If you log in to your WordPress site and find things don’t look the way you expected, relax. Since early 2015, I’ve built most new GiteWise sites using a design theme called Divi.

You’ll know if your site is built with Divi because when you go to edit a page or post, you’ll see something like this:

I appreciate this can be a little unnerving if you’ve worked with WordPress before and are used to seeing the page look more like this:

But, as you’ll soon discover, that familiar WordPress Editor screen isn’t too far away. A couple of clicks in the right place and you’ll feel more at home:

What Divi does is manage the content of your site by separating the page elements into customisable modules. It takes a bit of getting used to, but the advantages of this revolutionary approach to working with WordPress make it well worth the adjustment.

Why I chose to create your site with Divi

From a design point of view, Divi gives me the means to configure any part of your website just the way I want. And the freedom to develop a design knowing it will look good on any screen size – something which is increasingly important these days.

Other themes (the WordPress term for design framework) have limited options for page layouts and use shortcodes – which look like this: [one_half] – for layout customisation. They also have relatively fixed homepage layouts, so adding a panel or extra section to the home page usually involves messing around with code.

When I create a new site with Divi, I have far more control over the site’s design. This makes it much easier to add special features and restyle individual pages and sections – like changing the text from grey to white and introducing a background colour.

For a quick introduction to the basics of editing with Divi, see Getting to know the back end of your new website

 

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