The Visual Builder
What Is The Visual Builder?
The Divi Builder comes in two forms: The standard “Back-end Builder” and the front-end “Visual Builder.” Both interfaces allow you to build exactly the same types of websites with the same content elements and design settings. The only difference is the interface. The Back-end Builder lives inside of the WordPress Dashboard and it can be accessed along with all of the other standard WordPress settings. It sits inside the WordPress UI and replaces the standard WordPress post editor. It’s great for making quick changes while you are inside the dashboard, but it’s also confined by the dashboard and is rendered as a block-based representation of your website. This tutorial will be focusing only on the visual builder.
The Visual Builder, on the other hand, allows you to build your pages on the front-end of your website! It’s an amazing experience and allows for much faster design. When you add content or adjust design settings inside the visual builder, your changes appear instantly. You can click onto the page and just start typing. You can highlight text and adjust its font and style. You can add new content, build your page and watch everything happen right before your eyes.
Enabling The Visual Builder
While you are logged in to your WordPress dashboard, you can navigate to any page on the front-end of your website and click the “Enable Visual Builder” button in the WordPress admin bar to launch the visual builder.
If you are editing your page on the back-end, you can switch to the visual builder by clicking the “Enable Visual Builder” button that sits at the top of the back-end Divi Builder interface (note, you must first enable the Divi Builder before the visual builder button will appear).
The Visual Builder Basics
Divi’s power lies in the Visual Builder, a drag and drop page builder that allows you to build just about any type of website by combining and arranging content elements.
The builder uses three main building blocks: Sections, Rows and Modules. Using these in unison allows you to create a countless array of page layouts. Sections are the largest building blocks, and they house groups of rows. Rows sit inside of sections and are used to house modules. Modules are placed inside of rows. This is the structure of every Divi website.
The most basic and largest building blocks used in designing layouts with Divi are sections. These are used to create large groups of content, and they are the first thing you add to your page. There are three types of sections: Regular, Specialty and Full Width. Regular sections are made up of rows of columns while Full Width Sections are made up of full width modules that expand the entire width of the screen. Specialty sections allow for more advanced sidebar layouts.
Rows sit inside of sections and you can place any number of rows inside a section. There are many different column types to choose from. Once you define a column structure for your row, you can then place modules into a desired column. There is no limit to the number of modules you can place within a column.
Modules are the content elements that make up your website. Every module that Divi has can fit into any column width and they are all fully responsive.