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Problem: Chaos, Inefficiency, and Frustration
When I first saw the changelog within minutes of the Divi version 4.14.5 update, I made a post in their Facebook group celebrating the new setting. Many of us had already been expressing our frustration there. Someone asked what the problem was. The good news is if you don’t know, then you probably do not face this scenario.
The issue happens when using a Theme builder template for a page or post, especially when using the Post Content module, and then trying to edit the content within the page/post. It’s a nightmare of accidentally clicking into the header, footer, or body templates. And then you need to find the content area again and click back, otherwise you can’t edit. It sounds minor, but trust me, it was very easy to do and was extremely detrimental to productivity. Writing these tutorials took longer, and that’s not cool and doesn’t give me a good feeling about using Divi.
Solution: Disable Divi Full Site Theme Builder Template Editing
Thankfully, there is a long-awaited solution. You can now disable the ability to click into the other template areas when editing the page/post content. So let’s get right to this! To disable the ability to edit the Theme Builder template while editing the post content, simply follow these steps:
Step #1. Open up the Visual Builder by clicking the purple page settings menu.
Step #2. Click the menu icon (three dots) in the gray settings bar.
Step #3. Scroll down to the bottom and disable the setting called Theme Builder Template Editing.
The Video Shows More
Please be sure to watch the short video at the top of this post to see this in action and to understnad this fully. I demonstrate how those looks direclty on this post, so it’s worth a look!
NOTE: This Setting Is Effective Globally/Sitewide
This type of setting takes effect across the Divi builder no matter what. If you disable the setting once, it will be disabled also in any other context when you open a page or post or template.
Disclaimer: They didn’t Fully Disable it
This setting is basically a CSS trick to hide the UI that allows us to click into the header, footer, and bottom template and edit it. We still have and see all the elements in the templates, which is unfortunate because that means those layouts also need to load. I wished for and requested a setting to disable the layouts from loading, but technically this is just a way to hide the editing tools. But I’m trying to stay positive and am thankful they sort-of listened, which, let’s be honest, is very unusual for Elegant Themes. Looking forward to more great things in the future!