Who doesn’t want to use the very best theme to create a site? Even if you’re a newbie to web design, you probably already know the names of most popular themes on the web. These are Monstroid2 by Zemez and Divi by Elegant Themes.
Both themes are multipurpose solutions that offer you the most powerful design sets, user interface kits, and unparalleled functionality. However, it’s pretty logical that you wonder which theme will fit your future project best.
In this article, we compare Monstroid2 and Divi to help you see their strong and weak points, and help you choose the best-selling theme that best suits your needs. Here’s the list of criteria we cover:
- WYSIWYG experience;
- Skins and templates offered;
- Additional UI elements;
- Plugins included to the theme package;
- Theme performance and loading time;
- Solutions for E-commerce;
Let’s start our comparison!
#1: WYSIWYG Editing Experience
It’s already a new standard in 2019 to edit a website in visual mode. Visual editing is way friendlier to web design newcomers. It also simplifies the lives of seasoned web design veterans, allowing them to create content faster and more effectively. No doubt, both Monstroid2 and Divi capitalize on delivering you the first-class visual editing experience. Let’s see what the builders they offer us to work with are.
Currently, Monstroid2 can be customized with one of the most popular builders for WordPress, i.e. Elementor. Once you install Monstroid2, you’re entitled to access the free version of this builder, which is additionally enhanced by the custom package of Jet Plugins.
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Elementor builder offers you front-end editing experience. The builder’s interface features the fragment you’re currently editing on the right and a handy sidebar with available elements on the left. You can always hide this sidebar whenever you need a quick fullscreen live preview of your website design.
Adding a new element to your website interface is as simple as dragging it from the left sidebar to the needed area of your website on the right:
Next, you can edit text elements inline with Elementor on the right. So, to edit any text on your website, you just have to click it and start typing in the new text. Alternatively, you can also use a text editor in the sidebar. It will sync automatically with the corresponding text on the right.
Elementor gives you access to three major types of building blocks:
- Sections are the largest building blocks. Sections can include columns and widgets. Examples of sections you can create: Our Team, Testimonials, Our Pricing, Contact form, etc.
- Columns serve to divide your page vertically. You can resize and rearrange columns using drag-n-drop.
- Widgets display your actual design elements like text images, buttons. The free version of Elementor builder gives you access to 28 default widgets.
However, this is not where the story ends for Monstroid2. This modular theme is built to multiply the number of blocks and sections available within Elementor with JetPlugins. These plugins contain ready-made section and widget templates that you can use to power an extremely wide variety of content blocks on the go. We’ll discuss JetPlugins in more detail later on.
Monstroid2 also enhances Elementor with a Magic Button. With this button, all the pre-made elements from all skins of Monstroid2 are handily available in your builder.
With this button, you get access to more than 500 pre-made widgets and sections, all smartly categorized within the convenient Magic Button interface. Use these blocks to save your time on designing website sections from scratch.
Similar to Elementor, Divi Builder provides access to front-end visual editing of your website. The interface of Divi Builder is quite different from the one of Elementor. Here, you have no sidebar on the left. Instead, the editing process is carried out with the help of floating buttons.
For example, this is how you add a new module with Divi Builder:
Once you have a page with modules containing strings of text, you can click the text and edit it inline.
Divi Builder also uses 3 building block types to create pages:
- Sections are large containers that incorporate rows and modules;
- Rows let you create column layouts and let you divide the page vertically. Due to the grid structure of Divi, you cannot resize the columns with drag-n-drop. Instead, you can either use the pre-built columns or set up custom width with CSS.
- Modules are the design elements that you can use.
Divi Builder offers you a set of 36 content modules, which is not a large number when compared to 500+ section designs that Monstroid2 offers.
If the unique feature of Monstroid2 is the user-friendly Magic Button, then Divi’s unique in-builder feature is A/B testing. This functionality lets you power A/B tests for different modules to better optimize your website for conversion.
No doubt, businesses and web design agencies who go for multipurpose themes are interested to get access to the fullest and most diverse collection of skins available. Unlike less renowned universal themes, both Monstroid2 and Divi allow you to freely combine the pages and sections from different skins.
Divi offers you in total 48 website packs, i.e. skins. These packs contain 373 pre-built page layouts that let you power website pages for different purposes. Once you customize the pre-built layouts within Divi Builder, you can save them for future use.
Monstroid2 offers you 28+ skins for different purposes. Each skin contains a full collection of pages and blocks to build a website in this or that niche. In total, you get access to 300+ pages and 500+ ready-made section designs.
Both Monstroid2 and Divi are expanding their skin collections on a weekly basis. So, in future, you’ll keep getting access to new gorgeous front-running skins.
#3: Ready-made Design Elements
The next question is who does the better job delivering you ready-made website elements you can use.
The pack of Divi pre-built blocks is limited to the default package of Divi Builder Modules. There are 37 basic blocks that you should combine to create your custom sections.
Unlike Divi, Monstroid2 takes website customization seriously by offering you 500+ ready-made section designs. With them, you don’t have to create custom sections yourself using the default Elementor widgets. 500+ ready-made section designs let you take advantage of Jet Plugins widgets, serving them within the professional layouts.
#4: Prebuilt Collections of Plugins
If you are a money-savvy business owner, you’ll be eager to save money on third-party plugins. And that’s the right decision as best themes already have all the premium plugins you need. Let’s see how big the plugin collections that Monstroid2 and Divi have on board are.
Let’s begin with Monstroid2 this time. It offers you a large collection of value-loaded plugins. First of all, you get a full package of JetElements plugins. As said earlier, all these plugins serve to add professional pre-made content sections to Elementor. At the same a time, a number of Jet Plugins provide for major improvements of your website functionality, fostering an enhanced user experience on your website.
Monstroid2 includes the following Jet Plugins:
Let’s quickly review the functionality of these plugins:
lets you fully control your site’s header and footer areas. It offers you all the must-have and extra widgets for powering these important website sections. With JetBlocks, you can do the following:
- Add a text or image logo of your company;
- Add and customize user login forms;
- Create multi-field user registration forms;
- Easily add registration and authentication links to any section of your website;
- Add a neat hamburger menu panel to your website’s header.
- Create a navigational menu and place it within the site’s header and footer;
- Add a shopping cart to the header of your e-store;
- Supply your website’s header and footer with a handy search form.
brings you more than 40 content blocks for creating idiosyncratic content. For example, it delivers you the ready-made presets for powering such sections as progress bars, price lists, portfolios, inline SVG, download buttons, countdown timers, animated boxes, etc.
provides you with you the full power of the recent engagement-boosting CSS tricks, developed by professionals. With it, you can use animated tricks in a couple of clicks and boost your pages’ appearance.
lets you create the new-gen tabs, accordions and other intricate layouts with Elementor. JetTabs plugin brings you a rich set of widgets and allows you to:
- Organize content into spectacular tabs and manage those tabs like a pro.
- Power irresistible accordion layouts.
- Make the content more stylish with Vertical Accordion widget.
- Switch between blocks in a single click with switchers.
allows you to create multi-layered animated Parallax effects within the simple Elementor interface. This plugin has multiple settings to let you fully control the behavior of Parallax on your website.
lets you display customer reviews and ratings. This plugin is a highly customizable solution, providing you with a bulk of review display options that are otherwise missing within Elementor.
delivers you a collection of smashing blog-oriented widgets. With these professional content widgets, you can showcase your posts in the most attractive manner.
lets power your WooCommerce store in visual mode. With this plugin, you can:
- Create Store and Product pages in visual mode;
- Take advantage of additional pre-made store sections and widgets;
- Create Category Grids and Taxonomy Tiles;
- Add product blocks to any page of your website.
With JetMenu plugin, you can easily power your website’s Mega Menu panels without ever leaving the Elementor interface.
Quite surprisingly, Divi doesn’t include third-party plugins in its pack. With the Elegant themes subscription, you’ll get access to two premium plugins by this developer: Bloom Email Opt-ins and Monarch Social Media Sharing. Despite the fact that these plugins will give you some control over your website, you’ll more likely have to go for third-party plugins with Divi than with Monstroid2.
#5: Loading Speed
The next vital item to compare is the theme loading speed.
Theme package weight plays a big role in determining your website loading speed. Here are the package sizes of Monstroid2 and Divi:
- Monstroid2 – 250kb;
- Divi – 415kb;
With a small package size, Monstroid2 loads within 1.2 seconds and enjoys A93 Google Speed Rate. Divi loads within 1,3 seconds and also has A93 Google Speed Rate.
#6: E-commerce Support
If you plan to turn your WordPress website into an e-commerce store at any point of its existence, it’s vital to know which e-commerce options your theme supports.
Monstroid2 is fully equipped for the creation of an e-store. It has the popular WooCommerce extension on board, meaning that you don’t have to spend time installing it. Moreover, Monstroid2 lets you edit your Product and Store pages within Elementor builder thanks to JetWooBuilder addon.
Unlike Monstroid2, Divi does not have WooCommerce on board. To take advantage of this e-commerce plugin you have to first install it. Then, you have to enable the Divi Shop Module and after a short setup, you can start creating your Store and Product pages in Divi builder.
The last item in our list of comparison criteria is pricing. Monstroid2 is distributed under a single-site license and is worth $75. This means that if you pay $75 for Monstroid2, you can use it on one website. You also get access to lifetime live chat/phone support and updates.
If you want to use Monstroid2 on multiple websites, you can go for ONE Subscription. With ONE, you get Monstroid2 under unlimited license for $19/month. Moreover, with this subscription, you get access to other 8000+ themes in TemplateMonster Marketplace. This is a great option for developers.
Read More: my One Subscription Review
Divi is available if you go for an Elegant Themes subscription plan. You can choose to pay either $89 per year or $249 once. This lets you use Divi for an unlimited number of websites, which is a great option for freelance web designers and web design agencies. Moreover, Elegant Themes also offer you customer support, which is reported to be less speedy than the one you get with Monstroid2.
In fact, there’s no straightforward winner in this Monstroid2 and Divi comparison. They both deliver you high-quality visual editing experience and more than 300 ready-made pages. At the same time, Monstroid2 beats Divi in terms of plugin integration, delivering you 9 premium Jet Plugins and 500+ website sections built with their help. Pricewise, Monstroid2 is a cheaper option to build a single business website. However, if you plan to power many websites with one best-selling theme, it’s better to go for Divi, which you can use on an unlimited number of websites.
Both Monstroid2 and Divi are powerful themes. Deciding which one is better for you, you should thoroughly evaluate your needs and go for the theme that better satisfies them.
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