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The DIVI Theme, which I use on all of the sites that I build, is one of the most powerful and popular WordPress themes around. There is also a large ecosystem around DIVI, with people giving away or selling child themes, layouts, plugins, tutorials, courses and other DIVI related stuff. In this post I will look at a specific type of DIVI plugin. Or rather: DIVI plugins that are not very specific, but provide a wide range of tweaks for and enhancements of DIVI all packed into one plugin: DIVI Battle Suit, DIVI Booster, DIVI Enhancer, DIVI Extra, DIVI Hacks, DIVI Plus, DIVI Switch, DIVI Supreme, DIVI Toolbox, DIVI Tweaker, and Expand DIVI. Quite a list…

Is it a good idea to use one of these plugins? One argument against this type plugins is that they are a bit of an overkill when you just need one or two features that they offer. Such “swiss army knife plugins”, heavily packed with features, might also slow down your site. If you look around, you may find a lightweight, simple plugin that does exactly and only what you need. Or a bit of code that you could implement on your site to implement the feature (but that of course requires at least some skills in and level of comfort with applying code – and you may be looking at these plugins because you don’t have that).

But let’s put that objection aside for now. Which of these plugins is the best? Well, that depends of course on what you need. All but one of these plugins add options to DIVI or make site-wide tweaks, some add also various new modules to the modules that are standard present in the DIVI page builder, and one plugin just adds a lot of new modules. After the introduction of these plugins below, I will give a brief assessment of their strengths and weaknesses. This is based on a detailed comparison of the features of the plugins, which I have also made available.

 

An Overview of These DIVI ‘Power Plugins’

DIVI Battle Suit

  • Free & premium version (pricing unclear – premium version seems to be new)
  • Both tweaks to the DIVI theme & new builder modules

DIVI Extra

  • Free plugin
  • Just tweaks to the DIVI theme

DIVI Switch

  • Premium plugin ($29 annual for single site up to $49 annual for unlimited)
  • Just tweaks to the DIVI theme

DIVI Tweaker

  • Free plugin
  • Just tweaks to the DIVI theme

DIVI Booster

  • Free plugin
  • Just tweaks to the DIVI theme

DIVI Hacks

  • Free & premium version ($29 lifetime for one site up to $149 for unlimited sites)
  • Just tweaks to the DIVI theme

DIVI Supreme

  • Free & premium version ($29 for one site up to $149 for unlimited sites)
  • Lots of new modules for the DIVI theme + some general tweaks to the theme

Expand DIVI

  • Free plugin
  • Just tweaks to the DIVI theme

DIVI Enhancer

  • Free & premium version ($27 lifetime unlimited sites)
  • Both tweaks to the DIVI theme & new builder modules

DIVI Plus

  • Premium plugin ($79 for unlimited sites, 1 year of updates)
  • Just new builder modules

DIVI Toolbox

  • Premium plugin ($49 lifetime for single site, $169 lifetime for unlimited sites)
  • Just tweaks to the DIVI theme

(or continue below to see my overview of the main strengths and features of each of these plugins)

Strong Points & Detailed Comparison

To help you – and myself! – decide on the best plugin, I have made an extensive comparison of the features promised by the plugin makers (note: what I have not done, is test all these plugins myself to see if they work well, are user friendly and do not slow down your site). I expected in advance that there would be a lot of overlap in what they offer, but it turned out that the overlap was rather limited. Moreover, they often offer various tweaks in the same area. E.g. several plugins offer different tweaks to the DIVI standard header, several others give you more options for your blog, other again add all kinds of hover effects. Never can all enhancements for one such area be found in one plugin. So that makes it hard to choose. Nevertheless, it is possible to identify some strengths (and sometimes weaknesses) for each of these plugin:

DIVI Battle Suit

  • DIVI Battle Suit offers a few general tweaks, including some unique options to make DIVI help items more visible for new users
  • Offers a bit over 20 new modules, including – but not limited to – a range of modules to create blog post templates and templates based on custom post types added with Toolset. However, these modules do not seem as useful as it was before, now that DIVI has a theme builder that allows you to create blog post templates and is able to work with dynamic content (including fields from custom post types). But check this video on DIVI and Toolset for yourself to make sure.

DIVI Booster

  • One great thing about DIVI Booster, a free plugin, is that the maker also offers a tutorial with code snippet(s) for many of its features. So if you’re comfortable with code and just need a few features, you don’t need to apply a ‘swiss army knife’.
  • This plugin has especially a lot of options for small styling tweaks to the standard DIVI header & menu – far more than any of the other plugins in this comparison.
  • It also offers very small tweaks to various standard DIVI modules, and a number of options for improving site performance and the WP sidebar. And offers some hover effects for specific places (such as for links)
  • You can import & export the plugin settings to re-use on other websites

DIVI Enhancer

  • DIVI Enhancer – there is both a free and a premium version – mainly adds lots of new modules to the DIVI builder, plus gives you a few hover effects.
  • Two nice features though is that the free version allows you to (a) make any module stick at the top of the page when reached by scroll and (b) add any module, row or section to a light-box popup.
  • Furthermore, it seems to be the best plugin in this comparison for giving you lots of hover effects that can be applied on all modules. However, note that the DIVI in 2018 also already added a lot of hover effect options, so those may be all you need.

DIVI Extra

  • DIVI Extra, a free plugin, offers just a few DIVI tweaks, so is less of a ‘Swiss army knife’ than some of the other plugins in this comparison, but it may just offer what you need.
  • A nice feature, for example, is that it allows you to use the default Site Title, when no logo is set. The ‘text logo’ will use H1 tag.

DIVI Hacks

  • DIVI Hacks – there is both a free and a premium version – offers many options for making custom (archive) pages. However, these seem to have become redundant now that DIVI has its own theme builder.
  • But Hacks among others also offers a lot of options to improve the standard DIVI header and the responsiveness of DIVI websites, and a range of options to do more when designing modules, columns and rows. There are also various tweaks available in other areas.

DIVI Plus

  • DIVI Plus, a premium plugin, is different from all the other plugins in this overview in that it does not offer any DIVI tweaks, just new modules for the DIVI builder. This includes modules to work with Confact Form 7 and Caldera forms and to create flipboxes and timelines. Very nice is also a module that allows you to create ‘hotspots’ on images that allow you to trigger an animation on mouse hover.
  • Interesting: the “How To Schema module of the Divi Plus plugin would ease the process of creating structured data”

DIVI Supreme

  • DIVI Supreme – both a free and a premium version – mainly adds lots of new modules to the DIVI builder, although it also offers a few more general DIVI tweaks.
  • Noteworthy is that there are quite a few modules that allow you to do more with text (such as rotating it or adding animated gradients)

DIVI Switch

  • DIVI Switch is a premium plugin that especially gives you lots of additional options for the standard DIVI menu, header, footer and blog.
  • But it also offers various DIVI enhancements in a range of areas, as well as some general WP upgrades, such as the ability to upload SVG images.
  • This plugin has not only an option to import and export the settings, but also a really unique possibility to turn the settings that you are using in a standalone plugin that you can install on a (client’s) site instead of DIVI Switch,

DIVI Toolbox

  • DIVI Toolbox is a premium plugin that is especially strong in offering a range of options to make the standard DIVI header and menu even more responsive.
  • However, it also offers various tweaks for standard DIVI modules, the WP sidebar and the DIVI blog.
  • Plus a couple of hover- and visual effects.

DIVI Tweaker

  • DIVI Tweaker is a free plugin that adds various options to improve site speed / performance, some of which can also be found in more general speed plugins, some of which are unique (option to remove DIVI CSS & Scripts unless DIVI builder is used on page / post),
  • Also offers a range of other general DIVI tweaks, but does not stand out in one particular area
  • Unique however is the option to start creating page transition effects.

Expand DIVI

  • Expand DIVI is a free plugin that can be found in the WP repository. Unfortunately, according to WordPress the plugin has not been tested with the last 3 major releases of WordPress. Generally WordPress experts warn against that, as it may mean that you take performance and security risks (although it is not always a problem). As the website of the maker of this plugin is also no longer operational, I would hesitate to use it.
  • The plugin does not stand out in any particular area, although it may just have one or more features that you really need.