In web design, anything that saves us time is welcome. Not to mention that it's annoying to do the same things over and over again, isn't it? The Divi "Save as a whole feature is just the thing to improve our productivity.
Global elements are amazing and can save you a lot of time! Do you know how to use them? What exactly is the point? Let's take a closer look...
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1 - Automate your web designs
When you make a living from web design, you need to be efficient and productive, otherwise the profitability of your business may be at risk.
Similarly, if you maintain your own website or blog, you don't like to waste time on trivia... and you prefer to use it for more profitable tasks such as writing articles or newsletters for example.
Automation is therefore the best way to use your time wisely.
The Divi library is partly the centrepiece of this productivity...
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2 - Save to Divi library
To be more productive in the future, simply save your designs to the Divi library.
This feature is available for :
- The Divi
- The rows (lines) Divi
- The Divi modules
Once you have saved an item to your library, you can insert it later when creating a new layout.
You create once and then use it over and over again. Nothing better to save time!
This feature is also very useful for import and export Divi layouts.
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3 - Save as a global element
This is a great feature! Except, there is a little variant that is even cooler: the global element.
When you save an item to your library, you can choose to save it as a global item.
Note: Global elements are only available on sections, lines and modules. An entire layout cannot be saved as a global element.
This small option will make all the difference:
If you use a global element on page A, B and C and change it on page A, then pages B and C that embed that element will also be changed.
This behaviour is not valid for classical elements, only global elements are synchronised.
This means that if you create a global section that you use as a footer on all your pages, you will be able to change its appearance with one click.
This can be useful for changing a telephone number visible in the footer, for example, or any other important element without having to perform the manipulation on each page.
To go further, discover the official documentation dedicated to the global elements.
4 - Inserting a global element into a layout
To insert a global element within a layout, simply click on the "+" icon at the desired location.
Choose 'Add from Library' and select the previously saved global item.
The global elements are easy to recognise: they are green in colour.
5 - Desynchronise some options
This global element feature is really interesting, except that in some cases you might need to use a global element while changing its appearance on one page only.
I'm telling you this because I've already fallen for it 😉
My advice is simple: first register your element as a classic element before registering it as a global element. It can be useful!
But if it's too late, if you think you'll never need this or that global element in another context, you can still desynchronise some options.
Then you can use a global element without impacting your other pages that use it.
For example, you can use a header hero section registered as a global element and then change its background colour on some pages only.
To make this change on a single item, remember to click on the arrows icon to turn it red.
In this way, you can act on the element without affecting the rest of the site.
6 - Where are the global elements stored?
Global items are stored in the Divi library at the Divitab > Divi Library
From the Divi library, you can :
- Differentiate between global and classic elements by using the green "earth" icon.
- Check the type of element: a section, a row, a module...
- Modify an element from the back office without having to do so within a layout.
- Export some elements for use on another WordPress site using Divi.
7 - In conclusion: global element = productivity!
You have seen in this article the power of this Divi's 'hidden' functionality and above all its simplicity of use!
So don't hesitate to use Divi's global elements more frequently when creating your websites, it will bring you comfort and productivity.
Be careful not to confuse this global element functionality with Divi Presets.
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