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My Favourite Resources

I often get asked about the tools, plugins and divi theme resources I use so I thought it would be a good idea to create a resources page so you have easy access to everything. If you have seen me use something which isn’t listed then please contact me to let me know what it is and I will add it here. I have split everything into sections to make it easier for you to find what you need as this list grows. Enjoy!

PREMIUM DIVI PLUGINS

FEATURED PLUGIN

ULTIMATE DIVI BUNDLE

The Ultimate Divi Bundle contains 5 of the most popular third party Divi Plugins for just $60, that’s over $30 less than buying them all separately!

For this great price you get Divi Booster, Divi Switch, Aspen Footer Editor, Divi Dashboard Welcome and Divi Ghoster. There isn’t much you can’t do with Divi with these great plugins installed.

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DIVI BOOSTER

Divi has some amazing functionality but as with anything, there is always room for improvement. Divi Booster by Dan Mossop has over 50 configuration options to give Divi a boost! The majority of the options are turned on and off with just a click and the rest are extremely intuitive, mostly you just need to add links or colour options.

It also works with Child Themes. Basically what Dan has done is taken all his best Divi CSS tricks and packaged them into a great little plugin so you don’t need to be a techie to use it, you also get regular updates as Dan adds new features. And for just $19 it’s a bargain, I highly recommend it.

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DIVI SWITCH

As the name suggests, Divi Switch has over 50 switches you can turn on to activate more than 100 customisations in thousands of combinations. The plugin will add a new tab to your Divi Theme Options panel and make it easy to switch features on and off. Some of the current functionality includes overlay transitions, custom button styles, section separators, page loaders and much more.

Created by SJ James of Divi.Space, this plugin is well maintained and new features are added regularly. I have not found any conflicts so far between Divi Switch and Divi Booster. There are a few similar functionalities but for the most part they do different things. Both plugins are a great affordable option for extending Divi’s functionality.

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CSS HERO

If CSS scares the hell out of you then CSS Hero could be just what you need. It has an intuitive interface that uses point and click to edit any element of your WordPress theme. You can adjust fonts, colours, padding, margins, you can even add special effects. It starts from just $29 per year for one site but once you have completed a site its really easy to deactivate the license for that site in your dashboard and then add it on the next one.

CSS Hero isn’t compatible with all themes and plugins but it works with lots of the major ones, including Divi 🙂 You can check out what’s compatible on their site www.csshero.org before purchase.

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KK DIVI MODULES

The KK Divi Modules plugin has an absolute ton of features to extend the capabilities of the standard Divi modules, this really is a plugin that once used, you won’t be able to live without.

If you like image and animation effects then this really is a useful plugin for you. You can create blog image overlays and hover effects as well as fullwidth header video backgrounds and fullwidth slider carousels. You can even create carousels from custom post types.

Probably one of the simplest but most used features of this plugin and one that is strangely absent from Divi itself is the ability to create custom contact forms from the Divi Contact Form module with text areas, drop down lists, radio buttons, check boxes and the option to add a custom success message.

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LAYOUT INJECTOR

As the name suggests, the Divi/Extra Layout Injector plugin works with both Divi and Extra. One of the major complaints with Divi is the lack of design options for the main header. Yes you can use the fullwidth menu module, but without some PHP editing, this won’t show on the default WordPress pages like category, archive and search results.

That’s where the Layout Injector comes in! Created by the talented Sean Barton of Tortoise IT, this plugin allows you to select a layout you design with the Divi Builder and save to the library, and then ‘inject’ that layout into locations like before the header, before the main content, after the main content and before the footer. With the latest updates you not only do this globally, but you can override those settings on a per page/post level, giving complete flexibility for your Divi/Extra design. You can even set a competely custom Divi Built 404 page. This is one plugin I personally would not be without. 

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DASHBOARD WELCOME

So you designed a beautiful site for your client and it’s all paid for and handed over. Now however, you are getting calls or emails every few hours asking, how do I add an image to my blog post or how do I create a new page?. Enter the Divi Dashboard Welcome plugin (which also works with Extra by the way) from child theme and plugin developer Tim Strifler.

Dashboard Welcome allows you to replace the default WordPress Dashboard with one you create yourself using the Divi Builder, meaning you can add just about anything you like to the dashboard. So cut down on those support calls by adding contact forms, links to tutorials, embedded videos and anything else you can do with Divi right into the dashboard. It even comes with 5 pre-designed layouts to get you going. This is a great plugin to use on client sites but you will also find it a useful addition to your own website.

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CHILD THEME STORES

ELEGANT MARKETPLACE

In case you have been hiding under a rock and haven’t heard of it, Elegant Marketplace is the first and and largest online store for Divi related resources. Child themes and plugins as well as a great blog, it is run by the people responsible for the Divi Theme Users Facebook group.

There is a wealth of information there and some great child themes and plugins by some amazing developers to help speed up your client projects. (I’m on there too 😉 )

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DIVI SPACE

Divi Space is another great Divi centric store for Child Themes and plugins. This is where you will find the fantastic Divi Switch Plugin as well as many others and Child Themes you won’t find on other marketplaces.

The site also has a great blog with some really useful tutorials, a lot of which focus on manipulating Divi’s PHP files to achieve greater functionality.

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BUSINESS TOOLS

ACTIVE CAMPAIGN

If you are just staring out building your list and don’t require too much functionality then MailChimp is a great choice. However, if you really want to utilise your list to it’s full potential then ActiveCampaign is an absolute must in my opinion. The sheer power of the email automation functionality is worth the price alone.

ActiveCampaign helps you increase engagement, convert more customers, and grow your business faster with smart email marketing, intelligent marketing automation, and automated sales pipelines. It’s my go to tool and it powers both Divi Soup and Divi Academy.

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17HATS

If you’re a Solopreneur like myself, running a web design business or any other business for that matter then you know that you wear most, if not all the hats. 17Hats is an all-in-one tool that lets you manage your business without the need for 15 different apps, most of which will likely cost you $$$.

17Hats lets you manage leads, contacts, projects, workflows, calendars, to-do lists, quotes, contracts, invoicing, online payments and bookkeeping all from a single dashboard. And as of September 2016, there is now a free account option so you can try before you buy (although it has limited functionality). I couldn’t run my business with it.

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STOCK IMAGE SITES

Images

Deposit PhotosDeposit Photos: There are some great free image resources below which you can use for both personal and commercial projects free of charge and in some cases without attribution. However, it won’t be long before you just can’t seem to find that perfect image in the free resources and that’s where Deposit Photos comes in. They have a great search function and provide photos, vectors and videos for a very reasonable price. I usually purchase a pack of pay as you go credits if I have a project coming up which I know is going to require some professional imagery.   Here are some great free stock image resources, if you have a good one that isn’t listed let me know and I will add it to the list.

All of these sites are fantastic, but just recently I discovered something even better! http://librestock.com is a search engine for 40+ free stock image sites, and everything you see here is released under the CC0 license, meaning you can use the images for any legal purpose, be it personal or commercial, with no attribution required. Do yourself a favour and save some time by making this your first port of call for free stock images.

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