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Hey Divi Nation! We’ve got a great show for you this week. In it I interview the newest team member of Elegant Themes’ Content Team, Jason Champagne. If you’ve been reading the blog lately then you’ve probably noticed his excellent tutorials.
He’s shown us how to:
- Build a Responsive Fixed Sidebar with Smooth Scrolling Anchor Links
- Add Images to Divi’s Mega Menus
- Add Material Design to Divi
- Create and Use Microinteractions that Make Divi More Enjoyable
- And a LOT more…
As anyone following along can see, Jason knows Divi inside and out. And he’s also good at figuring out things he doesn’t already know. Which is why in today’s show, in addition to hearing Jason’s story, I pick his brain for tips on how you can learn Divi deeply too.
Learn Divi Deeply with Jason Champagne – The Divi Nation Podcast, Episode 38
In today’s episode of Divi Nation guest Jason Champagne and I trade tips on how we have learned Divi and approach solving design and development problems with the Divi theme. This topic should be something that all of our power users and DIY folks can really benefit from. And if you’re watching or listening wondering how you can become one of the Divi experts or authorities you see around you, this is the episode to pay attention to.
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How to Learn Divi Deeply: A Summary
During the course of our chat Jason and I went where the conversation led. Which means there probably isn’t a crystal clear path or set of tips that you could easily skip to in the recording and be on your way. So I’ve outlined them briefly below.
Do Copy Design Work
Copy design work is where you find a website or portion of a website that someone else has created (ideally someone you consider better than yourself at design/development) and then you reverse engineer it. This gives you a goal to shoot for, a higher standard than what you can currently achieve, and a fun and attractive final result. Doing this exercise (done with Divi of course) is one of the most effective ways that both Jason and I have learned Divi over the years.
Practice Using Divi’s Built-In Features to Their Fullest Extent
Lower The Need for Extra Design Plugins by Adding Code Manually
This tip takes you in the opposite direction as the tip above. If you’re depending on third party plugins to do various design hacks–like section dividers, footer editing, image effects, etc.–try figuring out how to do those things manually with code and adding the code to either your child theme, theme options code panels, code module, or module code tabs throughout Divi. This will teach you coding one useful snippet at a time. Before long you’ll be building off of those snippets and doing more complex, perhaps even completely custom things, all on your own.
Give Yourself a Deadline
The tips above are all well and good, but they can also be challenging. And it’s only human nature to take step back, stall, or even abandon things that are difficult. So give yourself an inescapable deadline. For Jason this mean taking on client work in the form of full websites or blog posts that forced him to learn something quickly and delivering results.
See You Next Week!
Well that’s all for this week’s episode. I’d like to thank Jason for coming on the show and sharing his story, experience, and tips for learning Divi deeper.
I hope you enjoyed our chat as much as I did. If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments section below!