Discover The Most Intuitive Way To Build Stunning Content In WordPress
by Brett Combs
WordPress has evolved from being just a simple blogging application to a tool that is now used to design all types of web pages – marketing pages, portfolio pages, local business pages, etc.
Whatever you can imagine, somewhere around the world someone is most likely already building it using WordPress!
In this article you will learn how to create stunning content faster and design beautiful page layouts with drag & drop ease in WordPress sites.
Is The Default WordPress Visual Content Editor Meeting All Of Your Content Creation And Editing Needs?
Using the built-in WordPress content editor to create or edit complex page layouts can be quite challenging.
(The WordPress visual content editor is great for adding, formatting and editing conventional content, but adding complex page elements can be challenging!)
For example, if you look at the screenshot below …
To create the above in your content would require typing something that looks like this inside your WordPress editor …
Generally, this is not an issue … unless you want to change an integral aspect of your layout (for example, move some of the content from box 3 into box 2, or change the button in a box from red to yellow. Then, you’re stuck having to mess around with code.
The WordPress editor is supposed to provide users with an easy-to-use WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) content editor, but as you can see, if you are trying to add more complex page elements, often what you see in the WordPress content editor screen may not be what you get …
(“What You See” isn’t always “What You Get” … unless you can visualize code!)
In some situations, you may even be better off working directly inside the html editor tab instead of the WordPress visual editor when trying to build something other than simple layouts …
Even though WordPress is extremely easy to use, this makes it difficult for non-technical website owners to have full control of their own content.
The fundamental challenge with having to use HTML and shortcodes to create content in the default WordPress WYSIWYG editor can be summarized by asking the following questions:
1) Speed – How long will it take to build a web page using the editor?
2) Abstraction – How closely does the content in the “back end” match the “front end” content when you are creating or editing a page?
As you can see from the above image, what you see when working in the content editor does not look even remotely similar to what you see in the front end. This means that users have to mentally translate what the content will look like when working with complex layouts. Other solutions require multiple steps before you can start configuring your page layout, or endlessly switching tabs and performing updates to see how your content is progressing, which interrupts the creative process, as you wait for your content to refresh.
Many WordPress web developers have tried to come up with a range of solutions aiming to address this issue. Some of these solutions range from plugins you can install on your site that add new functionality to the editor, to WP themes that come with built-in features like drag and drop editing …
(WordPress “drag and drop” editors aim to make content creation easier!)
Some solutions require so many page design features, that users need to learn how to work with complicated-looking front end content editors …
Many of these editors work fine, but they still fail to address the fundamental issue of using shortcodes and HTML as described earlier. Adding and editing sophisticated content elements on a page becomes overly complicated, involves multiple steps and doesn’t match what users expect to see on the “front end.”
If you want your web content to look “just right” quickly, this can become really frustrating after a while.
Ask yourself this …
If there were no technical constraints, how would you like your web page builder to behave?
Now that you’ve asked this question, visualize this …
- You see something in your content that needs changing so you, just click on the content and start writing. Your content is then instantly changed.
- You just drag and drop items around the page, and see them exactly as they will appear on the front end without having to mentally translate any code.
- You have an idea for an item of content that you would like to create, so you just start typing, and your page gets built as you go, with no delays, without tab switching, and without having to wait for web pages to refresh.
Would this not be the perfect way to build content for your web site? Just click-to-edit and drag and drop elements around the pages?
(Imagine being able to create complex page layouts quickly for your web content without technical constraints!)
If you are ready to change the way you create content on your WordPress site, then let me show you something you need to consider using …
Thrive Content Builder – The Simplest, Most Intuitive WYSIWYG Content Builder For WordPress
Thrive Content Builder is a ground-breaking WordPress plugin that lets website owners quickly add amazing content to WordPress posts and pages with a true WYSIWYG click-to-edit and drag and drop content editor.
The Thrive Content Builder plugin is a new and exciting way to set up conversion-focused pages on any WordPress website.
Once installed, the plugin adds a visual content editor and a sidebar menu that lets you drag and drop design elements on your page …
(Thrive Content Builder adds a new content builder to WordPress)
The plugin is actually a combination of the Thrive Content Builder and Thrive Landing Pages plugins combined into one, plus an additional plugin feature called Thrive Lightbox.
We will take an in-depth look at each of the above and how these features work seamlessly together to help you transform and improve your web site and create awesome sales pages, streamlined landing pages and engaging content.
Thrive Content Builder Plugin For WordPress
Thrive Content Builder lets you easily add content to your web pages using drag and drop elements …
Every element of your web page can be designed and edited using “click-to-edit” and “drag and drop” …
Once elements have been positioned on your page, you can then continue to customize them without having to go through additional steps or complicated option screens …
The built-in Thrive Landing Pages also lets you create beautiful landing pages and easily customize these …
Thrive Content Builder and Landing Pages is simple, easy to use, and ideal for all WordPress users at all levels. In fact, working on content with the plugin installed is so amazingly simple, that the developers warn that once you start using it, it will ruin the experience of using any other content editor forever, and you will never look back!
For more details, visit the plugin site here: Thrive Content Builder
Thrive Content Builder and Thrive Landing Pages were created by the same team that developed Thrive Leads, another terrific plugin for WordPress we’ve previously written about on this site.
Go here to read more about the plugin: A Review Of Thrive Leads – WP Mailing Builder
Below we have listed just a few of the benefits and advantages of using Thrive Content Builder to speed up the process of designing pages and creating content for your WordPress site:
Installation Is Easy And Simple
Thrive Content Builder installs just like every other plugin. Just upload the plugin file to your Plugins folder via your administrator account and activate.
Real-Time Content Content Editing
Thrive Content Builder is simple and intuitive to use and lets you add content right inside your web pages in real-time.
What You See Is Truly What You Get
With Thrive Content Builder installed, what you see as you work within the editor – typefaces, elements, layouts, etc. is exactly what you get in the front end of your site.
Some additional benefits include:
- Beautiful Web Page Layouts With Drag-And-Drop Ease: Create any type of layout you can imagine with drag and drop ease.
- Design Elements Included: With Thrive Content Builder you not only get an amazing drag and drop WordPress content editor, but the plugin also includes a collection of customizable web design elements that you can insert into your pages without using shortcodes, such as flat design elements, feature grids, call to action buttons, responsive Google map embeds, etc.
- Distraction-Free Content Creation: Not having to deal with technical stuff for pages to refresh frees up your attention and allows you to be more focused while you build content or click through multiple steps to get what you need done.
(Easily add, edit and customize web page elements like testimonials, columns, borderless content, section dividers, responsive video embeds, etc.)
Thrive Content Builder Features
Thrive Content Builder provides many powerful features to WP users. Below we have listed just some:
- All Editor Functionality Is Preserved: You have access to all of the regular WordPress editing options that you are used to (e.g. underlines, paragraph centering, font styles, etc.),
- Drag And Drop Elements Menu: The plugin makes a “drag and drop” table of multi-style elements available on your post or page screen when creating and editing content.
- Conversion-Boosting Elements: The plugin comes with various eye-catching and customizable elements that will help you increase your sales conversions, including buttons and call-to-action elements, testimonials, and guarantees. In addition to being customizable, multiple design options are also available for various elements.
- Mobile-Friendly Design: Add responsive columns, text boxes, content dividers, e.g. which will display great on devices with differently sized screens.
- Add Animation To Web Pages: Thrive Content Builder’s Event Manager feature lets you create animated buttons, trigger lightboxes and more!
(Add Animated Elements To Your Web Pages)
Thrive Landing Pages – Landing Page Templates
Thrive Landing Pages provides sets of templates that work together logically and use the same conversion-optimized design language to take your visitors all the way from initial signup to purchase, product download and more.
(Thrive Landing Pages plugin gives you access to conversion-optimized page templates)
Thrive Landing Pages – Benefits
- Everything is hosted on your own WordPress site
- Save time designing landing pages
- 100% conversion-optimized web page templates
- No tech skills required
- Works with any theme
Thrive Landing Pages and Content Builder not only lets you create beautiful content in your WordPress posts and pages, but you can also choose from dozens of professionally designed, page templates that are conversion-optimized and fully customizable …
(Thrive Landing Pages provides sets of templates that work together logically and use the same conversion-optimized design language)
There are 30 templates available, with more templates being worked on. In addition to the templates shown above, expect to see new templates in the future for email lead generation, sales pages, lesson pages, personal branding pages, webinar pages and more.
Fully Customizable And Flexible Landing Page Template
Typically, in order to fully customize a landing page template, you would need to either pay a web designer to do the work, or learn how to code web pages and figure out how to edit the page code yourself.
As Shane Melaugh, co-founder of Thrive Themes says …
“There are many ways to get a pre-designed page published quickly, but the problem comes with customization. Total design freedom requires either hiring web developers to do the work for you, or learn how to do it yourself, which involves learning how to code or use complex editors. Customizable usually means complicated, expensive or time-consuming. So, you can either have something that is fast and easy to set up, or something that is customizable and flexible. But you couldn’t have both … until now! With Thrive Landing Pages you get the best of both worlds for building conversion-optimized web pages.”
Thrive Landing Pages gives you stunning pre-built web page templates that are fully optimized and ready to go, and complete design freedom that lets you change and edit anything on the page template …
The landing page template sets included with this plugin let you do the following:
- Change text in any bullet point, button, headline, etc.
- Remove text, images or any other component of your landing page
- Replace the background image and edit colors
- Change the color of links, buttons, text, etc.
- Choose your own fonts
- Use your own images
- Change content area size
- Rearrange the order of elements on your pages
- Translate pages into a different language
- Add any type of custom content anywhere inside any of the pages
- Use pre-designed, customized pages, or create your own landing pages from scratch and save them as new page templates.
(Change and customize anything on the page template)
Thrive Lightbox – Transform Your WordPress Site Into A Powerful Marketing Machine
The Thrive plugin combo includes the Thrive Lightbox plugin, which lets you add fully editable two-step opt-in forms and animated objects to your site …
(Add lead capture forms and events to your WordPress website with the Thrive Lightbox plugin)
Thrive Lighbox 2-Step Opt-in Forms
A two-step opt-in process can improve your conversion rates. When visitors click on an image or button they are presented with your opt-in form …
(2-step opt-in forms can improve your conversion rates.)
Thrive Lightbox Event Manager
An “event” consists of a trigger and an action. You can make opt-in forms appear when your visitor clicks or hovers their mouse over a button or graphic elements, or when someone scrolls down to a certain point on the page. You can also use the Event Manager to animate images on your pages, using various animation effects (e.g. fade in, slide in from right to left, roll in, etc.
(Set up and manage events on your WordPress website with Thrive Lightbox)
Lightboxes and events are created automatically for your landing pages, but you also have complete control over all events, triggers and design.
Below are a few of the testimonials and feedback that plugin users have written about the Thrive Content Builder plugin:
“Wow! This is just getting better & better. This plugin is making my websites look so professional. Keep up the great work and thank you for the new features. Ladonna Ragalin”
“I’m blown away by the plugin. Keep up the incredible, WordPress changing work, guys! Dean Phillips”
Thrive Content Builder Plugin – Tips
Thrive Content Builder works with any WordPress theme, not just with the Thrive Landing Pages plugin. Note, however, that you cannot use Thrive Content Builder to edit content that was not created with the plugin installed.
You can add short codes inside Thrive Content Builder or Thrive Landing Pages and they will display correctly on your website.
Thrive Lightbox works with any content you build with Thrive Content Builder.
Thrive Content Builder and Landing Pages Plugin comes with free updates, new landing templates and upcoming features. The Thrive team is constantly working on adding new features and improving existing ones.
Thrive plugins are really well-supported, and users get lifetime software upgrades, plus one year unlimited support with their purchase, backed by a risk-free, 30 day, 100% refund guarantee.
This is an exciting product that will just keep getting better.
At the time of writing, the pricing information shown below includes all three components described above (Thrive Content Builder, Thrive Landing Pages & Thrive Lightbox):
- Single Site Licensing – This option allows you to set up the plugin on a single website. Includes full feature set, unlimited updates and one year of unlimited support. Cost = $59.00.
- Unlimited Sites Licensing – This lets you run the plugin on all of your personal websites. Pricing includes full feature set, unlimited updates and one year of unlimited support. Price = $87.00.
- Agency License Edition – Use on all your domains & on all your client web sites. Cost includes access to Thrive Content Builder, plus all Thrive Themes & Thrive Plugins. Price = $247.00 per year.
Please Note: The cost to purchase Thrive Content Builder can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time special offers. Presently, the software sells for the prices shown above. This may or may not be the actual price charged by the software author when you visit the site and you may be shown additional upsells or one-time offers after your purchase.
Check the plugin’s website for the current price: Thrive Content Builder Plugin
Additional Plugin Information
The developers of the Thrive Landing Pages and Content Builder plugin repeatedly maintain that the plugin’s architecture gives you the “best of both worlds,” and help bring back the “joy of creating content.”
On the one hand, you have time-saving features like ready-made web page elements and template sets that help make designing your pages faster, and on the other hand, you have complete control over the design process and the freedom to change everything on your web page, using the plugin’s visual content editor, that allows you to get things done without having to keep switching tabs or going through multiple steps.
For demo videos showing how the plugin works, including installation instructions and tutorials, FAQs, support help desk, contact details and more, visit the Thrive website.
Get This Plugin …
If you want to edit something, you click on the element and start editing. If you want to change something, do it, and you can see the change happen immediately. If you want to move something, all you have to do is drag it and drop it into its new location. There are no extra steps involved.
If you want to transform and improve your business online and create awesome sales pages, streamlined landing pages and engaging content, this plugin delivers an incredible conversion-boosting package with a single, inexpensive plugin.
For full details, check out the plugin here: Thrive Content Builder Plugin
June 13, 2016
June 13, 2016