“List Templates” are an important part of creating a theme with Thrive Theme Builder because these are the templates that you customize to be suitable for your list pages, such as your blog feed or your search results page.
When you start using Thrive Theme Builder you will have two “List Pages” (Blog, All Archives) already in your dashboard, that you can customize anytime. Nevertheless, you can also add new “List Templates” whenever you need to, following the steps below:
Access the Thrive Theme Builder dashboard
First, you will need to access your Thrive Theme Builder dashboard. To do that, go to your WordPress admin dashboard, hover over the “Thrive Dashboard” item from the left side menu, and click on “Thrive Theme Builder” from the sub-menu that opened:
Once you have reached the Thrive Theme Builder dashboard, you will need to open the “Templates” section from its left side by clicking on it:
Add & set up the new List Template
The next step is to click on the “Add New” button from the “Your Theme Templates” part of the “Templates” section:
This will open a pop-up window where you can add the new “List Template”:
Before adding the new template you will have to set up/define a few aspects of it in this pop-up.
First, you will have to give a name for your new template. Enter the name for your new “List Template" in the “New Template Name” field of the pop-up:
Next, you will have to choose the type of your new template. You can choose between the “Single” type (for individual pages and posts) and the “List” type (for list pages). Since you want to create a new “List Template”, you should click on the “List” type here, to select it:
The next step is to select what type of “List Template” you want to create. Click on the down arrow from the “List Type” section of the pop-up:
This will open a little drop-down with the three list types that you can choose from: Post Types, Archives, Search. Select the list type you want, based on what kind of page you will want to apply your new “List Template” to:
If you have chosen “Post Types” or “Archives”, then another section will appear, the “Archive Type” section. Here you can choose what type of "Archive” or “Post List Template” you want to create.
Click on the down arrow from the “Archive Type” section:
This will open the drop-down with the types you can choose from. If you have selected “Post Types” at the previous step, then you can choose between “All Post Types” and simple “Post”, whereas if you have previously chosen “Archives” then you can choose between “All Archives”, or separate type of archives (like Authors, Categories, Tags, etc.):
Simply click on the "Post Type" or the "Archive Type" you want your new "List Template" to have from the ones available.
Copy Existing Template
You also have the option of choosing between starting to build/customize the new “List Template” from scratch or copy one of your existing templates.
Click on the down arrow from the “Copy Existing Template” section:
This will open a drop-down with the “Start from scratch” option and with a list of the existing “List Templates”:
If you want to start from scratch, click on the option to select it. If you want the new template to have the same design as one of your existing templates, then select the respective “List Template” from the list.
Finally, when you set up everything in the pop-up, click on the “Finish” button to add the new “List Template”:
Then, you will see the new “List Template” appear in your dashboard:
After you have added the new “List Template” you can start editing it, in order to make it suitable for the list page(s) you will want to apply it to. If you need details on how to edit the template, check out this article.
If you want to find out more about Thrive Theme Builder options and features, take a look at our knowledge base here.
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