How We Rebuilt Our Divi Website for 2019

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As 2019 approached, we knew it was time to rethink our strategy for this site. UX best practices, design and Google SEO best practices evolve all the time and we had to evolve with them.

We’ll show you the process we used for our website rebuild as well as which plugins made the list and which ones were cut

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 to 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 allows 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
  • 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 – Rpo
  • WooCommerce
  • WP – Optimize
  • WP Page-Navi
  • 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
  • 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.

The mobile menu was another focus. 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 much clearer navigation for new visitors and will help returning visitors find what they are looking for much quicker.

Divi Addicts

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.

Conclusion

This year’s focus was about slimming down the site and streamlining our content approach.

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