Meet Our New and Improved Content Editor!

As an early customer of Thrive Content Builder, you've undoubtedly noticed that we've added new features and new elements at a rapid pace. This unfortunately led to some problems with the editor interface. As pretty as it was, there was just not enough space for all the buttons and controls we kept adding.

To remedy this issue, we created a completely new design for the editor. And while we were at it, we looked through all of the suggestions we'd received, with your suggestions about how to make the editor better and implemented as many improvements as possible.

Today, we are proud to present the result:


New Editor Interface - A Quick Tour

And that's not all. Next to a few bug fixes and minor improvements, we've added another new feature, which makes Thrive Content Builder more useful as a blogging tool:

More Tag in TCB

You can now add a "more" tag to your content, using Thrive Content Builder. The more tag determines where a post is cut off and followed by the "continue reading" link in the blog view and other archive views.

Just like in the regular WordPress editor, you'll find the more tag button among the text options. While you're writing, just click this button to insert the more tag on the following line:​

Button Position in the User Interface

How do you like the new changes? Let us know by leaving a comment below!


Author: Shane Melaugh

Shane Melaugh is a co-founder and the CEO of Thrive Themes. When he isn't plotting new ways to create awesome WordPress themes & plugins, he likes to geek out about camera equipment and medieval swords. He also writes about startups and marketing here.

  • Tony says:

    Excellent! Any issues with this WordPress 3.8? One person suggested not to update to 3.8, wait for 3.8.1.

    • Rich Russell says:

      I have updated and I haven’t noticed any problems so far. Having said that, I’m not sure about the new colour schemes in the editor.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      We’ve tested it on 3.8 and there are no issues.

  • Gael says:

    great updates as always, now here’s a killer feature request: allow us to change the color of text :p.


  • Ilya says:

    This is just awesome! Great, intelligent, common sense (not so common these days) developments. Thank you, Shane and Paul!

  • Rich Russell says:

    Love this new interface. On the side and out of the way of the content. The floating contextual menu is brilliant. And the more tag. I’m tempted to use it for all my posts. In fact, it makes me want to go and write something just so I can use it.

    This update seems to have fixed a problem I was having with text on a page so that’s a bonus.


  • Tony says:

    I accidentally selected Unsubscribe, so hopefully I’ll learn from that mistake!

  • Maurice says:

    Hi Guys

    excellent update which, as with all the products you develop, they just continue to get better and better.

    I’ve always considered the purchase of your products as one of my better decisions – this one is no different!

    Keep up the good work and Best Wishes to you all for Christmas and the New Year.

  • Mike says:

    Great work, but the biggest and most glaring deficiency you have with this is not using a color picker for everything. I use set color schemes which don’t always mesh with your preselected colors and I need to be able to select the exact color to match my scheme.

    Not being able to change text colors to exactly what I need to use is huge. All the new stuff here is great, don’t get me wrong. I just see the colors issue as a major one across the board.


    • Shane Melaugh says:

      We’re trying to figure out a way to do this. It’s technically not as straight-forward as one might think, unfortunately. But we’re working on it.

      • Peter Sundstrom says:

        I figured the colour selection wasn’t as straight forward as it would seem to most non-technical people.

        Given that it is the number one most requested feature, I figured it would have been implemented by now if it was easy.

        Looking forward to when it is implemented.


  • Mike says:

    One thing I forgot to mention (and I am sure you are swamped with feature requests) is that one of the features I use a lot with the Aqua Page Builder is their “Container” open and close feature. This allows you to set margins and spacing for select page elements you place in the container. The main feature here is the ability to either set a background color or background image for the container. Meaning you can really spice up your page design.

    If you add this and the colors feature I listed above, this would be the perfect tool.


    • Sanjay Sharma says:

      Wow !

      Mike is here. Great to see you Mike after long time. I am big fan of yours.

      Sanjay Sharma

      P.s. Sorry Guys for off topic comment. But I am Big Fan of small group of small number of peoples and Shane, Michael and Mike is member of that small group. :)

  • Martin says:

    Great work as always. LOVE IT. And thanks for the undo & redo buttons.

    Gaels suggestion about text colour is a good one. That would be awesome.

    Keep it up guys, and THANKS AGAIN.

  • Erik says:

    You definitely taking wordpress to another level, as you promised, when you let us in.

    I do not remember any plugin has revolutionized so much for many years, as Thrive Content Builder does. :-)

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you very much, Eric! Much appreciated. :)

  • Ray Cassidy says:

    Am I missing something? I can’t find a video insertion tool. I tried simply using the embed code from Youtube for one, but it looks pretty grim. Anybody got the knowledge to improve this aspect.

    Also, has anybody noticed any issues when using Firefox, with elements being reluctant to drag into the canvas?


    • Shane Melaugh says:

      I use Firefox frequently and the Content Builder works seamlessly with FF, when I’ve used it. Is this happening on a page with a lot of content? Or does it happen on all pages you try it on? Would be interesting to get to the bottom of this.

      As for video: add a “Custom HTML” element to the page. There, you can add your embed code from YouTube or any other video platform or player.

      • Ray Cassidy says:

        Cheers Shane, It could be an issue with the PC I’m using. I’ll try it on another machine when I can get access.

    • TJ Greene says:

      Yes, I too have had a lot of trouble with dragging elements onto and around the canvas using FF.

      I will install this latest update and see if it’s any better.


      TJ Greene

  • Detlev Tesch says:

    Great changes.
    Very much aimed at practical work and efficiency.
    Less way to travel with a mouse: Nice!!
    Thanks :)

  • Jeff says:

    Very impressive.

  • John says:

    Anybody having this issue: when I am in a page or post and I click the bar to use Thrive, it just takes me to the sites home page! I cant eve use the thing….

  • Hamant says:

    Hello Shane

    Watched the Video and love the new interface – looks awesome and much much better to work with.

    I only had it installed on on elf my sites which was a profits theme membership site, but at the time it would not work with it, so I will try this upgrade and see if its compatible – I hope so

    Thanks again for amazing updates

  • Herb says:

    Hi Shane,

    Love the plugin.

    If TCB is simply takes you to your home page, make sure you’re adding a title to your page/post, save as draft … and then click the TCB editor.

    Plugin works fine for me with both Profits Theme and PT Instant.


  • The singularly best editor in the marketplace…..I’ve dumped them all and added this to all my sites……

    BTW…..stupid as it may sound….how do I change the colour of my text? I highlight it but no icon magically appears as expected.

    Dimbo Peter

  • Kevin says:

    Hi Shane,

    So I like the idea of Thrive and I’ve been looking forward to trying it out, I like the fact that I can add and edit content in a visual way that shows me what I am going to end up with. But …

    Now I’ve tried it I’m a little confused, in fact, disturbed may be a better word.

    So far Thrive has worked really well, It’s simple to use, it does make life easier (after a small learning curve) and the end results look fine – and then …

    where is the content? where has it been hidden? I can’t find it to edit it in WP because the content I’ve created with Thrive isn’t a post or a page! It’s been stored as Post Meta. I think I know the reason but ‘why?’ is a question.

    What this means is that any previous content can’t be altered by Thrive and and content created by Thrive can’t be ‘tweaked/improved/added to’ through the normal WP edit functionality (and there are times when we (I) need WP – not often but there are! – not least I can’t use thrive with one of my tools which is a Real Pain – oh how I looking fwd to that luxury :( ).

    Will you ever be storing TGC (Thrive Generated Content) in ‘_posts’?
    If so when (roughly)?
    Are there any plans to allow Thrive to edit WP_posts content (and vice-versa)?
    Or … is Thrive a ‘use Thrive OR wp but not both’ plugin?

    As I said earlier, it a Very useful tool!! I just need to ‘plan’ around any design limitations .. or future plans.



    • Paul McCarthy says:

      We decided from the very beginning that the content for Thrive had to be separate from where the main WordPress post content is stored. There are a few reasons why:-

      1) We didn’t want conflicts with the TinyMCE and the new editor and certainly didn’t want to be dependant on something that’s likely to be upgraded and evolve over time.
      2) We wanted to ensure the integrity of your TinyMCE created content
      3) You can still use the standard editor on any post / page that you create without any issues.

      • Kevin Polley says:

        Hi Paul, thanks for the reply.

        re 3: I’m having an issue with WP3.8 where content created with Thrive is not visible/editable with the standard editor.

        Am I misunderstanding what you said or is this a bug?

      • Shane Melaugh says:

        Content created with the Content Builder and regular WordPress content are kept completely separate. You can’t edit regular content with the Builder or vice versa. This is done deliberately, to avoid conflicts.

  • I have loved using TCB and am really delighted with how professional my pages are looking. I have been building a new site, not yet ‘live’ and have been really pleased with the results so far.

    I am also surprised at how fast the capabilities of TCB are being developed. One thing I would like to ask is that if we do find anything that is not working exactly as we would expect, do we raise a ticket or is there somewhere else for this?

    Thanks again

  • mylene says:

    Yes, Shane, I like the editor icons on top!

    Great job on everything else!


  • David says:

    Congratulations Shane this a MAJOR improvement. I think that is one of your best “features:”, you just keep working until it is good enough to please even you :)

    I wasn’t thrilled at first to be honest but this really nice.

    I’m finding the same thing with Hybrid Connect…. just keeps slowly improving.

  • Laurie says:

    Hi Shane,

    I like this improvement, nice job. I was wondering about adding the option for custom colors. I have hybrid connect, and it is one of the options I really like about it.


  • Carmen says:


    again I have the probelm in firefox. In firefox, my website is broken, but not in chrome. So I deactivated it again.
    Mostly still use firefox.

    Should I contact support again?

    Best Carmen

  • Rob says:

    It would be great to allow one to set margins and spacing for select page elements you place in the container. Also would be the ability to either set a background color or background image for the container. This would allow for perfect spacing and give you control over page look and feel more.

    I agree with Mike above f you add this and the colors feature I listed above, this would be the best of breed tool.


  • Rob says:

    One other thing I forgot to mention above, is to add a couple style options for tabs. Right now it is too flat looking. I think rounded tabs with some space between them would make them easier for a user to understand. Take a look at some of the designs out there for inspiration.

    Thanks again for making your product great.

  • Lars says:

    Hi Shane,

    great improvements, looking forward to use the editor. One question: Is the theme for this blog integrated or can I download it somewhere?

    Thanks for your work!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      The theme is one of our own Thrive Themes (the first one, actually). It’s not available for sale yet, but we’ll open up an early version of our theme club to existing customers before too long. :)

  • Dewan says:

    Hi Shane,
    at first things were a tad sticky. I was one of the early bird users as I always jump in first when you about to launch something new.

    The quality you produce is at an ultimate high level when measured on a global scale which gives me the necessary confidence to buy everything you produce.

    You just removed all the stops in TCB and it seems you have just put this think on friggen steroids!

    Love your stuff,

  • Hi Shane and Team,

    Thanks for a great product. For me also the color thingy is missing, but you’ve heard that often enough I guess..

    Here a suggestion:

    I just found the Blog today by playing with the links (I somehow didn’t get a mail for version 1.25 bugfix update), and that’s already my topic:

    The information given on Updates (-is-) was not up to date at several fronts:
    • The download page stated 1.21 as latest version
    • The Changelog was at 1.24
    • WP Update gave me 1.25 (a few days ago, 5th december)
    (see ticket 6371)
    All this is fixed for now.

    Maybe you link the Blog on the members area at

    thanks. keep on! It’s great!


  • Kevin says:

    Hi Shane,
    yesterday I asked valid questions about Trive and why when using it my post and page content is not accessible vis WP and Trive stores it as post meta.
    You seem to have deleted my comment. Why?

  • Paul McCarthy says:

    It’s not deleted – look above closely and you’ll see it there in all its glory.

  • Erin says:

    Thanks for the updates – they make for a very practical and easy to use editor.

  • Alison Graham says:

    Hi Paul,
    Picking up on your earlier reply

    “We decided from the very beginning that the content for Thrive had to be separate from where the main WordPress post content is stored.”

    What is the best way to back up content now to ensure that everything is safe? What method would you recommend and can you advise how to restore if disaster strikes and a problem with the site itself results in a problem with the thrive content.

    Where would I look for the thrive pages and posts in cpanel?

    This is always a worry for me and if the data is not stored in the posts and pages content, I would want to be sure that I had a safe and complete backup to restore.

    Thank you

    • Paul McCarthy says:

      Post meta data is just as safe and is backed up in exactly the same way as post content. Any WordPress backup tool will backup post meta data, too.

      To clarify, WordPress has an official method of attaching data to posts. That’s called post_meta and is stored in the postmeta table in the WordPress database.

      • Alison Graham says:

        Thanks Paul for clarifying.

      • Paul McCarthy says:

        Hi Alison – these are valid concerns. For the full release we’ll be sure to document all of this.

  • Hi Shane and Paul, I am amazed at how serious you guys are working on this plugin. It is absolutely stunning. You know that I have been having very serous issues, with Safari crashing and all kinds of other issues, but still I believe in this plugin and I am very glad to see that Paul is really taking my feedback very serious and is working to solve all the issues.

    I hope everything will be sorted out soon and if so, I will be working with this plugin a lot, to make even more beautiful WP sites than ever before. You guys are a gift from God to guys like me who want to make stunning WP sites.

    Keep up the good work. This plugin is good enough to make you guys rich and you deserve it ;-) I hope you will get a lot of sales.


  • Nick says:

    I can’t even do something as simple as add an image. When I click the image icon, a green TT “Add Media” box appears. I click the box to Add Media and I get a blank black screen. When I click on the screen, I am taken back to the post. Really frustrating. All WordPress and plugins are completely up to date. Please help.

  • Matthias says:

    It would be very nice if each “table of contents” would automatically contain an anchor text with the title of the table. So I could link back to it whenever i want in the article text, i.e. with a button. Now i had to add the anchor manually and it would be easier if these little thing could be integrated.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Matthias,

      When you insert a table of contents element, it does indeed create an anchor for each heading. You can get the link from the table of contents element and use that same link anywhere else in your content as well, such as linking from a button.

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