I discovered the Thrive Content Builder a couple months ago and immediately fell in love with it.
They’ve made a TON of updates to the plugin and I thought it was time to do an updated post and new videos using the builder.
This is one of the things that is SO exciting to me about WordPress. As it continues to evolve not only are there more tools being created to make it easier for the everyday user, but there are businesses that are thriving (no pun intended) because of WordPress. They’ve built a business using WordPress, creating products that support, teach or add to the experience of WordPress. And I think it’s simply brilliant. Even though WordPress is open source it’s pretty amazing that it’s created an income and lifestyle for so many people.
I’m excited to see where this next year takes us with WordPress. With 4.0 being released soon I have a feeling 2015 is going to bring more tools like the Thrive Content Builder that put control back into the users hands without needing someone else to manage their sites. There are a handful of drag and drop content builders available for WordPress. I may do another review (I have a couple more) but we’ll start with this one. 🙂
O.K., enough of my predictions for the upcoming year (because clairvoyant I’m not). Let’s move on to the Content Builder.[divider top=”no”]
First, I’m going to explain what the basics are in terms of a content builder so we’re all on the same page (you know what they say about assuming).
Most content builders are ‘visual builders’, meaning, you can see what it is you’re creating while you create it (this will make more sense in the video). I’m a HUGE fan of shortcodes, but the use of shortcodes doesn’t allow you to see what your page looks like as you create it. You insert the shortcode into your editor and you see the shortcode, not the button (as an example).
So it would look like this in your editor:
[your shortcode would be here]
Which is fine when you view the page (because on the page it looks like it should. The divider line you see above was created with a shortcode, so you can see that it looks like a divider on the actual page). Here’s a screenshot of this post as I was creating it.
Which is why visual content builders make it so much easier to create your post or page. You can actually see how things look (as opposed to hitting save & then preview a zillion times. Yep, totally my process, but it’s all good).
What can you use a Visual Content Builder for?
It’s really more like “what can you NOT use the Thrive visual content builder for?”
I think they’re ideal for squeeze pages, landing pages and sales pages. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use them for everyday posts and pages either. The 3 videos below give you an overview of what the Thrive Content Builder is, me setting up a squeeze page and then a quick run through of each of the different elements.
In case you’re not familiar with the visual content builder, here are some of the elements you can ‘drag & drop’:[list icon=”icon: hand-o-right”]
- Custom HTML
- Credit Card Icons
- Guarantee Box
- Lead Generation
- Pricing Tables
- Star Rating
- Tabbed Content
- Call to Action
- Content Boxes
I’ve also created a downloadable PDF below that shows you what each element is (since the only way you can view some of them is to actually insert them into the page, which I’m not complaining about- not sure what the work around would be for this).
Enjoy the videos and download the PDF.[button url=”https://s3.amazonaws.com/wpc-downloads/Thrive-Content-Builder-Cheat-sheet.pdf” target=”blank” style=”flat” background=”#2f90a1″ size=”5″ center=”yes” radius=”5″ icon=”icon: arrow-down”]Download the Thrive Content Builder Cheat Sheet[/button] [divider top=”no”]