Build a Website with Divi

Build a Website with Divi

Yes you can do it yourself

The way the WordPress website software industry is going today, puts you in the best position to “get it.” A website is something you need. It’s not a matter of how, but more of when is the website going to be ready for use. There is no denying the learning curve with WordPress no matter what Theme is used. The only way to try out something is to use it. At first glance it looks simple, but there’s more to the elegant layout. There is a learning curve, but then we know that.

The way I learned was the hard way. I jumped in and created a flat Homepage with no visual quality at all. I just couldn’t do what I wanted, not because I couldn’t, but because I did not know how. I would look at gorgeous websites and want mine to look as good. No way, this wasn’t possible, until I found the Divi Theme. But at first I still created what I call “flat” pages. I couldn’t get the page to look like the beautiful themes I was looking at. Of course I couldn’t do it, I know nothing about how it’s done. Fortunately for me, the makers of the Divi Theme created video tutorials.

As I followed the video tutorials this taught me how the Divi Theme works. After a while I was creating pages that didn’t look flat, but had some context. The other thing that I started to learn was to follow the designer’s lead. There were now layout packs available in the Divi library with pre designed layouts. These layouts were a lot more advanced than my just above flat, some context pages.

You learn by doing

It’s great if you can hire someone to do it for you, but they don’t really deliver what you want. Even if you don’t have time and compromise and go with what was done, at some point you’ll want to change the website to what you want. This is the turning point. You can pay more money to someone or you can have the flexibility to do it yourself and create exactly what you want.

I chose to have the flexibility and do it myself. Using the premade layouts that come with the Divi Theme stimulates ideas and helps me to layout the content onto the page.  The design compliments the content. You want the content to be read. A pretty design is pretty, and you’re too focused on the shapes and colors, and in some cases, moving distractions, you don’t even remember reading the content. You remember the distractions and the design.

Divi News

It’s hard to imagine how something already good is improved regularly. A recent update to Divi is an editing tool icon when using the Visual Builder. Click on the edit tool and the exact setting pops up in the settings module. Now that’s news!

Do It Yourself - but not alone

On my journey with Divi there was always someone to show me how.

I no longer write a blog post in a separate document and then copy and paste into the blog post and press the publish button. There is a better way to present content and communicate information. The content on the web page or blog post is a single page with some links in the article leading to more information

The above buttons Help! and How? lead to another page with more information about the Divi Theme. The exercise you go through when composing content into the world’s best content management system, WordPress, is similar to strategic thinking. You’re organizing information to communicate with your reader. You don’t know who the reader is. You might have created a persona, or an avatar, but this can be a guessing game.

The person reading the content is a human being with a brain with existing knowledge.

Even if they don’t know about the subject you’re communicating they are able to absorb and assimilate information. Once you know how to use the modules built into the Divi Builder you’ll be organizing your content exactly the way you want it. This is how you do it yourself.

Why no comment section?

There isn’t one for a reason. These days there are too many spam bots coming around to the blog post and making incoherent comments that need to be deleted. If I want comments for this blog post, I can use the Comment Module available inside the Divi Builder.

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Build a Website with Divi

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.

A Blog Post or an Advertisement

A Blog Post or an Advertisement

This is a sample post for layout and design

It will show you what the blog post looks like when it is pulled into the blog module. This blog post is set to fullwidth, so there is no sidebar on the right side of the page. The purpose of a blog post is to inform and give out information. When you need to communicate with your audience, you don’t want to distract them with sponsored ads in the middle of the blog post. Neither do you want to interrupt their attention span as they are reading to sign up for your newsletter.

Our world is distracted anyway. Why would you want to keep distracting the reader? Isn’t this why you wanted them to come to your blog in the first place? It is, so you should respect the visitor and let them decide if they want to sign up for your Newsletter based on the merit of what you offer. People are looking for information. If you have specific news and product information, take care not to irritate the reader with distractions.

Is the Blog Post Advertorial or Informative?

An advertisement is selling something.

An advertorial is a mini advertisement. It has information and attempts to persuade you to buy something.  Everyone is tired of advertisements and push notifications. After a while the visitor ignores the message, but remembers the unpleasant experience of too many sales emails, and one too many messages on a website. It’s time to return to the humble web log. The blog. The original means of communicating to inform, and share ideas and experiences, without pushing a product.

How many blog posts are without pushing the buyer?

Not too many. A product worth buying is when the product value is obvious. The product sells on the merit and not the persuasion. Anytime someone has to persuade you about something, you’re being sold that something. If I tell you about a product that I use based on my experience of that product, I’m giving information to you so you can decide if you want to try the product. The information is based on my use of the product, and not on a use case scenario designed to persuade you to use the product.

A Terrific Offer

This is the only time we are offering this. So get in while there are spots available. Don’t miss out on not being able to attend.

This is a push to sell something placed in the middle of the blog post.

The blog post information continues here…

But your attention about what you were reading is broken by the above offer telling you to reserve your spot now. What is the purpose of the blog post? To inform the reader, or to promote some offer. Even if you put the word Advertisement (in an off black color) above the text to signal to the reader it is an advertisement, the reader has been interupted by your pushing them to do something.

All this does is irritate the reader, the person you’re wanting to reach with your information.

What You Should Do

Consider the reader, the person you want to reach.

If you have an event or a special offer make an annoucement and place it in the sidebar.

If you sell products on the website have a products page.

Separate the information and content from the sale of a product or an event. Consider using an Event Calendar plugin to promote events and show them on a calendar or in a list view. The Event Calendar can be listed in the main menu, the sidebar, or the footer area. Let the event or special attract the reader’s attention naturally.

Sample Post

Sample Post

WordPress Classic Editor

This is the post editor looks similar to a Word Processor. The Classic Editor will be replaced by the Gutenberg Editor. At first it might be irritating to search for something that was obvious before, but is now hidden.

There’s a large debate about this. Developers of WordPress Themes and Plugins must modify their products to accommodate the impending change.

Is it a good change? Time will tell. The user will have the final say.

 

How does this affect the Divi Theme?

It doesn’t, because the makers of the Divi Theme understand the frustration and so built into the modules you will find the very same icons that used to be in the Default WordPress Editor. Even the makers of WordPress realize this and there is a button called Classic Editor to open in the coming new editor. When the function of an icon does what it says it does, this makes creating content easier. If the icon is changed to something unrecognizable then we don’t find it and abandon using the software. Once you know how the system works, you’ll be surprised at how well it works. When you can concentrate on the content, and not the software, then you know the software is the right one.

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This is a block quote. A good way to emphasize text.


All this is a lot to absorb

Your website is an extension of you and the service you offer. The ability to make it unique will set you apart from too many look-alike Themes. Your website should be scalable, able to grow with your needs. For this you need a flexible framework. This a WordPress website built with the Divi Framework. The one size fits all website doesn’t work, you now have the ability to create the website you want, or you can have someone build it for you.


The truth about websites

Nothing is easy when you first start to learn how to use the software. Let’s break the myth of easy steps and in a matter of minutes you are up and running. There are many details to take care of just on the web page. It helps to have someone show you the details. This is how I first started using WordPress. I knew nothing about the software, websites, and how they worked. I did not know (and still don’t know) how to use code.

The reason why I use WordPress is because I don’t have to use code at all. The code I need is already built into the Divi Modules, and WordPress core code runs in the background.  All I have to do is select the module, put in the content, and adjust the style or the settings.