On December 6th 2018 WordPress 5 was released and soon after, Divi version 3.18.xx was released by Elegant Themes. Both updates bring major changes to the way we will be building websites using Divi, the Divi Visual builder and Divi back-end builder.

“The latest versions of Divi, Extra, Bloom, Monarch and the Divi Builder are compatible with WordPress 5.0. It’s important that you update Divi to version 3.18+ before updating WordPress to version 5.0. ” Nick Roach. Elegant Themes

How to update WordPress 5.0 and Divi version 3.18.xx

  1. Make a back-up of your website
  2. Update your plugins
  3. Update your Divi Theme to 3.18.xx (make sure your username and API key are in the Divi Theme Options)
  4. Update WordPress to 5.0 (Update WordPress after your plugins and Divi Theme are updated)

Your options for using Divi 3.18.xx with WordPress 5.0

(Default) Option 1: Use the Divi Front-end Visual Builder or WordPress Gutenburg Block Editor

By default there is no WordPress classic editor or Divi Back-end builder at all. Now that you have Divi and WordPress updated, you will see that there is a totally new editor in the back-end of your WordPress dashboard when you add a new page or post.

You can choose to use either the Divi Front-End Visual Builder or the default WordPress Gutenberg block editor in the back-end WordPress dashboard. As before you can switch between the Divi Front-end Visual Builder or the WordPress block editor.

divi 3.18 and WP 5

Option 2 – Use the classic Divi back-end builder or classic WordPress editor

In the Divi Theme options you can change the settings so that the new Gutenburg editor is not loaded, which then allows you to use the classic WordPress editor or the classic back-end Divi builder.

To continue using the classic Divi builder or classic WordPress editor you will need to;

  1. Make sure that you have updated Divi and WordPress as described above
  2. In your WordPress dashboard Go to Divi > Theme Options
  3. Go to the tab for Builder > Advanced
  4. Enable the “Enable Classic Editor” switch

divi backend visual builder

old divi backend builder

(my choice) Option 3: Use the new Divi visual back-end builder

The new Divi builder that was released in version 3.18.xx comes with a lot of added features that are not available in the older version of the back-end Divi builder. For now this is an opt-in only feature that can be found in the Divi Theme options. At some point in the future this will become a default feature that would come with an option to opt-out.

To opt-in to use the updated Divi back-end visual builder you will need to;

  1. Make sure that you have updated Divi and WordPress as described above
  2. In your WordPress dashboard Go to Divi > Theme Options
  3. Go to the tab for Builder > Advanced
  4. Enable the “Enable The Latest Divi Builder Experience” switch

OR

  1. Add a new page or posts
  2. Below the clasic Divi builder look for the link that says “Switch To The New Divi Builder”
  3. Click the link to load the updated back-end builder and enable the “Enable The Latest Divi Builder Experience” in the options.

new divi backend builder option

divi back end visual builder

Do I need the Classic Editor Plugin?

If you have Divi version 3.18.xx you do not need the Classic Editor Plugin. The Classic Editor Plugin was developed to allow you to update to WordPress 5 but to continue to use the classic WordPress editor and not use the new Gutenburg block editor. This option has been built into the Divi Theme Options by Elegant Themes so you do not need to install this plugin if you are running Divi version 3.18.xx.

Watch the Divi and WordPress 5.0 video intro below

Have you updated already? Did you activate the latest Divi visual builder or revert back to the classic editor and older version of the back-end builder?

As with any major update I like to let the dust settle and for bugs to be found and fixed before I make updates to my live sites. I have updated on a few test domains and found no issues, but for now I am holding off. For me, the visual builder is a much better user experience that the old version of the back-end builder, but it can take a little time to get used to and transfer over. It took me a while before I stopped using the back-end builder but now wish I had moved sooner. If you haven’t really given it a chance yet, then it is well worth doing!

 

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