This is where I will chronicle everything about my DIVI install, and the learning and plugins and pros and cons…. like I said, EVERYTHING! We can help with WordPress Installation Service

START DATE: April 17, 2014

FIRST PHASE END DATE: April 23, 2014 (Only 7 days! from getting my feet wet to a beautiful, responsive website)


current version: 3.9.1

VERSION DIVI: 1.9 (1.9.1 available, but only minor change, so not worth installing)
DIVI was released on Dec 11, 2013

Updated to DIVI 2.0 in end of May 2014

LESSONS LEARNED: I added WOOCOMMERCE plugin to my website, and it crashed my website bad, and there was no way to get in to admin. My MONSTER tech hosting company saved the day! I also have had great luck using DUPLICATOR.

so… find out what a child site is, and how it can help , also create a test website for testing plugins

also, use backup buddy per their FREELANCER ebook


  • Backup buddy (one year license – ends April 23, 2014)
  • Exclude Pages
  • Statcounter
  • WP Borders
  • Page Comments Off Please
  • WP SoundCloud Ultimate
  • Akismet
  • Duplicate Page or Post
  • Elegant Themes Updater
  • Visual Form Builder
  • PIN IT
  • Sitemap
  • Google Anaytics
  • W3 Total Cache
  • Text Edit Advanced


Yoast SEO

CONFLICTS: When installing JETPACK plugins (which some look very cool) , the FEATURED IMAGE goes very wacky, and expands

COOL FEATURES OF DIVI: There are so many, but will list a few of the coolest

  • Using CCS CLASS to apply borders to only the images you specify, and doing it using the ????? page builder
  • The “Paralax” background images
  • The ability to have video backgrounds
  • The page builder rocks, and the included layouts are great


  • Site: gives 1310 indexed pages

Here are changes from DIVI update 2.0:

version 2.0 ( updated 05-21-2014 )
* All files changed/updated
– Added many options to WordPress Customizer
– Added lightbox to images
– Added real parallax effect
– More elements utilize accent color setting
– Added Aweber and Feedburner integrations for Subscribe module
– Added post formats support
– Video
– Audio
– Quote
– Gallery
– Link
– New Header Options
– Added vertical navigation option
– Added optional secondary header menu
– Added boxed layout option
– Added centered main menu option
– Pagebuilder Updates
– New specialty sections
– Added many new pre-made layouts
– Added clone module functionality
– Updated Modules
– Blurb
– Testimonials
– Added New Modules
– Gallery
– Audio
– Login
– Filterable Portfolio
– Circle Counter
– Number Counter
– Accordion
– Team Member
– Countdown Timer
– Social Media Follow
– Map
– Fullwidth Map
– Fullwidth Menu
– Fullwidth Portfolio
– Fixed the issue with jumping backround image in sliders
– Many bug fixes and CSS improvements
– Bumped version number

More to come!

 Thoughts to keep in mind

  1. when adding a project, the FEATURED IMAGE is the post content! Do not add content to page. Make featured image hi res.
  2. watch out when changing SITE URL under general settings

Things I learned today, July 28, 2014

  • I learned how to use MYSQL Databases and PHPMYADMIN to find out what database on my hosting account matches up to which wordpress install.
  • I learned that when moving a website from one location to another you need to go into permalinks and hit save to re-establish links
  • I learned that a site transfer can work, but some images will not link – the solution was a PLUGIN by VELVET BLUES that updates links, and their first option did the trick
  • I learned velvet blues can move a website for $65!
  • Hostmonster will move a wordpress site, but they don’t aways want to. And when they do, I will need to clean things up.

My Forms website works great, except trying to center form. See if you can figure it out.