The Icon element in Thrive Architect features the Font Awesome Free icon package, a set of 1500+ icons that you can start using on your website right away!
The Font Awesome set is a vast collection of vector icons, containing anything from popular logo icons to more common ones.
With Thrive Architect, you get access to the free library of Font Awesome icons, which lets you take your page design to the next level.
Icon Style Options to Match Your Design Choices
All icons in the package come in 3 styles: light, regular, and solid.
This enables you to pick the style that matches the overall design of your website and give it a visual boost.
If you want to access over 8000 icons from the Font Awesome PRO library, you can purchase their PRO package from the Font Awesome website. Thrive Architect is fully compatible with the entire range of Font Awesome icons, including duotone icons.
We Didn't Stop Here...
In our latest update, we rebuilt our icon library, to load faster and manage icons more effectively. We also added the Material Design icons to our icon library, which is an open-source icon library created by Google. You can read more about this update in our July roundup post.
Why Pick Icons Instead of Images?
Why should I choose an icon over an image file? - You might ask
First of all, we need to make an important distinction:
When we talk about an icon you can pick using the Icon element, we're referring to a specific file format, an SVG file. We're not talking about an image that acts as an icon but that's actually a PNG or JPEG format.
While both can look the same at first glance, you'll soon discover why we have to make this distinction.
An Icon is Much Easier to Find
You need a couple of cute images to display on your website and you decide to go on Google Images and search for images with a transparent background.
If you've ever done this, you know it's not easy at all finding the right images.
They either come without a transparent background, a size that is too small, or maybe you just have a hard time finding the right look & feel.
With Thrive Architect, adding a cute icon only requires you to open the "Icon" element, search for an icon and place it on your page:
When scaled, a SVG icon has a far superior quality, compared to an image.
Here's an example: We have two similar files on a page, one of them is a SVG icon and the other one is an image:
At this point, both of the files have a size of 150 pixels each.
However, here's what happens if we increase the size to 500 pixels:
As you can see, the image's quality was severely diminished by this increase in size.
However, the icon wasn't at all affected, and it looks just as good as it looked at 150 pixels.
And if all of the above hasn't convinced you already, icons have one more trick up their sleeve.
They are customizable!
This means you can change the icon color, background color and shape right within Thrive Architect.
You won't need any image editing tools like you would to change an image.
You will have no problem building layouts that look like this:
Or like this:
Use Them in Other Elements as Well
Up until now, we've seen how you can use an icon as a stand alone element, but it can also be used within other Thrive Architect elements.
For example, we can use it on the Button element:
Or on the Styled List element:
Now's Your Turn!
Don't be afraid to try out new layouts and experiment how the new icons work in Thrive Architect.
Give it a try and let us know what you think, by leaving a comment below!
Is there a way one can upload their own original icons?
Unfortunately, no. Not for now, at least.
Would also love for the possibility to upload own icons
@Fabian and @Cedrick – So, with Font Awesome you can’t really upload your own icons.
However, after looking a bit into this, I found that there is actually a pretty simple way to add your own icons, with IcoMoon.
In your WordPress admin dashboard, access the Thrive Dashboard and look for the “Retina Icons” card. There you will find a blue hyperlink text that says “Click here”, it will send you to the IcoMoon App.
On that platform, you will find the “Import Icons” option, which will allow you to search on your device for the icon you want to upload.
Make sure the icon is in the right format and that it follows the IcoMoon Documentation procedures.
Thanks for sharing this information on Icons.
It was my pleasure, Elizabeth 🙂
I noticed that these icons also don’t automatically load on all pages even if never used there.
That’s great because i had a lot of icomoon icons and all my pages were abut 400kb more in size because of that.
That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore so good job.
Thank you, Ion! Enjoy 🙂
Thank you so much. This is a great addition.
Our pleasure, Luis 🙂
Yay! Thanks guys, I’ve been looking for more icons and this is another great addition. Perfect!
That’s awesome! Glad to hear that, Martin 🙂
Good update, as usual!
Thanks, Fred! Glad you enjoy it 🙂
That going to save me a lot of time searching for the best icon. Thanks!
That was my thought exactly! Our pleasure 🙂
Great advice about icons and why/when they should be used. And super cool that 3600+ are now available for sleek designs and fast websites!
I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying them, Matt! 🙂
Great to have so many icons available!! When used to create a website logo is it possible to download the icons for use in documents?
Hello, Karin 🙂
Unfortunately, the icons cannot be downloaded because they have a certain format that can only be used on web pages.
Does anyone ever check their development skills at the door before they release an update or code?
Seriously! The icons don’t work because your icon scroll window is bigger than its container ergo you can click the select button that it covers.
I really can’t believe you people have not checked this over and over again because its been like this for months.
Please create a support ticket with this issue. We can’t replicate what you describe in our test environments, so we’d have to see what causes this issue on your specific setup.
Is there a way to rotate the icons in Thrive Architect?
No Joshua, that’s not currently an option.
How do I convert my png logo to icon? If so, how can I do this?
Here, I found a site that you can use: https://www.pngtosvg.com/
I’m really glad that as much of Font Awesome is so easily available. I think there are fonts from newer versions of Font Awesome 5.x that are not present. Are there plans to include all of the fonts in future Thrive Architect updates? For example, the symbol for “bacon” was added in Font Awesome 5.7 but is not available in Thrive. Doesn’t everyone need access to bacon? 🙂
First of all, I’m glad you asked that question because everyone needs to have access to bacon! Haha
Jokes aside, we’re aware of that and we’re including the new Font Awesome icons in our next release. So, the bacon should be there soon too 🙂
Hi David, when will that be? Today is May 10, 2019 and I search this feature in vain. 🙁
Hello, this is a great idea, but unfortunately not possible with the current version of the TA, because I only get the IcoMoon offered. What do I have to do to use the icons of FontAwesome?
Hi David, I got this error message after clicking the add icon button:
“Could not fetch FontAwesome icons: 500: The action could not be finished because of a fatal server error.”
Whats wrong here?
Feels like a server issue which might be related to your hosting. Please open a support ticket and our team will help you out.