What’s New with Thrive Themes – January 2020

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Bradley Stevens   152

Happy New Year!

2020 is going to be a very big year at Thrive Themes. We have a promising development roadmap full of jaw-dropping features and a couple of surprises for you in the few months ahead.

Although we can't wait to show you what's in store, our first update for this year is just a small one.

In this post, we'll show you what's new in Thrive Architect and other plugins, where to find these new features and how to use them.

Make sure you've updated to version 2.4.7 and read on!

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1. Parallax

It's a designer's dream... beautiful parallax animations that change motion depending on a visitor's scroll speed. 

I'm sure you've seen the effect on websites before. It looks like this:

This Parallax effect was made in Thrive Architect

A Parallax effect creates the illusion of depth and three-dimensional space by animating two elements at different speeds as a website visitor scrolls down the page.

Foreground elements move quicker past the viewport than background elements, the same way a nearby tree will zoom past the passenger window of a car quicker than one in the distance.

Now you can create that effect with just a few clicks.

How to Use Parallax:

1. Select any element on your page.

2. In the Thrive Architect sidebar, select Scroll Behavior and choose Parallax.

Under Scroll Behavior, select Parallax

3. Click Add New Effect, and immediately you'll notice the parallax effect when you scroll up and down the page.

By default, the effect that opens is called Vertical Scroll and speed will be set to 3. By increasing the speed, you can modify how fast the foreground element will move compared to the viewport.

The faster the speed, the more depth to the illusion.

6 Different Parallax Effects:

Behind the scenes, Parallax is a user-input based animation. Rather than just animating when an element comes into view or on page load, the effect looks for the visitor's scroll action.

If they scroll quickly, the effect is fast. If they scroll slowly, the effect matches. If they reverse their scroll direction, the animation reverses with it.

But those input-based calculations aren't just limited to vertical scroll.

We've expanded the parallax animation to control 6 different effects. You can choose from:

  • Vertical Scroll
  • Horizontal Scroll
  • Transparency
  • Blur
  • Rotate
  • Scale

Effects can also be stacked. For example, if you combine Vertical and Horizontal scroll, you can move an element diagonally.

If you combine Blur with Scale, you can make an element grow smaller on screen and gradually blur as though it's drifting into the background and out of focus.

You can stack up to 6 effects per element.

Parallax Viewport Settings:

When you configure your Parallax settings, you can choose the effect from a dropdown, then choose which variation of that effect, and then you'll have 3 sliders to configure.

Vertical Scroll is the classic parallax effect

The first slider controls how powerful the effect is. Depending on the effect you choose, it'll be known as either speed or level. The greater the number, the more motion you'll see on scroll.

The second and third sliders are for Viewport Start and Viewport End.

As someone scrolls down a page, content enters the viewport from the bottom of the screen.

'Viewport Start' defines the distance from the bottom of the screen that the effect begins. 'Viewport End' measures where the effect should stop, also measured from the bottom.

By default 0% - 100% means it starts on entry and ends as the element exits the viewport at the top.

You may want to set some different start and end points.

For example: If you set a Blur effect to fade in, you may want to set it to 0% - 50%. That would mean the element is blurry when it enters the viewport from the bottom and gradually becomes sharper until it's crystal clear in the very middle of the screen, 50%.

Play around with it and it will make sense.

Previewing Your Parallax Effect:

When you first apply a parallax effect, the preview mode will be enabled. In the preview mode, on-page editing will be locked so you can test out your effect and configure it to your choosing.

Toggle on and off preview mode.

Once you've applied your effects, preview will disable so you can return to editing your content without the animations flying off the page.

If you want to preview your parallax effect again, select any element with parallax enabled and toggle on the Parallax Preview.

Once this is enabled, all elements on your page that use a parallax effect will begin to animate, making it easy for you scroll and see the final behavior.

2. Pagination Templates for the Post List

Did you know that the Post List element already has a Pagination feature?

It does! We listened to user feedback and this was a hotly requested feature, so we added it in late 2019.

Now we've just released 7 pre-designed pagination templates that you can load with one click.

Pagination allows you to click through to new posts in the Post List

If you enable Pagination on your post list element, your visitors will be able to click through and see any other content that matches your filter.

Pagination designs are fully customizable too, with toggles for Next and Previous, First and Last, and to include a pagination label. You can even configure the amount of pages you want to display in the buttons.

How do you like your pagination? It's up to you

Like all Thrive Architect elements, pagination designs use the box model. That means you can button borders, corners, backgrounds and spacing, customize font styles and colors, and more.

But rather than doing all of this yourself, why not start with one of the beautiful designs our team have built for you?

Make sure you have the Pagination bread crumb selected, then click the template button to load the template gallery.

Select Pagination from the bread crumbs.

Here are the 7 designs you can choose from, including some dark designs and some with transparency.

Designer-made pagination templates can be loaded in a click

3. Post List - Link to Archive

In case you didn't get the memo, our Post List element is the best you'll find in WordPress. And we're still making it better.

In this update, you can now link to a category page or any other type of archive straight from the Post List using dynamic text.

Here's how it works:

While you are in Design Mode for your Post List, drag a text element right into your article view.

Add a text element to your Post List

With the text field selected, choose Insert Shortcode from the typography bar. You'll have the option to select Post Category.

New 'Link to Archive' option

This is dynamic text, meaning the text will update to match the post that is displaying.

If the post belongs to a category called 'Workout', that's what the text will display. But if the post list displays a post from a different category, such as 'Podcast', it will intelligently update the text.

The new feature is a Link to Archive checkbox that becomes available when you insert that Post Category shortcode.

If you enable this checkbox, then the Category Text will also become a hyperlink that takes the visitor straight to that category archive page.

That means that the visitor can click the title, image or 'read more' button to see the post that's displayed... or they can directly click the category name to see the category archive list.

Here's an example of a styled Link-to-Archive text field:

This text and hyperlink will always match the post it's displayed on.

4. New Templates and Symbols Lightbox

In this release, we've also updated the Templates and Symbols lightbox.

This is the window that displays when you are loading a template you've saved before. It's purely a cosmetic update, but it paves the way for some new updates in the near future.

This was our old loading window:

And here's the new one:

In the images above, the difference looks subtle.

But when you use it, you'll see it's faster, it offers more screen real estate for your templates, and it's a more versatile interface.

It's also easy to rename or delete a template or symbol straight from the lightbox itself, so you can organize your templates easily.

Click the 3 dots next to a template to rename or delete

Now with this new interface, we're set to release some more updates in the coming few months that will make your template management even better.

5. Post List Compatible with Symbols and Templates

Once again, our Post List element has been so popular that we've heard from your comments and feedback that you want to save it as a Symbol or Template.

This proved a little tricky, since a post list is a dynamic element and so is a Symbol, and it required stacking one inside another.

Good news! In this release, we've solved it.

"Wait... what exactly is a Symbol?"​​​​​​​​​

In web development, the word 'Symbol' has a different meaning to what you might be used to. 

A Symbol is an interlinked element across a website. You can display a Symbol in multiple places and when you update that Symbol, all instances of it will immediately be updated.

This now means you can configure the perfect Post List, save it as a Symbol, then drop it into any WordPress post or page. Any changes to the styling of that Post List will be seen on all pages.

6. Custom Fields Integration With Infusionsoft

In December, we released a custom field integration with 4 popular email autoresponders. This feature brings some huge power to your lead generation game.

It means you can create a custom field inside of your email autoresponder, and pass information from the opt-in form straight to that field.

An example would be asking a question such as: "What's your company website?", collecting your visitor's answers and keeping them stored next to the contact record in your email system.

Well, this week we advanced our integration with Infusionsoft (recently renamed as Keap) to let you access your custom fields. 

So if you are an Infusionsoft user and want to know how this works, check out the original announcement post here or watch this part of the announcement video to see how it works.

7. Thrive Quiz Builder - Autoscroll Toggle

Thrive Quiz Builder gets a small update in this release too, based on user feedback.

There is now a toggle to enable or disable Autoscroll for a quiz.

You'll find this option by clicking the cog icon when you are in the questions editor view.

New Quiz Scroll Toggle

So, what does this mean?

Depending on your quiz, you may find some questions require more multiple choice answers or longer text fields. As a visitor advances through your quiz, the screen space taken up by the new questions may increase or decrease to suit the options you've made available.

By enabling Quiz Scroll, the viewport will smoothly scroll to the optimal position to display the new question and their choices. Disabling this will keep the viewport fixed as new questions load, and the visitor can easily scroll to see what suits them.

It's a small feature, but gives you an extra bit of control over a visitor's experience.

8. Updated Sendy Integration

Sendy is a self-hosted email application that sends through Amazon's Web Services.

Although we already have an integration with Sendy, they have recently made some significant changes to their API.

We have just updated our integration with the new Sendy API, which means it's safe for you to update and use their latest features with our Lead Generation element.

Useful? Let us know!

We always love hearing feedback from you. Your comments and suggestions are regularly added to our roadmap so we can make sure our products are helping you do what you do best.

Let us know if these latest updates are valuable to you, or what else you'd like to see in the future.

by Bradley Stevens  January 17, 2020

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  • I think the parallax update is really cool ????

    What’s the status of the thrive cart integration? i mean to have read that thrivecart has already confirmed the integration but it’s up to you when you publish it. (and that was already months ago).

    I think there are a lot of people waiting patiently for the integration and actually expected it in 2019.

    Regards,
    Jan

    • @Jan – I’ve been waiting a while as well, so I switched to Upsell Plugin. I highly suggest taking a look. It pretty much does everything ThriveCart offers and already integrates with Thrive Architect.

      • I am very happy with TC but I will have a look at the plugin.

        Vote everyone to show the Thrive Themes team how important it is for us.

    • Hey Jan, yes we are working on a Thrive Cart integration for Thrive Apprentice that will allow you to enrol students directly into courses after they purchase a product.

      Thrive Theme Builder is our #1 priority, but is closely followed by this integration.

      Without getting too caught up in the details: we identified that in order to make the integration work well, we need to make some small changes to Thrive Apprentice. Our team is already working on these.

      If this is causing delays for your business and you need a solution ASAP, here’s a 3rd party recommendation: Thrive Apprentice integrates with Wishlist Member, and so does Thrive Cart. Wishlist Member is currently available on appsumo for a lifetime deal of $49.

  • Hi, great news as usual!
    Just a couple of questions:

    1) InfusionSoft Custom Fields Integration: for now it’s just for text fields… are you considering adding also integration for other type of fields such as dropdowns?

    2) Quiz Builder: is there a way to change text size for questions and answers? On mobile devices long questions take all the screen space and with multiple answers available sometimes you have to scroll up and down a lot to view them all…

    Thanks in advance
    and keep up the great work!
    E.M.

    • Hey Emanuele, thank for your comment!

      1) Correct. For now it’s just text fields, but stay tuned and you’ll see a lot more with custom fields and the lead gen form soon.

      2) I’m not sure. I’ll take this to our Quiz experts and find out. If not, I’ll mark it down as a suggestion.

      • I’ll second Emanuele’s comment on Quiz Builder in mobile displays. Text is big and unformatted.

  • Thanks! Really nice feeling to see, that you constantly improve thrive themes products.
    In version description there is : User Inline Shortcodes,
    Ability to drag content outside content and page blocks .. Will you say more about it?

  • I am so unsatisfied of not mentioning any updates to thrive apprentice, until it released and 0 updates took place.
    Why you don’t think about the company as a whole?
    Many many features are missing, like you don’t have a checkout plugin although your mission is to focus on conversion.
    You released thrive apprentice but it still looks ugly and missing so many features in comparison to other competitors.
    Thrive theme builder is not released yet.

    I really don’t understand why it matters to make these slight updates to thrive architect when the user can successfully meme any page with no effort?
    It is like you are perfecting it but at the cost of other things.

    • I can understand how you feel and what it might look like from the outside.

      Behind the scenes we have a large part of our team in the very final stages of releasing the best piece of software we’ve built to date (Theme Builder). I’d say that 70% of our development team are currently working on that project in one way or another in order to release a really solid and impressive product for February.

      The rest of our development team are ironing out issues and building features into Architect that are mostly designed to support the new Theme Builder. For example, the post list element that we recently released, and the parallax feature that’s been released in this current version. These features are crucial for a solid theme builder, but they’re also independent and marketable features in their own right, so we highlight those in our release updates (every three weeks).

      So, what I’m saying is that while it may seem we are focusing on Architect and leaving everything else by the wayside, it’s not the case. There’s a lot of stuff that you don’t see that will become very clear when Theme Builder is released.

      The same is true for Apprentice – we’re getting our ducks in a row to take Apprentice to a whole new level this year, including a new login element that we’re currently building into Architect. The major update for Apprentice this year, though, depends on the Theme Builder tech being solid and ready – and so that’s our number one focus at the moment.

      Theme Builder, by the way, is in beta and has had a lot of really positive feedback. Our beta users have built sites with it and have left positive feedback like this:-

      It’s due for release in February.

      I hope this update gives a little more insight into what our plans are moving forward and gives you more faith that we’re not just leaving things in the lurch.

      • Thank you for a clear and concise response to the concerns many of us feel. Having a sense of when the new Theme Builder is in and of itself reassuring to hear. Thrive Themes is a great product and I am excited to see these two areas improved, Theme Builder, Thrive Apprentice!

      • Was wondering How will Thrive architect be placed after you come up with Theme Builder….or the theme builder will replace Thrive architect ….
        Or will Thrive architect be abandoned after Theme builder reaches maturity.

      • Thrive Architect and Theme Builder achieve very different end results. I won’t go into depth here, but I can assure you – all of your questions are going to be answered when we officially announce Theme Builder’s release.

    • Jeen, I want to echo Paul’s comments and reassure you that we do think about the bigger picture, and are planning for an ambitious future I’m sure you’ll come to appreciate. More importantly, we think about our user’s experience with our products as a whole and the best ways that we can help you reach your goals. However, it all takes a lot of time. What you see are the quicker, easier updates we can deliver while pouring almost all of our energy into much bigger updates coming soon. So although what you see might seem like we’ve gone quiet or lost focus, it couldn’t be further from the truth. I hope you find this reassuring, and we appreciate your patience.

  • Thanks for the new features, guys!

    One suggestion for custom field: When you create a drop-down field for an upcoming update, please add the tag function to it.

    The second suggestion for Quiz Builder: It would be nice to set an option so that users can make a quiz only once.

    Background: I send a survey to non-buyers to get feedback and want them to give them either a coupon or a trial at a regular price. But I don’t want them to see both options by entering the quiz twice. So I want to prevent that. Is this something that you could implement?

    Best,
    Oliver

  • Nice updates again, it’s getting better and better, but the real question for 2020 is ofcourse: When will the themebuilder be ready for use??

  • Nice updated. Do you think we’ll ever see sticky video in Architect? so on a landing page with a video, when they scroll down the video itself is placed in the bottom left or right of the screen until they scroll up?

      • You might even consider that being a sticky responsive “content box” with a “custom html”-option.

        That way you could drop in any conversion focused feature you need. Whether it is a chat-bot, help form, (support/sales) video, other 3rd party solution or questionnaire/quiz..

      • Sticky content boxes already exist! If you select a content box on your page, under ‘Scroll Behavior’ in the Architect sidebar, you’ll find an option to make that element sticky on scroll. Let me know if that achieves what you wanted, William

  • The parallex looks good but in your example it doesn’t reverse direction when I change scroll direction. Am I doing something wrong (Windows / Chrome)?

    • My example was actually a screen-recording of Parallax in action. So technically you were just looking at a video, and your scroll behavior wasn’t affecting it. Play around with the feature and you’ll soon understand it. Also, we are publishing a video about it this week that will show it in action

  • Any news on the Thrive Theme builder? Last update I read on the forum somewhere was end 2019 beginning 2020. I’m curious…

    • Thanks for the suggestion Jonas. We have got some plans to make this, yes, but no ETA yet. To help make sure we understand your use case, can you describe exactly what you would want such a feature to do and why?

  • Two other things regarding Quiz Builder:

    1. It would be great if we could forward the user’s email address when they click a link within an email that goes to a quiz, something like that: https://mydomain.com/feedback/?tqb_email=%EMAIL%

    2. It would be great if we could send a notification based on the quiz category. Right now the notification manager sends an email on all quiz completions. But I don’t need that in my case. I want an email to be sent only when the user is in a specific category.

    Best,
    Oliver

    • Hey Oliver, just so I’m clear:

      1. With auto-fill on TQB’s opt-in form, this should work. But I imagine you want to completely skip the opt-in form stage if the user’s email address is already subscribed. Is that correct?

      2. Interesting request. We’ll mark it down!

      Thanks!

      • Hey Brad,

        1. Yes, the user is already subscribed.

        2. Great, thanks!

        Best,
        Oliver

  • I would really love it if thrive quiz not only send the total score end result but also be able to send the user quiz answers to both the admin and the current user in thrive apprentice.

    • This sounds like a great suggestion, but I’m not sure I understand it 100%. So sending to admin is handled with a notification email. But… you would like the results to be saved in Thrive Apprentice for the user? Can you tell me more about what exactly you are trying to achieve?

  • Es sind alle Erneuerungen wirklich cool. Wie gewohnt bei Thrive Themes.
    Was ich noch nicht verstanden habe wie ich Template, eigens gestaltete Vorlagen, wie z.B. Button, Anmeldeformulare oder eben Parallax, Webseitenweit global verändern und anpassen kann. Ohne bereits bestehende einzeln anpassen zu müssen.
    Bestehen überhaupt eine solche Möglichkeiten bei Thrive Themes?

    ———-
    All the renewals are really cool. As usual with Thrive Themes.
    What I haven’t understood yet is how I can globally change and adapt templates, specially designed templates, such as buttons, registration forms or even parallax, website wide. Without having to adapt existing ones individually.
    Are there any such possibilities at Thrive Themes?

    • Hi Schoelu, the magic word here is “symbols”. The word is a bit strange in this context. I think it should be called something like: global template, rubber stamp, …

      From my experience so far, this is a very useful feature which helps with productivity and consistency. We’re using it now in some client projects. You need to be careful which container or element you select. In some cases it was difficult to define a larger set of element. Also, unlike landing page templates, you find them in a different location.

      Find more info and a video here:
      https://thrivethemes.com/tkb_item/how-to-use-the-templates-and-symbols-element/

      Good luck
      Tom

    • We are working on a new product called Thrive Theme Builder which is specifically for creating website-wide changes. It’s a mammoth project that we’ve been working on for years, but we hope to have some news about it shortly.

      On a case-by-case basis, Thomas is right. Symbols are a way to use dynamic content in multiple areas of your website.

  • As nice as the innovations are, to me it seems very jumbled together.
    Here a new switch, there a new view. What are the long-term plans?

    What about the aged themes? Will Apprentice grow out of its infancy or remain just a nice gimmick?

    Please, write here about the outlook! What can the loyal fans expect in 2020?

    • The high level strategy is to give you everything you need to build and sell (with a focus on courses) from start to finish in one afternoon. This means continually working on Theme Builder, Apprentice and Thrive Architect as our main focus. Leads and Quiz Builder will also get regular improvements to support this overall goal. For competitive reasons, I can’t give away what we specifically plan to build this year, but rest assured we’re following a very clear strategy that will lead to an extremely powerful suite if you want to sell online quickly without tech hurdles and with a strong conversion focus.

      • Paul, I’ve been member for 3 to 4 years. I work alone so, after creating content, I have very little time to explore these new features (read about them, learn how to use them, add them to my site etc). Two things…

        1. Content Blocks are a god-send for me. The ability to choose a pre-built ‘block’ that provides a quick solution is such a time saver. If all these new features could be incorporated into Content Blocks – designed with a specific purpose in mind, I’d likely use more of them.

        2. Thrive University has several excellent courses explaining how to use TA and your other products. Many of the courses are based on your existing WP Themes. Will you be releasing new courses with Theme Builder?

      • Hey Anthony, I’ll jump in here.

        1. We have plans already to update the Content Blocks feature, and that will include adding new templates. But right this moment, we have some other priorities that have to come first.

        2. When we are satisfied that Theme Builder is ready, we will begin to create a huge volume of content, training and tutorials on how it works. Rest assured!

      • Thanks for the response Bradley. I long for the day I have time to fully appreciate all your hard work. That’s why I love content blocks. I can just drag and drop the new features onto my site without having to study the details.

  • Awesome! Thank you so much for continually adding important features and creating more value for us users. ThriveThemes continues to be the most valuable SaaS I use in my business.

  • And what exactly was added with better Sendy integration? Named lists instead of plain ID’s? Something more?

    • Hopefully this helps:

      “As of version 4.0.3.3, Sendy now requires an additional API key parameter to be passed to the subscribe API call. That means updating to newer versions of Sendy isn’t possible until that additional parameter is supported by Thrive Leads.”

      I’m not sure what added features Sendy has with that newer API, but it is safe to update to it.

  • Well…these are amazing updates. I hope you’re making a video tutorial on how/when to use the parallax thing. Please 🙂

  • First, the parallax feature is really cool. I know this is a feature that many people will be excited for. And, as always, I appreciate the hard work you have put into the constant improvement.

    However, what I would really like an update on, is when we are getting the Theme Builder. I know that I am not alone in saying that I would really, really like an update, especially considering I have an Agency license renewal coming up.

    Can we get more information, beyond the April 2019 video post?

    • It was released for beta users in December. We got lots of great positive feedback from its current state and are putting the final touches on for a planned release in February. We’re taking a lot of care to make sure the product is solid and stable for the full member’s release, we’re also adding a wizard and onboarding features to make the first few hours as smooth as possible.

  • Fantastic! I appreciate how creative and helpful your updates are. I also appreciate how well you explain them. Makes me want to dive in and use them.

  • When will you fix the bug in post list when every click on it is opened, spammer like in another window?

    Thrive Post list is the best-related plugin feature around because you can customize it so much, Except for it’s achilles heel is that when you use post list to silo your site with a list of related blog posts in the same category, clicking on any item does not open it in the same window.

    But instead opens it in another window, spam blog like.