How We Rebuilt Our Divi Website for 2019

Staging and Migration

ManageWP is one of those tools that has been a game changer for me. I found it a few years ago and immediately started loading client’s sites into the dashboard. It uses a simple plugin that allows you a direct connection into the WordPress Admin area directly from ManageWP. You don’t have to remember passwords or URL’s anymore. ManageWP creates backups of your site and even allow you to copy it to another wordpress setup. This is how we easily migrated our main site to a development environment. From there, we made the necessary changes to the design and to the plugins.

Old Site Plugins

Autoptimize
Cookie Consent
Defender Pro
Divi Overlays
Divi Ultimate Plugin
Duplicate Post
Gravity Forms
Gravity Forms MailChimp Add-On
Gravity Forms Stripe Add-On
Hummingbird Pro
Mailchimp for WooCommerce
ManageWP – Worker
Nested Pages
OneSignal Push Notifications
PageLoader by Bonfire
reCAPTCHA in WP comments form
Redirection
Search Exclude
Smush Pro
Social Warfare
Social Warfare – Pro
WooCommerce
WP-Optimize
WP-PageNavi
WPMU DEV Dashboard
WPS Hide Login
YITH WooCommerce Advanced Reviews
YITH WooCommerce Product Add-ons
Yoast SEO

New Site Plugins

Classic Editor
Cookie Consent
Defender Pro
Divi Overlays
Divi Ultimate Plugin
Duplicate Post
Gravity Forms
Gravity Forms MailChimp Add-On
Heartbeat Control
Hummingbird Pro
ManageWP – Worker
Nav Menu Roles
Nested Pages
Restrict Content Pro
Restrict Content Pro – MailChimp Pro
Search Exclude
SmartCrawl
Smush Pro
Snapshot Pro
Social Warfare
Social Warfare – Pro
Ultimate Branding
WP-Optimize
WP-PageNavi
WPMU DEV Dashboard
WPS Hide Login

Round and Clean

The next focus was on tightening up the design.  We wanted to simplify and declutter without loosing the essence of the content flow. You can tell us better than we would know whether we were successful or not in the comments below. Mobile was another focus. Specifically on the menu. As phones have ballooned to 6+ inch screens as a common size, top menus just don’t cut it anymore. We had to get the Divi menu to the bottom of the screen. Doing this was a test of patience and took some CSS wizardry to work around the classes Elegant Themes has in place for the Divi Theme. We are really happy with the way things turned out.  We think it will provide a much clearer navigation for new visitors and will help returning visitors to what they are looking for much quicker.
I’ve stepped up the content game heading in to 2019.  The truth is, I couldn’t wait another 30 days to get started.  This blog post is launching in tandem with Episode 30 of Divi Addicts! Take a listen to all the episodes over at DiviAddicts.com. Each Tuesday I’ll be dropping a new episode at 6am. It will be paired with either a blog post or a YouTube video depending on the type of content we focus on during that week’s episode. Subscribe, share it with a friend and get ready.
Thank you so much for the continued support! If you have any specific requests for tutorials, business tips or anything Divi and WordPress related, feel free to drop them in the comments below. Have an awesome week!

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