Thrive Architect Review: Is It The Page Builder For WordPress?
Thrive Themes is one of my favorite software marketing companies out there now. They produce products that are great that I use, and they consistently improve and update them over their lifetime.
My initial introduction to Thrive came a few years ago when they launched an page builder called Thrive Content Builder. At the time it was published, there was nothing like it. Not only could you use it to build landing pages that are converting, but it was great for spicing up your blog post content with eye catching visual components.
The ability to add components like table of buttons , styled lists, contents, countdown timers and custom widgets allowed you to make your content stand out. I still use it today on a few of my articles like my post on the providers that are best.
While still a product that was fantastic, it began being surpassed by flashier competitors concerning innovation and ease of use.
That is why I was so excited when the of Thrive Architect was declared in the beginning of this month. The preview videos were hungrily consumed by me I was so happy that my Thrive Content Builder plugin ready to update to the newest version and as they were released.
So in this Thrive Architect review, give you an comprehensive look at how it works, and I’m going to take a look at all the key enhancements of the plugin.
What’s Thrive Architect?
When you haven’t been following closely to the previews you might have about what Thrive Architect is, some initial confusion.
It’s not just some polish over the existing plugin. It’s a complete rework of the product with workflow and a UI.
Yet Thrive Architect is backward compatible with your TCB generated content. So when you do the upgrade, of your old content will all appear the same. This was very important to me, and gave me peace of mind when doing the update on this site.
You also get all the same widgets that TCB was known for such as countdown timers, testimonials, lead generation forms and many others. Plus it gives you the ability to create many layouts the default WordPress editor simply can’t do.
It gives you the flexibility to do things on your site including:
• Designing simple or complex landing pages for generation.
• Creating beautiful custom pages on your site like home pages, contact pages, resource pages and more.
• Enhancing your blog posts with eye catching visuals.
Not only that, but Thrive Architect is also the visual editor that powered other Thrive products such as Thrive Quiz Builder and Thrive Leads which I’m also using on this website.
So it will improve the experience you have with these products.
What are some of the features of Thrive Architect?
There is a definite learning curve to being productive with Thrive Architect, but I am quite satisfied with how flexible and powerful it is. After playing with it, I am quite confident you can design any type of homepage or landing page you want with it.
Here are a few of the things I am really like about the product.
Nice Feature #1: Easy to properties
I truly appreciate the thought that went into designing its UI as there are tons of small and big improvements.
For properties like font sizes and container widths, Thrive Architect gives you a few ways to change values. I like the way to be precise by entering particular inputs or using the sliders to quickly tweak values.
You can input values, click on the arrows and even just drag to more quickly adjust your padding and margins. Everything works pretty well.
Wonderful Feature #2: Better responsive pages.
While TCB was portable responsive, Thrive Architect takes this to a whole new level.
Now you can individually edit your pages for desktop, tablet, and mobile devices, so your page will appear just how you want it on every screen size.
In the bottom of the sidebar, there’s an icon called Responsive View that lets you switch between Desktop, Tablet, and Mobile views. (Desktop is the default)
It’s a little tricky to explain but basically changes to each view’s styles cascade downward where Desktop > Tablet > Mobile.
Changes in the Desktop perspective will apply to all 3 views while alterations to Tablet will impact Tablet and Mobile viewpoints. Phew!
But on tablet view I wanted them to pile on top of each other vertically.
This shift then automatically propagated down to the cellular view as well.
You also have the ability to hide or show different elements in the 3 views. So if a particular image is too large for mobile screens you can just hide it from that view. This is available under the’Responsive’ section in each component’s properties.
By taking the time to do this, now you can make your pages look great at all screen resolutions.
Thrive Architect lets you select elements on the page by simply clicking on them.
But when elements are nested inside of each other, selecting the particular thing you need becomes a bit trickier.
TA solves this issue by introducing a breadcrumb navigation menu at the top of the screen. It shows all the elements in the chosen item’s hierarchy so you can easily select the one you want to edit.
Nice Feature #4: No content lock-in.
One of the main concerns people have with having a webpage builder is they fear they will be locked to the product forever. I think this was the major issue that we had with using Thrive Content Builder.
Luckily, Thrive Architect made this a priority and has addressed this concern.
If there ever comes a day in which you need to uninstall Thrive Architect, all your content and graphics remain.
I’m also pleased to report that you can disable TA in the post or page level as well. Let’s say you’ve used it to improve a particular blog post.
Clicking it is going to enable you to edit your content using the WordPress editor that is normal. You will lose all of your TA that is special formatting of course, but your content remains that’s the important part.
Thrive Architect is a brand new solution, so there were a few annoyances that I found along the way. Here are a few things.
Improvement #1 fonts requires too many clicks.
Setting my fonts for elements is one of the most common things I do while designing my webpage.
The problem is that it can take up to 4 clicks to pick the font you need for any specific element.
Then pick your source, choose your font, then press the’Apply’ button. It gets a bit tedious after doing so over and over.
It would be nice if Thrive Architect be able to apply it and only could remember.
Improvement #2: Sidebar ends up getting cluttered over time
By default, the component properties in the sidebar are grouped into segments that are neatly hidden away using accordion style menus.
But when you start opening a few of the sections, it becomes harder to find the properties you want since the sections remain open until you close them. You have to do much more scrolling which can become annoying.
It would be nice if TA added a button that will collapse the segments.
Improvement #3: Nevertheless some general bugginess.
As I worked on the design of my webpage, I did detect some bugs that are sporadic. When I selected an element the selection highlight didn’t appear. I notice that if fonts are picked by me it doesn’t fill in the default values.
These were annoyances and none of them are deal breakers. As a product, bugs should be expected and I’m confident that the Thrive development team will correct these issues very quickly in a future update.
Thrive Architect Pricing
The same model is followed by thrive Architect to its products. You pay a one time fee, with the cost you want. It’s $97 for a 5 license package $67 for a site license, and $147 for a 15 license package.
With this one-time fee you get access to all the plugin’s features, lifetime updates and one year of support.
This is what I have.
There were some Thrive Architect discounts given out to affiliates. However, you won’t find any coupons for products that are Thrive.
Then Thrive Architect is a update that I’m sure you will love if you’re a recent Thrive Content Builder user. Plus it enhances your experience working with other Thrive products such as Thrive Quiz Builder and Thrive Leads.
And this is just the start. The Thrive team is very responsive to feedback, and what we’re seeing with Thrive Architect is only the start. Over time, the item will continue to improve and get better and better.
If you’re looking to design a new homepage, landing page, or just need to create blog posts, why don’t you give a try to Thrive Architect?