A Better Way to Blog

A Better Way to Blog

After the upgrade of the WordPress core editor known as Gutenberg you still need to wrtie a blog post, or two. At the same time as the WordPress core update the Divi Theme came out with a better way to blog using the already built in modules that work in conjunction with the new configuration of the WordPress Editor. The experience of writing a blog post shouldn’t be complicated, but it is if you don’t know how to use the software.

This is where technology can become irritating because it’s another system to learn when the one you were using worked just fine. Nothing should obstruct you when you want to write a blog post. But we’re directly in the middle of the storm of change, and the new system is obstructive. Unless, you are using the Divi Theme. The new Divi Builder experience has the solution. You can write the content into the post directly on the front end.

The Divi Builder Features

The built in Page Builder is an extension that gives you the ability to use arrange the content on the blog post so that the content will actually be read. Apart from the interest in the information, there has to be a visual attractiveness that doesn’t cause eye fatigue. The constant adjustment to the different screen sizes we look at causes the eye muscles to work more than they are used to working.

Selecting the Content Layout

When you insert a row within a section you have quite a few configurations to choose from. The columns have preset measurements.

After choosing the column layout your next step will be to decide which module to use to put the content onto the page.

Choose a Module

Now the choice is which module to add. The choice of modules is extensive. In this section I want the effect of alternating text and an image. Select the image module and then choose an image from the Media Library, or upload one from your computer.

All the while I’m building the content on the front end of the blog post. The whole experience is pleasant and cuts down on the time it takes. Now I can concentrate on the content.

 

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Using the Front End

Now you can concentrate on what content you’re going to put into the blog post. Keep the subject focused on the information you’re writing about and not on distractions, advertising an event, or a popup message. Remember, the reader wants the information not interruptions.

All software has a learning curve, no matter how easy the advertising copy tries to convince you. As you work with the Front End Builder experience, you become familiar with where the settings are for each module. They follow a definite pattern and are color coded.

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Using the Back End

This is where you set the blog page layout; assign a category, add tags, enable comments, set the featured image, put in the meta text, and the seo_title setting.

Working on the back you’re using the Divi Builder, and on the front end you’re using the Visual Builder. Don’t worry, it’s the same Builder and is built into the Divi Theme.

My preference is to work with the Visual Builder on the front end after I have set all the features of the blog post page.

The Purpose of the Blog Post

The Internet is a place to share and exchange information and connect with people you wouldn’t ordinarily have an opportunity to meet in person. A blog post is similar to a magazine article and is a vital part of a website.

When you write a blog post regularly you create fresh content. Think about the times you want to find out information and you go to the search engine of choice and type in what you’re looking for. What comes up in the search engine results is more questions that go deeper into your original question. Eventually you find a link that takes you directly to, a blog post. This is the way we find information. After reading the blog post there might be another relevant post with more information.

The blog post doesn’t have to be lengthy but it must be substantive in that it gives information. The information in this blog post, for example, is about the new experience of writing a blog post not into a Word Processing document but directly into the post. Instead of copying and pasting you’re writing it in real time. And, this saves you time. You create the post and then come to refine it a day or two later.

When you write a blog post regularly you will find the content of the blog post will flow. You’re looking at what you just wrote and you edit the content as you read it. This is a better way to blog.

People search for information

What’s the best product? Is there a review about something I want to use? How can I find the right information. Whose telling me the truth? Is it sales babble or is it factual?

All these things are running through our heads when we want to know something. Your blog post needs to do its job. Answer questions, and offer solutions, based on your particular kind of business or service.

The blog post needs to be responsive so it is read on a smartphone or tablet. Yes, people do read blog posts on their smartphones, especially if they’re subscribed to the blog and there’s an update or a new feature.

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Divi and WordPress

Divi and WordPress

The match between Divi and WordPress is a good from start to finish. No matter what you read about the “end of WordPress,” or the “end of Page Builders and Themes,” it isn’t for real.

Here are some facts:

  • WordPress is the most used website software worldwide
  • 30% of the websites on the web are powered by WordPress
  • WordPress is the most flexible software to build an online platform
  • The Divi Theme is used by Developers and Designers
  • The Divi Theme has been translated into thirty-two different languages
  • It is used all over the world
  • You don’t have to know how to use code to build a website with the Divi Theme

There will always be those who want to take down the person who is sucessful. It is a favorite passtime among some competitors to consistently bash the best. The Divi Theme is the developer and the designer’s best kept secret. This is the Theme they use because it compliments their knowledge.

WordPress is open source

Open source means developers from all over the world contribute to the core code. WordPress is the framework upon which a Theme is built. The fact that expertise is garnered from the best developers is a testament to the collaboration of WordPress. The end result is WordPress has created the space for everyone to benefit.

Developers, designers, business owners, entrepreneurs, corporations, governments, schools, individuals, use WordPress.

With this philosophy WordPress isn’t about to collapse or put anyone out of business because it makes changes and improvements to it’s existing framework.

Divi is a Premium WordPress Theme

The features inside the Divi Theme give you the opportunity to work within a framework that suits your technical knowledge. At first you might think you cannot build a website and Divi is too advanced. This is not true. I have build all my websites myself without knowing code because the Divi Theme has predefined modules and layouts.

With Divi, you never have to look at a blank page.

Conceptualizing the layout of content onto a web page is much easier if you have the elements of the page widths and measurements visible. As you work with the premade layouts with the modules you become familiar with how a webpage works. The page is divied up into dividers, this is how the Divi theme got its name.

Column Layout

This is what the layout of a page looks like using the built in Divi Builder. The blocks assigned are predefined and fit exactly to the width of the page.

You have a selection of columns. After choosing the layout you select a module to place into the layout.

Select a Module

This is the selection of modules available to use. For every function there is a module to match.

The design team that created Divi wanted to make the experience of building a website pleasureable. Not only for the developer and the designer, but for us, the user.

The design team at Elegant Themes were so successful, the Divi Theme is now the #1 used theme in the world. Since it came out in 2013, I have had no need for any other theme. Some have said when you use Divi you’re stuck with it. Not so. I’ve never been “stuck.”

When something is this good you cannot keep it to yourself.  Once you learn the basics there is no limit, you can take your website where you want, and concentrate on your business or service and not have to constantly pay someone to do it for you. That’s just a waste of money.

An App for That

An App for That

An App For That
Joan Margau
User of Divi.
We used to joke about this. Whatever you can think about to do on the web, there’s an app for that too. An app is an abbreviation of the world “application.” Apply and use the software to accomplish a task, or a goal. Websites are nothing new, but they do require attention and there’s an app for that as well.

The app is the software that makes the site operate the way it should. It’s an adventure in discovering how  it works.

This is a blog post. It isn’t the usual two column width. It’s unusual. The app for that is the Divi Theme.
THE DIVI THEME
THE LAYOUT of content on a web page has to follow a logic and a design. Text and images don’t need too much decoration. Over design distracts the reader from absorbing the content. The purpose of the content is to provide information.
IMAGES — are an essential part of the content on a web page. They often “speak” more than words. It is important to optimize images when using them in a website. Compress and size the image first. A large image slows the load time of the web page.

The size of the column width layouts are preset. All you have to do is figure out which layout you want to use.

“The view changes with a picture.”
Someone said so
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This is a contact form module with a text module above it asking the visitor to sign up for the Newsletter.

DON’T Sign up for this Newsletter! It is here as an example only. There is no Newsletter for Demo Site. 

This post doesn’t have the usual right sidebar, the familiar blog post layout. The decision to do it this way depends on the content of the blog post. Place the content on the blog page in a different layout. This can accentuate other relevant information to read.

If you don’t give your visitor more information, they might think there is no more, and leave your site. smile

WORKING TOGETHER

Link this to a similar post

DESIGN CONCEPTS

An image makes a difference

ON THE MOVE

Test the modules and see what they do.

The Comment Section.

This is a module you can insert into the blog page.

The comments for this post are closed because the post was published more than 28 days ago. 

The social icons are inside a Social Media follow module. Use this on any page. The link takes you to your social media profile.
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Is this a blog post?

This blog post is different. It’s just to show what’s possible with a blog post using the Divi Builder, and you can use the Visual Builder and see your changes directly on the web page as you make them.

 

Blogging

Blogging

The Blog is the humble web log that started some time ago and now we write posts and call it a Blog. The last ten years or so have given us a lot of telling. Long articles proving what we need to do. Endless lists of things to do right away to have instant success. We are told how to respond, who posted something on Facebook, who tweeted what. It’s a steady stream of content flowing onto the web. Whatever your interest you can find a blog post about that subject.

Have you noticed how everything saves you so much time? Really. With all the time we have saved how come no one has any time. The same is true for money, and websites. Everything happens in record time, smoothly, so you can have a great and awesome website. All of this does nothing for us. What we need is someone to take the time to show us how it is done.

Don’t tell me, show me.

Now we can do it ourselves. The way we want to, but with one caveat, if you know how.

The purpose is to demonstrate one of the most remarkable innovations in technology, the modular system of building a website. Never has there been such a flexible theme. You can tell by the fact that everyone’s either talking about it or using it. In the near future you will also see emulations of the Divi Theme. This is because it is the leader in this field.

Gone are the days of having to build a website from the ground up.

The Divi Theme is a Premium Theme and overlays the WordPress core. Actually the two work seamlessly together. That’s the turning point. When designers and developers work together you have harmony. It blends technology which by the way is constantly on the move. Thank goodness it is, updates and bug fixes are essential. No code functions perfectly all the time.

Who is using this theme?

The Divi Theme gives the developer, the designer, and the user the opportunity to build a website. That’s right, the user. The one on the receiving end of the developer and the designer’s thoughtful work. Some feel the user is clueless and doesn’t know the first thing about websites. Well, I take exception to that view.

I’m the user. That’s me you’re talking about. Then there is the ‘obedient client’ the one who has to obey the developer/designer and the site is locked so the client cannot “mess with it.” Now that is a turnoff as far as I am concerned. After all I am the one who paid the developer or the designer for the site, and I have restricted access to my website.

The Designers and Developers of the Divi Theme don’t have that attitude. They built the Divi Theme to serve everyone who wants to use it. You don’t have to know code to use the Divi Theme. If you want a specific feature, you can copy and paste the CSS code into the module in the Advanced section, but you don’t have to.

Everything you need is already built into the module. Are you the adventurous type that wants to know how the software works so you can work it?  If you answered yes, then we’re on the same page. The mystery of website building isn’t all that complex, providing you operate within a given framework.

The designer of the Divi Theme created the theme with the end user in mind. There are hundreds of details to take care of when building a website, but if those details are already in the module, you’re in the position of just using the design settings. I can change a pixel size, or add a width to a column by filling in the percentage. There is something refreshing about being in control of the publishing platform for your business or service.

Learning the Foundation with Divi

When you know how the foundation of the website works within the Divi framework, you’ll understand the elements of all the components that go into the growth of your website. It doesn’t matter if you are a large corporation or a small startup, the principle is the same. Today it is essential to know how the web works.

Even if you’re the President of a large company. Technology moves fast. If you want to keep pace you need to know and not be solely dependent on someone who knows IT.

Obviously, you can’t do everything yourself, but when you understand the components of a website and how it works, you won’t be talked into unnecessary and often expensive Plugins, that cause the site to collapse the next time WordPress core updates, or the Divi Theme updates.

Blog Post Plugin

Blog Post Plugin

A different blog post style

The layout used for this blog post is with a Plugin developed specifically for the Divi Theme. This makes producing content that much smoother. No one wants to admit it, but the reality is, creating content for a blog post is a lot more difficult than it’s made out. To ‘save time’ some write in a Word Processor in Word or Google Docs and copy and paste the content into the blog post. This isn’t as effective as creating content directly into the Post using the built in Divi Theme Visual Builder and seeing your edits as you make them in real time. You don’t have to preview the page which has to open a tab for you to view the changes. The process of creating content in a website or in a blog post has to have a new attitude if you want the post to be effective and convey information. There is no quick and easy way to do the work. We have the tools available with WordPress Themes and Plugins. The smooth interface of how a website works with a given theme often makes us demand more without appreciating the software’s flexibility and security.

Slow Down to Catch up and Learn

If you slow down to catch up with technology, this is when you figure it out. What we’re used to looking at is the finished product that took months, even years, to complete on the front end. You’re being lied to when advertising yells; you can “quickly and easily” do something.

Fast, quick tip learning doesn’t teach you anything.

Slow Down

This isn’t something we want to do. Everyone is multitasking, doing so many things, email, scheduling twitter feeds (that don’t get read by the way), trying to look as though they have a handle on it all. No one does. When you slow down this is when you realize you don’t know and what you thought was easy isn’t.

Catch up

Technology is only going to race ahead and you have to accept that today something will be predicted as ending, and tomorrow what was supposed to end is still there. All this is attention getting tactics to get your attention. When you catch up, you slow down and then get the picture as it really is. You start to recognize sales hype. You trust your own knowledge because you take time to research and find out the facts for yourself.

Learn

This is tricky.

Choose who you learn from. Not everyone is the expert they claim to be. The strange thing about the Internet is this; anyone can say anything about any subject and you have no way of knowing if it is true. All this online activity and interaction has made us smarter not dumb. Anyone who thinks the consumer doesn’t have a clue is living in a bubble.

No one is not intelligent.

We access sophisticated technology all the time. Sales hype will push your buttons, especially if you are in a hurry, or vulnerable because you don’t really know. The only way to solve this is to realize:

  • There is no shortcut
  • There will always be another sale or fantastic bargain
  • Learn to say, “No,” because you know
  • Find someone who knows, they’re the ones doing what you want to do

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