New Short Codes Added to All Thrive Themes

Voice was the first of our themes to feature an extended range of short code elements. We’re happy to announce that as of the latest theme update, all our themes have been updated with additional short codes that will make it even easier for you to create dynamic, engaging and beautiful content.

Check out the video tour below to see what new elements await:


The new elements include progress bars, custom color content boxes, drop caps, text highlights, vertical tabs and more! And don’t forget: thanks to the new way the Content Builder handles short codes, you can easily use all these elements for pages you built with TCB as well.

To see the new short codes in action, you can visit our theme demo sites:

If you have any thoughts to share or questions about this new update, please leave 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.

  • Mirko says:

    Thrivethemes are amazing – thank you for being such an extraordinary master of marketing.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you very much, Mirko!

  • Ciaran says:

    Very nice Shane! Great additions – thanks.


  • Mike says:

    Great stuff Shane. I am really impressed by all the new additions. You guys have shown a true commitment to making these themes and the content builder awesome.

    One question, on your road map of new features do you have a plan to:

    1. Allow users to change the main navigation menu used on a page? For example: A Member’s only section of the site would have its own main menu.

    2. Allow users to create and use multiple sidebars?

    These are 2 biggies for me. The shortcodes you just added really have made your Squared theme indispensable for me, but these 2 features would really seal the deal.

    Thanks and keep up the great work.


    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hi Mike,

      1) Yes, this will be one of the options in the Apprentice feature (which is finally getting closer to being released).

      2) We don’t have any themes with multiple sidebars on the roadmap. The reason for this is that so far, I’ve never seen test data that shows a benefit to having multiple sidebars and I’ve also never seen a compelling multi-sidebar site design. If we’ll add a feature like this, I would first have to learn about and have some solid data on how to do it right because otherwise we’re just adding a feature that invites users to overload their sites, lowering engagement and conversion as a result. That’s something I want to avoid.

      • Albert M says:

        Hi Shane, point 2 I hear what you are saying, But if you are adding multiple sidebars you are creating widget sidebar areas, those are swapped when a sidebar widget area is assigned on a page/post and in the them options created giving names to each on creation and assigning on page/post is how I do it in a theme I got created and can help keep content related when writing inner articles.

      • Shane Melaugh says:

        We are close to releasing a plugin that will let you display widgets in a more targeted manner, on different posts and pages.

  • Lewis Evans says:

    Great stuff yet again – and I concur with Mike above.

  • Mark R says:

    Looking good … some of these look like features that Elegant Themes have.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thanks, Mark!

      Many themes have these kinds of elements in one form or another, yes. Our aim is less to invent new stuff and more to find out the best things that work for conversion-focused websites right now and then find the best way to implement them.

  • steve p says:

    Hello Shane

    You and your team are clearly committed to supporting your customers. These and other changes are beautifully thought through and implemented.

    Now, all I need is an easy to understand user manual so I can keep up with everything.

    Regards from steve

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you, Steve!

      We are going to expand our support staff soon, so that our knowledge base will keep up with our development updates more quickly. Whenever something is unclear, please give the knowledge base a try and if you can’t find the answer, ask in the forums. We base our training videos, knowledge base articles and training webinars based on the demand for topics we see our users submit.

  • Joop L says:

    Very nice additions Shane.

  • stephen f says:

    looks awesome shane thrive is pushing the boundries yet again.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you, Stephen!

  • Magreth says:

    As always Shane I can’t say anything less than you guys and Thrive Themes are Amazing…

    You keep the best add ons coming to us faster than we can consume them!

    Thank you for making our jobs a whole lot easier!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you Magreth! I have to admit, with the pace our developers are working at now, it’s not easy for me to keep up with new blog updates and tutorials either. :)

  • Joerg U says:

    Another great Stuff, thanks!! Im really happy with TT, but please bring the double Optin Lightboxes to the First Priority. I doesn’t want to buy another plugin to do this and slow down the Sitespeed. The Split test Results for this Form of double Process we can’t ignore. About 40-60% more People come to the List if you use this one. That is very important for everyones Business. I can not say it often enough, the old Way of Optin Forms is far out of Time! At the Moment i must build complete extra Pages to do this and have not the same success.
    PS: The Leadpages Guys have this already in Form of cool Leadboxes

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      We’re working on it, don’t worry.

  • Sarah B R says:

    Hello, I just learned about your products and I am highly interested in TCB.
    1)in your video promo of TCB, you are very vocal about your dislikes of shortcodes, so I am confused about the heavy use of them in your themes.
    2) if I were to start a subcription, I would get the TCB, access to all themes present and future and access to all plugins present and future?
    3) Can I customize the color of buttons, links, etc… in your themes.
    4) Can I do most every customization of your themes using TCB as opposed to shortcodes?
    5) are there video tutorials on how to use TCB and your themes?

    Thank you very much, Aloha, Sarah

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thanks for you comment, Sarah!

      1) The visual elements we have in the Content Builder are far easier to use than short codes, so I do prefer them very much. However, we wanted to make sure that our themes can stand 100% on their own as well, so that there are no disadvantages for users who use our themes, but not the Content Builder. That’s why we’ve also created an extensive range of short code elements for the themes.

      2) Yes, that’s correct. Right now, you can only get the theme subscription after purchasing the Content Builder, but you get it at a lower price, with the price of the Content Builder subtracted from the startup fee of the membership.

      3) All the theme elements are available in 8 different colors. If you want to use custom colors (i.e. none of the 8 pre-defined ones) you will have to add your own CSS.

      4) TCB is not for customizing themes, it “only” creates the content within your theme. That said, we have a range of very easy customization options in the themes and if you use TCB for the content, you can build an entire site without ever touching a short code.

      5) Yes.

  • Sim F says:

    Why i choose for Thrive Themes, that frequently new updates are coming, and you are creating new features every two weeks, this way the product is growing and growing and you are very good listeners to the market.

    The only thing i have to get used too, is that i first have to create the framework (pages) and then use the content builder outside of the wordpress pages. I understand your reasons but it still feels weird.

    Looking forward to further developments

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Maybe we’ll be able to do something to simplify the page creating process as well at some point. It would be an interesting challenge for sure.

  • Sarah B R says:

    Thanks for the quick response.
    1)Is there an option to buy one theme without a subscription?
    2)Can you please send a link to the tutorials?
    3)Regarding existing content which I read you can not edit with TCB, can I delete text from a current page & recreate from scratch using TCB so I can keep the page URL?
    I am redesigning my site so would need to keep a lot of the existing static pages url.
    No blog yet so posts are not an issue.
    Thank you.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      1) Not yet, but we plan to have single purchases available by the end of September.

      2) You can find most of our tutorials in our knowledge base. There are also some video tutorials in the member’s area that are only accessible once you log in.

      3) Yes, that’s no problem.

  • Sarah B R says:

    Oops. one more thing.
    Does TCB work with WPMU? Back in February 2014, one of your comments said that you were planning on doing some testing.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      I’m not sure about this. I have to ask our head of development to answer this question.

  • Shawn M says:

    Does not look like this works TCB. For example, the Drop Caps is not working for me through TCB. Is this correct?

    • Paul McCarthy says:

      If you’re using a Thrive Theme, you’ll be able to use the drop caps shortcode using the “Insert Shortcode” element. That will also give you a visual preview on the page.

  • Warren W says:

    In the next update, can you make the tabs and toggles shortcodes a little more mobile friendly?

    When I use horizontal or vertical visitors have to scroll up and down to see each tab. I’m using Rise theme and it is the same with your demo – check with iphone or in mobile to see what I mean.

    Love the theme and I’m getting used to it more and more daily.

  • Warren W says:

    To explain better, the content would be better if it displayed under the tab when clicked instead of on the bottom of all the tabs when clicked. When I visit on my phone and click the tabs it looks like it does nothing because I have to scroll past the other tabs to see the content.

  • Nate says:

    I would like some of the thrive architect options added into to a regular short code option inside the theme. Even if it required buying them as a separate fee.

    Mainly the; tweet this code, table of contents & the list builder (bullet points).

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Nate,

      Thrive Architect is 100% compatible with short codes. You can add the short codes either directly as text or you can add them as a WordPress Content element.

      • Nate says:

        Wait, so I can use features of thrive architect but through the regular WordPress editor?

        If I own it of course.

        For example there will be a table of contents short code I can just past into the regular WordPress content?

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