Many of you have contacted me recently to tell me that the Divi Builder in the back office was no longer available since the WordPress 5 update.
This is indeed the case, the Divi Builder as we knew it "no longer exists".
However, ElegantTheme has provided an option in its settings to continue using the Divi Builder in the back office.
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 new to Divi 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 such as the Divi Builder.
So why do we want to "do it the old way"?
Probably because the visual version of the edition is not always adequate or because some users simply do not want to change their habits. The Divi Builder was one of the few builders that could be used in front or back end.
But beyond that, it is important to be able to access the old Divi Builder during a certain transition period during which users can switch. This also makes it possible to correct certain malfunctions that might occur with the use of the Visual Builder.
Read also: 10 good reasons to choose the Divi theme
2 - How do I 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. Here is a selection of articles on this subject from the official ElegantTheme blog:
- 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