Plugins are a hugely useful way of extending the functionality of your Divi Theme website, but there are 2 plugins that you do not need to install if you are using the Divi WordPress Theme.
This may seem obvious to many Divi users, but “Do I need to install the Divi Builder plugin when using Divi?” is something that often pops up in the various Divi Facebook groups. There are also often recommendations to use the Classic Editor plugin for those who want to escape the grips of Gutenburg and get Divi working in the back-end dashboard.
When looking at what plugins various Divi websites are using on sites like What WP Theme Is That, there are also many sites that are still using these 2 plugins along with an active Divi install.
If you are using the Divi Theme on your website you do not need to use the Divi Builder plugin or the Classic Editor plugin.
The Divi Builder Plugin
If you are using the Divi Theme (with or without a child theme) you do not need the Divi Builder plugin.
What does the Divi Builder plugin do?
The Divi Builder plugin is available as part of the Elegant Themes membership and is a standalone plugin that allows you to add the Divi Visual Page Builder to any WordPress theme.
The features available in this plugin are already included in the Divi (and Extra) Theme by default so you do not need to also use the plugin when you are using the Divi Theme.
As you can see in the screenshot above, there is now a note in the Elegant Themes dashboard download section to let users know that the Divi Builder plugin is “Not Needed If Using The Divi or Extra Theme”, but you may miss this, or already be using the plugin with Divi from before this notice was added (May 2019). When you install and activate Divi (or Extra) then you will be able to use the Divi Builder straight away without adding the builder plugin.
The Classic Editor plugin
If you are using the Divi Theme (with or without a child theme) you do not need the Classic Editor plugin.
What does the Classic Editor plugin do?
The Classic Editor plugin is available as a free download in the WordPress repository and allows you to restores the previous (“classic”) WordPress editor and the “Edit Post” screen that was lost with the WordPress 5 Gutenburg update. By default, when using WP 5 and Divi you can only use the Divi Builder on the front-end. Many people wanted to keep using the back-end Divi Builder but were unsure of their options when using Divi and WP5.
The features available in this plugin are already included in the Divi (and Extra) Theme Options settings so you do not need to also use the plugin.
To use the classic Divi back-end builder or classic WordPress editor you can browse to your Divi Theme options and change the settings so that the new Gutenberg editor is not loaded, which then allows you to use the classic WordPress editor or the classic back-end Divi builder.
- Make sure that you have updated Divi and WordPress
- In your WordPress dashboard browse to Divi > Theme Options
- Browse to the tab for Builder > Advanced
- Enable the “Enable Classic Editor” switch
Plugins that can be used with Divi
The 2 plugins above may not be needed for your Divi website, but there are many more 3rd party plugins developed specifically to be used with the Divi theme. With an active and growing number of 3rd party developers, there are Divi plugins for almost anything you could imagine. For a comprehensive list of plugins, you can check out our listings page which currently has well over 100 plugins.