What if you wanted a specific Divi design element to display based on conditions that you chose? This would open up some design possibilities such as displaying a version of a page based on the user’s login status, the time of day, or their geolocation. A plugin called Divi Display Logic gives Divi this feature.
Divi Display Logic is a third-party plugin from Tortoise IT that works with both Divi and Extra to add display logic. In this plugin highlight we’ll take a look at the plugin and see a few examples of what it can do.
The images for these examples are taken from Unsplash.com and from the free Divi layouts available here in the Elegant Themes blog.
Installing Divi Display Logic
Upload and activate the plugin as normal. A new menu item is added to the dashboard under plugins called Divi Display Logic. Here you’ll add your license key. This will ensure you’ll get plugin updates.
Display Logic is now added to all of the sections, rows, and modules in the Content tab within the backend Divi Builder. The features include a date and time selection, a dropdown box where you can choose the predefined logic, and a box that displays the shortcode the plugin creates for your logic.
The Predefined Logic dropdown box has 18 pre-made logic choices to choose from. There are a few more that you can copy and paste into the shortcode area. You can add your own logic choices if you want to code and you can manipulate the shortcode to create variations.
The choices are to show or hide based on a certain time, between certain times, on specific days, show if it has a NEWS category, if the user is logged in, to a certain user role, to a certain location, and based on PHP code. All of these can be modified.
Once you choose a predefined logic it automatically builds a shortcode. You won’t need to use this shortcode, but you can edit it here if you want.
You can also use any encapsulating shortcode (a shortcode with a start and end tag [shortcode][/shortcode]) to create your own arguments. This is explained in the description under the shortcode field, but I would like to see an example given within the description as well.
To edit, simply highlight the portion within the shortcode and make your changes.
Here’s an example that will hide the content on weekdays. If you wanted to show the content instead of hide you would change “hide” to “show” in the shortcode. Another option would be to replace the numbers 1-5 with “6,7” which will hide the content on weekends.
I found manipulating the shortcode to be intuitive because most of the keywords in the string are straightforward.
Built-in Shortcode Examples
The very first link (labeled Click here) in the Display Logic area provides detailed examples of the shortcodes. These are especially helpful for the PHP examples. You can copy these and paste them into the shortcode field.
Date and Time Selection
To use Date/Time Selection, click the text “If using dates click here”. This will open two fields where you can choose the show and hide dates. These are time conditions that will determine when the section, row, or module will display. The logic for the display will be chosen from the Predefined Logic list.
Select the date and time by clicking within the fields for Show Date and Hide Date. This brings up a calendar with hour and minute sliders. Above the fields is a message that shows your current server’s time.
It is important to use your server’s time rather than the actual time. This is where WordPress gets the current time and is the time Divi Display Logic will use.
The module will now show the content between the date and time that I chose.
This opens up a lot of possibilities. For example:
- You could create a sales site with lightning deals using a countdown timer to show when the deal ends and the next one starts.
- You could have a sale to start at a certain time.
- Have a deal to end at a certain time.
- Show content within an article at a certain time even after the article is published.
- Show different content based on a.m. or p.m.
Divi Display Logic Examples – School Call to Action
For my first example I’m creating a landing page for a school. The page will have a sign-up call to action for students in the US, but anyone outside the US will not be able to sign up. This example uses the Homepage Layout for Universities & Colleges.
The layout includes a row with text and button modules. I want the text and button to be replaced by different modules for anyone outside the US.
Within the row settings I chose “Hide the content if the user is in the US”.
Next I changed “hide” in the shortcode to “show”, effectively creating a new shortcode.
I cloned the row and selected to hide the content for users in the US for the new row.
Now only one of the rows will display based on the visitor’s location.
The US visitors see the original tagline and button to apply.
All visitors outside the US see a different tagline and button with a different caption.
Divi Display Logic Examples – Flash Sale
This is a simple sales page that only shows one product as a flash sale. When the countdown timer hits zero, a new product with new countdown timer takes its place.
While only one section displays, the actual page itself has quit a few more sections. Within each section I’ve set the logic to show content at a specific time. The sections don’t load when the page loads into the browser, so you can add as many as you want with all the CSS you want and they won’t slow down the loading time.
The countdown timer and display logic work independently of each other. I’ve set the time for the counter to match the time in the time that the Display Logic will show.
Divi Display Logic Examples – Author Site with Membership Area
This example uses the free Elegant Authors layout. I want to show different content based on whether or not the visitor is logged in. Visitors who are not logged in will see the screen in the image above which includes a call to action.
Visitors who are logged in won’t see a CTA. Instead they will see a link to a special area of the website that only those logged in will have access to. Special access can be controlled by separate membership plugins or by assigning a user capability to view content and choosing that capability as the logic.
Rather than cloning the entire section I only cloned the button. Everything else will remain the same. This way if I decide to change the background image I only need to change it in one section.
I set the logic for the top button to show the content only to logged out users.
The second button will only show to logged in users.
Alternately I could have used ‘SHOW this content if the user has the capability “view_content”.’
Logged in users now see the new button which provides them with a link to a specific page or post.
Divi Display Logic Examples – Author Site with New Landing Page
Of course another possibility is to show a completely different page. This example uses the same layout as the previous example, but I’ve added two new sections that includes a fullwidth header and a blog module.
I’ve set the logic for each section. All of the sections that make up the landing page will show to users that are not logged in. The bottom two sections, which create a blog page with fullwidth header, will display for users that are logged in.
Now logged in users will not see the sales page. If I change the sales item to something I want all users to see I simply change the display logic.
Using Divi Display Logic with Extra
Divi Display Logic also works with Extra. This example shows the Posts Carousel Module in the Category Builder.
Divi Display Logic can be used on unlimited websites for you and your clients. It includes 6 months of support and 12 months of updates. After the 12 months is over you’ll need to repurchase the plugin again to receive updates. The repurchase price is 50% of the initial purchase price.
Divi Display Logic provides lots of options to determine when a section, row, or module will display. With display options including time, date, geolocation, whether or not the user is logged in, and the user’s level, the design possibilities are practically endless.
I found the plugin intuitive to use. The shortcodes are easy to manipulate. A few more examples would be helpful – especially for PHP. If you want to display a section, row, or module based on a condition Divi Display Logic is a great choice.
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