Divi Machine is a third-party plugin for Divi that adds lots of custom post type features to Divi. It uses Advanced Custom Fields and adds lots of new modules to the Divi Builder to create new layouts for your custom post types. It even adds features that ACF doesn’t normally have. In this article, we’ll look at Divi Machine and see what it can do to help you decide if it’s the right plugin for your needs.
Installing Divi Machine
Upload and activate the plugin as normal. Either the free or pro version of Advanced Custom Fields is required. If you don’t have it installed you’ll see a message to install it and a link to see the plugin’s page in the WordPress repository. Install it and you’re ready to go.
Divi Machine Settings
Creating a Divi Machine Post Type
The Post Types tab lists the custom post types that you’ve created and provides a button to add new post types.
I’ve created a new post type called Houses. I added the title and all of the fields were populated automatically. Settings include general settings, labels, post visibility, and advanced options.
General settings include the post type name, slug, and description. Labels allow you to rename each label. Post visibility includes public, admin sidebar, position, icon, admin bar, and navigation menus. Advanced settings include taxonomies, supporting meta, exclude from search, enable archives, custom archive slug, and hierarchical.
Clicking the icon name opens the list of WordPress dashicon icons where you can make your selection. I’m selecting the houses for the Houses post type. This is normally used for multi-sites, but I’m using it anyway. Just copy and paste the name into the icon name field in the post type settings.
Once you’ve published the post type, the name will appear in the sidebar menu and it will display the icon that you set for it.
Creating Field Groups in ACF
Once you’ve created the post type in Divi Machine, create the field group for the post type with Advanced Custom Fields. In the WordPress dashboard, go to Custom Fields and click Add New.
This opens the editor where you’ll create the field group. Select Add Field and file in the information you need for that field. Do this for each of the fields.
Create each of the fields with their attributes.
Your fields will display in the order you created them. You can drag and drop them to rearrange the order and edit each field. This is the order they will appear at the bottom of the post type page. It will be different for each of your post types. The publisher provides a detailed video that steps you through this process, so I haven’t gone through these details here.
Now when I add a new house using the Houses post type, all of the fields are available. Once you create the posts, you can display them with Divi Machine’s modules.
Divi Machine Modules
Divi Machine adds 15 new modules to the Divi Builder. Modules include:
- ACF Item
- Archive Loop
- Category Loop
- Filter Posts
- Order By
- Post Carousel
- Post Content
- Post Meta
- Post Slider
- Post Title
- Search Posts
- View Posts Button
These modules can be used to create custom layouts for your post type pages, category pages, archive pages, etc.
Each of the modules includes the standard Divi features with Content, Design, and Advanced tabs. They include options to choose layouts, loop settings, grid options, element settings, and lots more. Any of the modules that have these sub-elements, or children, don’t display content in the Visual Builder.
Some of the settings will take some knowledge of custom post types and loops to understand. Beginners might get frustrated at first, but the supplied layouts help a lot. Let’s look at a few example pages made with the Divi Machine modules.
Free Divi Machine Layout Packs
The publisher provides several free layout packs with pages for the Divi Builder and the Divi Theme Builder. They’re downloadable from the publisher’s website. I’ll use the Estate Agent layouts in this article.
The Divi layouts for the Houses post type focus on estate agents. They include No Post Found, Single Property Page, and Loop Layout.
The Theme Builder body layouts for the Houses post type includes All Houses, All Houses Category Pages, and the Houses Archive Page.
When you upload the layouts to the Theme Builder they’re automatically assigned for you.
The All Houses layout was designed for the Theme Builder. It makes use of blurbs, text, divider, contact form, and lots of Divi Machine modules.
All Houses Category and Archive Pages
The All Houses Category and Archive page layouts display a title, post filter, order by module, and the archive loop.
Estate Agents Loop Layout
Here’s the Estate Loop layout. It includes modules for the post title, AFC item, thumbnail, post meta, etc.
The single properties layout displays the thumbnail, post title, and ACF item.
Single Post Page
Here’s a look at the single post page that’s created in the Theme Builder. It displays the title with the featured image in the background in parallax. The sidebar elements float and only scroll away when the next element meets it to take its place on the screen. More properties are displayed as cards at the bottom of the page.
Divi Machine AJAX Features
Divi Machine has several AJAX features that allow users to update information on the page without having to reload the page. This is great for searches and filters.
One of the most interesting AJAX features is the filter. Select what you want from the dropdown boxes and the results appear without reloading the page. The filter is fast. This only works for content created by Divi Machine.
Each of the elements for the filter is added as sub-elements.
Load More Button
The Archive Loop module includes a Load More feature so you can limit the number of posts that displays when the page loads. Users can load more posts quickly without loading a new page.
The Orderby module allows you to choose the ordering options that users have access to when sorting the posts and results. You create the orderby items, so you have complete control.
You can even create a gallery even though the free version of ACF doesn’t include a gallery option. The Gallery module lets you create a gallery grid or a slider and choose the ACF gallery type.
Documentation is provided in both written and video form. Detailed video tutorials are linked in the popup menus of the product page on the developer’s website. I found them invaluable. They even cover how to use ACF.
Divi Machine is available from Divi Engine. It has several purchase options:
- 1 Site £18
- 2 – 5 Sites £42
- Unlimited £85
- 1 Site £63
- Unlimited £260
They include one year of support and updates for as long as the license is active.
That’s our look at Divi Machine. This plugin adds lots of features to both Advanced Custom Fields and Divi. Custom post types can be a little difficult for new users, but this plugin is as easy, or easier, to use as any custom post type plugin I’ve used with Divi. The videos are a tremendous help in setting up the post types and the layouts are a great starting point when designing your post type pages with Divi. If you’re interested in using custom post types with Divi, Divi Machine is an easy choice.
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