Add Custom Pull-Quotes to Divi (aka Blockquotes)

By Divi Dude

Irecently built a website in Extra for a client who writes a 3-times a week column (or as he calls it – thrice weekly).
As news articles are wont to do, it needed to have a pull quote for each column (column here meaning article, not the opposite of row). So of course, I designed a number of different looks for him to choose from. I actually patted myself on the back for some of them, because they were way cool (cool being a subjective term, we are talking about pull quotes here on a Divi website). And as clients are wont to do (I’m using that phrase a lot), he picked the most basic of the choices.
Well, not all of you want the basic pull quote, so I decided to put my thinking cap back on and come up with some pull quote ideas for you all (or as my Southern friends are wont to say – y’all).

You may know pull-quotes as the newspaper term “Cut-Quote,” or as they’re called in WordPress’s Guttenberg “Blockquote” or the client term “Really Big Quote Thingy.” They’re all the same thing.

There are several ways we can go about designing pull-quotes. We can use the Blockquote button in the MCE that comes with WordPress’s Guttenberg text box; or we can use Divi’s Visual Builder to design the pull-quotes using modules such as Text or Blurb; or we can use the Quote Shortcode that comes with Divi. I don’t find that one too useful, so I’m going to skip that one.

If you scroll near the bottom of the page (at the very bottom of this write-up, there is a YouTube video in case you’d rather watch that.

Using Blockquote Button in WordPress

Let’s get started with WordPress’s Blockquote button. Here’s a picture of what it looks like straight out of the box:

When we inspect the unaltered CSS, we get this:
Let’s customize it and see what other fun things we can do with the pull-quote.

We’ll start with the basics and give the border a color of red and make it a bit thicker. Also, we’ll want to adjust the margins to move it further and add a bit of padding so it’s not so close to the left border. This is what we end up with:

And here’s the code we used:
In the code above we changed the left and right margins to 50px. We also adding a bit more padding and changed the border-left from 5px to 8px and finally added a red color to the border.
I like my pull-quotes to be larger than my regular text. But when we try and add a font-size to the above CSS, nothing happens. We’ll need to target the paragraph defaults within the Blockquote CSS. To do this we have to add a new class to our custom CSS.
Now it’s time to style it. I’m going to make the text larger, give it a different color, adjust the line-height and italicize it. I end up with:
Notice I used “!important” after most of these changes. I do this so Divi knows this setting is more important than the default settings, or else, it may just revert to the default. You can try it without it, but in my doing this tutorial I found I had to use it.
Here’s what we’ve done so far.

In our case above we have one border. What if we wanted to add two borders? Then we’d simply copy and paste the border code and change it to border-right, so we have both a left and right.

If you prefer to have the pull-quote borders on the top and bottom, then simply change the border-right and border-left to border-top and border-bottom. Make sure to include border-left: none;

Pull Quote with Curved Left and Right Borders

Let’s get back to the right and left borders.

One of the things I really like to do is to take my straight line and make it curve. To do this, we simply add a border-radius, like this:

And here’s what we end up with.

Again, you can play around with only using one border or top / bottom borders.

Create a Funky Shaped Border for Pull-Quote

You want to start getting some pretty unique shapes, try changing the border radius from pixels to a percentage. Here’s what happens when we change the border-radius from 25px to 10%.

Put a Pull-Quote in a Box

One of the things I really like to do is set my pull-quote apart from the rest of the text by encasing it in a box and adding a solid drop-shadow behind it. So here, we’re going to add borders all the way around the quote. Notice how we removed the left or right designation, and just use the word “border?” When there is only one size option, then borders are drawn all the way around. To add the drop shadow, we add a box-shadow element to our CSS. (see this tutorial for how to create box shadows). Play around with these numbers to get the look you like (the first 3 numbers have to do with the X and Y radius, and the feathering. The numbers in the parenthesis are the rgba values (the “a” being the opacity)).

Here’s what the CSS looks like for the above sample.

Adding a Colored Background to Pull-Quote

All these examples used the color of the background from your post. What if you wanted to change the color? Well, that’s simple, just add a background element.

Here’s an example of a basic pull-quote with a reddish-grey background.

 A couple of things to note in the code below. We added a border:none because the original code that comes with Divi has a border in it (and we need to remove it). We also changed the color of the font, just to show it can be any color you want.

You can add background color to any of the above pull-quotes as well.

Creating an Oval Pull-Quote

Remember how above we added curvatures to the border lines on left and right?  What if we wanted our quote to appear in an oval shaped border?  Simply add a border all the way around your pull-quote and then change the border radius to 25% or 50% (or play with these values to get something you like).

And here’s the code used:

Don’t Forget the Media Query

One thing I forget a lot is to discuss the changes for mobile and tablet. To do this, you have to add a Media Query. And since seemingly every phone and every tablet has its own size, thus making getting the Media Query just right is difficult. You can do as many as you feel is necessary, but for the purpose of this tutorial I will be including media queries for some of the screen break points Divi uses.

I will use the Oval shaped pull-quote we just did.  We will use the same Blockquote Blockquote P classes we just used, but this time insert them inside a Media Query.  We will make one for a screen sized between 768px and 980px (i.e. Tablet), one for screens 480px and 768px (i.e. Cell in turned Landscape), and then one for screens 479px and smaller (i,e, Cell turned Portrait).

We use @media screen and tell minimum and maximun width of the screens we want the CSS to apply to .  Then I simply copy the CSS code and insert it between {} and then changes to the variables that I need to.  Usually, this will be font-size, padding and margins.  

In my example below I added a  margin to the Blockquote p class as it needed it.  But play around with your own settings to get what you like.

Wrapping Up This Tutorial

So that’s a lot of different ways you can stylize the pull-quote using the blockquote CSS that comes with WordPress.

If you’re like me, you often times use Divi’s modules instead of Guttenberg.  If that’s the case, and you see a style you like, use the Blurb module (my favorite to use) and then just stylize that module to act like a blockquote. I show an example of this in the YouTube video using the Text Module.

See the Pull Quote Tutorial on YouTube

I created a video on YouTube going over everything I have written here.  so if you prefer to watch the video instead of reading the text, then here it is.

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