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Another Amazing Thrive Architect Update: November 2019

It's that time again: feature update time! 

This latest update is rich with impressive new features for Thrive Architect that we know you are going to love.

We publish our updates every 3 weeks on a Wednesday, so this update is already live as of yesterday.

What does it include?

Read on to have your mind blown!

More...

To get access to all of these features, make sure you've updated the Thrive Architect plugin in your WordPress dashboard to Version 2.4.5

1. All New Page Blocks!

It's slick. It's fast. It's beautiful...

We've just introduced a new feature called Page Blocks to our Smart Landing Page Sets.

Now you can build beautiful, customized landing pages at lightning speed

How does it work?

Of our 8 Smart Landing Page Sets, there are 2 that already have Page Blocks technology: the Bright Smart set, and the Not PS Smart set. You'll recognize these sets by the icon of 3 green blocks in template view.

Look for these sets to try out Page Blocks

(Psst: The PS in 'Not PS' stands for Photoshop, so it's a play on the marketing gimmick of "I can't believe it's not butter!". In this case, you really won't believe that it's not Photoshop!)

Once you load any template inside these sets, you'll notice a new blue + icon beneath a background section. Hover over it, and you'll get the option to add a Page Block.

Look for the Blue + Icon

Click it to add a new Page Block

So, what exactly is a page block?

It's any piece from any page in the entire set! 

They are the pre-styled, full-width blocks (aka: background sections) that make up each template. And they'll immediately conform to your landing page widths and your chosen smart colors.

There are 48 Page Blocks available just in the Not PS Smart Set

Yes, that means you can grab that beautiful Call-To-Action on the lead generation page and drop it onto your homepage. Or drop the testimonial design from the sales page right into your about page.

Did you ever make the mistake of customizing a landing page and deleting a section from it, only to later want that section back?

Now you can... in literally 2 clicks.

And yes, it's all the page blocks across the entire set. So even if you load the Sales Page template, you can still drop in blocks from any other template within that set.

The 6 whole-page templates in the Not PS set that you can access 

Really, this is a feature that has to be seen to be believed.

So, here's a 30 second demonstration of how easy it is. For this demonstration, rather than starting with a complete template (which you can do), we started with the new blank page template inside the Smart Set.

Incredibly fast!

We're going to publish a more detailed video soon about the intricacies of this amazing new feature. But for now, you know the basics... so try it out for yourself!

2. Shared Typography

This is another game changer.

When you are editing text, your typography bar has a new drop-down. Take a look:

The new Shared Typography drop-down

You know what that means? You can preview your Heading styles and apply them to your text with a click.

If you use Google Docs, then I think you know what else this means...

You can update a heading style to match with just a click!​​​​

Click here to update the shared style

In this above example, we've styled some bright orange text on the page. It's been capitalized, bolded, and we've set a size, color and custom font.

Now, with that orange text selected, we can click 'Update Heading 3 to Match'.

Now all text that reads from that H3 is going to magically update to our orange styling. If you then load the typography dropdown, and you'll see your new style right here:

Heading 3 has been updated to orange

Hold your horses, we're not even done yet!

Sometimes you want to save a specific font or text style, but you don't want to override the default heading appearances.

Well, you'll see at the top right, we have a 'Custom' option. Click it, and here's what you see:

Click over to Custom and you can save your style here

So long as you have your preferred text already selected on the page, you can simply type in a new style name, click 'save', and it'll be added to your custom typography styles!

In this case, I've styled some Red Handwriting text, configured it to be an H4 (for SEO purposes), and saved it as a custom style. Voila!

Our new red style can be previewed under 'Custom' 

Amazing, right?

"Does this affect theme fonts?"

When you load a landing page template, your Typography settings are unique to that page. Applying a style won't affect the rest of your site.


However, if you use Thrive Architect on your theme-made blog posts and pages, instead of seeing 'Landing Page' here:



...you'll see the word 'Default'. That's how you will know that you're editing general Architect styles.


Updating the default typography will change your text styles across blog posts and pages, but only when they are built with Thrive Architect.


For example: If you write a blog post in the native WordPress editor, text will still be your theme's default.

3. Drag-To-Set Line Spacing

This one will also give you more power with text editing.

Have you ever clicked a text element and wondered why there is extra space at the bottom of the box? And you can't find it under padding or margins?

From a web design perspective, it's because a text element has its own line spacing as well as living inside a container.

Regarding CSS, that's how it should work. But for someone just trying to make the page look right, that doesn't seem to make sense.

So we cleaned that up for you, with a new visual Line Spacing option in the Thrive Architect side bar.

Look here for easy adjustments to line spacing

Not only does this give you a visual representation of your spacing, but you can click those dotted lines and drag them up or down until your spacing is just right.

Have a look at it in action:

4. Featured Content In Post Lists

Remember when we first announced the Post List earlier this year, and we said we had some big plans for it?

And then we upgraded it again... and again... with every single release since?

This release is no different.

We read your comments and feature suggestions and saw a clever idea that was raised: Adding Featured Content.

Here's where you'll find the Featured Content Toggle.

You'll now find a new toggle in the Architect side bar for the Post List, that says 'Show Featured Content'.

When you click to enable this toggle, a Feature Content area will appear above your standard Post List. 

A blue box at the top for Featured Content will appear

When you select the Feature Content area, you'll see similar options that you are used to from the Post List, where you can configure a filter to choose the blog post you would like to show.

Featured Content templates that load will be laid out horizontally, as you can see here:

These 15 Featured Content templates are already included

After selecting a template and choosing a filter, your Featured Post will display across the top of your Post List, and cannot be missed by your visitors.

By default it will be set to show only 1 featured post, but of course you can add multiple.

Here's one I prepared earlier:

A post list with a beautiful featured article across the top

So, why is this so incredible?

3 reasons:

  1. 1
    Show Off Your Best Work: Although your post list can populate with a great selection of articles, if you have one outstanding piece, you'll want to make sure your visitors don't miss it. That's what Featured Content is for.
  2. 2
    It won't display the same post twice: The filter for the Post List is smart. Anything that displays as featured content will be excluded from appearing in the regular Post List. No doubling up!
  3. 3
    It stays fixed with pagination: You know we secretly added pagination, right? Now your visitors can easily scroll through multiple posts in the post list. But when they do, your featured content will still remain visible at the top even while the posts below change.

5. Autofill Lead Generation Forms

This is one for our advanced users. You're going to love it.

And it improves Thrive Leads too!

You can now autofill your Lead Generation forms with Dynamic Data. Before we explain how it works, let's paint a picture:

Imagine you have a user that has logged in on your WordPress website. Perhaps they are a student of your online courses made with Thrive Apprentice.

Now that user comes across an opt-in form for a special PDF download that you're offering elsewhere on your site, and they really want to get it. 

Let's say the opt-in form looks something like this:

By the way, this opt-in form is an example Page Block that takes 2 seconds to add!

Should they fill out your form again manually?

Of course not! You already have their email address.

Well, now you can intelligently autofill the 'email address' field (and others!) with that user's data, making it even easier for them to get that PDF.

Here's how it works:

After you place a Lead Generation form on the page, click the pencil 'edit' icon next to a form field in the sidebar. Right underneath the placeholder options we had before, you'll see new Autofill settings:

New Autofill Settings

To get to the real power, check the box to activate Smart Complete.

Once you do, you'll be able to select the type of variable you want Thrive Architect to look for. Your options include:

  • URL Query String
  • Post Variable
  • User Data
  • Content
  • Source
  • Shortcode
  • Time and Date

Within each of these, you can load the variable name.

Look at these two examples below. On the left, the email field will auto-fill with a logged-in WordPress user's email address.

On the right, the email field will look in the URL query string for a value assigned to 'email', and autofill it straight away.

This autofills WordPress user email

This autofills email from the querystring

Starting to see the amazing use cases? And it all applies to Thrive Leads too.

This is an incredibly powerful feature, but it can be tricky to understand. We're going to create some tutorial content around this soon to help you see where and how to use this.

But for now, we're building upon this even further in the coming few releases. So stay tuned to see this feature evolve!

P.S.: For the really advanced users, try this with an HTML form code rather than API connection and marvel at what Thrive Architect can now do.)

6. Smart Colors Now Available on All Elements

The Smart Color technology we're using on our Smart Landing pages is already incredible. With it, you can change entire page template colors with a click and the color algorithm will intelligently apply new shades where you need them.

In this update, we've now made it possible to link any element color to a Smart Color. You'll find the options under 'Template Colors' whenever you are working with a Smart Landing Page.

These connect to your Smart Color palette

This means you can drop buttons, content boxes, icons - anything - onto the page and apply a Template Color to it.

Then when you want to try a different palette? A few clicks to set some new colors from the style editor and your custom elements will inherit those changes too.

The Style Editor lets you change those colors page-wide with a click

7. Icons Included in Global Button Styles

Often when you're working on your website, you'll want to create a branded button that becomes your regular go-to.

This is why you can save the look of a button as a 'Global Style'.

Click here to save your branded button

What we've added in the latest release is the inclusion of Icon Styles with your saved buttons. 

This means you can customize the look of an icon included in your button and the icon styling will carry over whenever you load that style.

Look at this button example:

This is a button with a styles icon on the left.

The icon on this button is white, positioned to the left, and we've added a floating underline. Now if you save this style, you can load it with with a click and it will retain the color, underline and padding of the icon.

8. Thrive Optimize and Templates Now Work on Custom Post Types

This is a feature that increases compatibility with third party plugins.

If you have a plugin that uses custom post types or you are working with a developer to create a unique setup for your website, you may want to access Thrive Architect features on those pages.

Now you can!

So long as the Custom Post Types are correctly registered, you'll find you can load our beautiful templates in a click.

And with Thrive Optimize, that now means you can vastly increase your conversions by setting up A/B Split Tests even on those Custom Post Types.

9. Hiding Download Option From Self-Hosted Media

If you're hosting videos or audio files in your WordPress media library, then by web-browser default, your visitors could download those files with a click.

In most use cases, you don't want them to download your media. You want them to play it right there on the page.

So, now we're hiding this option by default, while giving you the option to add it back in if you need.

New 'allow users to download' is unchecked by default

Bear in mind that this only applies to self-hosted media, and a clever visitor can still find a way to download it. But now we're making sure your browser isn't offering that option easily on the front-end. 

We always recommend using a service like Vimeo or Wistia to host video you want to keep protected.

10. Under-The-Hood Improvements

Each release often includes a few improvements that you might not notice. Just to keep you in the loop, here are the latest 2:

  1. 1
    Faster Loading time on Content Blocks and Page Blocks
  2. 2
    Improved Thumbnail generation for Templates and Symbols

Thrive Quiz Builder Gets Audio Questions

If you haven't yet seen, we've recently been adding lots of new features to Thrive Quiz Builder as well. You can watch the video about these updates right here.

But we added another feature in yesterday's update too: Audio Questions for Quiz Builder.

Impressed? Leave a comment!

What an amazing round of new features for Thrive Architect

To get access to all of these features, make sure you've updated the Thrive Architect plugin in your WordPress dashboard to Version 2.4.5

We think you're especially going to love the new Page Blocks, Typography Styles and Post List Featured Content.

What will you try out this week? And are there any new features you'd love to see in Architect? Let us know with a comment below!

About the Author Bradley Stevens


Brad is the CEO at Thrive Themes, and a serious marketing nerd. He’s been a videographer on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a drummer in a rock band, an actor in independent films, and he’s created and sold his own online courses.

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