Break Out of the Blog Box!

Page Builders changed blogging.

Writing content into a blog post takes on new meaning. The story unfolds in bite sized quality content, a balance of content and images.

Visible. Accessible. Interesting.

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July 20, 2019

WordPress

One of the best softwares to use for a website, especially if you don’t know how to code. WordPress started out as an open source blogging software and was developed by Matt Mullenweg and David Little in 2003. It grew into the most used software for websites worldwide.

Having a WordPress website meant you needed to use a WordPress Theme. The Theme had a one year license. This meant you could renew the license but if the developer no longer updated that theme you had to get a new one.

 

Frustrated Blogger

The web is an ideal place to communicate. Blogging was something I wanted to do regularly. I would come to the WordPress classic editor to enter the content and start writing. When I wanted to add an image and get the text to look right the text wouldn’t align with the image. I had to insert a page break in the HTML area. First I had to figure out what a page break was, and where to put it. 

To someone who is not a developer this was confusing. I lost interest in creating content and my blog ‘died.’

 

The Page Builder Solution

The Page Builder was a plugin developed specifically for WordPress Themes. There are quite a few Page Builders. One isn’t better than another. It’s more a matter of personal preference. I use the Divi Theme.

The Divi Builder

The Divi Builder is built into the Divi Theme but it is also available as a standalone WordPress Plugin. You are able to design the content the way you want, without having to add a short code.

Divi Visual Builder

The Visual Builder created a whole new level of creating content. You see the content created, in real time. This is a great time saver.

Edit the conent

Change the column layout

Add style and an image

Pull in other relevant blog posts

The image on the right is a screenshot of the Visual Builder using the Image Module Settings.

 

Blogging is Enjoyable Again

Blogging isn’t a list of topics buried in a word document that don’t get posted into the blog. You can prewrite the content and copy and paste it into the blog post. I find it easier to write as I go along. The process helps me to think and I edit as I write.

After you’re done entering the text you might not like the way the text looks in the particular column width you’re using. To change a column wisth you adjust the columns in the row settings.

Checking for Mobile View

The Divi Theme is responsive so it will change the view on mobile and tablet view. But as you put content onto the page you can check the mobile and the tablet view. You have to be using the Visual Builder to do this. All this is possible and this is how I broke out of the blog box. Now I look forward to writing a blog post.

Just because you can…

The only rule to follow is; just because you can doesn’t mean you should. You don’t want to decorate every section. Always think about the person reading the post. You want to make the experience pleasant. Too much design takes the reader away from the content and puts their focus on the design. 

The Post Looks Good…

This will depend on whether or not you like the way the content is laid out and you have a different idea of what a blog post should look like. There’s always going to be this discussion. Some will like the divider in the middle of the post and some won’t.

The artistry in a blog post should be secondary to the quality of the content. This post demonstrates the use of the Page Builder and the Visual Builder built into the Divi Theme. The Page Builder is an excellent tool to help you get the content writtten. But, you still have to write the substantive content. 

Your website is a powerful communication tool and with the Divi Theme you’ll break out of the blog box!

Blogs with the Divi Visual Builder in real time. When she’s not blogging she’s teaching you how the amazing Divi Theme works so you can build your website. Also known to be in love with the Divi Theme since it came out in 2013.

Joan Margau

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