Divi Setup

Setting up a Divi site from scratch includes a lot of distinct parts…



  • ✓ Create subdomain directory (server).
  • ✓ Upload WordPress files to ftp directory.
  • ✓ Create hostname record (1&1).
  • ✓ Connect subdomain to directory.


  • Visit the new subdomain through a browser.
  • Select the language (English).
  • Enter DB data
    • db name
    • db username
    • db password
    • db host
    • leave table prefix alone
  • Add additional site data:
    • Name the site (you’ll add the tagline later).
    • Create the initial user (administrator by default).
    • Enter or accept the password.
    • Enter an email address.
    • (When creating a development site, disable [discourage] search engine crawling.)

Tons of great documentation (in video format) is on Elegant Themes’ site:

Apply Divi theme:

Dashboard > Users > Add New > Upload Theme

Upload the Divi.zip file.
Activate the theme.

Make a home page:

Pages > Add New


User Administration:

Set up present (initial, admin) user:
Dashboard > Users > All Users
first name
last name
* …

Set up new users:
Dashboard > Users > Add New
first name
last name
user name
* user type (Contributor, author, editor, administrator)

Add pages

  • gather information from partner
  • Important to invoke the divi builder each time.

Modify Divi Module Defaults

Divi > Module Customizer > …

  • Image > Animation > Fade In (left-to-right by default)
  • Some colors to change to get them aligned with your color scheme
    • Gallery
    • Portfolio
    • Filterable Portfolio


Unordered additional notes:

  • Google Analytics Snippet / Annotation
  • Website Redesign – Production
  • Migration to Production
  • Order bySelect the field that issues are ordered by.
  • Global Elements
  • Website Redesign – Staging
  • Create (and navigationally order/organize) Pages
  • Order bySelect the field that issues are ordered by.
  • Create Global Elements
  • Website Redesign
  • Configure WordPress
  • Configure Divi Theme
  • Presentation Review
  • Upload Divi Theme
  • Set up Database
  • Set up Directory and Files
  • Modify Hosts and Other Configuration Files
  • Ensure the Resource Linking in New Site
  • Upload Documents and Assets to New Site
  • Input Information into New Site
  • Cleanse and Maintain Information
  • Download or Gather Related Assets
  • Download or Gather Content
  • Roll out Site
  • Test and Debug
  • Upload or Input Data in the New Site
  • Download or Gather Data for New Site
  • Story: Set up or Migrate Content
  • Set up Theme
  • Set up WordPress installation
  • Moving old MOSS site to new WP installation
  • Branding
  • Migrate content from old site to new
  • Migration to WordPress

x++. Spin up new site:
a. Setup new subdomain.
b. Setup folder in FTP.
c. Setup database on 1&1.
d. Update appropriate values in the wp-config.php file (e.g. db name, db username, db host, etc.).
e. Visit site root (e.g. “https://example.com/”), and add appropriate information.
f. After completing the initial setup, sign into the site (i.e. /wp-login.php).
x++. Add Divi theme (i.e. visit http://davideldridge.org/wp-admin/theme-install?upload), presuming that you have downloaded the theme (Divi.zip) from Elegant Themes, …
a. From the dashboard or wherever, go to Appearance › Themes.
b. On the Themes page, hit the “Add New” button.
c. On the Add Themes page, hit the “Upload Theme” button.
d. Upload the (Divi.zip) file through the upload form interface.
e. Once you have seen that the upload was successful, “Activate” the theme from the provided link (i.e. the “Activate” link).
x++. Add a new page (http://davideldridge.org/wp-admin/post-new?post_type=page):
a. Hover over the Pages link in navigation and select Add New, or hover over the “+ New” button in the Administrative bar at top, and select “Page”.
b. Choose to use the Divi Builder.
c. Name it appropriately (e.g. Home).
d. Publish it.
e. Repeat as many times as necessary in order to flesh out the navigation (subsequently).
note: You can populate the pages with content later.
x++. Add some information about the site/organization (http://davideldridge.org/wp-admin/options-general):
a. Go to Settings › (General).
b. (Tagline:) Add a “Tagline”.
c. (Membership:) Ensure that not anyone can register.
d. (New User Default Role:) Set the default user role (maybe “Editor” would be a good default, unless there will be more than one or two [content] contributors).
e. Set the timezone (select “Chicago” or “UTC-5”).
f. Set the week to start on Sunday.
g. Save your changes.
x++. Change/update the “Reading Settings” (http://davideldridge.org/wp-admin/options-reading):

x++. Enable/disable and update social networking and RSS information in the Divi ePanel (http://davideldridge.org/wp-admin/admin.php?page=et_divi_options):
a. Enable/disable icons.
b. Add URLs where necessary.
c. Enable “back to top” button.