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Check out Divi: A Fabulous New WordPress Theme

June 10th, 2014 | Posted by rosem in Uncategorized

Hi, we are Lauren, Maddy, and Sonja and we’re all working as Digital Humanities interns this summer. We’ve been exploring WordPress and its possibilities as we develop our own pages.stolaf.edu wordpress sites, and we wanted to share our findings! St. Olaf has recently acquired new WordPress theme options from Elegant Themes. This company offers a wide variety of professional-looking themes, but the Divi theme in particular has become a favorite among the interns as we build our own websites.

Here’s what we like so much about the Divi theme:

  • it’s very user-friendly and includes a built-in “page builder” that allows you to load templates and insert your content and media easily
  • it’s highly customizable- from uploading your own logo to changing color schemes, gallery formats, menu layout, even header position
  • it’s one of their “responsive themes,” meaning the website adapts its layout depending on the device, making it easy to view on tablet or smart phones
  • it’s easy to embed a variety of content- we’ve had fun experimenting with embedding YouTube videos, vimeo videos, and soundcloud clips directly into posts and pages
  • the theme comes with built-in social media icons and it’s easy to link your site with your facebook, twitter, and google + accounts

We’ve all used Divi to build our personal websites, but each has a unique look and feel. Check out examples from our sites of Divi’s theme capabilities:

On the page below, you can see the options for both a main menu and sidebar menu.  Using WordPress, creating menus and dropdowns is as easy as drag and drop.

Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 3.40.32 PMSidebars can be customized to include additional menus, as seen in the “Additional Resources” section of the sidebar.  You also have the option to include any number of widgets in this space. Sonja’s page above demonstrates the ‘calendar’ widget on the bottom of the sidebar and the ‘Recent Posts’ widget in the middle which displays your most recent blog posts.

On Maddy’s media page, she demonstrates the possibilities of the gallery feature in Divi.  The grid format seen below is just one layout option, but offers viewers a broad view of all her images at once.  While the gallery function only displays small thumbnail images, each picture can be enlarged with just a click.


Another Divi feature we like is the ability to display and hide information in a visually-appealing way. For example, on the DHH website designed by the spring interns, tabs allow information to be condensed or expanded for a neat look:

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 4.09.02 PM

These are just a few of the features we like about the Divi theme and if you’d like to learn more or design your own pages.stolaf.edu website with Divi, drop by IT’s open lab from 3:30-4:30 Monday through Thursday.

Your DH interns,

Lauren, Maddy and Sonja



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