Plugins are the essence of WordPress. Who could imagine a WordPress blog or site without plugins? Unless you are a super good developer and code everything yourself, it is almost impossible not to use them. The only problem is when this use turns into a frenzy and you install them all over the place... The Divi theme allows you to clean up the extensions tab! In this article, I propose you a list of useless extensions for Divi, those you can deactivate the day you will use this theme...
- 1. Exit Elementor or Visual Composer
- 2. Adios Easy Google Font
- 3. No need to Animate It!
- 4. Bye bye Header and Footer Script
- 5. Hastaluego Google Analytics by MonsterInsights
- 6. Ciao Contact Form 7!
- 7. Goodbye WP Simple Adsense Insertion...
- 8. Plugin no longer needed: To Top
- 9. No need for Page Scroll to ID
- In conclusion...
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1. Exit Elementor or Visual Composer
Elementor is a page builder for WordPress that has been popular since its release and has overshadowed the "older" ones like Visual Composer for example. What has certainly contributed to its success is its ease of use on the front-end, but also the simplicity of importing pre-made layouts.
The Divi theme has its own page builder: the Divi Builder, which has nothing to envy to the new page builders on the market since its recent updates (watch out for not to confuse the Divi theme with the Divi Builder).
Not only can the Divi Builder be used in the back or in the front (from the administration part as well as from the visitor part), but it now also includes pre-constructed layoutsIt is also a good idea. So if you opt for the Divi themeyou won't need to add a page-builder!
Did you know that you can test Divi for free? Go to this page and click on "TRY IT FOR FREE
2. Adios Easy Google Font
Themes that don't come with multiple fonts? It's getting rarer these days but with the Divi theme, you won't need a plugin like Easy Google Fontfor sure! The latter allows you to change your basic fonts to use fonts from the Google Font Gallery.
The Divi theme has this functionality and even offers the ability to select your preferred font for each section or module independently.
See also how to use custom fonts in Divi.
3. No need to Animate It!
Animate It! is a plugin that allows you to add an animation to an element, section, button, etc. If you use this kind of plugin, you can deactivate it because the Divi theme proposes different types of animations for each module you insert. You will be able to choose the type of animation but also its direction, duration, intensity and delay.
4. Bye bye Header and Footer Script
Header and Footer Script is a plugin that allows you to add pieces of code to the header or the footer of a WordPress theme - usually scripts or meta tags - to add some very important functionality or information.
You could very well do without this kind of plugin if you create a child theme and edit the necessary files. But the Divi theme natively offers a small "window" that allows this possibility. This is the "Add line of code to the < head > of your blog field in the Divi > Theme Options > Integration.
By using this option, you will find that it is very easy to make changes or improvements to your site.
Read also: how to add custom code to Divi?
5. Hastaluego Google Analytics by MonsterInsights
Google Analytics by MonsterInsights is a plugin that allows advanced analysis of your WordPress blog traffic using the information in your Google Analytics account, and it allows you to link them together.
However, I find this plugin too intrusive, and it asks for countless permissions, which I don't like...
Avec Divi, on peut très bien se passer de cette extension, il vous suffira de coller votre script de suivi de Google Analytics dans le champ <strong><em>« Ajoute du code dans la balise <body> »</em></strong> situé dans l’onglet <strong>Divi > Options du Thème > Intégration. </strong>Lire le tutoriel complet pour connect Divi with Google Analytics.
Don't delay! Discover the Divi theme here !
6. Ciao Contact Form 7!
Contact Form 7 is certainly the most used form plugin. It is easy to set up, does its job well and even offers addons - extra extensions to add certain features...
However, if you're just using it to offer a contact form to your visitor, you can disable it as it is one of the first unnecessary plugins for Divi.
Indeed, the Divi Builder offers a form module You can easily configure it, choose your fields, with or without conditions, and even add a Captcha trap. In short, this module saves you a plugin!
Find out how to make your RGPD compliant Divi contact form.
7. Goodbye WP Simple Adsense Insertion...
You want to monetize your blog? You have opened a Google Adsense account and you want to insert your advertising banners in your articles? WP Simple Adsense Insertion offers this functionality but why install yet another plugin when the Divi theme offers it by default?
We talked about it in a previous article: the Divi theme allows you to add your advertising banners in the places provided for this purpose. This is set from the Divi > Theme Options > Advertising tab.
8. Plugin no longer needed: To Top
This is a plugin that must have had its heyday in the old days when WordPress themes didn't think about the user experience. It is certainly still useful for thousands of sites but not for sites using the Divi theme.
9. No need for Page Scroll to ID
Page Scroll to ID allows you to add a "scroll" to a section of the page. This is particularly necessary when you want to create a onepage site. If you use it and make a redesign with the Divi themeYou can disable this extension as Divi easily allows you to use this feature.
This small list of 9 unnecessary extensions for Divi is just the tip of the iceberg. Indeed, the Divi theme is well-equipped and allows you to use many features without needing to use additional extensions.
In other words, the less functionality you use from various external sources, the less likely you are to have inter-plugin conflicts and the easier your site will be to maintain.