Ever since WordPress was made available to the general public, people really took a liking to the idea of making and customizing their very own websites.
I want to present to you my personal choices in site creating, two of the most popular and used themes out of the many that are available out there.
These are multipurpose themes that a person can use for almost any type of site that he wants to make, a portfolio, a blog, a business site even an online store. The most interesting thing about them is that you don’t need to know a single line of code.
Divi came out in 2013, designed and built by Elegant Themes. It was quite a sensation right from the beginning, quickly appealing to the public due to its ability to create the best of what web design has to offer with ease.
Its interface, named Divi builder, is what sets Divi apart from the other themes on the market. When creating your website, it splits the dashboard into horizontal, customizable elements.
And since their focus was on functionality, in the new version (Divi 2.0) you find new and improved features, such as an enhanced header, new navigation and additional layout options.
Even though it’s easy to use, its customization features are varied and his elements complex, making it fun to use.
Some interesting gadgets which you’ll be using a lot as you progress with Divi are its modules that you use to fill each of the elements that you decided to keep for your website. Unlike the WordPress widgets, these are more customizable and dynamic.
Almost all of the work that you’ll be required to do is by drag-and-drop, making it accessible to everybody, even to those who have limited computer skills.
The layouts it uses are many and varied enough. It comes with 10 pre-made layouts, ready to be used or modified, or if you prefer, you can start building them from scratch. All of its layouts are compatible with all mobile devices.
With Divi 2.0 come some extra elements: a re-thought header, different navigation and more layout options for a touch of variety.
The price is nothing but convenient. For $69 you get 87 themes, good customer support and full updates.
Salient is an appealing theme, the first obvious thing being its good looks. It’s responsive and it’s ready to use by everybody intending to do freelancing work, since it supports Woo Commerce.
What I find really interesting in Salient’s case is its language pack. It doesn’t overlook the fact that people may want the benefits of a good web designing software in their native tongue. It also has a working Parallax slider, which is not an easy thing to find, as most plug-ins for sliding don’t work properly.
In contrast to Divi, Salient is not as dynamic. In order to customize it well you must use shortcodes. But it’s not that much of a problem, since they offer extensive support in both video and written format. As for the layouts, though compatible, they are fewer than in Divi’s case, only 8.
Visually is very catchy and good-looking and its customer support service is above average to name a couple of its advantages. However, you don’t get a pack of preset themes, you get only one and everything is priced at $55.
So far I think these two are the best the market has to offer right now. They’re both versatile, good-looking, responsive and will work on all devices, but Divi is in its own league right now, its builder being what sets it apart from pretty much everything else out there.