Not so long ago, a friend of mine asked me whether I could help him set up an online cv / resume. He wanted something simple so I thought “Well Divi * would be perfect for the job, wouldn’t it?“. And so it started.
Initially I only wanted to quickly craft a simple classic layout, but I got inspired.
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And before I knew it, I was working on a new Divi Layout for Layouts Cafe.
The thing is, Layouts Cafe is still pretty new at the time of writing this article and I had been thinking of offering a freebie for the launch, but there are so many things to do in launching such a business that I had to push back the freebie for later. And later is now!
But what would a freebie be worth if it didn’t bring any value, marketing considerations aside? I really wanted to offer something useful. So that was it, Cvespresso Lite would be the freebie I had wanted to offer from the very beginning, as I believe that it brings value to the end users and I am truly happy to see people use it.
The concept is simple: a dual layout with the identity and the topics on the left, and the content in the right hand-side column in desktop view, and a single vertical layout on mobile. Initially I thought the left part should be fixed, but then after a few devices/ resolution tests, it came out that because the navigation is in plain view (i.e. not embedded in a navicon), the navigation would be cut off on some resolutions. Not ideal.
And I didn’t want to put a navicon because I wanted Cvespresso Lite to possibly be included either as a standalone page on an existing website (thus with an already existing navigation) or just as a standalone. This is also the reason I released it as a Divi Layout and not as a Divi Child-theme.
So, why the “Lite” in “Cvespresso Lite”. Well because it is. And as I gather feedback, I might release Cvespresso with additional features / options later in the process.
“Less is more” are more than just words, it’s kind of a Mantra, and if you’ve been #following / #observing Layouts Cafe, you’d know that this is what Layouts Café stands for. Less noise, more space & beautiful simplicity.
But simplicity in design is actually quite complex, because the question to ask is not “What shall I add?“, but rather “What can I remove?” and still make it relevant.
Cvespresso Lite is designed to draw the attention of the viewer to the important points he/she should be focused on, in a stylish envelope.
At the end of the day, what matters is definitely what’s inside the envelope, but if the envelope is in a pile of a gazillion other envelopes, you might as well want to make it stand out!
I do hope Cvespresso Lite will help you do that 🙂
Now if you landed on this page from the far-end of the interwebs and do not know what Divi from Elegant Themes* is: well it’s a great
theme framework, that allows developers and newbies alike to let their imagination flow and convert their ideas into real life projects that your mouse (or fingers) can touch, in a highly reduced amount of time.
I have personally been in the web industry for quite a while and must say that this is why I love the web. You never know what’s around the corner and some day you stumble upon a tool that just makes your life easier. At least that was Divi did for a lot of us.
Long Live Divi!
Wanna give it a shot? Why not, it’s free! #magicwordspotted