Genesis Framework vs Divi Theme: Pros and Cons

Two of the most popular WordPress theme solutions today are StudioPress's Genesis framework and Elegant Theme's flagship design Divi.

Both solutions were designed to do different things. Genesis is a minimal WordPress framework that makes it easy for developers to create custom WordPress themes. Whereas Divi is an all in one solution that lets anyone design a custom design, regardless of their technical experience.

Genesis VS Divi

Due to their popularity, many WordPress users narrow their options down to either Genesis or Divi. Over the last few months, we have reviewed both Genesis and Divi, however in this article I would like to talk about where their strengths and weaknesses lie. This will help you make an informed decision on which theme is best for you.

The Genesis WordPress Framework

Theme frameworks are normally used as a template to create custom WordPress themes. While some people do simply modify a framework for a custom design, it is more practical to use the framework as the parent theme and create a child theme for the custom design. This setup allows the framework to be updated independently of the child theme; therefore updating is easier.

Genesis Sample Desktop Example

If you go back a few years, frameworks were mainly used by developers. They did not have many user friendly features for non technical users. The default theme that was included with the framework was basic too.

Genesis is different. Not only does it have an easy to use options panel, the default design that is included with the framework looks great. It has a clean minimal design and uses beautiful fonts. All you need to do is change some colors and add your logo to have a professional looking website design.

Let's take a look at other great Genesis features.

An Easy to Use Options Panel

In general, WordPress frameworks are not known for offering many options in the admin area. Genesis still keeps things simple, however it does have many useful fields and options.

The main options page offers support for a third party RSS feed service such as FeedBlitz or Feedburner. Different layouts can be chosen in the options page too. The number of layouts that are available depends on the Genesis child theme you are using. Most will offer at least the option of a left sidebar, right sidebar, or no sidebar. Some themes also support two sidebars.

Additional options include navigation, breadcrumbs, comments and trackbacks, archives, and the blog template settings. Code can be inserted into the header and footer at the bottom too.

Genesis Theme Settings

The process of creating multiple websites with Genesis is made simpler due to import and export functionality. The framework comes with some useful custom widgets as well.

Import and Export Functionality

Compatibility with WordPress Plugins

In general, the more features and options you add to a WordPress theme, the easier it is for non technical users to use the theme. Unfortunately, adding more features to a WordPress theme also increases the chance of the theme conflicting with other WordPress plugins.

One of the benefits of a minimal framework such as Genesis is that there is less risk of plugin conflictions. In my three years of using Genesis, I have never experienced an error due to Genesis and a plugin clashing.

Genesis Compatibility

An Emphasis on Security

Genesis SecurityThe Genesis framework is well regarded among WordPress developers for being one of the most secure WordPress solutions available online.

To ensure they follow recommended WordPress security practices, StudioPress hire WordPress Lead Developer Mark Jaquith to test their framework thoroughly by performing a security review.

“StudioPress reached out to me to do a security review before Genesis was even released, and I did another review for Genesis 1.7. They were very responsive to my suggestions, and the result is a framework that follows all the WordPress security best practices. Itโ€™s clear StudioPress made security a priority when developing Genesis and from a security standpoint, Genesis 1.7 is at the top of its class.” – Mark Jaquith

Mark gave the above quote four years ago after reviewing Genesis 1.3; however he continues to test every new StudioPress release.

As I am sure you aware, security is not something to take lightly. There are over one hundred thousand successful hack attempts on WordPress websites every year and 29% of those attempts are caused by an insecure WordPress theme. It is good to know that if you use the Genesis framework, you do not need to worry about your WordPress theme being exploited.

Huge Selection of Child Themes

Non technical users find it difficult to get the most out of WordPress frameworks as they cannot change features and styling themselves. This means that their final design does not look any different from the default design that is provided with the framework.

That is not a big problem for Genesis users as there are over 100 beautiful Genesis child themes available online. In total, there are 43 child themes on offer from StudioPress and many more from third party designers.

StudioPress Theme List

There are Genesis child themes available for every type of website including business, magazine, blog, real estate, and photography designs. The standard of designs is very high. They are all designed using the same standards as the Genesis framework.

Check out the StudioPress Showcase page to see examples of child themes in action.

Fast, Responsive, and Professional Coded

The Genesis framework was designed using HTML5 and adheres to recommended W3 web standards. Therefore, you will not have any trouble validating your website.

All theme files are cleanly coded and have comments throughout to help you understand what each part of the file is for.

Genesis Sample Mobile Example

The framework is also responsive. This ensures that your website looks great, whether you are viewing it on a desktop, tablet, or smartphone. Since Genesis child themes are powered by Genesis, they are responsive too.

Optimized for Search Engines

Genesis has some fantastic SEO features. Once you have activated Genesis on your website, Genesis will add an area underneath each post and page for entering SEO details about your article. This includes the page title, description, and keywords.

The main SEO settings page allows you to integrate Google+ and configure your home page SEO settings, document head, robots meta, and archive settings.

Genesis SEO Settings

The best thing about Genesis is that it if you activate a WordPress SEO plugin such as WordPress SEO by Yoast or All in One SEO Pack,ย Genesis will completely remove its own SEO functionality. The SEO settings page and the SEO box underneath posts and pages will disappear. This ensures that Genesis's built in SEO functionality does not clash with your chosen SEO plugin.

Genesis SEO Features

I usually remove Genesis's SEO functionality and used WordPress SEO instead, however there are those who believe that Genesis's built in SEO functionality is better than any WordPress SEO plugin solution.

Genesis Hooks

The Genesis framework is built with dozens of hooks. These are located in multiple locations on your pages. By calling a hook, you can insert anything you want into your website using a custom function or a plugin.

StudioPress have a large reference of Genesis hooks on their website. There are useful visual guides available for hooks too that help you see exactly where hooks are located. A visual guide is also available as a plugin

Genesis Hooks

Support, Tutorials, and Updates

StudioPress continue to update Genesis regularly to ensure it works with the latest version of WordPress and is bug free. Therefore, you needn't worry about your website being out of date.

You get a lot of support for Genesis too. In addition to tutorials and code snippets, StudioPress have a support forum that is checked every day by staff. I have always had an answer to any question I asked within a few hours.

StudioPress Support Forums

It Just Works

I have been using Genesis for over three years. Before that, I had used several other WordPress frameworks. The fact that I am still using Genesis after all of this time is testament to how much I value the Genesis framework.

I have used a couple of different WordPress themes during that time, but they have all been Genesis child themes. Once you have configured your website using Genesis, you can switch to another child theme in just a minutes. There is next to no further configuration necessary.

That is what I love about it. Genesis does not have the bells and whistles of most other WordPress themes, however it does everything I need it to. Its simplicity is what keeps me using it.

The Divi WordPress Theme

Divi was released at the end of 2013 to a lot of praise from the WordPress community. The praise was deserved as Divi is a fantastic WordPress theme.

Many WordPress theme stores have been trying to build an all in one WordPress solution for years, but few developers got it right. Then Divi was released. It was beautiful, it was practical, and it was affordable.

Elegant Themes knew they had developed something special and have worked tirelessly over the last eight months to add more features to the theme.

Let us take a closer look at what makes Divi so special.

An Example of Divi

The Drag and Drop Page Builder

The Divi builder is a visual page builder that allows you to design your own pages by simply dragging and dropping modules into the area you want. This allows you to build complex pages easily in minutes.

You can create new rows and columns in seconds and move modules around with ease. A total of 32 modules are currently available. This includes sidebars, portfolios, maps, contact forms, sliders, videos, images, pricing tables, and more. Each module can be configured in just a few seconds with your data.

Drag and Drop Page Builder

Once you have created a layout, you can save it and use it on other pages. They can even be exported to another website you own.

The possibilities with the Divi page builder are endless. There is little it cannot do. Once you are familiar with how the module system works, you will be able to create unique page designs very quickly. Without doubt, it is one of the biggest selling points of Divi.

Support for the WordPress Theme Customizer

Divi has fantastic support for the WordPress Theme Customizer. It can be used to change colors, fonts, navigation, widgets, and more.

Divi Theme Customizer

Divi uses the Elegant Themes ePanel options page too. From there you can upload your logo, integrate advertisements, and define SEO settings. The panel is starting to look its age, but it remains useful for making essential changes to your website.

18 Pre-Made Layouts

If you are struggling for ideas on how to create layouts using Divi, don't worry. Divi comes packaged with 18 pre-made layouts. To get started, all you need to do is choose a layout you like and customize it as you see fit.

Without these layouts, I believe a lot of users would have struggled to get the most out of Divi, therefore Elegant Themes should be applauded for including them. Layouts can be used as a starter layout for your own custom design or simply to help you familiarize yourself with Divi.

18 Pre-Made Layouts

Responsive

Like Genesis, Divi looks great on tablets and smartphones. It will automatically change the look and feel of your design when someone visits your website on a mobile device. All modules are mobile friendly so your website will look great however you create your pages.

Divi Responsive Design

Post Format Support

Post formats were introduced at the beginning of 2011 in WordPress 3.1. In my opinion, they are one of the best features added to WordPress in recent years as they allow you to add all types of blog posts including quotes, images, and videos.

Sadly, despite all recent default WordPress themes supporting post formats, very few theme developers have added support for post formats to their themes. Only dedicated blogging WordPress themes tend to have post format support.

That it is why Elegant Themes need to be commended for including post format support in Divi. It means that Divi can be used to develop any type of blog; whether it be for a personal blog, portfolio blog, or corporate blog.

Divi Post Format Support

Support, Tutorials, and Updates

Elegant Themes have released many significant upgrades to Divi since it was released. This illustrates that the theme is a big part of their future strategy. It also illustrates that Divi is going to get bigger and better over the next few years.

In contrast, in my three years of using Genesis, only one or two new features have been introduced. Obviously, this is by design, as Genesis is a minimal WordPress framework, however it does illustrate the difference between the two themes.

Divi Theme Documentation

Elegant Themes have published an extensive amount of documentation on using Divi. Each tutorial features screenshots and video walkthroughs. You can also get answers to questions via the Elegant Themes support forum.

Divi Can Do…Well, Pretty Much Everything

Divi is an all in one theme solution. It allows anyone, regardless of their technical knowledge and experience, to create beautiful, complex, and professional looking website designs. And it allows you to do all of this in minutes.

I love the Genesis framework, which is why I currently use it on my blog. I noted before that I love the way that I can activate a Genesis child theme and just start working. That is true, however if I ever need to change the way my blog works, I need to use a custom function or activate a different child theme.

With Divi, I can create unique layouts in minutes using a practical drag and drop page builder. I can easily change from a blog layout to a magazine layout. And then switch to a business layout. It offers me a lot of options that other themes cannot.

It should take you no longer than an hour to familiarize yourself with how Divi works. Once you do, you will be surprised at what you can do with Divi.

The Cons of Using Genesis and Divi

No WordPress theme can claim to be perfect. Genesis and Divi both excel in a number of areas, however they are limited in some ways. Ironically, their strengths are also their weaknesses.

One of the greatest strength's of Genesis is its minimal approach to features. It is one of the reasons why it is so popular with developers.

The options panel, for example, allows you to change the featured image size, choose the default layout, and insert code into the header and footer. However, if you want to change a font, change the color of an element, or change the width of a certain area, you need to modify the theme stylesheet.

Ideally, a future version of Genesis will allow you to do this via the WordPress theme customizer. The theme customizer currently lets you insert menus, add widgets, change your website layout, and more. However, styling options are very limited. For example, I currently use the Genesis Child theme Minimum Pro. There is an option in the customizer to change the background color, yet when I modify the color, nothing changes in my design.

In a future version of Genesis I would like to see options to choose background colors, font colors, font types, font sizes, and more.

Genesis Theme Customizer

If have experience using HTML and CSS, this will not be a problem, however non technical users will find it difficult to change Genesis from the default layout.

Making small changes to the way your website is structured can be more difficult too. With one of the default WordPress themes, such as Twenty Fourteen, you can make template changes very easily by simply modifying one of your theme templates. However, making the same change in Genesis usually requires adding a custom function to your theme functions.php template.

It can be frustrating to have to add a custom function to make a basic modification to your website. In other WordPress themes, you can upload your website logo in seconds via the options panel. You can do this in Genesis using the WordPress custom header, but it does not work as well as a logo upload would. Normally, you need to modify your stylesheet or functions.php to ensure your logo is aligned properly.

Thankfully, Genesis offers a lot of tutorials on how to make changes to your website. The most common customizations are listed on their code snippets page. StudioPress always respond to queries on their support forum quickly, therefore if there is no code snippet published in their documentation area, post a question there ๐Ÿ™‚

Genesis Code Snippets

The complex nature of Divi means that there is more chance of it clashing with plugins that offer similar functionality. That is a problem that all advanced WordPress themes experience. To their credit, Elegant Themes do their utmost to ensure that popular plugins work well with Divi.

Divi gives you a huge amount of control over your website. This makes it very simple to customize the way your website looks and feels. However, if you want to change Divi in a different way than it was originally intended, you may find it difficult. To some of you, this may sound like nitpicking, however I am sure it will frustrate developers who want to create something truly unique.

You may find the documentation for developers lacking too. The documentation for Divi is very extensive, but it is geared towards beginners. The tutorials focus on how you can use Divi. Unlike Genesis, there are not many developers creating custom solutions for Divi. Therefore, you will find customizing Divi in a unique way difficult.

Divi Sections

For most WordPress users, these limitations are not an issue. Genesis is a framework. Divi is not. That is why so many developers use Genesis to design custom themes. Divi was developed to create good looking websites quickly and effectively. Without doubt, they have succeeded in doing that. I have spoken with many website designers who now use Divi almost exclusively to build websites for clients as the theme is so versatile. Therefore, the need to change the way that Divi works is rare.

One thing that is currently lacking from the current version of Divi is support for the page builder with custom post types. At the moment, you can only use the page builder to create stylish pages with WordPress pages. It cannot be used with blog posts and other custom post types. Hopefully, this something that Elegant Themes will address in the future.

Which is Cheaper?

StudioPress and Elegant Themes use different pricing schemes for their products.

The Genesis framework is available for $59.95. This includes a professional looking sample design which you can customize. For non designers, it makes more sense to purchase a StudioPress theme. This can be purchased together with the Genesis framework for $99.95.

On their own, StudioPress designs cost $44.95. StudioPress do not offer any discount codes, however they automatically apply a 25% discount to their themes to existing customers. Therefore, once you have purchased the Genesis framework, the real price of their themes is $33.71

This means that the true cost of Genesis and a child theme is $93.66 if you buy Genesis first; however StudioPress charge $99.95 if you buy both together initially.

StudioPress offer a Pro Plus plan $399.95 that includes all 43 existing StudioPress Genesis child themes. If you are a developer that is creating websites for customers frequently, you may want to consider the pro plus plan as it could potentially save you over one thousand dollars.

The pro plus plan is eligible for StudioPress's 25% returning customer discount. Therefore, if you have already purchased Genesis, you can purchase all themes for $299.96. You can therefore save $40.04 on the pro plus plan by purchasing Genesis first.

All StudioPress products are available as a one time purchase fee. Once you have purchased an item, you are eligible for unlimited support and updates forever. Their license allows you to use their themes on an unlimited number of websites; whether these websites are your own or whether you are designing them for clients. Essentially, all of their licenses are developer licenses.

StudioPress Pro Plus Package

Divi is included as part of the Elegant Themes membership. Their membership currently includes 87 WordPress themes. Some of their older WordPress themes are starting to look their age, however all of the designs released over the last year or so have been great. They are currently working on a beautiful magazine design entitled Extra.

Three membership plans are available. Their entry level personal license retails at $69 per year and provides access to all WordPress themes, support, and theme updates. Despite its name, the personal license has all the benefits of a developer license. You can use it on an unlimited number of websites and even use their themes to build websites for clients.

For $20 more, you can upgrade to their developer license at $89 per year. In addition to all WordPress themes, this license also gives you access to their 4 WordPress plugins and all original layered Photoshop files. The photoshop files will make it easier to customize their designs.

Their lifetime license offers the same features as their developer license, however it is available as a one off fee of $249. If you see yourself renewing your Elegant Themes membership more than twice, the lifetime license makes sense.

Don't worry if you are not sure about which license to choose as Elegant Themes allow you to upgrade your licence at any time.

Elegant Themes Plans

Overview

You have probably realized by now that I love Genesis and Divi for different reasons. If you are a developer, Genesis is the most practical choice if you need to create something truly unique. However, you may find Divi a more practical solution for creating great looking websites quickly on a regular basis.

If you do not have any experience designing websites, Divi is probably the best solution as it gives you the freedom to create many interesting layouts, but if you love the look of a Genesis design, do not hesitate to buy it. You will not be disappointed.

I hope you have enjoyed this look at the pros and cons of Genesis and Divi. What's your opinion of these popular WordPress theme solutions? Please let us know in the comment area below.

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

Kevin

Kevin Muldoon

Kevin Muldoon is a professional blogger with a love of travel. He writes regularly about internet marketing on his personal blog and on the internet marketing discussion forum Rise Forums.
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28 comments

  1. Really good comparison there – I use both of these but Genesis is my go-to solution 99% of the time. The best thing I did was to buy the Dynamik Website Builder (DWB) ‘theme’ from http://cobaltapps.com (no, I don’t work for them!) which integrates with Genesis really well. This lets you tweak fonts, sizes, colours as well as create and style custom layouts. The additional ability to easily hook in custom code is the reason I use it most of the time – combined with Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) you can build pretty much anything you need.

    I think of Genesis + DWB + ACF as more of a developers tool but Divvy gives non-developers a lot more functionality without coding.

    1. I use Genesis on my websites too. DWB looks amazing. If I recall, someone on my forum bought it a few months ago and was raving about it. It really transforms Genesis.

      Divi is a fantastic theme on their own. There are a lot of themes out there with visual builders built in, but Divi has put it all together in a nice package ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi Kevin
    Fabulous in-depth comparison.

    I use both Genesis and Divi and if you were to ask me which one is better… I couldn’t give you an answer. It really depends what you are trying to achieve and what your level of coding skill is.

    I can have a Genesis child theme site up and running in half an hour, it would take me longer with Divi but it’s much easier to customise a Divi site.

    Another thing to take into account is that Genesis / StudioPress appear to have slowed down the production of child themes recently and got rid of comments on their website.
    Elegant Themes on the other hand have really forged ahead with Divi and their blog is really buzzing.
    Read into that what you will.

    1. That’s a very good point Keith. I have noticed that they are releasing themes less frequently.

      I am unsure as to why that is happening. Perhaps they are focusing their attention on other matters. Or perhaps ensuring all of their existing themes stay up to date is too time consuming. If the latter is indeed true, I think it would be better for them to retire some of their older designs.

  3. Awesome review Kevin, the best comparison i’ve seen between the two – and I’ve been googling for a week!

    I’m really on the fence between Divi and Genesis. I love the ‘feeling’ of both Genesis sites and those splashy Divi animations. Would appreciate your advice –

    I have a few blogs that generate my whole income and a clean, fast and secure SEO-friendly code is VERY important for me and for my rankings. Everybody RAVES about that in Genesis – and I heard nothing about how clean, fast or secure Divi code is – so that really keeps me on the fence here.

    But.. I’m also an avid practitioner of the art of the pitch and frequently find myself creating sales copies (either for myself or for others). And instead of paying for someone each time or for LeadPages – Divi page builders looks like an amazing tool to create modern looking full-width ‘sectioned’ sales page. Like those:

    http://99designs.com/how-it-works
    http://www.apple.com/macbook-air/
    https://pagely.com

    My sales page currently look ‘old-style’ (long textual copy with some pics and graphics) but nothing near those new HTML5 designs. While they still convert very successfully – I have a gut feeling I can increase conversion by a little by designing them like that.

    I have almost zero PHP and CSS skills, and am currently using Catalyst framework (which is now the DWB genesis theme) but its power in my hands is like the power of a katana sword in the hands of an handicapped person. Just look at the design of my current site and see how bad my designing skills are.

    I want something fast, secure, clean but one that gives me the flexibility to create amazing looking sales pages with no PHP or CSS knowledge.

    Which one would you get?

    Thanks A LOT. Quick response much appreciated, a new product coming this week.

    1. I use Genesis myself. I have tested Divi on my test website and it seems very good. I’m not sure my coding is good enough to say whether it secure, though I doubt you have to worry about any security concerns as they have good coders developing the theme.

      I don’t think you can go wrong with either theme. I realise that is perhaps not the answer you are looking for, though I haven’t used Divi on a live website in order to get to know its strengths and weaknesses. But when I tested it, the theme looked great.

      1. Thanks!
        Hmm what are your thoughts on that?

        Genesis seems to perform very poorly when analysed in PageSpeed Insights.

        how can that be, i thought its supposed to be one of the best ones

          1. Hey Kevin,

            Have you ever compared the loading time of Divi with any Genesis theme?

            I am having the Elegant theme subscription from past 3 years and now I want to give a try to Studiopress. I found it costly but still if you are making something good out of it and then itโ€™s worth your money.

            Just curious about the time a design based on a Genesis theme takes in comparison with Divi. I used to customize Divi also to make a unique design out of it every time so I am thinking to try Studiopress now.

            Thanks

  4. Hi Kevin

    I am totally new to WP and trying to educate myself as much as possible before making a decision.

    Just want to say a BIG THANK YOU for doing an objective and honest review, I spent hours googling and so far you are the only one whose reviews do not sound like an “advertorial”, 99% of what I came across were advertising under the guise of reviews.

    Best,

  5. Hi Kevin,

    As a complete beginner (albeit one with a generally technical IT background) this comparison was exactly what I needed. After much research, including reading too many “affiliated” reviews, I had developed a short list of candidates that included Genesis and Divi but I couldn’t work out how to choose between them. Your comparison has been enormously helpful.

    Thanks!

  6. Very practical and detailed assesment on the two that has helped me come to the conclusions i searched google looking for. Thank you Kevin.

    Cheers!

  7. Thank you. Excellent review, very helpful. I also would like to state the review was very fair and not an advertorial. Athemes is has nice themes as well (currently, I am using Moeshia for a website and it looks great and has nice doc as well. (And no I don’t work for them)

  8. Hi Kevin,

    Thank you for your great comparison article. I have been using Divi for a few months now and I’ve always wondered about the difference between the two. I wanted to ensure I’m on the right track, now I know I am (I’m not a developer, just an implementer and content populator). Divi has certainly provided most of the functionality I need for sites that I make. Just out of curiosity, is there a particular plug in that you recommend to make child themes for Divi?
    Regards, Rose

  9. Kevin thank you so much for such a detailed comparison, probably the best I’ve read. What I wish you would have covered a little more in depth is the speed. For me, I cannot live within the minimalistic design constraints of Genesis, BUT I will not give up SPEED for the ability to express my artistic talents. I’m sure some great minds created the Divi theme, and I’m wondering how much speed was sacrificed, if any, to create this drag and drop solution. It’s hard to imagine a GUI without some bloat to slow things down. Has anyone out there speed test these two themes?

  10. Thanks so much Kevin! VERY helpful indeed, GREAT review!
    I am a beginner… So far, I have only used weebly drag and drop very easy system. I am now about to choose a WordPress theme. Divi seems very user friendly. Like others, my concern is the speed. If any blogger or you know anything about it, I am keen to read the comments!
    Cheers!
    Sylba

  11. Thank you for the comparison! My biggest focus as a developer has been speed/SEO, which is why I have opted for Genesis in the past. Do you know how Divi performs speed-wise? I’m wondering if it might be better as a prototyping system than a final theme creator if it doesn’t perform well, plus I don’t like the idea of sticking my clients with a Divi-or-nothing theme choice.

  12. Thank you for this very constructive review. But there was no mention on the SEO for Divi.
    I had used another theme from Elegant Themes and found Yoast SEO did not recognise all the content I put on there because I was using the Elegant Themes page builder. Is Divi different? Will Yoast SEO work well using Divi Theme? How does it recognise content within the page builder. Thanks. Anna.

  13. Hi,

    I spoke with Sandy from WPValet. She told me that if at some point I want replace DIVI with another framework I wont be able to transfer my data from DIVI, I’ll have to start from scratch. Can you confirm or refute please?

    Thank you.

    1. Alexander, from what I gather if you were to switch themes at any point your page content would break and come up as long list of shortcode. Apparently the Divi pagebuilder is specific to Divi. I have used a couple cleaner pagebuilders that you can incorporate into any theme such as site origin’s pagebuilder. Then you can switch themes down the road, and your pagebuilder blocks and content will stay in tact for the most part.

  14. DIvi and Genesis are total chalk and cheese. I am also somebody that has / does use both. Divi has achieved something really cool in that it’s created a community of … you could say Divi designer / developers … and while many of these people didn’t come from coding or design backgrounds, Divi helps them get around this, create nice looking websites, and focus heavily of a clients needs (rather than all the effort going into design and development). And the Divi platform seems a much more morally acceptable off the shelf solution compared to many of the “multi purpose” themes elsewhere. It feels like it’s got longevity.

    I personally these days am frustrated when using Divi, there are too many things I have to “hack” to make happen. For instance… want a header widget? The most popular way to do this is add a widget area and move it to the header with jQuery.

    However, Divi 3 is coming out, and shortly after that a Divi 3 “developer release”. From what I am told by ET this will mean documented code and hopefully lots of hooks and folters. This changes Divi completely in this face off IMO. When this comes out, as an ET full member I’ll be checking in on Divi again. For now, it’s off my tool list.

    The ET community though for Divi is pretty amazing. I kind of wish I was using Divi, just to be part of that crowd. Sad right?

    Genesis is what I am learning now, and I love it and see it as the future for my toolset. I think it doesn’t matter that the release of child themes has slowed, I don’t think the audience that will be long term Genesis users needs them. They are in many ways much the same.

    So both are awesome tools.

    Let me chuck in something that sits in the middle. GeneratePress.
    GeneratePress for the Divi crowd. The theme is better. Combine it with Divi builder and you simply have a better Divi. All the customisation stuff Divi has, but still restrained to not be bloat.

    GeneratePress for the Genesis Crowd. So for instance, this last week I had a very short window of opportunity to design and develop a site. I used my trusty GeneratePress and created the site I was planning to use Genesis for…But quicker (at least for me quicker).
    GeneratePress has plenty of documentation, and plenty of filters and hooks.
    It’s really really smart.

    Over and out.

    Paul

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