Fixing “This file should not be imported in this context.” Layout Error
Having trouble exporting and importing Divi builder layouts? These tips might help.
Recently, while trying to export / import a Divi Builder page, I received an error I hadn’t seen before:
This file should not be imported in this context.
A quick google led me to see that this was a problem others have been having. In reply to one such comment, Elegant Themes’ advise:
This means you are uploading the file to the wrong place, or you are uploading the wrong type of file… Go to Divi > Divi Library and click the “Import & Export” button. Also, be sure to unzip the file first and upload the .json file inside.
I was trying to export from a page and import to a blank page on another site, so there didn’t seem to be any particular problem with the place I was uploading the file to. While I could have tried uploading it to the Divi Library directly, I was pretty sure I should be able to import directly to the page, and it was something I wanted to do, so I figured I’d save the Divi Library upload as a last resort.
Looking at the file I had exported, it was of the right file type (.json), and was not zipped. However, when I opened the file, I realized it was completely empty. Clearly there was a problem with the export which needed to be sorted before the import could be expected to work. I tried reloading the page I wanted to export, and re-exporting it. However, the exported file was again empty.
Saving the layout to the library
I decided to try first saving the page as a layout on the original site (using Divi Builder’s “Save to Library” feature). After doing this, I tried exporting again. This time, the exported file contained the correct content and I was able to import it directly to the target site, without error. It seems Divi exports the layout a page is based on, rather than the content of the page itself, and so you must first create a layout from your page.
So if you are getting the same error message, try saving your page to the Divi Library prior to exporting it.
Changing the Filename
Another thing that I have found to affect whether or not the export works is the choice of filename for the exported layout. In one case, I noticed that if the filename I entered contained spaces or hyphens, the downloaded file would be empty. Simply changing the filename to a single word (e.g. “layout”) resulted in the download working correctly.
Try different upload methods
I found this on ET’s support forum. One user apparently had different results with the different uploaders in Divi. Here is what they found:
Apparently there are 3 ways to add the .json File.
From dashboard > Divi > Divi Library . Did not work
From Visual Editor > where import/export icon is. Did Not work
From Page editor > Where import/export icon is. This one did work.
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