In recent years, many convenient and powerful features have been added to the Divi Theme. And, some of these features may have snuck in to your theme without you realizing it. In fact, they are lurking right now, hiding in plain site (an impressive survival tactic maybe, but an unfortunate one). That is why I’m taking some time to shed some light on ten Divi features that should not remain hidden or ignored.
Let’s take a look…
1. Right Click Options
Feature Location: Simply right click on any section from within the Divi Builder.
Although I’m not going over all of the right click options here, I would like to point out a couple of options that are only accessible when right clicking which are simply too convenient to overlook.
As an admin, you alone have the capability of locking certain items. This is a convenient way to keep your editors from changing content that you want unchanged. It also protects you from accidentally changing an important section.
Collapse and Rename
I love to use these two options in combination as I build longer web pages. I don’t know about you, but I get really tired of scrolling up and down to find the sections I need to edit. That is why I use the right click collapse option to condense large sections of my webpage that have been completed. Once collapsed, I use the right click option to rename the section for a recognizable admin label.
2. Disable Top Tier Dropdown Menu Links
Feature Location: Divi → Theme Options → Navigation → General Settings
To be clear, top tier dropdown menu links are the main parent links that stay visible on the navigation menu. The sub tier links are those that show up after you hover over the top tier parent link.
By disabling the top tier dropdown menu links, the top tier parent links are no longer clickable links. Instead, they can serve as non-clickable placeholders that label and organize your sub links.
For example, let’s say you are building a site for a company that offers three main services and each of these services need their own page. A normal setup would be to have a top tier link called “services” with the three types of services as sub menu items. Instead of having to deal with linking to a general service page, you could disable the top tier “services” link and simply use it as an organizational label.
3. Alternative Scroll-to-Anchor Method
Feature Location: Divi → Theme Options → Navigation → General Settings
If you have ever tried to link directly to a CSS ID using an anchor link from an external page, you may have noticed that the final resting location of the page isn’t quite correct. Sometimes it is too low so that some of the content gets cut off at the top.
Here is what my screen looks like after linking to my CSS ID from an external page. You can’t see it but the title of the section has been cut off.
Enabling the Alternative scroll-to-anchor method corrects this problem. Not only does it put the user in the correct spot, the top of the page loads first before scrolling to the CSS ID. I find this helpful for users who may get confused and not realize initially that they are viewing a section of the page.
4. Hide Logo on mobile
Feature Location: Divi → Theme Customizer → Mobile Styles → Mobile Menu
If you ever need to hide your logo on mobile, Divi makes this very easy. But it is one of those options that is easy to overlook. Save yourself some time and don’t worry about messing with additional CSS.
5. Primary Menu and Secondary Menu Dropdown Animation
Primary Menu Feature Location: Divi → Theme Customizer → Header & Navigation → Primary Menu BAr Dropdown Menu Animation
Secondary Menu Feature Location: Divi → Theme Customizer → Header & Navigation → Secondary Menu Bar –> Dropdown Menu Animation
You don’t have to settle for the default fade animation for your dropdown menus. The Dropdown Menu Animation section includes four options:
1. Fade (the default)
Sometimes microinteractions like this can really make your menu standout.
6. Edit (or disable) Footer Credits
Feature Location: Divi → Theme Customizer → Footer → Bottom Bar → Disable Footer Credits / Edit Footer Credits
If you have been using Divi for a while, you may have gotten used to editing the bottom bar of your footer by editing the footer.php file in your child theme. This is no longer necessary.
You can easily disable the bottom bar altogether or you can insert your own footer credits by entering text or html inside the text box.
7. Changing Divi’s Default Color Palette
Feature Location: Divi → Theme Options → General Tab → Color Pickers Default Palette
Give yourself a break from copying and pasting hex color codes.
The Color Pickers Default Palette is the color palette that will be used throughout the Divi Builder.
If you know the color theme of your website, simply update the default colors to include those colors needed for your design. This option can save you a lot of time in the long run since these colors will be accessible to you throughout all of the modules when building and editing your site.
8. Divi Builder Settings
Location: Hamburger Navigation Icon at the top right of the Divi Builder.
Ever since Divi 2.7, the Divi Builder Settings allows you to set default settings (and override the theme settings) for the specific Divi Builder page you are working on. This ability to set page specific settings is an extremely convenient time saver for building landing pages or other pages that need a new design.
You can set a color palette for your page which will override the default palette in your Theme Options.
You can also add page specific custom CSS. Since the CSS will only get loaded on the specific page, you won’t need to go through the trouble of targeting specific post IDs or accessing your child theme style.css file.
One unique feature of the Divi Builder Settings is the ability to enable the Divi Leads split testing system for your page. This powerful tool is simply too valuable to ignore. If you haven’t used it yet, take my advice and start your first test today!
9. Choose What Meta Info to Display on Blog Posts
Although this Divi feature has been around since the beginning of Divi, it can easily be overlooked. Each of your blog posts has certain meta info that shows under the post title (author, category, date, comments). But, depending on how you are using your blog, you may not want this extra info distracting from the content you are providing. Divi makes it easy to customize this info for you.
Change Meta Info for Single Post Layout
Location: Divi → Theme Options → Layout (Tab) → Single Post Layout
You can easily click to disable or enable each of the four pieces of meta info for all of your single blog posts by clicking on each of them. Disabled meta info will show as being faded out.
Change Meta Info for Blog Page Post Excerpts
Location: Divi → Theme Options → Layout (Tab) → General Settings
To change the meta info displayed on your blog page post excerpts, simply click on each of the four meta items you want displayed or hidden.
If you are using the Divi Blog Module for your blog page, the above settings will not work. You will need to change what meta info you want displayed within the Blog Module General Settings.
10. The Code Module
The Code Module is one of the best hidden features of Divi. It gives you the ability to add html to your page with no restrictions. The module also allows you to add html elements to certain pages without it affecting other pages. The capabilities of the Code Module are endless, but here are a few ways you can use it:
- Import external css files like Animate.css for only the page that you need animation.
- Integrate third party plugins like the revolution slider.
- You can use the Fullwidth Code Module to embed a Typeform for more interactive questionnaires, contact forms, etc…
- Add a floating action menu
- Create a slide-in top bar ad.
- Add a floating action button.
I hope the features mentioned in this post have helped you discover (or rediscover) some of those convenient Divi features that often get overlooked. Take the time to go over these for your next project. It may save you some time in the long run.
Do you have a newly discovered feature your have been overlooking? Share it in the comments below. I’m sure we will all benefit.