The frustration of having to painstakingly migrate or rebuild content from one WordPress website to another is finally over.
With the Design Packs feature now available in Thrive Architect and Thrive Theme Builder, you can bulk import-export your most important site templates and content in a matter of clicks.
Watch the video or keep reading to learn more…
What’s a Design Pack?
Design Packs is a new feature available in your Thrive Dashboard when either Thrive Architect (our WordPress page builder plugin) or Thrive Theme Builder (our 100% customizable WordPress theme) is installed and activated on your website.
So make sure to think about Design Packs like a Design Migration Tool — NOT a site migration tool. It consolidates all of our import-export features across Thrive Theme Builder and Thrive Architect into a single super-easy-to-use tool!
If you want to wholesale migrate entire websites between different domains, there’s plenty of existing tools out there you should probably use instead.
However, if you want to make your own custom Thrive Theme Builder or Thrive Architect designs and make them available for use by customers, clients and colleagues via a simple zip file…… then this is the import-export feature you’ve been waiting for.
The Big Picture for Designers, Agencies, Et al.
Yup, you read that right.
You can now sell custom site designs via a single zip file.
This makes it easy for designers, agencies and Thrive power users to share or sell their site designs — while also giving their clients and customers everything they need to implement it on their own site — in just a few clicks.When you think about it, there’s nothing stopping you from selling your own custom Design Packs on a theme marketplace. We’ll even go so far as to say we encourage you to do so!
What You Can and Can't Import-Export with Design Packs
Let’s take a closer look at the types of content and templates you can include in a Design Pack export, as well as how to properly import such content and templates on to a new website…
Custom Thrive Theme Builder Themes
Once imported onto a new website, simply activate the imported theme in the Thrive Theme Builder Dashboard to see your theme templates and settings populate across the import site.
Thrive Architect Landing Pages
As you may already know, importing and exporting Thrive Architect Landing Page Templates has been possible for quite some time. But Design Packs makes doing so much quicker and easier.
If you have any custom landing page designs built with Thrive Architect that you’d like to transfer from WordPress site to another, just include them in your Design Pack. Once imported, they’ll then be available to select as a Saved Landing Page option when browsing through your Pre-Built Landing Page designs.
WordPress Page Content
Design Packs also allow you to easily move your WordPress Page Content (as built in Thrive Architect) from one website to another. This could include such theme controlled pages as your About Page, Contact Page, or Pricing Page.
Just be aware that this particular Design Packs function DOES NOT include any Page metadata in the export-import (e.g. featured images, authors, titles, URLs, etc.).
But once imported, any WordPress Page Content included in a Design Pack bundle does become available to select as a saved Template inside your Thrive Architect Templates & Symbols element library.To replicate a Page design after importing a Design Pack zip file, simply:
- 1Create a new Page in your WordPress dashboard (remember that Page metadata is not import-exportable so you’ll need to re-enter this info in the backend Page editor)
- 2Open the Thrive Architect visual editor
- 3Select Normal Page from the page type option lightbox that appears
- 4Drag and drop a Templates & Symbols element into the content area
- 5And select the appropriate imported Page content
Et vóila!The Page content should appear exactly as it did on the export site!. Replicating standard WordPress page content from one website to another is as simple as that.
Blog Post Content
Much like the import-export steps described above for WordPress Page Content, you can also replicate your Blog Post Content on different WordPress websites with Design Packs too.
And also like the WordPress Page Content import-export function, be aware that Design Packs DO NOT include any Post metadata either (e.g. featured images, categories, tags, authors, titles, URLs, etc.).To do rebuild a blog post (after importing a Design Pack zip file onto a new website), simply:
- 1Create a new Post in your WordPress dashboard (remember that Post metadata is not import-exportable so you’ll need to re-enter this info in the backend Post editor)
- 2Open the Thrive Architect visual editor
- 3Drag and drop a Templates & Symbols element into the content area
- 4And select the appropriate imported Blog Post content
From there, the import site blog post content should appear just as it did on the export site.
Repeat the process for any other Posts you’d like to feature on the new site and it will soon be flush with blog content!
We’re Just Getting Started
Many of the import-export functions available in Design Packs — such as the ability to import-export individual landing page designs — were already available to Thrive Architect and Thrive Theme Builder users.
However, Design Packs now makes the bulk import-export of a website's most important design assets a total breeze to complete.
But we’re just getting started…
Want to dive deeper into how you can start using Design Packs? Check out the following articles on our Thrive Knowledge Base to learn more: