Usually, every three weeks, we surprise you with brand new features we've added to Thrive Suite— features that will help you build a better website and a better business.
On that front, this article is no different: I'll be sharing the 3 new features we just released last week.
But that isn't all...
Behind the scenes, we've been working on some really, really big things, coming soon.
And in today's article, I'm going to announce not one— but two huge projects that are right around the corner.
You're not going to want to miss this.
Announcing Kwik — a new companion theme for Thrive Theme Builder (coming Nov 17th)
Do yourself a favor and watch this video right now!
What is Kwik Theme?
Our fastest loading, most lightweight WordPress theme to date — specifically optimized for Google's Core Web Vitals SERP algorithm update — designed to maximize your site's Page Speed Insight scores.
On top of that, Kwik Theme looks super dope too!
Instead of relying on slow loading images and exotic typographies, Kwik Theme leverages bold colors, nimble icons and fast loading system fonts within its designs.
Kwik Theme is light on trimmings, heavy on performance and chocked-full with rapid customization fun!
This clear & confident companion theme for Thrive Theme Builder — included with Thrive Suite — is perfect for getting your hard-hitting, high-converting content loaded fast.
Kwik Theme will be available inside Thrive Theme Builder on November 17th, 2021.
What are Thrive Theme Builder companion themes?
In 2020, we released Thrive Theme Builder, a truly revolutionary theme builder for WordPress, that allows drag-and-drop visual editing of WordPress theme templates.
In exactly one week from today, on November 17th, we will be releasing Kwik— our 3rd official companion theme, this time with an emphasis on speed.
This is extra exciting because our design team are building Kwik without any assistance from our developers.
While our developers are fervently working on new tech (to be revealed at the end of this article), our design team built Kwik without needing any extra code written. That's the power of Theme Builder tech!
Let's correct any misunderstandings about Kwik in advance—
To use Kwik, Thrive Theme Builder must be installed as your WordPress theme. It is the software engine that allows you to manipulate your WordPress theme templates in ways that were never possible before.
Our companion themes, such as Kwik, consist of pre-built template sets including:
...all using the same visual aesthetic and design language across the companion theme, and all set to inherit your brand color and typography of choice defined in Thrive Theme Builder.
If you use Thrive Theme Builder, you can change the visual look of your website from Shapeshift to Ommi to Kwik, without changing the theme engine itself... and you can endlessly customize your website until you're 100% happy with ever pixel.
Kwik means you have a new, fast, starting point. Stay tuned for more details on the 17th November!
Now, on to the features that we released last week...
1. Hide Checkout Fields in WooCommerce
WooCommerce is a very popular eCommerce solution for WordPress, for one main reason: it's free.
But, spoiler alert— as soon as you want to add any customizations to your eCommerce store, you'll find a slew of plugins begging for your credit card just to make minor edits, and the combination can quickly add up.
Fortunately, Thrive Theme Builder already allows you to customize your WooCommerce product template, shop page, cart, mini-cart, ecommerce headers, checkout page and more.
And with our integration with Thrive Apprentice, we've made it incredibly easy to sell your online courses with the simplest, free version of WooCommerce.
But for simple online course creators, we noticed something annoying...
There's too many checkout fields!
See, WooCommerce was originally created to support physical product sales. That means including billing addresses and postal address fields, order notes, and even a company name field— all enabled by default.
If you're only using WooCommerce to sell digital products, all of those extra fields are not only unnecessary... they'll reduce your conversion rate!
The more steps a customer has to complete, the greater the drop-off rate.
So in our latest update to Thrive Theme Builder, we've given you the simple option to disable unnecessary checkout fields, and to re-order those fields that you do want.
Simply edit your Checkout page in Thrive Theme Builder, and click the new 'display options' dropdown from the checkout element.
What will show is a list of all checkout fields.
Click the eye icon next to any fields you don't want, or drag to reorder those that you do. (First name and Last name fields must remain at the top— a rule enforced by WooCommerce themselves.)
For my example, I made the following changes.
And for a simple digital product, this makes sense!
All I need to know is who you are (name), what your email address is, and I've decided to leave the country and state fields enabled for tax calculation.
The end result?
How much more inviting does this checkout look for someone buying my online course? (Ignore the lack of credit card fields, this is a test checkout.)
The option to hide fields is set site-wide, so if you wish to sell physical products, make sure you re-enable your shipping fields!
2. Disable Gutenberg and WooCommerce Assets on Pages They Are Not Used
We told you, many months ago, that we were going to focus on website speed and optimization... to make it even easier for you to have a lean, fast website built with Thrive tools.
And since then, we have delivered.
The effect of these features has been huge. We've seen website speed scores jump at the click of a button.
Now, in our latest release, we've taken it one step further...
We've stepped outside of just optimizing the assets that Thrive creates and we've given you an option to optimize assets made by Gutenberg and WooCommerce.
(For reference: an 'asset' is a small file containing required code that must be loaded by your visitors before a webpage will correctly display.)
The issue we noticed is that by default, Gutenberg and WooCommerce assets load on every single page on your website, including any pages that don't need them!
That's terribly inefficient and will slow down your page load times.
So we decided to do something about it.
How to optimize WooCommerce and Gutenberg assets:
Start by heading to the Thrive Dashboard on your WordPress website, and find the Project Lightspeed card.
Inside Project Lightspeed is where you'll find all of our speed optimization options and settings.
You'll now find a new tab on the left hand side, 'Advanced Settings'.
Inside of Advanced Settings, you'll see some checkboxes where you can configure your asset preferences for Gutenberg and WooCommerce.
Go ahead an enabled these checkboxes, and click save.
When you save, it will run a saving process that could take a few minutes.
Here, it's searching through the content of your website and determining which pages do not require those assets to load. When it finds them, it will resave those pages with the assets disabled.
For any pages where we can see that WooCommerce or Gutenberg is being used, the assets will remain.
We have tested this thoroughly and extensively and are confident with how our technology works. However we don't know what myriad of potentially poorly-coded plugins you may have installed, so we recommend you check your website after enabling these checkboxes.
If, for any reason, something doesn't look right— you can uncheck the boxes and easily revert to loading all assets all of the time.
Once you enable these checkboxes and save, you can leave them enabled permanently and do not need to return to this screen. Continue creating new content on your website and the same asset analysis will run anytime you save a new page.
From here on out, your visitors won't be loading unnecessary assets on the pages where Gutenberg or WooCommerce is not being used.
3. Designer-made Notification Toast Templates
Notifications are the small boxes that appear over the top of your webpages to inform your visitors of the success (or not!) of their website actions.
Primarily, you'll see them when you successfully login, submit a lead generation form, or mark a lesson in Thrive Apprentice as complete, and they look like this:
Most commonly, you'll see the green success notification. But there are warning and error states of the notification too.
The text that displays in a notification is fed through from the notification source, meaning that it will change depending on the language settings of your website, and the action that has been completed.
We gave you the ability to edit their appearance.
But we know you probably aren't a designer... so in the latest release, we published 16 pre-made notification templates for you to choose from.
How to apply a pre-made Notification template:
Visit Thrive Dashboard > Global Elements > Notification Toasts.
Here, you'll have the option to change from the hardcoded default that we've always had, to a custom template.
Enable and click 'edit' on the custom templates.
You'll see a familiar editing view, but with a new addition. In the top left, you'll find a button for the template picker.
You'll see a lightbox with a selection of different template designs to choose from.
Go ahead and pick the one that most suits your brand.
Don't forget, if you click 'Edit Design', you can make as many style changes as you want to your template.
And the edit mode bar has a switcher to allow you to edit the Success, Error or Warning states. Simply click the label indicated in the image below.
Under The Hood Fixes
In last week's release, we also published a few behind-the-scenes improvements:
One More Thing... Coming Soon
At the start of this article, I mentioned we'd have two teasers about what's around the corner.
The first was Kwik, only one week away.
It's a little further out, but we're proud to announce that we are fiercely working on a game-changing update to one of our leading plugins.
The name should say it all:
Thrive Apprentice 4.0 – redefining what an online course platform should be.