What the Thrive Themes Teams Are Working On: October Update

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

Author: Shane Melaugh

Shane Melaugh is a co-founder and the CEO of Thrive Themes. When he isn't plotting new ways to create awesome WordPress themes & plugins, he likes to geek out about camera equipment and medieval swords. He also writes about startups and marketing here.

  • Jan B says:

    Nice, can’t Wait for the moment!

  • Derek Seymour says:

    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!

  • Thanks for the honesty. That is making you even more credible ;). Looking forward to the new features of Apprentice! Cheers, Mike

  • Kelvin says:

    Thrive Themes rock!!

  • Giovanni says:

    Congratulations

  • Renae G says:

    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!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      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.

      • Aquif says:

        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.

      • Doug Lietz says:

        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.

      • Shane Melaugh says:

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

      • Doug Lietz says:

        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/

  • Denis says:

    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).

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      What are your thoughts so far?

      • Denis B says:

        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.

    • David M says:

      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

  • Grant P says:

    Thanks for the update, Shane. Really appreciate all the work you guys do. Definitely worth being a member!

    Cheers,
    Grant

  • Christophe says:

    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

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      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.

  • Yeison K says:

    Hi! Thank you for all the hard work, I can’t wait to see the new updates. THANKS !!!

  • Gary K says:

    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?

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      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.

      • Nate says:

        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 …

      • Shane Melaugh says:

        Thank you, Nate!

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

      • Shakya says:

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

      • Shane Melaugh says:

        Thanks for your input!

  • Joseph C says:

    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!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your support, Joseph!

      • MamaRed says:

        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

      • Shane Melaugh says:

        Thank you!

  • Johnn says:

    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?

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      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. :)

    • Lorraine E says:

      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 :)

  • gael says:

    Nice comment section :)

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Pretty cool, right? :)

    • Hanne says:

      You should see the back-end :p

      • Lasse says:

        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…

      • Shane Melaugh says:

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

      • Larry Rampulla says:

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

      • Viktor E says:

        … and I want to see sub-sub-comment and how it looks :-)

  • Henning says:

    YES — Splittests .. finally :) :) :)

  • Henrik G says:

    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 :-P

  • Murilo Andrade says:

    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!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

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

  • Avinash says:

    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!

  • David C says:

    Checking out the new Thrive Comments plugin now. Why is it better than what we had access to before?

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      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.

  • Jan G says:

    Sounds great!

  • Tom says:

    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!

  • Kathryn G says:

    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.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      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.

  • Tony says:

    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 ;)

  • Lorraine E says:

    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?

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      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.

  • Erick D says:

    Sweet. Can’t wait to start using Comments. Thanks for the update and transparency.

  • Lorenzo D says:

    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? :D

    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!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

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

      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!

    • Jason says:

      I agree with Lorenzo. We REALLY need that functionality of Sharely. Thanks for all the improvements!!!

  • Vladimir C says:

    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.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

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

    • Larry Rampulla says:

      I too enjoy Thrive Themes giving in depth explanations why functions and features exist.

  • Jamaica says:

    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.

  • Wouter says:

    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… ;)

  • Ed Ferrigan says:

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

  • Paul says:

    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.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      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.

  • Frithjof says:

    Oh voting :-)

  • Elvis P says:

    Thanks Shane, you guys are doing such a great job and I’m personally very glad to be a member of this community!

  • Bryn says:

    Great transparency and just overall you guys are great

  • Joe H says:

    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.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      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.

  • Tung says:

    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

  • Michiel B says:

    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 :)

  • Nico says:

    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!

  • Peter H says:

    Thanks for the update! I hope you will release pricing tables soon for Thrive Architect.

  • AD says:

    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 ;-)

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      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.

      • Scott B says:

        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

      • Shane Melaugh says:

        I’m not familiar with them, but I’ll check them out. Thanks for the tip!

      • Bart says:

        Reply to is a really important point from engagement point of view so +1

  • Byron Fabrizio says:

    Looking forward for the new plugin and updates

  • Angel says:

    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!!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      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).

    • Patrick M says:

      Why not just build Thrive Webinar. Everybody needs it.

  • Miles Austin says:

    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.

  • Bruce B says:

    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.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      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.

      • Suzanne Sukhram says:

        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.

      • Stephanie K says:

        Hi Suzanne,

        Have you seen the Website From Scratch tutorial currently available in Thrive University. It takes you from a fresh WordPress install to a fully functioning website.

  • Jarmar says:

    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?

    • Shane Melaugh says:

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

  • Luis Carlos Eskay says:

    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.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      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.

      • Bhavesb says:

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

      • Luis Carlos Eskay says:

        Thank you very much for your help Shane. Great response.

      • Oliver o says:

        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

      • Shane Melaugh says:

        We’re hoping to release in the first quarter of 2018.

      • Pete says:

        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

  • Kaivalya says:

    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…

  • Jason says:

    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

  • Domino says:

    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?

  • Terry says:

    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.

  • Alexandre Venturin says:

    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.

  • Michael E says:

    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. :)

  • Mike C says:

    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.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      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.

      • Lorenzo D says:

        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.

      • Shane Melaugh says:

        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.

      • David M says:

        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.

  • Vicente L says:

    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”?

  • Murph says:

    Hi Shane, I found this old post on Thrive Apprentice. https://thrivethemes.com/introducing-thrive-apprentice/

    What you are describing is different? Is it the same old feature which is available inside the theme or now releasing as a new plugin. Little confused, please clarify. Thanks.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      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.

  • Luca says:

    Please make thrive quiz builder fully integrate with thrive ultimatum :-)

  • Sherif A says:

    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.

  • Thomas says:

    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.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      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?

  • Ken Jones says:

    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.

  • Ray says:

    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!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      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.

  • Donna G. says:

    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.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

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

  • Baris says:

    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.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Baris,

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

  • Roberto says:

    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

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      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.

      • Jaya says:

        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!

      • Shane Melaugh says:

        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. :)

  • Kevin B says:

    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?

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your comment, Kevin!

      I agree about WP clunkiness and I also agree that Gutenberg doesn’t really solve that. We are still pursuing that vision of a “Thrive Themes for everything” toolbox. At least “Thrive Themes for everything that really matters”. :D

      Regarding Thrive Comments and SEO: right now, it’s a matter of choice. If you asynchronously load the comments, it makes your pages load faster, but it also means the text content of the comments isn’t crawlable. If you deactivate lazy loading, then it’s basically the same as default WordPress comments, regarding both speed and SEO.

      A compromise is to load the comment section on pageload and just lazy-load the avatar images. This gives a good speed boost as well.

  • Sarah A says:

    Cannot wait for the new theme. I’ve a new site waiting in the wings, and it’s waiting for the new theme :D
    +1 for Sharely. I LOVE that plugin. Could it be integrated into Thrive Leads if you don’t fancy doing a new plugin?
    Like the look of the comments too :D

    And did I see a whisper of a membership plugin? Can it integrate with Thrive Cart pretty please? Thanks for everything, it’s all looking great :)

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hi Sarah,

      Thank you for your comment and suggestions! That’s a lot to get to. No ETAs on any of these yet, but yes, we’re planning a membership product.

  • Andras P says:

    Great things, looking forward to it :)
    Please say that Comments plugin will be translatable to other languages :)

    And what about Facebook comments? Isn’t it better if people doesn’t have to give their name and email to be able to comment? Isn’t it more convenient? And if comment mirroring is enabled, their comments even show up for their friends which can lead to new leads…

    Anyway, it would be great if you also could add to Facebook comments these options:
    – adding a title over the comment section
    – being able to select where the comments section is displayed (before or after Thrive Leads Post Footer)
    – being able to change language!!
    If you could implement this, it would replace the FB comments plugin I have to use right now..

    Thanks for your work! :)

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Andras,

      The Thrive Comments plugin is fully translatable, yes.

      We don’t integrate with Facebook comments, but we’re working on a social sign-in feature.

      You can embed Facebook comments as a Thrive Architect element, anywhere in a page. And there are various FB comment plugins you can use to replace the WordPress comments on your site, too.

  • Jay P says:

    Sounds great, Shane!
    As always, love the transparency, honesty and dedication.

    Question on the Thrive Comments…
    Can the author “pin a comment to the top”?
    If not, I’d love to see that feature.

    The “one theme” sounds promising (is there a name for it? If so, I missed it lol).

    I hope there’s “starting point” implementations.
    For instance, I could choose “Pressive” and then edit “from there” instead of always from scratch…if that makes sense?

    Anyway, looking forward to everything.
    Cheers
    Jay

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hi Jay,

      Yes, in Thrive Comments, moderators can “feature” a comment, which makes it appear at the top.

      The new theme is yet unnamed, so you didn’t miss anything. :)

      And yes, you’ll start with a basic theme (and later, you’ll be able to choose from different styles) and then customize it from there.

  • Al says:

    I’m a new member and I LOVE all the products!! You have a customer for life!! The only thing that’s missing, I feel, is an editable input form builder. Contact Form 7 is ok but if you built one directly into Thrive Architect that would be a game changer. Just my opinion…

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for the suggestion! I agree that Contact Form 7 is a bit annoying for styling. We do plan on creating a simple contact form feature.

  • Vivek Sood says:

    How will the new themes affect the existing sites using current themes

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Basically, not at all. The new theme won’t replace the old ones as an update. It will be a separate theme that you can install and switch to, if you want.

      • Pete Quily says:

        Hi Shane before in this comment thread you said this

        “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.”

        So I’m thinking of moving to thrive in Jan but your new theme may not be ready by then.

        IF I buy a thrive theme now, what are the actual steps will I have to to to move it to the new theme? Do I just make a few changes to the set up globally?

        Or do I manually have to reinstall and recode every single page of my site? How much time and effort will be involved?

  • Karen McCamy says:

    As always, these “update” videos are excellent! I’ve been loving your commenting system for some time now (both here & on ActiveGrowth). Glad to hear it’s coming soon for us! It would be awesome if we Members could get early access! (Hint! Hint!)

    +1 for Custom post type compatibility with Architect! :-)
    +1 for better support! I’ve asked for “advice” (occasionally, but not anymore) from Support (like in the way of “best practices” in what Thrive tools to use for what) and the response was like from a “bot!” It was like they didn’t even read my question, so upgrading & expanding support staff will be a welcome addition! :-)

    Everything you discussed seems like an awesome addition/upgrade!

    One thing I would like to see as availability via Architect is a few additional editing features I have in the native WP editor:
    1. the ability to indent a specific line of text (I frequently have multi-level lists)
    2. The ability to enter a real “em dash” or “en dash”
    3. More user friendliness to text-heavy websites… Just because they are text-heavy doesn’t mean we don’t need/want to have high conversions! ;-) LoL!

    I guess what I’m asking for are more advanced typographic features from within Architect…

    Now… it’s possible your new “theme designer” will address these features. If so, that’s great and I can’t wait to see what breakthroughs you and your developers have come up with!

    As I’ve said many comments before, you & your entire Thrive team have set the bar for over-delivering…everything! I mostly train people (beginning WP) but for those few clients who want me to build “starter” sites for them, I will only work on Thrive themes!

    Thanks for such a great family of products and for continuing your company transparency!

    Karen

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your comment and suggestions, Karen!

      Can you elaborate on what you mean with your third point, about text heavy sites? What’s an example of a problem that you face on a text heavy site, that we could help you solve?

  • Paul F says:

    TCB was great, but Architect is phenomenal. Great work guys.

    Feature requests:

    1) Architect – one click to exit. I might enter just to edit one word, save, then exit. That’s three clicks to save and exit. Maybe a couple buttons in the top right: Exit without saving, Save & Exit.

    2) Architect & Leads – A/B testing based on factors like time on page, scroll depth, button click, or other activity. Current optin based conversion is pretty limited, even for leads. (I have used leads just to place a banner around the website. No optin. Would be nice to track CTR on this banner/ribbon/popup.)

    Thanks!

  • Roland F says:

    I’ve been a bit frustrated with the latest growing pains. I was afraid that Thrive was going the way of most companies and that means that customer service and usefulness decline.

    This update makes me even more of a fan than ever.

    Growing pains are good, it means opportunity.

    I can’t wait to play with the theme editor and the page testing.

  • Scott B says:

    Love your work. Love the open honesty more than anything. Seriously, that one aspect alone I will champion everywhere.

    For comments, I’d love to see capability to use comments for different purposes. See SpotIM comments where some can be displayed as reviews, others as chat, and normal comments.
    Also CommentMail have a neat subscription capability – would be great if there’s a synergy between them and Thrive.
    Hope this helps.

    Scott

  • Moe Arora says:

    I have been considering Thrive Themes for many months now…and have gotten a few of clients on Thrive Leads etc. And was just about the pull the trigger on the membership for myself but I REALLY don’t want to build something on the existing themes now that a new framework is coming. Can you tell me at least the month you think it’s going to be released so that I can decide whether I should wait or just continue building on my existing theme?

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Sorry, but we cannot provide an ETA yet. We’re simply not at that stage of development and I’m not going to make a guess that’s as likely to be wrong as right.

      • Moe Arora says:

        Sure, that makes sense. Can you “estimate” the quarter? Q4 2017 / Q1 2018 / Q2 2018 or later?? It would really help me make some decisions. Thanks!

      • Moe Arora says:

        Shane, could you give an estimate of the quarter the new framework might come out in? Q4 2017 / Q1 2018 / Q2?? Or later? Need to decide if I’m going to redesign my site using the current theme or wait…

      • Shane Melaugh says:

        It’s too early for an ETA and I can’t give you a meaningful estimate yet, either. Sorry.

  • Pavel B says:

    Great, Shane! As usual )) I love your comment system!

  • Tobias Ain says:

    For what is that good for?

  • Londya E says:

    Testing the comments. This is pretty cool.

  • Londya E says:

    I also wanted to suggest global sections for thrive architect to speed up the design process. And the ability to edit the header and footer design…and also (because I don’t know another way to explain it) allow us to create our own custom designed general and individual blog pages. It’s also cool how it’s built in with Elementor, you can hide the date, author, etc. The ability to create your own theme and export and sell it would be cool too.

  • David H says:

    You guys are putting out some great stuff. The only support that I’ve needed felt like I got my answers fairly quick. I’m helping a friend to put together a training site and will be looking at the new features for thrive apprentice. I’m still new and not sure that starting from a blank slate for the theme is best. Will there still be an option to pick from styles or theme templates? I like the ability to work from a basic format and add my info or tweeks to what I’m wanting

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello David,

      Yes, we will provide templates with the themes. The principle will be the same as it is for our landing pages: you can pick and modify templates and you can also choose to build something from scratch.

  • Jose tacen says:

    How can I implement all my alive reviews google /yelp/angel list YP/ Super page

  • Curtis Johnston says:

    When your new theme launches, I hope it includes default theme templates with it for people like me who are not artistically talented enough to design their own themes from scratch. But I still want to be able to make small edits like I would in Architect. That would be great.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Yes, we will provide templates for it, of course. The idea is that most users will pick a template and maybe make some minor changes to it. And power users can customize everything or build it from scratch.

  • Dave Stelma says:

    I can’t wait to see the new comment feature.

  • Mark J says:

    Great stuff Shane. I LOVE Thrive Themes. I converted recently from Genesis, Leadpages, and Optimize Press. Since I’m building my online courses now, I’d love to see the Apprentice updates come out as soon as possible. Thank you for creating great products.

  • Larry Rampulla says:

    Good stuff, building a great future and I’m glad to be part of it. Rolling out a new product is not easy and hiccups are understandable. That you acknowledge them is a credit to Thrive Architect and your team members. Keep up the good work.

  • David J says:

    Great Stuff… Love Architect! And keep the Awesomeness Flowing! :)

  • Jay says:

    Thanks for the update Shane. I feel loved as part of the Thrive family . . . you all take good care of us! Is there any way to access the nice background patterns that used to be available in TCB? I think there’s only like four options now in TA. I built some sections on one of my pages with those patterns and if I convert the element I will loose the look.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hi Jay,

      Thank you for your comment!

      You can access the patterns on Subtle Patterns and on Transparent Textures.

      In TCB, we had added some of these directly in the plugin, but it increased the file size of the plugin quite considerably. I would love to make these patterns available through an API, but haven’t found a solution for this yet.

  • Graeme C says:

    Hi Shane,
    Seems like eons ago that we spoke to you about the Thrive direction in one of your customer focussed phone calls.
    And, you’re delivering pretty much all we discussed or desired heading towards that ultimate model of zero extra plugins – congratulations on sticking it out through the tough times as well while never compromising on quality delivery.
    Many of your loyal customers, including us, really appreciate those distinguishing qualities you, Paul and the Thrive brand have.

    Questions:
    1. Really excited that you are now committed to delivering a total membership plugin – yay!!
    But when you do release the update to apprentice it would be awesome if you could include in the tutorials the basic member plugin steps to the most popular ones, for us its Membermouse.

    2. Any chance we can get live event booking landing page template?
    Like the webinar booking pages it would be best integrated with event booking apps – we use Acuity for example.
    Other theme design considerations would be different venues, speaker panel, payment options etc

    3. Looking forward to the contact form style, one suspects payment integration would be not included?

    Overall we are super impressed with Thrive and always willing to wait just a few more months to get the extra touch of awesomeness that eventually arrives for us to continue building better looking websites.

    cheers
    Graeme

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Graeme,

      It’s been a long time indeed. :)

      We will be adding tutorials for the Thrive Apprentice memebrship integrations, of course.

      Live event booking page: we have no plans for that yet, but I like the idea. We’ll look into it.

      We’re going to create a very simple contact form for, you know, contacting. :) No payment integrations planned.

  • Patrick M says:

    First, I’m glad that you are treating us like adults and not hiding your support problems. If anything, this continues to increase my confidence in Thrive Themes. Thank you.

    Also, I’m delighted that Thrive Apprentice now has the modular feature. This now opens up so many more possibilities for me.

    Best wishes to you all.

  • Jorge Gonzalez del Arco says:

    Hey Shane!

    Thanks for sharing with us the near future of Thrive Themes!

    As many other people, I will love to have a “real” membership plugin from Thrive Themes, not only something like Thrive Apprentice.

    It’s great to hear that your membership plugin is planned for 2018 roadmap.

    Some ideas and suggestions for your membership plugin:

    1. Integration with Active Campaign tags in order to block content: similar features like ActiveMember360 or Memberium for Active Campaign.

    2. Integration with Active Campaign in order to do a smooth and automatic “on-board” process since one person buys the membership until he gets the email with the username and password.

    3. Integration with Thrive Cart, a checkout software widely spread among marketers worldwide.

    Thanks a lot and keep it up guys!

  • George Megas says:

    Awesome! We understand the issue with support times and this is a good sign,keep up the good work! Also i want to tell you that the a/b testing for the landing pages is so important!! Well done again guys!

  • renate says:

    I miss global editing of templates in Thrive Arcitect. I use AcessAlly for my courses, and becouse I could’nt find a way to edit the template globaly I hade to deactivate Thrive Arcitect and use Divi themes insted. Would love to use Thrive Arcitect insted of Divi. Any help in understanding how I can edit templates globaly in Arcitect would be a halleluja!

    I also got a problem with the textlinks when entered within “WordPress content” in Arcitect. The link colour was all wrong, impossible to change. Also the hover colour in textlinks was missing.

    In my course I use a videoplayer with playlists for the videos in one module. I feel it to be a lot more userfriendly then having one video in different pages within one module. In Divi they got a video slider that shows the playlist inside Divi. Would love to see that inside Thrive Arcitect.

    And my big why for using AcessAlly insted of Thrive Apprentice is the problem of integrating WishlistMember with Apprentice. When people buy courses they need painfree access, and I got so many errors in my testing that I couldent use Apprentice.

    I love Thrive Arcitect, and hope I can migrate my courses back someday.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Renate,

      Thank you for your comment! Template editing is one of the major things we’re working on in the new theme. Currently, we don’t have this functionality yet.

      Regarding the text link problem: please let us know about this in the support forum, so our team can help you out.

      For Thrive Apprentice, a WishList member integration is in development. :)

  • Christopher B says:

    Hello Shane, Great update news, particularly Thrive Apprentice upcoming chapter and sub lesson feature. What would be good is a way to create a library for example an image with button needs to be duplicated to multiple pages. Rather than having to create the same image and button each time it would great to just select from a library of user created assets. This might already be possible but I haven’t discovered this yet. Thank you.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hi Christopher,

      I agree with your point about the “library” feature. We’re working on such a thing already. Also, if you update Thrive Architect to the latest version and save a button as a template, it will become available directly from the button options. :)

  • Ben says:

    Thanks for the update Shane. I appreciate the transparency in regards to support issues. The theme builder/architect sounds great, I can’t wait to see it.

  • Demetris K says:

    Shane,
    will there be a membership protection to the Apprentice Courses?
    Like you do in your Thrive University, we don’t want every visitor to have access to our courses.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Demetris,

      We have created integrations for various membership plugins, in Thrive Apprentice.

      • Melodye Y says:

        I’m very excited about the course plugin, Apprentice. I have waited on purchasing one for fear that it would not work well with Thrive.

        I currently use WP eMember as my membership plugin and would love to have an integration for that.

  • Christina G says:

    Thanks for explaining your process — I appreciate that you build a new theme from the ground up! I might use Comments in very limited places, but holding my breath for A/B testing on landing pages! xoxoxo

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your comment, Christina! We’re really excited for the new A/B testing we’re creating as well. :)

  • Terry says:

    I love your transparency, Shane! :)

  • Mahmoud E says:

    Yes for the splits finally! Really want a sneak peak for the new theme as we are starting to develop a new site and could use a new theme.

    Quick few questions if possible , will the new theme have customised color picker across the board and video background?

    Will it have portfolio / projects templates with filters suitable to show off different type of projects done?

    Is there any plans to launch knowledge base plugin like the one you are using in thrive, if not, do You have third party recommendation?

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your comment, Mahmoud.

      Video background: yes.

      Color picker: yes.

      Portfolio/projects: not in the release version.

      KB plugin: we have no plans to release that. WordPress is very poorly suited for a knowledge base, because a KB lives and dies by search and making search in WP not suck is very, very expensive.

  • Joanna Łukaszewicz-Bernady says:

    I am looking forward for a new theme to have all the best options, maybe Apprentice included and mostly to be ready very soon.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      It’s not going to be “very soon”, no. But we’re working to get it released as quickly as we can, without compromising the quality.

  • Steve H says:

    Hi Shane.

    Great news about the changes in the pipeline. I’m really interested in the point you make about new templates. Many of us build websites for small business and it would be great to see some new templates for other types of business. These templates save a lot of development time when you’re building for a new client.

  • Chris Johnson says:

    I’d love a list of elements somewhere in some tab that we could delete granularly.

  • jared says:

    Outstanding!
    Great to hear about all the new features coming. Really looking forward to your new theme. The concept is intriguing.

  • Petra says:

    I am looking forward to having A/B testing for landing pages. Thank you for your hard work!

  • Stephen Prior says:

    Loving all of it!

    –> I think the AB LP testing would be awesome! It would be more awesome if it could track conversions based on what page they land next (ie. if they go from sales page to order form… which unfortunately you guys don’t have yet). Maybe a tracking script or something.

    What kind of analytics do you guys plan on incorporating with it?

    Any chance there will ever ever see Qualitative data tools (ie. Heatmaps, Visitor recordings) from TT?

    –> Have you guys considered doing order forms? I think you guys could crush Clickfunnels and Leadpages if you had them and they integrated with CRMs.

    Although… There already is a ThriveCart (unrelated) lol.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thanks for your input, Stephen.

      Yes, the A/B testing feature will support tracking a specific page visit as a conversion.

      Qualitative data: we don’t have any plans for that. I think there are great tools out there (e.g. HotJar) and unless we can see a way to create something really significantly better, we won’t pursue this.

      Also I think heatmaps are overrated, but that’s a different story. :D

      Order forms: that’s definitely coming, yes.

  • Joerg says:

    Thanks for this update. I would love if you would add multilingual usability for the new comment— plugin. As a German user it is a bit annoying, my users/visitors are still asked in English to add their comment on my posts…

  • Harvey says:

    Thanks for the update. Communication is often the most overlooked but easiest to implement functionality for a business.

  • David M says:

    Hi everyone – here’s what would help me (and all users): a in-built way to fill out schema-based structured data. I think I saw a comment about custom post types. This request is similar – except for optimizing content in an SEO-friendly way, and producing social media content as lead paragraphs, summaries, and custom image options for facebook, twitter, linkedin, youtube etc.

    This could be a plugin or a theme option.
    Here’s why: having a thrive-manufactured system for producing this type of content ensures:
    -compatibility
    -legendary Thrive ‘lean’, fast code
    -correct, compliant implementation of schema.org microdata tags
    -optimization control of content blocks

    …and so much more.

    Please consider adding this feature in the near future – it’s also incredibly helpful for affiliate marketing. Think rich snippets which include 5 star product reviews – viewable from the SERPs.

    Thank you Thrive team for excellent productivity tools.

    d

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your input, David!

      This has been on our radar for a while. I agree that such a feature set could be very valuable. We just have to figure out where it fits in our products and in our list of priorities.

  • cf says:

    I didn’t know how to make a feature request. I just wanted to know if Thrive has any plans to make Thrive Architect become drag and drop with their elements. Right now you can drag and drop elements in Thrive Architect. What I’m saying is being able to move elements freely around your page without going to “Layout and position”. Just move elements around freely with your mouse and drag and drop the elements anywhere you want on your site for a real unrestricted site building experience. Thanks.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello,

      Thrive Architect is a responsive “block” editor and not a “free” drag and drop editor. This is for some very good reasons and we’re going to release a post that explains this in more detail.

      In short, the main reasons are that this type of block editing is a cleaner, faster and more browser and user friendly way of creating websites.

  • Jonah J says:

    Hope this new theme has a few ‘baked in features’, such as:-

    Child Theme Creator
    Coming Soon Page
    Maintenance Mode
    Demo content

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your suggestions, Jonah. In the launch version, we won’t have all of that yet. We want to launch as soon as possible, so the theme will initially be quite lean. But we will keep developing it over time.

  • Looking forward to when comments are released for my membership I have with Thrive Themes. I love the products I have the only membership to have in my opinion.

  • Arthur D says:

    love the new comment plugin and can’t wait to use it on my sites. Hope the release is very soon :)

  • Hamim says:

    waiting to access this new comment plugin.

  • Mark Harris says:

    Hi Shane and team!

    Thanks for this update. I really appreciate these. Keep them coming.

    When I see all the feature requests and your responses I feel in awe for the direction Thrive Themes is heading in. Thrive Architect is functioning better and better over time so kudos for that.

    Many things that I desire are allready in progress. Happy we decided to go with the green team ;)

    A few more requests:

    1: Post grids in the Architect
    -> I would love to have an option where you can enable a ‘Load more posts’ button. When somebody clicks and/or scrolls down, more blog posts appear. This would really help me and I think many more.

    2: Collapse all for the Architect
    -> When busy editing elements, sometimes all options are opened in the Thrive Architect. It would be wonderful to have a button or shortkey to collapse all options at once.

    3: Editing Thrive Architect Modules / Elements on side wide scale
    -> It would be really amazeballs if we get a way to edit the elements / modules like: Button / Content Box / Collums / Background Section on a side wide scale. So that when I set a certain default padding (eg 25px) for a content box, it applies to all content boxes I then add for that website.

    I can even imagine having a few profiles that you can select in the Architect. So for example: a landing page profile and a blog page profile.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your comment and your suggestions, Mark!

      1) Post grid “load more”: sounds like a good idea. This something we’ll definitely add at some point. We will be improving the post grid in general, in the near future.

      2) I believe this is ready for our next release. Ctrl + click on an options panel will collapse all except the one you clicked.

      3) This is an important part of the “style guides” update we are working on. It will take a while for all this to come together, but it will make Thrive Architect a true powerhouse for website editing.

  • Joseph L says:

    I would love to see either custom fields in Thrive Leads or better integration with Gravity Forms

  • Jeff says:

    looking forward to thrive comments!

  • Lars says:

    Great stuff Shane!
    Regarding the new theme, I switched back to a non-thrive theme due to speed issues. The Thrive theme loaded my pages in 3-4 secs, and my new theme loads in <1 sec. This is where you want to be.
    Furthermore, I found that on tablets the content width was too small. Those were the reasons of switching.
    Hope you will make it lighting fast and above-the-fold optimized, and you'll win me back!

  • Adrien L says:

    Shane,

    I clicked the link in your email because I was waiting a feature for a long time.

    And I felt that given Architect’s maturity, I *should* contribute by asking you to add….A/B testing

    So glad for you (and your great company) that you announced it!

    I’ve worked with a few A/B testing solutions as a consultant, and I fell in love with Thrive Leads and the editor for a while. But I just wanted to have Thrive Leads A/B testing capabilities…everywhere else! I’m convinced that a built-in WordPress A/B testing tool will work awesomely and is a huge step for your company.

    No display glitch due to an asynchronous script, built-in reports, a feeling that the data is SO reliable because there’s no 3rd party script messing the design or functionality etc VWO and Optimizely, AB tasty and the likes will have a serious competitor!

    I just can’t wait it’s out :)

    Good luck,

    -Adrien

  • Olivia says:

    Thanks for being open about the issues ya’ll are facing. I’m certain you’ll get it worked out. I’ve been on the end of needing help and dealing with delays in response. It was a bit frustrating butThrive Themes will continue to be an essential for me.

    I’m waiting until the coast is clear before I give my tribe the thumbs up to jump on board. Unfortunately, I was having issues while on the phone with them and they continued to persist while we worked on projects together. I’m sure you can imagine that didn’t bode too well for me or…. well… Thrive. Ha ha. Sorry. There’s not really a nice way to say that but I am confident the issues will be fixed soon.

    Have a great day!

  • Superblogueur says:

    THEME REQUEST PLEASE: THEME FOR COMPLETE AFFILIATE REVIEW SITES

    Hi, I’m a fan of your work! You, at Thrive themes, will you soon launch a plugin or better a special theme to build review sites?
    It is to make complete awesome Amazon affiliate review sites for example.
    With all the genius you have at thrive themes, I think you could actually create a complete product review theme or a full-featured plugin specially for affiliate marketing.
    It would be really great. And you would add all your current know-how: beautiful design, analytics, speed, live editor, and all the dynamic content that this kind of theme would require: star ratings, automatic rankings of products reviewed, interactivity of the theme, in short, all the magic you alone at thrive themes you have the gift to insert into your products.
    I think of thrive Quizz for example, great product!
    It would be a dream come true if thrive themes created a complete product review theme or a plugin, but a complete theme to make a complete site would be the best I think. Wow! Just thinking about it, it should be wonderful.

    In short, you will understand, please create a complete theme for product reviews please. With all the magic that you know how to do it at thrive themes embedded in it. THANK YOU!

    With all the review sites that people build out there, there is really a big market for that theme idea, for sure. Don’t you agree? I would buy it from you anyday. ;)

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your comment! We don’t currently have a plan to create such a theme. But: we do want to build out feature sets for the theme that will allow for many different use cases and I can definitely see us creating a “made for affiliate review sites” template at some point in the future.

      • Reto B says:

        Hi Shane, Thank you for the update. I’m running a blog with travel advice for Ireland in German. To expand the site and to create a product I plan to implement a community with buddy press. I was looking for a new theme those days around Cybermonday.. The only theme I found is Boss 2.0

        I pretend to buy it, because I’m a customer of Thrive Themes and I’m looking forward for the things you have in the Pipline.

        My question: Is it planned to have proper integration for BuddyPress in your new theme? I will need also a membership plugin to connect it (glad to hear you’re working on it) and maybe apprentice to provide a “How-to” for the Community.

        Looking forward to all the new products you’ll provide!

      • Shane Melaugh says:

        Hello Reto,

        We will not have an integration with BuddyPress in our theme and we don’t have plans for such an integration on the development roadmap, either.

  • Richard L says:

    Haven’t heard anything about the new theme in a while and I was wondering how it was going and approximate date for release.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hi Richard,

      Sorry, we don’t have an ETA for the theme yet, but we’re working hard on getting it ready for some beta testing.

      • Oliver o says:

        how can we know when its in beta testing and apply for it? let me know where to sign up or whatever. thanks!

  • alison E says:

    I am just sitting here and waiting for the new theme.
    I hope it can be more flexible than the older.
    Will it come soon?

  • Henrik G says:

    We are getting close to the end of November.. I am checking your website many times a day to see if Apprentice / Comments are released…

    Are you still on schedule with these two products? Can’t wait for them to be released…

  • Christina H says:

    Will Thrive Comments integrate with Thrive Apprentice? It doesn’t seem like it does right now.

  • Jonah J says:

    I would like to see Thrive leading the way with some true ‘out of the box’ ready-made WordPress themes that already incorporate the functionality and use of their current Thrive plugins.

    This would certainly help in the rapid implementation aspect of your ethos and also help showcase exactly how and where your products are best used in real context.

    Starting from scratch and using a Thrive theme as a base line, use a series of step by step tutorials to show how and where to position your plugins for optimal use.

    I appreciate that there are lots of variables and different markets and you can’t please everyone but from a personal perspective the pet/animal industry is huge so I’d love to have access to a suite of ready-made Theme Templates and tutorials that appeal and speak directly to pet owners, pet stores, pet groomers, dog walkers, pet sitters and animal rescue organisations.

    Really hoping that the new Thrive theme has already dealt with these in some way.

    Can you give anything further away on what you are building or give us any indication on a release date?

  • Jonathan L says:

    Please make a suite of e-commerce plugins so I don’t need to buy WooCommerce. I know that’s asking a lot, but you guys make quality plugins and having a ThriveTheme shopping cart, members area, subscriptions, affiliates, etc. plugins would be so awesome.

    Oh, and a forum plugin too. Thanks.

  • Nancy M says:

    Hi Shane and Team! Congrats on your continued success! I’m very happy for you! If I already own Thrive Architect, is the pricing to move up to Thrive Membership discounted? I am currently looking for a solution to create an in-line “feature box” to promote my lead magnets and realized you might also be an option I should consider.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you, Nancy!

      For creating such a feature box, Thrive Leads would be the perfect tool.

      There is a discount available for existing members, yes. You can log into your dashboard and scroll down to see a link for your customer discount.

  • Please Please Please Make Your New Theme RTL Compatible

  • Renee G says:

    Hi, I am just curious if there is an update on the new theme?

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