Webbish Design has switched to the Divi theme by Elegant Themes. This site will be a work in progress for a while, but it’s shaping up nicely. I loved the lush textured shadowed and shamelessly skeuomorphic look of my previous theme (ET’s Deep Focus portfolio showcase), which was starting to look dated, so I’m moving on. I hope to reuse some of the beautiful photos in the old slider on pages or posts because I’m a sucker for forests, footbridges, cascades, mountain streams, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

The developers at Elegant Themes invested a lot of effort and care in creating Divi, which is a new theme with drag-and-drop page templates. The thing that really puts their creative stamp on it is the large number of pre-made templates and modules that can be used as starter points and then modified to suit your purposes. The documentation is also thorough and includes many videos.

I would recommend Divi to those who love the look of Divi without a need to change everything. It’s not a walk in the park to delve into advanced customization on any ET theme, including Divi. If you can get by with CSS tweaks and minor changes, it should work very well and look spectacular, as most ET themes do. Divi and some other ET themes support WooCommerce and can help you create a polished storefront for your products.

If you want to add a lot of CSS to customize Divi or add your own functions, use a child theme. I have one in place on this site to consolidate “overriding” CSS and avoid having to edit any of the included theme templates. Using a child theme will save you time when you update Divi to a new version because you won’t lose your hard-won CSS or template tweaks. Elegant Themes has a Child Theme Tutorial to get you started.

Having made many websites for myself and others over a long period of time, I never put all my eggs in one basket. To be honest and realistic, I have to say that I also use the Genesis Framework with StudioPress themes or Cobalt Apps’ Dynamik Website Builder. I understand how Genesis works and I’m comfortable with it, so it’s my go-to choice for many client projects and some of my own sites. Genesis and StudioPress themes have been easier for me to customize than Elegant Themes because I know where things are and I like the separation of the framework from the child theme. That said, Elegant Themes are a treat out of the box for many people, especially if you’re a visual person or artist. The design work is meticulous and beautifully done.