This is a sponsored post on behalf of Elegant Themes.
The Divi 2.4 release brings with it a ton of new and upgraded features. Divi is expected to remain Elegant Theme’s flagship theme for the foreseeable future, and rightly so. It is also expected to retain its status as one of WordPress’s most popular responsive themes, and it is likely to become even more notorious.
- The Modules Section, which is made up of Divi’s building blocks, was large and impressive to begin with. Over 100 additional global module settings have been added, providing even greater versatility. The Divi Builder Interface, which was user friendly to start with, has undergone a complete redesign. The Divi Builder has itself been enhanced, and it can now be used as a post builder as well, and its increased functionality now enables it to be used as a standalone page builder.
- Improvements in the Divi Library (formerly the Saved Layouts function), enables the greatly expanded number of layouts to be stored and saved, as well as individual rows, sections, and modules. Library elements are now global, and any library element can be accessed from within the Page Builder, and library elements may be freely imported or exported.
- Divi’s Grid features have been completely revamped, and the grids are now completely fluid, with fixed widths and their limitations now a thing of the past.
- The Customizer, which controls the various theme settings, tablet and phone styles, footers, and button styles, has been totally revamped, and new custom spacing controls have been implemented for row and columns widths and spacing, sidebar widths, and individual module margins and padding. More than 100 front-end theme settings have been added.
Details of What 2.4 has to Offer
Details of Version 2.4 have been revealed in a number of “sneak peaks”, but 2.4 is now upon us, making it possible to go into greater detail as to what these enhancements bring to the table, starting with the new Divi Library.
Divi Library – Formerly stored in what was referred to as the Saved Layouts Function, layouts are now stored in the new Divi Library. Not only has the number of available layouts to be found in the library greatly increased, but user-customized layouts can be stored there as well, as sections rows and modules, all of which can be imported or exported, and edited from within the library. Elements can be accessed by name, type, or category, and they can be accessed from within the page builder.
Reinvented Interface – The Divi Page Builder has received high marks, dating back from the release of Divi 1.0, and it has undergone several upgrades since that time. The user interface had however, remained essentially unchanged, up until the release of version 2.4. The new interface not only includes several new display features, but it is much more user friendly and easier to navigate as well. It fits in nicely with the 2.4 design that integrates the functions of the Page Builder with those of the new Divi Library, as well as with enhancements in module settings and the introduction of a Post Builder capability.
Divi Post Builder – The enhanced Divi Builder can now be used to create posts. A post title module has been introduced that places page title/meta/featured image blocks correctly within a page builder layout. Full-width or sidebar layout options have been introduced along with a show/hide post content feature.
New Layout Possibilities – Divi has not only introduced a much larger selection of pre-made layouts to work from, but 2.4 enhancements that enable greater customization of both modules and elements, plus the ability of the new Library function to store and access not only layouts, but layout elements and components, has increased the number of possible layout options by an order of magnitude, if not more. Improvements to the Divi Builder Interface will have a significant impact on the layout adaptability and versatility as well.
Global Page Elements – One of the premier upgrades to Divi is the ability to make any Divi Library element global. An instance of a section, row, or module can be saved and added to any number of layouts at any time. If any element is updated, all will be updated, and updating can be done within a page or from within the library. In that respect, page elements can now be made global as well.
Revamped Customizer – The revamped Customizer offers the user a host of new and improved features. Gutter theme settings include enhanced theme gutter, website content, and sidebar width control, control section and row padding, and an expansion of available body text and header text styles. A range of new footer text styles, and tablet and phone styles have also been incorporated. Global buttons are easier to customize than ever before, and of particular interest is the addition of more than 100 new global module settings. All of these upgrades and enhancements add up to a tremendous gain in versatility for the user.
Advanced Module Settings & Custom CCS – The number of unique module setting options has been greatly increased. In fact, advanced design settings have been added to every module. Users can, on a per module basis, invoke a wide range of text, color, button styling, and margin and padding options. In addition, this latest upgrade now makes it possible to enter in custom CSS directly within a module. With the release of 2.4, Divi’s modules/building blocks now feature more flexibility and versatility than ever.
Pros and Cons
There is much to like about Divi 2.4 and very little not to like. The number of page templates and layouts has been significantly increased, the modules and individual elements offer greater versatility than ever, and the ease of use, which has never really been a problem, has also shown improvement.
Documentation is good, especially for beginners, and the price is right. About the only negative feature, if you could call it that, is that a beginner can easily be overwhelmed by the huge number of design options available. That particular problem should be somewhat mitigated by the quality of the documentation, and the ease of use of the page builder combined with the module building blocks.
In Conclusion – Should You Buy Divi 2.4?
Divi 2.0, an already extremely popular and highly recommended theme, has undergone a massive overhaul with the release of Divi 2.4. You should always try a theme before you buy it, or at least review the demos if a trial offer is not available. The developer’s version may be your best buy in that it is only a few dollars more than the personal version. As long as you subscribe, you will always receive the latest updates for free, and be offered free support as well. In short, Divi 2.4 is highly recommended. You will definitely be getting your money’s worth.