Google is almost always your friend, but sometimes it can lead you down a rabbit hole with no solution at the end.
There are so many options and avenues you can take to solve a particular problem for yourself or your clients, that sometimes it gets too overwhelming.
This expert will say this, that expert will say that, and you know what? They both may be right.
One problem I have faced in the past is figuring out what theme to use for a particular client – So many choices, so little time.
Searching for the perfect theme
Up until recently, I would scroll through Themeforest looking for that perfect theme for my client (sometimes spending hours). After finding the right theme, I would cross my fingers and hope that it would have an easy to use interface that I could learn fairly quickly.
Most of the time, that was the case. Other times, not so much.
It became such a guessing game when picking themes, reading reviews, and looking at documentation. Occasionally, the theme demo I liked would work and I could power through a build quickly. Other times, nothing seemed to work at all.
That sinking feeling came over me. “I just wasted $49 on that? Geez.”
Eventually, after talking to a friend of mine, I stopped purchasing themes from Themeforest. It just became too much of a guessing game and I felt like I was wasting money.
Welcome to Divi
That’s when I got on board with Divi from Elegant Themes. It was like this brand new world I didn’t know existed!
It took me about a week to get familiar with where everything is located and how to manipulate the Divi builder to do what I need it to do.
I’m serious when I tell you I was able to cut 2-3 hours of design/development for each project.
These days, I can knock out a simple one page design in 45 minutes. You read that right, that’s 45 minutes from installing wordpress, Divi, plugins, and customization. 45 minutes!
Switching to a framework I use every time given me the ability to be more efficient and complete simple projects much quicker.
Find what works for you
If there’s one thing I want you to take out of this, it’s to find your framework, learn it inside and out, and repeat the non-customized portions of your project.
There are quite a few options out there, Studiopress being on of them, that can give you the ability to take guess work out of the theme process.
Divi worked for me. Learn more about Divi here.
What works for you?