6 New Features that Make Thrive Architect Easier & Faster to Use

In the last two updates that we released for the Thrive Architect plugin, we included several new features and usability improvements.

Here's a quick tour of these new features, so you can get the most out of the plugin and build your content and pages even faster.


Here's a quick summary of the improvements:

1) Background Image Positioning

When you add a background image to a content box or background section, you can now choose how to align it:

The blue dot represents where the background image is "anchored". This alignment option is especially important for mobile responsiveness. For example: if you set the anchor point to the top left corner, that means the top left part of the background image will always be visible. The parts of the image towards the bottom and right will disappear, once the visitor's screen size is too small to accommodate the entire image.

2) Click Outside to Save

Whenever you are adjusting settings in an options box (the boxes with the dark background in the sidebar) you can apply those changes by clicking the green "Apply" button. The new improvement is that you no longer have to click this green button to apply the change. If you click outside of the options box, the box is closed and the change is applied.

You can use undo (Ctrl + Z) to revert the change or click on "Cancel" to close the box without saving the change.

3) Improved Drag & Drop

Every element that isn't a text element can now be dragged from anywhere. That means you no longer have to use the "drag handle" on the outline of  the element. You can just click and drag anywhere inside the element to initiate drag and drop.

4) Alt + Drag to Duplicate

If you've used professional screen design tools, this feature is one you might already be familiar with: hold down the Alt key on your keyboard and drag & drop and element.

Instead of moving the element to the new location, this will create a duplicate of the element in the new location. This makes building layouts that feature a lot of duplication faster and more convenient.

5) Improved Button Options

We've cleaned up the options for the button element. The new layout looks like this:

Notable changes:

  • Button size slider has been replaced with pre-set sizes.
  • It's easier to add an icon to your button.
  • The button icon can be edited directly, as a separate element. This opens up many new design possibilities.
  • The "divider" option has been removed. You can still add a divider, for example by adding a side border to the icon.
  • The options take up less vertical space than before.

6) New Vertical Alignment Options

When adding a column layout to your pages, you've always been able to choose vertical alignment for the content inside those columns. Many of you have been asking us to make such alignment options available outside of columns as well.

In the latest version of Thrive Architect, you can choose top, center and bottom vertical alignments for content boxes and background sections as well.

Please note: vertical alignments are incompatible with the "float" attribute. If you want to float elements, you need to place them in a container that doesn't have vertical alignment applied.

That's the overview of our latest set of updates. Many more are in the works and I'm looking forward to sharing them with you soon!

What do you think of these latest improvements? Let me know by leaving a comment below!


Author: Shane Melaugh

Shane Melaugh is a co-founder of Thrive Themes. When he isn't plotting new ways to create awesome WordPress themes & plugins, he likes to geek out about camera equipment and medieval swords. He also writes about productivity here.

  • Henrik says:

    I would love to see Thrive Architect open up for third party integrations.

    I use Toolset to manage custom post types / views and Beaver Builder because it is integrated with Toolset


    I would love something similar for thrive architect.

    • Chris J says:

      Amen . I want some CPTs in my Thrive Themes, as I need a couple of standard content boxes etc. And so a Themer like a solution.

      Explicit support outside of Thrive’s ecosystem. Explicit support for video post types that Thrive people don’t build.

    • Chris M says:

      Very nice improvements!

    • Dylan N says:

      Me too! I am currently building my marketing site with Thrive and my membership site with Beaver builder for this reason, but would MUCH prefer to keep everything in the Thrive universe… I’ve spoken with Amir from Toolset just this past Friday about them doing a custom integration with Thrive Architect. He said they are VERY happy to do it right away – they will put in the work but need a clear go ahead and from Thrive/Shane. I’ve submitted a more detailed request/proposal just yesterday in the Thrive Architect Support ticket system. Feel free to add your thoughts and votes to it there Henrik!
      Shane – any thoughts on this?

      • Shane Melaugh says:

        Thank you for your input on this topic, Dylan! I will talk to our developers about this. It’s mainly a question of resources and priorities. We have an unlimited amount of work already, so it’s really a question of how much resource something like this takes and where it fits in our infinite to-do list.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your suggestion, Henrik. And also everyone who replied here. This is really valuable feedback for us to get.

      In general, we are open to allowing extensions and 3rd party tools for our products. I will talk to the team about this, to see what this would involve and how it might fit into our roadmap.

  • Mark T says:

    Shane, you and your team continue to deliver and exceed expectations. Thanks for your continual delivery of value!

  • tony d says:

    All of these changes seem great. One improvement I would like to see is more control over videos used as background images. They don’t seem to work properly with Safari in regards to videos going backwards, starting midway through or running well past the point I wanted them to run too.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thanks for your feedback, Tony. We’ve got some improvements for video backgrounds in the works. I agree that currently, there are still some things about the feature that aren’t ideal.

  • muhammed kose says:

    Fantastic! Number 6 was my pain. Thanks for all updates.

  • Armand Girard says:

    Wow, can Thrive Architect get any better? Knowing the dedication of the staff at Thrive Themes, I suspect the answer is absolutely.

    Keep up the great work.

  • Ravi Chahar says:

    Hey Shane,

    I was using Thrive for one of my clients and I was really happy to see the changes coming.

    The background image positioning is always helpful. For non-techie people, it can be pretty hard to do such things.

    Like the buttons.
    Looking for more upgrades.

  • Ferry K says:

    i don’t have a favorite Hanne, i like every improvement! keep up the good work!

  • Gilda De Araujo says:

    Some of these improvements have me saying ‘Oh YAY!’ out loud to myself 🙂 Thank you for always moving this fabulous set of tools forward!

  • Vincent C says:

    My favorite is number four also!

  • apps says:

    Nice updates and good video overview! Shane, you do a great job with video content. Under Construction, Coming Soon and Maintenance Mode would be nice features to add. I use those with another page builder. Thanks

  • Terry P says:

    Constant Improvement – that’s how you eventually take over [the world]… Great job, team!

  • Dean says:

    Absolutely LOVE this! Now I’m just hoping for Typekit/Typography and I’ll be a very happy man 🙂

  • Dean says:

    Absolutely LOVE this! Now I’m just hoping for Typekit/Typography and I’ll be a very happy man 🙂

  • Frank Z says:

    Very nice to work with. Thank you!

  • Mark says:

    Is there any way to insert a nice well-designed block quote?

  • Jarrett says:

    DANG! As always, you guys just keep making the amazing even better!
    Love these new updates. ESPECIALLY the “auto” save!

    So…when are some new Themes coming?

  • tj says:

    Thanks for improvements.

    Requests for interface improvements:
    1) For me the scrollbar within the architect tools is a bit too hard to hit on a laptop while working on a train with trackpad. Hit or miss a lot…
    Would like option to make it a little wider or something easier to select.
    Or if there was a key combo to scroll up and down without selecting.

    2) Also I can’t scroll to see the top and bottom of a content box, or similar, when it extends outside the current view. Because if I click to scroll it deselects. So I would like to be able to have some way to lock that in while I scroll. So I can tell which elements are included and which arent.

    3) a bit more complicated request, might be a tree view. To see what is nested under these content containers and select those. Maybe this is something that I can just do under the html code/view. Sometimes you can’t tell how things are stacked, especially on the premade templates.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your comment, TJ!

      1) Is there a specific reason you don’t use a 2-finger scroll gesture to scroll in the sidebar? The scroll bar there is meant as an indicator, not an input device. The idea is that you’d use 2-finger scrolling or a mouse wheel…

      2) Basically the same thing as I wrote above.

      3) We have a plan to implement such a view. 🙂

  • Lucia G says:

    I love how easy it is to create parallax effects now with the background positioning tool! 😀

    • Matthew N says:

      I’d love to know how to do parallax effects on a landing page. Do you have a tutorial on that? (I’ve just searched the Thrive Knowledge Base and couldn’t find anything on it.) Many thanks.

      • Shane Melaugh says:

        We don’t have a “real” parallax effect, but you can set a background image to “static” in the background image options, which will keep it in place as the rest of the content scrolls by.

  • Derek W says:

    Hi Shane
    Fantastic additions to an already great product.

    Keep it coming


  • Hey these are great and quite intuitive. Thanks. My personal request is for Thrive Quiz Builder – please enable duplicating a quiz, this is a basic need.

    • Guy C says:

      I’m with Roger.

      Love all the new stuff, but my biggest request is for making Quiz Builder functional, as it is currently very buggy. Particularly the dynamic results (the reason for having a quiz 🙂 ), as can be seen in the support forums.

      So +1 for duplicating quizzes, but for a different reason than you might think: backing up quizzes. I have lost a ton of work when Quiz Builder auto-save overwrites dynamic results. Thx!

      • Hanne says:

        Hi Guy,
        Duplicating full quizzes is something that’s on the road map for Thrive Quiz Builder (but not super high up for the moment).
        If you’re having trouble with the dynamic results I suggest opening a support ticket (because this shouldn’t happen) so there might be a conflict with another plugin/setting on your site.

  • I love the Architect – great work!
    And that´s really great but since the last update static background does`nt work 🙁

    In one of my sites there are 30 pages now without static background…it looks bad…

    I don`t want to make the update now at my customers sites.
    Could you please check that?


  • Ryan S says:

    Awesome improvements Shane. Looking forward to even more tweaks like this. Are you planning to offer any more decoration effects to background sections, such as one might find in other page builders esp. Elementor?

    • Jaya says:

      I have this request also. Curves are so nice! I used to use curves a lot in visual composer. They also have a cool cloud decoration but I didn’t use it much. The left and right curves and being able to change angle and size would be fabulous!

      • Shane Melaugh says:

        Thanks for your input, Jaya!

        If you like curve, check out the semi-circles decoration we have now and set the width to 100%. 😉

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Yeah, I think we can do that in the future. For “fancier” decorations, we’d use SVG paths, which is a bit different from the current decorations and only works with solid colors. The cool thing about the current decorations is that you can have ANYTHING on either side of the decoration. Background images, gradients, background videos… you name it. 🙂

  • Jason says:

    All good improvements! And the hook email to get me to click through and check these out was great!
    “Have a look at these 6 new features in Thrive Architect and you might understand why I couldn’t wait to send this email.

    My favorite new feature is number 4. What’s yours?”

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Oh, now that I read that back, I realize that I did a Buzzfeed… wasn’t my intention, but apparently it worked. 🙂

  • Christopher R says:

    These new updates are killer! Hands down the best suite of tools for WP in the universe.

  • Charles says:

    Awesome new features! I just updated and am looking forward to trying them out, especially anchoring an image!

  • Delphine says:

    Great timesaving improvements! I’d love to see the Font Manager updated. I realize that Google Fonts are available and expanding but as a designer, I also like to work with other fonts that l’ve bought or will buy for my clients. Would be absolutely fantastic!

    • Abigail says:

      +1 on custom font upload, this would be really useful to webdesigners or bloggers like me who want to use an on-brand heading font!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for the input!

      We are going to introduce more font features in the future, for sure.

  • Ángel says:

    These new features are awesome! Thanks a lot, guys!! 😀

    A feature I would to see in the future is the possibility to copy/paste Thrive Architect elements from one page or opt-in form to another.

    OptimizePress lets you do this with columns, and I find it very useful.

    • Hanne says:

      Hi Angel,
      For now, the easiest way to do that would be to safe the column element as a content template 🙂 (Then you can paste it on any page)

      • Matthew N says:

        Hi Hanne,

        What about the ability to export content templates from one site and import them into another site? That would be a huge help (or is that already possible?).

      • Hanne says:

        For the moment only on landing pages (but you can put content templates on a landing page and export that one 🙂 )

  • MamaRed says:

    I’d say #3 is my fav…I was regularly screwing up what I was duplicating ‘cuz I didn’t get the right handle first! Thanks for the updates. Hugs&Blessings. MamaRed

  • Love them, pretty helpful.

  • Abigail says:

    Wow, thank you for the amazing user-friendly features! It’s going to save me so much time when building a page.

  • Jay P says:

    These are great updates, thank you! I especially love the alt+drag/drop and the vertical alignment.

    It should be noted that if you do it with text elements that you have to alt+drag by clicking on the actual move icon of that element. If it can be done without conflict, I’d like to see that work the same as image elements (anywhere in the box).

    Also, while I’m commenting, I miss back in the day when I could hold Shift so that the outside of an element (an outside column box for example) would stay highlighted so I could hit the duplicate button easy. For some reason, sometimes it’s super hard for me to get to it because it’ll “deselect” as I move my cursor towards the right corner.
    Hope that makes sense? I’m still on my first coffee. 😉

    Either way, thanks for always improving this. I use it daily 🙂

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thanks for your feedback, Jay!

      If you click on an element to select it, the controls on the element frame will stay visible as you move your mouse out of the frame. Does that help?

  • Jason A says:

    Seems that Architect is the flagship plugin & Thrive Themes. Lot’s of love and highly focused updates. And for as new of a plugin this is, the lack of bugs is impressive. I’m super happy to be a client Shane. Great work as always.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you, Jason! It’s indeed our flagship product, especially since almost all the other products depend on it for editing templates and such.

  • sven_verhaeghe says:

    Thanks a lot! I needed those New Vertical Alignment Options for my website where i had a title in the middle of my background.

  • Ola says:

    I love this update I needed this for my website! Those vertical alignment options <3

  • John C says:

    Please PLEASE add a smooth scroll function for anchor points!!!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your suggestion, John.

      • Scott says:

        More and more clients are asking for one page sites, it seems. And it’s important that smooth anchor scrolling option becomes available instead of just a clunky jump.

  • Dustin L says:

    Nice updates! Please add the option to use images instead of icons next to styled list items and also the option to use an image instead of a button in a lead generation element.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thanks for your feedback, Dustin! What’s the use case for using images instead of icons or images instead of buttons?

  • Danno says:

    Where can I learn more about the “float” you mention toward the end?

  • mike says:

    Agree with an earlier comment, the scroll is driving me mad, it needs to be bigger

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hi Mike,

      Are you referring to the scroll indicator in the Thrive Architect sidebar? If so, is there any reason you’re not using either a scroll wheel on a mouse or a 2-finger scroll gesture on a trackpad?

  • Hello Shane,
    Thank you for the updates and the explanation. I have been working on my WP site and noticed some of the new features you mention, but now that they have been explained, I have clearer picture.

    On a separate subject, I have a request for help, perhaps a video tutorial to be published as a new blog post from the Thrive Themes team. This is my request:
    I have noticed that WP allows you to redirect category links to custom landing pages. I would like to learn how to build a beautiful and conversion focused optimized landing page for each of my categories. Could you, Hanne or someone from the team show us the best way to accomplish this?

    Thank you so much in advance,

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      That’s a great suggestion, yes. Category landing pages have been kind of a hidden feature in our themes for a long time (I don’t think it’s a core WordPress feature yet). We’ve been wanting to create some content about this, but the time hasn’t been right. It’s definitely on our to-do list, though.

  • jeff r says:


  • Teresa G says:

    I’m so glad I found Thrive Themes (new customer here). 🙂

  • Keith says:

    Absolutely fantastic! Keep them coming…

  • Lorenzo D says:

    These are great, I especially like the drag and drop thing. Actually, anything that allows us to work without having to hit very small areas with the pointer is a very welcome improvement.

    You have been implementing some “fancier” functions lately (see magazine style typography), and I for one welcome the fact that you keep improving the basic functions as well. Those are the ones we used most often, thus the ones where improvements save us most time.

    Speaking of which, I was very surprised to find that such a great update (Architect) failed to speed up my work. This is entirely due to one single element: the text element. It should go without saying that text is the most used element, especially when working with blog posts rather than elaborate sales pages and the like.

    Now here’s the thing. TCB allowed me to copy-paste a whole article into the text element and show up as separate elements/paragraphs, which meant I could further refine each of them individually and insert other elements such as pictures, boxes etc in between.

    This doesn’t seem to be possible in Architect, where pasting results in a single huge text element. That forces me to copy-paste EVERY PARAGRAPH INDIVIDUALLY, which is a major, major time drain.

    I imagine some like the Architect mode better. It would be great if you could give us a choice though, let us choose which “paste modality” we want to work with. I was so looking forward to working with Architect on the posts, and it ended up destroying my usual workflow. Such a shame. And honestly, it should be one of the most flexible elements, I mean, if you have a blog, clearly you need to publish posts more often than you need to build a new sales page.

    The other thing with text is that, while I like the formatting “tooltip” window much better than what we had in TCB, it pops up BELOW the line you’re working on, which means that it invariably covers the area where you would need to read next. I have to click to close it every single time. Super annoying and time wasting.

    So those are at the top of my wish list. I mean, come on guys, it’s the TEXT element, you know?

    Other than that, what I look forward to the most is page A/B testing. Say it will be out soon 🙂

    • Jay P says:

      Lorenzo and I must have the exact same workflow, because I, too, would prefer to have both of those things that he listed VERY MUCH (the pasting of long articles auto-creating separate elements again and the formatting bar being on next line changed — for the exact same reasons). 🙂

    • Jaya says:

      I agree about where the text element shows up. As for the pasting thing, I actually like it better to paste it all in one element. It used to drive me crazy in TCB that it all pasted into different text elements. I like to be able to format multiple paragraphs at once and not have them all be a separate element. It would also drive me crazy when I would hit enter and a whole new text element would be created! This is much better for me. When I’m doing a lot of copy/paste, I just use a plain text doc and copy however many paragraphs I need into a new element. Then go back to the plain text doc and do it again. I guess for me most blog posts are pretty simple without a bunch of extra elements. It’s the sales pages and main content pages of the site that need more elements and such so this new functionality suits my needs well.

      • Lorenzo D says:

        Right. Like I said, I’m sure many like the Architect mode better, otherwise they wouldn’t have made the change. Still, there are also many others who would rather have a paste result in separate paragraphs for the reasons mentioned above, and since this is the element used most frequently, it may be possible to have some kind of switch to activate/deactivate the two pasting modalities.

        I distinctly remember Shane pushing us to use TCB for blog posts as well as pages. This very blog often displays posts full of pictures, boxes, animations, and whatnot. Unless you actually come up with the content as you type it in the post in Architect, clearly pasting as separate paragraphs would be the preferable choice in such cases.

        Also, getting a new text element when pressing enter allowed you to choose the margin between paragraphs, which again you can’t do within the single text element in Architect, which inherits the margins from the theme.

        And since we are talking text, I can’t help but notice it is now impossible – unlike in TCB – to animate a text selection (or the whole text element, for that matter) with a tooltip, which was super useful.

    • Simon W says:

      Lorenzo, the text tooltip covering the text I want to edit/read next is really a pain. I click on another word just to “clear the view” of the tooltip and then click again on the text I want to edit. This needs to be improved.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thanks for all the feedback here! Copy-paste for text is definitely something we will keep working on, to improve the workflow of those who rely on other tools to do the writing.

      • Dale Y says:

        There are shortcut keys for most of the text styling and the styling box is often in the way. Option to hide it or have it in the sidebar.
        Not creating separate text blocks for each paragraph is much better for me. Was annoying in TCB.

  • Thomas B says:

    Love the update guys. Number 2 is definitely my favourite. I always forget to hit the apply button! Would love to see the contact form element, global elements, and the ability to customize headers & widgets with Thrive Architect.

  • David Moran says:

    I wish for more creativity that I could build nice sites. The constant trickle of knowledge updates is brilliant.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you, David! Can you be more specific about what you’d like to see, to be able to be more creative with Thrive Architect?

  • Melodye Y says:

    I think they’re all me faves! Great work, team. Keep on doin your thang!

  • Stefan Windus says:

    Great stuff!!! I am glad I got to thrive, because I am a designer not a programer. I can finally built sites in WP with amost no limits!

  • Robert says:

    These are some great additions. The platform is truly extraordinary in its user friendliness. Thank you!

  • Tina Cook says:

    Thank you so much, these are real time savers. #1 is my fav.

  • David says:

    These are great guys, thank you!

    To answer your question, I would love to see more flexibility for creating post grids. It seems like I’m pretty limited by the Thrive Theme I’m using. It would be awesome to create designed post grids in Thrive Architect so I could replicate the really nice, clean, interactive look of modern tiled displays. Getting a nice tile display plugin is virtually the only design plugin I use outside of Thrive.

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hi David,

      Thank you for your feedback! Agreed that the post grid feature is quite limited, compared to other elements. This is a carry-over from the old TCB. We just haven’t gotten to updating the post grid element yet. But it’s coming!

  • paulo says:

    The 6 new features are really awesome.

    Thanks for your great effort to make from Thrives Architect the best content builder.

    I would like to request something if possible.

    I would like to make a template from the social sharing elements that I customize so I don’t need to customize the elements every time I am using them in a different post or page.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your comment, Paulo! Making the social buttons more customizable is on the development roadmap!

  • Alexander S says:

    Great new features! Especially liked the improved drag/drop/duplicate functions. What I would like to see would be to have the regular image editing options(resizing, opacity, blur etc.) available for background images as well. This would make it easier to experiment with different designs without having to shuttle back and forth between Thrive Architect and Canva, Photoshop, Desygner etc.

  • Daniel says:

    Love the ongoing and helpful improvements. You guys rock!!

  • Daniel says:

    Love the ongoing and helpful improvements. You guys rock!!

  • Christine C says:

    So awesome Shane! Love what you guys are doing to Thrive Architect.

    Any chance you guys ever plan on adding triggering by utm variable or source for thriveleads?

    That would be a game-changer.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      We don’t have this planned yet, but we will revisit Thrive Leads and make some further improvements, during the course of next year.

  • Kenny says:

    Awesome improvements. I’m writing here because I received a database connection error when I tried submitting a comment.

    Here is my feature requests….

    More Screen Sizes

    I’d love it if you could add the option to enable custom screen widths as new screen sizes so we don’t have to manually create our own media queries. I’d like to see two additional “in-between” screen widths added. One in between Desktop and Tablet and another between Tablet and Mobile. When enabled at the bottom of the page, we can adjust the canvas around just like Desktop, Tablet and Mobile. Depending upon how each page layout looks we can disable and enable them like normal. Just feel like when I scale my website up or down in the browser the design does not always look good and breaks between screen sizes and I want it to gracefully scale down or up.

    Built-in Form Builder

    I really feel like Thrive needs a Form Builder built-in (Check out Elegant Themes) Their form even has conditional logic built in. Rather than just the email subscribe generic form that has to be connected to a service. This would open up a word of possibilities.
    The don’t just add the form functionality, allow us to customize the appearance of the form inputs and checkboxes headlines. Also, allow to create an auto-response message upon form submission along with a thank you page redirect.

  • Harvey says:

    TA community rumbling.
    Add at least a basic “sticky header” asap. You can make it fancier and more feature rich later.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your feedback, Harvey. We’re working on a header/footer feature that will include sticky headers.

  • Alex Moody says:

    The improvements are Fandabydozy!!!

  • John Lewis says:

    Keep killing it guys…your seriously allowing me to slam dunk my super teaching fitness super coaching website..

    modern and meaningful self test tools
    Exercise short codes(tm)
    originally mastered lesson plans..Im so pumped

    thanks for the fitness super teaching battle axe sharpener you’ve equipped me with..

  • Ade says:

    I love the improvements, all of them! But there are still areas I wish you would give urgent attention: (1) possibility of putting woocommerce in a section of the front page and (2) the ability to use the pre-designed landing /home pages without obliterating the menus.

  • Anne says:

    Thanks, very useful.
    Is there a change to create “scroll to anchors” with Thrive Architect?

  • Karen McCamy says:

    These new updates/additions are all great! I would like to see a tutorial (Thrive University course?) on using Architect for posts! I’m currently using it for my cornerstone content posts (“epic content” ) but it’s pretty cumbersome. I’m sure it’s **me** still in the Architect learning curve! I think “work flow” is what comes into play here! And, as Mark Weinberger said (below) I’d like some way to add block quotes & pull quotes to my posts… My website is all about content (I teach WP through my articles), and for text-heavy/post-centric websites, these typography features are realy important. So far, I’ve been “jury-rigging” them by way of Content Boxes (for different magins, colored backgrounds, borders, icons, etc.) I know some themes employ these at the theme level, and that would be fine too. So, if you are adding to those new Thrive themes, that could go on that wish list as well!

    Thanks for always thinking about your customers! You guys do it better than anyone else!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for the suggestion, Karen! I’ll see what we can do, for adding a tutorial or course on this topic.

      For now, have you seen the “blog content” lesson in the Website from Scratch course we have? This is the one I mean. I think it’s the closest thing we have, to what you are describing.

  • Jaya says:

    Awesome little tweaks, guys! I love your dedication to efficiency. As a designer, I can really appreciate little time saves like clicking anywhere on an element to drag instead of having to hover over just the perfect drag spot. Also, the Alt drag option to copy an element is amazing! (another case where I don’t like having to go to that one tiny spot to duplicate.) Also the click outside the options box is cool too.

    The button changes are nice. I think it’s really helpful to establish sm, med, large, huge sizes for standard elements like buttons, title bars, columns, as well as have options to scale like you’ve done with the button. The reason I like the sm, med, large, etc is because it makes it easier to create a standardized button size throughout the site. (same for columns, etc.) It could even be cool to have some parameters you can set up in the Thrive Options where the user can set the standard sizes for various things, then when they click to do a small button, they know that it will be the 100px size that they set up already in the site-wide Thrive options.

    Keep up the good work! I’ve recently switched from Visual Composer, which I was using at an agency and am loving coming back to this better than ever Thrive Architect! While I still miss some of the fancy animations and decorations and such with VC, the experience and overall versatility with Thrive Architect blows VC out of the water!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your detailed feedback, Jaya!

      We were thinking the same thing, regarding the button sizes. This just makes it way easier to have unified sizes. And since you can still adjust everything via width and padding if you want to, no functionality goes lost with this change.

      Regarding columns, in case you didn’t know yet: you can press Ctrl (or Cmd on a Mac) and drag the column divider to get changes in 5% increments. I usually use this, to get nice and even spaces on my columns.

      I’m very happy to hear that your experience with Thrive Architect is better than what you had with VC.

  • Manuel Rodriguez says:

    Is Thrive Themes planning to recreate the Pressive Theme using the new features of Thrive Architect? It’s the most popular theme With most elements non-editable in thrive content boxes.

    • Hanne says:

      Hi Manuel,

      We’re working on something bigger than just recreating the Pressive theme. And FYI that’s not the most popular one 😉

      • Karen McCamy says:

        Hanne, You’re tantalizing me now! I use Pressive and can’t wait to see what you’re planning! 🙂

  • David D says:

    Nice new features.

    It would be great to be able to edit saved elements, and at all places where those saved element are used the edits are also applied. When would such feature be available?

    When are new themes to be expected?

    Keep up the good work, glad to be a member.

  • Michela F says:

    love the drag and drop duplicate function!

  • Robert Biser says:

    I enjoy all your additions, videos, and enjoy your new Thrive Architect. My problem is on a couple of my sites (all business sites) I really can’t integrate the editor with current editor. I can only added items in separate boxes, but can’t make any changes/improvement in the existing sections. A couple of my themes are from Nexus Themes which I have been using and they have their own editor (which works pretty well). Would love to convert the site to using Thrive Architect, but that would mean doing it all over again.

    • Hanne says:

      Hi Robert,

      I’m afraid so… We can not take things that were build in another builder and convert them to Thrive Architect.
      But maybe it’s a good time to update some things too? 🙂

  • Thomas says:

    Hehe…Already knew feature 1 and 4 before this. I’m a big undo fan, so Ctrl+Z happens all the time. The vertical alignment sounds like something that could come in handy every now and then as well.

  • Fred says:

    Okay, starting to get a bit concerned. I think you guys are psychic and it’s freaking me out a bit… LOL! Keep the updates flowing!

  • Martin B says:

    Great work guys, new(ish) member and delighted with the ongoing added value.

  • Great updates!! Thanks for the video to explain them.

  • maheniasamuel says:

    I was so excited about Thrive Architect but now its a nightmare.

    I am editing content and saving. Minutes later everything is misaligned. Button colors changed, columns sizes changes, images resizing.


    • Hanne says:


      Sorry to hear. This sounds as a conflict. Please open a support ticket on our forum so that they can help you out.

  • Nice! I love those little tweaks :).

  • David D says:

    For the Countdown and Countdown Evergreen elements it would be a great addition IMO if (delayed) events can be coupled when the counter hits zero (or even on intermediate values to push the viewer that time is running out). Events such as going to a URL or displaying a pop-up. Currently there is only “Text to show on complete”. Would that be doable?

  • David D says:

    For the Toggle element it would be great to have an option that only one toggle can be open at a single time. When another toggle is clicked, the previous open toggle closes within the Toggle element. What do you think?

  • Ralph Striewski says:

    Fantastic work! Thanks a lot – always looking forward to work with your products. It´s fun!

  • William H says:

    Love the fact that you guys continue to make your products better all the time. Liked all the changes. Thank you.

  • Larry says:

    Excellent… each advancement made to Thrive Architect is appreciated.

  • Quentin P says:

    Love them. Everything you add brings more value, so I’m just good with what you do.

    PS. I’m producing my best pages ever – the Bright theme is brilliant.

  • joanbell says:

    Thanks guys for always being so invested in providing the best of the best. TA has really simplified page building and these new additions will make that even easier. Brilliant!

  • Aaron Parker says:

    Yes! Number four is awesome. Totally speeds up the process. You guys rock!

  • Jonah J says:

    I posted this earlier through my mobile phone but it didn’t seem to publish so I’ll try again.

    As a newbie these new features and updates mean little to me at the moment so I can’t comment on their usefulness or ease. I’m sure they are great. I just need to get to that stage first……which is the point of this comment.

    From a personal perspective as a newbie I’d like to see more of the basic set up/preliminary pages that are often ignored such as a selection of ready to use ‘Coming Soon’, ‘Under Construction’ and ‘ Maintenance Mode’ type pages within the members area.

    There will always be a period of learning and settling in for newbies and this could be made that much smoother will these types of pages already available and ready to go with minimal tweaking.

    This will undoubtedly attract more beginners to Thrive in my opinion.

    As a newbie to everything website/blog and WordPress related there is still a learning curve even for the basics, regardless of how ‘drag and drop’ or intuitive a suite may be. We all gotta start somewhere.

    Once passed the domain/hosting/Wordpress/Theme installation stages the next obvious stage is to get a temporary page up such as a ‘Coming Soon’ page as quickly as possible as a home page that also acts as a landing/squeeze page that collects email addresses from followers already being gained and redirected from social media etc.

    I appreciate that for the initiated that these ‘simple’ pages can easily be created within Thrive but it would be beneficial for those like me who are not yet confident enough or familiar enough with WordPress and who are just starting out that we had something pre-prepared and ‘ready to go’ that was constructive and active whilst allowing us to work behind the scenes on the rest of the build.

    Perhaps I’ve missed a set of these pages within the membership area or I just can’t visualise what an existing set or template could be made to look or behave like. Again, it’s a learning curve that could be made easier.

    I think in general, visualisation for beginners is a hurdle so opting for a ready-made theme rather than a page builder will always be the easiest route for most.

    So I suppose I’m asking for you to consider going back to the basics for us beginners and provide more in the way of ‘beginner sets’ that make it easier to actually get started.

    • Hanne says:

      Hi Jonah,
      Thanks for your comment.
      A coming soon page is a good suggestion.
      Now about the theme/page builder, those ARE two separate things (and you can use them together).
      I suggest having a look at our Thrive University course: https://thrivethemes.com/university-courses/website-from-scratch/

      Hope this helps

      • Jonah J says:

        Thanks Hanne.

        I am working my way through the Thrive University course.

        I appreciate that the team at Thrive are creating rapid implementation products and constantly adding new features to help but I’m writing from a beginners perspective and rapid implementation is a learned process that doesn’t happen over-night. What would speed my personal rapid implementation up would be a set of ‘out of the box’ coming soon type pages that starts building my list instantly through Thrive without having to either create one from scratch using the page builder or by going elsewhere and using a 3rd party plugin that perhaps doesn’t play well with Thrive. I’d rather get it from Thrive and now that it works and it will get updated.

        I’ve noticed from other comments that readers have been asking for the addition of some template sets for coming soon or under construction type pages for some time, yet they don’t appear to be a priority. Can you give any indication as to why that is and if/when this will happen at all?

        I am aware of the difference between a page builder and a theme. Hence stating that, due to the learning curve, some newbies will bypass Thrive or equivalent and opt to use a ready-made theme with dozens of 3rd party plugins rather than delving into using a page builder and is why I also emphasised that the easier these processes are made the more attractive and enticing Thrive would be to beginners. Just a suggestion from a customer, user, learner and potential affiliate.

      • Hanne says:

        Appreciate the feedback Jonah.
        I actually made a design request for coming soon pages/under construction pages because I think it’s a good addition.
        Just know that for now we already have a coming soon landing page in the “Copy 2.0” set and in the “Big Picture” set.

        And about priorities, I’ll let you imagine how many requests we get a day/a minute 😉

  • Eric says:

    There are tons of addons to Visual Composer plugins and by far it is the most popular tool. If Thrive Architect can use its addons will certainly open to wider market.

  • Maria says:

    I would love it if you could make the slider to go up and down the menu a little wider. It’s difficult to click on it especially working on a laptop. Love your innovations!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your feedback, Maria.

      Do I understand correctly that you’re trying to click and drag the scroll bad in the sidebar? It’s only mean to be there as an indicator. Is there a specific reason why you don’t use a scroll wheel on your mouse or two-finger scrolling on a trackpad to scroll up and down the sidebar?

  • Excellent additions – love Thrive – it just keeps getting better and better !

  • MARTIN K says:

    Number 4 by a long way. This fixed a problem I had 2 minutes after watching the Video. As someone else has mentioned background video is the next area I want to get my head around.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thanks for your comment, Martin! Glad to know that one of the improvements came just at the right time for you. 🙂

  • Joe H says:

    Great stuff Thrive. I really like these new improvements.

    What i would like to have is more controls in the Post Grid element. At present it’s not very useful because you can’t control the spacing between the posts in the grid. From a design point of view it always seems to be botched up. It would be nice if this element had column controls to fit other layout elements.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your suggestion, Joe! The post grid element will receive an update to make it more editable, for sure.

  • Alejandro P says:

    Awesome improvements Shane.

    we also have two features on our List.

    1 – Quiz Builder

    It would be awesome, if we could edit the format (fonts, font-size, alignment…) on the questions itself.

    (Not the Splash Page and not the Results Page, we mean the Pages in between)

    On Desktop the default option is great, but we have notice that on mobile, headline are way to big.

    At the moment we have edit the template, to make it fit, but at the time you release new update, we must do this changes again.

    It would be nice, if we can use Architect to this changes permanently.

    2 – Post Grid Option in Architect

    We also have notice that the Post Grid Options in Architect are very Limited.

    For example we can edit Border Styles on the Post Grid Block itself, but not on the single Post Level. Here we’re not able to make some changes. Like Border, Shadow, Hover…)

    We also would like change the padding between the single Post. Like we can do on Colums.

    Looking forward to even more tweaks like this.


    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Alejandro,

      We are working on a set of features that will make editing of “complex” components such as a TQB question editable. This is no small task, so it may take a while. But the goal is that, eventually, you’ll be able to fully edit those as well.

      The same goes for the post grid element. It’s actually the same feature set that will make this more editable as well.

  • Wonderful! Thanks for these great additions… Awesome improvements imho. Especially the image alignment was long due for some of our clients. Hahaha. Next up: overall speed? Could do with some improvement I think 🙂 – Roel

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your feedback, Roel. Speed and performance are always on our minds. We continually work on that.

      Is there anything sepecific that you’ve found to be slow?

  • talbot says:


    Also love that these posts now include a text summary in addition to video. This makes them a better reference for the future and finding key features/solutions easier.

    Keep up the great work to make Thrive Achitect even better than the best!

  • Erik says:

    good updates. I would appreciate it if we could work on performance improvements/payload reduction

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for the suggestion, Erik! Performance is always a consideration for us and we’re continually working on polishing the performance of the pages created with Thrive Architect.

  • james4 says:

    The updates made custom fonts go away as a thrive feature. Where can I access it now?

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello James,

      If you uploaded custom fonts in a previous version (Thrive Content Builder), you will find those still available in Thrive Architect under “Custom Fonts” (in the editor, when you’re editing a text element).

      We’ve removed custom fonts from the back end, since all Google Fonts are now directly available in the editor and we’re working on improved ways of adding non-Google fonts as well.

    • Hanne says:

      Custom fonts are back 🙂
      You can learn more about them here

  • Jeffrey S says:

    This is for Hanne. I’m using a template you designed sometime back and want to use it on my main page (I can no longer find your training & layout for this one). Unfortunately, I’m having a problem with the Post Grid and the lack of flexibility with it (you do need to improve this with more flexible functions, button design, adjust layouts etc). I can’t get the summary text to show in the Post Grid either. I also had a problem with new posts NOT being added to your original layout. Not sure how to make new post appear. I have both the new and old on top of each other to try and get this worked out. Any help would be appreciated. https://successreborn.com/sr1

    • Hanne says:

      Hi Jeffrey,

      The template you’re using is the “yoga homepage” template and I removed the video because this was showing how to do it with Thrive Content Builder.
      About the grid layout, please have a look at this explainer video about the element. You might already be able to fix what you want to fix.
      If the problems persists (not showing up articles etc.) please open a support ticket on the forum so that our team can have a look.

  • Luis Carlos Eskay says:

    It´s also cool to see that the TT team is already using the new comments plugin. Can´t wait to see all the functionally and explanation on how to use it.

    • Hanne says:

      So you noticed 😉

      • Luis Carlos Eskay says:

        Yes I did Hanne. Question:

        Are we going to be able to use it and show its elements in other languages?

        I also notice that this does not request the website url like WordPress does. Is this better? Because we could loose linking and back-linking capabilities.

        Thank you.

      • Hanne says:

        Hi Luis,

        Yes all elements can be translated in your language and about the website URL; this is a first version of the plugin. Some things might be missing.
        That being said it’s been YEARS that URL’s on comments have been no follow and add no back linking opportunities anymore.

  • Ash says:

    Hi Shane and Team,

    Awesome improvements. Thanks a lot for your continued hard work.

    On a different note, a few months back, you had mentioned that you were going to release a new and more customizable theme with Thrive Architect. Is there a release date you can share with us?

  • Cedric Ary says:

    Great improvements, but I would like to see an easier way to create content for posts.

  • Alex says:

    Thrive Architect is absolutely killing it! And all of this for a low fixed-price payment; you are crushing the competition.

    What I would love to see next is blocks/bars for tiered pricing. That’s the only mandatory thing I still see missing.

  • Henning Klocke says:

    Thank you for improving the Plugins all the time! One thing I would really LOVE to have would be splittesting for landingpages like in Thrive Leads for the forms. This would be awesome and would let the Architect even more stand out from the competition.

  • Lazlo says:

    The product is just getting better and better. Well done guys!

  • Annika says:

    Excellent upgrades, thank you for all your hard work!

  • Willi says:

    Hi Shane.
    Now with thrive architect it is not possible to duplicate a site or post in the backend section. Before in thrive page builder plugin it was possible. Why did you delete this feature?
    best regards, Willi

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Willi,

      This was never a TCB feature. Our themes have a duplicate feature for posts and pages, though.

  • Scott W Johnson says:

    I love thrive architect. It has taken a bit of time getting used to compared to the content builder but I love it. Will Thrive also work with/alongside the AMP universe?

    Thanks So Much

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Scott,

      We don’t have any news on the AMP integration yet. If this is a dealbreaker feature for you, then I’m afraid you’ll have to look elsewhere for the time being.

  • Eric says:

    Love the updates guys and have a suggestion: Format paint.

    So say I’m on a page with two buttons. I style the first, I click format paint (a bit like a word processor) and then click the second button and it takes all the styling and format across to the clicked element.

    That would be epic. Like clone content, but afterwards.

    We’re finding with the change to Thrive Architect, it has stuffed a lot of our old templates. It’s been a LOT of extra work to get all our styling matching again.

    TCB to TA was not a smooth transition.

  • David C says:

    I just had to say a huge heartfelt “Thank you for all that you do!” I am just constantly mind-blown by your products, and the way you actually listen to our feedback whether we are a Thrive Member or purchased a standalone plugin or theme.

    And for the record that’s exactly how I became a Thrive Member. I purchased Thrive Content Builder… and by the end the 2nd day I was hooked and by the end of the 2nd week of using it, I said, “Oh yes a Thrive Member I must become.” LOL Which the sales flow was seamless and actually enjoyable.

  • Westin says:

    Hey Shane & team,

    Just an idea but would love it if you could make Grammarly (from chrome) usable inside thrive content builder like it is with the basic built-in blog writing element.

    No need for a response, just something to consider.

    I love thrive architect by the way!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for the suggestion. Could be tricky to make that work, but I’ve added it to our feature requests for consideration.

      • scott says:

        this would be very helpful. I’ve just written a sales page inside thrive and I’m not having to copy and paste it all into grammarly then back into thrive.

      • Samphy Y says:

        It would be great to have it! Or it’ll be good too if you can show how you edit your copies and post yourself.

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