Introducing Avada Layouts

10/08/2020

With the introduction of Avada 7, and the addition of a Header Builder, Avada Layouts (formerly Avada Theme Builder) is now fully operational and firing on all cylinders, allowing you to create fully customized Layouts (templates) for basically all sections of your website, including both Global and Conditional Layouts. This much-requested, and game-changing feature, can now be found at Avada > Layouts.

The main advantages of using Avada Layouts are twofold. Not only does it allow you to have Custom Layouts, both Global or Conditional, on various sections of your website, but also that the Layouts themselves can be created using the full design power of the Avada Builder.

The flexibility this bestows is unparalleled and allows you to unleash your full creativity on all sections of your website. Read on to discover more about the awesome Avada Layouts, and watch the video for a visual overview.

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Layouts and Layout Sections

To quickly understand and get started with this new feature, it’s useful to understand Layouts and Layout Sections and how they work together. For full details, please see Understanding Layouts & Layout Sections, but it is perhaps easiest to think of a Layout as simply a container that holds the page content. The content itself, however, comes from the Layout Sections. Together, you can consider them a template for how the page layout should look.

A layout is comprised of content coming from four layout sections: a Header Section, a Page Title Bar Section, a Content Section, and a Footer Section. This is how Avada is constructed, and normally, you set the content of the Layout Sections through the Options and the pages you build.

What Layouts allow you to do though, is to create and set your own Layouts throughout the theme. This can be done globally, by adding custom Layout Sections to the Global Layout, or you can create your own Conditional Layouts; for example, a Layout for single posts, 404 pages, or for Search Results, and then populate that Layout with custom Layout Sections.

The structure is a little bit like the Avada Slider, where you create a Slider, and then add slides to the slider. As seen below, you have a Global Layout and any created Layouts, and you can override any Layout Section with your own custom layout sections and create conditions for when those Layouts are used.

Layouts and Layout Sections

Understanding Conditional Layouts

Apart from the Global Layout, you can also create your own Layouts, and these are displayed based on conditions you set for them. At the top and bottom of each Layout is a link to the Layout Conditions, and here you can specify in which situations the Layout should display.

It can be as simple as on a particular page, or on all single posts, right down to multiple conditions and exclusions on all custom post types. Layout Conditions are as simple or as complex as you need them to be, with a well designed interface that allows you to quickly and intuitively decide when the Layouts should show. For more information on Conditional Layouts, please see Understanding Conditional Layouts.

Layout Conditions

Creating Layout Section Content

One you have created a Layout and set conditions for when it will be used, you can create new or add any existing Layout Sections to your Layout. To assign a Layout Section to a Layout, you simply click on the + symbol on the relevant default Layout section, and add one from there. For more details on creating Layout Sections, see the Layout Sections area of the Understanding Layouts and Layout Sections doc.

Once you have made your Layout Section, it’s time to populate it with content. This is done in the Avada Builder (back end or front end interface, your choice entirely) using the full range of Avada Builder Elements at your disposal. You can use multiple Containers and Columns and Elements – in fact, anything you can build in Avada Builder can be a Layout Section.

Below is an example of a Custom 404 layout, using a Custom Page Title Bar Layout Section, as well as a Custom Content Layout Section, shown in the back end interface of Avada Builder. Below that is the 404 page (minus the footer) as seen on the front end.

404 page Page Title Bar Layout Section
404 page Content Layout Section
404 Layout Example

Design Elements vs Layout Section Elements

With Footer and Page Title Bar Layout Sections, you will find the full range of Design Elements, with which to design your content. But with Content Layout Sections, you will find a range of new Elements, in their own tab, called Layout Section Elements. For full details on this please see Avada Design Elements vs. Layout Section Elements, but in short, these new Elements allow you to add dynamic content in the Content Layout Section, such as blog posts, portfolio items, author information, related posts, and more. You can also use the normal Design Elements when designing your Content Layout Sections, and as mentioned, these Layout Section Elements are only found in the Content Layout Section, where you need to display content from blog posts, archives, portfolio posts etc.

Layout Section Elements

Conclusion

Avada Layouts is a real game changer when it comes to flexibility of design. Now you can create fully custom Layouts for any area of your website, using the full design power of Avada Builder, and additionally, using the power of conditional layouts, use them wherever you want. This gives you unparalleled power to create exactly the website you want.