Divi 5 Progress Update: Exploring Divi 5’s Extendability

I’m back with another Divi 5 progress update. If you aren’t familiar with Divi 5, check out our original announcement post. To put it briefly, we are recreating the builder in Divi 5 from the ground up, focusing on performance, stability, scalability, and extendability. It won’t come with many new features, but it will be way faster and more capable, and it will give our team and the community the tools we need to hit the ground running with fantastic new modules and features.

Last month, I gave a demo of the Divi 5 Visual Builder to showcase its lightning-fast speed, so if you missed that video, be sure to check it out.

I’ll discuss Divi 5’s extendability and give a quick demonstration in this month’s update. But first, let’s talk about what our team has been up to over the past month.

What We Accomplished This Month

We made a lot of progress last month. We are nearing the launch of Divi 5 Dev Beta, the next phase of the Divi 5 beta program, and I hope to announce its release in my next update.

While on the home stretch, we remain focused on simplifying the module creation process so that creators from the community and our team can build Divi 5 modules more quickly. The work we put in during this phase will pay dividends in the proceeding phases, with the ultimate goal being to get your hands on Divi 5 sooner.

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Illustrating Divi 5’s Extendability

One of the most essential aspects of Divi 5 is its extendability. When I talk about extendability, I am talking about Divi 5 being nimble and capable from an API perspective and the many unique features we can create thanks to those improvements. I have also spoken about aligning Divi 5 with the future of WordPress, removing shortcodes, and integrating many of the WordPress block packages into Divi 5.

What does all of this mean for the future of Divi?

I asked the manager of our dev team to find a little free time to whip up a quick demo that illustrates these aspects so that I could share something fun in this update that is visually representative of Divi 5’s extendability. He came up with the Automatic Block Module. A module that turns every Gutenberg block into a Divi module, supercharging them with Divi’s wide range of design settings and allowing you to mix modules and blocks on the same page!

The block module grabs HTML elements from the block and dynamically generates option groups that give you complete control over its design. You can also generate new option groups on the fly, targeting and customizing any element.

While we created this block module for fun, and it’s neither finished nor polished, it is a wonderful demonstration of what we can do with Divi 5, and with relative ease, thanks to the new foundation we are creating.

Not only is it easy for us, but for you and the development community too, thanks to the open nature of the API. We may even finish up this Block Module and add it to Divi 5 as an official feature. But for now, we remain focused on progressing through the beta phases.

Divi AI Is Almost Finished!

That wraps up this month’s Divi 5 update. In other news, our first version of Divi AI is nearly finished, which will allow you to generate extraordinary images out of thin air and write and improve content with AI while you work in the Visual Builder. I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with the unfinished version and I am looking forward to wrapping it up and shipping it soon!

Stay Tuned For More Updates

I promised to give Divi 5 progress updates every month, and that’s what I plan to do! I can’t promise that every update will be exciting, but rest assured we are working as hard as we can to finish this huge project. Each day we get a little closer and the Divi 5 foundation gets a little stronger. We will soon be launching the Divi 5 Dev Beta, which means the foundation will be complete. From there, it’s full steam ahead on the user-facing features that you will get to test out in the Public Alpha later this year.

Leave a comment if you have any questions. See you in the next update!

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