Improved Text Editing Features in Thrive Architect

Shane Melaugh   149

In the latest update to Thrive Architect, we've made some improvements to text editing. Our goal is always to make content and page editing as easy and seamless as possible - while also providing you an absolute powerhouse of features.

Check out the video to see the tweaks and changes we implemented, based on user feedback, to take text editing in WordPress to the next level.


In summary, the changes are:

  • In-line text options like bold, italic, headings, lists etc. now appear in a fixed position at the top of the screen. This is similar to where you're used to seeing such options in Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
  • Added "Blockquote" as a paragraph style option.
  • Text options in the sidebar have been made more compact. Font size, line height and letter spacing are more immediately available with a switch + shared slider interface.

These new changes are available immediately, in the latest version of Thrive Architect. Give them a try and let us know any feedback you have!


by Shane Melaugh  February 12, 2018


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  • Hello! It looks like a comfortable way to edit the text, but I have been having troubles with making my headlines bold using this feature since the update (for the last week). It repeats in all pages. Can you guys please check that? A bit frustrating as I haven’t been able to make a part of my text bold on my sales page.

    • Hello Daria,

      Thank you for your comment! Have you reported this in the support forum? This sounds like a conflict or problem specific to your setup, so it would be best if we can examine it directly on your site.

  • I just noticed these changes while using Thrive Architect a few days and they’re great. Much better user experience while editing text. Thank you!

  • At the bottom left, I would like to suggest that you move the selection bar (three dots, view, page ,setup save button) UPWARD just an ever so slight amount.
    Reason: The three dots that are used extensively by most sit virtually on the top edge of a desktop taskbar that runs the full width of the screen. I realize auto-hide by the user is an option, but also a visual annoyance, this was one of the first issues I noticed when TA was released. We are talking about raising it like an eight of an inch. This is one of those items that annoys everybody, but gets verbalized by almost nobody. –Best, HG

    • Hello Harvey,

      Can you explain what the issue is caused by this? I ask because the way I use Thrive Architect, the “more” icon is indeed right above the task bar, but I’ve not had any problems because of that, so far.

      • Not everyone is super skillful. Some are young, some are old, some are fat, etc. With the taskbar showing on a 24″, 1920×1080, it is so close, that it is what less precision persons like myself and many others have to “slow down”, to be sure and hit it, and not the taskbar. (It’s just an idea.)

      • I see what you mean. Thank you for explaining. We’ll see if we can change this without interfering with the rest of the user interface.

  • Thats an very nice update. Thank you Shane!

    Will there soon be a feature to choose the text-alignment for mobile devices (Responsive) separately?

    Best regards,

    • Hello David,

      You can already set different alignments responsively, but it has to be done on the block level. E.g. you set the alignment on the content box or background section, not inline on the text. That’s a limitation that comes from the way CSS works.

  • Shane,

    These changes are a great addition! Docking the editing toolbar to the top of the text window is a big help! πŸ™‚

    One thing from the native WP editing toolbar I *really miss* is the “symbol” button! My articles are of a tutorial nature — and consequently text-heavy — so I frequently use “en” & “em” dashes and now my only option is to use two single dashes (–) in sequence.

    I’m a PC-user (laptop) but iOS user for everything mobile… Which is interesting because as of iOS 11, when two single dashes are typed in sequence, iOS auto-converts them to the common “en” dash!

    It’s great, but Architect doesn’t play well (as I have experimented quite a bit) with “touch” devices (my ASUS laptop included! ????) so it’s just too time-intensive to use iOS strictly for entering these dashes! πŸ˜‰ LoL!

    Really hope there can be some sort of solution to adding the “symbol” button on the new text editing bar. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for everything you and your incredible team accomplish!

    • Thank you for your feedback, Karen. Maybe we can add something that makes adding such symbols easier, yes. I’ll have a think about it.

  • Very nice! I’ve been using this new UI and loving it. One question though: How can I change the default list item marker when using a list? Should I do it with CSS or there a setting somewhere? Thanks for all your great work!

    • Thanks for your comment, John. The list item marker is determined by your theme. In most cases, you’d have to change it via CSS, yes.

  • This is a much needed update. You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve cursed (under my breath of course) about the options hovering over things in thrive, so then you can’t reach them.

    This is not just in text, this is in many functions. If you could address this across the board that would be awesome.

    Thank you for this update, greatly needed.

    • Thank you for your comment, Patrick. Can you please tell me what other instances there are of stuff hovering over elements you want to edit or select?

  • I really like the top bar in-line text edit feature. I may have had occasional issues with the editor options getting in the way.

    I also like the changes to the side bar area.

    I appreciate all that you guys do for us!


  • This is excellent … Very appreciated.
    Super idea to move the text formatting up on top. You are right – the old formatting menu was often in my way, when editing.

  • Thanks, Shane!!

    Is there a good way to float an image yet? If I wanted to outset a pull quote or a figure, it looks like the only way to do it is by breaking the text block and inserting columns β€” is there a better way that’s not apparent yet?

  • Just have one thing to say about this addition Shane.
    It really is a great move forward to the application.
    What I really like is that you all listen to feedback and then deliver the goods.
    Thanks very much for a fantastic aid to doing what we all enjoy doing.

  • Nice! I was struggling a bit now and then with the text options hovering over the part of text that I was editing. This is a welcome change in the interface!

  • Thank you, thank you , thank you!! These updates to Thrive Architect make text editing so much easier. I found the floating editor quite annoying sometimes – love the way it’s locked to the top of the screen! Thrive Themes just keeps getting better – love your work πŸ˜‰

  • Hi Shane,

    I really like the changes. I think it’s especially cool how you guys combined the slider options to help scale down the interface a bit. Nice job!

  • Ohmygod, it’s like you guys can read my mi- no wait, it’s like I busted your balls on this on three or four separate posts AND the forum, and you actually listened and then went and did your thing. Very smart, and much appreciated.

    This is why I stay with Thrive and promote your products every chance I get.

    Now, since all it takes is asking, can we get a sneak peek at the new theme? πŸ™‚

    • Oh no… we gave it away in a webinar, didn’t we? Does this mean people are catching on to the fact that we can’t actually read minds? What have I done… πŸ˜€

  • Text edit bar docked at the top of the window is great. It’s nice to see changes coming out that improve workflow and content creation.

  • Yes. This is great improvement. Thanks for that.
    However, being used to something like Word or Google docs, does not necessarily mean it is user friendly. The changes on left are great, however the toolbar on top, I find too far. Of course being far is better than hiding the text as before.

    I would do 2 improvements:
    1. I would make an option for the left toolbar to auto hide.
    2. I would make the top toolbar drag-able & with options to dock it to
    left & right vertically & to bottom as well.

    Thanks again for the great features & improvements.

  • Thanks Shane. I’ve been using the new text editor for a few days now. Takes some getting used to but is better – simpler and easier to use.

    • Thank you for your comment, Kristy! I’m happy to know that you prefer the new interface after getting used to it.

  • Putting the text tool bar on top is great! It was driving me crazy as it kept getting in the way when I’m editing content in the text box.

    I have submitted a request for this, I’m looking forward to markdown capability for text input.

  • I thought I was only me experiencing the issues with the text toolbar being in the way. Also the sliding bar implementation is great, no more wasting time changing font size one by one. Great work Thrive Themes!

  • Thank you for docking that format box. The hover was extremely annoying, especially when working collaboratively with others.

  • I would save BRILLIANT but that would be a massive understatement. Your continual development of Thrive Architect makes in the greatest powerhouse since wordpress.

  • Yes! Yes! Yes! I noticed this the other day. This is one of those seemingly little things that made a BIG difference to me. Thanks.

    • Thank you for your comment, Bob.

      Can you tell me more about what you’d like to edit. What changes would you like to make to an opt-in form that you’re currently finding difficult?

  • Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you THANK YOU!

    That text editor was always getting in the way. Much, much better. Thank you for listening to your users!

  • @shane – Just keeps getting better and better…. it’s the little things that make a BIG difference!

    I am so happy about to decision to be “Powered by Thrive” in so many ways, what’s more, so are all the people in my circle of influence… it’s a pleasure to recommend and use for client satisfaction.

  • Awesome update, noticed it yesterday itself.

    SUGGESTION: Is it possible to load a “color profile” and content templates from a file.

    I have many websites using thrive, and I have to manually create my favorite colors and content templates on each one of them.

  • This is so much better… The floating option bars has been a bit of an annoyance for me in the past. This is now solved in a very nice and elegant way. And even better, the new options in the sidebar take text editing to the next step. Keep up the good work!

  • Hello! I used this last week and it was excellent!

    Do you have any advice for someone who is writing in Google Docs to easily import into TA?

  • This is so much better! Thank you! Will there be a way to install new fonts that aren’t already part of the library coming soon?

    • Hi Alex,

      Thank you for your comment. Currently, custom fonts are on the roadmap, but we don’t have an estimated date for them yet, sorry.

  • There should be a way to set the elements back to their defaults (for example the line spacing or font size) if you don’t like the last adjustment you just made.

    • And indeed there is. To do this, just click on “clear all formatting” link in the text options in the sidebar.

  • Shane, the amazing Thrive Themes Team has a way of making the best, even better, outstanding! Totally appreciate every single minute of it…

    • Thank you, Elizabeth. It’s great to know that you like the new version of text editing. πŸ™‚

  • Superb, we now have the blockquote feature back working, without having to use a wordpress element. Good update, thanks.

  • Thank you. Having the editing menu at the top helps immensely. Today I kept experiencing entire paragraphs changing when I had only highlighted a single phrase. It happened repeatedly. I hope it was an aberrant happening rather than a norm.

  • Guys, how to edit/change the spacing between inside the paragraphs and not letters?

    How do I decrease the spacing between lines of text inside paragraphs in the whole website?

    • Hello Yarik,

      What you’re looking for is called “line height”. If you want to change it across your entire site, go to Appearance -> Customize and find the line height setting in the font settings.

    • No. But if you paste text that contains subscript or superscript, it will work in Thrive Architect.

      • I was looking for info about superscript as well.

        It doesn’t seem to keep the superscript when I paste the text.

  • I work for 5 weeks now with Thrive Architect and Leads. Amazing! Finally I get a better site. But .. after updating the plugin, I losing the text editing box working in Chrome. Working in Edge no problem, but I want to work in Chrome. How can I get it back? Please, can you help me?

    • Hi Ingrid,

      Sorry to hear, this is most likely a caching issue. Try a hard refresh (CRTL+F5 or CMD+SHIFT+R on mac) if the problem persists, you can ask our support team to have a look and help you out!

  • I’m thrive architect user, I’ve notice usually on the “TEXT ELEMENTS” for aligning text on mobile. Why there is no option for specific alignment in mobile. For example on the desktop view, I want my text in left align and in the mobile view I change it into the center align. But it affect on the desktop view to. Is there have a option for specific align for mobile that not affected on the desktop? Hope you will response. Thanks!

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