One of the first things that blog visitors notice is the content organization. If they come across a messy blog page, how long do you think they’ll stay? Not very long is the right answer. Attract and retain users with an intuitive and sleek-looking blog page.
A typical blog page usually consists of recent posts. The same old content organization can seem monotonous. That’s why you should mix it up and reorganize your blog page. Add a unique twist to your blog and make it more memorable and interesting.
If this sounds like something you wish to do, here are some tips on how to organize blog page content in Divi. What we’ll be talking about are the following content organization ideas:
- Sticky posts
- Two-column layout
- Post offsets
- Categorizing recent posts
- Custom layout for blog posts (by using multiple blog modules)
1. Sticky Posts
Do you have an evergreen post that your audience will love? Then you should display it on the top of the blog page to tickle the users’ imagination. Highlight the most important posts, regardless of the date. Sticky posts will make that happen.
You have probably already heard about this option. WordPress also allows you to create sticky posts just as Divi does. It is a great feature, and here is how you can activate it in Divi.
All you need to do is to edit the post in Divi and simply tick “Stick to the top of the blog.” This option will be in the right sidebar. And there it is. Your blog page will welcome new visitors with an intriguing blog post (or posts) that will motivate them to further explore your blog.
2. Two Column Layout
The standard setup of a blog module is a three-column structure. That is if it is set to a grid layout. Why not step away from this standard and use a two-column page layout?
To switch this up, set the row’s column layout to a two-thirds one-third layout. This will give you two columns (in the left column of the row). Then, go to settings for column one and type in this custom CSS in the Main Element: width:
This will make the column spread to the full width of the row. To hide the column in the right, go to column 2 settings and disable it’s visibility (across all devices).
With these simple steps, you’ll be able to get a two-column layout instead of a three-column layout. Marie Fincher, a writer and head of content department at TrustMyPaper, shared why she prefers a two-column layout, “Two-column layout gets the users to focus on only two posts instead of three. It’s a good tactic to decrease the segmentation of attention and to get users to pay more attention to the posts on the blog page.”
3. Post Offsets
By designing a blog module differently, you’ll have more flexibility with the layout. Use Post Offsets to section the blog page content. In that way, you’ll be able to change the layout of your blog page content by using multiple blog modules.
Reorganize blog page content by including the most recent posts section in the top section of the page by using Post Offset. This will allow you to uniquely emphasize the most recent posts. Enable this feature in the following way:
- Add a new section
- Add a one-column row
- Paste in the new row the blog module that came with the template
- Set the post count to be 3 in the blog setting (to display the three more recent posts at the top of the page)
- In the blog settings for the original blog module set the Post Offset number to be 3
The blog feed will, in this case, start with post number 4. If you wish to make that top part of the page pop, you can add a gradient background.
4. Categorizing Recent Posts
Did you know that besides the main blog feed you can display recent posts by category? If you didn’t, now you’ll learn how to do that.
- Add a new (one-column) row under the main blog module
- Choose NO for Posts for Current Page, set Post for the post type, set 3 for post count, and in Included Categories add the category of your choosing
With this, you’ll modify your blog page to display the three most recent posts from the chosen category. You can even add a suitable category title by adding a text module above that blog module.
Neightan Whiter, blogger and writer at SupremeDissertations, expressed that categorization is one of the best ways for organizing content. “Categorizing and displaying most recent posts within that category provides users and insight into what your blog has to offer. It helps them to navigate through the blog more easily and find the content that they are most interested in,” said Neightan.
5. Custom Layout for Blog Posts
The template layout can get a fresh and original interface by using multiple blog modules to create a custom layout for blog posts. You can use as many blog modules as you wish to get a unique design. Sounds interesting, right?
This is how you can use multiple blog modules to create a custom layout:
- Add a new one-half column row (click on the plus sign above the main blog module row)
- Copy and paste the original blog module (it should be pasted into the left column of the new row)
- Update post count to 1, Post Offset number to 0, and choose NO for Show Pagination
- This newly created blog module should be copied and pasted into the right column
- Update Post Offset number to 1, and choose NO for Show Featured Image, Show Comment Count, and Show Excerpt
Keep creating new blog module and each time increase the post offset number by one. That is, whenever you duplicate the blog module change the post offset number to a higher one (2, 3,…).
This will allow you to individually customize the blog modules.
Add Diversity to Your Blog Page Content in Divi
Why be like everyone else when you can make your blog page stand out with a few simple changes. These ideas are both easy to apply and effective. The best combination. Make a change or two to your content organization, and you’ll get an original and popping design for your blog.
Kristin Savage is a writer and editor. She combines her passion for writing with her interest in research and creates thought-provoking content in various fields. Besides working as a contributor writer for GrabMyEssay and other research paper writing services, Kristin also runs her own blog. What inspires her the most in her writing is traveling and meeting new people.