We made a quick improvement to the Thrive Editor and this will allow you to use the Text Element in a much quicker and more effective way!
First, A Little Context...
Up until recently, we had 3 different elements in Thrive Architect through which you could add text on your posts and pages with. These were:
- The “Paragraph” Element
- The “Heading” Element
- The “Plain Text” Element
So... how were these 3 elements different from each other?
Well, the Paragraph element was used to create the majority of your content. Whether it was the main text of your blog articles, or feature/benefit explanations on your sales pages, you could use the Paragraph Element to write out those blocks of text.
The Heading element was used to add… you guessed it, Headings on your pages. You could chose H1 all the way down to H6 headings to bring organizational hierarchy to your posts and pages.
Deploying headings properly is important for SEO. Google's search algorithm recognizes heading types and uses them to help classify and rank your content against other web pages on the internet. Thus, following heading element best practices can help your content rank better for certain search terms and keywords when people search for them in Google.
And last but not least, there was the Plain Text element. This one looks very similar to the Paragraph element, but its purpose is very different.
While the Paragraph element is used to create blocks of text, the Plain Text element is used to add text to your design elements, such as this one:
But how is that different from the normal Paragraph element?
Well, the Paragraph element was created with the purpose of creating content blocks in mind. This means that, if you added a Paragraph element to design elements such as the example shown above, it would not behave nicely.
This means that the Paragraph element automatically applied its default theme spacing, font types, font size, etc... forcing you to redesign the text from that default to make it look good in your design.
With the Plain Text element, however, no additional spacing is added and the text does not carry with it the stylistic options of the theme. Google also knows not to index this design text as meaningful content related to the article.
So where can you find these 3 elements now?
Well, each of these element types can now be found within one single element, which is simply called the “Text” Element
Why Did We Unify Our Text Elements?
We did some user testing on how we can make the Thrive Editor much easier to use.
The truth is that sometimes when you add text to a page, you don't know yet whether you should make it be paragraph text, heading text or just plain visual design text.
With a single text element, the flow is now improved and will allow you to add different text types in a much faster way, without having to look for each element in the sidebar, every single time.
How To Find Each Text Element Type
As mentioned above, the three former elements can now be found in the new, unified “Text” element.
So if say... you want to add a heading to your content, first drag and drop the new “Text” element on the page:
Then, on the text editing panel that appears at the top of your screen, select the text type drop down menu option:
And finally from the drop-down menu, select which type of Heading text (H1 to H6), Paragraph text, Block Quote text or Plain Text you want to use:
But, I Used to Type Search for Them in the Sidebar…
The search field is super handy when you quickly want to find the element you’re looking for. That's why we made sure that if you search for “heading” in the sidebar, the "Text" element still appears.
In this case, no need to change your current habit!
However, since the “Text” element is the first actual element in Thrive Architect, you may not have to search at all, when it comes to adding text on the page.
We really hope you find this new Text element change useful and that it allows you to add the right kind of text to your Thrive Editor posts and pages in a more efficient way.
If you have any questions or comments about this new feature, leave them below so we can chat about it!