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10 + 3 Must See Feature Updates Now Available in Thrive Architect

Every 3 weeks on a Wednesday, we publish an update to our plugins and software.

This week, we published 13 feature improvements to Thrive Architect at once.

But where can you go to find out what's changed? Right here!

Read on for the quick round-up of what has been improved in Thrive Architect this week.

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Here's a short video Shane made to highlight some of the new features:

In total, there have been more updates and we've detailed all of them for you, below.

Some improvements will be so small you might not even notice them, whereas others are significant and you'll definitely feel the difference when using our tools.

Let's start with the biggest changes and work our way down to the little ones.

Intelligent Image Resizing

Resizing and cropping an image in Thrive Architect has just become a thousand times easier. We've now added intelligent on-canvas handles that let you set your image perfectly without even using the sidebar.

Corner handles will resize the image without affecting the aspect ratio, whereas vertical handles will intelligently crop the image on the x or y axis depending on your desired image size. 

Once your size is set, simply click and drag the image to change where it will be cropped.

New Hyperlink Design Library with 14 Animations

Your hyperlinks are an invitation for a website visitor to click, so it's worth making them look inviting. With the new Hyperlink settings control, you can easily save, load and apply a look right on the page.

Text Hyperlinks can now be selected just like an element, opening their own styling control in the sidebar.

You can set the hyperlink to inherit the default page style, apply a specific style, or load from any saved looks.

This update also includes a library of 14 different hyperlink animations, from a wiggling underline to a gradient fill.

Click 'effect' to choose from 14 hyperlink hover animations

Now you can really make your hyperlinks pop!

Set Smooth Jumplinks from a Custom Menu

You know that amazing Custom Menu element we've already added to Thrive Architect? It just got better.

You can now add smooth-scrolling jumplinks to a Custom Menu item. This means clicking a menu item will automatically move your visitor's viewport to anywhere on (or off) the page.

Jumplinks are now available for Custom Menu items.

When you're setting the hyperlink for a menu item, simply click the anchor, toggle 'smooth-scrolling' and set the target.

Combine this with a sticky scroll behavior for your custom menu and you can get an effect that looks like this:

No matter where your visitor navigates on the page, clicking the menu item will still smoothly move their viewport to the correct target.

Post List - Link Entire Article

A few months ago, we released the most versatile Post List element for WordPress. Since its release, we've improved it with multiple updates to make it even better. This week, it gets 3 improvements.

The first is a new toggle that lets you set the entire article as a link.

Toggle this on and your whole article becomes a button

When you enable this toggle, clicking anywhere inside the article element will load the post. Previously, the visitor had to click the article title, but now they can click anywhere.

Confused? Have a look at the cursor hovering over a Post List with this toggle enabled:

The cursor now sees the entire article as a button.

Post List - Always Show Article

When you define the logic for your post list element, you can select from categories, authors, publish date and more.

But what if you want to force one particular article to always show to the visitor? Now you can.

'Always Show' will make sure the selected article is included in your Post List.

Do you have a high converting blog post that you want your visitors to find?

Start by setting some general rules to populate the Post List element. When you are ready, add a new rule, select your valuable article and choose 'Always Show'.

Post List - Sort By Date Modified

When we released the Post List element, we had some interesting feature requests for ways we could improve it. Here was one:

So we've now added 'Date Modified' as an option for arranging your results in the Post List element. 

Selecting 'Date Modified' pushes your updated posts to the top.

If you're wondering why you would use this option, think about what should happen when you update a post.

Perhaps you released an article called 'Best Tools of 2019' and you would like to update the post for 2020. WordPress will still see the original publish date and it could get lost behind more recently published articles.

Sorting by 'Date Modified' lets your refreshed content come to the front of your Post List.

Distraction Free Writing Mode

Do you like to type your blog posts right inside of Thrive Architect

To give you that seamless 'Google Docs' feel to writing, we've added a new Distraction Free Mode.

Enabling this feature hides the green selector box around your text elements, letting your words flow onto the page just the way a visitor will see it.

Goodbye Green Box. Hello distraction free writing!

To enable Distraction Free Edit Mode, click the 3 dots at the end of your typography bar and choose it from the dropdown.

Easy Tags For Lead Generation

Have you set up a new opt-in form on your website lately? We've made some improvements to the user interface so it's easier and smoother to set your opt-in form behavior.

That includes a super-simple way to add tags to a contact in your mailing list right from the opt-in form settings.

Smooth, isn't it?

Exit Architect Without Saving

We saw lots of requests for an easy way to exit Thrive Architect without saving ​​and abandon your changes. Now when you click the green arrow next to the 'Save Work' button, you'll be presented with a new option:

Exit without saving returns you to the WordPress page edit view.

Don't worry if you click it by mistake. We've included an extra confirmation step to make sure your work isn't accidentally lost.

Reset Hover States

This one is a small change, just to make workflow a little easier for you. If you've been editing the Hover State on an element and you aren't happy with your changes, it's now super simple to rewrite it with settings from another state.

From your 'Hover' settings, click the reset button to the right.

Most of the time, you'll only have one other state to reset to - your default. 

But occasionally, depending on what element you are editing, you may have more than two states. If that's the case, you'll be presented with an option to choose which one to reset to.

You can select which state to reset your hover settings to.

Minor Changes

Now with most of the big changes out of the way, here's a couple of minor changes, just to keep you in the loop.

  • Unlink a Button size from Global Style: This makes it easier for you to apply a look to your buttons while ignoring preset sizes.
  • Improved Background Image Control: Now you can select Contain, Cover, Percent and Repeat for background image behaviors. These new settings affect how your background image is cropped or resized to fit within it's containing box. Should the background section contain all of the image with padding to make it fit? Or should the image be cropped to cover the entire box it lives inside?
  • Play Externally Hosted Videos: You always could, but now we've made it easier to load a video hosted on an external server like Amazon S3.

Leave a Comment!

As you can see, every update to Thrive Architect comes with some noticeable changes and some smaller improvements behind the scenes.

Our updates are always a result of listening to your feedback, reading feature requests and comments, and careful consideration from our developers.

Will you use these new features? Leave us a comment below to let us know.

If you have other feature requests, stop by our support forum and let our team know what you'd like to see in a future update.

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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