Divi Vs. X Theme – which is better?
I’m sure you’re all here to find out which of these behemoths prevail. And spoiler alert! There’s a clear winner in this contest.
Hey everyone. I’m a full-time digital marketer who loves to tinker with website designing.
I must say, I don’t have any web development or programming experience. And so, I rely on front-end developers like Divi or X Theme.
I’ve used both these products quite extensively, but, only one of them is my go-to theme.
Keep reading this Divi vs X Theme comparison to find out which is my favorite.
Setting It Up
Now, people have a major misconception about Divi, so, I’ll get that out of the way before we proceed. Divi refers to both the theme and the builder. The theme is quite basic; it’s the builder that creates all the magic.
With that out of the way, let’s talk about the set-up process.
Once you complete your signup process on Divi’s website, you’ll be able to download the theme package. And then, all you need to do is upload the zip package and install it.
Setting up the X theme is almost identical to Divi. After you purchase the license, which also includes the Cornerstone builder, you need to download the package.
Once that’s done, the installation process is the same as with any WordPress theme. However, there’s a small additional step. After installing and activating the theme, you will be prompted to validate your license. And that will give you full access to the extensions and bundled-in plugins.
Building Your Website
Now, I don’t know about you, but I love working on things from scratch. Be it a Lego set, or a Minecraft map, I just cherish the freedom of working on something new. And that’s exactly what Divi lets you do.
However, if you just don’t have the time to do that, Divi has the option of starting with predefined layouts. You can also import compatible layouts from other websites. This feature is especially useful if you’re planning to design multiple websites using Divi.
Getting started is quite easy. All you need to do is click on the ‘Use The Divi Builder’ button after you create a new page. You’ll get two options after that – the default editor and the visual builder.
Honestly, for me, the choice is a no-brainer. The visual builder is surely the way to go if you want a live preview of your website while building it.
The Divi builder has everything you’d need to design a fantastic website. However, if you know a bit of CSS and want to fine-tune some modules, Divi makes it a breeze to add custom CSS. In fact, you can add it to each module, the entire page or even the whole website (using the Theme Customizer).
I’ve already posted an in-depth review of Divi on my website, and if you’re interested, I suggest you check it out here.
Like Divi, X Theme also gives you the option of starting from scratch. But, apart from that, you get many custom layouts, which are labeled ‘Demo Content.’ I suggest trying out some of the layouts first, especially if you’re building niche websites like a Restaurant or Wedding website.
The X Theme comes with a builder known as the Cornerstone. And it’s quite similar to Divi when it comes to the choice of modules and customization options.
In my opinion, Cornerstone is an excellent builder. However, I feel that Divi’s builder interface is a tad superior. You see, when you’re editing your website with Cornerstone, it divides the page into two columns – the workspace and preview area.
Divi, on the other hand, gives you a full-page preview and lets you add modules by clicking the ‘+’ buttons. You can also hover over modules for further customization options.
Community and Support
If the competition was neck and neck up until this point, Divi steals the show here. The Divi community is, without a doubt, the largest WordPress theme community. And as you can expect, the support is excellent.
I’ve searched for help on multiple occasions, and never been let down. Also, Elegant Themes, the maker of Divi, has countless blog posts and YouTube videos to help you get started.
And, if that wasn’t enough, you can also take help from the customer support as well.
However, the really intriguing part is what the future looks like for Divi users. With the latest Divi 3.1 update, they have opened up the platform to the developer community. And so, you can only expect this theme to thrive in the years to come.
Unfortunately, X Theme’s developer community is nowhere near as large as Divi’s. Also, there’s no official YouTube channel or blog posts to help you get started. That’s a big bummer in my opinion, as I really like the Cornerstone builder.
In my opinion, the creators of X Theme need to upload official videos or blog posts to show users the true potential of their theme.
Once again, Divi extends the lead in this category. You get two packages currently – the Yearly Access package, which is priced at $89, and the Lifetime Access package, which will cost you $249.
The great thing about both the packages is that you can use it on unlimited websites. And you can develop for clients as well! Moreover, you get access to all the themes and plugins listed on Elegant Theme’s website.
Also, if you don’t continue with the Yearly Access plan, your websites will still remain intact. However, you won’t get any updates or support thereafter.
While X Theme’s pricing is lower at $59 per license, it is only meant for a single website. So, if you’re a developer, building 10 websites will set you back by $590! And this is where X Theme falters the most.
Divi vs X Theme: Final Verdict
There’s a reason why Divi is the most popular WordPress theme. It’s user-friendly, endlessly customizable, and offers tremendous value compared to similar themes.
As for the X Theme, I can’t quite recommend it, unless you’re just looking to build a single website. Even then, I’d suggest Divi because of the excellent customer support and the direction it’s headed.
And if you’re a web designer, it’s a no-brainer really. Divi’s unlimited website usage plans are surely the way to go.