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After the webinar, there was also a Q&A session, which ran on for more than an hour. To save time in the replay video, I’ve transcribed the most important questions and answers here:

Are the themes/short codes/phone numbers/etc. mobile responsive?

Yes, everything in Thrive Themes is 100% mobile responsive, meaning that it will automatically change size and layout to match whatever screen size it is being viewed on.

This is true for our themes, for all Content Builder elements and for any element, short code or widget created by Thrive Themes. In fact, I’d go as far as saying that not only are our themes fully responsive, our responsive grid is also the best of any theme. We haven’t just re-used some simple responsive grid, we’ve put a lot of work into building a custom one, which is better at preserving a good layout at any size, than any other grid I’ve ever seen in a theme.

Specifically concerning the phone numbers (see this knowledge base entry for more info): the phone number element automatically turns into a tap-to-call button on smaller devices.

How can I create a menu item that links to an external page?

Go to “Appearance” -> “Menus” in your WP admin dashboard. You’ll see that there is a “Links” section:

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Enter the link to the external page in the URL field (this can be any custom link) and give the item a menu label in the “Link Text” field. Then click on “Add to Menu” and save the menu with the new item.

Can I display and manage ads in Thrive Themes?

As of this recording, not yet. However, two important points about this:

  1. Our upcoming theme “Performag” will be a magazine type theme with a built-in ad manager.
  2. If you want to manage ads on one of our other themes you can use a plugin such as AdRotate.

Can I use the opt-in features without having to use an autoreponder service?

Yes, you can. If you just want to store leads in your WordPress database and process them manually, you can use a free plugin called MailPoet.

Is it possible to add something like the tabbed widget in the content area?

Yes, you can use a tabs short code to do this:

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Here’s an example of what tabs with content can look like, from one of our demo sites.

Do Thrive Themes work with XYZ plugin?

We had a few questions about the compatibility between Thrive Themes and various plugins. As a general answer, I can state this: Thrive Themes are built according to the WordPress codex. In other words, they’re built the way WordPress software is supposed to be built and as a result any plugin that is also built according to these standards will be compatible.

Keep in mind, though, that WordPress is open source, so there’s no enforcement of these standards by anyone. There are many, many plugins that are not built according to the guidelines and that can cause all sorts of conflicts. We can’t prevent that from happening. But any well-coded and professionally built plugin will work seamlessly with Thrive Themes.

Do any of the Thrive Themes have parallax capability?

Short answer: no.

Longer answer: we have something very similar to parallax. Check out this demo of the static image page section effect. What happens with the static image page section is that the content scrolls while the background remains fixed.

A parallax effect is (typically) almost the same thing, except that the background scrolls at a different speed from the foreground. I.e. the background scrolls very slowly while the foreground scrolls at full speed. While the visual difference between real parallax and a static background is subtle, the difference in the amount of data you need to load is massive. A parallax effect requires relatively heavy scripting, which will slow down your page loading speeds. Especially on mobile devices, this tends to become very noticeable.

Since parallax is only a visual effect and doesn’t serve a (conversion) purpose, we have not added this feature to our themes.

What theme do you recommend for a local business/selling products/blogging/directories?

We had several questions like this. As of this recording, we only have two types of themes: multi-purpose and blogging (the only blogging theme being Voice).

Even Voice is a highly capable multi-purpose theme, it’s just the design that makes it somewhat more suitable for a blogging or podcast style website. The multi-purpose themes can really be made to fit any kind of website, it just depends on how you set them up and which features you make use of.

Going forward, there will be more and more specialized themes released by us. There will be themes made specifically for magazine and news sites, themes made specifically for local businesses and so on. Until we release these specialized themes, any multi-purpose theme is equally capable of getting the job done.

How can I protect my site from malware, hackers and other risks?

Here are the most important points to protect your site:

  1. Keep your computers and laptops free from viruses and malware and scan them regularly (malware can otherwise infect your sites, for example when you connect by FTP).
  2. Always use safe, strong passwords.
  3. Always keep backups. Make sure you have 2 layers of security when it comes to backups, e.g. daily server backups + database backups.
  4. Use the BureProtect plugin and/or CloudFlare to add another layer of security against bots.

What happens if I ever want to switch to a new theme?

We’re making sure that the themes are all cross-compatible with each other. In practice this means: if you switch from one Thrive Theme to another one, nothing will “break”. All your pages and content will still work and look good.

Of course, you should still check the entire site, since a design change might mean that you need to tweak some aspects of the layout to make it look nice and polished again. But functionally, everything will work after a theme switch.

Of course, we can’t ensure this kind of compatibility between our themes and non-Thrive themes. I you switch to a non-Thrive theme, things like the Thrive short codes and other Thrive specific features will no longer work and it will take a bit more cleanup work to get everything back in order.

What is your goal with Thrive Themes?

Our goal is to provide, by far, the best WordPress themes for people who care about conversions.

Thrive Themes will never have the greatest amounts of fancy effects and latest gimmicks to show off. We will never be chasing after every latest design fad that comes around, like many theme developers do. We will, however, continue to create the best themes for people who build websites to make money, by creating conversion optimized designs and focusing on the usefulness and functionality of our themes.

In time, I hope that Thrive will become known as the leading brand for highest-end, luxury class themes for anyone who wants to build a website that converts.

Can I create a page with an image gallery?

Yes. There are currently two options to create nice image galleries in our themes. The first is to use the WordPress gallery feature. Check out this post to see how to use it and what we’ve done to make this feature totally awesome.

The second option is to create gallery posts in the themes that support post formats. You can learn more about this here.

If I customize my theme and then update to a new version of the theme, will that cause problems?

Not as long as you use our built-in customization options. You can use the theme options, the theme customizer an the custom CSS feature to make various changes to your theme that will not be affected by a theme update. This is what I recommend for most cases.

If you’re a developer and you want to make heavy modifications to a theme, I recommend you create a child theme and make the changes there.

Which theme did you use for the demo site in the webinar?

That’s the FocusBlog theme, which was our first theme.

Can I move my Weebly site to WordPress + Thrive Themes?

Personally, I don’t have any experience with Weebly, but there’s a great tutorial about moving from Weebly to WordPress, here: How to Properly Move from Weebly to WordPress.

  • Libby says:

    Great Webinar Shane! I watched part of it but am anxious to watch from beginning to end again. Question, my current site is built on Catalyst Dynamik theme, which for me as a newbie to WordPress is very complicated. I hired my site build originally and was wondering if could recommend which of the Thrive themes would be best suited for my business if I were to move it? Also can you recommend resources that could help with site transition that know Thrive themes? I’d love to have my site where I could more easily manage it and feel comfortable with maintainenace of it. Thanks!!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Libby,

      Thanks for the comment! I’m not sure if a Thrive theme will solve your problem. As you can see in the video, we rely a lot on core WordPress functionality, so this might not be easier to use than the theme you currently have (although I don’t know for sure, since I haven’t used your theme).

      Looking at your website, I can tell you that it would take heavy customization to make something like that happen with one of our themes, just because your site looks very different from any of our templates. In other aspects (e.g. speed), I’m sure our themes could be an advantage, but I don’t know if ease of use is one of them. Of course, we do try to make the themes easy to use, but refer to the part in the video about using core WordPress features to see why our hands are somewhat tied in this regard.

    • Michael O says:

      Hi,
      I have just looked at your site out of interest.
      I think it looks great for the business you are in.
      I’m curious as to why you would want to change it.

  • Chik says:

    Hi Shane – great webinar so far. Still watching. I think you are past the plugin section so have a couple of questions.

    Does it hurt to have plugins installed but not activated?

    Do you like WP Super Cache for speed?

    What do you recommend for automated social syndication once a post is published?

    Thank you, Chik

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hi Chik,

      1) Good question. I honestly don’t know. My guess would be that a deactivated plugin doesn’t make a difference, but I’m not 100% sure.

      2) No. In fact, I’ve had some issues with caching plugins. They definitely have their good and bad sides. I’m still trying to figure out which is the best one, so that we have something to recommend to Thrive customers.

      3) I don’t do any automated syndication. I use Hootsuite to manage all the social media stuff from one dashboard, though.

      • Bruce B says:

        Shane,
        When you come to look at caching it would be useful if you could include the caching function included in Wordfence security plugin. I’ve been really impressed by the security provided (seeing how many attempts to login are bounced off is astonishing). It claims a x50 speed improvement for its proprietary caching and if this is compatible too that would be really impressive.

      • Shane Melaugh says:

        Thanks for the tip, Bruce! This is something we’ll be looking into, yes. :)

      • Scott B says:

        Just an fyi… I too got tired of tweaking and testing different caching plugins, and after careful research the best thing to do and never have to deal with it again was to move my site to WP-ENGINE. They specifically only host WordPress sites, and have their own proprietary caching. IN FACT WP Super and others are not even allowed. They give a very valid explanation why in their FAQ, And so far after several months my site runs better, faster, smoother than evr.

  • Ken Hodges says:

    Shane – this was a great seminar. Worth my time. I wish you would do one on Content builder and perhaps more on video’s and SEO ways to rate.

    I learned alot and was reminded of some things I have done before and should be doing for sake of good practice.

    Keep up the Good Work – thanks for your investment of your life in us.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you very much, Ken! A webinar about the Content Builder is coming soon and depending on demand, we’ll cover other topics as well. One of our goals with Thrive Themes is to provide great training for our customers as well. It’s a secondary goal, since the most important thing is to provide the best possible themes and plugins. But as the processes for our development get better, it frees up my time to do things like these trainings.

  • Hi Shane, thank you so much for yesterday’s webinar and this recording. I took heaps of notes and I couldn’t believe how quickly the time flew by.

    I have lots of new ideas to implement and experiment with on my site. I know the things I learned about were always there, but I really appreciate you taking the time to demo the features because I learn so much faster when I can SEE the process rather than just read about it. I had two screens going and was checking boxes and downloading plug ins as you guided us through :)

    Thank you for your commitment and hard work with your products. You and your team are stars! I am so happy I invested in Thrive Themes and Content Builder (really looking forward to that webinar too).

    I hope you get some time to relax over the weekend.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you very much for the encouraging comment Carolyn. I’m very happy to know that you found the webinar useful. :)

  • David Delaey says:

    Hi Shane,
    Thanks for sharing so much value. Looking forward to your next webinars.
    Is Thrive Content Builder fully compatible with the Genesis framework?
    Did you consider building your themes on top of the Genesis framework? Why or why not?
    Thanks,
    David

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you, David!

      Yes, the Content Builder works with Genesis.

      Concerning your other question about is, let me ask you this: what’s so good about the Genesis framework?

      Sure, it has some advantages but for us to build on it would have come with too many drawbacks. Studiopress don’t share our vision or our goals for what the ultimate WordPress theme looks like and they don’t share our target audience either. In the end, it would have been severely limiting for us to build our themes on a platform that we don’t have full control over.

      • David Delaey says:

        Hi Shane,
        What I like about Genesis is it’s stability. For using it I prefer Dynamik Website Builder on top of Genesis and not the direct child themes for Genesis (too limiting IMO).
        I have a license for Thrive Content Builder and I’m happy to see that it has evolved quite a lot from the initial version, I love the cleanness in all its aspects.
        Although I do like what I see in the Thrive Themes demos (especially Squared), the need to take a subscription holds me back. Any chance that it will be possible in future to just buy one theme?
        I would be interested to hear a bit more in-depth your view on the pros and cons compared to Genesis. I do agree that certainly nowadays it’s important to really design for conversion and speed, to differentiate from all the clutter.

  • Kirk says:

    I was hoping this was going to be a webinar for content builder as I use that but not thrive themes.

    I already have a significant investment in other themes which my agents use too.

    I’ll be watching for a content builder webinar and hopefully some updates to the plugin too. I can’t use it yet but it looks close.

    Thanks

  • Yesid A says:

    Thanks Shane for the excellent webinar!

    Shane, since Revision Control is not longer supported (??): http://dd32.id.au/wordpress-plugins/revision-control/ would you even consider to make an offer to the author? it could be a nice addition to thrive themes arsenal. Not that you don’t have a lot of workload now… lol

    Yesid

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hmm, I didn’t realize this. I’ll have to see if there are alternatives available.

  • Shane, this was a VERY helpful webinar. Most tutorials focus on individual components of building a website. That type of tutorial is useful, but it’s difficult to get the big picture of how the website pieces are coordinated. I’ve had trouble working with other themes in the past because after I installed the theme, the initial display never looked like the images in the Themes Gallery, and it was a struggle trying to come close to matching the demo pages, which were the reason I chose the theme. So THANKS for taking the time to take us from zero-to-built and all your recommendations.

  • Phil M says:

    Excellent training as ever Shane. Thrive Themes are the best WP theme I have come across in terms of useability and it is always great to see practical ideas on how to put the tool into action.

    One question. Is there a particular Thrive Theme that lends itself to e-commerce sites?

    Thanks,

    Phil

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you very much, Phil!

      We don’t have anything optimized for e-commerce yet. We will create e-commerce themes at some point in the future, but it’s not the next thing in line yet.

  • Harvey S says:

    Shane!

    I’ve watched the webinar a few times. Great detail and help!

    Question. – How do I customize the functionality (not the appearance) of a web form? I have copied/pasted the current web form code from my older html site, but when I put into the Thrive opt-in generator, it loses the ability to choose the correct Auto responder, based on it’s drop down menu. You can see the original form at http://www.SoCalMagicAndBalloons.com (with full functionality) – Thanks!

  • Jerilynne K says:

    What a great video Shane…love your approach, simplicity and clarifications. I noticed you are using the “More” tag instead of excerpts when showing your blog page. I was taught (although don’t remember the ‘why’ of it) to create excerpts for each post. I do some blog formatting as a part time job and the client also requests both the “more” tag AND and a custom excerpt.

    Is there a reason you don’t use the excerpts?

    Looking forward to your thoughts!

    Laugh lots, Love more!
    MamaRed

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Using the more tag and creating a manual excerpt seems redundant. Unless you’re using a theme that does two different things with these two types of content (but I can’t imagine a scenario where that would make sense).

      Technical stuff aside, the way I see it it’s all about the end result. In my case, I want to have control over where exactly the post preview ends (in the index view), so I can have a cliffhanger sentence before the end and get a higher click through rate. Using the more tag for that is just easier than copying part of the content and pasting it into the manual excerpt field.

      The only reason I can see for creating manual excerpts is if you want the content in the index view to be different from the content in the single post view. Which I don’t recommend, because that will confuse readers. Also, if you did this, you would be using manual excerpts only and not in combination with the more tag.

      So I guess you’d have to ask your clients what the purpose of using both is.

  • Jerilynne K says:

    Thanks so much for the complete answer Shane…so very appreciated. If I can use the more tag and go at it from the perspective you describe, I’m good with that!

    I figure the client (who isn’t paying me for advice, at the moment anyway), has their reasons.

    As I build my new site and update my current one, I figured it best to understand your perspective and approach since I am self taught and have left a lot of stuff undone!

    My current site was set up to show the excerpt in the index few. If I’m understanding you correctly the “more” will be what shows up in the index view. Right?

    Your concept of having a blurb and invite/cliffhanger makes a bunch of sense to me!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Yes, that’s correct. In fact, I think the more tag was introduced in WordPress after the excerpts and it’s kind of an “upgrade”. The new and easier way to do the same thing.

  • Brett S says:

    Great webinar Shane. Can we please have a download link for this one, and the TCB webinar? I did see there is a download for the Land Page webinar, but not the others.

    Thanks,
    -Brett

  • Jerilynne K says:

    Hi Shane, I’m now going back and building a test site from scratch, using your video as my guide (I’ve created sites before, although this is my first time using your theme + ContentBuilder so I figured this was a way to teach myself).

    One of the things I noticed is that you indicate there is a ThriveGravatar character for that slight speed bump…I’ve loaded Ignition (don’t recall now why I chose that one!) and have v 1.4.1. I’m not seeing a ThriveAvatar/Gravatar character as an option. Is that because it isn’t there for every theme?

    Thanks for all you do!

  • Gary W says:

    A recent personal challenge was to learn how to create my own WordPress website. I was expecting this to take a long-time. After discovering Thrive Themes and purchasing your product, and after watching this Webinar completing this task doesn’t seem so overwhelming. Great product!

  • alireza S says:

    Shane how can I have linkedin botton for my profile or sharing? In my opinion Linkedin is actually going to be very serious in every business!

  • alireza S says:

    WOW! Shane you are a real innovator! It’s my honor to communicate with a great Entrepreneur like you ! This system smells genius !

  • alireza S says:

    Where can we find “Autoresponder Code” in Thrive opt in ? In this video you just paste it and generate ! I have watched it several times, believe me I don’t want to just ask ask ask.., I have already looked for the answer 2 days!

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello,

      The code comes from whichever autoresponder or email marketing service you use (e.g. MailChimp, Aweber, GetResponse, iContact, Infusionsoft and others).

      We have some tutorials about how to specifically find this code in different services. If you let us know which system you use, we can create a tutorial for you as well.

    • You get it from the autoresponder that you’re using – Aweber, GetResponse.. etc. Are you using an autoresponder?

      • alireza S says:

        Thank you!I am using free version of MailChimp means it doesn’t have any automation mode or autoresponder .
        you know why ? cause I don’t have a huge list yet to freeze the WEB by launching…. But I have just a dream
        What do you think ? Is it necessary to have one?

  • Scott B says:

    Hi Shane. Great tutorial, but I have been having a problem with each theme I’ve tried. The problem is the Thrive theme options appear in the dashboard, but are completely inactive when I try to click on them to change an option. Nothing happens! Can you help?

  • Channing L says:

    To the Thrive Themes as a whole, the staff, coders, developers, designers, etc. I just want to say THANK YOU! I have been “trying” to learn how to build a high converting website for the longest only to get tons of useless plugins and themes that work temporarily. I hope you guys keep up the great work and continue to make this theme THE ONLY THEME a “serious” internet marketer will ever need.

    And Shane thumbs up on the training buddy, I learned a lot. Now onto the next vid!

    Thanks again…

  • Lesley D says:

    Hi Shane and thanks. This is an awesome tutorial and I am planning on building at least three websites over the next week. I have an existing WP site built on Wishlist /Genesis (I think) but it is not mobile friendly, has been neglected, and I want to completely refurbish it. It was built for me by someone else, who not longer cares for it.
    I use Hostgater for hosting (have unlimited options there) and GoDaddy for Domain names (yes, I am all over the shop).
    What I need right now is to know the correct order in which to proceed, as in how do I get the theme (I am going to use Minus for the first one) and set it up.
    It might sound a bit silly – but……. I have the domain name, of course.
    Can I please have a 1, 2, 3, 4, step plan, so I can start creating my look and content, using Hostgator. I was handed my other website to just look after content, once it was set up at Hostgator.

    • Lesley D says:

      Hi Shane. Pity you weren’t able to join the webinar today, on CRO, but we got good stuff out of it anyway.
      I have sorted out my 1, 2, and 3 step plan. My DNS is now pointed at Hostgator, and the domain name is registered on their cPanel. I have all the access codes, passwords, etc.
      Now, I will check out some videos, because I need to find out how to get into WordPress (like, from where???), and then how to download the theme I want to use, and then start building my first website.
      It’s an exciting adventure for me.

      • Lesley D says:

        Following the video – I am fine – up until now! I still have to find out HOW and from where (on your website, I guess) I will install the Thrive Theme I want, into my WP installation. Back to your website – because THAT specific is NOT covered in your webinar.

      • Shane Melaugh says:

        Hello Lesley,

        If you have your domain and hosting set up, then the next step is to install WordPress. You can follow this guide or use the QuickInstall system in Hostgator. But be warned: QuickInstall adds some bloatware (unnecessary plugins) along with the WordPress installation. So you might want to go to your plugins list and delete everything except Akismet, once it’s installed.

        After that, please follow the steps here to install and activate your Thrive theme.

      • Lesley D says:

        Thanks for the tip about the bloatware. I’ll delete a couple of unwanted widgets. :-)
        I successfully installed Thrive Themes, but had to get your office to activate it. Not too sure what happened, but it’s all OK.

  • Jaya S says:

    Shane, you’re a genius! I’m nearly done converting my site to a Thrive Theme. This video helped me get a lot more done. You’re awesome at mixing up strategy with some of the nitty gritty details. Just what I needed.

  • joan a says:

    I would like to see “sticky” sidebar widget capability like Neil Patel has on his blog, Quick Sprout. A couple of plugins exist, but they don’t have good rendering on mobile. Sticky sidebar widgets eliminates the empty whitespace when scrolling down and keeps the ad in the widget in focus throughout the reading of the post.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Joan,

      We’ve been thinking of adding a feature like this for a while, but it hasn’t been a high enough priority, so far. For now, I recommend this plugin to create sticky sidebar widgets.

  • ronald says:

    Can you give some url’s of websites where the thrive theme is used? would be very helpfull.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Ronald,

      Take a look at the “Showcase” forum in the support forums for many great examples of how our members are using the themes and plugins we create.

  • Robert H says:

    I am halfway through this webinar and it is beyond helpful. I would never have got to any of this in a million years of trying without the webinar. To take the viewer from the very start with no assumption of knowledge, is just gold for me. I cannot thank you enough. I have never ever built and website before and I am just sitting with two windows open and doing exactly what I am told. It is just wonderful and a huge relief. Great stuff and thank you again to the entire Thrive team. :) :)

  • Dan says:

    Thanks Shane,

    An excellent demonstration and discussion on the main/important things that everyone should consider when setting up a new site. I learned some useful new things and reinforced several others.

    I really enjoy your presentation style for each topic… e.g. here is a topic, here are the related elements/aspects we’re going to consider in this topic, here is how you use them, here is why you should use them and here are some useful guidelines to consider in relation to what was just discussed.

    Really appreciate you sharing this knowledge!

  • Samantha O says:

    This is brilliant. Like some other people here I sat there with 2 screens open and plugged it all in as you went along. So far beyond anything else I have seen so far. Now I need to do some theme-specific training and then get on with my website. Thank you so much. And just one further question – how does a Swiss guy end up being called Shane?

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Samantha,

      Thank you very much for your comment! I’m very happy to hear that this was so useful for you. :)

      I’m half Irish, which explains my very un-Swiss name.

  • BALEO says:

    Hi thanks so much for the video!! i unfortunately already decided to use Genesis framework. invested in the developer pack etc. (now please don’t roll your eyes…LOL JK)
    I so wish i would have seen thrive during my research, would have considered it for sure. for some reason you seem to be sensitive about Genesis i am sure its a pain if you are in a way a competitors. but now that you have the Content Builder too it would be great (business wise, anyways IMHO) if you could find a way to make it work with Genesis.

    i am just a designer not a developer so i wanted a framework i can trusted after being burned with several other “themes” that are sold on places like themeforest. Lots of hours of work wasted! i was a beginner and didn’t know any better. Divi another designers fav, is not for me at all. Genesis is to me best of both worlds and i am even learning to code a bit and use hooks etc.

    So for me the Thrive Content builder sounds like a godsend and i know there are many more like me out here. I was hoping it could replace dynamic. The thought of using dynamic makes me want to just give up on webdesign all together. ( i even opted to learn a little code instead of using dynamic) so that is where i am coming from. As a designer Genesis hand in hand with Thrive Content Builder would make all my dreams possible, without the stress!! But don’t think it can be used as a child theme so i can use it with my clients too…:( I guess when i get a chance, ill have to think about just using it on my own site. just my 2 cents from my side of the website designing world. thanks again for all your great work and informative content.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Well, I have good news for you: Thrive Content Builder works with Genesis themes as well as any other WordPress theme. The Content Builder is not exclusive only to our own themes.

  • Shane awesome stuff, i own the whole package but just wondering, my current website has avada installed. It’s really a landing page that with content builder i could re-do pretty quickly. Just wondering about what you recommend for removing it all and starting again. Ie cleaning out my wp or using content builder with Avada?

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Pauline,

      That really depends. If your current theme is serving you well, you can use it in combination with TCB and it shouldn’t be an issue. If you’re having some specific issues with the theme or if it’s missing some features that you want and that our themes provide, then switching makes sense.

      What I’m trying to say is: I don’t think you need to switch just for the sake of using a Thrive product (although I don’t mind that sentiment, of course). Switch themes if the switch will bring you a specific benefit. :)

  • Bradley P says:

    It’d be great to have an audio-only version of all the tutorials. I like listening to them on the road or when working out, but the videos are huge and take a long time to transfer between devices.

  • Annika E says:

    Thank you for this excellent training Shane! You are very generous with your knowledge and I can’t wait to learn more and to start implementing.

  • Harry H says:

    Super great webinar Shane!! Learned a lot! It took me 3 days to watch the webinar, because after every minute or so, I immediately took action and build a completely new website along with your webinar. Great experience!

  • Debbie Samuels says:

    This was amazing and exactly what I needed. I bought a theme but didn’t know where to start. Thanks!

  • Craig R says:

    Note re: the Revisions plugin – Support for this plugin is no longer offered.

  • Stephen DeMotts says:

    I am totally non-guru…is it possible to use your plugins to build a home page and other pages without the short code you discussed between 93 and 97 minutes? Really hope so!!

  • Katharina says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. However, I am using the Rise theme and could not find the page templates you were demonstrating. Where can I find them within my theme?
    Thanks!

  • Anneline B says:

    Do you guys have an updated list of preferred plugins?

  • John E says:

    Hello Shane, thanks so much for this introduction into how to use thrive themes! I have been trying various solutions for years, but I never ever could get the basics in on what do you do to really put up a website. I finally found and watched this webinar and there it all was, the basics that will make it possible for me to finally get the skill of being able to erect websites at will. That’s what really wanted and now it’s within my reach. Thanks again!

  • Lori says:

    I don’t have Akismet installed as a Plugin. Did I receive an API key when I purchased my Thrive theme or do I have to log into Akismet and go through the activate process?

  • Nichoel J says:

    Hi Shane: Great webinar! I have been following along with your progress for years and finally purchased :) Question: In this webinar, there is a area called “Thrive Themes” in our WP backend where we can download theme demos. But it my current version of Thrive instead of an area called Thrive Themes, I have “Thrive Dashboard” and I can’t locate where to download theme demos. Do you still have that option available? Where do I locate the demos, if so? Thanks so much for you help and a continuous work on a great product. ~ Nichoel

    • Hanne says:

      Hi Nichoel,

      If you go into the Thrive Dashboard you will see a card with your theme. In the corner there are 3 dots, hover over these dots and you’ll see “page templates” that’s where you can find the pages now :)

  • Chaney A says:

    Hello guys,
    AWESOME…
    It has taken me eight months to get to this point, but I am very happy I purchased this “Thrive Theme” and that I am finally ready to setup and profit from this amazing theme!

  • Dusan C says:

    Hi Shane! Great info!
    I am wondering if the plugin you recommended “Plugin: WP-DBmanager” is still on your top list of needed plugins since it hasn’t been updated for more than 7 moths now?
    Now is Nov. 2016.
    Thanks,
    Dusan

  • Sunil S says:

    Hi Shane,

    I just purchased the theme & am setting it up. For some reason, the Gravatar image is not showing up. I already raised a ticket in the forum & they told me that they forwarded it to developers team. Could you please help me with it? Please check my ticket for details.

    Thank you,
    Sunil.

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