Seriously folks… In the past couple of days I’ve seen a number of articles hop on the Divi theme like it’s the worst theme in the world. Personally, I’m not a fan of it, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to steam roll it. In fact, I applaud the Divi theme for doing exactly what it’s supposed to do for the audience it was meant for. Let’s address some things…
First, Divi is not the only theme that’s a DIY
Let’s stop pretending like Divi is the only theme that allows you to build a website “without touching any code”. In fact, almost every theme from Theme Forest, and almost every Theme Shop has at least 1 theme that “requires no coding” skill. What does that mean?
That means, in the words of Chris Lema,
If you use the [Divi] theme with WordPress, it better be forever
Feel free to replace Divi with a multitude of DIY themes that are out. In fact, I’ll up this a bit. If you use a theme and you customize the crap out of the home page, be prepared to stick with it, otherwise you’ll be stuck in the same situation as using the Divi theme.
2. Divi Theme does what it’s supposed to do.
BooHoo, the code isn’t perfect! Oh no, it adds short codes! What’s a person to do! ::end sarcasm::
The Divi theme helps you build a home page and inside pages with a multitude of options. It is not meant for the custom developer who wants to dive in and change everything. It’s meant for the person who wants a beautiful site, and doesn’t have the technical knowledge to go and design and code one themselves.
Think about it. If you’re a developer, this theme is not for you. Of course you’re going to have issues with it, because you can’t do what you want without trying to figure out how it’s done or what to edit. That’s a developers nightmare! AHHH, someone else’s code!!! and it’s not neat and clean like I want it!!!
The end user that used Divi will love it. The end user that uses any of those themes that don’t have to be coded, will love it. The developer that has a client using Divi (or any other DIY theme) and has to go in and make edits, will hate it!
3. Since when is it cool to smash someones business
Maybe I’m old school, but when I first started working, one of the wisest things my first boss ever told me was:
No matter how mad you are, or how much you don’t like something, don’t bad mouth someone else’s business.
Especially don’t make it public! He’s 100% right. Even though we all seem to do it at times. But if you do, do it with reason. For instance, sharing your experience with bad customer service. Fine. Sharing a review on a product that just didn’t work. OK. Spewing bad things about a company just for the sake of making a sale, or just because you don’t like it, not cool.
I think there’s a certain amount of business etiquette that we should respect. Now if Divi themes added some script that gave you a virus, bad mouth away, but if you switched themes, and didn’t get the same home page as what you had with Divi, stop it.
Everyone has their own hustle, everyone does things differently. CopyBlogger speaks on building a MVA (minimum viable audience). Basically it’s building an audience that relates and enjoys YOUR products and YOUR posts, etc. If you are not in that MVA, then you really can’t relate.
That’s like me doing a review on women’s make up. It’s not meant for me, how would I know if the Bronzer is doing what’s it’s supposed to better or worse than any other bronzer? Let’s make it more real. I’m a front end developer, I HATE those plugins that give you options to change the color of a theme with a stupid color box. Hate ’em. But guess what, that doesn’t mean that those plugins suck. Maybe you love those plugin. Why? Because they do what you need them to do and they work for YOU!
Divi does what it does for those people who want something like that. All of these DIY themes do what they do with a reason. The output may be different, but the bottom line is, if you’re not using a flexible framework, or if you don’t plan on hiring someone down the line to edit and maintain your website, then you’ll need to stick with that theme, regardless if it’s Divi, some Theme Forest theme, startup framework, or any of the like.