Recommended Settings for Divi Hosting

Recommended Settings for Divi Hosting

In this article, we will explore the Divi recommended hosting settings regularly provided by the Elegant Themes support staff. You will learn some recommendations are mere suggestions, however, others, if not set properly, could potentially break your site or severely impact performance.

Introduction

In its infancy Divi was very lightweight and fast, with a backend builder that appeared to load without problems. It had very few modules and did not yet include the handy Visual Builder. As Divi evolved, things started to heat up pretty quickly. The Visual Builder brought a whole lot of new features to Divi and with it, more resource consumption than ever before.

The added tools like shadow customizations, manipulation of the clipboard to copy-paste settings between modules and the added effects to modules made for slower performance. If your hosting is not optimized and up to date with the minimum requirements for Divi, you’re in for a bulky load time, save failures and other headaches.

In this article we are going to cover the minimum system requirements and the recommended ones (outside of what Divi recommends) for optimal user experience.

The Infamous Divi Recommended Settings

A set of PHP system compliance settings were provided by Elegant Themes support. We are going to explore each setting and what it does. If you read previous articles about this, check the settings on this one as they’ve been upgraded several times.

These are the recommended settings as of version 3.22.7

File Permissions 755

PHP Version 7.2

post_max_size 64M

max_execution_time 180

upload_max_filesize 64M

max_input_vars 3000

Some requirements are negotiable and some are not. We are going to discuss this in detail here. Now, let’s see what the new Divi System Status feature looks like on Divi while running on our company’s server.

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1. File Permissions

This requirement is non-negotiable and can easily break your site if it’s set incorrectly. The 755 file permission is the most standard file permission available and states that all users will be able to access your files in read only while the owner of the files will be able to write onto them. In this case the owner will be WP itself and you.

2. PHP Version

Divi is still working with PHP 7.0 just fine even if it requires you to run under version 7.2. This is not a strict requirement although we advice using 7.2 for now. You can even use the latest 7.3 version without any problems whatsoever.

3. Memory Limit

The memory limit must absolutely not go below 128M, this will impact performance and functionality in a very serious way as PHP scripts can ran out of memory. Divi does consume a lot of resources when running and it is our experience that you have to have at least 256M. So, you should consider this requirement as non-negotiable and 128M is the bare minimum you should have with a recommended setting of 256M to 640M for optimum performance/usability, specially if you’re considering using several plugins.

4. Post Max Size

This requirement is not that important and you can get by using WordPress and Divi just fine with a post_max_size of 32M too. Divi set it way too high just to make sure no problems come in your way. If you do not have higher requirements 32M should be fine, even if Divi throws a warning. We recommend 64M as more than that is a little too much.

5. Max Execution Time & Max Input Time

This parameter is non-negotiable by now. These variables state the amount of time a script can take to finish. It is well known that any script related to import/export, backup and so on can take up to and more than 100 seconds to complete. Having less than 180 seconds set on this variable means you can potentially lose your data if the script that is working, runs out of time. We recommend setting both variables to a minimum of 300.

6. Upload Max File Size

This variable is strictly related to the amount of space a file could take when it’s getting uploaded. Even though the recommended setting for Divi is 64M, it is not strictly necessary. If your themes/plugins and images never exceeds more than, say 16M, setting this variable to 32M will work just fine.

7. Max Input Vars

This variable could potentially destroy your design if you have it set at a very low value. What this means is how much vars can PHP take from the current execution. Vars are used in Divi to store the parameters of the Visual Builder while running, for example. If the limit is set too low, you can have save issues when trying to save your current Visual Builder design as Divi can run out of variables. This is a very important variable as not having enough Input Vars can effectively make Divi save your template incorrectly and you losing your design. Please be aware of that. We recommend no less than 3000, this is also the Divi recommendation.

Web Server

There are no Divi recommended settings for a web server. Divi can run perfectly fine on Apache, NGINX and Litespeed for example. For Apache, WordPress does need the default .htaccess configuration in order for the Pretty Permalinks to work correctly.

 

Apache

 
# BEGIN WordPress <IfModule mod_rewrite.c> RewriteEngine On RewriteBase / RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L] RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d RewriteRule . /index.php [L] </IfModule> # END WordPress

You can read all about it on how to setup Apache properly for WP here

NGINX

As for NGINX, WP needs the following default rewrite rules to work correctly with pretty permalinks enabled.


location = /favicon.ico {
    log_not_found off;
    access_log off;
    expires max;
}

location = /robots.txt {
    allow all;
    log_not_found off;
     access_log off;
}

location / {
   # This is cool because no php is touched for static content.
   # include the "$is_args$args" so non-default permalinks doesn't break when using query string
   try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php$is_args$args;
}

You can read more about how to setup NGINX properly for WP here.

If what you’re looking for is the perfect setup to run WP and Divi without any problems and no extra configuration, you can use either cPanel or Plesk based hosting.  You can read more about those control panels and their differences in our other article here.

Check Our Hosting Guide

If you want to know more about choosing the best hosting for your Divi website, check out our guide: How to Choose the Best Hosting Service for Divi and WordPress. This guide covers what you need to know including managed hosting, optimizing for speed, recommended settings, and provides a run-down of the best hosting services for Divi websites with our top 4 providers compared. Check it out today, and don’t forget to join our Divi and WordPress Hosting Support Group on Facebook and our mailing list to stay up to date with our latest news, updates, and special offers.

Wrapping Up

Even though we have the Divi recommended settings and a special System Status built into it, there are some requirements that will not affect your site in any way while there are others that could potentially break your site if not set properly. Take note of the recommendations posted here to ensure your site will function properly.

Remember, sometimes what appears to be a plugin or theme bug is just an incorrect setting on your hosting. This is the equivalent of the old phrase “Have you turned it off and on again?” that is heard so much in help desk scenarios and it is the number 1 reason why we always ask for your PHP information when a problem comes up.