What happens when you deactivate the Divi theme?

What happens when you deactivate the Divi theme?


hi I’m Tim from real website hints.com and I just want to answer this question that I’ve been getting asked a lot recently about what happens when you deactivate the Divi theme and I think there’s a bit of misinformation out there a bit of truth so let’s go ahead and dive in and check it out and i will start out by saying that I like and recommend both the themes i’m going to talk about in this video both Divi and beaver builder i’m going to include affiliate links for both of them in the description below so if this video sways you one way or the other and you want to get one of these themes you can use the link below which cost you nothing extra and provide me with a commission so that i can review more website building tools offer more tips and free tutorials so I thank you for your support now both of these tools allow you to easily build great-looking web pages in WordPress using a front end page builder and that’s a quick summary of these two themes that got reviews of both of them which are linked to in the description below I focus on helping you guys find the best tools for easily making a website without needing to know code at this point you don’t really need to know code to make a great website and both of these tools are great tools to use to easily build a website without needing no code so the issue here and the problem that a lot of people bring up is that if you deactivate the Divi theme your site will not be usable because the Divi theme leaves behind short codes or the beaver builder theme is behind quote-unquote clean code and the first thing here that should be obvious is that the code that these page builders generate to make your pages viewable by your browser can’t be all that different because you can make pages that look very similar in both teams so the final code output I’m sure is different between the two but it just can’t be all that different next I think that this whole issue comes from a few articles that are out-of-date now it used to be that the Divi theme had the Divi builder built into it and that was the only way to get the Divi builder but now you’re able to download the Divi builder as a separate page builder plugin just like the beaver builder has its page builder plug-in and that really resolved this whole issue so let’s go ahead and take a look at what happens when you deactivate these things and page builders ok so here’s a page that i built with the beaver builder as you can see it’s a great-looking page really you know just generally nice-looking something I built and designed so there we go and then if we go over here we can look at the exact same page or pretty darn close to it that I also built with the Divi theme so again great-looking page and you can see very similar between the two of these and if you’re interested in tutorial where I’ll walk you through how to build these pages in Divi or in beaver builder be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel and hit the little bell icon so you can get notified when these tutorials are available again I recommend both of these themes and I think they’re both really good themes for easily building web pages so let’s go back and see what happens to the beaver builder theme if we deactivate the theme go ahead here gonna go to the dashboard go to appearances themes and then I’m just going to switch over here to the 2016 theme and activated right now let’s go ahead and go back and look at that page ok so right now on the beaver builder plug-in is still installed and so it’s still working so we can see that we have the basic layout of our page here to notice that it’s not full width and that’s something that I’ve really noticed sorry you’ll have to excuse the fan on my computer here don’t usually record right here but it’s something that I’ve noticed with so many things out there that they don’t offer this full with theme and that’s why i really recommend that if you’re going to use a page builder plug-in that you use it with the theme that comes with because i find that gives you the best results. Yes there are some things out there that do offer full with but I find that they don’t really offer any advantage to the themes that come with the page builders so there we go so you can see most of my design here has stuck obviously there’s a few issues that need to be resolved but that’s to be expected when you move back and forth but generally something is definitely salvageable here alright so now let’s see what happens when we deactivate the actual plugin go back here dashboard plugins and i’m going to deactivate the beaver builder plugin to go back to the page okay somehow basically the content is mostly there there’s definitely a few issues here it’s the design is completely gone I mean we started out with this page design here and now we’ve got this so i’m gonna guess yes the content is there and you can read it but i can’t imagine saying alright well I’ve deactivated the theme I’ve deactivated the plug-in and I’m ready to go my site is ready on a new theme that’s just not going to work ok so that we’ll see what happens if you do the same thing with Divi here we go we’ve got my Divi site here together the dashboard i’m going to appearances themes and then going to go ahead and also switch to 2016 theme and now let’s visit the site ok so this is the issue that people are talking about when you deactivate the divi theme you wind up with all these shortcodes and I guess that can be a little bit scary a little bit frightening they’re not too sure why you would do that. Now the developers of Divi do offer a plug-in so i’m going to go ahead and enable that plug in right now and i’ve already installed it just to make things easy it’s all going to do is just activated and now let’s go back and visit our site alright so there we go just like with the beaver builder theme you basically need to keep the page builder plug-in activated installed when you switch themes if you want to keep your design and i think that the whole point of using a page builder theme is to keep your design and actually i think in this particular example anyways I think that Divi theme actually may have done a little bit better of a job of holding my original design than the Beaver theme did now you might say okay well with… okay well with this beaver builder theme i go here and edit the page you know you’ve got this code here on that we can work with basic HTML code want to go in and I could just start adding in all the design features I want and code I think sure you could do that but why are you using page builder plug-in in the first place if you’re gonna rework the code yourself i just don’t think that’s realistic what do you think it’s realistic that’s what both of these themes and both of these plugins if you build pages with them and you want to switch to a different theme for some reason again i’m not sure why you’d want to do that but if you didn’t want to do that you just need to keep the page builder plug-in activated and then you’ll keep your designs. What I like to focus on is what are the tools that are going to work best for me right now to build my site because the most important thing is to get started and use the tool that best fits your needs now if you worry about what a professional developer has told you that or what they might tell you if you picked the wrong tool, I say fire them because you did the right thing by building your website that’s the most important thing is to take action and build your site if you built up your site to the point where you can hire a professional to help you with it that’s the whole point that’s the goal is to get yourself started that you can build something and work off of that i can tell you that there are plenty of great websites developers out there who are using Divi and Divi has a fantastic community of professional developers to hire so why not hire one of them than someone who’s looking down at you and telling you that you’re not using the right tool. I’m sure the exact same thing is true for beaver builder there are plenty of great developers out there using beaver builder and really know how to use those tools and get the most of them i personally use the Divi theme i’ve been using for over two years now and i continue to be impressed by the developers and what they continue to do to improve this amazing theme by adding new features and new functionalities. Divi 3 offers so many features and it’s just a joy to use and beaver builder is also great it’s a quality product and i look forward to seeing what new features and improvements that they’ll come out with so that’s my take on the issue. I really think it’s a non-issue and that all the posts on it are out-of-date. Thanks for watching and again if you’re interested in getting these themes you can use my affiliate links below provide me with a commission and help me to keep bringing content like this and the free tutorials that I provide also be offering a whole free course on how build a website you can find that at real website hints.com it’s going to be coming out soon be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel if you liked this content give me a thumbs up if you don’t like it go ahead and give me a thumbs down and tell me why and if you’re interested in those free tutorial showing you how i built these pages here with the Divi theme and the beaver builder theme be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel thanks for watching

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    konrad Ano

    well I just checked price for it and it is very easy to find out why people deactivate divi theme 🙂 I could pay reasonable price once but not every 12 mounts. Unless you are developer.

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    Jerry Diligiro

    Great video. I read that outdated post which caused the hysteria about moving to a different theme if you use Divi vs. Beaver Builder and I'm pleased that your video reveals how disingenuous the author of that post is.

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    Lie Likes Music

    When i go to the appearance and themes section of WordPress, there's no "add new" button.
    Why is it like that? And is there any other way i can upload the Divi theme to WordPress?

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    `˗ˏ Its Becky Boop ˎ-ˊ

    Excellent video – this was the only thing holding me back from getting Divi. Now I'll be getting it. Thank you!

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    Ed Du

    First. In beaver the theme is not the core thing, it works with a lot of themes, but the Plugin is important.
    I made a page with Divi3. Just a blog page with the blog module.Key to remember here is Divi3 is a theme not a plugin.
    Then I switched to the Seventeen theme of WordPress, And you guessed it, the crap page appeared with all the horrific shortcodes. The seventeen theme could not do anything with it.
    Same thing now with Beaver builder plugin. Keep in mind. The important part of Beaver is the plugin, not the theme. Beaver works with many themes also Genesis Framework.
    The page I made I can show within many themes and it all looks the same. Some full-width some don't but that has to do with the functionality of the theme, not with Beaver Builder.
    So the portability of a page design made with Beaver plugin is much better then made with the divi3 theme. Which is no surprise because……..divi3 is a theme.
    We have a clear winner here when it comes to portability of designs over different themes….Beaver Builder.

    Same story but now with Divi Plugin instead of Divi3 Theme.
    Theme used is WordPress Seventeen.
    Now for both, Beaver and Divi you can switch themes without real problem.
    So if you use the tools as real builders you are fine with one small but important note, the responsiveness of Beaver is more accurate then that of Divi Builder as I found out.
    Beaver is known to work well with Genesis Framework.
    I never tested divi builder with GF.
    Because of total lack of portability I would never recommend the Divi3 theme for client work. If your client wants to move to another theme you are screwed with Divi3 theme.

    And there is another thing.
    I use Microthemer to find css selectors. I like to put the css code as much as possible in the style.css file.
    If you use it in a Beaver build site and you find the css selector of an object, the selector looks real normal, as you expect it. Nothing strange going on here.
    If you do this in a divi builder build site the selector you find will scare the hell out of you it does not look like anything you have seen before and you know it immediately, in divi there is some real complex stuff going on in the backside. And complex translates to sensitive to errors and difficult to manage and difficult to port.

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    anthony guada

    Soooooooooooooo, I just purchased the lifetime subscription of Divi 3.0
    When I spend hours creating a website for a client, who BTW doesn't have Divi
    whatcha saying is a very good chunk of what I built……….was all in vain?
    Is this what you mean?
    Gosh I hope you can answer before my 30 day trial ends,
    Posted July 24, 2017

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    humanyoda

    And if, after you've designed your site with this builder, you want to have something (front end or back end) built that isn't supported by the builder, are you SOL?

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    Michael M

    Thanks for this video, I have decided to go with Beaver Builder. Don't want to have to have a plugin running just to make my site editable / usable when I switch themes.

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    Tesla Barnett

    I want to make a stand alone page with an iframe and a button for messenger direct link.
    I don't want my default divi wegets to show up. can i click "default editor" without loosing my other divi built pages?

    i didn't pay for this divi, someone else built it for me.

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    Mohamed Abd El-halim

    Thanks, good video. I found another solution to clean up the content for easily switch between themes and plugins
    Free plugin named (Shortcode Cleaner) https://wordpress.org/plugins/shortcode-cleaner-lite/
    i hope it will be useful for someone.

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    humanyoda

    What will happen if the builder you've chosen to use becomes corrupted (e.g., due to malware) or incompatible with the version of WordPress you want to use (because the company behind stopped supporting it)? Doesn't this point to a conclusion that building a theme manually is a better way, long term?

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    Giselle

    I'm thinking of adding Divi to my site. I currently have Elementor. Would it be a problem to have some pages built with Elementor and the new ones built with Divi? Can I run both builders at the same time?

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    Giselle

    I'm thinking of adding Divi to my site. I currently have Elementor. Would it be a problem to have some pages built with Elementor and the new ones built with Divi? Can I run both builders at the same time?

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    DiviMade

    I get you. In the vast majority of cases a page builder is the good choice, but if there is need to share content on a large scale it becomes difficult to share with other websites unless they also have Divi. But, like you said once you've outgrown Divi, it likely means you can afford to pay a custom solution.

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