Last week was release update week at Thrive Themes.

This update is nearly twice the size of our last set of updates, with a total of 7 new features and improvements to our WordPress software.

The backbone of the update is Thrive Architect version 2.5.1, but improvements will be noticeable in Thrive Leads, Thrive Quiz Builder and Thrive Theme Builder too.

Read on for a quick tour of these new features.

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1. Drag Handles for Easy Video Resizing

The Video element now gets a UI improvement with drag-handles on all four corners, just like the Image element did a few months ago. Check it out!

Grab a video by the corner and drag to resize it

Videos have a fixed aspect ratio so no matter where you pull that corner, your video will look as it should. (Don't forget you can choose a custom aspect ratio too.)

Behind the scenes, this is adjusting the maximum width properties of the video which means your changes are responsive and mobile friendly.

2. Customize Your Video Thumbnail Icons

Speaking of video...

Thrive Architect has always had an option to choose a custom video thumbnail. 

With this setting, you're able to embed a video from your favorite hosting platform such as YouTube, Vimeo, Wistia, etc. and then replace the default thumbnail with something that fits your blog or landing page.

By default, this custom video thumbnail was overlaid with a white Play icon.

For this thumbnail, the light Play icon in the middle is too hard to see.

Depending on your thumbnail, you may want to customize that icon or just remove it entirely.

Now you can. Under video options, open the advanced settings and look here:

New Play Icon settings

You can now pick any icon you want, change its color and opacity, and resize it until it begs to be clicked by your visitors... Or just disable the icon entirely.

Look at how a quick customization makes this thumbnail much more clickable:

Now the Blue Play icon is unmissable.

3. Text Area Form Field Added to Lead Generation

We're working on a large set of updates to the Lead Generation element that will vastly increase what you can do with it.

This began with the ability to Send Lead Gen Data via Email and Custom Field Integrations with Email Autoresponders that we released in December 2019

In this latest update, we've added a Text Area form field too. It looks like this:

New Text Area form field now on Lead Generation forms

A Text Area field is ideal for gathering long answers from your leads.

This now means that the Lead Generation element can do everything our Contact Form element can, which prepares the way for a whole bunch of great new features coming soon.

You can use the Text Area element to build a Contact Form and subscribe visitors to your mailing list... at the same time. Or just send the form submission data to an email address of your choosing.

You can do this by clicking on "add connection" and choosing "email", this will simply send the collected data to a specified email address. And when you click on the "add connection" button again, you can add more services to the same form!

To add a Text Area, simply add it as another form field on your Lead Generation forms.

Look for Textarea as a custom field type

But what's special about this Text Area field?

Look carefully and you'll see a resizing tool in the corner and a character count underneath.

Those zebra stripes are a resizing handle.

The resizing tool in the corner lets your visitors click and drag the size of the Text Area box, perfect for when they have a lot to write.

The Character Count shows your visitors what limits that you are willing to accept on the form (minimum and maximum).

Both of these can be switched off. Here's the Text Area options panel:

Here are your main options for Text Area fields.

Setting a minimum character count above 0 makes this a required field that cannot be submitted until the visitor has written more. Setting the maximum character count to 0 means there is no limit at all.

Styling of the Text Area is grouped so it will seamlessly match your other form fields too.

4. Labels Added To Form Fields

If you're going to add multiple Text Areas or form fields to your Lead Generation forms, you might want to add labels as instructions.

Now you can. 

The blue text in this screenshot are new form labels

Labels can be enabled individually for each form field and have all the text styling options of the standard text element. Style changes are auto-grouped amongst your labels too. 

This blows the door wide open for new form designs. Just wait for our next few releases and you'll start to see how all of this comes together.

5. Import and Export Quizzes in Thrive Quiz Builder

This is a hotly requested feature for Thrive Quiz Builder, and we're pleased to deliver a simple solution for you.

You can now export and import your quizzes.

To export, simply open a specific quiz you have made in Thrive Quiz Builder and look for the new export option in the top right:

Click here to easily export your quiz.

Clicking Export will create a Zip of all the .Json files that make up your quiz.

Then it's just a matter of Importing that quiz on any other website with Thrive Quiz Builder installed. This option can be found in the main Quiz Builder dashboard here:

Click here to import your Quiz Zip file.

...and add your Quiz Zip file in the screen that pops up.

Any imported quizzes will appear in your Quiz dashboard.

6. Custom Fields Integration with MailerLite

Custom Fields are one of the advanced features in an Email Marketing tool that works tightly with our Lead Generation element.

This week, we've added Custom Field support to MailerLite, a popular autoresponder.

That now brings the list of Email Marketing tools with Custom Field support to 7:

  • ActiveCampaign
  • MailChimp
  • GetResponse
  • Aweber
  • InfusionSoft / Keap
  • ConvertKit
  • MailerLite (New) 

By the way... we're taking requests. If you want to use Custom Fields with your email tool, let us know which one in the comments below.

7. Under The Hood Fixes

Most of our releases include a few fixes, improvements or updates that you'll hardly notice. But in case you do, here's the two:

  • Floating Video: Now compatible with video blog posts built in Thrive Theme Builder. Floating Video auto-replay bug fixed.
  • Improved Buttons: Smart color settings are now also retained when cycling through button styles.

Suggestions or Questions? Leave a comment!

Your feedback, comments and suggestions are super valuable to us and often form the inspiration for our updates.

Is there something new you want to see? Something else you'd like improved? Let us know by dropping 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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