Where is Divi and Elegant Themes going in 2017?
In this episode of the Divi Nation short podcast* Nathan B Weller outlines what 2017 will bring for Elegant Themes, the Divi Theme and the Divi community.
In 2017 the team at Elegant Themes wants to make us, the Divi community “The Most Empowered Community on the Web”. The Divi community is already the largest, most active of any WordPress theme with more social and Facebook groups, more 3rd party developers, more helping & sharing and more… real community.
So, as announced by Nathan, there are 5 key areas Elegant Themes will be focusing on in 2017 and each looks like it will help Divi to continue to dominate the WordPress theme market.
On the Elegant Themes 2017 to-do list is;
1. The Divi Developer Release
This has been on the cards for a while but was pushed back due to other commitments, but for 3rd party developers i’m sure it will have been worth the wait. The release will focus on;
– Improvements to the underlying code of the Divi framework
– Developer documentation for third party Divi developers.
2. Core Product Updates
All of the various Elegant Themes products (Divi, Extra, Divi builder, Bloom and Monarch) regularly get minor updates to fix issues and add functionality, but it looks like they will be getting more of an overhaul than a patch up in 2017. A set of great products is about to get even better.
3. The Official Divi Marketplace
We already have 3 Divi marketplaces and many solo developers selling various Divi Child Themes, Divi Layout Packs, and Divi Plugins already, but for those developers the market reach, whilst growing, is still limited. Divi Theme Examples lists all the Child Themes, Layouts and Plugins too, but with an official marketplace run, and promoted, by Elegant Themes the potential customer base will grow considerably. Details are still to be released but an exciting time for Divi developers and 3rd party product customers alike.
Elegant Themes plan to create Meetup resources for local hosts all over the world to throw Divi Nation Meetup events. The various Divi Facebook groups are a great place to connect with members of the Divi community, but as the limited meetups in 2016 have shown, metting face to face really help connect on a deeper level. If anyone is in Chiang Mai, Thailand, i’m here and keen to grab a coffee!
5. Free Daily Divi Resources
Elegant Themes got a great response to their 100 days of Divi freebies and resources for the release of Divi 3.0 and now we will be treated to The Divi Daily which will mean a new free Divi freebie or resource each and every day! Expect Divi layout packs, tutorials and more.