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March 4, 2021

Posted by: Lauren Labick

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How to Manage a WordPress Site Designed with Thrive Architect

Thrive Architect is a drag and drop page builder plugin that allows you to easily edit and rearrange content without any hard coding. Without plugins like this, it can be complicated for the average user to update their pages. In this blog post, I am going to tell you how to edit your pages using the Thrive Architect plugin (along with other basic WordPress how-to's if you're new to this CMS).

Logging In

First, to login to your new website, you will head to www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin. You will then be prompted to enter your username and password which should be provided by your web designer. After logging in, you will be brought to the site’s dashboard where you will see a panel on the left with different options. This area is often referred to as the backend, or admin area, of the website.

Changing Your Password

If you're logging into your new website for the first time, this is the first thing you'll want to do. Your web designer would have had to use a generic password to set you up, so you will want to change it to something you will remember. To change your password, click on the “Users” tab in the left panel. Click your name, and then click "Generate Password". Here, you can type a new password and click save. Please do not change any username/passwords for Navitas Marketing staff. If you see a username that looks suspicious to you, please do not delete it. Notify your designer instead.

Adding a New User

Hover your mouse over “Users” and click “Add New”. Create a username and add the user’s email address and first and last name. To add a password, click “Show Password”. It will automatically fill in with a long generic password which you can erase and type in whatever you want. It may warn you that your password is weak, meaning not original enough. You can still use the desired password even if it's marked as weak, by checking the box next to “confirm use of weak password”. Always set the “role” as “administrator” if you want the user to have full access to editing the website. If the user is solely a blog writer, you can give them “author” access to limit what they can edit.

Editing Page Content

First, click "Pages" in the left panel. You will see a list of all the pages on your website. Click the page you want to edit. You will then be brought to a new page that displays all the content on that page within a grid, neatly organized. Find the page you want to edit, hover your mouse over it, and right below it, click "Edit with Thrive Architect". You will be brought to a new screen that displays the page and has tool panels on the left and right side. This is a visual builder, so you will see all your changes happen within the design itself rather than editing in the backend, saving, and having to preview the page to see what it looks like. Move your mouse across the page. You will see that when you hover over an item, the area is outlined and little icons appear. If you want to edit text that is already there, just click on the text to hightlight it. You can then start typing like you would in a word document. You'll notice a tool panel on the left show up when you click on a content area. This is where you can change settings such as fonts and colors for that particular content area. There is also a small tool panel located at the top of the page that consists of simpler options such as bolding/italicizing text and text alignment. Don't forget to save your work after you make a change! Click the green "Save Work" button on the bottom left of the screen.

To update an image, click the image, and and click "Replace Image" in the left tool panel. Follow the rest of the instructions on the page to update.

To change the hyperlink on a button, click the area on the button around the text. If you click the text on the button, it will allow you to type to change the text. Clicking just outside of the text will select the button and the tool panel will appear on the left. Under "Target URL", you will see where the current hyperlink is. You can paste the new one in that box.

If there are any other areas of the page that needs updating, consult with your designer first as it may be something a little bit more complicated that we can either walk you through one-on-one or take care of for you.

Adding/Editing Blog Posts

Click "Posts" in the left panel. Here, you will find all your blog posts. Click the blog title to edit the text. Click the blue "Update" button in the top right corner of the page to save your changes. To add a new blog post, click "Add New" at the top of the Posts page. Enter your title. Enter your text in the body area. To add an image, scroll down and click "Set Featured Image" in the right panel. Add the image the same way you would add an image to a page in the previous section. To add a category, either check any of the existing categories in the "category" section in the right panel, or click "add new category" below. You can have as many categories for a post as you'd like. Click the blue "Publish" button in the top right corner of the page when you’re finished.

Additional Plugins

Your website may have other third-party plugins installed because of certain requested features such as a testimonials, an image slider, a portfolio/case studies, etc. If your website includes something extra that was not mentioned above, keep reading!

Strong Testimonial

Strong Testimonial is a plugin used for testimonial pages. Click "Testimonials" in the left panel in your dashboard. Click "add new" at the top left of the page. Enter the person or company name where it says "title". Paste their testimonial in the body text area. Click the blue "publish" button to the right of the page to save.

Slider Revolution

There are a TON of settings within this plugin, but don't let it intimidate you. You can ignore 99% of the stuff in here. Click "Slider Revolution" in the left panel in your dashboard. You will then see your sliders on the page with their captions. Click on the slider you would like to edit. On this page, you will see all your slides within the slider display at the top. Click the slide you would to like to edit. To change the photo, right beneath the row of slides, you will see an area with a bunch of tabs that say "Main Background, General Settings, Thumbnail, etc.". You want to be on the first tab that says "main background", which you should be on automatically. Click the blue "media library" button below the tab. Upload/select your photo here. Click the green "save slide" button with the floppy disk icon in the top right of the page to save your changes.

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