How to Use the New & Improved Custom Menu Element in Thrive Architect

We've released improvements to the custom menu element in Thrive Architect and in this tutorial, you'll learn how to get the most out of them.

We'll take a look at how to create mobile friendly navigation menu layouts, how to edit your menu styles and how to use the group editing feature.

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We hope you enjoy the ongoing improvements we've brought to the menu elements!

Author: Shane Melaugh

Shane Melaugh is a co-founder and the CEO 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 startups and marketing here.

  • Vicente B says:

    Great news! I wish we could have the new theme builder soon!

    • Paul McCarthy says:

      We’re in the final stages now, Vicente.

  • Oliver Scheiber says:

    I am reall happy that you guys keep improving TA and make it more and more better. Thanks for that!

  • David says:

    Hello! This feature looks great. However, I am using the Minus theme, and the custom menu element does not let me make any changes to the header. This seems to negate the purpose of this feature.
    Is there a specific theme I need to use to get this to function like it does in your demo video?

    • Karen McCamy says:

      Hi David,
      I haven’t tried this feature yet, but I’m wondering if this is only applicable to “pages” ???

      I know the recent “Headers & Footers” element was designed for pages (as in ‘Landing Pages’) but did not apply to regular posts…

      Just speculating here as to why it might not be available site-wide… :-o

      • Paul McCarthy says:

        Hello Karen, please see my reply to Felix – it addresses this very issue and should clarify things for you.

      • Karen McCamy says:

        Yes, Paul! Thank you! I just saw your reply a few minutes ago… Thanks for confirming my speculations! ;-)

    • LAI says:

      I have the same problem, I tried to drag and drop the custom menu to the header/ logo, but it doesn’t work as shown in the video. I am wondering what setting should be made. A page without the header? but it seems unable to remove the header.

      • Paul McCarthy says:

        Lai, please see my reply to Felix above.

        I think that will clarify things for you.

  • Juan Z says:

    One of the improvements that would be very interesting is that you could customize the width and styles of the drop down menu (in a hamburger menu) as does marie forleo on his page https://www.marieforleo.com/

  • Barney Davey says:

    The new features are terrific. Your explanation and demonstration of how to use them are superb.

    • Paul McCarthy says:

      I can’t wait to see what you think about the next upgrade to the custom menu element that’s coming shortly…

  • Isela G says:

    Great News! Is the builder coming out soon? JUst checking on it.
    Thanks

    • Paul McCarthy says:

      I don’t want to give a date because that often leads to disappointment.

      I will say, though, that if we don’t have a refined and stable version of the theme builder for release in Q3 this year, then I’ll be surprised.

      • Thanks for the reply Paul, I guess it a good thing so many people are anxiously awaiting your product. :) I’m looking forward to it!

  • Hi Shane,

    I was editing a page an saw we could do it but I didn’t know how to use it. Thank you for the tutorial.

    By the way, in the last update of Thrive Architect there seem to be a bug. When we edit pages the options that appear when we select an element don’t show up. Instead, at the button of the page, there’re some options that appear but we can’t click them.

    Maybe this is just me (although I doubt it) because it didn’t happen the last time I edited a page and that was 3 days ago.

    If you want I can send you a video where I show you what it looks like. Just let me know.

    Thank you for all you do. Wish you all the best.

    Jonathan

    • Paul McCarthy says:

      That sounds like a caching issue or potentially a javascript conflict. If you create a ticket in our support forum, we’ll get this sorted for you.

  • Anne Line R says:

    Amazing feature!

    I absolutely love to be able to customize everything myself.

    My pages are set to standard.

    Do they have to be set as a landingpage before I can use the custom menu?

    • Paul McCarthy says:

      Hello Anne, good question. Please take a look at my reply to Felix above.

      Quick summary:-
      – You can use the custom menu element on any Thrive Architect editable content (including blog posts and landing pages)

      – You can’t use the custom menu in place of the menu that’s governed by your theme yet. For that you’ll need to wait for the theme builder (aiming for a member’s release in Q3)

      – You can, however, use the element on your landing pages to create header / footer navigation.

      Hope this clarifies everything, let me know if you have any further questions!

  • Anna says:

    Shane, you guys are killing me. Something new to play with. That’s going to fry so much of my time with tinkering … lol

    Seriously, I love that you keep adding features. But it really costs energy to not allow getting side tracked. :-)

    • Paul McCarthy says:

      Haha, unfortunately Anna this is only going to get worse as we’ve got an exciting roadmap for the rest of the year. Sorry in advance!

      • Karen McCamy says:

        :D :D :D

      • Anna says:

        Ohhhhh ???? Can you give us any hints?? :-D

      • Paul McCarthy says:

        Ah, we’ve got all sorts coming up shortly…

        – Some heavily requested quiz builder improvements
        – A really important element has been completely revamped and will be in the next release (due to drop in the next day or so)
        – Nice improvements to the tables element
        – Some pretty major Apprentice improvements and a big integration
        – Even this custom menu element will have another update in the next release which opens up a whole load of new menu possibilities

        We’ve also got some really exciting landing page developments that’s a game changer.

        I’m barely scratching the surface of what we’ve currently got on our roadmap. I’m deliberately being quite vague because otherwise our marketing team will not be happy with me :)

  • Brendan says:

    When using a sticky header to jump link to a background section, the menu covers that section’s title etc. Is there a way you guys can build in an auto-offset/margin for ther header height so that when it jump-links to a background section it will sit above that and not cover it? Simple site builders like Wix do this automatically.

    The current work-around of creating empty content boxes above and linking to them is very messy, especially when having to deal with mobile also!
    Thanks!

    • Paul McCarthy says:

      Good point, Brendan. Logged this and added it to our roadmap. Will report back when we have a release date.

  • Adam K says:

    Are you planning to create a side menu option, as the Voice Theme has?

    I am building a site and it is a bit difficult with sticky elements.

    • Paul McCarthy says:

      Good point – yes we have a plan in place for side menus too…

  • Ron K says:

    Sweet!
    Five minutes after watching this tutorial I completed a customized Footer menu in a column next to my company logo.

    I also love the flexibility to create secondary menus. What a great time saver.

    • Anna says:

      Footer menu – excellent idea! Thx.

    • Paul McCarthy says:

      Nice! Got a couple of updates coming shortly that will allow you to make even more interesting menus. Stay tuned for those :)

  • Felix says:

    Thanks, Shane. This is exciting. I am assuming this is only for landing pages only? I tried (test) to change the menu on a regular page and the custom menu would not go to the header section of the page.

    • Paul McCarthy says:

      You can add the custom menu element to any Thrive editable content (you could, for example, drop the custom menu element into a blog post).

      However, you can’t replace the menu that is governed by your theme, yet.

      I say “yet” because we’ll shortly be launching our brand new theme builder. When using the theme builder, you can use the exact same custom menu element (with a few more updates that we haven’t yet released). That’s when this element will really come into its own.

      Until the theme builder is released, the primary use of this element is for landing pages where you have editing ability over the entire content.

  • Joan B says:

    The web design crash course really gave me a kick in the pants and I love my site now. I was using too many colours. And I was using them in too many different ways. I improved the look of my menu and kept it simple. Thanks Shane I never cease to be amazed at the service and support at Thrive. Thank you.

  • Daniel says:

    Awesome!, would be great if you can improve the “tabs” and “toggle” elements as well, the customization options are very limited.

    • Hello Daniel, you’ll be pleased to know that the revamp of both elements is in our roadmap for the next few months.

  • Tina Cook says:

    Thank you, this is a stunning addition to Architect. Can’t wait to try out.

  • Marisa Soto says:

    Hey Paul,

    great feature!

    Is there a way to save a custom menu as a template to reuse it on a different page?

    Terrific work you guys! Looking forward to the builder,

    Marisa

    • Paul McCarthy says:

      Glad you like it, Marisa.

      Yes, you can save a custom menu element as either a symbol or a template.

  • blbpublishing says:

    Hi… As always great stuff! Question: I was able to update/change my home page, which was a page I created from blank. How do I change/update my other pages, which are default styled pages from the theme (Pressive), to the menu?

    (I looked in the ‘customize’ area, but that didn’t seem to be the right place to do it.)

  • Will says:

    Making your own menu works very well. However, if you use a blog page, the standard menu appears. Is it possible to adjust that somewhere?
    I tried to do this with css. To let the basic menu use the layout of a self-made menu. But I couldn’t figure it out.
    It is of course also possible to create your own blog page, but when you select on a blog group, the standard menu appears.
    Is it possible in one way or another?

    • Karen McCamy says:

      No… Somewhere in these comments that question has already come up…and this new menu is only for LPs… :-/

  • Dermod Wood says:

    Very cool! Can you assign a custom menu to all your pages as a default?

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