module.
The previous version the Subscribe module only supported MailChimp. Divi 2.0 now adds support for Aweber and Feedburner to allow you to create some awesome looking email optin forms. Hopefully they add some additional providers as well like GetResponse in the future.
The Blurbs module also got a nice enhancement. If you aren’t a designer then sometimes you might find it hard to come up with nice looking images for your blurbs. With Divi 2.0, Blurbs now incorporates the ElegantIcons set and you can choose from 350 awesomely designed icons to use for your images.
Brand New Layouts
The Divi Page Layouts have quickly become my favorite part of Divi. Even though the Page Builder is excellent, there is still a learning curve to get started. The Page Layouts give you a great starting point by loading a pre-made layout to work from. Not only do these save you time, but it is a great way for new users to learn how everything works together.
Divi 2.0 now has 40 total layouts to pick from and they cover the full spectrum of sites that Divi can help you create, from blogs, a company site, product sales page, eCommerce stores, or just a personal Portfolio site.
New Specialty Pages
Divi also makes it easy to add different specialty pages to your site. If you are trying to build anticipation for your next product, you might use the new Countdown Timer module. Having to bring your website down for maintenance is never fun, but you can keep your visitors informed by using the Maintenance Mode layout.
What about landing pages? Divi 2 adds the new Blank Page template that you can use to hide the header and footer of your site which provides a blank canvas for your next landing page.
Divi 2.0 is a major new release by the Elegant Themes team, jammed pack with some awesome new goodness. If you are still on version 1, don’t hesitate to update so you can take advantage of all the new features.
If you are on the fence about Divi, I encourage you to check out the Divi demo site. It has demonstrations of all the modules and layouts that you can create with Divi and it will really give you a good idea if Divi will work for you.
Divi is just one of the many gorgeous looking themes in the Elegant Themes collection. And it is also the most flexible. So if you are looking for a theme that you can use to build a wide variety of different sites, don’t be afraid to give Divi a shot. I think you will really enjoy using it.