One of the most frequent questions that lands in my DMs is “what WordPress theme should I use for my site?”
I only ever have one answer: Divi.
I suppose we should back up and talk about why I always recommend WordPress, especially when there are so many intuitive web builders out there, such as Squarespace and Wix. And while you can make a nice looking site with either of these things, I always ask people if they have any dreams of scaling their businesses. And since the answer is pretty much always yes, I always tell people to go to WordPress.
Here are a few reasons why:
You have complete database control and can customize everything.
Even if you don’t know how to code, there is a chance that you’ll want to hire a developer down the road to help make some advanced modifications to your site to help it serve specific needs in your business. If so, you’ll want to be on a platform like WordPress where you have complete access to and control over the database and all code. Moving a site (especially where you have a blog) can be a pain, so it’s best to start off on the platform that will allow for the most growth.
And even if you don’t start off with the most customizable theme, you can still switch that later down the road or have a developer make a child theme and customize the one that you already have.
You have the extensibility of plugins.
WordPress has the largest library of plugins available, which make your site nearly infinitely accessible. You can accomplish nearly everything you want to with a plugin on your site. Other platforms, such as Squarespace, are limited in terms of what plugin options you have. For example, my favorite SEO plugin (Yoast) and recipe card plugin (WP Recipe) are only available on Worpdress, among others.
No Ecommerce Fees
For anyone who wants to build a shop into their site, Squarespace will charge you a commission fee on all sales.
Now that’s only a small handful of the reasons, but I’ll spare you my soapbox for the sake of making time to talk about Divi.
So what is Divi? The most robust WordPress website builder I’ve ever found–and most WordPress developers I know would tell you the same thing. I’ve seen Divi work for businesses of all sizes, from bloggers and entrepreneurs to universities.
Why I personally love Divi.
So what makes Divi so great? For starters, it’s more intuitive than the Genesis framework and very easy to extend with custom development (not that you will ever need to.)
And the best part? It has a code-free, drag and drop page builder that you can build practically anything with. As a web designer, I love that I can hand off a site to a client and train them on how to easily update text and images themselves without needing to pay my hourly rate to make changes.
Another reason I love Divi is the responsive editor. I’ve built in Show It, Wix, Squarespace, and countless other WordPress theme, and nothing comes close to Divi’s responsive editor. Many of the default options look fantastic on mobile, and it’s very easy to adjust anything to fit any device (again, all without code.)
Most of all, I love that it’s a “builder” and not a theme. Divi does have lots of premade pages to help you get started laying out your site if you’re intimidated at the thought of designing all by yourself, but I love that I have been able to build 30+ sites on Divi and they all look entirely different. This site is built with Divi, as is Moriahsawtelle.com I’m a fan for life for sure!
So to sum it all up, Divi is the most extensible, robust, yet easy to use solution for your website. Got any questions about how it works? Drop em below in the comments!