Thrive Content Builder – We’re Alive and Kicking

We launched the first version of our new Content Builder plugin on Thursday last week and the response from you has been amazing... thank you.

As you probably know, we always like to do a pre-release deal for new products we create. You get a new piece of software at a great price and we get feature suggestions, real-life testing by many users and much more.​

This was no different for this early release of Thrive Content Builder... except for scale. We have never seen this level of enthusiasm or this much interaction from new customers, for what is "just" a small pre-launch.


700 Pre-Launch Customers, 14 Updates

So far, the pre-launch has seen more than 700 customers sign up and the feedback has already been fantastic.  Since Thursday we've already managed to make 14 new updates and add these new features to the product:-

Short Code Support

Adding short codes from your theme or from third-party plugins within your Thrive Content pages and posts is now possible! This means you can add any elements or features that you were missing, if they're available as short codes and you don't have to relinquish any of your theme features.

Save & Load Templates

You can now save any page content at the click of a button and then deploy that layout on any new post or page, in an instant. Save custom templates and layouts for your own sites or client sites.

Yoast SEO Plugin Supported

The popular SEO for WordPress plugin by Yoast includes a feature that analyzes your page content and provides and SEO score, based on your target keyword. This feature is now fully functional with content you create using Thrive Content Builder.

Live Image Resizing

In the latest version of the plugin, you can easily and seamlessly resize any image you add to your content. Add the image, then change the size with a simple ruler, until it matches the rest of your content perfectly.

In addition, numerous other changes, improvements and updates have been added to the plugin, over the last few days. This includes changes to make the CSS more resilient, minimize theme and plugin conflicts and much more.

To keep up to date with our continuing development of the plugin
please see our change log.

Stay tuned for more feature updates coming soon.  We will be furiously updating and developing the plugin over the coming weeks and months to make it the best WordPress editor in the market, by far.

New Tutorial Videos

To explain some of the new features and answer some of the most common questions, we've created a few more tutorial videos. You can see them in the member's area or below:​

Adding, Moving, Duplicating Content Elements:

Creating a New Post or Page:

Using Short Codes:

Upcoming Contest

Now that you've had a chance to get your hands on the new plugin and (hopefully) have a play with it, we want to see what you're building.

And we're going to reward you for showing us the fruits of your creative, Thrive Content Builder-fueled labor.

Details about the contest, how you can participate and what you can win will be announced next week, so keep your eyes peeled.​

Paul and Shane Signatures

Author: Paul

  • Borat says:

    Great Success! *Thumbs UP*

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Haha! Well, thank you, Borat.

  • Frank says:


    It’s incredibly satisfying to buy a hot looking product and actually be better than described.
    It’s incredibly exciting to then see that product improved significantly almost immediately.

    You guys rock!… keep up the good work!!!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you very much, Frank! We aim to keep the improvements going. :)

    • Tony says:

      Frank I agree! Shane provides more than expected! I actually paid for the highest level of product even though I didn’t need it.

  • Kris Phelps says:

    Hey Shane & Paul,

    You guys have done an awesome job. The support has been amazing. Paul was really patient and made sure he fixed all of the issues I was running into.

    The Content Builder is awesome and makes generating a beautiful page dead simple. Great work!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thanks, Kris! Great to hear that it works so well for you.

  • Having bought the pre-release version of Hybrid Connect and seeing the great level of support and response to adding features, I’m very confident that TCB will be just as great.

    The feature voting function you have is a great idea for prioritising updates.

    I’m sure when it is officially released, it will sell like hotcakes.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thanks, Peter!

      I sure hope so. I aim to make Thrive Content Builder sell even better than Hybrid Connect did, so that it’s an even better product for affiliates to promote. :)

      • Joachim says:

        Hi Shane,

        Is there already a schedule for the official launch?

        Best regards

      • Launch deadlines aren’t our specialty – but we’re going for Feb 2014. And we have about 6 months worth of work to do in that time :/

  • Bill says:

    Fantastic product. Very rare these days to find a product that not only does what is claimed but does so much more.

    It is intuitive to use and what you see is what you really get.

    At the core of any great design is simplicity. And that is never easy to achieve… but you have.

    Well done and thanks.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you very much, Bill!

    • Martin says:

      I agree with everything that Bill says. This is a great tool. Thanks

  • MamaRed says:

    Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetttt…you just gave this geekette a big “whoo hoo” because one of the plugins I love and use all the time (Global Content Blocks)has shortcodes. I now have the best of both worlds. Haven’t loaded it on a live site yet since I’ve been playing with it while building the content for a repurposing course. Since I was already 3/4 of the way through it, I’m not switching. Blast! It would have been uber kewl to use it and I’ll think of another purpose.

    Thanks for such great customer service and support.

    You rock!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Yes, short code support is a big step for this. Glad you appreciate the update!

  • Jock Brocas says:

    sean you need to also consider support for plugins other than yoast, such as seo pressor.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hi Jock,

      The way we’ve set it up, other, similar plugins should be able to recognize and analyse Thrive content as well. We didn’t make an integration specific to the Yoast plugin, but rather add the content to WordPress core in a way that the plugin can recognize.

      It should work the same for other plugins as well.

    • We can add support to any SEO plugin as long as they have an API that allows us to hook in. Otherwise, we’re not able to. I can contact the plugin authors about this.

  • Greg Wastl says:

    Great product Shane. I’m using Content Builder to build my new website.

    However, when I attempt to add the short code from Hybrid-Connect (ie [hcshort id=”5″]) as you demonstrated in the above short code video I do not see the optin box on the live page, only the code[hcshort id=”5″].

    Am I doing something wrong?

    Greg Wastl

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hi Greg,

      This could be some error or conflict on your site. Please submit a support ticket, so our guys can take a look at it.

  • Erin says:

    Best plug in I have ever bought, and it is getting better by the day. Great job guys. Thank you.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you, Erin! That’s high praise indeed and it’s much appreciated.

  • John says:

    I am not able to access the thrive editor for any of my posts or pages. I followed the instructions and added the title and other SEO stuff, saved the draft and then click on thrive content editor and I go to the 404 page. I had one chance earlier when the edit page did show up but I was unable to make any changes…aka the drag and drop feature was inoperable. Please advise. I am using Ultimate TinyMCE and several other plugins. Total of 41…

  • RonnG says:

    Shane not much that I can say the others have not, except for an old guy that has no tech skills this is the best damn tool I have ever seen!

    Sure hope you will have an affiliate program as it is selling like hotcakes…

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you very much! Very happy to be providing this product for you. :)

  • Joseph says:

    This is so amazing! I had Ultimate TinyMCE, but not anymore. You are a genius, Shane!

    • I have to admit – Shane’s vision on this one seems to have been spot on. It took him a good few months to get me convinced!

  • carmelita says:


    If the Content Builder plugin is any indication of what’s to come in the Thrive Themes membership, then yes…


    Any hints as to when we can expect the next installment of Paul and Shane Awesomeness by way of Thrive Themes?

    Cheers and superb work, gentlemen!
    -Carmelita, aka “Been Struggling With Poorly Functioning WP Themes For Far Too Long”

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you very much, Carmelita!

      We are aiming to launch Thrive Themes early next year. Perhaps we’ll be able to offer an early bird type thing for Thrive Content customers as early as January. I don’t want to make promises too soon, though. :)

  • mark says:


    Superb product. I can actually see how I can build some great looking pages quickly without being a wordpress expert…Question for you. Probably simple enough, but can I use it to make a home page too? If so, how would I do that?


    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hi Mark,

      You can definitely make a homepage. In WordPress, all you need to do is go to “Settings” -> “Reading” and define one of the pages you’ve created as the homepage.

      We are also working on adding widgets like “latest posts” as Thrive Content elements, which will help for certain kinds of homepages. :)

  • Carol Amato says:

    Hi Shane,

    I love Hybrid Connect, so jumped to get the developer’s license with this new software.

    Been looking for something like this for a while – so glad someone I trust came out with it.

    Wishing you all the best. :)

    – Carol Amato

  • Erin says:

    The only other element I need for a good looking home page for clients is an image slider. I am going to be cheeky and ask in here what you think would be the best one to use that loads quickly.

    Thanks for any suggestions.

  • Martin says:

    I took a little getting used to and I can only assume you will expand the styles available. It is difficult not being able to create something with an exact color, for example.

    I put together a page in minutes that I struggled with for over an hour or more with html. It made everything so damn easy I had to start laughing. I busted my chops trying to line things up, create columns, etc. Thrive did it in a few clicks.

    But, alas, the plugin does not play nicely with the Weaver II theme. After setting up some image buttons, it just would not accept or hold a link. I sent the problem to support. I know someone else who is trying to get this to work with Weaver II. So between our reports maybe it will be fixed.

    My next project will start with a more compliant theme. A “fully tested to the best of our knowledge” theme list would be useful.

    Although, I am having some difficulties, I can easily see how this will mature into something nobody will want to be without. I think you hit it out of the park with this one.

    • Weaver 2 incompatibilities – interesting.

      I’ve added that to my Asana and I’ll try and get to the bottom of it for you. Sometimes there are CSS conflicts (generally speaking we can fix these), on other occasions it’s more difficult and will involve us getting in touch with the theme author.

  • Noel says:

    This has turned creating webpags from work to fun, thanks Shane – I Love It !

  • Jonathan says:

    Cannot edit text or delete boxes in Safari, cannot copy and paste in Firefox. The overall opinion I have is that the interface is not functional. The positive comments shock me because I have tried for hours to edit a simple page and have had nothing but frustration.

    The plugin is not ready for sale. However, I’ll stay connected and hope you get it working – giving the ‘benefit of doubt to you’.


    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Jonathan,

      Have you gotten in touch with our support team about these issues?

    • Hi Jonathan, that’s odd – I tested in all those browsers but given the nature of a distributed plugin, it’s nearly impossible to test on all server configurations and third party plugin permutations.

      We’ll take a look at that for you. Currently a bit of a back log in support, but we will definitely get to you asap (assuming Kurt / Praveen haven’t already)

  • The “save and load” function is a life saver. Now I can make different versions of my sales pages and split test them with ease…love it!

    • Cheers Mike, glad you like it. Soon we’ll have pre-built templates for you to choose from, too.

  • Monika says:

    Real simple magic, this is another genius plugin and congratulations. I wish you lots of success with it – you deserve it for all the hard work. Looking forward to the color updates:) Thank you and your support team. Great show

    • Hi Monika, Color updates are top of the list to roll out over the next few days – will post an update when out.

  • Ray Cassidy says:

    Hi Shane – I haven’t yet made time to sit down and try the method. But what I would be interested in is making sure it is compatible with All in One SEO Pro.

    Very peromising lookin plugin though!

    • Hi Ray, what integration is needed here? Do they have some kind of content analysis tool?

  • Fantastic product once again from you guys, love it and thank you for the creation!

  • I am so excited about the new plugin.. Does it cope well with amazon or ebay products – they tend to look quite horrible so any improvement will be fantastic!



  • When and where will I be able to install this update, mentioned above?

  • steve says:

    Hi Guys

    Nice plugin but I am having some issues with the use of shortcodes and html codes/snippets.

    Have raised a support ticket to see whether we can get to the bottom of it.

    It did look as though shortcodes and html was working for me. On adding other elements or placing shortcodes or html further down the page, they seem to stop working.

    Very strange, has anyone else had these problems?



  • mark says:


    Can you put up the template you used in the pre-video to demonstrate the functionality and load that video somewhere (can’t find it now)…That was very helpful, and something I’m working on would work well in that kind of flow structure.



  • Juan says:

    Per your first video up there – you mention that there are two ways to add elements.

    1) by clicking on element and

    2) drag and drop

    I can only use drag and drop and was told the clicking part will become available in next update 1.16 – is this so ?

    thanks so much –

  • Alison Graham says:

    Hi Shane and Paul,

    I have run up against a problem:

    I installed meteor slides plugin on my site, created a slideshow and added the shortcode for the slideshow as shown in the video in a text element.

    After doing this I got the dreaded ‘error in establishing a database connection’ and could not view any of the pages I had created (same error message).

    Deleting the meteor slides plugin from my wp-content file in cpanel resolved the problem. I am using Weaver II Pro with shortcode support and Meteor slides is one of the two recommended plugins.

    Any suggestions?

  • Edwin S says:

    Hi, Is the Yoast SEO plugin still supported? Because when I check a page/post for SEO score using the WP editor, content created earlier with Thrive Content Builder (and with the keyword present) is not recognized.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Edwin,

      Yes, the Yoast plugin is still fully supported. If you’re having issues with it, please post in the support forum to get help.

  • I’m using yoast and the thrive content builder. If i don not put content in the standard description field but all the text via thrive does yoast pick this up? Or do i also need to put the info in both fields?

  • Dave L says:

    Thrive Content Builder is in no way functional with the Yoast SEO plugin. And you’re not answering questions about this in the support forum. What’s going on guys?

    • It’s 100% compatible with the new version of Yoast SEO and we have a support turnaround time (currently) of 7 hours. If you have a thread unanswered, please post the URL here so I can investigate.

  • Afrim D says:

    why can not find a content builder

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      This is a very old post you are commenting on. The plugin is now called Thrive Architect and you can find it here.

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