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!