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I have mentioned before, the first of the month is an exciting day for the Divi United team. Back in my college days my dream was to work for Vogue magazine.  I interviewed at Vogue House in Hanover Square in London back in the day and couldn’t take the position because a job popped up for my husband which relocated us to Singapore.  Part of my interview process was reviewing the “book” and going through laying out the pages. It is a career regret that I couldn’t be part of that team, but I can honestly tell you that being part of the web layouts team is even better than I am sure that job would have been!

Brief reminder, Divi United is the developer of the Divi Cloud plugin, which has taken the Divi community by storm. With the plugin, you have access to layouts, one new one each month + the library of 27 layouts, 15 sec.  In addition to the plugin there are two membership levels, each give you additional layouts (10 per month for Freelance and 20 per month for Agency).

A bit of a sidebar: I just saw an ad for Divi layouts on Facebook and one of the selling points was No Cloud.  The Cloud is amazing.

The Cloud gives you freedoms:

  • You don’t need to download all of the layouts and store them on your computer.
  • It allows you to browse all of the layouts from within the website you are designing.  If you like something, click install. Without the Cloud you need to remember what you bought, then load it to see if you like it.  For me, remember is the key phrase.  I often buy “bundles” then forget all of the things that came with the amazing package.
  • You have the capability to save all of your layouts to Your Cloud. This means that you have access to your full portfolio of work for each page you have ever created.  Of course all clients have different content, but if you loved the About page you did for client A, install it with one click on the site for client B.
  • The DIVI Cloud now has a community sharing feature. This means we can share with one another.  If you create something that you think is cool, simply click, Share, and the community of other Plugin owners with Freelancer to Agency access will then be able to use that layout.

I rarely bother myself with what other people are up to, I honestly believe that there is room for everyone to be successful.  If that weren’t true, I would have never created a Facebook Group where we share information so freely (which at this moment is marching towards 24K members).  But to say don’t bother yourself with the Cloud is like saying, we have these lovely computers that don’t connect to the internet. Or our movies don’t bother you with sound.  The Cloud is a total game changer, and once you use it, you will understand how powerful and helpful it is to your web design process.

Back to July. A big chunk of time is spent each month on deciding which layouts to build.  For me, a Pinterest junkie and web surfer, narrowing down a list is always a challenge, I want to build them all. Lucky for me (and you), my partner here is Rico. We feel that the balance of a young, hip, European male and skipping age, female, carpool driving mum, is one that will deliver a wide variety of choices for members & plugin owners.

NOTE: We totally listen to your requests, if there is something you like, or a feature you want incorporated, PLEASE just let us know.  We are delighted with requests and do our best to honor them. It makes our decision process a little easier and the whole point of the Divi Cloud is to provide you with layouts you can use for your web design projects.

I thought it would be fun for me to share both mine and Rico’s favorite layouts for July with you.

Rico’s favorite is Barber (which is the layout that is included in the Plugin level).  Instead of a hero image, there is a subtle video, which just a bit of motion that adds a dynamic visual interest to the page.  There are layered images, large images with transparent overlays, a cool look for the “menu” of services, video, a testimonial section, and hover effects.

divi layout for barber with conditional logic form

 

The stand out feature in this theme is the form with conditional logic.  Trust me on this one, a conditional logic form is a pain in the neck to create.  It’s super useful for the management of a business as it filters clients into useful segments and reduces phone time.

divi forms with conditional logic

form built with Divi conditional logic

Overall I can see why Rico likes the Barber theme, it is loaded with cool features and you can’t beat that form.

Now my favorite.  The perfect bouquet.  Of course I like looking at flowers, but this is my favorite, because it includes some of the features that make a website look great, which aren’t easy to make.  First, the Hero image, with transparent text on top of the image.  I wrote a blog post on how to achieve that effect years ago, and it has had something like 10K page views.  Yikes.  I also love the topography, and the showcase products.  I am always telling clients to include testimonials on their websites, and I love how this layout has them featured on the homepage.  I also really like Fashion and the layouts for diamonds. The diamonds does a cool job of layering text over the images.  I would never be able to achieve that with my own basic CSS skills.

divi layout for florist

Of course there is much more for you to use for your projects. Take a moment to have a look at nearly 200 design elements over at Divi United, there is something for everyone.

As you guessed it, we are already deep into the August designs and have identified a few for the “September Issue”. Just like Vogue magazine, we work ahead. Unlike Vogue, we love collaboration, feel free to connect with me if you have request.

I hope you are enjoying your summer as much as I am.

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EIleen Lonergan
Eileen Lonergan was an integral part of this company. Unfortunately, Eileen Passed away on the 31st of October 2018 after a short battle with Cancer. She leaves behind the legacy of the Divi Theme Users Group and hundreds of people that she helped through coaching, building outstanding websites and just being - accessible. We miss her every day!
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