With so many WordPress themes available on the market it can be really hard to decide which is best for you.

After years of trying different themes, I’ve found two that suit most people perfectly. Divi and Uncode.

Both are themes that are built with “visual builders” meaning that there is a drag-and-drop element to changing the design of your page, which you can even use on blog posts.

It means the themes are incredibly flexible, no two sites need look the same and you can really make them yours.

Divi is probably the more well known theme, produced by Elegant Themes, it’s easy to get up and running and the big colourful building blocks make designing your layout a pleasure. It even has a “live view” builder, where you can change layout or create new sections while actually looking at your website. Great in theory, and it looks nice, but I find this method much slower than using the default building mode.

The Divi Layout Builder

Uncode has a similar builder, which is less colourful, so the different sections don’t stand out as much. But, you can see the text within each block without having to open it up.

They both support templates, but Uncode allows you to set a template up for each page type. Be it a page or post, so your layout is done for you the moment you create a new one.

One  other really clever thins I love about Uncode are that for your menu and logo, you can set up one that works on light coloured backgrounds and one that works on dark coloured backgrounds, and Uncode will load the correct one for you automatically, even on a slider!

The Uncode Layout Builder
Uncode Light and Dark Themes

And Adaptive Images, and this is what really lets Divi down ( I have requested it as a feature for a future release, so we’ll see ).

Without Adaptive Images, it can be difficult to get your website optimised properly, especially if you use Featured Images as headers in posts (which I always do on my photography site), if you add any of those posts to your homepage, it shows a thumbnail of the relevant Featured Image. But, that thumbnail is the full size image, resized, and Google does not like this. It will be flagged on GTMetrix and the like for “not serving scaled Images”.

With Adaptive Images, when you upload an image, several other copies of the image are made, at lower resolutions. Then when you serve the image at a different size, or someone opens your site when their browser isn’t full screen. It loads the file closest to the desired resolution, in other words, it serves the scaled image. It keeps your load times down and your speed rankings up!

It is possible to serve the scaled images on Divi, but you just have to do it manually by resizing images to the exact size you need. Using Uncode means it’s just one less thing for you to do.

Divi doesn't serve scaled images
Uncode does serve scaled images

And the final trick up Uncode’s sleeve, a way to try and keep your Bounce rate down. By automatically adding links to other blog posts at the bottom of each post you add! Brilliant.

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Divi vs Uncode – Conclusion

They’re both amazing themes and both completely flexible, so in all honesty the final decision will come down to what visual builder *you* prefer.

Divi has a yearly premium to pay for updates and support. The support is great with other Divi Community members as well as staff available to help. And there’s even a remote-support plugin.

If you’re not doing any of the design yourself though and only adding new blog posts and galleries, then the chances are you’re never going to need their support anyway.

Uncode is a one off payment that includes all future updates but it only includes 6 months support. You can pay for it in additional 6 month blocks whenever you do need it. Uncode is slightly cheaper, as you can just buy the individual theme rather than needing to subscribe.

Adaptive Images is the killer feature for an image heavy website though, so for a photographer or any other creative industry where your website is going to be image heavy – and you don’t want to have to work out the correct image sizes yourself. Then Uncode has the definite advantage.

But you will not be disappointed with either one!

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