Hold on to your hats, because here we go again...

It's another seriously impressive update to the Thrive Themes suite of plugins.

It's a good time to be a Thrive Suite user because this week we've rolled out improvements that will help you:

  • Sell courses
  • Convert leads
  • Engage visitors on your blog
  • Publish beautiful landing page templates
  • Prepare your online store

In this blog post, I'll show you all 11 new features, where you'll find them and how you can use them on your website.

Let's go!


1. Thrive Apprentice Integrated With ThriveCart

You've been asking for this integration for over a year, and... it's finally here.

Now you are finally able to sell Thrive Apprentice online courses through ThriveCart without any need for a 3rd party membership tool.

Thrive Apprentice is our WordPress plugin for creating and publishing online courses.

Every time the topic of ThriveCart comes up, we have to clarify something:

ThriveCart is not created by Thrive Themes.

They have a similar name but are a different company. However, they have created an excellent checkout tool, so it makes sense for the two Thrives to work together.

How to get ThriveCart

If you visit the ThriveCart website, you'll see that it is not available to buy without going through their pilot program or using an affiliate partner.

Although we generally avoid affiliate links on our blog to keep our intentions pure, we'll make an exception so you can access it directly.

Get ThriveCart here.

Let's go through the setup process.

Step 1: Connect Thrive Apprentice with ThriveCart.

This integration operates differently to our SendOwl integration. We built our own API for Thrive Apprentice. The first step is to create an API key to connect with ThriveCart.

You'll only need to complete this step once per website.

In Thrive Apprentice, find the new API Keys option under the Settings dropdown.

Begin by creating an API key in Thrive Apprentice.

Follow the steps and create your own API key.

Now, head over to ThriveCart and navigate to Settings > Integrations.

You'll find Thrive Apprentice listed as a membership platform.

Thrive Apprentice will be available as an integration in ThriveCart.

Under the integration settings, enter the Thrive Apprentice site name, URL (including https before the address), and your API Key, then save the site.

Enter these 3 fields and click save. Done!

That's it! Thrive Apprentice and ThriveCart are now connected.

Step 2: Connect a ThriveCart product to a Thrive Apprentice course

Inside of Thrive Apprentice, you'll find a new option under the 'Access Restrictions' tab for your courses: ThriveCart Product.

It's super simple. Select it, click Add Rule and Save. The rest will be managed from ThriveCart.

Select ThriveCart product as your access restriction. Easy!

Note: Courses will only show up in ThriveCart if they are published and have the correct access rule set.

Now it's time to configure a product in ThriveCart.

When you arrive at the Fulfillment tab in ThriveCart's product setup, choose 'Add them to my membership site'. The name may seem a bit misleading, since you are not applying a membership tier. Instead, you are providing access to a specific course.

You'll then be able to select Thrive Apprentice, find the name of your site and select the Thrive Apprentice course that you would like to sell.

Your Thrive Apprentice courses will show up here.

You'll also be able to add courses as order bumps, or for any upsells and downsells in your sales funnel.

Now you can either use ThriveCart's own checkout pages or embed the checkout into the funnel pages on your WordPress site built with our landing page builder, Thrive Architect. If you'd like to do the latter, we have a video tutorial on exactly how to set that up right here.


How the Purchase Flow Works

Once a customer has entered your sales funnel and completed a purchase, an account will be made on your WordPress website tied to the email address they used at the checkout, and they'll be granted access to their courses.

If a WordPress account with that email address already exists, the customer can go ahead and login with the password they're already using.

If an account does not yet exist, you can now automatically send them their login details via email.

How to Configure the Login Details Email

Under the Settings cog in Thrive Apprentice, you'll find a new Email Templates area.

Look for the new Email Templates option

Inside this area, you'll see a 'New Account Created' email template that looks like this:

Here you can customize your welcome email.

Notice how you can use this same template for SendOwl or for free courses you offer as lead magnets?

If your WordPress website is correctly setup with a transactional email service, this email will show up in an inbox just like this:

An example account creation email sent from Thrive Apprentice.

The Login URL that is displayed in the email is the page you have set under Apprentice > Display > Edit Login Page.

Important Note!
Set up a Transactional Email Service

The above email and any that you send from our Contact Form element will be sent from your WordPress website.

Inboxes are very suspicious of emails that are sent from WordPress. Gmail almost always sends them to the spam folder and even removes the hyperlinks.

If you ever send emails from a WordPress site, it is necessary to setup a Transactional Email Service or SMTP plugin. This means that WordPress creates the content of the email but it will be sent by a respectable email server... and inboxes will happily welcome the email.

We have a knowledge base article that shows you how to set this up here.

It took me only 10 minutes to setup a free SendGrid account which allows your WordPress site to send up to 100 transactional emails per day for free.

2. Thrive Apprentice Customer List

SendOwl users will know that we have a Customer List in Thrive Apprentice that helps you manage students and course access.

We've now expanded this Customer List to be more versatile across products, to allow you to add and revoke access to certain courses, and to batch import customers.

And it works with ThriveCart.

You'll find the Customer List under the Manage option.

In the customer list, you'll see every customer that has access to your Thrive Apprentice courses.

Here you can view, edit and add customer access manually.

The 'Edit Access Rights' option lets you grant or revoke access with just a few clicks.

Clicking 'Add Customer' lets you create a new user and assign access to a course straight away.

This is the 'Add New Customer' panel.

When 'Notify user by email' is enabled, the email described in the integration section above will be sent to the user when the account is created, providing them with their password and login information.

3. Improved Contact Forms and Lead Generation Templates

8 months worth of improvements to our Lead Generation element have led to this: 

A single element that can be used for both lead gen and contact forms, that connects with custom fields, and supports checkboxes, radios, dropdowns and more.

Both of these elements now open the same lightbox.

Now when you add either a Lead Gen or Contact form element to your page, you'll be greeted with a new lightbox:

The Form lightbox, with both Lead Gen and Contact Forms accessible on the left.

Rather than building your Lead Gen templates from scratch, you'll now have a selection of form templates to get you started (the default is still there).

You'll also be able to sort by Opt-In forms or Contact Forms and all templates are Smart Color enabled. This means they will match your page right out of the box and you can update their color with a click.

Check out some of the new form designs waiting for you.

What's Happening to the Contact Form Element?

When you load a new Contact Form, the options in the editor sidebar will be the same as those from a Lead Generation form. That's because it now uses the same underlying element.

Don't worry... Your existing Contact Forms won't be affected, only new ones that you add.

The reason we've done this it to give you all the bonus features of the lead gen element, just like you've been asking us to

That means your contact forms can use custom fields, checkboxes, dropdowns, radios... and you can subscribe visitors to your mailing list at the same time if you'd like to.

Remember, the core functionality of a Contact Form is sending an email from your website when the form is filled out. And that's as easy as clicking Add Connection > Email.

Choose the 'Email' connection to turn any form into a contact form.

4. Icon Library

Last release, we updated the Icon Library. This release, we've rolled out Part 2 of that update: new Material Design Icons and now Icon Styles.

New Material Icons

Material Icons are the open source icons from Google that we added in the last release. We've now imported a range of new Material Icon styles, bringing the selection to over 2700+.

Including super-cool Duotone icons!

The Material Icon library is now bigger... and inclues Duotone icons.

A Duotone icon is one that has an opacity value, meaning that it will display 2 different shades of the one input color.

Look at this car icon for reference:

An example Duotone icon.

See how it uses a dark blue border and a lighter blue shade for the bumper? That's a duotone icon in action.

Try them out, they look great!

Icon Style Selector

We noticed that Icons are often being used in the same way on websites: adding a border, some padding, rounded corners, and a background color.

We decided to make this easier for you with a new Icon Style option you'll find under the Main Options panel.

Apply common icon looks with a click

With two clicks, you can quickly apply a shape around your chosen icon... And yes, the display settings scale proprotionately as you resize your icon.

We've put together the most common Icon styles that we've seen but remember that you can always adjust the padding, change border types and widths and use different colors until you have the right design for your website.

5. New Previous/ Next Element

This one is for the Thrive Theme Builder's out there... You'll find a new element available in your sidebar when you are editing a single post template, called Previous/ Next Content.

Look for the new element in Thrive Theme Builder.

This element creates navigation buttons in your post template that allow your visitors to quickly open the next or the previous blog post, ordered by publish date.

To find this element, you must be editing a template in Thrive Theme Builder. If you're new to this, check out this knowledge base article: How to Edit Templates.

When you add the element, you'll see a selection of templates available.

Start with templates or build from scratch.

Once you've chosen a template, it will update to your theme's Smart Colors. In my example, it quickly adapted to my red accent color, and looked like this:

Regular button on left, hover state on right.

These buttons are clever. 

If your visitor navigates to the very first or very last post, then the button will be hidden from view if there is no other post to navigate to.

If you'd prefer to create your own Previous/Next buttons from scratch, you can add a Button to your post and create a dynamic link that will always update to the right content piece, just like this:

Choose the dynamic link type: Content > Next piece of Content

Or you can place a dynamic text link on the page that will update to display the title of the next or previous piece of content.

Dynamic text will display the Title of the next or previous piece of content.

6. WooCommerce Setup Wizard Improved

3 weeks ago, we released our WooCommerce integration with Thrive Theme Builder. We're committed to improving this integration and the next step was to expand the site setup wizard with a few extra steps:

Look for the new Wizard steps.

These new steps let you quickly scroll through and choose templates for your shop, product, cart and checkout templates. Just make sure you have WooCommerce installed before navigating to the Site Wizard.

With the new steps, you can apply any one of the following shop templates with just a few clicks. Just look at them!

Pick from any of our designer-made shop templates.

What's next for our WooCommerce integration?

We prefer to keep our secrets close, but just this one time we'll let it slip... eCommerce Headers and a Mini-Cart element are in development.

7. New Survey Quiz Type in Thrive Quiz Builder

Quizzes are one of the highest converting lead generation tools you'll ever find. But they are also a great way to collect customer insights.

We've now added a new quiz type to Thrive Quiz Builder that operates just like a survey:

The new survey style quiz is used to gain customer insights

This quiz type differs from all others because it does not have a Quiz Results page. Afterall, there is no result. You are just collecting insights.

Once your visitors have submitted the survey, you can navigate to the Thrive Quiz Builder reporting dashboard and see what results you've received:

The reporting dashboard makes it easy to see the quiz answers you have collected.

But why would someone want to answer your survey? Easy... Incentivize them.

In Thrive Quiz Builder, you can customize the results page per result. For a Survey quiz, there is only one page that everyone will see and it's the perfect place to include a link to a prize, coupon or free download.

The Survey Quiz results page is shown to everyone, no matter what answers are given.

Simply embed your new Survey quiz on your website and tell your visitors that if they complete your survey, they'll get your free eBook or offer.

8. New Page Wizard and Landing Page Gallery

Landing pages... blank pages... WordPress default pages... completely blank pages...

There are multiple ways you can build a page with Thrive Architect, especially when you are using Thrive Theme Builder too.

We've made this easier for you with a simple page selection wizard that shows whenever you edit a fresh WordPress page or click to change your template.

This wizard makes your decision much clearer!

If you choose the last option 'Pre-built Landing Page', that's when you'll get access to our library of beautiful, designer-made, conversion-focused landing page templates.

The Landing Page gallery has been updated too. What can I say... it all looks beautiful.

The new Landing Page gallery lightbox.

9. New Testimonial Templates

We've said it before and we'll say it again... Testimonials increase conversions.

They build trust and social proof, can be used as case studies, show buyers what results you can get for them, and ultimately make your customers feel ready to click your 'Buy Now' button.

That's why we've had a Testimonial element in Thrive Architect for some time now.

This week, our designers have been building brand new testimonial templates for you... and they look amazing!

Look at these beautiful testimonial templates!

Have a closer look at this one:

Believe it or not, this is actually a Thrive Architect template!

Although that looks like it's taken straight from Facebook... it's not! This is 100% built in Thrive Architect and made to look like it's from Facebook. Here's proof.

Every part of this Facebook style testimonial is editable right on the page.

There's a bunch of social media style templates in the new gallery and each one makes it super easy to publish testimonials without even needing screenshots.


Our designers read the comments, so if you want to thank them... leave a comment below! It'll make their day.

10. Drip gets Custom Fields

Custom Field integrations let you really use the power of the Lead Generation element with your Email Autoresponder.

This week, we've released support for Custom Fields with the popular email tool, Drip.

We had a lot of requests for this one, so we made it a priority.

Are you hoping we'll integrate Custom Fields with another email service? Let us know which one in the comments below. We're counting votes and moving through them based on popularity and demand.

11. Delete Saved Colors in Thrive Architect

You love colors.

In fact, you love them so much that over the years, you've saved enough colors as 'favorites' in Thrive Architect that you'd put Crayola's color department to shame.

But it's time for a bit of spring cleaning.

You are now able to delete your saved colors in Thrive Architect.

Delete your saved colors.

All saved colors will be given an auto-generated name, making them easier to identify. Now when you want to delete them, select the color, click the 3-dots next to the name and delete.

What a Release! Do you like it?

During this pandemic, our entire team have been working remotely. We haven't seen each other's faces in months. But we're still working hard to bring you requested features and improvements, so you can build a better online business.

Let us know any feedback you have in the comments below.

We love hearing from you all!

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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