In this website, I want to do a full review of Thrive Architect. I want to write about the pros and the cons of using it definitely things that you’re going to want to know before you start using it. I release it for the content around WordPress that helps you get more out of it faster.
Thrive Architect, it’s from the makers of thriving themes and they have a whole entire suite of plugins working to take a look at it right.
Now it’s the second version of Thrive Content Builder, so if you want to know a little bit of the background there was Thrive Content Builder and then Thrive Architect came out to replace it now if you’re interested in comparisons of various page builders.I recently released an epic video comparing 11 different page builders for WordPress.
I recommend you come and take a look at this video. I do talk about Thrive Architect and compared to some of the other big players Elementor Beaver Builder Divi and 11 essentially 11 different page builders thrives a website and 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 with it now one of things .
I really love about it is their pricing structure I will say I don’t want to start 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 all the way down to the bottom . so you get a single site license for $67 now, here is the difference when you are purchasing something from Thrive.
This is a lifetime license and what that means is there going to continue to give you updates for the life of the product .Now what typically happens with WordPress it’s a one-year updates and supports 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 constantly having to pay a fee every year.
Thrive doesn’t do that to you. I really like that and if you want more than that one your support, its just a small $40 to extend that 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 put information down below and given that out is kind of a tie along to help you if you’re purchasing Thrive Architect and you click on the link I’m throwing in that course just to help you get faster results with Thrive Architect.
so I have those resources available for you .so I do have a thrive architect installed right here ,want to say one quick thing that is a huge pro when it comes to purchasing any of the Thrive products is your really buying into an ecosystem meaning.
They have lots of different products that seamlessly integrate and work together.
Now there’s other companies that have suites of plugins or themes,but they just don’t integrate another, one is a great example is my theme shop WPM.. these are places you can get a membership and you can get access to all these plug-ins, but they’re all kinda standalone and they don’t seamlessly integrate together.
What’s really nice about the thrive is all of their products seamlessly integrate.I use Thrive Leads on my websites .I use Thrive ultimatum on my websites.
There’s all these various products that they make that perfectly integrate together and they do kind of have a marketing kind of focus on them. I like to give the example of Apple computers.
I have an Apple watch, have an iPhone. I have an iPad ,I have a Mac, I have an Apple TV and they ought to seamlessly communicate together.
I can use one to control the other and they just kind of all work that’s what you get when you are using Thrive. it’s that seamless integration between these products that really make it a comprehensive suite of tools for your WordPress based website .
Okay enough that you check so to keep structured in this video.
I do have a list here, I wrote out what I thought, the pros were I wrote out, what I think the cons work .I go ahead and hit the pros first and then I will hit some of the negatives .you’re gonna want to definitely stick around for the entire video.
so Thrive Architect is a plug-in ,you can just go ahead and plug it in and go to your website plug-ins add new install Thrive Architect now 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 so happens to be the theme use on all of my websites .I do have a review video on that it’s definitely something to look out for so when you install the Thrive architecture to get a couple new menu items are to get this thriving light boxes and what this does actually don’t like the name of it but essentially it’s can allow you to create pop-ups that you can use for on your Thrive Architect design pages.
So what’s weight of thinking of that is you don’t have to go and buy an additional plug-in that you will want for opt-in’s pop-ups and things like that you can use ripe light boxes for that, so you get this new link down here this is where all the action really happens this thriving dashboard and when you click on it this is where your to manage all of your Thrive products.
I only have Thrive Architect installed on this website but yet others write products they would be listed right here in this rating .it manages some things the main one is these API connections and this is actually one of the huge benefits of using Thrive Architect is and integrates with a lot of different services.
So you can come right here input those connections into the services. now if I was to do a quick comparison with any other page builder for WordPress. None of them have 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 all .I have to do click on add new connection .
Now what’s important to note is that you can actually 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 is Mautic it’s very rare for a pay no page builders actually have meiotic integration but you do get that with Thrive themes .
I can then continue scrolling down here we have webinar platforms right here it just will also integrate with the local WordPress user account system .
We have recaptured herein there’s also some social networking integrations Facebook Google and twitter it’s really awesome.
I really think that they are ahead of the curve in making this available in managing all of that is probably because they also make a product called Thrive Leads.
So they obviously have to have these integrations for that and they can easily use the samecode for Thrive Architect. I love that now when you do install and activate you got a pop in your license code.
I have an agency membership with them let’s take a quick lookat the general settings here and this is where you just get a put something specific like Facebook app ID and stuff like that in disk I don’t actually like to use discuss a personal and suck anyways now the way you use Thrive Architect as you go to say create a new page and when you’re in that page you’re going to have this option right here that says edit with Thrive Architect .
Actually I should just show you me on a new page so you can see how it is so I’ll just go ahead and show you right here that when you create a new page you have this option right here doubt you can’t use the WordPress editor and Thrive Architec ton a page .
So now 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 is something very unique to them is it comes with this suite of landing page templates.
There for you so let me demonstrate it right here I actually already added this one landing page, go ahead and click on edit with Thrive Architect it’s gonna pull up the landing page right now and here it is so.
I’ve already applied a landing page to this and it’s beautiful.I really wanted to show this one to give you an idea of the quality of the landing pages that come with Thrive Architect.
You can see this is using all kinds of modern elements .we have this shaped tool right here, when I scroll down,we have this drop shadow on these elements right there very nice right here.
I don’t think it’s using a gradient although we do get gradients .let’s see when I scroll down here, this is actually really neat. They added this really neat affected going underneath images like this, so you can see a frame just kind of underneath it off to the side these are all advancedthings that you’re now able to do with Thrive Architect and as we scroll down its just a lot more of the same probably a slight gradient in the background, there now in order to look and choose a particular landing page when you first go into Thrive Architect .
he would be hit click right here on the wheel on the top left .It’s can it take you to our option shere but working to click on a template set up and it’s right here landing page and it’s right here change in landing page template .
so when you click on it it’s gonna pull up this overlay and it’s going to show you all of the various landing page options now they do have them organized into sets this one was in this particular set here. here’s anentire said I’ll just go ahead and expand and it’s essentially an entire funnel .
So funnel sare something that a red hot right now probably because of a service called click funnels. you can use Thrive Architect to build the beautiful funnels that work perfectly but the benefit is you don’t necessarily even have to create these templates because they are all already made it for you .
All you would click on any of these templates that you wanted, so let me actually 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 click on choose template now there are a suite of elements that are available in Thrive Architect and they kind of have some marketing spin to it and this is a perfect example and that’s why chose this.
It has a countdown timer right here and this is something that you don’t typically get in all these various page builders and if you do get a countdown timer.
It might not be what’s known as an evergreen countdown timer which is something that will make it ,so when someone visits the page for that person only is when the countdown timer starts ,you don’t really have page builders that have features like that ,so one of the big pros of Thrive architect is the various professionally designed landing pages .
Next actually demonstrate on this landing pages you have what’s called an in line editor .I know I can be a littlebit of a techie term and in-line 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 is Divi .
I’m not the biggest fan of Divi but it is the only other page builder that has in-line editing .Today I do know some of the other ones they want to add it now why is in-line 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 in line 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 is what you get so with the in-line editing ,you can see right here in this headline right here.
It’s filed a little differently right you have this headline is section right here where two different colors you can do that with in-line editing ,so 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 and you really if you want to use of a blog post that’s when you really see it is actually very crucial and it just makes things a lot more convenient and correct .
So that the next thing I want to demonstrate something called breadcrumbs, so when I click here. you can see right here these are called 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 with so obviously this right here is not a professionally designed page. I put it to demonstrate this thing called breadcrumbs so what you have right here this blue box is a background section.
you can see it thereon the top left and then right here you have two columns.so you have the section called columns and then you have the individual column and then right here you have a content box ,
so let me actually click on something in this content box to fully demonstrate this breadcrumbs concept .
I’m clicking on the little airplane right here in there is the breadcrumbs these are all the different things. you get to from top to bottom.
So there’s the background section the columns the column content box and icon the reason this is important is because each of these parts of your page have their own settings ,so if I wanted to get to the 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 is is creating. some kind of a nested settings ,so what that means is say.
I want to change the color of this of these bits of text and I want to do ,it not just in the one little container want to do it for all of it .I just want to change the color of this text what you want to do is well today 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 set the white but I can change it to whatever.
It applies to everything within that container ,so you have this container system, so that is why I think this breadcrumbs feature is very powerful.
She can easily jump into exactly what you want to start editing the settings of but with one click and you can visually see all of these different containers.
This is something you don’t get this visual representation of exactly where you are exactly what you’re editing and they built the ability to easily jump to exactly .
What you want to edit this is something you’re only getting in Thrive Architect with this beautifully conceived breadcrumbs feature next Pro and I’ve used every single page builder is that Thrive Architect has probably one of the best mobile editing experiences.
That I’ve seen the only one that comes close is Elementor .Beaver Builder is not the best mobile editing experience. so what you would do for mobile editing their is option right here which is responsive and then you can click on tablet ,you can choose mobile and you can see exactly how it’s going to look on those various devices and you can make device specific changes .
So typically what this is going to be is headline size the size of your headlines you can see it’s one size right here. when I click on it let me go to text option ,you can see right here the font size right here is 40 but then when I go to desktop it changes 286 .
You can have these as vice specific sizes for fonts and also spacing ,so how much space is above margin padding left and right and all of that these are typically things that you run into problems.
When you actually look at your website in a mobile device and it’s very easy to click right here see what it looks like on a mobile device and immediately.
Start making those particular changes you can see this landing page template is already made two areas had these adjustments made ,so it’s gonna look really good on a mobile device and another thing, that I really like that’s unique you can do this with other page builders .
You can make certain elements only view able on certain devices ,so on anything that you click so let me click on this video right here .
You got these responsive options and you can choose to make this only visible on certain devices know what I like about it though say I only want this on the mobile.
so I’m gonna disable it on urban to make it hidden on the desktop.Now it makes it disappear on the desktop.I really like that other different page builders you still see it on all of the different views.
It’s actually kind of weird now if you want to see all hidden elements, you go like this and you’ll be able to see it that’s just something that I notice little touches that I really like another thing, that I really like is the layout in positioning options for just about every element and also this absolute setting.
I want to show you that right now so as trying to set it up right here so when you click on any of the elements, Go ahead and click on this right here and we have our option where most of them are good to have this layout and position and this is really nice it gives you a nice visual representation for something called margin and padding margin 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 your margin. 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 this right here is the spacing inside the element ,so this is what happens when I increase that it’s going to push everything inside of it down and that’s what your margin and padding is but I just really love how visual this is ?
So it’s very easy to comprehend .This is your outside space and this is your inside space know what’s really neat is you have some advance options here that I’m in a demonstrate .
So, I go ahead and click right here on this little element and now I’m in the layout and position of for 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 basically the stacking order of things if you have two things on top of each other the item with the higher the 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 I what happens when I click on absolute it pushes it off to the side and it’s just kind of a floating .
There now when you click on edit position now you can change the position of it so say, 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 so I can go like this and I can move it up higher so say. I wanted this airplane right in the middle .
I can do something just like that he can easily do this in any other page builder .there’s a lot of great use case and errors, it probably look better if I maybe had this airplane in a circle or something like that it might look better actually 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 kinda looks a little better like that you see where I’m going with this this is something that’s very hard to do another page builders .
But you get this really nice easy to use layout and positioning options and then you have advanced options if you want to add a little bit more design into your website like I just demonstrated with this absolute option .
Next feature that I really think is nice is the reverse stacking order now what that means is I have this column right. here okay this row when I have these two columns will typically you see this on a lot of webpages were you’ll have an image and then you’ll have some information and then you’ll duplicate that because now you want the image on this side under neath it in the information on the other side.
But then you have to kinda duplicated in then drag this there then drag that there it’s a little bit of a pain now you don’t have to deal with that with Thrive Architect .
so I’ve got this section here I’ve got one column here in one column. Here 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 two and I have it here okay but say I want to reverse this summit to go 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 reverse order you see that so now this is column two in this is column one this is a speed tool.
So when you’re laying out a website if you have these alternating columns maybe three or four them. It’s a 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 this reverse order and this is also good for mobile devices because a lot of times when you have the sealternating sections on a mobile device .
They don’t look good you’re going to need to usethis reverse order feature for mobile devices this is one thing that I help you think is cool and you can you can do that to any of these .
So I can do it here: 1:2 I can click right here go to columns in the reverse order and 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 .
So you’re good to get your paragraph text, you’re heading in your basic stuff right image button, the button builders really nice columns background sections ,content boxes ,content templates, this means if you wanted to save an individual piece of content that you’ve created for reusing over and over that would be saved and made into a content template.
They have these item shere that they call building blocks ,some of these are useful. Some of these I never will ever see myself using so click the tweets actually pretty cool content reveal is super awesome.
You can have some time content that reveals at a certain point time. This is good for a page that has a video and maybe had five minutes and you want something revealed and but it doesn’t sync up with the video player but if you had a video on auto play .
Then you can kinda get it going pretty good countdown but the Evergreen countdown is really awesome credit cards actually do think ,the credit card options are pretty nice.
I think you have a demonstrated right here the credit cards ,it’s something simple like that makes it a little more easy to put things together on your website.
You have this custom menu actually ,I just make sure how this works so 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.
May be actually don’t have a WordPress menu set up on this demo site, so that’s actually really good to have the menu option right .There this is sadly something a lot of page builders, don’t even have discussed comments.
I’ll never use that Facebook comments etc. 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 I use that a lot and you see him get kind a down on the list here you have this little pin option right here sign ,click on that and it moves it up to the very top of show you right here. It’s now right here is a pinned item .
I actually like that because you can find you have a page builder there’s 50 different elements in .There you only use like six or seven of them ,so this way you can pin them and you can reorder them actually 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 have a lead generation and this is where you would create your own pop-up .
So you can tie it to a button or clicking on an image or something like that post grade this, their implementation of it is just okay .
It’s good to show grid of the blog posts you might have progress bar social share that’s actually very nice.
Start reading your doing reviews style list a table. I think one of their key elements that doesn’t sound right table contents is another feature.
They have that is amazing let me go explain those but will case ,we got tabs testimonial toggles video and WordPress content.
So let’s see if I can reorder these now doesn’t look like it that would’ve been cool .I guess it’s the order in which you pin it so the table feature is amazing .
So 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 in the but you have to use this plan called table press and there are other ones ,that are all just a major pain to use but this is the only like visual tool for creating a data., the table on your website, table contents is awesome.
I have use that on many websites that’s where it pulls up the different headings that you have on your page and it automatically creates table of contents were some can click and it will basically pull that the title into this type table context box and click on it.
It takes them straight down to that piece of content it’s a beautiful feature they’re the only ones that have something like that and so there’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 on talk about iconic touch on it earlier is this whole ecosystem of plug-ins that can communicate with one another.
I know that 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 builder but you have this entire suite of plug-ins that perfectly works together so if you’re doing any kind of marketing on your website.
It’s definitely 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 there isn’t essentially, when you buy into a thrive product they have a back end training portal that has tons and tons and tons of training and it’s all therefor you some written the training, some of its video ,most of his video training thats hows 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 actually\’85 Sorry about that that I’m not so prepared to showcase rough University but basically actually hear him to go ahead and login okay am now logged into the website .
You see right here it says Thrive University when you click on it it’s can it take you to their learning management system this actually part another plug in 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 take and its or its part of what you’re purchasing with Thrive .
so you can see right here ,it’s his video sets a video lesson and there some here that say text that the text base course and look look at the names of these .
It’s not about just ThriveArchitect or one of their products 20 tips to build a mailing list fast 25 design resources right here build a conversion focus website from scratch.
You have these courses here that are really 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 in you really don’t know what’s wrong with it, until you actually habit and try to start using it or maybe have something to compare it to nowThrive architect fantastic.
But it’s not perfect and honestly. I don’t really expect to be perfect because it was only released about a month ago .
so I think over time it’s been a mature and this can add some of these features and I did run some of these by the people at Thrive ,to see where their stances are is 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 say I want to let’s see right here.
Let me scroll down ,lets he find something here that’s a good example is nothing good example right here.
But let me just to tell you basically what this 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 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 just drag and drop it in place.
It in that location on every single page now the problem comes in is when you want to actually maybe change that bit of text or change some of the text on the button or change a 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 10 pages and I gotta go into the editor on each of those 10 pages to change that been a texture to change that color because there’s no sinking involved it’s not a global element .
Even though it’s the same exact 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 and it goes across to all the other places that you’re using that save section on this is something that they absolutely 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 definitely need something like that a globally save delement were there all synced across the next 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 and they are fantastic the biggest problem with the landing page though is that if you want to use it .
It completely overrides your themes header and footer so you can’t take advantage of one of these pre designed landing 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 for 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 and 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 really 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’s 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 and 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 this is what happens .I’ll go like this and let me click on the little wheel there a minute click right here on template set up in the right here .
I’m ina click on change landing page template and when I do that I get my landing page templates let me go ahead and expand the set and choose this one right here .
Just do that oneclick on choose template now see what happens is then it just wipes out my header and footer for my them.
I wanted 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.
This might be more of an oversight this is how Thrive Content Builder worked as well it might be bit more of an oversight there should be an option. They should have it so I can go back in here and have an option to still use my themes and header and footer.
So 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 really.
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.
So I’m also building all that content into my Thrive Architect course that’s currently being developed right now and will be available soon so.
I really gotta say Thrive Architects a really solid product and I really like the direction that it’s going they have a lot of experience at Thrive.
They’ve been doing this for years and I think that it really has an exciting future.
I think really though when they add this AB split testing now maybe split testing is something that people think they need but they never end up using but, I do think they need to use it once they add a B split testing it’s going to really set this on a new level above a lot of the other page builders because none of them really 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 Thrive implemented on their architect page builder so anyways if you own Thrive Architect .