77: Rebuilding Our Site For Divi 4.0 & 2020
In today’s episode, we talk about the process of revamping our website for 2020 using Divi 4.0
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In today’s episode we talk about the process of revamping our website for 2020 using Divi 4.0 And the theme builder.
You know how excited we’ve been since May of 2018. That’s a very important date, because that’s when Elegant Themes announced the new theme builder in a sneak peak video on their YouTube channel and their blog. So we’ve all waited, and waited and waited and waited a little more. But finally, in the fall of 2019, we got the next generation Divi Builder we had all been waiting for. I started playing around with the theme builder in a test environment and realize this was everything I ever wanted, was everything I ever needed. I built two live sites using the theme builder in the last quarter of 2019. And I quickly realized, now’s the time to reconstruct the framework of my own website.
If you’ve done this before, you know, it’s always easier in theory than it is in real life. I pulled my web site from its live environment over into a local development area using local by flywheel, then it was time to get started. also struggled with leaving things alone design wise. So while I was rebuilding the guts of the site, I changed the visual style as well. Although I am a fanatic of Samsung phones, I love and have a lot of respect for Apple’s design style. It’s minimal, it’s clean, and eliminates the fluff, which is something that I’ve always appreciated.
The structure of content services and products that had to be rethought quite a bit as well. I didn’t want a heavy menu structure with a lot of drop downs. I took a heavy cue from Apple’s own website to see the content structure calls to action, and just menu structure as well. During the process, I implemented some new plugins with this site, I took advanced custom fields pro made the cut, it made it from the previous site. And I’ve also implemented new custom post type for podcast episodes. Easy Digital Downloads had been put in place to handle the process of downloading our Divi layout packs. And we’ve changed the structure up just a little bit on our layouts.
So previously, you could only get the layouts if you were a member of one of our monthly plans. Since then, we’ve changed to allow individual layouts to be purchased that will go live with our new site. I’ve also implemented a podcast importer plugin by second line themes, which takes each week’s episodes into a podcast post it which is really cool. It creates the post type as a draft and allows me to edit the post to fit the final format as it will appear on the site. So this process speeds up the workflow, which is everything I’m looking to do is how can we be more efficient.
So outside of those few changes, the the functionality of the site really remains the same, but the engines been, it’s basically been overhauled, so I’m still using flywheels amazing hosting. And if you want to check it out, you can visit Keegan Lanier mediate.com forward slash get fly for more details on their hosting. Rebuilding a website, it can be extremely, extremely time consuming. This is even more true whenever you utilize page builders to layout each blog post.
So one of the most important changes I’ve made with this new upgrade is that I will begin using Gutenberg to craft the main guts of all blog posts for pod for podcast I’ve created a global layout in Divi for that post type, which uses advanced custom field fields to drop content into a layout that I’ve built. This process again speeds up development time and keeps our site looking pretty cool, at least to me.
2019 is coming to a close and next week we had the final episode of this year and the decade many people were looking to 2020 as a time to restart the clock to make resolutions to create a side hustle or just to find happiness. So take it for me. Nothing you want in life that’s worth having will come easy. So be prepared to put in the work. If you put in the work around something you love, people will connect with it. So we’ve got a loyal following here on the Divi addicts podcast. And we appreciate you more than you know, because if you wanted to do something special for us this holiday season, you could tell a friend about the podcast, maybe send them to our YouTube channel. Or if you have a friend who needs a website built you could refer them over to us at Kegel in your media.
Either way, go shape the life you want. This web development thing can change your life if you have a passion to help people. So let me know if I can help you along the journey and send an email to Keegan at Keegan linear media.com And tell me your story. So thank you so much for hanging out for another episode of the Divi addicts podcast. We’ll see you next week. In the final episode of the decade