Looking to reduce the amount of time it takes you to build your next client’s website? By using the Divi theme and page builder you can quickly design a fully customized WordPress website. In this blog post, you’ll learn some tips and tricks to stop wasting time in your website design process!
quickly build a divi website
OK… I want to preface this post by saying designing a website that actually helps a business achieve their goals isn’t just a quick thing that can be done in a day. It’s a process and it takes time.
For example, I always start out by diving into the struggles faced by the business or entrepreneur and their overall goals. This is the foundation that shapes the website design. Because what’s the point of having a website that doesn’t help you achieve your goals?
That’s a trick question – there isn’t a point.
But once the design has been created using Adobe Illustrator, building the website in Divi shouldn’t take you weeks.
Here are a few secrets to help you quickly build a Divi website!
use the SITE-WIDE settings
A website that builds brand recognition is one that has a consistent look and feel. Selecting and sticking with 2-3 fonts, 3-5 colors, and one button style are examples of how to keep your look and feel consistent throughout every single page on your website.
But sometimes, you add a background color or some sort of design and all of a sudden the button you normally uses disappears because it’s the exact same color as the background. So you want some flexibility, right?
Divi allows you to do both of these things. What saves you time is using the site-wide settings and then making small adjustments on individual pages.
How to use the site-wide settings
From the dashboard hover over Appearance and click on Customize.
Now you should be on a page that shows your website on the right and a menu of options on the left. In the left hand menu you want to focus on General Settings and Buttons.
Under General Settings click on Typography. This is where you will set your fonts (both body text, headers, and links), text sizes, line heights, letter spacing, and font colors. As you make changes, you’ll see them reflected on the right of the screen using a page from your website. These will be the default settings used on all pages of your website so make sure they’re exactly what you want to be used on a majority of your website!
After making changes using your branding and style guide, click the Publish button at the top of the menu.
Now click the back arrow in the left hand menu a couple of times to get back to the main menu. Once you’re there click on Buttons. You’ll want to update both the Buttons Style section and the Buttons Hover Style. Again, make sure the settings you use are what you want to see on a majority of your website – that’s the trick to quickly building a Divi website!
saving and using templates
Divi has the capability of savings content as templates. Sections, rows, modules, and entire page layouts can be saved in a library for use elsewhere.
How to save a section, row, or module as a template
When you’re in the Divi visual builder hover over a section (blue outlines), row (green outlines), or module (gray outlines) to see a menu of new options appear in the top left hand corner of that area. The fourth option in the menu is a down arrow with a circle around it. This is the Save Section to Library button.
After you’ve designed a section, row, or module you want to save for future use click the Save Section to Library button. You have the option to save to the library or create a new category to save it under to create a bit more organization.
Pro Tip: Make sure you give it a descriptive name so you know exactly what it is in the future. There’s nothing worse than having to open every template to see what they look like because the names aren’t descriptive enough!
How to use a saved template
Now that you know how to save templates, how exactly do you find them again?
While you’re building a new page on your website, you can add saved templates super easily. Determine if you want to add a saved section, row, or module first. Then, click the corresponding plus button to add a new section, row, or module.
When you click the plus button, you’ll see two options in the top menu. The second option is always Add From Library. This is where you will find your library of saved templates. Here you can filter by category (if you have any) or scroll through your saved templates. Locate and click on the template you want to use, wait, and watch it load onto the page.
That’s it! Now just add your new content to the section, row, or module. Easy as that, seriously.
duplicating an existing page
Let’s say you have blog on your website and you want all posts to follow the same structure. Why waste time rebuilding the exact same layout over and over again? Chances are you’ll forget some of the settings and have to go back and forth between an old post and the new one to get them to be exactly the same.
At the bottom of the page you’ll either see the big purple circle with 3 dots or the 7 purple circles confirming that the menu is open. You want the menu open.
Click the small purple button that has a plus sign icon in it. This is the Load from Library button. The third option in the top menu will be Your Existing Pages. Click this, find the page or post you want to use and select it. If it asks you to overwrite the current page, do it!
Now you have the design from an existing page or post in a matter of seconds. Easy right?
There you have it, 3 ways to quickly build a Divi website. Remember… build, not design. Take time designing your website. It’s so, so, SO important!
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