Slow Down To Keep Pace

Slow Down To Keep Pace

Slowing down to keep pace sounds like a contradiction. We are used to being told to hurry up and catch up, don’t miss this, and the deadline ends today. When you do things quickly and easily you are inclined to miss the details, unless you’re familiar with the software you’re using. Technology has taken over, we are consumed with it because it is fascinating, convenient, informative, and we want to know.

Slow Down And Do What?

Take a look at what’s happening on the web. In the past twenty-five years since the web gained its popularity through personal computer use in 1996, we are now up in arms about user privacy. And we should be. The trust and confidence between user and any company or service we use has been betrayed.

The fragmented aftermath spread across the web, and the idea of what could be a safe place to share information, learn, and have a meaningful conversation just left us cold. There is not a single person who has not been affected by the breach of user’s data. The implementation of the General Data Protection Rules (GDPR) is a welcome one.

Technology Rules

The way you sync is it Mac OS or Windows OS? Either one will do, it’s personal preference.

All OS (operating system) sync across the devices you own. The Browser plays a large role, they all work with Mac and Windows OS. Now there is a built-in Windows to Mac migration in macOS.

This is where the slow down starts.

Smooth Integration

We’ve been integrating machines since they were first invented. Even the first typewriter invented in 1878 was tech revised and and commercialized. Remington produced the first typewriter on March 1, 1875, it had a QWERTY keyboard.

Electronic typewriters were patented in 1900. From 1970 to early 1980 typewriters transition. This is when office workers used electronic typewriters. The acceleration of technology happened quickly. The personal computer gained popularity in 1996 and the World Wide Web took off into the hands of everyone.

The technology we are using today has become complex because of the vast interconnected network of computers and the amount of people using the network at a given time. This complexity requires explanation because we are using sophisticated software.

The software was created by the generation that is supposedly ‘ignorant’ about technology. This is inaccurate as this is the generation that gave us the technology in use today.

What Tech Reality Are You Following?

Is it current, or outdated. How can you tell the difference if you don’t take the time to slow down to find out?

Some information persuades you this technology is exactly what you need; is it. This is where you slow down to find out first. Do a comparison, look for more information. After a while you’ll get to know the difference between a reputable source from a biased, persuasive resource.

Are you given an opportunity to know what you’re signing up for before you sign up and buy?

Awesome, cool, great, are the current replacements for; excited, easy, stoked.

When you slow down you will see the emptiness of the jargon.

Something is awesome if it is based on the merit of what it is.
Things can be cool and improved based on your experience.
It is great when it is remarkable.
Being excited is a genuine experience but it can’t be induced.
Something becomes easy after accepting the challenge and finding out how it works.
It is stoked when it is euphoric or delighted.

Slowing Down Introduces The Genuine

Transparency, and genuineness is now in question. Are you excited, ready, and all set to go, is a hype statement. The genuine has no hype. It is written with the intent to resolve and answer the question because the knowledge is behind the content.

Too Impatient

We want things to be instant. We have been spoiled by technology, some things are automatically incorporated into the software and all you have to do is click the button, and the thing works. How it works is another detailed story.

The price you pay for not slowing down is too expensive. If you don’t know how to enable the Theme settings in your website, it won’t function. We are good at research, all we have to do is access the search engine to find information quickly.

Just Google It

Let’s say you Google a problem you’re having and find out you must have a particular string of code in your website. You go to the Code Editor section and delete the existing code and replace it with the one you think you should have.

If you slow down and check if this is the code you need before changing the code, you’ll find the right information. If you’re in a hurry and the code isn’t the right code, the website will crash.

Read the Information

The more you read about how the software works the more you will know. Technology is updated and improved everyday.

I have found technology works especially well, but I have to read the information, and slow down to keep pace.

Why You Don’t Need a Child Theme

Why You Don’t Need a Child Theme

The question will be asked many times. Here is the answer for the DIY person who does not need to know code to use the Divi Theme. The Divi Theme has integrated a method to tidy up the loose code all over the Internet. Code isn’t perfect and it doesn’t always work the way it is supposed to. The modification of the Divi Theme will essentially be in the area of the functions.php files. This is only if you want to build a template or a specific style.

If you are a developer and specifically want to build unique Themes and use the Divi Framework, then you would create a Child Theme. But it is not necessary to think you have to use a Child Theme just because the Divi Theme updates regularly. This is what you do want with a Theme, regular updates.

Misinformation

This is one of the most unfortunate problems on the web. You have to check out the information and take a look at what’s in it for the person giving you the information. Not everyone has your best interests in mind. What they have in mind is to tell you that you need something when you don’t. How do you know the difference? If you find a beautiful Theme styled in Divi made by a developer and decide you want to use that Theme, then you use that theme. This will most probably be a Child Theme and the developer will have instructions on how to use the Child Theme.

When I first started out with WordPress, I used a styled Theme because I did not know how WordPress worked. I had to operate within the limitations of the Theme. After a while the Theme I was using was too restricting, I wanted the freedom to have a different layout on the page. I only had a choice of a single column or two columns. When I added pictures it didn’t look right and I wasn’t satisfied. There had to be a better Theme. There was, I wrote about it in this article.

What’s the Purpose of the Website?

If the Website is for a large company with a membership base, or a forum, then we’re departing from the basic five page website. That’s a different story, but depending on what you want to extend the website into will help you make the decision about using a Child Theme.

To help make that decision read the Ultimate Divi Child Theme Guide for 2018 by Tim Strifler of Divi Life. This guide takes you through the information so you can make an informed decision based on what is the purpose of the website.

But, it is not true that you have to use a Child Theme. You don’t, unless you decide you want to use one based on the specific needs for your website. If you use CSS styling in the Advanced tab in a module, you won’t lose the styling when Divi updates.

It is easy to get overwhelmed by the subject of whether you should or should not use a Child Theme. 

Leaping Technology

We can hardly keep up with all this tech stuff. It can get overwhelming. It’s not going to slow down, but what does improve is the software, like WordPress and the Divi Theme. I only mention these two products because I use them every day. One of the new leaps in technology is the coming changes to the WordPress editor section, the place where you enter content onto the page or post. This change only puts the icon in a different place, but it is the same icon.

Have you noticed how you might visit a website and the design is totally changed from what it was when you last visited the page. You have to mouse around to find a setting, it’s just in a different place. Well, the same is true with the new WordPress Editor, named Gutenberg.

WordPress is an incredible software and it takes its place as the number one used software worldwide because it is a deserved place. It is powered by developers who are committed to its excellence and the project is open source. This means developers from all over the world contribute to the core code which is what the Divi Theme overlays.

Change Is Easy To Deal With

The Divi Theme is a complete WordPress Premium Theme on it’s own. Here’s the real secret; the developer and the designer don’t want you to know they use the Divi Theme.  There are also premade layouts in the Divi Library that you can use to build a website.

The Child Theme question is based on what you need, not a “best practice” use. This is why you don’t need a Child Theme.

How to Use Divi for Blog Posts

How to Use Divi for Blog Posts

When someone does what you thought about doing, but didn’t know how, you say a prayer of thanks and implement their good work. The software we use daily keeps on improving. We’re fortunate there are so many developers emerging that love what they do, and it shows in the products. The ability to use Plugins is one of the excellent features of the WordPress software. You can add the function to your website by installing a plugin from the WordPress Repository on WordPress.org, or you can purchase a Plugin from a developer and upload a .zip file from the Plugins Dashboard.

This blog post has a different layout.

I am using a plugin that allows me to style a single Blog post. Some say you shouldn’t use the Divi Builder because it interferes with the SEO. This hasn’t been proved. The reality is the search engine reads the content on the page. The module is a placeholder for the content. The search engine doesn’t know the difference, it just reads the content.

Too many people have too much to say about what you must and musn’t do when you create content. The volume of content produced is overwhelming and the truth is no one reads it all. It just makes you feel good because you’re creating the content. Is it relevant content? Or the word is it has to be “great content.”

Made for Divi

The point of all this is simple. I can do what I need to do with my blog post because I can use the plugin specifically made for Divi. The Plugin issues are starting to be addressed. The back end of WordPress is changing and developers have to keep pace. The front end users are delighted because they get to use the Plugin made for Divi without having to know how to code.

The shift is happening in technology. The news it out, the consumer does want to do it for themselves without costly fees. The way we interact online is constantly changing. It is necessary to have a basic understanding of what you’re getting into when you manage a website. Whether you are a small business, a single person, the problem is the same. Without the basic knowledge you can and will be vulnerable.

When someone gives you advice, you want to know what they are talking about. You don’t want them to tell you something is necessary when you don’t need this expensive feature.

The day will come when your business or service does need to go to the next level, that is the time you upgrade and seek professional advice from someone in the industry that doesn’t make empty promises. They can help you based on their experience because they have been successful and what you are wanting to implement.

The Selling of Success

It is empty. No one can guarantee you anything, not even with a trial and your money back guarantee. In fact, the money back guarantee is the warning sign. You don’t need someone to guarantee your success. Only you can based on your efforts. Unfortunately, we have been led to believe it’s quick and easy. It isn’t. Managing a WordPress website has a definite learning curve.

Success isn’t for sale, it is achieved.  

The User of Divi

The developer creates the Divi Framework using the HTML code written in conjunction with the WordPress core HTML code. The designer conceptualizes the Modules that are able to be used with the Divi Framework. The Divi Library Layout Packs contain the designs available for use. The user takes the Divi Framework and operates the built in features to achieve the success of building a website. The entire team work of the developer, the designer, and the user, creates the Divi Theme and each person uses it in their own unique way.

 

The Visual Builder

This is an image of the Visual Builder used to write the content of this Blog Post. As you write the content you can see your edits on the page next to you.

The layout structure shows you the column widths and you can conceptualize how you want the content to look on the page. Each of the sections are clearly visible as you hover over the setting. Now you can focus on the content and not the frustration with not knowing how something works.

Of course there are other details to take care of when you write a blog post. Some settings for the Blog post can only be done in the back end of this Blog post. This is the way Divi works with the WordPress software. The point of this is to demonstrate how possible using the Divi Theme is, and why it gives you the control you’ve always wanted to have.

No code was used to write the content. All the code works in the background. The Visual Builder gives you the ability to create an interesting Blog Page.

Suggested Further Reading

Divi Builder

Divi Builder

Blog With Divi Using the Divi Builder

Ever since the Divi Theme came out in 2013, I have been using it and this is why you see all these articles about Divi. It is the one theme that answered something for me personally. I can arrange the content of a website with any number of layouts and styles. Apart from having a love of art, design, and form, I find the creation of content in a website fascinating.

The Divi Builder is a Page Builder. This is a plugin that when added to WordPress gives you a system of modules to use. The modules have specific functions and are pre-formatted. If you’re using the Divi Theme you don’t need to add the Divi Builder plugin.

The Divi Builder works with most WordPress themes. One thing you’ll find with plugins, they can be incompatible. Anytime you have different teams of people contributing to a main source, there are bound to be collisions of incompatible computer code.

The Divi Builder has the modules built in. You select the specific module you want for the content for the page or blog post. When you open the Divi Builder you’ll see the Divi Builder with a standard section.

There are two ways you can put content onto a web page:

  • Use the Divi Library Layout
  • Use a standard, fullwidth, or specialty section layout

You are not using the default WordPress post editor. All the icons on the tool bar in the default editor will be inside the modules. In our example we’re going to use an image and a text module for a blog post.

Refine the text

You don’t want the text to be too long, it has to fit into the context of the image. When text is carefully placed it works well with the image.

The block, or modular system lets you place content without using HTML code. You enter the content into the placeholder, the text module.

Let’s look at the layout with the modules and the settings used. The image module is on the left and the text module on the right. The row has a background color with a reduced margin (or gutter) width.
This is what the back end layout looks like. An image and a text module in a two column row layout.

To set the background color we have to open the Row Module Settings and locate the Background in the Content area of the Module. There are three areas, the Content, Design, and Advanced tabs which contain all the different settings to style the module.

In the Row Module Setting start with the background color. You want to choose a softer color rather than brighter.

Did you know there are many people who can see color but are “color blind,” they don’t see the true color but an altered color.

We are selecting a background color to compliment the content and someone with a disability. The content in this row is an image on the left and the text on the right.

After setting the background color go to the design tab and set the row to fullwidth. Scroll down and you will see the option to use the Custom Gutter Width. Set the Gutter width to 1. This reduces the margin of the 1/2 and 1/2 column width.

Equalize the Column Heights to make sure the content and the image are aligned. The image is in Column 1 and the text in Column 2.

Divi Builder Blog Post

This blog post used the Divi Builder to create the content for this post.

The ability to style the content onto the blog page enhances the reading experience for the person reading the blog post. This might take some extra time but it is worth the extra time to make the content interesting and emphasize a specific point.

Your work isn’t in vain, you can save the layout to the library and reuse it.

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The Divi Framework

The Divi Framework

What is a Framework?
A framework is the foundation, the building blocks, for something to exist inside the frame.
Divi Theme
A theme is a design element that uses the framework. This website was built with the Divi Framework using the modules.
This website is built ising the Divi Framework, also known as the Divi Theme.

A theme has a specific style used throughout the website. A Framework is something used to mold the style.

Where do you start?

With the Divi Framework. It is the ideal place to begin to take in the whole concept of building a website. With no knowledge of code, or how a website works, you can build one with the Divi Framework. It is specifically designed for the do-it-yourself take charge person or organization.

We’re faced with a changing world. In the last two or three years we have seen nothing but change. Different ways of doing things. Whoever thought you would order groceries online, or read an electronic book instead of a paper one. We use systems and software constantly. It takes time to get to know the software and how it works.

There is a learning curve with the Divi Theme. But this is the fun part because you have a community of users of the Divi Theme. The Divi Theme is the most used theme in the world, and has been translated into thirty two different languages. 

Translated into thirty-two different languages is a fact, not a sales pitch. Divi is so successful it is the go-to Framework for developers and designers to create their Templates.

The whole structure of the framework is a different way to work on a website. This blog post is written using the Divi Visual Builder, as I’m entering text into the text module, I can see how the text looks on the page directly. Of course there is more to building a website than entering text onto a page.

This is a partial list of the Modules available. Each one has a particular function. You select the module and it will open for you to use. The Image module was used for the image above. This text is placed inside the Text Module. The module contains settings to style the text with the icons.

An Open Text Module

The image on the left is an example of what the text looks like when you enter it directly into the Text Module using the Visual Builder.

In the Divi Framework you have:

The Divi Library, predefined page layouts

The Divi Builder, layout modules then preview

The Visual Builder, use modules on the page directly

At first you might want to use the Divi Builder to become familiar with how the web page is laid out, and how the sections and modules work.

Modules

Every module has built in settings. If you don’t know what an icon does, click on it to find out.

The framework pulls the components of the website into place. Initially, you can use the premade layouts in the Divi Library. Once you get used to how the modules work you’ll find you start creating your own specific style and layout with the Divi Framework.

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