How to Add Shape Dividers and Spice Up Your Page Design

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Updated on February 21, 2024

Want to add shape dividers to your WordPress landing pages?

These eye-catching elements are easy to add to your pages, even if you have limited technical skills. 

Here's our step-by-step guide to adding WordPress shape dividers. 

Why Add a Shape Divider to Your Page?

Most people with WordPress websites start with a template


Because they give you an incredible starting point to build a professional-looking website. 

However, we all want to make sure our sites have that person feel - that they're not just carbon copies of 1,000 other websites out there. The difficulty is, most of us aren't web designers, so adding professional-looking but original design elements to our sites isn't easy.

Whenever it comes to web design, we always say this: keep it simple!

One way you can continue to keep things simple while giving your website a personal touch is with shape dividers. They look professional, add character to your site, and most importantly, they're easy to pull off.  

WordPress shape divider example

Example of a shape divider

So, if you're looking to add a simple but high-impact new element to your WordPress page, follow along to this guide to adding WordPress shape dividers. 

5 Steps to Add WordPress Shape Dividers to Your Page

We're going to show you how incredibly easy it is to add a range of shape dividers to your page.

Step 1: You Need a Good Landing Page Builder

Screenshot of Thrive Architect Sales Page

If you're using the WordPress block editor (the native editing tool), then you might already know this: it's quite hard to bring your vision to life with just the basics. 

To give your site the additional personal touches you envision, you need a high-quality page builder. 

If you're not an expert coder or designer and you want a simple yet powerful visual builder, then your best bet is Thrive Architect. Our team of world-class designers has given you an amazing starting point, but it's backed up by our developers who have made it incredibly easy for you to personalize your site in every imaginable way. 

Throw in the fact that our team of expert marketers test everything to make sure it's highly conversion-focused and you've got everything you need. 

Oh, and of course, it makes it incredibly easy to add shape dividers!

Just check out the pricing page and install the plugin following this handy guide. 

You'll instantly have access to tons of awesome landing page templates, a powerful page editor, and gain control of the small details of your website design. 

Check out Thrive Architect!

Pro tip: Add Shape Dividers to Your Theme

If you want to add shape dividers across your entire website, you can do that by editing your theme with Thrive Theme Builder

Check out this guide to landing page builders vs theme builders and find out which one best fits your needs. 

Step 2: Choose Your Shape Divider

Now it's time to see how easy it is to add a shape divider. 

Just hover over Pages in your WordPress sidebar and click Add New, give your page a title and then click Edit With Thrive Architect

You'll have the option to build a page from scratch or to start with a pre-made template. 

Create a new page

We recommend starting with a pre-made template, as it's a huge timesaver, but it's completely up to you. With Thrive Architect you have complete editing control to build your page how you see fit, so choose the option that best fits your needs. 

Then it's simply a case of clicking on a background section and choosing Decorations from the left-hand sidebar and choosing Fancy Divider from the dropdown menu. 

Choose shape divider

A new dropdown menu titled Fancy Divider will appear, and now you can choose what type of shape divider you would like to use. You'll notice there are over 50 to choose from, so you're bound to find the one that best fits your design.   

Shape divider options

Step 3: Pick Your Shape Divider Color and Change the Opacity 

When you add your shape divider, it's going to be a neutral white color, so now we want to change this to fit your design vision. 

In the left-hand sidebar, you'll now see additional options for editing your shape divider, including color options. Click on the color tab and you'll be able to select the color you want. Notice as well that Thrive Architect will suggest colors based on the existing color scheme of the page. 

Choosing color and opacity

Once you have the right color, your shape divider is going to be looking great, but there's another important step - opacity. The lower the opacity, the more your shape divider will blend into the background color behind it, giving it a seamless effect.

Play around with the options and find the color and opacity that works best for you. 

Step 4: Adjust Height and Padding

You want your shape divider to make a statement but you don't want it to distract from the content itself. If you have too much overlapping and it's hurting the user experience, then you need to adjust the height of the shape divider, or the padding of the background section. 

Adjusting the height of the shape divider will simply make it smaller so it doesn't take up so much space on the page. You can do this by dragging the Height slider until you perfect your design. 

Edit shape divider height

Adjusting the padding of the background section will move any element that’s inside the background section up (or down) and will avoid overlap with the Fancy Divider.

Adjust background padding

You can use either of these methods, or a combination of both, to get your shape divider looking exactly how you want it. 

Step 5: Check How Your Shape Divider Looks on Mobile

Whenever you design a webpage, it's important to always think about how it looks on mobile. This is where a ton of your traffic is going to come from, so you've got to make sure your site (and shape divider) looks perfect in this format. 

Desktop view

Bad Mobile Display

In the examples above, we can see that this shape divider looks great on desktop, but it's really distracting on mobile. Luckily, Thrive Architect makes it incredibly easy to edit how your page looks on mobile. Just click the mobile icon at the bottom of the page and start editing. 

Check mobile view

With just a few tweaks to the shape divider height or the background section padding, we can make sure our fancy divider looks perfect on mobiles as well as desktops. 

Mobile shape divider example

Looks good!

Additional Tips When Using Shape Dividers

It’s very important to consider the following guidelines when using the shape dividers feature in order to avoid design disasters.

1. Images + Shape Dividers = Lousy Friends

Be EXTRA careful when using shape dividers on background sections with images. They rarely work well together.

It's about demanding attention. When you use a shape divider on a colored background section, the divider adds a bit of spice and gets the attention.

When your background section is an image the shape divider will compete to grab the attention.

That's why in the image examples for this blog post, we used background sections with (solid) colors to illustrate how the shape dividers works.

However, if you ever find an image that you think works well with a shape divider, go for it!

2. Don’t Overuse Gradients

It's important to have a smooth transition between two background sections with the help of a shape divider.

In a nutshell, here’s the secret:

Using gradients

Gradients & Solid Colors

In the example above, the shape divider is applied to the bottom of the upper background section (the one with the gradient).

In order to make a smooth transition between background sections, the bottom background section needs to have a solid color. This allows to apply the same solid color on the shape divider and guarantee a good look.

Learn More About Key Web Design Principles

Designing a website or landing page can be a bit of a minefield, especially if you don't have strong technical skills. 

It's certainly not impossible though!

Tons of people create incredible web pages without coding knowledge or having taken a web design class. One thing they do, though, is stick to (consciously or subconsciously) certain key design principles. 

Before you take the next steps with your site, we recommend you check out this complete guide on 13 Fundamental Web Design Principles. It's been put together with the help of our Head of Design, and it's got some incredibly useful tips!

You're Ready to Create Amazing Shape Dividers

As you can see, adding a WordPress shape divider to your page is pretty straightforward. 

Just follow the steps and you'll have characterful, yet professional dividers that your visitors will love. 

Want even more great web design tips?

We've got you covered.

Now there's just one thing left to do!

Get Thrive Architect and start adding shape dividers to your designs. 

by William P  June 29, 2018


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  • I really love this feature. Thanks for always increasing the value of my membership. Thrive is an awesome company.

  • Great new add to TA! Eliminates the need for a slider plugin. Although not as robust as Smart Slider, it is enough for me to eliminate the need for it. Well done!

  • it look likes you are the new content marketer at Thrive Themes . Great post , great video, and amazing feature.

  • I think it’s a big step that he needs to give Architect and Thrive Themes not to be defeated by Elementor that is taking a good advantage, at least as a visual editor.

  • Nice feature – If only the design of my site was suitable for this, but it’s build on clean lines and only 3 strong colours. But I love that you’re always innovating!

  • As always, Thrive just keeps getting better. I’ve got a project for this one immediately. Well explained too.

  • Hi, very nice Feature as it seems! Still, I just have to ask again – as annoying as this maybe – are parts of the team concerning themselves with GDPR too? The Google Fonts remain a big Problem. Is there any solution in sight? With all the new Features in the Pipeline – that are all great – I am fearing this might not get done. Any update on this?

      • Thanks, Andrew. That would be wonderful. But are you sure we’re talking about the same thing? I mean the fact that TA calls Google Font whether I use them or not. Has that stopped? My ticket as to that is still open. Any more Information on that would be appreciated!

      • We’ve updated our themes to address this issue. Thrive Architect only loads the fonts in use on any given page.

    • Hello, Tim. We have a team that is dealing specifically with GDPR issues. As far as the Google Fonts, we took care of that 🙂

  • Excellent new feature – Is it possible for us to create and use our own dividers, David? Would be great for other skylines etc.

  • This is FUN!!! Now I’m going to have to reread the cautions about not overdoing it. 🙂 Oh and it’s also useful. 🙂 But it’s FUN!

  • That looks pretty good. How about a timeline type divider like the one that Thrive itself uses when showing the progression of it’s products. A divider that goes vertically up the page like that and allows the user to populate details at each alternating pointer would be helpful in a lot of situations.

    • Thanks for the suggestion Shane.
      That would be quite different from these dividers (wouldn’t be the same feature at all), but pretty cool I agree.

      • Hi Hane, any options currently to make vertical dividers other than just putting a border on a column?

      • Hi,
        No only horizontal.

        But if you’re using a content box (inside the column element) you can use the decorations options to add slanted edges or dividers (not the fancy dividers but some less fancy ones 😉 )

  • David, You are just like ME mate 😛 I travel same cities again and again Design Amazing websites with Thrive Architect and i also watched an entire season of FRIENDS in one day 😛

  • This is great! I am building a new sales page and am looking forward to what I might be able to do with this. You guys are the best!

  • Welcome David! You managed very well for your first video on a very exciting new feature for Thrive Architect. I hope we get to see you again soon…

  • Always increasing member value! I love knowing that you are constantly giving us useful features to use on our own and client projects. Kudos!

    • The fancy dividers use SVGs (vector graphics). It’s a super lean way of drawing something on a web page. Much smaller and faster than if it were an image file. In terms of speed impart, it’s more like having a few lines of text on the page than it is like loading an image.

    • Hmm, that doesn’t seem right. The best way would be to open a suport ticket for this issue. This will allow us to take a look and solve the problem fast. Thanks, Nathalie 🙂

  • Wow, this feature looks awesome, thrive architect is improving.
    Add more awesome features like this, it will be awesome for us.
    Thanks for introducing this.
    Will try it out.

  • I am thrilled you’ve brought this feature to TA. I was considering (dare I say this out loud) adding another great Page Builder (beginning with ‘E’) to my suite of tools for this feature.

  • This is one of the best features in my opinion, but I am not able to change the color of the fancy dividers anymore and I don’t knwo why 🙁 Also sometimes dividers are not shown up at the bottom or on the sides. Do you have an idea? Did I do something wrong? Thx and regards Robert

    • Hi Robert! The best solution in this kind of situation is to open a Support ticket, just so that we can see exactly how this occurs on your website. The guys here will be more than happy to help 🙂

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