Adding “Page Templates” while building your theme with Thrive Theme Builder is important because these templates can be specifically customized to fit various pages of your website.
At first, when you start using the Thrive Theme Builder, you will have a “Default Page” template, as well as a “Homepage” template available, that you can edit and customize. At the same time, you can add new “Page Templates”, whenever you would like to, following these steps:
Access the Thrive Theme Builder dashboard
First, you will have to access the Thrive Theme Builder dashboard and its “Templates” section.
To do that, go to your WordPress admin dashboard, hover over the “Thrive Dashboard” menu item from the left side, and click on “Thrive Theme Builder” from the sub-menu that appeared:
This will open the page with the Thrive Theme Builder dashboard. Look for the “Templates” section from the left side and click on it once you have found it:
Add & set up the Page Template
The “Templates” section that opened is where you can add the new “Page Template” from. Click on the “Add New” button in the “Your Theme Templates” section:
This will open the pop-up window with the options for adding and setting up the new template:
You will need to complete/choose a few aspects of the new template here, before being able to add it, as follows:
The first thing you need to do is to name the new template. Enter the name you want to give to this template in the “New Template Name” section of the pop-up:
Then, you will have to choose between creating a “Single” template and a “List” template. The “Single” type templates can be applied to individual posts/pages, whereas the “List” templates can be applied to list pages (like search results, blog feed, archives, etc.).
Since, in this case, you want to create a “Page Template”, you should click on the “Single” option here:
Next, you have to define what type of template you want to create. Click on the little down arrow from the “Choose Content Type” section of the pop-up:
This will open a drop-down with the “Content Types” you can choose from. If you want to create a simple “Page Template”, then click on the “Page” type to select it:
However, as you can see from the image above, you can also create templates for specific pages, such as the “404 Page”, so if you wish to create a template for one of these “Content Types”, then click on them to select them.
Copy Existing Template
Last but not least, you can also choose between creating the template from scratch, or copying the design of one of the templates you have previously created and use it for this “Page Template”.
In order to see these two options, click on the little arrow from the “Copy Existing Template” section:
This will open a drop-down with the “Start from scratch” option, as well as a list of all the templates you have in your dashboard so far.
If you want to build the design of the new “Page Template” from scratch, then click on the “Start from scratch” option:
However, if you want to copy one of your existing templates, then look for the respective template in the list from the drop-down and click on it. This way, when the new “Page Template” will be created, it will look the same way as the template you have chosen here.
Finally, when you have set up all these aspects for the “Page Template”, click on the “Finish” button, from the pop-up window to create the template:
After you click on the “Finish” button, the template will be created and it will appear in the “Templates” section of your Thrive Theme Builder dashboard:
The next step is to start editing the template in order to customize it. This way you can make sure it is suitable for the page(s) you want to apply it to.
If you need information about how to edit the new “Page Template” that you have created, check out this article.
If you need more information about various thrive Theme Builder options and features, take a look at our knowledge base section here.
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