Which page builder is better? OptimizePress or Divi? As I share my personal experience with you, you will learn the pros and cons of these themes. After reading this post, you should have all the information you need to decide for yourself.
I started this Website using OptimizePress because I was planning on using it as a membership site. OptimizePress used to be the gold standard as far as membership sites and page builders go.
I was in the process of creating My 5 Step Formula to Growing your Network Marketing Business on Instagram and taking Courses that Convert by Amy Porterfield. Amy and many of her students use Kajabi. I wasn’t interested in using Kajabi, and her course explains how to set up your site on OptimizePress. I decided that’s what I was going to do.
Outdated look and feel
As I started creating my Website using OptimizePress, I found the pages I was creating using the page builder looked a bit outdated. As I was researching the theme, I saw someone mention that the theme hasn’t changed in years. Yes! I think this must be true! The Website would look pretty awesome 5 years ago!
Limited options on the Basic Package
I bought the core package for $97 and found that some features, like connect on social media icons, were only available on the Publisher and Pro packages.
Membership site pages difficult to organize
Once you start creating your course, you quickly learn that hosting it on OptimizePress can become a massive headache! You have to create a page for each of the lessons in your course and link them together in the proper order copying and pasting the various URLs and adding them to the NEXT LESSON buttons.
Not truly a stand-alone platform for your online course
I purchased OptimizePress because I didn’t want to pay a monthly fee to host my course. I loved platforms like Teachable and Thinkific, but I didn’t want yet another monthly expense in my life. What I learned is that to host a course on OptimizePress, you need another plugin like Wishlist Member or Zippy Courses. Zippy Courses is $99 a month, and Wishlist Member requires a $197 license. Granted, Wishlist Member is a one-time fee, but considering that Teachable and Thinkific are much easier to use, I wasn’t willing to pay the one-time fee.
Easy to use and figure out
Compared to Divi, I found the page builder in OptimizePress much easier to figure out.
For all the features it offers, OptimizePress is priced reasonably. Although if you purchase the theme even after reading this comparison, I strongly suggest that you buy the $197 license to have access to the extra elements.
If you need help with anything on your Website, send in a ticket, and you will receive prompt support.
That’s the general overview of my experience with OptimizePress. Now, let’s move on to Divi in this comparison of OptimizePress vs. Divi.
My two favorite blogging courses use Divi, so that’s how I got acquainted with the theme. I saw some blogs that were created using this theme and I knew I wanted my blog to look like that. I was still a bit skeptical though, after trying so many themes (it was my fifth theme!), so I bought the theme on the yearly plan (which I regret, if you want a great looking Website at the best price, pay the one-time fee!).
The first and most obvious drawback of Divi is the price tag. As far as themes go, $249 isn’t cheap! Yes, you can get the theme with a yearly membership of $89 a year, but the lifetime license is absolutely worth it.
Not Super Easy to Use
Divi was my fifth theme. I am pretty confident with WordPress and I usually don’t struggle with customizing my themes. However, I have to admit that I spent a few hours trying to figure out Divi. I even had two blogging courses that included a Divi Tutorial, but there weren’t using the premade templates, so I had to try to understand how to customize these templates myself. I went on Google and YouTube and was pretty frustrated with the tutorials available.
Anyway, I did manage in the end, and now that I know, it seems easy!
Professional Looking Website in a Few Hours
I don’t know if you realize that a few years ago, having a Website with that level of customization would require coding and expensive professional designers. Now, you can do it all yourself for a fraction of the price and make it look exactly the way you want.
There are over 100 premade templates that will make your site look amazing, but you can also create a professional-looking Website by just using the Divi Builder on a blank page.
I also had to get some help regarding a divider that didn’t seem to transfer well on mobile devices. I was very happy with the way my request was handled.
See your Modifications Right Away
What I also love about Divi is the ability to see my Website and my modification as I am changing it. You can even choose what kind of display you want. If you are working on your desktop, for example, you can still see your website on mobile devices.
Save Elements to your Library
If you create a section that you want to reuse in other pages (like a sign-up form for example), you can save it to your library and use it wherever you would like. That is a great feature since some premade templates might not have everything you are looking for.
This is my experience with Divi. I hope you found this post useful. Don’t neglect to watch the video, you will see what my site looked like with OptimizePress vs. Divi.
Just one last thing: the Divi Page builder is amazing and I would certainly use it for your Homepage, your Contact Me page, your About Me page and any landing pages on your site, but don’t use it for blog posts. Just use the default editor. I feel blog posts should be simple and streamlined. Besides, ig you did, it would be really complicated to switch to a different theme if you ever wanted to.
I would love to know: have you used Divi or OptimizePress? What are your thoughts?