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Understanding Core Templates and Page Templates in Thrive Theme Builder

You’ve purchased your Thrive Themes license and are up and running. However, you’ve run into a major issue. You have no idea of how to work around with Thrive’s core templates.

Don’t worry – we’re here to help you out.

This post is going to be divided into two sections.

1- Understanding Thrive Theme Builder Core Templates

2- Outlining the differences between core templates and page templates

Core Templates in Thrive Theme Builder

People seem to really struggle with the meaning of a template.

A template, by definition, is a preset format for a document or file.

In terms of web design and thrive themes, a template is a design starting point to which construct a page.

However, it is not the place to actually construct pages. With a few exceptions.

Core templates consist of the following:

  • Your main homepage design (yes, you’ll want to build your entire home page within your core template)
  • Your main blog design (yes, you’ll want to build your entire blog design from within the core template)
  • Your main inner-blog post design (you’ll only want to build the design that all posts will share across your site, but not construct an actual blog post from within your core template). Too many people fall for this trap.
  • Your main default page design (just like for your inner-blog post design, you’ll want to build the main foundations of the design of your pages). You do not however want to be creating your actual pages (like an about page, for example) inside your core template.

Always remember: templates are starting points for your actual content (pages and posts). With the exception of your homepage and blog. These two are simple one pagers whose design won’t be used anywhere else on the site. Hence why we build the whole thing inside the main core template.

Thrive’s wording at the very top makes thing a little confusing. Your main core default video post template for example is indeed used to display an individual post, but it is not the place to actually create the post.

Page Templates in Thrive Theme Builder

Here’s the thing…

When you create a default page template, you’re essentially telling thrive the following:

“Hey Thrive, I want you to give all of my pages this look and layout, with this header, this footer and this top and bottom sections which get feed dynamic content (post title, featured image etc.)”

You’ll soon come to realize that this is great, but won’t always fit your needs. At some point, you’re going to want to create a different page template because you want to use a different header for one of your pages. Or maybe you want to have an about section with a completely different custom made top section.

This is where creating new page templates comes into play.

Remember, templates are a preset format for something. If we change something in one of our templates, all of our other pages that make use of this template will get modified too. This is why some times you’ll need to create different page templates too. You may have a default “light” page template that makes use of bright colors and a default “dark” page template that makes use of darker colors and shadows. The possibilities are endless.

The cool thing is that Thrive makes it super easy to change between page templates. And, since your actual “page content” doesn’t change, you can switch back and forth and play with different page templates to see which one you like better.

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  1. Very clear explanation and thanks for practical insight. I do find the labels in Thrive can be a bit confusing. Appreciate your post!

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