Many people who use the WordPress Divi Accordion Module want it to start out closed by default. Every WordPress client I have who uses the Divi Accordion has asked for it, and there are many people online asking about it.
One way around this is to use multiple Divi Toggle Modules, but that doesn’t behave exactly the same as an accordion, as they don’t close automatically when another is opened.
The Solution: Make an Invisible First Row!
The solution I came up with is to make a dummy first row which is invisible!
After you create your regular accordion items, create one with the title of “Invisible” (actually, it can be called whatever you want).
Go to the Custom CSS tab for that item and scroll down to Toggle Title. Enter “display: none;” here as shown below.
Save the item.
Next, drag it to the top of the Item list so that it is first as shown below:
Save the module and the page.
Voila! The accordion should appear closed when you go to your site! Check out this screenshot:
Now, depending on your theme’s styling, there might be some padding that is present in the invisible first row. Use CSS to set padding, height, etc. to zero in the first row’s CSS section if necessary.
How it Works
In reality, the first item of the accordion is open. But, it’s invisible, so the real accordion elements that you care about all look closed!
Clicking any visible element will open it as usual. No one will know there’s an invisible one there!
As a bonus, you get a line on top, which is something that I think makes it look nicer. If you don’t like it, you can “display:none” the entire first row (not just the text).
Bonus – How to Make a “Close Accordion” Button
The other thing that everyone asks for is the ability to close an accordion element by clicking it again. Right now, the only way to close one is to open another. There’s no way to close all elements in the default accordion once you’ve opened one.
There is a paid plugin called Divi Booster that lets you close an open accordion item by clicking it again (which is really what we want), but I haven’t tried it yet. They also supply the code to do it yourself.
You can also use a variation of the technique I described above to create a “close all” button. Simply create an accordion item with no content, but with the title, “Close All” (or whatever you want the button to be called).
I recommend styling it differently to make it look more like a button. I added CSS to the Toggle Title area of the Custom CSS section to make the font smaller and lighter than the other accordion titles.
Finally, hide the plus button by adding “display:none;” to the Toggle Icon area of the Custom CSS section of the item.
Voila! This accordion item will behave just like a “close accordion” button. But, all it is is an accordion item with no content!
Increasing Accordion Open/Close Speed
There is a hack but it’s not pretty. Please get on chat with Elegant Themes to request adjustable open/close times!
Elegant Themes, please get on this! Until then, hope these hacks are helpful.
Let me know in the comments what you think. – Brian