Thrive Themes Review – 5 Reasons To Make the Switch (2020)
Are you a WordPress user and are looking for a high quality theme? There are many reasons to switch - your current theme may not be good enough, the customization is complex, or you may be looking to change the website's design, look & feel just for a change.
We have been using Thrive since 2016 and absolutely love the set of themes and plugins they have to offer. According to one of their founders, Shane Melaugh, Thrive is all about bringing you results and conversions. In this review, we give you 5 reasons why you should be using Thrive products too.
What Is Thrive Themes?
Thrive Themes is a WordPress software company which came in existence in 2013. The founders Paul McCarthy & Share Melaugh have a solid track record in the online marketing industry and they have been at it for years.
Up until 2013, there were tens of hundreds of decent-looking WordPress themes and plugins but they lacked the 'wow' factor and the users often struggled with getting their website to convert. This was when Thrive came into existence with a laser focus on conversions. If you have a blog, or a website, all you will care about as a website owner are results.
There are a lot of page builders available on the market, but they are either way too complicated to use, too expensive or they lack basic functionalities. One of the main reasons why Thrive was developed was to tackle the issues users had with the infamous WYSIWYG editor. It often took a lot of time and efforts to build some content.
Thrive content builder/TCB came to the market as a knight in shining armor and all of a sudden, building pages became a breeze. It's now re-branded to Thrive Architect which has only added more features to its arsenal since the initial launch. It's among one of the best, if not the best WordPress page builders today.
With their high quality product repertoire, Thrive themes have gained worldwide recognition for building some of the finest software in the industry.
The Product Line
As a part of the Thrive Membership, you get instant access to a wide range of products which you can use on up to 25 of your websites with a single user license.
With Thrive, there are over a dozen premium themes to choose from, with each sporting a unique design, look, and feel. If you use Thrive, everything you will build with the theme+plugin package, it will be conversion-optimized out of the box. This will skyrocket your productivity and save you time for obvious reasons.
This blog (Work From Home Reviews) uses Ignition, which is a part of the Thrive theme bundle. It's a very high quality theme which again is built with conversions in mind and looks great on desktop/mobile devices. The theme customization is beginner-friendly and the websites load fast.
Thrive Architect is their page builder which is not only very advanced, but also surprisingly simple to use at the same time. To get started, you don't even need any technical skills.
So, how will you edit pages with it? Simple - just go to a page, click on 'Edit with Thrive Architect' and it will open a visual editor where you can simply drag and drop elements and build the page(s) you desire. If you can imagine how a page should look like, you won't have any hard time making it a reality. It's time to finally ditch your expensive web designing company and build 'better' web pages on your own.
With having Thrive Leads by your side, it's like having a complete list building toolkit in your hand. It can collect your website visitors' emails without causing much nuisance like with other plugins. There are a lot of options to choose from depending on your preferences.
It also comes with A/B split testing which marketers will absolutely love. This will help in optimizing your website for best possible results and boosting your website revenue. The reporting is also very accurate and something which a webmaster will find handy.
Thrive Comments improves the visitors' user experience big time and helps boosts your website engagement. At the same time, it will safeguard your website from spam.
You can also build nested conversations which will make commenting a breeze and help them become more meaningful. Once someone has dropped a comment, instead of showing a 'thank you' message, you also get to customize what they should see. You can encourage them to share their email address with you or simply show a custom thank you page.
Other than Thrive comments, they also have Thrive Apprentice, Quiz Builder, Ultimatum, Ovation, Optimize, and Clever Widgets included in the membership.
5 Reasons To Use Thrive
When you consider these five reasons, making the switch will be a no-brainer for you.
#1 Lifetime Updates
If you're thinking long term, this reason alone is enough to ditch your current website theme. Most themes come with 6-month and some with 12-month support for updates. How would you like something that will truly stand the test of time and never falter?
This also means you don't need to keep purchasing other products because your current software is obsolete. Thanks to the ongoing maintenance, this will surely save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Kudos to the software team!
#2 Complete Software Suite
Thrive Themes are more than just a 'theme' package. If 10+ premium themes weren't enough, you also get instant access to 5+ plugins you will absolutely love. Everything is optimized for conversions and ready to go.
Either purchase 10 different products and after lots of guesswork and efforts, try to come up with a setup that works for you or get Thrive membership and end your misery once and for all.
You might be thinking this may be too expensive. How much does the complete software suite cost? It's priced at $19 per month! YES, we are not joking, 19 bucks a month for a complete set and forget WordPress solution which is peanuts compared to what you get!
If that wasn't enough, you also get to access all the tools in the membership on up to 25 of your websites with a single membership. Anyone in their right mind simply can't say no to this!
#3 Quality Support & Training
Most of the queries are resolved in a reasonable amount of time (usually within 24h) and the knowledge base they have is well documented and easy to follow.
If you run into issues, chances are you will find a solution in the knowledge base/tutorials section. If the issue persists, you can always open a ticket from the support forum and a customer support representative will attend you shortly.
Other than this, they also have a library of helpful resources which you may need to build a successful online business, called Thrive University. As a member, this section is open for you to explore and learn at your own pace.
Don't get us wrong. You can build some of the most complex designs with Thrive but the editor is very simple to use once you get the hang of it. The editor is sleek, has some eye candy but the interface is not overwhelming.
Edit once, and you can simultaneously switch between the desktop, tablet and mobile view to ensure the web page looks good on all devices. Thrive truly 'thrives' in the performance department too - the website loads in no time, there's an option to lazy load comments and optimize the images you upload to save space. Image optimization alone will make sure the website loads quickly and the loading times are not bothersome.
#5 Advanced Visual Editor
The advanced visual editor holds nothing back when it comes to page customization. If you can dream of a design, chances are you can build it with Thrive Membership (in record time).
All you will be doing is dragging and dropping. Simply drag an element over to a section where you want it to go. This is a huge step up from the time consuming and limited WYSIWYG editor.
We have tested them all - WP Bakery Page Builder (formerly known as Visual Composer), Elementor, SiteOrigin, Divi and a handful more. They were all decent but they all pale in comparison to Thrive Architect which is simply miles ahead in every department.
Thrive truly 'thrives' in the WordPress environment and is one of the best (and affordable) options if your website is powered by WordPress. If you're not using them, you don't even realize what you're missing out on.
The themes are all build with perfection, it's just a matter of your preference which one to select for your blog. This should really depend on the type of your website. No matter which one you choose, it will look and work great by default. Other than the main themes, you should also consider using the set of plugins they have to offer, that's where Thrive absolutely shines and stands out.