When I started creating plugins in 2015 things were simple, us 3rd party developers were innovators coming up with original ideas for improving the Divi ecosystem, then in mid-2016, the birth of the copycat products began.
I’ve got nothing against having competition in business as it should push one to innovate but it can also have a negative effect on someone’s mind and emotions, this is what happened to me, having the plugins I created copied was something that I was never ready for.
Since mid-2017 my mind has been crippled the effect of having my products copied and improved upon by multiple developers, I have not been able to push myself through this mindset until now.
there are about 50 versions of my plugins updated versions littered on my old computer’s hard drive that I never put out because I felt that they were not good enough to compete with other products in the copied versions, which was not fair to my customers that have invested in purchasing my products for this I know that me being sorry for letting you guys & gals down will never justify this but I just want you to know that I am truly sorry that I didn’t deliver quality updates that I went radio silence.
I can’t undo the past but I can promise that these plugins are going to became what they were always meant to be, the best Divi products and the best prices around.
I am rebuilding Divi Stride as a business from the ground up, starting with our website, rewriting all of our tutorials and rebuilding all of our plugins.
Our products are the lifeblood of Divi Stride and redeveloping them to work with Divi 4+ is our ultimate goal, we want to focus on one product development at a time and won’t really support current version until we release a new version of those plugins we will re-engage in supporting that plugin as it will have updated documentation to accompany it.
by not engaging in supporting the old version allows us to focus on re-developing to be the best version of them as possible.
Tighten is the first plugin that we are going to focus on redeveloping, as it is a plugin that was created to be a part of your Divi website toolkit, as it would add useful modules to your Divi website.
This plugin was never promoted properly but it has always had massive potential, over the next 2 months tighten is going to have my focus on rebuilding it and adding new modules and features to Tighten to make it useful for your website.
We are going to put out a version for the current version that will add Visual Builder support and our new API system in place, this minor version will be released within the next 2 weeks.
Divi Commerce this plugin was the first of it’s kind allowing people to customize their WooComerce product pages using Divi, I love this plugin and I had a massive vision for it but the truth is it always felt like I was hacking away and trying to hack WooCommerce to work with Divi, which took up a massive amount of my time and mindset.
This is why Divi Commerce is probably going to be the last plugin I focus on because when I look at the need that Divi Commerce filled there are currently better options such as Body Commerce and for me to build a product is almost as great would take 3-9 months of development.
So I would like to focus on smaller plugins first but I will redevelop Divi Commerce in phases but it will probably only see it first update by Christmas.
Section Style Manager
Section Style Manager was a simple plugin which allowed you to add unique section styles to your Divi website with writing a line of code, this next version will go from a custom admin page to being able to work from within the Divi Builder, this update we are expecting to take 1 and half months.
There are a few other products that we’ve got our heart set on creating this year and they will probably be coded before Divi Commerce, I believe that these products will be super useful to the Divi community.
I can’t undo our past mistake as a company but I can focus on building our future by recreating our plugins to better serve you the Divi community