Thrive Architect Review – Pros & Cons-Overview:
In my experience, I want to do a full review of Thrive Architect. I want to discuss the pros and cons of using it. You’re going to know before you start using it.
I release it for the content around WordPress that helps you. It has come from the makers of thrive themes, and they have a whole suite of plugins working to take a look at it. Right now it’s the second version of Thrive Content Builder. If you want to know a little bit about the background. There was Thrive Content Builder, and then the Thrive Architect came out to replace it. Now if you’re interested in comparisons of various page builders.
I recommend that you come and take a look at this review. I do talk about Thrive Architect and compared to some of the other big players Elementor, Beaver Builder, Divi, and essentially 11 different page builders thrive on a website. I’m specifically on the page for Thrive Architect.
I just want to take a look at this before I jumped into Thrive Architect to share with you some of the pros and cons. Now one of the things I love about their pricing structure.
Thrive Architect Review – Pros:
I will say that I don’t want to start a comparison comparing it, but it is probably the most affordable and reasonably priced page builder for WordPress. When you come to the website and scroll down to the bottom.
Now everything that I talked about to be linked in the review button click point below. All right here it is. To know more
So you get a single site license for $67. Nowhere it is the difference when you are purchasing something from Thrive. It is a lifetime license that means they’re going to continue to give you updates for the life of the product.
At present, what typically happens with WordPress. It’s a one-year update and support with Thrive. You get one year of support, but you get lifetime updates.
I think that’s way better for customers because you don’t have to worry about a security issue or some kind of a performance patch or something like that in your stuck.
You constantly have to pay a fee every year. Thrive doesn’t do that to you. I like that including if you want more than that one of your support.
How to purchase
It’s just a small $40 to extend one year of support. Now I am putting together a training course on Thrive Architect and if you didn’t already have Thrive Architect and you wanted to purchase it up to put information down below and given that out. It is kind of a tie along to help you.
If you’re purchasing Thrive Architect and you click on the link. I’m throwing it in my review just to help you. You get faster results with Thrive Architect. I have those resources available for you.
So, I do have a thriving architect installed right here. I want to say one quick thing that is a huge pro. When it comes to purchasing any of the Thrive products, it is your buying into an ecosystem meaning. They have lots of different products that seamlessly integrate and work together.
How to integrate others?
Other companies have suites of plugins or themes, but they don’t integrate another. One great example is my theme shop WPM. You can get a membership, and you can get access to all these plugins, but they’re all quite standalone, and they don’t seamlessly integrate what’s nice about the thrive.
It is all of their products seamlessly integrated. So, I use Thrive Leads on my websites. I use a thrive ultimatum on my websites. There are all these various products that they make that perfectly integrate, and they do kind of a marketing kind of focus on them.
I like to give examples of Apple computers. I have an Apple Watch, an iPhone, an iPad, a Mac, and an Apple TV. Everybody ought to seamlessly communicate together.
I can use one to control the other, and they do kind of all work what you get when you are using Thrive.
It’s that seamless integration between these products that make it a comprehensive suite of tools for your WordPress based website. It is okay enough that you check to keep structured in this review.
I have a list here. I wrote out what I thought were the pros. I wrote out what I think are the cons.
I go ahead and hit the pros first, and then I will hit some of the negatives. You’re going to want to stick around for the entire review.
So Thrive Architect is a plugin that you can just go ahead and plug in this. You go to your website plugins and add the new install Thrive Architect.
What it technically is a page builder for WordPress, and it will work perfectly with any WordPress theme.
On this demo site right here, when I go to appearance, I’m using the Astra Theme, and it just happens to be the theme used on all of my websites. I have a review on that. It’s something to the lookout.
When you install the Thrive architect to get a couple of new menu items, that is to get this thriving lightbox and what it does work. I don’t like the name of it although essentially it can allow you to create pop-ups that you can use for your Thrive Architect to design pages.
What’s the weight of thinking?
You don’t have to go and buy an additional plugin that you will want for opt-in’s pop-ups. You can use ripe lightboxes, and you get this new link down here. This plugin is where all the action happens on this thriving dashboard. When you click on it, this is where you are to manage all of your Thrive products.
I only have Thrive Architect installed on this website but yet other products. They would be listed right here in this rating, and it manages some things. The main one is these API connections, and this is one of the huge benefits of using Thrive Architect and integrates with a lot of different services.
So, you can come right here input those connections into
the service now. If you were to make a quick comparison with any other page builder for WordPress. None of them has anywhere is near the connections that thrive. It does so whatever service or any use for emails or webinars most likely you’re going to have that connection available to you in Thrive.
So, when I go to manage connections, I click on this. It’s super easy. I have to do and click on add new connections. Now, what’s important to note is that you can use this with more than one service at the same time. So, when I go to the drop-down here.
There’s this long list of email marketing one of them that I particularly use myself.
It’s very rare for a pay no page builder to have meiotic integration, but you get that with Thrive themes. I can then continue scrolling down here.
We have webinar platforms. It just will integrate with the local WordPress user account system. We have recaptured here.
There are also some social networking integrations like Facebook, Google, and Twitter, etc.
It’s awesome. I think that ahead of the curve to make this available in managing. All of that is probably because it also makes a product called Thrive Leads. So, they have to have these integrations
for that and they can easily use the same code for Thrive Architect.
I love that. When you do install and activate it. You got a pop in your license code. I have an agency membership with them.
Let’s take a quick one. Look at the general settings here. This plugin is where you just put something specific like Facebook app ID and stuff like that in the disk.
I don’t like to discuss personal matters and suck anyways. Now the way you use Thrive Architect as you go to say creating a new page and when you’re on that page you’re going to have this option right here that says edit with Thrive Architect.
I just showed you a new page. So, you can see how it is. I’ll just go ahead and show you right here. When you create a new page, you have this option right here. You can’t use the WordPress editor and Thrive Architect on a page if you do click on this button.
Here this is Id with Thrive Architect and now everything. You’re going to do good in Thrive Architect.
It is okay. Let me go back to my list of pages. And the first
thing, I want to talk about that’s a probe with Thrive Architect, and it is something very unique to them.
It comes with this suite of landing page templates here for you.
Let me demonstrate it. I have already added this one landing page, I go-ahead .and you can click on edit with Thrive Architect. It’s going to pull up the landing page right now, and I’ve already applied for a landing page, and it’s beautiful.
I wanted to show how I can give you an idea of the quality of the landing pages that have come with Thrive Architect. You can see this using all kinds of modern elements. We have this shaped tool. When I scroll down, we have this drop shadow about these elements. It is very nice right here. I don’t think that it’s using a gradient. We can get gradients.
Let’s see when I scroll down here. It is neat that it has added this neat effect going underneath images like this.
You can see a frame just kind of underneath. It is off to the side. These are all advanced things that you’re now able to do with Thrive Architect when we scroll down. It’s just a lot more of the same, probably a slight gradient in the background. There is now to look and choose a particular landing page. When you first go into Thrive Architect, you would hit. Click right here, on the wheel at the top left corner. It takes you to our options here.
But working to click on a template set up and it’s right here on a landing page, and it’s right here to change in the landing page template.
When you click on it, it’s going to pull up this overlay. It’s going to show you all of the various landing page options. Now they have the set. One was in this particular set. Here’s an entire saying I’ll just go ahead and expand.
It’s an entire funnel and funnels are something that a red hot right now probably because of a service called click funnels. You can use Thrive Architect to build beautiful funnels that work perfectly. You don’t necessarily even have to create these templates because they are all already made for you.
You would click on any of these templates that you wanted. Let me go ahead and do that right now. I go ahead and click on this webinar replay because I just want to show you something.
Someone clicks on that choosing template. Now there is a suite of elements that are available in Thrive Architect. They have some marketing spin to it, and this is a perfect example, and that’s why choosing this. It has a countdown timer.
This plugin is something that you don’t typically get in all these various page builders. Suppose you can get a countdown timer. It might not be what’s known as an evergreen countdown timer which is something that will make it and when someone visits the page for that person only is when the countdown timer starts.
You don’t have page builders that have features like one of the big pros of Thrive architect. It is the various professionally designed landing pages. Nextel demonstrates these landing pages.
You have what’s called an inline editor. I know I can be a little bit of a techie term and inline editor means you can click on any bit of text like this and start editing it. Now there is only one other page builder that has that is Divi. I’m not the biggest fan of Divi, but it is the only other page builder that has inline editing.
Today I know some of the other ones. They want to add it now. Why is inline editing important if you want to use a page builder like Thrive Architect for blog posts typically?
Your blog posts are going to be this long-form text content. It would be a nightmare a tedious nightmare to build a beautiful blog post using the page builder without inline editing all the other page builders.
You click on the bit of text, and it either pops up here on the left for you to edit or they’ll be a pop-up, and you can edit it right there. But it’s not truly what you see. What you get so with the inline editing.
You can see right here in this headline. It’s filed a little differently right here. You have this headline. It is a section right here. Where two different colors can you do that with inline editing? If I wanted to say highlight this word Discover and I can click on underline. I can see it as I’m doing it and you’re just not getting that with other solutions.
I love the online editor. If you want to use a blog post, that’s when you see. It is very crucial, and it just makes things a lot more convenient and corrects so that it is inline editing the next thing. I want to demonstrate, and it is something called breadcrumbs. When I click here, you can see right here.
They are the breadcrumbs now. I have a better demonstration of this breadcrumbs on this page. I put together that I’ve been a show some of the pros. It is not a professionally designed page. I put it to demonstrate this thing called breadcrumb what you have right here.
This blue box is a background section. You can see it there on the top left and then right here. You have two columns. You have the section called columns, and then you have the individual column, and then right here you have a content box. Let me click on something in this content box to demonstrate this breadcrumbs concept fully. I’m clicking on the little airplane right here.
There are the breadcrumbs. These are all the different things you get from top to bottom. So, there’s the background section the column content box, and icon the reason. It is important because each of these parts of your page has its settings.
If I wanted to get to say the content box the settings. I can click right there in the breadcrumbs the column that’s just this column, not that call not both columns.
I can click right there but if I want to edit the setting for both columns globally. I click it right there now. What you’re doing with these. It is creating some kind of nested settings. So, what means to say I want to change the color of these bits of text and I want to do it not just in one little container. I want to do it for all of it. I just want to change the color of this text to what you want to do. It is well today to make it easy.
I can go to the background section, and as you see, I got settings here for the background section. So, I can click on topography, and then here is the color. It sets the white, but I can change it to whatever I want, and it applies to everything within that container.
So, you have this container system so that it is why I think that this breadcrumbs feature is very very powerful. It can easily jump into exactly what you want to start editing the settings of but with one click.
You can visually see all of these different containers that this is something and you don’t get this visual representation of exactly where you are what you’re editing. They built the ability to jump to exactly what you want to edit easily. This page builder is something you’re only getting in Thrive Architect with this beautifully conceived breadcrumbs feature the next Pro. I’ve used every single page builder.
Thrive Architect has one of the best mobile editing experiences that I’ve seen the only one that comes close. It is Elementor. Beaver Builder is not the best mobile editing experience. So, what you would do for mobile editing. There is an option right here which is responsive, and then you can click on a tablet. You can choose mobile, and you can see exactly how it’s going to look at those various devices, and you can make device-specific changes so typically what this is going to be headline size of your headlines.
You can see it’s one size right here. When I click on it, let me go to the next option. You can see the font size. It is 40 but then when I go to the desktop. It changes 286. You can have these device-specific sizes for fonts and also spacing. How much space is above margin padding left and right and all of that? These are typically things that you run into problems with when you look at your website on a mobile device, and it’s very easy to click here to see. Whatever it looks like on a mobile device and immediately starts making those particular changes.
You can see this landing page template. It has already made two areas and had these adjustments made. So it’s going to look good on a mobile device and another thing that I like that’s unique. You can do this with other page builders.
You can make certain elements only viewable on certain devices. So on anything that you click here. So, let me click on this review right here. You got these responsive options.
You can choose to make this only visible on certain devices. I know what I like about it. I only want this on the mobile. I’m going to disable it on urban to make it hidden on the desktop. It works that it disappears on the desktop and I like that other different page builders. You still see it on all of the different views. It’s kind of weird.
Now if you want to see all the hidden elements. You go like this, and you’ll be able to see it that’s just something that I notice in its little touches that I like another thing, what I like the layouts in positioning options for just about every element and also this absolute setting.
I want to show you trying to set it up right here. So, when you click on any of the elements, you go ahead.
Margin and padding
Click on this. We have our options here. Most of them are good to have this layout and position. It is nice. It gives you a nice visual representation of something called margin and padding margin. It is the space outside of an element padding is the space inside an element so for this background section.
Actually, I’ll do it all go ahead and click on that breadcrumb right, and then I go to layouts and positioning right here so this insight is your padding and outside is so if I was to click right here and increase it that’s the space outside of the section so essentially.
If I put it above, it’s good to push it down. So, let me get rid of that now. It is the spacing inside the element. So, what happens when I increase that. It’s going to push everything inside of it down, and that’s what your margin and padding are.
However, I love how visual this. It’s very easy to comprehend.
It is your outside space, and this is your inside space. You know what neat is. You have some advanced options here that I’m in a demonstration. So I go ahead and click right here on this little element and now.
Z index option
I’m in the layout and position of the icon right here. We have the advance on the go-ahead and expanded right here. So first of all, we have this Z index option. So, little technical that’s the stacking order of things.
If you have two things on top of each other the item with the higher, index number will always appear on top. A little advance there but you have this positioning option right here auto relative or absolute watch.
What happens when I click on absolute. It pushes. It is off to the side, and it’s just kind of floating there now. When you click on the edit position, you can change the position of it. I wanted it on the top right corner I can go right here to the top right corner and there it is now that doesn’t necessarily look good at all but then you have this positioning option right here so for the top or the right.
I can go like this, and I can move it up higher. I wanted this airplane right in the middle. I can do something just like that you can easily do this on any other page builder. There’s a lot of great use cases and errors it probably looks better if I maybe had this airplane in a circle or something like that it might look better.
Let me just do that as a background style let’s see if I put something in there like that and let’s see borders and corners.
I suppose I could go ahead and do this and kind of put it in a circle so that it kind of looks a little better like that. You see where I’m going with this. It is very hard to do another page builders, but you get this
nice easy to use layout and positioning options, and then you have advanced options.
If you want to add a little bit more design to your website. I just demonstrated with this absolute option, next feature that I think is nice the reverse stacking order now what means I have this column right here. It is okay, this row. When I have these two columns, typically you see this on a lot of web pages.
Where you’ll have an image, you’ll have some information. Then you’ll duplicate that you want the image on this side underneath it in the information on the other side, but then you have to kind of duplicated in then drag this there then. It’s a little bit of a pain. You don’t have to deal with that with Thrive Architect.
Then I’ve got this same section where I’ve got one column here in one column I will click on a column like this, and then I will go here to columns. You see right here with the breadcrumbs coming in handy and then off to the right here. I can duplicate it so now. I’ve got my column
one column, and I have it here. It is okay but says I want to reverse this summit to click right here. Then I’m in a go back to the columns, so they’re both selected right there, and then here it is in the reverse order you see that column two columns.
This plugin is a speed tool. You’re laying out a website if you have these alternating columns maybe three or four them it’s little clicks like this that make it a lot faster and a lot easier to build out your website I like that they put the forethought into these little features like this reverse order and this is also good for mobile devices because a lot of times when you have these alternating sections on a mobile device.
They don’t look good. You’re going to use this reverse order feature for mobile devices. It is one thing that I help you with. It is cool, and you can do that to any of these. I can do it here. I can click right here. I go to columns in the reverse order.
You can see everything just reversed like that I love little tricks like this that speed up my workflow. So let’s take a quick look at all of these various modules that you’re getting with Thrive Architect.
You’re good to get your paragraph text you’re heading in your basic stuff right image button the button builders nice columns background
sections, content boxes, and content templates this means if you wanted to save a unique art of content that you’ve created for reusing over and over that would be saved and made into a content template, they have these items here that they call building blocks some of these are useful some of these. I never will ever see me using so click the tweets the pretty cool content reveal super awesome.
You can have some time content that reveals at a certain point time this is good for a page that has a review and maybe had five minutes. You want something revealed and but it doesn’t sync up with the review player.
If you had a video on autoplay, then you can kind of get it going pretty good countdown, but the Evergreen countdown is awesome credit cards. You think the credit card options are pretty nice. I think you have demonstrated right here the credit cards. It’s something simple like that makes it a little easier to put things together on your website. You have this custom menu. I just make sure how it works.
I drag and drop it there, and then you can choose one of your WordPress menus, although it doesn’t look like it’s working for me. You don’t have a WordPress menu to set up on this demo site. It is good to have the menu option right there. It is sadly, something. A lot of page builders don’t even have discussion comments. I’ll never use that Facebook comment etc. This page builder is good for landing pages, and you want that social proof their divider fill counter. That’s good Google map that’s great because you can Ashley build full websites with Thrive Architect.
I can’t use that a lot, and you see him get kind of down on the list here. You have this little pin option right here click on that, and
it moves it up to the very top of show you right here. It’s now a pinned item. I like that because you can find it. You have a page builder. There are 50 different elements there. You only use only six or seven of them. This way you can pin them, and you can reorder them.
Yes, I don’t know if you can reorder them. We should test that right so you let me just go ahead and pin that she has a lead generation and this is where you would create your pop-up. You can tie it to a button or clicking on an image or something like that post grade this their implementation. It is just okay.
It’s good to show a grid of the blog posts. You might have progress bar social share that’s very nice start reading. You are making a review style list at a table.
I guess it’s one order in which you pin it. Then the table feature is amazing. You can create a beautiful table on your page that is easy to manage and change things right now with WordPress.
If you want to create a table, it’s a pain. But you have to use this plan called table press and other ones are all just a major pain to use, but this is the only like visual tool for creating a data table on your website table contents. It is awesome. I have used that on many websites, that’s where it pulls up the different headings that you have on your page.
Table of content
This plugin automatically creates a table of contents was. Some can click and it will pull that the title into this type of table context box and click on it.
It takes them straight down to that piece of content, and it’s a beautiful feature.
They’re the only ones that have something like that, and it’s a very powerful suite of elements that are available for you to use and that’s one of the huge benefits of Thrive Architect. Now the next benefit of talking about iconic touch on it earlier in this whole the ecosystem of plugins that can communicate with one another.
A/ B split testing
I know that it will something that’s coming to thrive is A/ B split testing. I know that they have. I’m thinking. They might come out with the final build, but you have this entire suite of plugins that perfectly works together. So if you’re doing any kind of marketing on your website, it’s a suite of tools that you can rely on to get things done for you another benefit that you don’t see you could know.
If they have any information publicly here, they have something called the thrive University. Let’s see if there’s a link-up. It isn’t essential when you buy into a thriving product. They have a back end training portal that has tons and tons and tons of training. It’s all there for you some written the training some of its reviews most of his video training that shows you that only how to use their products
but how to market your website more effectively and let’s see if there’s some information here on its Thrive University that I don’t see it. Sorry about that.
I’m not so prepared to showcase rough University but hear him the go-ahead and login okay am now logged into the website, and you see right here it says Thrive University when you click on it. I take you to their learning management system this part another plugin that they have that you can use it personally works with Thrive Architect and Thrive Leads is called Thrive apprentice.
I do have a review video on it, but you can see these are all courses right here that you can jump in the intake and it’s, or it’s part of what you’re purchasing with Thrive.
You can see right here it’s his review sets from scratch, you have these courses here that are valuable soak in ways that lists out my pros let’s go into the cons because when you’re evaluating a product and whether you can use it or not you typically want to know what’s wrong with that. You don’t know what’s wrong with it until you habit and try to start using it or maybe have something to compare it to now.
Thrive architect fantastic, but it’s not perfect, and honestly, I don’t expect to be perfect because this company was released about a month ago. I think time over it’s been mature and this can add some of these features.
I did run some of these by the people at Thrive to see where their stances are this on the radar to build.
And I was happy to find out that they’re aware of all of these things, and they want to build these features into Thrive Architect, so the first thing that they don’t have global settings and global save the elements so what is that so say I want to let’s see right here let me scroll down lets he finds something here that’s a good an example is nothing good example right here but let me just to tell you basically What it is so all the other page builders have this wedding saved section is a say right here I wanted to save this headline exactly as it is now typically.
Call to action
You would have this be some kind of a call to action where there’s a bit of text in a button and say you saved that in you wanted to use it on every single page on your website well with Thrive Architect.
You could save it and then on each page you create you can drag and drop it. Location on every single page now the problem comes in is when you want to change that bit of text maybe or change some of the text on the button or change color.
If it’s not a global save the section what happens is now you have to go to every single page and make that adjustment it becomes very tedious to manage a large website when you have to do that to sites on ten pages. I have to go into the editor on each of those ten pages to change that been a texture to change that color because there’s no singing involved.
Thrive Architect Review – Cons
It’s not a global element even though it’s the same thing on every single page on your website. So what they do need to add is a global feature where they can all be linked together. You can make an edit to it on one page. It goes across to all the other places that you’re using that save section on this is something that they need to add because right now it’s fabulous for building out web pages landing pages sales pages and stuff like that great blog posts.
If you have a larger website you need something like that a globally saved element was there all synced across the next the problem that I see has them do with landing pages. So just a moment ago I was saying one of the best features was these landing pages.
They are fantastic the biggest problem with the landing page though is that if you want to use it completely overrides your theme’s header and footer so you can’t take advantage of one of these pre-designed landings pages but haven’t sandwiched in on your website underneath your header and above your footer.
You can do it so here I’ll demonstrate that to you. So say I want to create a new page of the click add new and I’ll just name it new landing page a go ahead and click on publish.
Now on my particular theme, I need to tell it that I am going to use a page builder on this page so when I scroll down right here, I need to choose for the content layer on are the content layout to choose full with stretched. I’m going to disable the title like that, and that should be it for me so if I go ahead and update that and now.
If I go to view it we should see nothing there whoops I think there’s one more thing. I need to change regarding the sidebar okay for the site barman to do no sidebars that are it right there I want to go ahead and click on update let me go to my page.
Let me do a quick refresh and were to see the blank page all I have is my header in my footer click on edit with Thrive Architect so now I can start building my page out and by dragging and dropping content right there so usually want to start with the background section like that. You start building out your page, but I can’t use a landing page and have it sandwiched in here the minute.
I want to use one of those templates. It is what happens. I’ll go like this and let me click on the little wheel there a minute click right here on the template set up in the right here. I’m in a click on the change landing page template.
When I do that I get my landing page templates to let me go ahead and expand the set and choose this one right here yeah just do that one click on choose template now see what happens is then it just wipes out my header and footer for my theme I wanted to use the template.
But I want to be able to keep my header in my footer, but it just doesn’t give you the option to do this might be more of oversight this is how Thrive Content Builder worked as well it might be a bit more of oversight there should be an option they should have it.
I can go back in here and have an option to use my themes and header and footer still. If I go to look I look at I don’t see any options for it right here I got it on the content I’m to start creating on Thrive Architect, and it’s good to be these things that I’m discovering right now that you might not know, but I think best practices. There needs to be some content that I create for best practices on building out a particular page or design for using Thrive Architect.
I’m also building all that content into my Thrive Architect course that’s currently being developed right now and will be available soon. I have to say Thrive Architect is a really solid product. I like the direction that it’s going they have a lot of experience at Thrive they have been there or not but behind the years.
They’ve been doing this for years, and I think that that it has an exciting future I think though when they add this AB split testing now maybe split testing is something that people think they need, they never end up using it.
But I do think they need to use it once they add A/B split testing. It’s going to set this on a new level above a lot of the other page builders because none of them our building that Divi does have a split-testing thing I don’t think a lot of people use it to be interesting to see how to Thrive implemented on their architect page builder. So anyways if you own Thrive Architect, I do want to hear what you think about it down below.
I said at the beginning of the review everything. I’ve talked about it in this review that is essentially the review on my website and Thrive Architect itself is linked down below. Once again if you want access to the Thrive Architect courses called Thrive Architect essentials when you click on the link down below, will give you information on that is what so hey thank you for watching and I’ll see you in the next review.