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 you get the picture as it 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