How to create a new post on your Divi website

This post is meant for clients whose website is built on Divi theme, to learn how to create new posts if they wanted to do it themselves.
*Note : Please click on images to view full size.

Login to your website using the URL, username and password given.
Upon successful login, you will get the Dashboard page.

All your existing posts are filed under ‘All Posts’. The link is on the left navigation menu.

Wordpress Dashboard showing Posts

To create a new post, click on ‘Add New‘. A new, blank post creation page will appear.
Enter the title for your post just under ‘Add New Post’.

1. To create a simple post

Just type away in the big box. On the top right hand corner of the box is your option for ‘Visual’ or ‘Text’. Visual means you will see how the page looks like, including the images you’ve inserted. ‘Text’ means what you’ll see it in code form where images or text formatting is used.

a simple divi post

Use those editing tools if needed.
To add an image (or PDF, video or audio files), determine where amongst your text you want it to appear.
Click ‘Add Media’.

add media to posts

You get two options – ‘UPLOAD FILES’ or ‘MEDIA LIBRARY’.
If the image has already been uploaded or you are re-using an image already uploaded for another page/post, it should be in the Media Library, simply select it. On the right hand side, select if you want the image/media to be aligned ‘left/right/center/none’, then select if you want the image/media to be linked to media file (itself) to its page or to a custom URL(address) be it to a page on your website or an external website.
Select the size for your image – thumbnail, medium, large or full size.
Click insert into post.

If the image is on your computer, click ‘Upload Files’.
Look for the file on your computer and select. Then click ‘Open’. The file will be uploaded.
Enter the ‘title’, ‘caption’ and ‘alt text’ for that image and click ‘Insert into post’.

When you have finished entering your content, look on the right hand panel. Enter your post ‘category‘. You would have been told which category applies for what type of posts on your website. It could be ‘blog’ or some other names. Enter ‘tag’ words if you wish. Enter a featured image if there is one. If a featured image is used, it will appear on the top of your blog post as well as the image that people can click on to read your post on your main Blog page. A featured image needs to be big in dimension, between 1600 to 1920 pixel width.

Click on Preview button and your new post will be shown on a new tab. This will be how it will look to your visitors. Check and either edit your content further or if it is good to go, click Publish

NOTE, for more control : Under the ‘PUBLISH’ section:
Click on the edit link to reveal your options. They are self-explanatory. Set your options if you wish and click ‘Publish’. If you have chosen a future date, then the post will appear when the date arrives.
publishing options

2. To add a post with more complex layout

Click ‘Use the Divi Builder‘.

Divi builder

If a template has been created for your particular type of post, click Load from Library and then click Add from Library. Find the template you want and click the Load button.

A template similar to this will load. It will have all the various sections pre-positioned for you.
Divi template

Simple click on little 3 horizontal lines on the left of each grey box to bring up the content box. Fill the box with your new content, then click Save & Exit.


3. Want to add more content?

Remember to click on the images to view them in full size.

Look under each box and you will see ‘+ insert module(s)’
add modules to post page

Click on ‘insert module(s)’ and you will get all the options you’ll ever need:

divi modules

Simply find and click on the module you want and add your content.

Please note these functions which you might find helpful:
Divi module functions

  • Edit – will open up the editing box to add or edit your content.
  • Duplicate – this function is very useful if you want to add content using the same settings. Simply make a duplicate, then click on ‘edit’ and change the content.
  • Drag/Drop – You will get this function and cross-arrows when you hover your mouse over a module. At any time this cross-arrow appears, it means you can drag and drop the module to a new positiion. Simply hold down, drag and drop.
  • Delete – just click on the ‘X” and the content is gone.
  • Undo and Re-do – saves work should you change your mind.

To finish off

Enter the category, tags and featured image.
Click Preview to check your work and Publish.

The new post will appear under the category page/s of the category (or categories) you have entered. Some examples of category might be ‘blog’ or ‘events / news / updates / latest news’. If more than one categories have been selected for a post, that means that particular post will appear on more than one pages, ie, on all the category pages you have selected. An example is when you need the post to appear on its category page as well as on the Home page so visitors can easily see you have made a new post.

By default, I disable ‘comments’ for posts. If you need people to be able to make comments on the bottom of your posts, this can be enabled.

Should you use The Classic Editor / Gutenberg Editor or Divi Builder?

It is preferable to use the Classic Editor (method 1) or Gutenberg Editor on the assumption that you will add many blog posts over time to your website. These blog posts do not need to be reformatted if you change the theme of your website. They will continue to work.

If you used the Divi Builder or any other page buiders, the posts will need to have that builder installed along with the new theme you have changed to. Or, you will have to reformat all your blog posts. If you have many posts, that will mean a lot of work.

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