What is "Project Divi"? When and why use them? Many of you are asking me this. And many of you, too, tell me that there are not many results about it on Google...
Maybe because those who have been using WordPress for a long time have understood its usefulness? Or maybe because they are "useless"? (MDR!)
I'll tell you more in this article...
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1 - What is a Divi Project?
A "Divi Project" is a dynamic type of publication that behaves similarly to Articles.
This means that a Divi Project can be assigned Categories and Tags - which give rise to an archive page - unlike Pages, which are so-called "static" publications.
As the ArticlesEach time you publish a Divi Project, it will be dynamically displayed on the Projects page at the top of the list.
The Projects page then behaves in the same way as the Blog page.
In fact, a "Divi Project" is nothing more than a "Custom Post Type" (CPT).
2 - What is a Custom Post Type (CPT)?
A Custom Post Type or CPT, is a custom publishing type. WordPress has, by default, 2 types of publications: articles and pages.
What should you do when you need to publish content that has nothing to do with blog posts or site pages? Well, that's when you need to create a new publication type: a new Custom Post Type.
Thanks to this new type of content, you will be able to publish your specific contents.
However, it's not that simple to create a new type of content, especially if you're start with WordPress and Divi ! This requires custom development and/or the use of a specialized extension : Custom Post Type UI (CPTUI).
To know more about it, you can read this tutorial that I published on WP Formation and that proposed a use of ACF with CPTUI.
That's why the Divi theme natively embeds a custom publication type that is neither a Page nor an Article: it's a Project.
Thanks to Divi's Projects, you don't need to code a new CPT within your site because it is already present and active.
Did you know that you can test Divi for free? Go to this page and click on "TRY IT FOR FREE"
3 - In which cases should the publication type "Project" be used?
This is the question I am often asked: what are Divi's Projects for and in which cases should I use them?
My answer will be simple: if you don't feel the need to use a custom publishing type, then you certainly don't need to use Divi Projects.
On the other hand, depending on the needs of your site, Divi Projects can be useful in many cases...
This type of custom publishing is called "Project" to refer to a Web project. I imagine that Divi was launched, basically, to respond to a market of web freelancers: webmasters, SEO agencies, freelancers, graphic designers, etc. Thus, these users could use Divi Projects to display their achievements, which is called the "Portfolio".
But let's not remain closed: it's not because this Custom Post Type is called "Project" that it can't be used for other purposes !!! Here are then some examples of use :
- A real estate site: you can use your Pages for the structure of the site, the Articles for real estate advice and the Projects to display the latest real estate listings.
- A Culinary Blog: Pages are used to create the structure, Articles are used to publish recipes and Projects can promote culinary events.
- A coach site in a makeover: the Pages for the structure (again!), the Articles for relooking advice and the Projects to create a portfolio of the relookings already done.
I'll stop here for examples because I'm sure you understand!
But I also believe that these examples may raise another question: why use a Divi Project when I could very well mix my tips and achievements within the blog using Categories to separate the themes????
It's up to you this time to answer that question! It's all about site structure. And beware, the structure of a site weighs enormously on your SEO ! So, think hard.
A little hint to make your choice: if you think you will publish 4 Projects and that they will remain 4 "forever", then these Projects deserve to be published in Pages. If, on the other hand, you are thinking of publishing Projects on a regular basis and they have nothing to do with your blog posts, then you have probably made the right choice.
4 - How to use Divi Projects?
A Divi Project is created in the same way as an article or a page. Go to the Projects > All Projects tab to find the list of projects already published or pending publication.
You can add a new Divi Project by clicking "Add New".
When creating a Divi Project, you will find the same interface as for an article. You will be able to :
- Enter a Project Title
- Choose between using the Divi Builder or the default formatting (Gutenberg).
- Add a category
- Add a label (optional)
- Add a highlighted image.
- Enter and optimize SEO information depending on the extension you use.
- Record the draft, publish
There's nothing complicated about creating, publishing or using a Divi Project...
Finally, you will be able to display your projects this way :
- Add/create a page dedicated to your projects, for example a Portfolio page (or a "Real Estate Sales" page, a "Our Work" page, etc.) and activate the Divi Builder.
- Insert a Portfolio module or a Filterable Portfolio Module.
- Parameterize the content of the module (categories, elements, etc.)
- Set the Style options. The Grid template is often nicer.
- Check the rendering of the Divi Projects display and continue building your layout (Layout).
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5 - Tips to improve the design of the Portfolio module
However, it is possible that the visual rendering of the page of your Divi Projects does not meet your expectations... Indeed, the style options of the Portfolio module are simple and you don't have many choices. It is possible that your images are cropped, for example...
I then propose you a list of resources to go further in the design of the Divi Portfolio module, the one that displays your Divi Projects :
- The official documentation of the Divi Portfolio Module.
- How to get square images in the Portfolio module.
- How to remove cropping of images from the Portfolio module.
- How to change the size of Divi images.
- Display the Portfolio module in 3 columns.
- 9 examples of Divi Projects presentation.
Now, with this playlist, you can create a great Portfolio page!