Updates, Changelogs and Doing One Thing at a Time

on August 7, 2020

What a past few months it’s been behind the scenes!

It’s always difficult prioritising and juggling tasks after an initial launch and in our case it was no different.

We listened carefully to the feedback we received from our first batch of customers and decided we needed to get through a round of important updates before continuing to fine-tune and release our planned Sections and Layouts.

I’m a big believer in doing one thing at a time and even though I wanted to continue to work on new sections and layouts, I knew we had to get through many of the “unsexy” tasks first.

Here’s a round-up of what we’ve been up to prior to releasing v1.1 and where we headed next.

Compatibility for the Divi Marketplace

After our launch, we set about applying to become a creator on the Divi Marketplace.

Before submitting any of our products, we incorrectly assumed stock images from Unsplash and Undraw would be acceptable use. After we were accepted, we combed through the Design Guidelines and Developer Guidelines only to realize those sites were specifically excluded.

I reached out to Elegant Themes and Nick Roach personally replied, outlining the various legal and licensing issues and how it affects both the buyer and seller on the marketplace. I understood after his clarification and then went about the painstaking process of updating every Unsplash or Undraw image used in our entire library of Sections and Layouts.

That process took time but it meant that we could submit our products on the Divi Marketplace with full compliance. We then went through the process of submitting our initial batch of Layouts and Sections and spent a ton of time putting together all the relevant screenshots and write-ups. Read more about DiviWP on the Divi Marketplace.

The importance of quality documentation

At launch, we had managed to get a few articles published on our documentation portal.

We quickly discovered that our initial batch of customers wanted to understand how and why we’ve used Custom CSS or why we’ve used a certain naming convention for Sections, Rows and Module labels.

We made a call to dedicate a ton of time creating and updating our documentation. And our customers thanked us! Creating quality documentation was also an important requisite for us for our Divi Marketplace listings so it made sense all round.

We still have a long way to go and will be continuously adding and updating these articles as we progress and gather more feedback from customers.

Compatibility with the Divi Builder Plugin

The next issue to solve was compatibility with the Divi Builder plugin.

Note: This did not apply to the Divi Theme, only the seperate Divi Builder Plugin being used with different themes.

We discovered that some of the Custom CSS rules we use in various sections was being overridden by the parent theme styles due to specificity issues.

In its simplest form, If two CSS selectors apply to the same element, the one with higher specificity wins and this was the case with the Divi Builder Plugin styles being overridden by different parent theme styles. If you’re interested, CSS-Tricks have a good primer on CSS specificity here.

We therefore updated all Custom CSS to include “higher” IDs to increase the specificity and this solved the problem. For customers who had already used these sections, we sent out the updated CSS and assisted where possible, while others opted to wait for the next version before implementing on their production websites.

During our troubleshooting we discovered a bug in the Divi Builder Plugin which we’ve subsequently logged with the Elegant Theme’s support team.

Whenever you have a custom background color set on a section, any rows widths within the section default to 80% irrespective of their custom setting. Elegant Themes confirmed the bug and have said it will be fixed in a future release.

As of v4.5.3 the bug is still present and the workaround for now is to use the max-width setting.

Changelog

We’ve published our changelog page to keep track of all our updates. We plan to keep our sense of humor with the addition of a new Dad Joke for every release. We have published a few Dad jokes on various pages of our website – drop me a line if you spot all of them and I’ll send you a coupon code with 15% off!

Our launch Pricing Special has begun!

We wanted to better align our pricing with the feedback we received from folks who wanted to buy but were struggling due to the global financial crisis.

We have therefore introduced a new launch pricing special and a third tier targeted specifically at agencies and companies with teams of designers and developers.

We feel this new pricing better aligns with our mission to help people succeed in their lives and I’m super excited to be able to offer this new launch special. You’ll find our new pricing structure outlined below:

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New Layouts and Sections are coming soon!

With all of the “unsexy” work out of the way we’re now focussing on the “sexy” work once again!

We invest a ton of time designing and testing each new section and I like to think this attention to detail is what sets DiviWP apart from other layout providers.

We are now actively working on a pipeline of new layouts and sections and have so many cool new sections and layouts to release very soon!

This includes Headers, Footers, Pricing Sections, Blog Module Sections and Landing page layouts. We also have a bunch of WooCommerce Sections to release which we are very excited about.

I do believe there’s already a lot of value in the initial library and it’s only going to get better! By purchasing now you’ll be supporting us and pushing us to continue to release quality work.

As always I am eager to hear from you so please feel free to drop me a line and tell me more about yourself, your business, your best Dad joke or what you’d like to see next!

Tristan – Founder, DiviWP

P.S You can follow follow DiviWP on Twitter or Facebook or drop me a line in the comments or via the contact form . I read everything and am eager to hear from you!

About Tristan Owen

I’m a web developer currently in Cape Town, South Africa and the founder of DiviWP. I'm an aspiring guitarist with a deep love of the blues and hope to one day own both a '60s Gibson Les Paul and Fender Stratocaster.
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3 Comments

  1. Ben

    Good to know what you have been up to you and that more sections are on the way. Are you planning any woocommerce product layouts?

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    • Tristan Owen

      Hey Ben!

      Yep, WooCommerce Single Product layouts are definitely on the roadmap and will be released soon. We plan to release a lot more WooCommerce layouts and sections including Shop and Checkout pages. Stay tuned!

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  2. Greg Holland

    Cool! I can’t wait to see what’s new 😀

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