How to Insert Divi Modules or Rows inside Other Divi Modules (without a Plugin) | Elegant Themes Blog

If you have been a Divi user for a while, the thought of inserting a Divi Module (or Row) inside of another Module may have crossed your mind. In most cases, if you know how to use Divi proficiently, this sort of thing isn’t really necessary. Divi Modules are already powerful elements packed with features and built-in design settings. But, sometimes it would be nice to enhance these features by designing two modules using Divi and then inserting one into the other. One good example of this would be inserting a module (like a contact form) into a toggle module so that the form will show when clicking the toggle.

In this tutorial, we are going to share how to insert Divi Modules or Rows into another Divi Module. To do this requires adding a few small snippets of JQuery. Once the code is in place, we can use the Divi Builder to add the appropriate CSS classes to target the elements we want to insert/move and the module we want to put them in.

Let’s get started!

Sneak Peek

Here is a quick look at the examples we’ll build in this tutorial.

A Contact Form Inside a Toggle Module

A Toggle Module and Button Module Inside a Blurb Module (right column)

A Divi Row Inside a Toggle Module

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Click the Import button.

In the portability popup, select the import tab and choose the download file from your computer.

Then click the import button.

Once done, the section layout will be available in the Divi Builder.

Let’s get to the tutorial, shall we?

What You Need to Get Started

To get started, you will need to do the following:

After that, you will have a blank canvas to start designing in Divi.

Things to Keep in Mind

For this tutorial, the process of styling all modules you want to use in this process can still be done visually using the Divi Builder built-in settings, so we will leave that part to you. We are going to focus more on how to apply the right CSS Classes and HTML to each Divi element in order to insert the module(s)/row(s) inside another module.

Keep in mind that we will only be able to see the end result on a live page, not while editing from the visual Divi Builder. In other words, we can design the modules with Divi but they will remain separate in the builder until you view the live version of the page.

You can only insert modules or rows inside a module that has the ability to add text/html.

Also, as we’ll explain later, there are certain limits to the number of instances (modules or rows being inserted into another module) you can have within a column or section. When inserting modules into another module, you are limited to one “destination” module (the module the will hold the module(s) you want to insert) per column. And, when inserting rows into another module, you are limited to one “destination” module per section. Although this is a limitation in one sense, it does give you the option of having multiple instances on your page when needed.

Part 1: How to Insert Divi Modules into Another Module

For the first part of this tutorial, we are going to show you how to insert Divi Modules into another module. First, we’ll show you how to add a Contact Module inside of a Toggle Module. Then, we’ll show you how to add a Toggle Module and a Button Module inside of a Blurb Module.

Example 1: Inserting a Contact Form Module Inside of a Toggle Module

Add New Row

To start, add a new one-column row to the section.

Add Toggle Module (the Destination Module)

Inside the column, add a toggle module.

For this example, we want to insert a module inside this Toggle Module which we can refer to as our destination module. Technically, the actual destination will be inside the Toggle Module’s body content (where you can add text/HTML). To designate the destination location, we need to insert a new div with a necessary CSS class that will serve as the target location for our portable module (the module we want to insert).

Under the content tab of the toggle settings, add the following HTML to the body. Make sure to click the Text tab before inserting HTML.

Add the Contact Form Module (the Portable Module)

Next, we need to add the module we want to insert into the Toggle Module. In this example, we are going to insert a Contract Form Module into the body of the Toggle Module. It is important to add the new “portable” module within the same column as the destination module.

To do this, add a new contact form module directly under the toggle module.

Click the Advanced tab under the settings of the Contact Form (of any module you want to insert) and add the following CSS Class:

Add Column Class

Next we need to add a custom class to the column that holds both modules. Open the column settings and add the following CSS Class:

Add the Code

The code needed to make this work is pretty short and simple. Basically, we want to use JQuery to find each module with the class “divi-portable-module” with the parent column (the one with the class “parent-column”) and append each of those modules inside the div with the class “divi-module-destination”.

The code also includes a snippet to insert a button module to another module and a snippet to insert Divi rows into a module.

To add the code, add a new code module under the contact form module.

Before you paste the necessary code, add the script tags needed for embedding JS into HTML inside the Code box:

Then paste the following code between the script tags:

Understanding the Functionality

Inside the Divi Builder on the backend, the modules will remain separate. However, if you view the results on the live page on the frontend, you will see that the contact form has been inserted into the Toggle module.

If you inspect the code on the live page, you can see that the Contact Form Module has been successfully inserted inside the div with the class “divi-module-destination”.

Styling the Modules

Like we mentioned before, the modules will remain separate on the backend Divi Builder. However, the styles you add to each will still apply. So feel free to add update the styles of both the destination module and the portable module using the Divi Builder.

NOTE: In some cases, the styles of the destination module (now a parent module) may be applied to the inserted module. If this is the case, you should be able to override that style by updating the settings of the inserted module.

The Result

Here is the final result when viewing the live page.

Example 2: Inserting a Toggle Module Inside of a Blurb Module

For our next example, we are going to insert a Toggle Module inside of a Blurb Module. The process is the same as before. The code snippet limits the usage of one destination module per column. In other words, you can have multiple portable modules with the class “divi-portable-module” that can be added to the destination module, but you can only have one instance of the div with the class “divi-module-destination” per column.

To demonstrate this, let’s repeat the same process with another group of modules in another column of the same row.

Add New Column to Row

First, add a new column to the existing row.

Add Column Class

Give the new column the following CSS Class like we did in the first column:

Add Blurb Module (the Destination Module)

Inside the new column, add a blurb module which will serve as our destination module.

Inside the body of the blurb, paste the following HTML that includes the same div with the class “divi-module-destination” where you want the portable module(s) to be inserted (in this case under the mock body text):

Add Toggle Module (Portable Module)

Since we want to add a toggle module to the blurb, create a new toggle module within the same column as the blurb.

Then add the following CSS Class to the Toggle module to designate it as the module we want to move/insert into the blurb:

Now check the live page to see the result. The toggle will now reside within the blurb module.

Example 3: Inserting a Button Module Inside of a Blurb Module

For this next example, we are going to insert a button module into the same blurb module from our previous example. Normally, for any other module, we would repeat the same process to add a new portable module to the blurb. But, because the button module is built a little differently on the backend, we need to add a different class to the button module.

Add Button Module (Portable Module #2)

To do this, add a new button module under the toggle module already being inserted into the blurb.

Then, add the following CSS Class to the button module:

The Result

Now check out the result on the live page. The Blurb Module now contains the toggle module and the button module.

And here is the corresponding code snippet used to insert the button module inside the module with the “destination” div. The main difference with this code snippet is that we are targeting the parent element (the button wrapper div behind the scenes) of the button class “divi-portable-button”.

Part 2: How to Insert Divi Rows into a Module

If you want to insert an entire row (or rows) inside of a module, the process is very similar to inserting a module into another module. We need add class “parent-section” to the section containing the destination module and the portable rows we want to insert. We need to add the div with the class “divi-row-destination” to the destination module. And we need to add the class “divi-portable-row” to the row(s) we want to insert into the destination module.

Here’s how to do it.

Add Section

First, add a new regular section to the page.

Under the advanced tab of the section settings, add the following CSS Class:

Add Row for Destination Module

Add a new one-column row to hold the destination module.

Add Toggle Module (the Row Destination Module)

For this example, we are going to insert a row inside of a Toggle module. Therefore, add a new Toggle Module to the row.

Since the Toggle Module is our destination module, open the settings for the toggle, and add the following HTML to the body content:

Create Portable Row

Now that the destination module is in place, add a new row under the previous row. This will serve as the portable row that we will insert into the Toggle Module.

Fill Row with Content

At this point, you can fill the row with any content/modules you want using the Divi Builder. Keep in mind that everything within the row will eventually become inserted into the toggle module since it resides inside the row.

Add Class to Row

Then open the settings of the row and designate it as a row you want to insert into the Toggle Module by giving it the following CSS Class:

How it Works

As a reminder, the row will remain separate from the module when editing the layout using the Divi Builder on the backend. But the functionality is in place to insert the row inside the Toggle Module.

The Result

To see the result, check out the live page and open the toggle module. It now contains the entire row.

And here is the corresponding code snippet that makes this possible. Notice the corresponding classes being used.

Inserting Multiple Rows inside the Module

As long as you keep one instance of the destination module (i.e. the div with the class “divi-row-destination”) per section, you can insert multiple rows to that destination simply by giving it the same class “divi-portable-row”.

For example, you could add another row with a gallery module above the row with the menu items previously created. Then give the row the same class “divi-portable-row”

Both rows with the class “divi-portable-row” will be inserted into the Toggle Module.

Using a Plugin/Shortcode

If you are looking for a plugin that does something similar and provides more flexibility or options, you can check out the Shortcodes for Divi plugin from our marketplace which allows you to embed any Divi layout to your page using a shortcode.  Once installed the plugin will generate a embedable shortcode for each layout you have saved to your Divi Library.

Final Thoughts

In most cases, there shouldn’t be a need to insert modules or rows into other modules unless there is a special need. Usually, you can get the layout/design you need without having to do this type of thing. However, for those of you looking for a simple way to do this without having to resort to a plugin, hopefully, this solution will come in handy.

Plus, think of all the possible applications!

I look forward to hearing from you in the comments.


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