As you can see this blog post has a different style from the regular blog layout with text and a right sidebar. There is no way I could achieve this without having to know code. This particular layout is achieved by using a plugin. The plugin I’m using is Divi Blog Extras developed by Divi Extended. This is my affiliate link. I have used this plugin for two years on my website and on client sites. It is an excellent plugin.

A blog post has to be informative and the content needs to be layed out attractively so it gets read. Too much content is clutter and doesn’t get read. When you set up the blog page you have to decide if you want a side bar or a fullwidth. This post is set to fullwidth.

The title of the post and the meta data is positioned in the center and the blog post content is positioned in the center of the page. This style is particularly attractive for when you want to emphasize information.

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 not the design. 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 back end of WordPress is changing and developers must 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. Everyone can do it for themselves without having to pay costly fees. All you need is a basic understanding of how the software works so you can manage your website. Whether you’re a small business or 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. But how do you know? The problem is we are being sold on the idea of success.

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 Divi User

The developer created the Divi Framework using the HTML code written to integrate with the WordPress code. The designer conceptualizes the Modules that are able to be used with the Divi Framework. The Divi Library Layout Packs contain readymade layouts. The user can create the content without the complexity of code.  The entire team work of the developer, the designer, and the user, creates the Divi Theme. Each person uses it in their own unique way.

A user’s delight, the introduction of the Visual Builder the best way to write a blog post is to see the content as you write.

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. This is called the front end of the post. The editing section is the back end of the post. This is where you initate the post settings.

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 must be implement in the post editing section. This is the way all Themes work with WordPress.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.

Update and Improvements

Coming soon is a new way to improve on the already excellent existing backend builder combined with the visual builder.

You can read more about it here.

Suggested Further Reading

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