I discovered the Divi theme by Elegant Themes when I was looking for a way to help 17 graphic design students with zero web development experience get a portfolio site up and running before they graduated (in a couple of months). I was super impressed with it, but needed a few more features before I could start thinking about making it a big part of my design process.
With today’s release of Divi 2, it looks much more likely that I’m going to be using it a whole lot more. Here are the top 10 Divi 2 features I’m looking forward to using the most:
1. New header/nav options
My biggest gripe with the original Divi theme was that it limited you to one type of navigation. I had been toying around with making my own custom layouts to wireframe and prototype client sites—but the first client site I tried it on had a vertical nav, so I had use on Balsamiq. I’m super-stoked to re-do that wireframe in Divi 2 and see if my idea works.
2. Photos in image blurbs
Sometimes icons are the best way to communicate an idea. Sometimes they aren’t. This feature lets you, the designer, decide what’s most appropriate.
3. The full width grid layout
Ohhhhhh, how I love this Divi 2 feature. I have a pro bono site I need to code, and was looking at the Origin theme, but this is going to be sooooo much better for it!
4. Customer spotlights
This module lets you show off the nice things your satisfied customers said about you. I *love* that you can show an example of the project you worked on above the testimonial!
5. Audio player with images
I love the idea of being able to attach an image to my audio player! How cool would that be to display podcasts? You could include a headshot of your guest, or include an image that illustrates the topic of the show.
6. Mailchimp compatible subscribe form
I am so excited that my newsletter signup form is drag and drop now. I’ll tell you more after I’ve had a chance to put it in action, but it sure looks pretty sweet from the demo.
7. Social follow module
Super-flexible buttons for a crapload of social media services. I like that you can customize the shape and colors. There’s even an option to add a “follow” label so your readers don’t confuse them with “share” buttons.
8. Person module
Even if you’re a one-person company this module would be an awesome way to display conent on an about page. Run a multi-author blog? Include this module to display their bios. My favorite part is that it includes links to each person’s social media pages.
9. Elegant icons
I use a similar icon set a lot. They’re simple and work at either small or large sizes. It’s going to be cool to have in-theme access to over 300 icons. To give you even more design choices, you can choose to display them as-is, reversed in a circle, or with a circle outline. You can change the color too.
10. The demo is just freaking gorgeous
Every time I look at the demo I swoon a little bit. It is simply gorgeous, and makes my little designer’s heart go pitter-pat. The page for the centered navigation makes me a little bit envious—it’s just so clean. The focus is on the content and user experience. It makes me excited to dive in and start designing!
Now, the real test
I need to download the theme, spin up a test site, and try to build a project from wireframes to a design style guide to a finished site (as of writing, I still haven’t gotten my hot little hands on it). For now, I guess I’m going to go reload the countdown page so I can stay up all night playing :D
Wanna try Divi 2 for yourself?
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