Download Upload Activate Divi

Download Upload Activate Divi

The do-it-yourself with Divi isn’t complicated when you know how. Here are the steps for implementing the Divi Theme. First, you should be a member of Elegant Themes. I’ve been a member since 2012. This is my Affiliate link, this is one of the best Theme Companies I have had the good fortune to use, and this is why I would recommend them.

Download Divi

  • From your Elegant Themes member area download the Divi Theme File
  • Download the .zip file to your desktop.
  • Do not open the file.
  • Go to your website which has the WordPress core software installed.

You cannot upload Divi to WordPress.com you must have your own domain and an account with a web host. If you haven’t found a Web Hosting Company, read about Website Hosting and what you should know.

I have two recommendations:

  1. Go with a hosting company that does not limit the memory space your website needs
  2. Never buy cheap hosting services. You get what you pay for.

The Divi Theme requires PHP 7.0 +. This is higher than PHP 5.6. Some hosting companies limit the memory space because it is cheaper for them.

The DIY person knows better. You are loading a Premium WordPress Theme and this requires more memory. A web host that limits access and charges for more memory is not what you want in a web hosting company.

Inside the Dashboard menu locate Appearance. Hover your mouse over Appearance and a menu will popup. Select Themes Do it yourself with Divi You will see the current installed Theme which might be the default WordPress Theme.

If you have another Theme installed and you are now wanting to switch over to the Divi Theme, you shouldn’t just leave the previous theme and then install Divi. One thing you will find, themes don’t work seamlessly with each other.

If you’re not running a current theme then you will most probably find the default WordPress Theme, Twenty Seventeen active in the Theme area.

Do it yourself with Divi

The Twenty Seventeen theme is active. Click on Add New and the button will change to Upload theme.

The DIY person is never in a hurry, if you follow the steps you’ll do it the right way and not have to undo it and get into technology tangles.

Now you’re ready to upload the .zip Divi File you downloaded from your member’s area. This .zip folder will be on your desktop or in your downloads folder.

Do it yourself with Divi

Click on Choose file, find the file and upload it. Once the file is uploaded the Install Now tab will darkent.

Click on Install Now and the Divi Theme will install. Stay in the Appearance section and this is what you will see.

Do it yourself with Divi The Divi Theme is active!

Now you are ready to enable the Theme Options.

Locate Divi in the Dashboard Menu. Do it yourself with Divi

Now let’s go to the Theme Options area.

Watch the Theme Options installing video below, it takes you through all the steps of enabling the options for the Divi Theme to work.

Setting the Divi Theme Options

Below is a video tutorial on how to enable or disable the options for the Divi Theme. In this video, you’ll be introduced to the silent technology partner you need in real time as you set the Divi Theme Options.

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Do It Yourself With Divi

Do it yourself with Divi is a series of blog posts and tutorials to show you how you can have a website and do it yourself. This isn’t for every website. The kind of website depends on the specific purpose of the site. The way we can build a site has changed. If you’re using WordPress for your website you will find many options available when choosing a Theme. There isn’t one theme that is better than another, all of the Themes have been designed with a topic.

The opportunity to build a website yourself with a flexible framework has only recently emerged. This may be why you might not have heard about the Divi Theme. It is the designer and the developer’s best kept secret. They don’t want you to know how they do their outstanding work. The website is a vital presence on the web. What kind of website? The answer to this question depends on what kind of website you want.

It takes a special kind of person who wants to do it themselves

There is something different about learning how to use the software from the ground up. Just like you would start with an entry level position to learn how something operates. The people who reached the top of their profession often started in the mail room of the business they wanted to operate. The knowledge base of how a website operates will set the foundation for the future of your online presence.

Is it possible to do it yourself?

Yes, it is. I say this because this is how I built all my websites, without knowing how to code. The process depends on the kind of theme used. The theme is the Divi Theme produced by Elegant Themes. At first glance the websites built by this theme looks simple and easy. This is not true. A website crafted for a specific purpose requires a team of designers and developers to build out a website.

You might be asking why then would you want to do it yourself? The end result of the Divi Theme is a theme operating system, a framework, and this lets you build the site yourself. You’re using the Divi Framework with all the built in features. Everything you need is contained within the theme, the tutorials and short videos will take you inside the Divi Theme and show you how it works.

As someone who is a DIY (do it yourself) person, I found the Divi Theme an exciting challenge. The presentation of the modules and how they work makes sense. Divi was designed by a designer, someone who uses the theme each day and  knows how repetitive some tasks can be when you’re working on a website. A website is something you can’t set it and leace it.  Technology changes rapidly and a website needs maintenance.

The maintenance you want is a one click update for the Divi theme and WordPress core software. All these things are possible if you know how to do it yourself, and most important, you want to do it yourself.

Why does the Divi Framework work so well?

Because it’s designed by people who undertand how the software works and want to pass on this understanding to the unique experience of having a publishing a platformm, a website. A website is a relatively new tool we have come to know and use. We’re having to catch up with technology because it moves faster than human nature.

The Do It Yourself With Divi Series is to help you achieve what you want, a website. No bells and whistles or complex design. Just the plain and simple. The thing does what was intended for it to do, and does not over extended itself into a technical entanglement which takes too much money to untangle.

When it’s that simple no one believes it’s possible

This only means that someone has explained the complex with simplicity. Breaking down the components gives you the control, not someone else. It’s a problem to have to upgrade or pay someone to change something in your website.

Integrated Learning While You Work in Divi

Unheard of. Impossible. It’s never been done. Now it has. As you use the modules you’ll find a technology partner right next to you in the instructional video. There is a human being behind the creation of any software you might use, even though we are now introduced to artificial intelligence as an “assistant.”

The reality of this is, there will never be an end to the need of one human being helping another. No matter how sophisticated artificual intelligence becomes, it cannot replace human interaction.

The DIY instruction, the video tutorial is going to be made by a human with a presonality, otherwise we will loose interest. You can already listen to an electronic voice instructional video on YouTube. I’ve fallen asleep during those kinds of videos and don’t waste time watching them.

The DIY series of articles and tutorials are done by a human being, yours truly.

 

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A RealTime Paradigm

In real time another paradigm comes in the form of technology through the printing press. Named after it’s predecessor the Gutenberg Editor comes to WordPress. It means the editor will have a facelift. The icons will be the same, their functions won’t change, but they’re in a different place.

Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press which revolutionized the way people produced the printed parchments. As the blocks were laid onto the tray we now lay the blocks onto the web page.

This new system of block building, is also called the modular system. Modules are used to build the content on the page within the Divi Theme. This is one of the excellent features of the Divi Theme.

Oddly enough in the world of developers, there is a backward kind of thinking. The irony of this thinking is, it is so named “backwards compatibility.” Meaning you can roll back a version and use an outdated one instead of an updated one. Why? I would rather use the most updated version instead of an older version.

But nevertheless, you’ll find the nervous developer predicting the end of something because it means more work for them. What comes out is the truth of the matter, nothing ends.

Nothing Ends

Technology changes and improves all the time. WordPress is no exception. You may not know it but there are updates and upgrades happening all the time to the WordPress core software. The coming Gutenberg Editor will indeed make life easier for those of us who like to enter the content in the world’s most popular CMS (content management system) just like it is supposed to be entered.

The Coming Change

The WordPress editor has familiar icons which we use to place the content onto the web page. These familiar icons won’t disappear, they might be in a different place. WordPress is designing its own Page Builder. The most advanced way to build content on a web page.

Page Builders are developers who worked to solve the problem for the users of WordPress not to have to place the content into HTML brackets when writing a blog post.  Change isn’t easy for everyone. You still have developers who  “write” their blog posts in the “text” area, which by the way is the area where you can see the HTML tags. Perhaps it gives them the feeling they’re still doing the “tech” work as it used to be.

Websites are becoming more sophisticated and easier to use. The code is complex, but it runs in the background. The Page Builder lets you put the content directly into the page or blog post without having to have knowledge of HTML. This post is written using the Divi Builder built into the Divi Theme. It is a Page Builder.

The State of the Word US WordCamp 2017

Every year Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress gives an update on the progress of the world’s most used software, WordPress. The video recording shows the Gutenberg editor in action and how it changes the WordPress editor.

Developers, desingers, and users of WordPress attend the WordCamp events. At the most recent WordCamp in Nashville, the developers of the most used Page Builders came together, Divi, Elementor, Beaver Builder, and Visual Composer in an iconic picture captured by Jason Champagne of Elegant Themes. These developers are the top of their field and produce excellent Page Builders used with WordPress Themes. Now WordPress core is introducing the Gutenberg Editor. Named after the Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press, the Gutenberg WordPress Editor uses building blocks, or placeholders. The area where you place and style the content.

The same concept is used in the Page Builders. You are using the module as a place holder for the content, with the ability to style the content within the module.

The Gutenberg Editor won’t end it all for everyone. WordPress is an open source software. Developers from all over the world contribute to the WordPress core. WordPress is the most used software in the world. Everyone uses it, and they’re not about to abandon it just because WordPress introduces an improvement and gives us the user the best experience.

How Will This Affect The Page Builders?

The developers working with the top Page Builders will incorporate the Gutenberg Editor into the existing Page Builder. The command icons on the toolbar won’t change. What will change are some WordPress Themes built with the current default editor, may not be able to incorporate the Gutenberg Editor.

The Page Builder feature in the Divi Theme is a plugin as are all the Page Builders used in WordPress themes. This time the WordPress core software will have a Page Builder.

As with all new software it’s only a matter of time after using it for a while, you’ll see how it operates. We’re a whole lot smarter with technology than we’ve been led to believe. Finally, we’re getting over the hurdle of not believing everything we see in print.

The paradigm of the Gutenberg editor into WordPress core is no different than what it was when the printing press was invented. People thought the end had come because books were available to be read by everyone.

The dire predictions of the end of WordPress are from those who are afraid of change. The Gutenberg Editor is a real time paradigm, it’s purpose is to elevate everyone’s ability to create content with WordPress.

One Click Update

One Click Update

The one click update is possible. To get to the point of being able to click the update button and wait for the updates to implement successfully means following some good practices for the wellbeing of the website. The one click update is user savvy. No one wants to spend so much time trying to figure out why the best software for a website, WordPress, is so difficult to operate.

It’s a simple solution and it depends on whose advice you follow and how many plugins are installed in the site. How much is too much? This depends on what extra functions you want your site to have. No matter how simple your website is, there’s going to be problems of one sort or another.

There’s an endless division in the world of websites. The tech savvy and the non-tech savvy person. Obviously, the developer who crafts the core WordPress code, or a Theme knows more than the person who doesn’t.

The non-tech savvy person is the user, the one on the receiving end of the work of the tech savvy person. The user is the operator of the website. Technology should simplify the process for the user, instead a website can be bloated with too many plugins.

A Plugin Extends Website Function

When a major version of WordPress is updated some plugins may not work the way they used to. Keep these things in mind if you start to have problems with updates:

Make sure the plugin is compatible with your version of WordPress

The WordPress software is the core that runs the website and isn’t the WordPress Theme

The Theme overlays the core software and doesn’t modify the core of WordPress

Sometimes your theme updates and the plugin you thought was compatible stops working

Plugins are packages of code that extend the core functionality of WordPress. The code is PHP, a scripting language used in open source software. This is what the developer uses when they “write” the code. The PHP files have “text,” HTML (hypertext markup language), CSS (cascading style sheets) and JavaScript, a specific code that is separate from the PHP scripting language.

Plugins are specifically coded and written by developers who integrate the code to work within the existing core. Plugins add specific functions to the website.

The WordPress Plugin Repository

There are 44,000+ Plugins in the WordPress Repository. Ideally, plugins should work because they’re all WordPress plugins. The developer built an excellent plugin, but it may not be compatible with your Theme. Why? The plugin wasn’t developed by the same developer that developed the theme. 

Using the Divi Theme as an example with this site, I found some plugins didn’t work well with the Divi Theme. This is not the fault of the plugin or the theme, it’s a fact of human nature. Across the board everyone has this problem. Think about the World Wide Web for a moment and the vast numbers of people interacting with code, there are different developers working on different teams.

Fierce competition exists, and you’ll find one plugin developer criticizing another one. Just because a plugin isn’t in the WordPress Repository doesn’t mean it’s no good. As a front-end user, I cannot fathom the eternal conflict with technology. We’re all using the same software, WordPress.

WordPress Core Updates

WordPress is a good software to use. You can tell by the number of people using it. 28% of websites worldwide run on WordPress. The core software is updated with security fixes regularly. You have to click the update button, it’s not done automatically for you.

In the Dashboard in the Updates section you will see when there is an update needed. If you have the latest version of WordPress you’ll see this message.

This site updates with one click. The customizations and changes made in the Divi Theme are inside the modules and don’t affect the Divi core code or WordPress core code. The one click update will depend on how much modification exists in the site.

The Divi Child Theme

A Divi Child Theme is built from the Divi Framework, specifically styled by a developer and a designer. This is an alternative if you want a ready made website designed with the Divi Theme. Take a look at these gorgeous Child Themes built in the Divi Theme.

You want a Theme built by a reputable developer. It doesn’t take much to find the reputable developers. They’re the ones in business, and they’re good at what they do.

This website is not using a Child Theme, it’s built with the Divi Theme Framework by me, the user.

The Divi Theme has grown in popularity and there are plugins specifically for Divi. Naturally, I’m using those plugins. The social sharing plugin is Monarch, and the Newsletter sign up is Bloom. The most recent plugin installed is the Divi Blog Extended plugin. The blog plugin has a selection of layout designs pre-formatted for the blog page.

So yes, I operate within the Divi ecosphere for now. But I know the developers of the Divi Theme work with developers from all over the world, just as WordPress does.

There will always be updates, revisions, and code collisions. It’s the nature of technology. Once you figure out WordPress, plugins, and themes on the front end, the non-tech user isn’t so non-tech after all. When the update notices arrive, you can smile inwardly  and do the one click update.

And then there is Divi

And then there is Divi

In the beginning… there was a stillness on the horizon, the modules were an idea in the designer’s mind, the ideal placeholder for the information. A text, an image, a blurb, a full width slider, and the family of modules was born into the house of Divi.

The designer went to the developer and said write the code for this please. The developer nodded thoughtfully and the string of code poured from the keyboard. The logic phrases of code, fetched and styled integrating perfectly with WordPress. This is the story of the dawning of the Divi Theme.

Okay, so I’m hopelessly in love with the Divi Theme since it came out in 2013. I switched my website to the Divi theme. I can’t get enough of it and love using it, thanks to the designers and developers of the Elegant Themes team who created the master framework upon which to build a website.

The Divi Theme Changes Everything

I don’t know how to code.  All the effects you see in this website are made through the module. Each module gives you the option to style it. All the code is already built into the module.

The way the website looks and the way it is built isn’t only for the designer and the developer, it’s also for the user.

WordPress is the go-to software for websites today. The software has the flexibility to add in desired features and it has a robust core structure. Everything about building a website with Divi is pleasurable as it should be.

Of course not everyone wants to take the time to figure out how the Divi theme works, they leave that to people of my nature, I will work with the module to see what it does and figure out how to make it shorter, longer, and fit in better with the layout.

Divi has an on page visual builder. You can write directly into the webpage, this helps you put the content into the website in the right place. As you type into the module you can see the changes you make as you are making them.

Clutter

Some websites look cluttered and are a chore to look at. Popups, moving pictures, slide in text boxes distracts the reader.

Clean Interface

If you put the right information in the module it makes for easier reading. Too much content on the page promotes eye fatigue.

The Content

Includes the words, the images and the white space. When these elements are harmonious, the website works.

The Divi frame gives you the opportunity to use it for what you’re sutied for. Now that is service.

The do it yourself has an appeal all of it’s own.

The design for the creative and the visual.

The code brought to perfection to render the exact right look.

The code is built in and you don’t need to know how to code.

Updating the Divi Theme happens with one click of the Update button. Some say this is not possible. I say it is. I do it all the time whenever the Divi Theme is updated. When I press the update button there isn’t a code collision. A code collision happens when there are too many plugins competing against each other.

In truth, the elegance of design is, less is more. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Trends come and go, material design, minimalist design, flat design, three dimensional design, all will in due time live for a while then expire. What doesn’t expire is your style and that is unique to you.

For me the ordinary user, the ability to place the modules, adjust the headings, widen the space, add colors, images, is an avenue of expression on the web.  And now there is Divi…