How to Install A Divi Layout from Within The WP Dashboard

How to Install A Divi Layout from Within The WP Dashboard

The best part about the Divi theme by elegantthemes.com is the vast layout library and the ease with which you can install a pre-built layout right into your dashboard. I’ve worked with a lot of themes over the years (and I mean, A LOT), and Divi is the only one I’ve encountered that let’s you mix-and-match your layouts on a page-by-page basis within the same site. It’s like my sister & me with our leggings and big baggy sweaters in the ’90s. Mix and match it up, sister!

This custom video tutorial will walk you through how to install Divi layouts from directly within your WordPress dashboard. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it’s fun. All you need is an API key. 

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Styling Your Site with Divi

Styling Your Site with Divi

Now it’s time to make your site look like YOU and YOUR BRAND! That’s where themes come into play. And today, we’re working with the Divi Theme by ElegantThemes.com.

Divi Layouts: Ready-made page designs at your fingertips, built-into the WordPress dashboard

The beauty of the Divi theme is that there are dozens of pre-built layout templates ready and waiting for you to use as a starting point for your new site design.

The Divi Layout Pack you select will be the foundation for your new site’s design. You’ll swap out all the images and text, and alter fonts and colors too, to make your site your own.

But in general, you’ll be building from the shape of things you see in the Layout Pack you select. So think about what you envision for your new site, and try to find something with a similar shape to start from within the Divi Layouts Library.

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How to Set Pretty Permalinks in WordPress

How to Set Pretty Permalinks in WordPress

Want “pretty permalinks” on your WordPress site? Here’s how:

“Pretty permalinks” are links that look nice in the browser and make sense. They’re “pretty” because users can read them and make sense. If you’re setting up your WordPress site for the first time, one of the chief things to take care of before launch is your permalinks.

It’s a little known fact, but a brand new WordPress site, when left alone, will spit out some nasty URLs, like mysite.com/post-9-2019. That kind of permalink just isn’t pretty. Wouldn’t you rather see mysite.com/chocolate-cake-recipe? You betcha!

Here’s how to make sure your site uses pretty permalinks:

Go to Settings > Permalinks and customize the following:

  • Choose the “post name” option
  • This will ensure that your pages and posts have URLs that make sense

Hit save and viola! You now and pretty permalinks. If you go look at a post on your site, you should now see the post name In the URL instead of Its numerical ID.

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Site Name & General Settings on WordPress

Site Name & General Settings on WordPress

When you are new to WordPress, there are a few things you need to take care of right off the bat – namely, naming your site. And a few other basic settings, like Permalinks. This blog post will walk you through the first key configurations of your site’s WordPress settings that you want to take within your new WordPress site dashboard to set it up for success.

Go to Settings > General and customize the following:

  • Site Title – This is typically your name, your business name, or the name of the group or organization that the site is for
  • Tagline – Tell people what they can expect, in a short phrase or sentence. For example, “we make good websites for good people” is a great tagline.
  • Admin email address – Change this to your own now that you’re in your site. The change requires confirmation; look for an email from WordPress
  • Time zone – Double check to make sure this matches your own time zone

Example settings showing site title, tagline, email and time zone adjusted:

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How to Log In to Your WordPress Dashboard

How to Log In to Your WordPress Dashboard

The dashboard is the place where all the settings, content and imagery for a WordPress site are configured and stored. The first step to editing your WordPress site is successfully logging in to the site’s dashboard.

A WordPress site’s dashboard can always be accessed by typing the site URL and then: /wp-admin at the end of the URL.

Your Username is either your email address or the install name of your site. For example, if your new site’s URL is happyapple.wpengine.com, then your username is “happyapple”.

Your Password was emailed to you when you signed up for this course. If you’ve forgotten it or it isn’t working anymore, click “Lost your password?” and enter the email address that you used when you signed up for this course. You’ll receive a password reset email from WordPress. Follow the instructions to reset your own password and regain access to your site.

When you are successfully logged in to your WordPress dashboard, you’ll see a screen that looks a little bit like this:

You can do a lot from within your WordPress dashboard. It is the hub of your website. If you are confused, be sure to check out this post to get a better understanding of the WordPress dashboard.

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Turn Off Password Protection on Your WPEngine Site

Turn Off Password Protection on Your WPEngine Site

If you use WPEngine, you might run into the issue with your site not being live yet. WPEngine implemented password protection for sites in development back in 2015. It’s designed to protect your site from view by others until it’s ready to go live.

Seeing that little white box can definitely be scary but it is nothing to worry about.

If your site is not yet live, it is protected by Basic Auth, otherwise known as “that little white box”. This is the built-in, default behavior for new sites at WPEngine, the host we use and recommend.

To make your site go live, all you need to do is uncheck the Password Protection box. For a more in-depth tutorial, check out this post.

Now you are all set to go!

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