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We stand united in our use of Divi.  We have all had a ground zero with learning.  We all make mistakes, it’s human, nothing to be ashamed of, but if we can avoid them, well, then let’s do that.

Here are 5 hiccups I see with the Divi Theme

Theme Installation.

After you have downloaded Divi to your computer you do not need to unzip it.  NOTE: each computer set up is different – maybe your system auto unzips – if that is true, zip it back up.  What you want to do after you have downloaded the theme is to login to your WordPress website and look for Appearance on the left hand side of your screen.

  • Appearance
  • Themes
  • At the top of the page look for the Add New button (to the right of Themes).
  • You will be asked to find the file.  Make sure you add the Zip file, or the upload will not work.
  • Once installed make sure the theme is Activated (if you must know, why yes, I myself made that mistake when I first started).

Can’t Find the Homepage

With Divi you set the homepage in the Theme Customizer.

  • Look for Divi on your left hand side navigation
  • Select Theme Customizer
  • Near the bottom of the navigation look for Static Page.
  • Select the page you wish to be “home”

Where is my blog?

This is pretty common and I have a detailed post on this here. Let me give you a quick overview. If you are using the blog module then your blog is actually a page.  Therefore when you visit the Theme Customizer & navigate to Static Page DO NOT SET blog to whatever that page is, just leave the option set at –select–.

Installing the Divi Builder

Divi is a full on WordPress theme.  If you install the theme, the Divi Builder is part of your zip file.  If you are NOT using the Divi theme but want the page builder, then you use the Divi Page Builder Plugin.

You do not need both.

Missing the Customizer Options

I suggest that you visit the Theme Customizer and the Module Customizer BEFORE you add any content.  Working here setting styles for elements such as buttons, images (this is where you globally override image animation from left to right to none) or even customize the zoom icon color.  Thanks to those ET wizards we can easily toggle into our module settings and customize each individually, which is amazing – but a few minutes in the customizer will save you loads of time overall.  Perhaps even more useful than saving time, using the Customizer Options will ensure that your design is consistent.  My clients seem to have eagle eyes – they can tell if one button boarder is 2 pixels and another 3, and who can keep track of all the hover  options, etc.

Now my personal pet peeve.  

I am not sure the words in your language, but in mine, this drives me Bat $H!T crazy.  Using the default font – this is really just my opinion, because it has nothing to do with anything but my own aging eyes.  I find the default fault in Divi too light and thin to be readable.  Take a moment and visit the Theme Customizer settings and under the General tab you will find the Topography tab.  Here you can choose your font, colors, sizes, etc. Don’t like any of the Divi installed fonts, take a look at this Google Fonts plugin that Sean Barton created  after I asked him to help a sister out.

Resources for using the Divi Theme:

EIleen Lonergan
Eileen Lonergan was an integral part of this company. Unfortunately, Eileen Passed away on the 31st of October 2018 after a short battle with Cancer. She leaves behind the legacy of the Divi Theme Users Group and hundreds of people that she helped through coaching, building outstanding websites and just being - accessible. We miss her every day!
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