Many of you have been contacting me lately to tell me that the Divi Builder in backoffice was no longer available since the WordPress 5 update.
Indeed, this is the case, the Divi Builder as we knew it "no longer exists".
However, ElegantTheme has provided an option in its settings to continue to use the Divi Builder in backoffice.
In this short article, I'll show you how to find the old version of the Divi Builder as well as its "new backend version".
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1 - Why continue to use the Divi Builder in the back office?
If you're discovering Divi for the first time after December 6, 2018, you're probably wondering why users would want to continue using the older version of this page builder...
Since the WordPress 5 update, the editor has changed, bringing with it the adaptation of some extensions like the Divi Builder.
So why do we want to "do it the way it was before"?
Certainly because the visual version of the edition is not always adequate or because some users simply do not want to change their habit. The Divi Builder was one of the few builders that could be used in front or backend.
But beyond that, it is important to have access to the old Divi Builder during a certain transition time during which users can switch. This also allows to correct some dysfunctions that could appear with the use of the Visual Builder.
Also read: 10 good reasons to choose the Divi theme
2 - How to edit a page with the old Divi Builder?
To use the older version of the Divi Builder, the Divi theme has added an option in its settings. Go to Divi > Theme Options > Creator > Advanced and activate the last option as shown in the following video.
This option provides the same functionality as the Classic Editor plugin. Thus, you only have to no need to add this plugin if you use the Divi theme.
3 - For more information...
The release of WordPress 5 has caused a lot of ink to flow. I propose you to discover a selection of articles on this subject from the official blog of ElegantTheme :
- Divi + WordPress 5
- The New Divi Builder Experience
- Gutenberg and the new Divi Builder experience
- A hands-on rundown of all the new features now available in Divi's Backend Editor