Divi Builder probably is the best WordPress page builder plugin for agencies. We said so because its license allows you to use it for as many websites as you want. In other words, you can create websites for all of your clients with only a single license. Each website can have a unique API key for update needs. If you want to use it for personal use, you might love the fact that the licensing applied by Elegant Themes (the developer of Divi Builder) also allows you to download two useful WordPress marketing plugins: Bloom and Monarch.
Are there other reasons to use Divi Builder? Read on to learn more.
Divi Builder: The Intro
Divi Builder is a WordPress plugin developed by Elegant Themes. The plugin was initially only available for Divi and Extra, two premium WordPress themes developed by Elegant Themes. In 2015, Elegant Themes announced that its page builder was available as a standalone plugin. Meaning that you can use it on any WordPress theme, not limited to Divi and Extra anymore.
One crucial thing you need to know. Divi and Divi Builder are two different products. Divi (just “Divi”) is a WordPress theme while Divi Builder is a page builder plugin. If you prefer to use Divi Builder on the Divi theme (and Extra theme), you don’t need to install the standalone plugin as it is available as an integral part of those two themes. If you install Divi theme or Extra theme on your WordPress site, Divi Builder also automatically installed.
Is there are differences between Divi Builder as a standalone plugin and Divi Builder as a built-in feature of Divi theme and Extra theme? Nope. At all.
Divi Builder is released as a premium plugin. Elegant Themes offers two options to get it: with a yearly subscription ($89 per year) and a one-time purchase option ($249). As we said in the opening section, the license applied by Elegant Themes allows you to use its products (including Divi Builder) on unlimited websites, make it a great option for agencies.
Divi Builder: The Features
Visual editor is the main feature offered by page builder plugins. Divi Builder is no exception. With it, you can create a beautiful page without needing to deal with CSS or HTML. Everything is drag and drop. It also comes with a theme builder feature which you can use to create custom templates for the header, footer, and other parts of your theme. Here are the features you will get.
You will have a visual editor to edit your post or page in a visual way. You just need to add the elements you need and then make the customization accordingly. In Divi Builder, elements fall into 3 types:
- Section: Represented in a blue
- Column: Represented in a green
- Module: Represented in a grey
Clicking the gear icon on each element will open a panel where you can make the customization and styling. To add a new element, you can click the plus button.
If you work on a long page, there is also a handy feature you can make use of — Layers View — to make it easier for you to jump between elements on your page. You can use the feature to jump to a certain section, column, or even module in a single click instead of making a long, deep scroll.
Divi Builder was initially a mere page builder plugin. It had no feature to create a custom header template or a custom footer template like it is today until version 4.0 was introduced in 2019. Since version 4.0, it allows you to create custom templates to replace the default templates of your theme thanks to its Theme Builder feature. This is great as you can create a fully customized website without coding. You can create custom templates using its visual editor. The theme parts you can create the custom fields of are:
- Single post template
- Archive pages (category page and tags page)
- Author page
- 404 page
- Search results page
If you use WooCommerce, you can also create custom templates for the single product page, product category page, and other WooCommerce pages.
The Theme Builder feature supports display conditions, allowing you to assign a certain custom template to a specific page(s) or post(s). You can, for instance, create a custom single post template and assign it to posts under a specific category, a specific tag, a specific author, and so on.
The ability to add dynamic content is a crucial enough feature you need to notice when selecting a WordPress page builder. Today, most page builder plugins come with this feature, including Divi Builder. You can add dynamic content — whether the default WordPress dynamic content types such as featured image, post title, post meta, and so on — or custom fields you created with Advanced Custom Fields.
The ability to add dynamic content is especially should be your priority if you plan to use the Theme Builder feature as it will allow you to add the required elements such as post title, post meta, site logo, site title, and so on.
One thing to note if you plan to add custom dynamic content from custom fields. At the time of writing, Divi Builder only supports Advanced Custom Fields. You read this article to learn more.
You have two options to create a page using Divi Builder. First, you can create the page from scratch. You can choose this option if you have your own design concept. Second, you can create the page from a premade layout. A premade layout contains predefined elements (sections, columns, and modules). If you want to create a page from a layout, you can simply import one and then tailor the default content (images, texts, and so on) with your own ones. This is a saver time way to create a page with Divi Builder. Also, it is a great option if you have no idea about the concept of the design you want to create.
Divi Builder provides the layouts in packs. A layout pack is a set of premade layouts designed specifically for a certain website type. A layout pack can consist of 4 to 8 premade layouts. There are over 180 layout packs offered in total (over 1,300 layouts).
Modules are the actual design elements you will use to create a page and other design types (templates and posts) in general. Compared to other page builders, say Elementor, the modules offered by Divi Builder tend to fewer (read: Elementor vs Divi). It offers only 38 modules as follows:
- Bar Counters
- Call to Action
- Circle Counter
- Contact Form
- Countdown Timer
- Email Optin
- Filterable Portfolio
- Number Counter
- Post Navigation
- Post Slider
- Post Title
- Pricing Tables
- Social Media Follow
- Video Slider
If you need more modules, you can visit Divi Marketplace to discover Divi plugins developed by third-party developers. Some plugins, like Divi Supreme and Divi Essential, offers a set of modules to allow you to add more creative elements to a page.
If you use tools like HubSpot, Mailchimp, MailerLite, or similar tools, you can also integrate your account with your website. Divi Builder supports integration with those third-party tools. You can integrate your account using the Email Optin module. Here is the list of the third-party tools and services you can integrate Divi Builder with:
The ability to add a global element is another handy feature offered by Divi Builder to streamline your workflow. It is another time-saver feature offered by the page builder.
What is a global element?
Say you want to create a website that consists of 8 pages. On each page, you want to add a button that has exactly the same style (color, behavior, typography, size, and so on). Instead of making the styling on each button — which is very time consuming –, you can create a global button. By creating a global button, you only need to make the styling once. If you make a change to the global button, the change will be applied to all pages it is added to.
Divi Builder allows you to create a global item for all elements (section, column, and module).
The Bottom Line: Divi Builder Review
Overall, Divi Builder is a great page builder plugin. It allows you to create beautiful pages on your WordPress site without dealing with CSS. The ability to create custom templates for header, footer, and so on is another selling point. The biggest downside of Divi Builder probably is its limited modules collection. As a comparison, Elementor offers over 90 modules (called widgets) while Brizy offers 42 modules (called elements). But as long as the offered modules can cover your needs, it is not a serious problem.
The licensing applied by Elegant Themes is the most compelling selling point, especially if you work for a web agency. With a single license, you can use Divi Builder (and other Elegant Themes products) to build as many sites as you want, which is great to cut off the production cost.
- Great navigation feature on the visual editor
- Complete enough features
- Not limited to a certain theme
- Compelling licensing, especially for web agencies
- Open ecosystem
- Lacks of modules
- The editor is a bit heavier. At least when compared to Elementor and Brizy