6 New Updates to Thrive Themes – May 2020
Last month we released an epic update with 12 massive new features.
With over 200 comments on the announcement post, we can see it was very well received.
This month is a smaller update that builds upon the features we've introduced previously.
There's a new form field for the Lead Generation element, improved autofill functionality, more custom field integrations, a smoother post editing experience in Thrive Theme Builder, improvements for Thrive Quiz Builder and more.
Read on to learn what's new in Thrive Themes.
1. Checkboxes for Lead Gen Forms
This month, we added part 2: Checkboxes.
Checkboxes differ from Radios and Dropdowns in that you can select more than one option at once.
This means the behavior after form-submit is a little different. Rather than passing a single value through to your API connections, it will pass an array of values separated by commas.
For example, it will send "Checkbox A, Checkbox B" to your API if both are selected.
Checkboxes work by passing values into a custom field in your email marketing service, or by including the chosen values in an email notification sent by your website.
Checkboxes are a new field type and you'll find them in the form field selector of the lead generation element.
Once you've added a set of Checkboxes to your form, you can enter edit mode and change the size, color, style, the value that will be passed when that checkbox is selected, and whether or not it should be checked by default.
Since we are all about visual building, we decided that one standard checkbox style wasn't enough.
Our designers have provided 8 different checkbox styles, each with their own unchecked and hover appearances too. Don't forget, your checkbox can be changed to any color you want with a click.
There are currently 3 ways to configure your form-submit action for Checkboxes.
1. Don't Pass Any Data
For the most basic setup, you don't need to pass any values anywhere on form submit.
Why on earth would you want to do that? For a permission checkbox just like this:
In this case, you are not sending the visitor's checkbox selection anywhere. Instead, you are preventing them from submitting the form until they have agreed.
To create this, use a single checkbox and set it as 'required'. That's all it takes.
2. Pass Checkbox Selection to a Custom Field
If you're using an Email Marketing Service that we support for custom fields, then you can update the subscriber record with their checkbox selection.
Here's an example: I'm using ActiveCampaign and I've created a custom field called "Interests". It's a text field much like a name or email field.
By mapping my checkboxes to that custom field, I can update the ActiveCampaign record with the subscriber's checkbox selection. What you'll see is an array with each checkbox value separated by a comma.
This is what an updated subscriber will look like in ActiveCampaign:
Once you have that information in your Email Marketing Service, you can use it as dynamic text in an email, segment your list by value or simply keep it on record for reference.
To segment your mailing list by custom field value, you can use a 'Contains' filter on your custom field. In the example segment below created in ActiveCampaign, I can send an email only to subscribers that have 'Google Ads' as one of their interests.
3. Send via Website Email
The Lead Generation element can send emails directly from your website. This is perfect for contact forms, quotes, application forms and more.
To send an email from your site, choose 'Email' as a connection from your Lead Generation form. With a few clicks you can also send a customized email to your subscriber too, thanks to the updated Email Editor we released last month.
If your form includes Checkboxes, the values selected will be included in the email sent from your website.
Here's an example email sent from the Lead Gen form with the chosen checkbox values listed:
"What about Contact Forms?"
The Lead Generation element can now do everything that our Contact Form element can. That includes support for message text areas, sending an email on submit, sending an email to the recipient, connecting to Zapier, and more.
If you want the added features such as checkboxes in your Contact Forms, we suggest you rebuild them from the Lead Generation form instead.
Your existing Contact Forms will continue to work without any trouble. In an upcoming release, we'll have some improvements to help you rebuild your forms with these new features when you want to.
2. Hide Smart Completed Lead Gen Fields
For some time now, we've already had intelligent autofill settings on your opt-in forms.
We call it Smart Complete, and it allows your website to autofill form fields so that your visitors don't have to type out information you already have access to.
A powerful example of this is autofilling from URL QueryString data.
You can send an email to your mailing list with a link to your website that includes the subscriber's name and email address in a URL QueryString.
The link the subscriber clicks might look like this:
In green, you have the page your are linking to. In violet, the name of the QueryString variable. In blue, the unique value assigned to each variable.
With Smart Complete, you can pre-load the blue values into your forms. When I load the link above, I'll immediately see my information filled out for me like this:
With me so far?
Now comes the new feature we've just released: Hide Smart Completed Fields. When you prepare your autofill settings, you'll see a new option available.
By enabling this option, I can make the autofilled form fields magically disappear!
If I reload that same URL, both the name and email fields will be hidden from the form because I already have the visitor's information. Now the form will look like this:
In the Lead Generation form settings, the Name and Email field still exist. That means the subscriber has less to worry about and on submitting the form, It will still assign their checkbox selection to the correct subscriber in my email account.
(P.S.: This is especially great for Thrive Quiz Builder. You can send your subscribers to a quiz without asking them for their email address again!)
(P.P.S.: In this update, we also added Cookie Data as an autofill field, meaning you can Smart Complete any fields with values taken from your website cookies).
3. Send Quiz Results as Tags or Custom Fields
Thrive Quiz Builder gets an update in this release too!
You can now send the results of your quiz as a tag or update a custom field for your subscribers. I'll show you how.
Update Custom Field with Quiz Result
Quizzes are one of the highest-converting lead generation tools you'll find. The secret is to have an Opt-In Gate: a lead generation element that shows at the end of the quiz but before the results page.
In Thrive Quiz Builder, when you set up that Lead Generation form you'll find a new Field Type called 'Result of Quiz'.
It ought to be self explanatory: You map the Result of Quiz field to the custom field in your email service and it'll be updated with their result.
Add Result as Tag
If you would prefer, you can now send your quiz results as a tag from the Opt-In Gate form as well.
When you configure the email API, look for the new toggle that will enable the Results tag:
Now once your quiz taker submits the form, the results will be added as tags to that subscriber. In the example below, I completed 2 quizzes getting 50% for a percentage quiz and 'Introvert' for a category quiz.
4. Edit Post Title, Featured Image, Video and Audio from Thrive Architect
When you are writing a blog post, sometimes you'll want easier access to the featured blog content that displays inside of the post template created with Thrive Theme Builder.
Previously, this meant returning to the WordPress post settings and changing the post title, featured image, video or audio before returning to Thrive Architect.
We've made it much easier.
Simply navigate to the 'Post' breadcrumb and look for the new section 'Post Content'.
Here you can change your post title and featured image. After you do, the Architect editor will trigger a quick save-and-reload so you'll see how your post looks with the updated title and image.
For Video Posts or Audio Posts, you'll now be able to select the featured media right from Thrive Architect and change what file is selected. Look for the option here.
If this seems confusing just remember: post titles, featured images, featured videos and featured audio are dynamic content. That means you create the placeholder in your template design and it will be filled with the correct data for that post.
5. Lead Gen Button Styles
A few releases ago we improved our Button element by upgrading the Smart Color technology and adding 34 new button styles.
In the latest release, we've added these styles to the Lead Generation button. That means it's just a few clicks to get a designer-made 'Sign Up' button on your forms.
Here are all the new styles to choose from... Or you can always make your own.
6. Custom Fields for Campaign Monitor and Sendinblue
This brings the total list of custom field compatible APIs to:
Don't see your email autoresponder on the list yet? Ask for it in the comments! We are prioritizing our integration updates based on the number of requests we receive from customers.
Under The Hood Updates
Most releases include a few under-the-hood updates. These are minor improvements you may not notice. This release has 3.
Cookie Data Available For Autofill
You can now autofill lead generation form fields with values taken from your website cookies.
Landing Page Typography Button
Landing pages often use different fonts, colors and styles to the rest of your website. They are like a self-contained design experience.
Accessing the landing page typography was previously a few menu items deep, so we've made it easier to find by adding it to the 'Page' level breadcrumbs.
Compatibility with RankMath
RankMath is an SEO plugin for WordPress and has been quickly growing in popularity.
We've released an improvement to Thrive Theme Builder that allows RankMath to replace page meta descriptions and to identify pages with a Table Of Contents. This means RankMath will integrate seamlessly with your Thrive Theme Builder website.
Let us know what you think!
Our 2020 update roadmap is constantly evolving and we often take ideas from the comments you leave on our posts.
So don't be shy now — drop us a comment below and let us know what you think of this latest update, and how we can improve our software to help you grow your business.