Thrive Architect Review – Why It Helps Convert Like A Pro

Thrive Architect is a WordPress visual editor plugin by Thrive Themes. Formerly known as Thrive Content Builder, it had a major transformation and released during 2017. Since then, there's been a countless number of updates. Previously in this Thrive Architect Review, I listed the features I was impressed with as well as the ones I felt pretty indifferent with. Now Thrive Themes team takes the users' feedbacks very seriously and constantly improves their products. Especially Thrive Architect being their most popular plugin. Now this is my most up-to-date Thrive Architect review.

If you've previously used Thrive Content Builder and wasn't 100% sure of the product, this time it will convince you with its super conversion focused landing page templates as well as impressive features that no other WordPress users can have. The existing users are provided with any new updates for free.

Thrive Architect Review

What Is Thrive Architect?

In case you've never heard of it - Thrive Architect, formerly called Thrive Content Builder, is a conversion-focused drag & drop WordPress page builder plugin. You don't create the content within the WordPress editor, but instead you have a Thrive Architect button, which opens up a new browser tab with WYSIWYG builder.

It has many extra features that WordPress editor does not have (as many as the icons shown in the image above) such as buttons, call-to-action, social share buttons, testimonials, counter, etc. Normally a WordPress user would have to have a separate plugin installed to add such an extra feature, whereas Thrive Architect has so many of them in one plugin.

The plugin is pretty large in size (over 30Mb) with many functions, but because Thrive's first objective is a responsiveness, the Architect will not slow down your site speed - how they do it is a wonder!

Major Changes

I'm pretty excited to witness 'more than a few steps forward' in most of the elements, but am particularly impressed in the areas such as;

  1. Customising some extra functions has become even easier / simplified
  2. More options in terms of graphics, size and styles
  3. Responsive view (desktop, tablet and mobile) within the editor
  4. Easier "word processing"


Next I'll briefly explain what I mean by each one.

#1 Easier Customisation

For example an opt-in form. The width of it was previously not adjustable by itself. In order to insert a reasonably small form in the centre of the page, you needed to insert a "Content Container" (now called "Background Section") first, adjust the width of the container and place the form inside it. Otherwise you would have a form that's full-page length.

Now the process is simplified with Thrive Architect - you can directly adjust the form's width (or any other element's width) and align it left, centre or right of the page easily.

For example...

Previously: the above form may look fine in a mobile browser, but too wide in a desktop browser, if used on its own.

Now the width is easily adjustable.

Another example is "Event Manager", now called "Animation & Action". In order to have an image, button or icon animated, previously you would click Event Manager, which would open a popup window, then you choose "Animation"... and so on. Now it's all operated within the side control panel, and you can view the animation in the exact location of your page as you choose.

#2 More Options in Graphic / Styles

Example: Background Area

Background section can be in a solid colour, image, gradient like this one, or a pattern. The corner radius can be adjusted in seconds. 

And you can set the visibility according to the device. For example this gradient background to be visible only when viewed in desktop or tablet browser, but invisible when viewed in mobile browser.

Example: Styled List Variation

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There weren't many styled list options previously, but now you can use any icon, in any colour and size, with any background. You can also have a different icon line by line. You can drop a shadow to the list box or the text, and have it animated within seconds.

Example: Button

The button feature has become more versatile - it's easier to change colours than before, and there are more variations such as rounded, fully-rounded, "Ghost" (transparent with border), elevated, etc. And you can insert any icon inside it (like the heart icon in the button below).

There are a lot more vivid improvements in graphics, and by all means you can check them in Thrive's website - accessible from the button above.

Example: Google Map

One more example! Placing a Google Map in your webpage has become incredibly easy. Just drag & drop the Google Map feature icon, and type in the name of any area. The map will appear in the editor. Type in another town, and it will instantly pick up the map. You can zoom right in to show the exact location / street address by default, too.

This is extremely useful for a local business (WordPress) site, otherwise it would have needed to install a Google Map plugin, which would set up separately then a shortcode would have to be applied on the post editor.

#3 Responsive View

This is probably one of the most highly-anticipated features. To be able to check a tablet view and mobile view within the editor while working on your page.

...I just heard a laughter in my head. I often wonder how much of a lack-of-imagination, do-what-I'm-told type of person I am. Someone told me to "always check how my site looks like in a mobile browser". So I've always been doing that; as soon as I publish a web post, I would pick up my phone and check. Then I would fix whatever element that's not aligned correctly. So the editable mobile/tablet view option is simply a pleasant surprise to me. I've only just learned the fact that many other existing users were eagerly waiting for this!

Thrive Architect Responsive View

By the way the control panel on the right in the image above - is on the left-hand side by default. You can have it either side. You can also minimise it and pull it back out when you need it.

#4 Word Processing Has Become Easier

If I had to pick a weakness with the previous version, I'd say it was a word processing aspect.

Each and every paragraph was in an invisible box (<p> </p> in HTML code). As soon as you pressed Enter, you would jump to the next paragraph - just like any other word processors do. In a word processor, or WordPress editor, if you accidentally press Enter, all you do is to press Backspace key to go back to the previous paragraph.

Thrive Content Builder did not allow you to do this. If you press Enter accidentally, it will immediately create a new paragraph box underneath. You're already in the new paragraph which you don't want. You'd have to delete the new paragraph box, and actually move the curser and click the end of the previous paragraph in order to continue writing. Of course there was an "Undo" button, but it didn't work in this case. Undo button did not always "undo" the last action.

Thrive Architect paragraph container

Now the problem's fixed with Thrive Architect. Keep writing as many paragraphs and you're still in one "text box". You can join two paragraphs into one just like you can do with normal word processor or WordPress editor. This is a huge step-forward for me.

Similarly, it was previously almost impossible to copy & paste a few paragraphs from another document. Thrive would create a nested text box and also create a huge gap in between each paragraph. This is fixed also. It can create a big gap (two spaces in between the paragraphs), but it can be tidied up easy with a click & backspace.

Landing Page Templates  [Rapid Implementation]

Thrive's landing page templates are created in line with its "Rapid Implementation" policy - it is the idea of prioritising the purpose of it and getting it published quickly, without being distracted by other details such as changing images, colours, etc. But of course everything's fully customisable.

New templates are added and, what I like first of all is how they're displayed, makes it easier for me to find what I want. Previously the templates were listed by category, such as sales page, lead generation page, product launch page etc, which was actually pretty confusing. If you had wanted a sales page with lead generation and also a product launch in the same page for example, you would have ended up checking them all. Now the templates are listed by theme - the look - if you click a theme, it expands to show what kind of templates that particular theme offers. 

"Atomic" Landing Page Set for Copywriting Challenge

Thrive Architect Shane's Copy Only Landing Page Template

This is a 'challenge' feature set out by the SEO, Shane Melaugh for the users as a free bonus.

The Atomic landing page templates include; video sales page, download page, webinar registration page, webinar streaming page, webinar replay page, lead generation page, confirmation page.

As part of Thrive "university" training element, Shane has prepared a template with very basic elements - header, sub-header, text and call-to-action - where the users can insert what they think the most effective words & sentences using the copywriting technique. 

This in my opinion, is truly a bonus, extremely useful for those who want to learn a basic copywriting technique to boost conversion rates.

Thrive Architect Pro's and Con's

Pro's:

  • Drag & drop is easy - each icons in the side control bar is even clearer than the previous version, and the most used features can be pinned to the top of the bar.
  • So many useful features in one plugin - otherwise you would have to install 20+ separate plugins to make it work like Thrive Architect does.
  • Fast loading - these many features don't affect your site speed.
  • Modern & stylish - quite obviously. Thrive has been around for many years and the Architect has just been released!
  • Comprehensive Landing page builder - user friendly with its quick-publish formula but fully customisable.
  • Educational element with "Atomic" challenge - a very useful bonus. 

Con's:

  • Occasional freeze - it happened with Thrive Content Builder and it still seems to happen with the Architect from time to time. It gets stuck, wouldn't let me type or drag  & drop. When it happens, all you have to do is simply save the work and reload the page, and it works fine again. *** 2018 Update: I actually haven't experienced this since January this year - I'm very pleased about it and hope it'll stay like this!

Thrive Architect Review - It Is Out Now

Once you've used it, you cannot go back to the generic WordPress editor - this is what most of the existing users say. Suitable for any online marketers, bloggers, retailers or affiliates. With many useful functions to make a difference to your web space, I would recommend Thrive Architect to any WordPress users.

Ray Alexander

Hi! I’m Ray. Over the past 15+ years I have been involved with web designing, programming and online marketing. I work from home and have a passion for exploring new tools, services and programs in order to make money online. I’m here to help you succeed in building a profitable business by sharing my experiences. Any question, don’t hesitate to ask!

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