What is a "Divi Project"? When and why use them? Many of you have asked me this. And many of you also tell me that there are not many results on this subject on Google...
Maybe because those who have been using WordPress for a long time have understood their usefulness? Or maybe because they are "us eless"? (LOL!)
I will tell you more in this article...
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1 - What is a Divi Project?
A "Divi Project" is a type of dynamic publication that behaves in the same way as Articles.
This means that a Divi Project can be assigned Categories and Tags - which give rise to an archive page - as opposed to Pages which are so-called "static" publications.
Like 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 a Blog page.
In fact, a "Divi Project" is nothing more than a "Custom Post Type " (CPT).
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2 - What is a Custom Post Type (CPT)?
A Custom Post Type, or CPT, is a custom publication type. WordPress comes with 2 publication types by default: posts and pages.
What do 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 content.
However, it is not so easy to create a new type of content, especially if you get started with WordPress and Divi ! This requires custom development and/or the use of a specialised extension: Custom Post Type UI (CPTUI).
To learn more, you can read this tutorial that I published on WP Formation and which proposed a use of ACF with CPTUI.
This is why the Divi theme natively embeds a custom publication type that is neither a Page nor an Article: it is a Project.
With Divi Projects, you don't need to code a new CPT within your site because it is already present and active.
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3 - When should the "Project" publication type be used?
This is the question I am often asked: what are Divi Projects for and when should I use them?
My answer is going to be simple: if you don't feel the need to use a custom publication type, then you certainly don't need to use Divi Projects.
However, depending on the needs of your site, Divi Projects can be useful in many cases...
This type of custom publication is called "Project" to refer to a web project. I imagine that Divi was originally launched to cater to a market of web freelancers: webmasters, SEO agencies, freelancers, graphic designers, etc. So these users could use Divi Projects to display their work, the so-called "Portfolio".
But let's not close our eyes: just because this Custom Post Type is called "Project" doesn't mean it can't be used for other purposes! Here are a few examples of use:
- A real estate site: you can use your Pages for the structure of the site, Articles for real estate advice and Projects to display the latest real estate ads.
- A food blog : Pages are used to create the structure, Articles are used to publish recipes and Projects can promote culinary events.
- A coaching site in makeover : Pages for structure (again!), Articles for makeover advice and Projects to create a portfolio of makeovers already done.
I'll stop here for the examples because I'm sure you've understood!
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 my realisations within the blog by using Categories to separate the themes ???
This time it is up to you to answer this question! It's all about the structure of the site. And beware, the structure of a site has a lot to do with your SEO ! So think carefully.
A little hint to make your choice: if you think you will publish 4 projects and 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 waiting to be published.
You can add a new Divi Project by clicking on "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 the use of the Divi Builder or the default formatting (Gutenberg).
- Add a category
- Add a label (optional)
- Add a highlighted image.
- Enter and optimise SEO information depending on the extension you use.
- Save draft, publish
There is nothing complicated about creating, publishing or using a Divi Project...
Finally, you can display your projects in this way:
- Add/create a page dedicated to your projects, e.g. a Portfolio page (or a "Real Estate Sales" page, a "Our Projects" page, etc.) and activate the Divi Builder.
- Insert a Portfolio module or a Filterable Portfolio module.
- Set up 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 for improving the design of the Portfolio module
However, it is possible that the visual rendering of your Divi Projects page will not meet your expectations... Indeed, the style options of the Portfolio module are simple and you don't have much choice. It is possible that your images are croppedfor example...
I then propose 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 for the Divi Portfolio Module.
- How to get square images in the Portfolio module.
- How to remove cropping from images in the Portfolio module.
- How to change the size of Divi images.
- Display the Portfolio module in 3 columns.
- 9 examples of Divi Project presentations.
So, with this playlist, you can create a great Portfolio page!