Getting Started With Divi – What Is Divi?

Divi* is a powerful WordPress theme created by Elegant Themes* (afflink) that turns your ordinary WordPress website into a complete drag and drop builder. Like Squarespace, but on overload, because the Divi theme allows you to completely customize your website without ANY limitations.

If you are a small business owner looking for an easy solution to create a professional website then Divi is your answer!

If you’re a designer who is dying for a way to bring your designs to life without touching code and an easy way for your clients to update their website, then you could say that today is your lucky day, and your prayers have been answered. (Feel free to kiss staying up late, wracking your brains, trying to figure out one line of code goodbye FOREVERRR.)

In The Divi 101 Series, I’m going to show you how to install, setup, and get started, using the best drag and drop website builder on the market. (even better than Squarespace) So, to get started today I want to cover what you’re going to need to use Divi.

What You Need to Get Started With Divi

Before we can begin you’re going to need to make sure you have these few things

  1. Hosting
  2. Domain Name
  3. The Divi Theme
  4. Divi Child Theme

 

Hosting – A hosting company allows you to store all of your website’s files. In other words, ’s your websites home and where all of its files live. If you haven’t yet purchased hosting I highly recommend Flywheel.

They have dedicated WordPress hosting so your site will run blazing fast (like no joke fast), amazing customer support, top-notch security guarantee, daily backups, and you can’t beat their pricing considering what they offer!

If you don’t have the budget for Flywheel; SiteGround is another great option!

Domain Name – You will need to purchase a domain name this is your website’s address (www.yourdomain.com). It’s how your future visitors will find your “home” (aka website) on the World Wide Web. (I use and recommend NameCheap* for my clients.)

The Divi Theme – Last but not least you are going to need to purchase the Divi Theme*. You can either pay a yearly subscription ($89/yr) or you can pay a one-time fee ($249).

(If you can swing it, I recommend doing the one time fee so you never have to worry about payment again, but, if not the yearly license is perfect!)

Divi Child Theme – This isn’t “essential” but I highly recommend creating a blank Divi Child theme. If you don’t create a child theme any changes you make to your .php files will disappear once you update Divi and your heart will literally fall out of your chest onto the floor when it happens, so, take it from me the one who knows this feeling all to well and CREATE A DIVI CHILD THEME.

To create a blank Divi child theme you can (a) do it from scratch if your tech savvy or (b) go to this handy little Divi child theme generator, plug in your details, and then download your new blank child theme. It’s really that easy!

You now have everything you need to get started! Next week I will give you a complete step-by-step guide on how to install your new theme, upload your logo, change the default Divi accent color, AND install google analytics.