What the Thrive Themes Teams Are Working On: October Update

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A lot has happened at Thrive Themes in the last few months and a lot more is still going on behind the scenes. In today's update, you'll get a new glimpse at what we're working on and what to expect next in terms of features, products and more.

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Here's a summary of the updates from the video above:

Customer Support Improvements

Since our launch of Thrive Architect, we've seen an increase in support requests. We've seen an increase in sales, which means more support, and at the same time, the switch from TCB to Thrive Architect also caused an increase in support requests.

We have struggled to keep up with support and we apologize for the longer waiting times you've experienced, if you've opened a ticket recently. We are expanding the support team and testing a new system that will hopefully make support faster and more convenient. We expect a noticeable improvement in response times within a few weeks.

Improving our customer support is one of the major projects in the company. It's also one of the most challenging aspects of selling WordPress software - our support techs need troubleshooting skills and technical knowledge that apply to an infinite number of different hosting, plugin and theme combinations. It takes time to improve the system and train new staff, but we're moving this forward with full force.

Product Releases

We have two new plugins that are basically ready to go: Thrive Apprentice (our tool for rapidly building online courses) and Thrive Comments (which replaces default WordPress comments with awesomeness).

We are holding off on launching these products until we have increased our capacity for customer support. We want to make sure that we are fully ready to serve and support new customers, before bringing new products to the market.

Thrive Apprentice is already available to members (and some exciting updates will be released shortly) and Thrive Comments will also be made available for members soon. But there will be no public releases in October.

The New Theme

We have started working on a brand new WordPress theme. As promised, we're not just building any old theme. We are looking to redefine what having a theme and website building tool for WordPress means.

It's still too early to show off any teaser material, but what I can say is that we've made progress faster than expected, in the first development phase. Personally, I feel optimistic about it and I can't wait to show you more of what we're working on.

Thrive Architect Updates

The team is hard at work on further improving Thrive Architect. There are two main areas of improvement that we're focusing on right now:

  1. Usability: we're paying close attention to what works best in the user interface and what's still causing confusion or slowing you down while building pages and content. We'll be rolling out several updates to make the experience of using Thrive Architect faster and more seamless.
  2. A/B testing: the next major update to Thrive Architect will be an add-on plugin for A/B testing landing pages. It's one of the most requested features and now that Thrive Architect is released, we can finally ship it.

Of course, we'll also be releasing new templates continually. I won't mention this in updates because we'll basically be shipping new templates non-stop, for the time being.

Wrapping Up

That's it for this general update on what we're up to. I'm looking forward to showing you more teasers and previews of our upcoming new stuff.

Which new feature or product are you most excited about? Is there something you were hoping to see on the list of "in progress" features, that you think we should add?

Let me know in a comment!

Shane

by Shane Melaugh  October 27, 2017

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  • Love this update… It makes waiting for features that much easier!

    Built-in A/B testing is going to be a GAME CHANGER! VWO is sucking my bank account dry. I’d like to recommend URL splitting as an option as well?!?!

    As always I’d like to ask for a more feature rich “Content Reveal” element for my buy button – With “Automatically Reveal After X# visits” so returning visitors can see the buy button without waiting 10 minutes all over again for it to reveal synced to my sales video.

    Nice look’n comment plug-in! I’m excited to learn more and try it out!

  • Shane, thanks for the videos; these updates truly make me feel as if I’m part of the Thrive community. I also love your transparency about and willingness to ‘fess up to the support issues.

    A ‘yay’ — I didn’t know about the course builder, which is awesome since I’m currently creating a course!

    A ‘boo’ — Maybe it’s just because I don’t know enough, but it scares me to hear that you’re going to eliminate all of the themes. I use Pressive and love it, and after the not-so-great experience of having to convert from builder to architect, I’m more than a little leery. I’m hoping that the change doesn’t force me to rebuild a bunch of stuff.

    Overall though, love Thrive Themes and am so glad to be a member!

    • Thank you for your reply, Renae!

      You bring up a good point regarding the themes, so let me clarify this: the existing themes will remain as they are and you can continue using them. Unlike with Thrive Architect, we are working on an entirely new theme, which basically won’t have anything (technical) in common with the previous ones. You won’t be able to update your old theme to the new one. It will be like switching from one theme to another. And you won’t have to update. The idea is that we create a far better theme to use on new websites or that you can use once you decide to switch themes on your website.

      • Hi Shane, one feature I still find missing in the comments section is the option for users to get email notifications for the reply. I know several free plugins do offer that feature, but it would be great to have it out of the box as it will encourage discussions.

        Also, is it possible to incorporate “LinkedIn Follow” button (for individuals and not business Pages) apart from “LinkedIn Connect” button? I guess a follow button makes more sense as most people don’t want to connect with random people to avoid unwanted messages and sharing email. But it’s always good to let them follow your post updates.

      • Taking this one step further… when someone receives an email notification, it would be great if they could simply (quickly) respond to the comment by using the reply functionality of their email client. The reply would auto-post to the WP comment thread, thereby eliminating the need for them to have to click through to the actual post, if they did not want to. This would significantly increase engagement.

      • That would be cool indeed, yes. Not sure if we can make that happen, though…

      • Hey Shane – If it’s not possible to bake this feature right into your new Thrive Comments, then it would be great if you could make sure that everything plays nice with the Postmatic SAAS/WPplugin which does already provide some great email engagement functionality. Here is the direct link… https://gopostmatic.com/

  • Awesome updates, I’ve been for this plugin for a long time. So let’s test it from this side (especially the name and the email showing after you wrote the actual comment).

      • Regarding the comment plugin, I think it’s super cool to ask for the name and email after they wrote the actual comment. That eliminates the friction for sure. I also like the fact that you can vote on each other comments. I’ve never thought about that.

        What’s a really big surprise to me, is that you guys will extend Thrive Architect features to be able to design blog layouts. THAT is a game changer.

        It’s a real shame I got to know about this new feature coming today and not a couple of months ago… I’ve been using Performag Theme for over a year now, and had a team of developers working to personalize it and make it more conversion focused towards the things I really need in my business using a child theme. After some time I’ve realized it was nobody’s fault, and that I needed a new done from scratch theme that would look and feel the exact way I want it to be.

        I’ve spent several weeks thinking about the design and reading tons of articles about layout settings and split-testing on blogs (including colors, the way to position calls to action, visual hierarchy, and so much more), and then actually making the new layout with the designer. Now I have a full team working on my new theme based on Genesis framework.

        It’s a real shame I walked away from Performag into a full customizable thing, since your new features may have solved my problems without having to pay designers and developers.

        Btw, I think Performag can use several and big improvements conversion wise.

    • At this iteration: when I make my comment and click the submit button – the entire comment goes away and nothing shows. It’s not until a page refresh that the line “…awaiting moderation…”, is revealed. Feels just a tad buggy – I’m using comments as a logged-in user.
      Just a heads-up.

      d

  • Always good to receive this update email, thanks and congratulations on the consistent good work!

    I remember about a comment on improving WP menus, is there any news about that? 🙂

    Hoping there will be news clean/modern templates, specially for saas/ online system landing page.

    Custom template service will be welcome (partner indication?)

    Thanks

    • Hi Christophe,

      Thanks for your comment! Yes, the improved menus, headers etc. feature is still in progress. It’s quite a tricky feature, but we’re making good progress. I hope we’ll have some news or at least a teaser coming soon.

  • Great news regarding the direction of Thrive Themes. So, as I understand it the current list of themes will now be reduced to one universal theme with Thrive Architect built in, as in the Divi model, or will the theme require Architect to be added as a plugin? Will the Theme also include its own unique templates?

    • Hi Gary,

      The current themes won’t be replaced by the new one. It won’t be an update from the old themes to the new one, in that sense.

      We will launch a single theme and we’ll probably have just the one theme as a framework, to which you can apply various styles and features as needed. That seems to be a more efficient way to develop, than having multiple themes.

      • That single theme/framework would be great. Makes the choices easier and possibly reduce the learning curve if one switches between the current themes. Appreciate your honesty and all of the hard work from you and your team. Your products and actions continue to make me reassess as I try hard to stay with word press …

      • Thank you, Nate!

        What’s making you doubt WordPress and what alternatives are you eyeing?

      • Single new theme with lots of cutomisability would be awesome! (and BTW this comment is a bit narrow on mobile!!)

  • Appreciate the honesty on what’s going on and not hiding the challenges. I wish more businesses would do that! Just this alone beside the great upgrades keeps me coming back and recommending you guys all the time!

      • And this is exactly why I tell anyone who’ll listen to plug in (lol) to what’s happening with Thrive Themes because they’re the best. I may not always like what is said AND the honesty is what I admire so very much. Thanks for leading the way! Hugs & Blessings. MamaRed

  • This is great news. I’m shopping for an LMS right now because I have two new courses to launch this year. Do you think I should hold off for a little bit Shane?

    • Hi Johnn,

      We are hoping to release Thrive Apprentice (and Thrive Comments) soon, but like I said: it’s a question of the support resource. I’m optimistic that we can get it sorted soon, but as you probably know, I will never advocate that someone wait before launching something, even if it means you go to the competition. 🙂

    • If you buy the full subscription to Thrive (which is an amazing deal anyway) you can access Apprentice already Johnn. I’m just creating a course with it myself 🙂

      • That’s true, yes. I’m glad you’ve already put Thrive Apprentice to use. 🙂

      • This comment section is so good-looking, and it is so easy to read, that it made me want to leave a sub-comment! (to see how it looks :). We don’t normally see much sub-comments, but they might be hard to read especially on mobile…

      • Spoiler alert: it doesn’t look great on mobile. We’ll be improving that too, though.

      • As replies are entered the left margin tabs over until no room is left. Perhaps a graphic or number entry to comments solves that.

  • Just testing the Thrive Comments… I have been checking your website daily ever since you first announced it.

    So I am really looking forward for the release.

    You do say in your video that they will not be released this month.. That’s fine by me since we only have 4 days left of October 😛

  • Hey Shane…

    The A/B test (an one way tô measure the conversions from the pages made with Architech) is the priotity feature.

    I hope this feature more than many other feature, theme or update.

    Thanks for ALL!

    • Thanks for your feedback! We are working on this feature with priority over almost everything else, yes. 🙂

  • Hello Shane,

    We’re waiting since 2 years for this feature! We Want “pagination” feature for Thrive Architect posts, as we want to break our long posts into pages which are made by TA!

    Please add this option very soon!

    At least add this feature for TA people who are already using Thrive themes templates!

    • In short: on the front end, it’s designed to create more engagement and on the back end, it’s designed to make comment moderation and processing faster and easier.

  • The new theme that you are talking about with 100% customization ability will definitely eliminate a lot of the issues that we are having. At the same time, I can see you guys are trying to improve the support personnels response time. Want to wish you the best of luck!

  • As you work on enhancing your support capability, I suggest improved documentation for your products. It would go a long way to reducing the need for support.

    Also, about eliminating all your themes and bundling them into one completely customizable, editable theme builder, let me say I am extremely concerned. The roll out of Architect crashed a site I had been working on for weeks that was intended for release at the end of the summer. I had to start over from scratch.

    Since then, I’ve invested a significant amount of time customizing the CSS for square (using a child theme) and am now aiming for launch at the end of the year. I have no confidence that your proposed theme builder won’t crash, trash, or “disappear” all my work with the click of an update button. Classes and IDs that don’t map, elements that aren’t recognized and can’t be edited, custom post grids that don’t migrate. The parade of potential horribles stretches beyond the horizon.

    You’ve got to do a better job managing this. Our livelihoods are at stake.

    • Hello Kathryn,

      Thank you for your comment. To clarify about the themes:

      Unlike with Thrive Architect, we are working on an entirely new theme, which basically won’t have anything (technical) in common with the previous ones. You won’t be able to update your old theme to the new one. It will be like switching from one theme to another. And you won’t have to update. The idea is that we create a far better theme to use on new websites or that you can use once you decide to switch themes on your website.

  • It’s great to hear that as always getting it right first time is a priority for Thrive. The Apprentice advances are really looked forward too and comments los coolio.

    ALWAYS glad I got that annual 😉

  • Very much looking forward to some of the updates you mention.

    When you say the new theme will replace all of the previous themes, does mean that support will no longer be available for them and we will have to switch to the new one?

    • Hello Lorraine,

      We will continue supporting the previous theme, at least for a while. We won’t support them forever, but we won’t just drop them altogether, either.

  • Good to hear you’re having “champagne problems”.
    I always enjoy these little updates, it’s good to know what we can look forward to even though you can’t give us an ETA.

    Thrive Comments: I sure hope it’s got a downvote option. I mean. It’s 2017. People want to strangle each other over ice cream flavors. The upside of this is it can be used to create controversy and increase traffic and engagement. How am I supposed to start a proper flamewar in the comment section without a downvote option? 😀

    Suggestion for a new feature in Architect: we miss Sharely, Shane. Share to reveal/download is a VERY useful functionality, and I don’t want to mess up my Thrive pages with external plugins.

    Give us page A/B testing before Christmas and you will be rewarded with good things from Santa.

    Keep rockin’, Thrive team!

    • “It’s 2017. People want to strangle each other over ice cream flavors.” – so much truth, it almost hurts. 😀

      Yes, you can choose between 3 options in the plugin: no voting, up and down voting or up voting only.

      Thanks for the feedback regarding Sharely as well!

  • Thank you for that hard work. It is very important for those of us who are starting out in online business to have a company that is always concerned about improving its products.
    For me it has been an excellent investment, not only thrive architect, for me it has been a surprise every video tutorial that teaches us how to use the plugin. Thrive university is great, I didn’t know almost anything a couple of months ago but I’m very happy with everything I’ve learned and what I’m going to learn.
    Again, thanks Shane and the entire thrive themes team.

    • That’s wonderful to hear, Vladimir. Really grateful for this feedback, because it shows us that we’re achieving our goals. 🙂

  • You guys keep on delivering! I’m so impressed. I recommend you to everyone and will be migrating all of my clients to thrive themes.

  • Thanks for the update! The new theme is the most important for me. I only used your themes for years. Now I am building my first website with another theme. I hope to use your new theme as my goto theme very soon… 😉

  • Are there any videos describing the new ThriveApprentice? I’d like to see what’s different. All great news. Thanks!

  • Hi, as a non technical person all your updates, etc. have somewhat overtaken me, however, using your products even with my limited abilities it has made a huge difference to my business. I will continue to learn from your videos and post to improve even more. Thank You all.

    • I’m very happy to hear that, Paul. I know that it can be a lot to keep up with all our features and releases. We try to keep things as user friendly as possible, even if you don’t keep up with all our tutorials and posts.

  • Great news again. I really like the early Christmas feeling.

    I really love TA and all the new improvements that have been made since its release. I really hope that you guy get around to improve the Post Grid element, due to its lack of customization it always ends up as the Ugly duckling from a design point of view.

    Overall though, Thrive Themes has amazing products. Glad to be a member.

    • Thank you for your feedback, Joe! One more for improved post grid, noted. I notice this has come up a lot, lately, so we’ll try to hurry up with that.

  • A/b testing for landing pages would be a game changer for sure. Great job guys!

    I’ve been having a bit of problem with TA in terms of the copy / pasting funtionality.

    Glad my voice on the forum is heard :p

  • Wow, some great stuff to look forward to! The theme builder sounds very exciting. I’ve been a happy Focus Blog user for quite some time, so I hope the new theme will be just as good 🙂

  • Awesome stuff! You guys are one of the veeery few businesses I follow regularly and enjoy your updates because of the great work you are doing. Keep going as you do!

    I am interested: When can we expect to be able to create contact forms with thrive architect? I think you wrote it on your sales page.

    Thanks alot guys!

  • Hey Shane,
    Comments look really good.
    Since you can reply to any comments is there a function, to be informed when a reply is posted to your comment via email.
    This also helps in conversion (if there is a place to tick) to say add me to the list (newsletter) for all the comment posters.
    And it’s always good to know when your comment has been replied to. Like I will like to know when you have replied to this without coming here again and again to check 😉

    • Yes, good points! A notification feature will be included in Thrive Comments. It’s not finished yet, but will be by the time we release the plugin.

      • Hi Shane
        Is there any value in connecting with the guys at CommentMail?
        I’ve been impressed with their comment subscription tech and feel there could be some synergy here.
        Hope this helps.
        Scott

  • Thanks for the update, Shane!

    I’m very excited about all the new things coming from Thrive in the near future, but I feel like other important products like Thrive Leads have been abandoned a little bit in the last few months.

    For example, EverWebinar support has been asked for in the support forums multiple times, and the support guys always say “they will register the vote”, but no news about it yet.

    Also, there is not support for the new WebinarJam that was released this summer, and no other improvements have been done to other plugins like Thrive Ultimatum to make it as powerful as Deadline Funnel.

    I think creating new things is great, but there should be a balance between that and maintaining the current products.

    In the case of EverWebinar, I’m very surprised you guys haven’t add this integration yet.

    Everybody who has used EverWebinar knows the registration pop-up sucks (and the new one sucks even more). You just have to check the WebinarJam FB Groups or the Thrive Architect support forums and you will find lots of people having problems with the pop-up.

    Having a Thrive Leads integration with EverWebinar will solve all these problems and will bring you LOTS of new customers, because the WebinarJam group is filled of complains about this issue and the only two other companys that try to solve this have broken products:
    http://www.wpoptinjam.com/
    https://app.salesjoy.co/webinar-pages

    I believe this is an amazing opportunity for you guys, because you already have the technology needed to create Everwebinar registration forms that not suck, so I really hope you have it in your future plan 🙂

    Also, as plan of your new “support system”, I woud appreciate a system like “User Voice” where we can see what’s coming, what you are working on now, and that offers a more transparent way of suggesting new features and voting for them.

    This is just constructive feedbak, btw. I want to be clear that I love Thrive products (Architect is FANTASTIC) and that I’m very happy with my annual membership 🙂

    Keep up the good job, guys!!

    • Thank you for your comment, Angel.

      I understand where you’re coming from and I know it can seem like we’re working on products like Thrive Comments instead of other products like Thrive Leads. The reality is a bit more complicated than that, though. Without going into too many details, the products and features we work on have to take into account user demand, economic feasibility and developers, development teams and new members who are being onboareded onto the team. It would be great if we could just take the total amount of development resource we have and direct as much or as little of it as we want, to whichever projects seem the highest priority at the moment. But we can’t do anything close to that.

      Having said that, Thrive Leads will definitely get updates again (apart from the major update that came with switching it to Thrive Architect).

  • Love all of this Shane! I would love to get your thoughts on the upcoming WordPress “Gutenberg” revision. Reading LOTS of concerning things- your perspective would be very valuable.

  • Love your updates even when you keep teasing us with what’s coming – but not just yet!
    Someone here commented on improving the documentation which I also bitched about extensively when I first joined, especially about the lack of information about the benefits of each theme.
    So I hope that you can give some thought to providing better guidance with the new theme builder.
    After all, if you have developed a feature it has to be to meet a need that you perceive. But there’s not much point developing lots of shiny tools if you don’t tell the customer what they can be used for.

    My thought for the day.
    But despite that, TCB and Architect have moved my WP capability to a new level – particularly assisted by the ‘how-to’ tutorials.
    Great product, great attitude.
    Thanks.

    • Hello Bruce,

      One of the things we’re working on is a structured A-to-B guide for using our tools to set up and run a website. I’m hoping that this will help.

      • I was JUST thinking of posting this as a request. Thrive University is wonderful, but a tutorial on how to go from the beginning to the completion of a website would be very helpful. We could then use Thrive U. And other tutorials more effectively.

  • This may be a silly question but will the new comment system play with WordPress comments and Thrive Ovation the same way? Alsocurious if there will be any integration with Facebook comments?

    • There’s no integration with Facebook comments, but it integrates seamlessly with WP comments and Thrive Ovation.

  • Thank you Shane, Thank you TT Team, you guys really rock! You do really know how to run a business and how to properly serve your customers. I´m 100% satisfied with the decision I took 1 year ago. Becoming a TT member has been a great investment in products and also in education on WP related matters.

    The part I really liked the most from the post is:
    “We are looking to redefine what having a theme and website building tool for WordPress means.”

    Which new feature or product are you most excited about?
    The Theme, I want to know everything about the new theme. For instance, right now I use the Squared Theme. If I make the change to the new one, will that change be seamless and hassle-free?

    Is there something you were hoping to see on the list of “in progress” features, that you think we should add?
    Yes, a members plugin that outperforms anything and everything that is currently available in the market.

    I also have a question about the new comments plugin. I noticed that there is no “website” field, just name and email. Is this beneficial or does it hurt the linking and back-linking possibilities for SEO in WP and in general?
    It would be quite amazing to see something that would be able to seamlessly work and intelligently integrate in one solution WP comments, FB Comments and DISQUS Comments…that could also combine with Thrive Leads to generate new subscribers when one enters the name and email in those fields…

    Just some thoughts.

    Thank you,

    Luis.

    • Thank you for your comment, Luis!

      To answer your questions:

      1) No, you won’t be able to seamlessly switch from Squared to the new theme. The technological distance between the old themes and the new ones is too great to bridge with an update. So, switching will be like switching from one theme to another theme from a different developer, more or less. Some basics will carry over, but for the most part, you’ll have to go through the setup process from scratch.

      2) Membership plugin: that’s on our to-do list for next year.

      3) Links in comments: many years ago, WordPress switched all the comment URLs to “nofollow” by default, because of the massive comment spam issue. Comment spam is still a big problem, though. Basically, for a site owner, there is absolutely no good reason to allow followed links in comments. Even if you did and had good enough spam protection and moderation, is it really worth getting comments from people who only comment to get a backlink and try to get some of your traffic?

      For these reasons, having a URL field is not important to us, for this plugin. We might add one, but it would remain no-follow, optional and not “advertised” (i.e. we wouldn’t make a visible differece between a comment that has a URL assigned and one that doesn’t).

      In terms of SEO, having a bunch of outgoing nofollow links from comments doesn’t confer any benefits to your site.

      • Great answer, Shane! Love the way you make some of the tough decisions so we don’t have to make them. 🙂

      • Hi Shane.Can you give an (imperfect, possibly wrong) projection of when you think theminimum date that this new theme could be released generally speaking? january? next summer? before or after that? 3 months,6,12? its really important to me, as even tho i will be a thrivetheme customer, for the plugins, i dont wanna buiold my next site until that new theme is available. thanks2

      • Hi Shane,

        so there is no reason for me to move my 180+ page lead gen Dreamweaver HTML to a Thrive theme at this point in time with that level of change coming.

        Thrive pre-support sales said I had to manually copy and paste the text and individual url links separately to move it to Thrive.

        I’m not going to copy and insert a thousand+ links in 180+ pages twice.

        So while I wait I guess I need to find a basic, bare bones no extra code WordPress theme to put my site in once it is done if Thrive’s new theme is finished and then copy and paste each page into thrive’s new theme.

        Can you recommend any for me while I wait if my site is ready to move before your new theme is done?

        thanks

  • Hey, I was just wondering, If you can edit menus (Create Custom Menus and edit it, like we can do from visual editors.) in upcoming theme.

    The Problem is, we create a good homepage, a proper header on the homepage, and we cannot create the Same using theme’s options…

    This is the problem for all of the themes and visual editors I have tried so far.

    I want to know if we can create a fully “in-theme experience” (like you guys have created on thrivethemes. homepage and blog pages have proper looks, same header…) in upcoming theme.

    I love learning from you guys, salute to your productivity…

  • Thrive comments doesn’t look very good on my mobile phone.

    The nested replies look squished and are not formatted well for smartphones.

    Also the posters name is badly formatted as well.

    Looking from an iPhone 6s

  • Excited and curious.. I use ignition and apprentice options on several sites and I defenitely want to continu to use this. Can you please tell me that yes I can continu to use this as i am doing now?

  • Hey Shane,

    As usual, I am impressed. You guys continue to stretch the barriers and give us more good stuff than we can use.

    I look forward to the new theme builder and the updates to everything you spoke about.

  • I just feel that sometimes the editor is a little bit slow for me. But maybe is my server…

    Sometimes get confused on changing mobile will or not change desktop, and sometimes change.

    And again, a Contact Form based on Ovation or on the Optin Forms that already exist (just add a “WordPress Email” connection) would be awesome to add on themes without the need to mess with CSS.

  • Great update. Big kudos for investing in support, and it’s not unnoticed that you’re delaying a broad product rollout to ensure the support is there.

    Please, please do make the new theme compatible with WooCommerce. I would be deeply grateful. 🙂

  • As always, I am most impressed by what these sort of posts reveal about the innards of Thrive.

    My to-pennyworth is to wonder if the vote button I’m seeing in these comments could be an element in Architect. That would give readers an easy way to interact with page content.

    • Thank you, Mike! And thanks for sharing the idea about the vote button. We hadn’t considered anything like that. I guess it could make sense, but you’d have to be able to sort posts by votes or something, otherwise it seems a bit pointless.

      • Actually, it could be something like a survey element. Like a Google survey, but embedded directly in the page, like you would see on Twitter. Give people a chance to vote on an idea or choose an option with a click instead of writing a comment. Very time-effective way to stay in touch with your audience’s moods. Is that already possible in Quiz Builder? I haven’t had a chance to try it yet.

      • You could insert a quiz in your content. And a quiz can be as simple or complex as you want. For example, you could have a single question with multiple text answers and a simple “thank you” message after the question is answered.

      • I’m with Mike C & Lorenzo on this idea – and have commented on this thread – can this be thought of as schema.org data – such as a vote?
        If so, having that user-generated data available as an SEO element is important to boost the page relevance (I think). I’m repeating a request, can this be an option as a plugin or theme toolset?
        Inserting a quiz is a great example Shane, thanks. Now, if the inserted quiz can pass it’s relevance and the cumulative results through to the on-page seo and be on/in the SERPs, then WOW, it’s a really hard-working solution.

  • I’m getting ready to build me a new website from scratch right now. If I build it in Architect, will I be able to easily switch it over to the “new theme”?

    • Hello Murph,

      We’ve created a completely new version of Thrive Apprentice, as a plugin. This is the one that’s available to members and that I was talking about in this update video.

  • I am a new customer to Thrive Themes. But I trust the history of the company and today’s video proof I am right.

    Also, Thrive Architect needs to provide the support the custom post type. Or at least hooks & filters to enable Thrive Architect for custom post type.

    Like other page builders provides the settings. E.g. Elementor provide the checkbox for enabling the page builder on the page, post, custom post types etc.

  • Whew! Looks like I just saw Thrive Comment in action! The voting feature looks promising!

    Thrive Apprentice sounds like a definite game-changer, with online course being an ever-increasing pie of the education market.

    As for Thrive Architect, one tiny issue I have would be that I have to constantly collapse the left pane menu to view the real display in Desktop mode, but that is in a sense hard-built into Thrive Architect.

    All in all, I’m always amazed at the strong business ethos at Thrive Themes. I appreciate the transparency on addressing inside issues, and the never-ending overflow of offers coming out of this giant machine. If I can ever achieve one tenth what Thrive Themes pulled out that would have been a massive success for me.

    • Thank you, Thomas!

      About the left panel issue. I’m not quite sure what you mean. Are you working on a small screen? And do you have an idea for a solution or improvement?

  • Thanks for the update. I appreciate your candour regarding updates and support. It gives me confidence that you are working for me, not just yourself.

  • Thanks for the update Shane, everything I (quietly) wanted to know is answered here… A/B testing sounds great. There are some features that I get confused within the Architect but I find plenty of instructions/Knowledgebase. I wouldn’t mind waiting for the support guys to come back for a day or two but I appreciate that you’re trying to speed it up 🙂

    As for the new theme – I can’t wait. I was expecting a bunch of 5-10 new themes, but sounds like this is something more. Does that mean it’s one theme but changeable to different styles?

    Great job, thanks to all at the Thrive team!

    • Thank you for your comment, Ray!

      Yes, the idea is that there will be one theme framework and that you can apply different styles to it and customize them however you want.

  • I am liking this feature. I am liking what Architect can do, I just have not made the switch yet. I am working on a marjor content project and want to finish it, before I change over. I want to have time to wrap my mind around this awesome toolbox.

    • Thank you for your comment, Donna. I hope you’ll enjoy Thrive Architect when you do make the switch. 🙂

  • Hi shane, i wish to have a questions and answers page on my site. I wonder if this thrive comnents plugin could be used as a question and answers page.

    • Hello Baris,

      You can insert Thrive Comments inside your page content. Maybe that would be suitable for your page?

  • Hi Shane,
    I am really interested on Thrive Architect and also curious about the new theme you are working on. I am an heavy user of the Genesis framework nearly 90% of my client websites are built with Genesis. I can’t live without the Toolset plugins family as well especially for the amazing Views plugin. My questions: is there any plan to integrate TA with Toolset? Will it be possible use TA templates preserving the theme header/footer? Will the new theme be totally integrated with TA?
    Many thanks

    • Hello Roberto,

      Thank you for your comment!

      We don’t have any plans for integrating with Toolset. However, we are working on our own system for creating and customizing custom post types.

      We are also working on a header/footer management tool which will be part of Thrive Architect and the new theme.

      • This is so good to hear! I’ve been using Impreza theme which has a header and footer builder and is bundled with Visual Composer. Now that I’ve switched back to Thrive and am using TA, the footer builder doesn’t work because it’s only set up to work with VC, which I hate. Also they have a cool testimonial custom post type functionality that no longer works now that I’m using TA. I tried to use Thrive Ovation but it’s buggy as hell now with the TA upgrade and is unusable. (see my separate comment/question about it.) Thanks!

      • I’m getting the distinct impression that you’re a power user, Jaya. 🙂

        We’re doing all we can to bring these features to Thrive Architect and serve the more advanced needs that someone like you has. Personally, I can’t wait. 🙂

  • I’m a difficult customer for you 🙂 I’m quick to complain when I see issues with Thrive products. Let me be equally quick to praise the work you are doing and the timing of your updates. They always seem to be exactly where I am headed in terms of “this should surely be possible by now”.

    I’m looking forward to moving away from my traditional frameworks (Genesis, Jupiter etc) to a Thrive workflow as you really do seem to understand and anticipate the important things. Gutenberg may bring some nice touches but overall the WP interface still seems so clunky in so many areas – the less I have to interact with it the better.

    You have also reassured many people by being open and transparent regarding support. Switching is always painful, I had a few TCB > TA issues (and voice my problems rapidly – as my clients do to me) but I do understand that the code was fully reworked. Seeing you back the products and talk clearly and simply about the growth of TT is encouraging.

    These comments look slick – as others have mentioned the mobile nesting was always an issue but you have said this is being dealt with. Is there any SEO loss to using TC?