What really caught my attention lately is DIY web design and the market’s response to the phenomenon. Little by little, the more and more people begin to show interest in the do it yourself type of web design, the more and more choices of specialized software we get.
In this article we will focus on three top WordPress themes which are targeting the same audience, an audience that wants themes easy to use and customize and which don’t require coding skills.
Developers have taken up the challenge in making reliable, user-friendly and easy to use software that gives regular people the opportunity to make their very own blogs, portfolios, presentations or e-commerce stores.
At the end of 2013 Elegant Themes released Divi, which caught the spotlight immediately. It quickly became obvious that this is the first theme creator to actually combine the ease of use to the intricacies of modern and professional web design.
The Divi Builder offers a unique and easy to use way to build websites. The dashboard is split in horizontal independent layers, which can be moved around and removed for good at will.
It may seem simple at a first sight, but its complexity consists in the number of elements and options available to create a modern website, named modules.
Divi 2.0 comes with a lot of new features that are improving your overall experience with the theme, making it better looking and more effective.
The user can customize each module individually (similar to the widgets in WordPress, but more dynamic and customizable). Everything is done by the drag and drop technique.
Divi 2.0 and its modules are the best thing that could have happened for a person who wants to create a custom WordPress design for his website without coding skills.
It comes with 10 pre-made layouts, which you can use as starting ground for your website or blog if you don’t want to start from scratch. All the layouts are fully compatible with all types of devices, mobiles included.
When it comes to pricing, for $69 you get a pack of 87 themes, technical support and full updates.
Salient is a good looking theme. Not only attractive to the eye, it’s also responsive and supports Woo Commerce, making it ideal for freelancing. One of its real strong features, which I happened to rarely stumble across, is a working Parallax slider plug-in.
It comes with an extensive language pack, making it fully available for everybody that’s interested in web design but not fluent in English.
Unlike Divi, it’s not as user-friendly. Customization is done by shortcodes, but you receive extensive tutorials in both written and video format. You only get a single theme upon purchase, but for the $55 you spend you get a good-looking theme and a really good customer support service.
Theme X is a simple yet appealing theme, which can be used for almost everything web-related.
Much like Salient, it has a traditional vibe to it, it’s good-looking, supports Woo Commerce, and it uses shortcodes in order to customize features on web-sites it helps create. It also comes integrated with the Social Sharing feature, which allows info sharing on social networking websites.
Upon purchase, the Theme X developers give out a font pack of 500+ fonts, offering the buyer a wide range of fonts and related features such as colour and letter spacing, all for a total of $60.
So far these three themes are some of the best available on the market. All three meet the requirements to build modern, fast and responsive websites, blogs or e-commerce pages. All feature layouts match the most varied tastes, but in all fairness, Divi’s builder it’s what sets it apart, making web design as easy and as efficient as possible.