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.