Help Us to Help You – How to Write A Support Request
There are a few important points to remember when raising a ticket so that we have the best chance of providing a solution for you as fast as possible:-
1. If Describing a Problem Follow the "Problem, Replicate, Result, Expected Result" Formula
The most difficult support requests to handle are those that are written like an English essay containing multiple poorly defined issues that all require clarification.
When describing a problem, you should try and write your support request like this:-
Hello - I have a problem loading landing pages with Thrive Content Builder
1. Go to this page http://www.mydomain.com/example-page/?tve=1
2. Click "Choose landing page" from the TCB control panel
3. Choose any landing page
Result:- The loading spinner appears but the landing page selected doesn't load. Instead I am taken to edit a blog post
Expected Result:- The correct landing page should display.
I have included wp-admin details with this support request.
This is written in the following format:-
- Overview of problem - A quick one line overview of the issue
- Steps to replicate - how we can replicate the issue
- Result - What happens
- Expected result - What you expected to happen
Here are some examples of the same problem described in a bad way:-
Hello - I can't load any templates - please fix.
- What templates? In content templates or landing templates?
- What is meant by "doesn't work"?
- How do we replicate this on the site?
- Our support team will need to write a reply simply asking for more clarification about what the issue is.
Hello - I can't load a landing page on one of my pages. Why is this?
- Which specific page on your site doesn't work?
- Before we investigate, we will need to be sure where the issue occurs
The important thing to bare in mind is to describe the problem, how to replicate, the result and expected result in as short and concise way as possible that contains no ambiguity.
2. Add your WP-Admin Details If It's Likely to be Necessary
Often we will have to log into a site to investigate an issue that's reported to replicate it.
If you're describing a problem or a bug then it's likely we will need your wp-admin details. These details are only viewable by the Thrive support team. To save us having to ask for it, please consider including this in your support ticket from the start.
You can add login details using the "Site Details" form when raising a ticket:-
For security purposes, we recommend that you create a new, temporary "admin" user account on your site and send those details to us in the "Site Details" section. Once the support ticket has been resolved, you can then delete the user account that you created.
3. Use Screenshots Where Appropriate
Sometimes a screenshot can really help us to understand the issue at hand.
For instance, a support ticket like this is quite difficult to debug:-
I have a problem with the menu display on mobile resolution
Steps to replicate:-
1. Visit http://www.mysite.com/example-page on a mobile device
Result:- Main logo is too big and overlaps the hamburger menu
Expect result:- The hamburger menu should not be obstructed on mobile view.
Admin details added.
A screenshot compliments a ticket like this very well. This enables our team to see the issue straight away without any ambiguity.