Introducing the Symbols Feature in Thrive Architect

Ever since we first announced Thrive Architect, we've been hinting at a "master plan" that we've been working towards. Today, we introduce the Symbols feature to Thrive Architect and it is an important step towards our master plan.

Watch the video to discover how Symbols work and why they're so awesome.


What Are Symbols?

In a nutshell, a Symbol is a design component that has multiple, synchronized instances.

Okay, so what the hell does that mean?

You design a thing. You place that thing on many pages of your website. When you update it in one place, it updates everywhere.

In Thrive Architect, you can turn anything into a Symbol. Any individual element or any container element with other elements inside it can become a symbol. All you have to do is click the little save icon on the frame, to get started:

How Are They Different From Content Templates?

That's an important question. Content templates and Symbols have similarities and they're both very useful, but it's important to know the difference.

In short, Symbols are synchronized (change one and they all change) while templates are not synchronized.

Check out this post for more details on how to use content templates in Thrive Architect.

Why Are They Called Symbols?

"Symbol" might sound like a strange term for this feature, at first. Perhaps icons or hieroglyphs come to mind.


The "marketing thing" to do would be to come up with our own, branded term for this feature, pretend that we invented the entire concept and hope our own brand name catches on.

Instead, we chose to go with "Symbols" because it's an established term in web design. If you talk to a web designer, they'll be familiar with this term. If you pick up a professional UI design tool, you'll almost certainly find a "symbols" feature that does more or less what Symbols in Thrive Architect do.

What Will You Build?

Now that you've seen how the Symbols feature works and what it can do, what will you use it for?

We'd love to hear your ideas and see your examples, so leave a comment below!

If you need some inspiration to get started, check out these examples and use cases where symbols are the perfect solution.


Author: Shane Melaugh

Shane Melaugh is a co-founder 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 productivity here.

  • Juan Zuazola says:

    thanks I this new feature this improve a lot of thrive architech, I goign ti try it right now.

  • Mark W says:

    Ahhhhhh finally! A SUPER awesome addition…. nailed the simplicity of implementation, now the mouthwatering starts for when you can assign that “Symbol” as a replacement to the header and footer across the site…. along with more global positions/elements…..ο»Ώ

    I can feel a new “theme” coming….

  • Michael D says:

    Hahahahah!! This is amazing, Shane!

    I’ve been using a system where I update links with a “pretty link” kind of plugin whenever things like this change.

    This is brilliant.

    On this note, is there something at Thrive in the works with regards to redirects links?

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you, Michael!

      Regarding links: it comes up again and again. We do want to make link clicks trackable and testable for Thrive Optimize and Thrive Leads. But what form that will take isn’t clear yet.

  • Johan says:

    For me…Thrive Themes is the BEST!

  • Ian Brodie says:

    This is excellent. Really. Will save tons of work.

    Though symbols is a weird name – not heard it before – would have thought synchronised content templates would have been clearer for us non-geeks πŸ™‚

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you, Ian.

      Yes, “Symbols” takes a bit of getting used to. But because it’s already an established term, I thought it would be better to use it.

  • Tony says:

    Another great idea brought to us by the incredible THRIVE team!!
    I like this & can see several applications for using it.

    On another note, I have a feature REQUEST (forgive me for putting it here)…
    Please update/enhance the MENUS that we can use!
    Would be great if you can give us more styles & features to use in the menus, specifically – COLLAPSIBLE MENUS (like those found in Clickfunnels membership menus).
    Please consider that request…(and again, forgive me for hijacking this thread!)

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Tony,

      We’re way ahead of you. We’ve been working on a new menu feature for a while now and we’ll have some news on that soon. πŸ™‚

  • Abigail Wall says:

    Best feature ever! Thank you for making the Gdpr week slightly better πŸ˜‰

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Haha, you’re welcome. We’re happy to talk about, think about and work on something that isn’t related to GDPR as well.

  • Trish Jones says:

    This is an absolute God-send! I copy and paste links at the bottom of some of my posts referring people to my program or podcast etc and I find this a bind, every time – when I do them. πŸ™‚ Now This!! Thank you Shane and Co!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your comment, Trish! I’m happy to see this is a useful feature for you. πŸ™‚

  • Fred H says:

    Ok, this is officially the best builder on the market (not that it wasn’t already before)! Thanks Shane and team!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you, Fred!

      • Eric Decker says:

        Hey Shane, I’m having some trouble utilizing Thrive Symbols in conjunction with AccessAlly shortcodes. When I create the symbol, whether through the Thrive Global Elements CP or as a content block within a Thrive page editor and then save as a symbol, the AccessAlly shortcodes either disappear or are no longer editable within the content box they occupy.

        Since I utilize Thrive through an agency license, I’m not sure if you’d be willing to investigate this bug, but thought it should be reported all the same. Thanks for any guidance you may be able to offer.

  • joan a says:

    So will this synchronize deletion of elements? If I save a timer as a symbol, add it to multiple sales pages in a funnel, then delete the timer on one page at some point, will it delete the timer across all funnel pages?

    If so (or even if not), will it also synchronize changing of time for timers across all pages?



    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Joan. That’s a good question!

      When you delete a Symbol on a page, it is removed from that page, but remains everywhere else. When you delete a Symbol from your Templates & Symbols dashboard in the WordPress admin area, that Symbol disappears from everywhere it was used.

      Regarding timers: yes, if you put a timer in a Symbol and update it, it will update everywhere.

      • joan a says:

        I’ve used this twice already and it helped me quickly make changes that increased my sales. My favorite feature of Thrive Architect. Very useful. πŸ™‚

      • Shane Melaugh says:

        That’s great to hear!

  • Alex G says:

    This is great! The Podcast application is exactly what I needed. And just in time before I got in too deep with individual elements. I could see this being really great for calls to action on posts that you can update as your product or offer changes. And any element that spans across multiple pages, in my case an opt-in form that I have on my homepage, about page, and blog page… in the past I’ve had to update each one individually, but having the ability to do one and have it live update across the site is pretty amazing. The ThriveThemes products just keep getting better and better!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thanks for your comment, Alex! I’m happy to see that this is a feature you can make use of right away. πŸ™‚

  • Cory Goneke says:

    Is there any advantage to using this vs using a thrive lead box in each post (removing the opt-in element)?

    Looks like just a different way to organize it.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hi Cory,

      You can use Symbols in such a way, but for lead generation specifically, Thrive Leads is much better suited. Mainly for two reasons.

      First, with Thrive Leads, you can create a form and have it automatically inserted at the bottom or inside every blog post. With Symbols, you have to add them manually. Second, you can A/B test your Thrive Leads forms and improve the conversions over time.

  • Rodrigo says:

    Fantastic. Thinking about using symbols to manage the subscription optin (lead generation) of my pages.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Rodrigo,

      You can use Symbols for this, yes. However, if you use Thrive Leads, you can do the same thing, plus a lot more and it’s easier to manage for lead generation specifically. πŸ™‚

  • Jesse says:

    Fantastic addition

  • Nat Green says:

    Cool stuff Shane.

    The one way that came to mind was a content box laid out like a banner ad to promote your services / affiliate offers etc that could be changed based on the seasons, monthly specials, etc.

    I’m curious to know what kinds of elements others will be using this feature for.

  • Diego says:

    That’s BRILLIANT!!! Awesome stuff…

  • daniel a says:

    the best tool ever!

  • Miles says:

    This demo and the Content Templates demo opened my eyes to many new ideas. It did raise a question that your input can be helpful to me and others. The question is –

    What is the impact of using Thrive Architect for my blog posts? Are there tradeoffs between using the WP Editor or Thrive Architect? Can I still use Yoast for my SEO on the post? Featured Image? You get the idea.

    I have always defaulted to WP Editer for my blog posts. I use Thrive Architect daily for pages and love the flexibility and speed, so your input on using it for blog posts would clear up my questions.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hi Miles,

      I’ve been using Thrive Architect for all blog posts I create, for a long time now. Regarding SEO, there’s no downside. Google doesn’t care what editor you used to create the content on a page. In terms of getting shares and traffic, using Thrive Architect can be a huge advantage, as outlined in this post.

      Yoast SEO works with Thrive Architect content as well. And the featured image of your post will still be handled in the default editor.

      • Thomas S says:

        Hello Shane

        I am looking to set up Yoast SEO regarding indexing … not quite clear what to do with symbols – should they be excluded from indexing or just the opposite ? danger for duplicate content ? Looking forward to your answer.

      • Thomas S says:

        …missed to check “Notify me” here

      • Thomas S says:

        again πŸ˜‰

  • Mehrban says:

    So helpful, thanks Shane and team! I remember updating the same spots on 37 different pages, now I can use symbols! I was thinking last week how useful something like this would be. Kudos yet again!! πŸ™‚

  • Bryan Ellis says:

    Can symbols be nested within one another?

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      No. We considered this, but it would introduce too many complications and potential problems.

  • Steffen R says:

    Super nice!!! #happy

  • Matthew N says:

    Hallelujah! This is a feature I’ve been pining for, Shane. Thanks tons!

    I once heard a line in a show on the telly, “There are very few things in life that are worth repeating.” This is in that spirit, since Symbols will be such a great time-saver.

    I also love the new Symbols & Templates area within the Thrive Dashboard. So much easier to get a birds-eye view of our object libraries. Thanks again for all your continued great work.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Haha, nice quote! Indeed, no one likes to do the same thing over and over again and the Symbols help eliminate the need to.

  • Victoria G says:

    Fabulous new feature – thank you! That will be incredibly helpful.

  • Sam says:

    This is so sick dude you are the MAN! I’m using Focus Theme on my newish site and I’ve already got a ton of ideas of how to use this. I use global elements all over like affiliate disclosures and resources at the bottom of posts and this is perfect! πŸ™‚

  • Johannes says:

    Great!! A Feature I waited for ????

  • Damien says:

    Excellent !
    I dont use my theme template at all. All my pages are built as separate landing pages, including homepage, about me, terms and so on.
    The symbols solution will allow me the modify all the headers and footers in once if I have something to change. It’a s real game changer for me, thanks a lot.

  • OMG. Really awesome. You guys rock.
    Thank you Shane

  • Michael H says:

    Another amazing update. Lots of practical applications for the new Symbols. Keep up the great work!!

  • Corbin says:

    This is incredible!

    I’ve been hoping for a long time there would be something that did across the site update to single elements or content boxes.

    Amazing work from the Thrive Themes team as per usual!

  • Lauren says:

    You are AWESOME! I love your constant upgrades and this feature is amazing. Thank you for continuing to innovate – we really appreciate the hard work and care you put into your products. I love paying you every year!

  • Dale M says:

    An excellent addition that solves a very common problem. – Thanks

  • David L says:

    Fantastic news Shane, this will really help with so many sitewide element changes. I was expecting a name like “global elements” but the name isn’t important. I’ll get used to Symbols πŸ™‚

    I can see this being helpful for keeping elements consistent across the website, just off the top of my head:

    β€’ CTAs
    β€’ pricing tables
    β€’ in-page disclaimers
    β€’ in-page announcements
    β€’ mini-menus and table of contents containing links to multiple resources

    How does CSS work with symbols?

    Does the page CSS affect the symbol? Or is the symbol’s CSS all tagged with !important to prevent unwanted overriding?

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Those are some great ideas!

      Regarding the CSS: Symbols are CSS independent except for elements that inherit a style. For example, if you put an H1 heading in a Symbol and you leave the font family to “inherit”, then that heading will change. On a theme page, it will use your theme’s H1 style, on a landing page, it will use that landing page set’s H1 style. You can override this by simply defining all the font styles specifically instead of leaving them to inherit. !important is not needed for this.

  • Michele S says:

    that’s good for Affiliate disclosures on posts that have affiliate links

  • Mark M says:

    I recently noticed this upgraded feature in Thrive Architect but had no idea how awesome it is! There is a content box that I have inserted in several places on my website. Just yesterday I was thinking I want to change it, but felt a lot of psychological resistance on my part because I knew if I changed it in one spot, I would need to change it in all of the spots. I wasn’t looking forward to it. I feel like someone who has had a couch for years and just found out that it reclines!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Haha, nice analogy!

      Yes, I’ve had this problem as well. Having to go back to several pages and do “double work” is annoying. Symbols is only one of several ways in which we are working on eliminating such double work for our customers. Stay tuned for more. πŸ˜‰

  • Thomas says:


    this is amazing!
    And I just want to say thank you.

    I love the clarity, the clear focus and the incredible value that you and your team provides. Since around 2 years I use Thrive products and can’t put into words how much it simplified my life and how much of stress relief (using complicated systems) it brought me.

    Besides your brilliant blog posts and awesome products, I love the inspiration that I get from simply watching what you guys do.

    Don’t know how many times I advised friends to check out your products with a lot of enthusiasm..

    It’s amazing to see the how effective it is to simply serve your customers. Thank you again, and I wish you and your team all the best!


    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you very much, Thomas!

      This feedback is very encouraging and it means a lot to me and the team.

  • Jacob says:

    Excellent feature. Super. Tnx.
    First of all I will implement it as a footer – where you among other information will have acces to my Privacy Policy …..

    • Shane Melaugh says:


      This is one of the things I’ve used it for as well. I have an upcoming case study where I built a mini-site using only Thrive Architect and the Symbols feature. πŸ™‚

  • Robert B says:

    Thanks for this awesome new feature… The fact that it works for any element makes the possibilities endless!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you, Robert. We put a lot of effort into making this feature as flexible as it is. We wanted this to be truly unlimited, so you can save anything, including groups of elements and nested elements.

  • Enstine Muki says:

    I think this is an important update Shane. I think of creating Affiliate boxes to use on different related pages.

    Thanks for constantly working to make this gem more awesome

  • Richard says:

    I stumbled in this feature last night, and wondered what is was. Thanks, very cool.

  • Mike O says:

    Shane, I love this feature. I just started a new online magazine/publication and I am working if this can be used for advertisements or affiliate links or sponsor links for specific content pages? Sort of a pseudo ad-manager on a blog post for example?

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Yes, you can definitely use it for this. For example, if you have a sponsor deal for a certain time period, you could insert Symbols advertising the sponsor and then switch it out with a new sponsor when the period is up.

  • Shoden says:

    hey Shane, can you export symbols and content templates? thanks!

  • This is great. I will use it to ensure my lists and tables of “Top 5” recommended products and services are always consistent and aligned throughout my affiliate-driven website. Thanks!

  • Michael S says:

    I’m excited to try this out. Thanks for coming up with new features, they’re always awesome.

  • Sean T says:

    Shane … This is brilliant! Super powerful and indeed extremely useful. Thanks to you and your team for pushing the enveloped with your constant improvements. I’ll start using this right away and I can see how much time it will save me. I used to use a crappy plugin to create this functionality, but now it’s baked right into Thrive. Love it! Keep up the great work!

  • Chris says:

    Looks pretty powerful, though I’d definitely like to hear some more use-case examples. I’ll be monitoring the comments! πŸ™‚

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Some interesting suggestions have come in, in the meantime. πŸ™‚

      We may also publish a post with more use case examples in the future.

  • Gary says:

    I think this is a great tool to use the Opt-in or Opt-Out buttons on the bottom of posts, and pages. Just insert and adjust once and carried through globally through all Symbol boxes for that particular Symbol Category. Very Nice. My website is still under construction so this is perfect timing along with some of the other tools you have introduced.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Yes, you can use Symbols for this. Although keep in mind that if you use Thrive Leads, any form you create there and add to your posts basically already acts like a Symbol.

  • Andrew says:

    Awesome feature! My first thought about how this could be useful is if you are designing your own custom menu. Instead of having to figure out css or being limited in to how you can make your menu look, you can customize the design, maybe have secondary menus that look nicer as well. Save it as a symbol. Don’t have to remember to insert it on every page or go back and change previous pages/posts you already have published.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Right now, you can use text or buttons to construct your own menu in Thrive Architect. It works, but it’s not great. We are working on a new and improved custom menu element, which will be exactly what you’re looking for, though.

  • Aaaaawwwwweeeesome..

    Finally a snippet function. It’s genial

  • Joseph Sleek says:

    This will be perfect for putting in affiliate disclaimers on top of each post. I was just about to do this as a template for each page but this makes it so much simpler.

  • Curtis Johnston says:

    I’ve been waiting for this for months! This will save me many hours of editing work on my website.

  • Gianluca P says:

    This is a really great idea!

  • Matt Philleo says:

    Sweet! Excellent idea, Shane. Now I can do a content upgrade within my post and not have to “reinvent the wheel” each time. Just another reason to be a Thrive Themes member.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thanks for your comment, Matt!

      Yes, that’s a possible use. Although if you have different content upgrades for different posts, a content template would be more suitable than a Symbol.

  • Great new feature! Thank you!

  • Michiel says:

    Great invention! That saves a lot of time if you need to change recurring elements later. I will think of ways how to use this πŸ™‚ great job!

  • Jason Weaver says:

    Thank you!

    I’m surprised you didn’t show this feature when making universal headers and footers. Is there a different feature coming in the future for those or is this the best way?

    You had mentioned a while back you would address this in an update is why I ask.

    In the past I had used gantry framework to manage my own custom WordPress themes so I could have inheritances / share sections between pages. I would make sections discussing all the services I offered and calls to action I wanted to share. But now I can do this with Thrive Architect.

    I love how you are evolving from just a landing page software to a whole WordPress theme manager.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Yep, you got it. We are working on a separate feature for headers and footers. In many ways, headers and footers are Symbols. But especially for headers, we are adding some additional functionality that really only makes sense for a header and not of other kinds of Symbols.

      • Shakya K says:

        Yay! THIS is exactly what I need πŸ™‚ (My home page on is a landing page and I want to add a header… that I can control. What you describe is spot on)

  • Oh my god, you guys rock! I can see so many uses for this…opt-ins and reviews to name two! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Ahrale says:

    Seems to be an interesting Thrive widget & I would even name it Thrive widget. It can be used as any site wide widget, such as new offers, affiliate offers, or even just for simple author box, contact us/helpdesk, etc. Very nice new feature. Thanks for adding it.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thanks, Ahrale! Yes, you could say that a Symbol acts a bit like a widget. Didn’t want to use a term that’s already “occupied” in the WordPress system, though. πŸ™‚

  • Wouter S says:

    Nice feature! I will use it for CTA’s at the bottom of pages.

    Will it also work with Thrive Leads? When I have a lead magnet, I create a lightbox, thrive box and sometimes also a shortcode that are exactly the same. It would be nice to use symbols for that.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      You can use Symbols in Thrive Leads forms as well, yes. I’m not sure if it will work exactly for your use case, but give it a try.

  • Mark Sceats says:

    Fantastic! A big enhancement to TA. Something I’ve been wanting for ages. Sure I’m not the only one. This will be a big time saver. Thanks

  • Absolutely ingenious. Create one button as a symbol and link to an optin and just drag and drop. Wanna change the link on every instance without searching every post and page; just edit the symbol.

  • Whew… thank you for the explanation of why you called it “symbols”.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Yeah, the term didn’t make any sense to me either when I first learned about it. But I got used to it quickly, so I figured there’s no point reinventing the wheel here. πŸ™‚

  • Benji W says:

    This is awesome – will save me lots of time! Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Lorenzo D says:

    This is awesome, it solves a marginal but still time-consuming problem.

    I would use it for a global footer for TA landing pages to β€œsimulate” the theme footer, and perhaps social buttons a the top of the posts. Will that work, I mean every button sharing the post it’s published on, even though it’s effectively ONE element replicated different posts?

    I’ll give it a try.

    It’s really good to see you guys are back on track after that damn GDPR thing slowed us all down.
    Can we expect an update on the new theme any time soon? Pretty please? πŸ™‚

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thanks for your comment, Lorenzo!

      Yes, that will work with the social buttons. By default, they are set to share the “current page”, so whatever page you’re on when you click the button.

      We’ll have some news about the theme coming soon as well, yes.

      • Craig B says:

        Can’t wait for the new theme stuff! Love this new symbols – it is possible for Thrive to make symbols of all the various design pieces from all the ‘no photoshop’ etc pages – import into page, modify, publish! As it is now you need to find the template, find the page section you wish to use and then save as template.
        Keep up the great work!

      • Shane Melaugh says:

        Technically, this is possible, yes. But creating so many templates could potentially cause a new problem: too many templates/building blocks to search through.

        We’re working on a solution to the problem you describe that will be more user friendly.

  • Fiona says:

    I’m excited to be seeing this join the Thrive Themes world.

    So happy I can create ‘phone number’ and ‘address’ symbols to help clients update their website simply and quickly should they ever move location.

    – Great work, Fiona

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thanks for your comment, Fiona! That’s a nice example of how to use the feature. πŸ™‚

  • Gavin says:

    Awesome as always! Can I export symbols like I can export landing pages to another install?

  • Li Mei A says:

    Wow, this is gonna be a wonderful time saver! Thank you!!

  • Could this be used to set up a header that you would use at the top of your posts?

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      You can create a header that you use at the top of your landing pages. We don’t have a feature for replacing your theme’s header yet (but we may add this in the future).

  • Sam says:

    Very useful update. Now please implement ability to add custom font in the thrive architect.

  • Julian says:

    OMFG! Mind blown! I have been wanting this functionality for ages. Soooooo many possibilities and time savings. Love the Thrive Themes team.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you, Julian! It’s great to see that you’re as excited about this as we are. πŸ™‚

  • Cathryn Cade says:

    Oh, my goodness this is exciting!

    As an author, I add the same set of links to many posts, whether promoting books, blogging, or building book pages on my website.

    Symbols are going to be invaluable to me.

  • Sonia says:

    The very feature I most wanted! In my case it will be very useful for top menus in my pages as well as footers. THANK YOU!

  • Paul F says:

    I’ve been using Thrive Leads to do this, and am glad to see it finally incorporated in TA. Love it.

  • scotthg says:

    I think this is a terrific addition to Architect. In fact, I recently read a post on your site that I found on Google that talked about this feature but was sad to see that it didn’t exist. I figured that it was a part of the predecessor to Architect that didn’t make it into the new version. I’m glad that it is now available.

    What would take this to an entirely new level would be to employ something similar to the coding concept of subclassing. Basically, you could create a symbol, but it could include one or more elements that are unique to the individual instance of that symbol.

    So, for example, you could create a symbol that contains all the elements of your individual product review box (the class). And if you make changes to an instance of the review box it would propagate to all other instances. But you could also make changes to the product description and other contents that would remain specific to that instance (the subclass).

    In this way, you can display unique product content in each instance, but you can also make changes to the general appearance of the review box that would propagate to all instances.

    I hope I expressed my idea clearly. Anyway, thanks for this update.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your comment and feedback, Scott!

      What you describe is something that’s been on my mind for a long time. Personally, I love the flexibility that classes and sub-classes in CSS provide. However, it’s also a whole can of worms in terms of complexity and I don’t want to introduce features in Thrive Architect that take away from its user friendliness.

      We have some existing features already that go in this direction, namely templates, Symbols and group editing (for the list elements). We are in addition working on synchronized colors and the group editing principle will be applied to more elements and on a wider scale as well.

      The end result, I hope, will be that you can do much of the same as you can with CSS, but without having to understand the intricacies of how classes work.

      • Shakya K says:

        YES! Synchronised editing of colors etc would be brilliant. (I’m currently trying to use CSS Hero….)

        FYI, I tried to use “Symbol” for a testimonial, but then realised I couldn’t change the picture while keeping it linked. Would be great to have Symbols which have some bits you can change (e.g. the photo in a testimonial) while keeping it linked.

  • Brittany says:

    I LOVE this new feature! Already using it to place custom-designed author bios on my blog posts.

  • Corey K says:

    Love the addition. The term ‘Symbol’ being used for this, not so much.

    Can you share your thoughts about why you called it that? I know that will be the first question I’m asked by clients. The overall concept is understandable, but the term symbol is something used for a hashtag, or a heart. Not a globally editable element.

    Not complaining. Just confused.

    It is a great feature in any case. You’re always improving and that is awesome. <3

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Corey,

      I described our reason for the naming in the post: “The ‘marketing thing’ to do would be to come up with our own, branded term for this feature, pretend that we invented the entire concept and hope our own brand name catches on.

      Instead, we chose to go with ‘Symbols’ because it’s an established term in web design. If you talk to a web designer, they’ll be familiar with this term. If pick up a professional UI design tool, you’ll almost certainly find a ‘symbols’ feature that does more or less what Symbols in Thrive Architect do.”

  • Alex M says:

    What a great idea. It can be used to update upcoming Webinars on pages and posts, an incredible timesaver and very very practical. Well dine Thrive Themes Team!

  • Bart says:

    This is a great addition and makes building sites with Thrive Architect more powerful. Thanks for keeping innovating.

    Question 1: I would like to have e feature to sync symbols between sites. This would be great and see em a lot of time when I have to update my GDPR privacy statement and disclaimer. Are you considering such a feature?

    Question 2: A bit of topic, but in the line of the new menu feature. Last year there was talk about a completely new theme. Any word of it?

    I like the current themes, however when I want to change colours of menu or header, there are only like five presets, which just doesn’t cut it in many situations. And I have to hack my own colors and header layout with CSS.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Bart.

      1) No, we can’t make Symbols synchronize between different websites. Sorry.

      2) We’re working on a header feature and menu feature and both of those will be important in the theme builder. We’ll have a preview of the current state of the theme builder coming out in the next couple of weeks.

      • Bart says:

        Hey Shane,


        1) Was already thinking about a solution in which content can be imported via a WP Plugin from one central file. (Not necessarily a WP page.)

        2) Really looking forward to the Theme builder preview πŸ™‚

        Keep up the good work!

  • Adrian says:

    Can this work as a short code inside a normal WordPress post? I only use Thrive Architect for some of the pages where extra formatting is required. This would come in handy though for all the pages.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thanks for your comment, Adrian.

      The Symbols only work within pages where Thrive Architect is in use. Trying to make Symbols available outside Thrive Architect would potentially introduce more complications than it’s worth.

  • Joe H says:

    Hi Shane, This is best thing since sliced pan. Just makes work zo efficient. Thanks

  • MamaRed says:

    omg, my single-sourcing, strategic purposing thinking is going wild with joy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just another of the mazillion reasons I’m in love with you and your team!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Haha, that’s great to see. I’m happy that you can see so many uses for this right away. πŸ™‚

  • Matt M says:

    Game changer for sure. The one reason I used Divi instead of TA was this feature. Going to reconstruct website around Symbols. Opens doors for customer work too. Thanks!!!

  • Eric Beaty says:

    This feature is such a game changer! This will be great for mailing list signup forms, call to action boxes, and lots of other stuff I can’t think of right now.

    I’ve definitely run into instances where I would like to change one or two elements across all my blog posts but dreaded going through all of them to do so.

    Now, with the Symbols, feature, all I’ll need to do is just set it and forget it!

  • Maximilian says:

    That is a great feature..! What would be even more awesome is that you would implement a kind of Cloud, or Backup Solution so that i can use my Symbols on varios differnt sites and donΒ΄t have to rebuild them…

  • Thomas says:

    Possible to convert existing content into symbols?

    • Shakya K says:

      Yes, just click the “save” icon next to the title of the element above the top left corner of the content. Explained in the video above

  • Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    I discovered this feature last week before this blog post was even published and stopped everything else I was doing to convert my site to use this feature. It is yet another game-changer from the Thrive team. For me, it finally resolves the single most frustrating thing about working with a WordPress site.

    One thing though – ‘Symbol’ is a terrible name for such a great feature. I know you have your reasons for using that name, but I skipped past it a number of times before taking a look and I’m sure many others will too. Something like ‘Global Template’ or ‘Global Snippet’ would much better describe it.

    That aside, I’m very grateful.

    • djd says:

      Yes, I’d have to agree with Jason- when I saw “symbols” I literally thought of FontAwesome icons. Then once I learned what it was (which was a very pleasant surprise), I immediately texted someone about it and referred to it as a “macro” feature. But either way, very excited about this feature, and your companies products. Huge thanks and all the very best.

    • J G says:

      I agree too. I thought it was talking about hearts and emoticons. Symbols does not capture it. Perhaps “Dynamic content,” “Global content,” “global elements,” “global content,” “dynamic global content,” “globals,” but symbols is already a defined thing in our mind and like others, I overlooked it.

  • Larry Rampulla says:

    This is an interesting idea which will prove valuable.

    How difficult it is watching someone other than myself move their cursor at lightening speed while page change before seeing the cursor come to rest. Click, I think not. Watching the tutorial rang a bell for me… I can’t be the only one, but I’d like to see a user manual, or book, which I’d gladly purchase. I see someone testing the water for instructional tutorials, but before that happens why doesn’t Thrive jump on it.

  • Steve H says:

    Hi Shane.

    Fantastic new feature. Are there any limitations on what can be included in a symbol? I’ve just tried to save a background section containing a header and menu within columns with no success.

  • Glen G says:

    Wow! This is exciting! Can this now be used to make Thrive Architect designed Header and Footer to make global changes?

  • mkirby2000 says:

    Great feature. It will be very helpful. Your Podcast example was great.

    Is there a way to determine the places a symbol was used (posts & pages)?

    I know there is a reason for not displaying a date on comments, but it many cases it would be helpful to see. Especially when you say there is something you all are working on.


  • Konstantin V says:

    Friggin’ a-ma-zing! Thrive Themes, you are the best. You really are!

  • Jenny S says:

    Brilliant! Thanks so much, Shane. This feature will save a lot of time and keeps the whole site updated. You guys rock!

  • Absolutely fantastic for headers and footers, Now just got to work out how to have a blank theme so that i can use this for posts as well as pages. A big step towards the fully customizable theme Shane mentioned last year.

  • Joe says:

    You just made my day. Hooray for Symbols!!

  • Gisah Arte says:

    Wow Shane, this is amazing, just imagine how much time will be gained. Thanks.

  • Lynna Sutherland says:

    Oh my, you guys. I should just get used to the idea of being wowed whenever I come over here to see what’s new. Seriously – game changer!

  • Esther d says:

    I didn’t read your post, just saw the headline and understood what a symbol would do. And I immediately used it for our quickly created wedding photography website where we used the chiq landingpages and used symbols for menu, footer and button to sign up for our newsletter. It’s a huge timesaver!! Thank so much for continuing to make ThriveThemes better and better.

  • Troy G says:

    We’ve been using Thrive Leads to accomplish the same result… This is a much better solution. It would be nice if there was some way of A B testing two different symbol layouts to determine which symbol gets more clicks.

  • Chris says:

    Another perfect tool from Thrive. And again it comes just at the perfect time. You guys are god.

  • J Gale says:

    Really looking forward to using this. It takes ages to do this type of thing normally so thanks.

  • Christopher B says:

    Absolutely BRILLIANT. A fabulous addition to Thrive Architect capabilities.

  • jacksonywl says:

    Oh man this is really great! Been waiting for a feature like this since forever! Thanks Shane!

  • Marco says:

    I love you! Great feature. Until now I used a plugin called PostSnippets for this. But that Plugin caused several problems. Now with “Symbols” it works beautiful.

  • Chris H says:

    Shane, one word, Brilliant!

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  • Husni Ahamed says:

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is perfect thanks for adding, honestly it can save my time a lot πŸ™‚

  • The choice of “symbol” is confusing.

    Symbol is defined as “a mark or character used as a conventional representation of an object, function, or process, e.g., the letter or letters standing for a chemical element or a character in musical notation.”

    How does this resemble a symbol?

    The function is great, but the choice of term makes me think you just don’t want to do anything that looks like you’re copying Elementor.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      The term Symbol comes from the design profession. In pretty much every web design or interface design tool, a Symbol is exactly what it is in Thrive Architect: an element that updates across all its instances.

  • acu.insights says:

    Symbols… synchronized design elements…? Thank you, Shane, for asking and answering, “Okay, so what the hell does that mean?” so I didn’t feel so stupid thinking it. πŸ™‚ You gave me the courage to read further and learn something new. I already have ideas about how to use these!! Awesome stuff!

  • Fred C says:

    Hey, is it possible to copy a symbol into a header? I created a header in another site, saved that page as a landing page, imported it into another site, saved the ‘header’ (not really a Header) as a symbol, and now want to make it a global element Header

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hi Fred,

      For technical reasons, it’s currently not possible to place Symbols inside other Symbols (which includes headers and footers). Sorry about that.

  • Great stuff as always, thanks Shane. Re podcasts, I host with Blubrry powerpress and they insert a template on all my podcast “posts” to encourage readers to subscribe via android etc. What do you think about this (?is it effective), and how do you set up your podcasts?

  • This is a super feature! Thank you Shane πŸ™‚

  • Joan Bell says:

    Do you guys ever sleep? I LOVE this. Perfect for a CTA at the end of a post and I’m sure I’ll come up with many more ideas. Thanks so much for being so innovative and sh/caring.

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