Does Gutenberg Work With Divi

Does Gutenberg Work With Divi

Yes most definitely. Although some will give you misleading information to get you to purchase a cheap theme on a restricted platform. It’s time to find out the truth about the latest WordPress core update. It’s old news actually, the update came and went. There’s still a lot of noise about the problems it caused especially for older websites.

An upgrade is good. WordPress is an excellent software and is used by 30% of websites worldwide. The invention of the Page Builder helps you to put content onto the page without having to put in shortcodes into the content management area.

WordPress is an open source software and developers and designers can use the WordPress core software under the GPL license. This is one of the great features about WordPress software anyone can use it without having to pay a fee.

Anytime you make a change to an existing system it causes a ripple effect. Developers and designers now have to adjust to the new block building style code named Gutenberg, and now integrated into all WordPress websites.

The Page Builder

The Page Builder style of adding content onto a webpage became used because not everyone is a developer or a designer. You shouldn’t have to be one if you want to have a website. Neither should you have to pay someone every time you want to change or update information in a website.

A Page Builder uses the drag and drop module system with predefined layouts so all you need to do is concentrate on the content you want to add for the particular module.

The Divi Theme came out in 2013 with a built in Page Builder, the Divi Builder. Since that time the Divi Builder has been updated, improved, and extended.

The Divi Builder proved so effective you can even use it with some WordPress Themes as a plugin. WordPress plugins add functions to your website as you need.

 

You are in the back end of the blog post in the WordPress dashboard. Before you use the Divi Builder you will need to include a featured image for the blog post as well as the other settings; category, tags and meta description.

The right sidebar has a different interface. There is nothing wrong with it you just have to make sure you find the right settings for the blog post.

The makers of the Divi Theme bypassed this complexity and integrated the Classic Editor with the Divi Builder and created the Divi Builder with the Visual Builder.

 

Select Use Divi Builder. The next screen you will see is the option to; build from scratch, choose a premade layout, clone an existing page.

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Build From Scratch

Use the premade layouts and module system to build the content onto the page. All the modules have built in settings.

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Choose a Premade Layout

These layouts will inspire your project. Simply load the page and start changing the design the way you want.

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Clone Existing Page

This option really saves time. If you like a particular layout and have used it before you can clone the page and use it again.

Using the Full Divi Builder Experience

The Divi Theme gives you the option to return to the WordPress Classic Editor as it used to look. After using both methods, I find the combination of the Back End Builder and the Front End Visual Builder is the right complement. This way I don’t have to keep looking in a different place to find the page or post settings. After setting the categories, tags, enabling comments, an the seo title and meta description, I build the blog post on the front end.

In the Divi Theme Options locate the Builder tab and then click Advanced, 2 enable the latest Divi Builder Experience, 3 enable the classic editor, and 4 save changes.

This will bring the WordPress settings that were there before WordPress changed the editor. Change is good but there was nothing wrong with the WordPress editor in the first place. In fact there was everything right with it, what was missing was the ability to arrange the content on the page, not the functions of the editing tools.

Staring at a Blank Page

The problem with the new WordPress Editor, you’re staring at a blank page and have to know where the modules are. With Divi you’re never staring at a blank page and you select the layout of the column structure first and then put the modules where you want them.

I have used WordPress since 2003. I like the software and initially used a WordPress Theme but there were too many restrictions as I wanted more freedom within the page and the post. When the Divi Theme came out in 2013, it represented exactly the kind of flexibility I wanted with a website. I didn’t have to know how to code and I could layout the content the way I wanted to.

I don’t buy into the myth that you have to follow the design rules. Whose rules? The ones the designers made so you will have to use their services. Whatever happened to being able to build your online business the way you want it.

I get it that not everyone is a DIY person as I am. But the do-it-yourself with WordPress isn’t difficult. That is the beauty about the WordPress software it is simply intuitive, secure, and it works.

The change with the new WordPress Editor isn’t a bad one, in my opinion, WordPress is late to the Page Builder table where it should have been when the Page Builders began to develop such excellent tools. The good news; WordPress Editor now has a seat at the Page Builder table.

The Divi Theme not only works with Gutenberg but it improves the experience. Now you can build your website.

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.

The Paradigm of WordPress Gutenberg

The Paradigm of WordPress Gutenberg

A RealTime Paradigm

In real time another paradigm comes in the form of technology through the printing press. Named after it’s predecessor the Gutenberg Editor comes to WordPress. It means the editor will have a facelift. The icons will be the same, their functions won’t change, but they’re in a different place.

Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press which revolutionized the way people produced the printed parchments. As the blocks were laid onto the tray we now lay the blocks onto the web page.

This new system of block building, is also called the modular system. Modules are used to build the content on the page within the Divi Theme. This is one of the excellent features of the Divi Theme.

Oddly enough in the world of developers, there is a backward kind of thinking. The irony of this thinking is, it is so named “backwards compatibility.” Meaning you can roll back a version and use an outdated one instead of an updated one. Why? I would rather use the most updated version instead of an older version.

But nevertheless, you’ll find the nervous developer predicting the end of something because it means more work for them. What comes out is the truth of the matter, nothing ends.

Nothing Ends

Technology changes and improves all the time. WordPress is no exception. You may not know it but there are updates and upgrades happening all the time to the WordPress core software. The coming Gutenberg Editor will indeed make life easier for those of us who like to enter the content in the world’s most popular CMS (content management system) just like it is supposed to be entered.

The Coming Change

The WordPress editor has familiar icons which we use to place the content onto the web page. These familiar icons won’t disappear, they might be in a different place. WordPress is designing its own Page Builder. The most advanced way to build content on a web page.

Page Builders are developers who worked to solve the problem for the users of WordPress not to have to place the content into HTML brackets when writing a blog post.  Change isn’t easy for everyone. You still have developers who  “write” their blog posts in the “text” area, which by the way is the area where you can see the HTML tags. Perhaps it gives them the feeling they’re still doing the “tech” work as it used to be.

Websites are becoming more sophisticated and easier to use. The code is complex, but it runs in the background. The Page Builder lets you put the content directly into the page or blog post without having to have knowledge of HTML. This post is written using the Divi Builder built into the Divi Theme. It is a Page Builder.

The State of the Word US WordCamp 2017

Every year Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress gives an update on the progress of the world’s most used software, WordPress. The video recording shows the Gutenberg editor in action and how it changes the WordPress editor.

Developers, desingers, and users of WordPress attend the WordCamp events. At the most recent WordCamp in Nashville, the developers of the most used Page Builders came together, Divi, Elementor, Beaver Builder, and Visual Composer in an iconic picture captured by Jason Champagne of Elegant Themes. These developers are the top of their field and produce excellent Page Builders used with WordPress Themes. Now WordPress core is introducing the Gutenberg Editor. Named after the Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press, the Gutenberg WordPress Editor uses building blocks, or placeholders. The area where you place and style the content.

The same concept is used in the Page Builders. You are using the module as a place holder for the content, with the ability to style the content within the module.

The Gutenberg Editor won’t end it all for everyone. WordPress is an open source software. Developers from all over the world contribute to the WordPress core. WordPress is the most used software in the world. Everyone uses it, and they’re not about to abandon it just because WordPress introduces an improvement and gives us the user the best experience.

How Will This Affect The Page Builders?

The developers working with the top Page Builders will incorporate the Gutenberg Editor into the existing Page Builder. The command icons on the toolbar won’t change. What will change are some WordPress Themes built with the current default editor, may not be able to incorporate the Gutenberg Editor.

The Page Builder feature in the Divi Theme is a plugin as are all the Page Builders used in WordPress themes. This time the WordPress core software will have a Page Builder.

As with all new software it’s only a matter of time after using it for a while, you’ll see how it operates. We’re a whole lot smarter with technology than we’ve been led to believe. Finally, we’re getting over the hurdle of not believing everything we see in print.

The paradigm of the Gutenberg editor into WordPress core is no different than what it was when the printing press was invented. People thought the end had come because books were available to be read by everyone.

The dire predictions of the end of WordPress are from those who are afraid of change. The Gutenberg Editor is a real time paradigm, it’s purpose is to elevate everyone’s ability to create content with WordPress.