I have a client who would like to place some introductory text over the image she is using in the slider on her homepage. I have seen examples of giving text such as this a semi-transparent background to make it stand out clearly from the image.


I have created a child theme for Divi 2. Firstly I edited style.css in the child theme folder and inserted the CSS required for the background.

.st-bg {
    -webkit-border-radius: 15px;
    -moz-border-radius: 15px;
    border-radius: 15px;
    background-color: rgba(170, 170, 170, 0.50);
    margin-left: auto;
    margin-right: auto;
    padding-top: 10px;
    padding-bottom: 10px;
.st-bg-grey {
    background-color: rgba(170, 170, 170, 0.50);
.st-bg-red {
    background-color: rgba(255, 27, 17, 0.50);
.st-bg-green {
    background-color: rgba(0, 255, 0, 0.50);

This would be enough if it was only going to be used by another developer but I am intending for it to be used by non-techie customers so I would prefer it to be referenced by a shortcode. Therefore, in functions.php (again in the child theme folder) I added the code:

// Add Shortcode
function st_bg_text_shortcode( $atts , $content = null ) {

    // Attributes
    extract( shortcode_atts(
                'color' => 'grey',
            ), $atts )

    $color = "st-bg-" . $color;

    // Code
    return '<div class="st-bg ' . $color . '">' . $content . '</div>';

add_shortcode( 'st-bg', 'st_bg_text_shortcode' );

Now my client can surround the text with the shortcode [st-bg color="grey"] to achieve the background shown above. As you can see I have added some styles and code for other colours.


[st-bg color="red"]

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