Divi Visual Builder Walkthrough

This is a quick Divi Visual Builder walkthrough. The Divi Theme has been around a while, but Divi 3.0 brought the unveiling of the Visual Builder in 2016. It can be resource intensive, so if you have issues with it remember you may have better luck freeing up RAM on your machine. Also you can always edit things from the backend the “old fashioned way”.

Make sure you are logged in with editing rights, then follow the images below…

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Quick Edit Using Divi Visual Builder

Use this Divi tip to create a quick edit using Divi Visual Builder on your own site.

If you want to collect bits of information while you are on the web, you have lot’s of choices to do so, like Evernote. But If you have a Divi website or are using Divi builder you can easily copy and paste or write down a note by creating a bookmark to the page you want to save your notes to.

I have a wordpress page on my Divi site that is not advertised to the public. I created a menu for just administrators, and this hides it well enough for my purposes. If you need more secrecy for your page you could make it a password protected page using WordPress or other methods. But the best part of this is that I can pmake a bookmark to my page once, put it in my browser’s favorites bar and when I click on it it I go straight to my site with DIvi Visual Editor already on. That is I don’t have to click again to turn on the editor.

Steps for making a quick edit using Divi Visual Builder:

  1.  Create a page with Divi Builder content
  2. Paste that page URL in your browser address bar and go to your page
  3. Add this to to the URL:/?et_fb=1
  4. Bookmark the URL with the added part at the end, put it in your favorites bar in your browser, and you will be able to quickly add to a page of notes on your own DIvi powered site.

Example URL:  https://yoursite.com/your-page/?et_fb=1

-> You do need to be logged in to your wordpress admin to have this work with one click, but you are likely to have that happening if you are working on you site already. If you make a private page on your own site you can quickly grab urls, content, etc. from other sites save them for later on your own site. 

 

Basic SEO Using Google Search Console

I’m not an SEO expert, but I know from some experience that everyone can benefit from practicing some basic SEO using Google Search Console.

Basic SEO Using Google Search Console

For years I had a simple site for my services as a web contractor for hire. I did less than the following steps but still got calls from Australia and around the US. The callers were inquiring about my services based on a simple Google search. I’d ask why they called me, and they would often say something like this:

“I Googled the words “WordPress”, “LMS”, or “LearnDash”/”Moodle”/”WPLMS” plus one other term, and your site came up in the top 6.”

Sometimes there was another term added – “Portland”, which narrowed it down for searchers looking for a local contractor. But that wasn’t the case with calls from Australia, Florida, Los Angeles…

Basic SEO Steps

It’s not too hard to get some decent SEO for your site. And if you are new to doing SEO you might feel overwhelmed. So here’s some simple basic SEO steps using Yoast and Google Search Console you can do one step at a time. (I’m assuming you have a WordPress site with an administrator account).

  1. Create a Google Account for your site, or use one you already have.
  2. Add your site to Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools)
  3. Install an SEO plugin (Yoast plugin for WordPress, etc.)
  4. Do the basic configuration steps for the plugin. (If you are using the Yoast plugin it will walk you through and prompt you to connect to the Google Search Console, Creating a SiteMap, etc. – so some of the steps here may be already done for you)
  5. Submit Your Sitemap To Search Engines
  6. Go through your site pages and create keywords, check your page titles to those keywords, and do other improvements (the Yoast plugin for WordPress will help you do this and monitor your progress)

Here’s a couple screenshots from the Yoast interface, before and during shots for you to compare. You can always do more than these steps, but just these steps get you started.

Yoast Settings: Before

Basic SEO Using Google Search Console - Yoast SEO Analysis - Before

Yoast Settings: After

Basic SEO Using Google Search Console - Yoast SEO Analysis - after

Configuring WordPress SMTP

If you are running a WordPress site of any kind you can do some things the lazy way. Configuring WordPress SMTP is not one of the things you should be lazy about. Here’s why…

SMTP is the way you send email from your site out. So every user registration, membership email, shopping cart email, etc., that gets sent from your site out to the world uses SMTP. WordPress can do it for you out of the box, so you really don’t need to pay attention to it, unless you run into problems. And it’s likely you could not see the connection so here is a case in point

I found the Postman plugin (one of several SMTP plugins for WordPress) as a fix for two different issues. I had one Gravity forms form that was timing out, another a WooCommerce cart issue that was timing out. I had no idea that both were timing out because they were both failing to send email fast enough (both had to send out 2 emails when the was a form submission – one to the customer, and one the site admin). Once I used Postman to handle my SMTP email instead of the stock WordPress method (PHP) no more hangups occurred.

Funny that WooCommerce support pretty much agreed to disagree that I solved the issue this way!

Embed Social Content in WordPress with iFramely

Insert a snippet from another site, just by copying the url and wrapping it in this shortcode:

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To do this and feature this page on your site:

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Here’s an example from a random website:


 

Using this technique you can quickly share your favorite reads and provide background to your courses.

*** Not all sites are set up to provide embedding with iFramely, but they list 1800 sites that currently do ***