What’s New in the Drag & Drop Builder? 5 Super Helpful New Features You Can Use Right Away

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Have you built a landing page lately?

If it’s been a few weeks since you logged into Leadpages (or if you haven’t used Leadpages yet at all), you might not know about all the new things we added in July.

These aren’t just nice little extras. Most of the new additions to Leadpages are features you’ve been asking for directly. Others are things that we developed to let you work faster and have more control over every page you publish in the drag-and-drop builder.

Click Here to Start Building Pages

If you have LeadPages™, you don’t need to download this template – it’s already available to you inside your LeadPages account. Just log in and you’ll see how super easy it is to customize this page in seconds with no technical knowledge or skills, make it mobile responsive, integrate it with your email service provider or CRM, run A/B split tests, and publish it to Facebook, WordPress, or your own server.

You can see most of them in action in the video above. But let’s take a closer look at our biggest new features one by one.

1. Page and Template Search

The most successful businesses tend to be the ones that launch the most landing pages. As a side effect, this means that as you expand your online marketing, it becomes harder to remember exactly what you’ve built and where to find it.

Our new search bar helps. You can use it to search for both pages you’ve created and templates in the template library. Just type and go.

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It’s a bit of a no-brainer, true—but we hope it makes your page-building experience just that much smoother.

2. Layout Tab

This one’s a little bigger. If you haven’t watched the video yet, you’ll probably want to do that to get a full sense of the possibilities.

But in a nutshell: the layout tab is your landing page blueprint, where you can plan, structure, and style your page exactly how you want.

Here’s where it appears:

layout tab

With the new layout tab, you can:

  • Drag to change the order of your sections, your rows, or your columns
  • Drag rows and columns into different sections
  • Name your sections, rows, and columns (especially useful for longer pages and minisites, or when multiple team members are collaborating on a page)
  • More easily add (and remove) new sections, columns, and rows
  • Change padding and margins for your columns and sections
  • Control formatting at the section level
  • See exactly what you’re about to delete—clicking the trashcan in the layout tab overlays what you’re about to trash with red stripes so you can be sure you’re removing the right thing. (And yes, comprehensive revert and undo functions are still in the works.)

We expect this will bring a major dose of clarity and efficiency to your page-building experience.

3. Rounded Buttons and Images

Sometimes you need to design outside the box. That’s why you’re now able to make round or pill-shaped call-to-action buttons …

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… and give any image you upload a rounded or circular frame.

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Fun, right?

4. Section and Element Duplication

Say you have a beautifully designed subsection for one of your products. It’s got a nice image, perfectly styled subhead and text, and a cool call-to-action button.

Now you just need to do that 5 more times to finish your product page. Ugh.

But wait! With our new duplicate feature, that’s no problem—just click the “copy” icon on the page or in the layout tab to duplicate individual page elements or entire columns, rows, and sections.

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5. Icon Widget

Icons are a simple way to add extra visual interest to your page. They give the eye something to latch onto even if your page content doesn’t necessarily have a ton of visual potential.

So we’ve given you an easy way to add icons to your Leadpages—without having to pay a designer or scroll through free stock sites until your eyes blur and Clipart briefcases begin to haunt your dreams.

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Now you have access to a searchable gallery of 634 icons right within the drag-and-drop page builder. (Just drag an icon widget onto your page to start exploring.) And, of course, you can change the size and color to match the rest of your page.

Click Here to Start Building Pages

If you have LeadPages™, you don’t need to download this template – it’s already available to you inside your LeadPages account. Just log in and you’ll see how super easy it is to customize this page in seconds with no technical knowledge or skills, make it mobile responsive, integrate it with your email service provider or CRM, run A/B split tests, and publish it to Facebook, WordPress, or your own server.

What Can the Drag-and-Drop Builder Do for You Next?

These are only the biggest, most recent changes that are live in Leadpages right now. We’ve got many more improvements and new features currently in the works—so keep your eyes peeled for updates.

And if you’re not yet a Leadpages user, there’s never been a better time to dive in and start building powerful (and incredibly flexible) landing pages. Choose a plan below to take advantage of our 30-day money-back guarantee:

Click Here to Start Building Pages

If you have LeadPages™, you don’t need to download this template – it’s already available to you inside your LeadPages account. Just log in and you’ll see how super easy it is to customize this page in seconds with no technical knowledge or skills, make it mobile responsive, integrate it with your email service provider or CRM, run A/B split tests, and publish it to Facebook, WordPress, or your own server.

Any suggestions for page builder features you’d like to see? Leave them in the comments, or make it official and submit a request to our Ideas Portal.

  • Daan Schmidt

    I love these new features and I can’t wait to make my first landing page next week!

    • Hey Daan! Thanks for checking them out. Make sure to share your page with us when you’re done!

  • Grantmamas

    These are great but what would be even better is to have the ability to split test drag and drop pages. Any timeline for that? Right now, we are having to do that with a widget in WP.

    • Hey @grantmamas:disqus split testing is coming up soon. We know a lot of users need this, so we’re working as fast as we can on. Unfortunately I don’t have an exact date just yet.

      • Grantmamas

        Thank you! We appreciate the update.

        • Josh Braaten

          We appreciate YOU!

  • Great step in the right direction. I’ll be able to use it once it gets Ontraport support and A/B split testing! Thx LeadPages for being as expedient as possible.

    • @daveshrein:disqus thanks for hanging in there. It’s been a long process of basically rebuilding our product from the ground up. We really appreciate your patience. We’re working on getting all of the above handled asap. Sorry for the delay!

  • Peter

    Some nice updates, but kinda welcome to 2014. Other builders have had this functionality already. Kinda seems you guys are really trying hard to catch up there!

  • RandyG

    Wonderful upgrades! Thank you for investing the time, energy and resources into these upgrades. It’s already made the process of creating pages much easier – and fun!

    • Daphne Sidor

      Exactly what we want to hear! 😀

    • Josh Braaten

      We come to work in hopes of earning comments like these. Thank you, @disqus_M2FlHWkaTX:disqus! We’ll keep at it!

  • Stephen Whiting

    Any chance you can use the custom html code still for the lead capture integration, I noticed it is not there? Is this a feature that will be available soon?

    • Daphne Sidor

      Hey, Stephen! You can still essentially do this; you’d just handle it a little differently in the drag-and-drop builder. Instead of choosing the HTML/Copy-Paste option from your integrations menu inside the Leadbox form, you’d drag an HTML widget onto your Leadbox and paste the form code from your email service into it (and delete the default form fields).

      • Stephen Whiting

        Big thanks Daphne!

  • Excited to start using it, do we have ActiveCampaign compatablity yet?

    • Daphne Sidor

      It’s in the works—should be a matter of weeks. Thanks for your patience!

  • Stephanie – Social Sparrow

    Wahoo!!! LOVE these new features!

  • Can we get Active Campaign integrated for email setup? I love the changes but ultimately that’s the biggest time stealer for me.

    • Daphne Sidor

      Hey, Amanda—we hear you! At this point it should be a matter of weeks, not months, until we’re able to release ActiveCampaign integration for the new builder. Thanks for asking!

      • Dean Horvath

        Am I missing something? I was about to sign up because Active Campaign is listed as an integration on the sales page. Is this not the case?

        • Daphne Sidor

          Hey, Dean—our standard page builder (plus Leadboxes, Leaddigits, and Leadlinks) *does* integrate with Active Campaign. The drag-and-drop page builder (which is still in early-access mode) does not yet, but we’re working on this and it should be released in a matter of weeks.

  • Valentin

    Nice seeing some updates !
    Can’t wait to have the same interface for Leadboxes.
    (I’m using Convertkit as my email provider wihich does not integrate with the old builder)

    • Daphne Sidor

      We’re really, really looking forward to this too.

  • Mark Neild

    Features look great. I have not used a drag and drop yet, but might well next week as a part of a new sequence I am deploying ( which I will be using for my conversion practical!)

  • Great new features, can’t wait to dig in to the Drag n, Drop!

  • Tyson Gaylord

    Awesome new features

  • CindyTeevens

    Won’t use it until we have “undo” (errors get saved too fast and we have to start all over) and split testing. If I can’t split test it’s all a waste.

    • Daphne Sidor

      Understood! These features are some of our biggest priorities for the builder right now.

      • CindyTeevens

        Oh yes! I hope so :-). REALLY looking forward to that.

  • Matthew Burt

    Definitely amazing. So many things just got infinitely better with the drag n drop version of the leadpage builder. Very excited. Having said that, I’m with everyone else… No undo is a tragedy. Sometimes you want to experiment and in this version you get punished hard. Also, we are all human so we all make mistakes. Gotta have an undo!

    Obviously A/B Split Testing is important as well.

    I think one thing that wasn’t listed and is frustrating is not being able to appropriately send data to the thank you page or automatically go to a thank you page created in a different platform (ex. Infusionsoft) and have it be customized. This is important because people want to feel special and they also don’t want to retype information.

    • Daphne Sidor

      Yes, undo and A/B testing are major priorities for us right now. (From an engineering perspective, they’re also somewhat complex—but we’re actively getting there.)

      Interesting idea about passing data through to thank you pages and having them dynamically update—thanks for sharing.

      • Matthew Burt

        Yeah, the old builder let you do this but drag n drop doesn’t. Just need to be able to have the http://www.website.com/leadpage?email=who@what.com type stuff in the address at the top so that we can have hidden form fields on the thank you page (aka hidden email) that allows you to ask for more questions or whatever you want to do and will update the correct contact in our CRM based on the next thank you page. You can then string thank you pages together to offer more things and/or collect more data without someone having to re-enter their information each time.

        Again this is possible using the regular builder (although not very elegant)

        • Daphne Sidor

          Oh, I think I might understand a little better—thanks for the extra context. You can definitely still use hidden form fields and URL-based prepopulation in the drag-and-drop builder. Those options now appear when you click into each field:

          • Matthew Burt

            Yes you can do that. And I have already done this. It works rather well.

            The issue here is that after the pre-populated form is filled out and they are sent to a thank you page,the drag n drop builder does NOT allow you send this information to the thank you page (at least not with infusionsoft integration). Which means we can’t say “Thank you , for requesting your lead magnet. If you want a super special extra lead magnet please fill out the couple extra fields below. (hidden email to send when thank you page form is submitted in order to link new form with already created contact).

            This also means we can’t do cool stuff like have 1 or 2 question survey on the thank you page that leads to another 1 or 2 question survey thank you page, etc. without making them retype their email each time. Which actually isn’t that big of a deal except for the part where they are guaranteed to type it in wrong at some point.. and now I have a homeless survey answer or address/phone for sending super secret special 2nd offer.

            Also what about lead pages that don’t come from targeted emails with pre-populated urls. I need to grab brand new data and pass it to the thank you page. Again, this could be done with the old editor.

          • Daphne Sidor

            Thanks for the extra detail here—I’ll have our integrations team take a look.

  • Thank youuuuuuu!