Thrive Ovation Review – Funky Testimonials Made Easy

Updated: September 10, 2016
by Ray Alexander

The latest, brand new product from Thrive Themes is a testimonial plugin for WordPress, Thrive Ovation. It allows you to collect testimonials from your audience wisely, and currently with 37 templates, it lets you create stylish and versatile display. Very easy to use. Video instructions, by the co-founder Shane Melaugh viewable within the dashboard, are straightforward and easy to understand. So here we go today, in this Thrive Ovation review I hope you'll get the feel of the plugin.

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Two Steps To Get Testimonials On The Go

Getting a testimonial on your webpage is a two-step process, right? (1) You ask someone to write it for you then (2) you publish it on your page.

You need a nice template to display the testimonials. There are a few decent WordPress plugins available for that for free. However those plugins are designed to do (2) but not (1) - you still have to collect testimonials manually, by email or copy & paste from elsewhere such as social media.

Thrive Ovation has its back-office that automates the process between the two. It will collect testimonials, manage them and automatically put them on display. All you have to do is to approve them, or edit the content if you wish to.

Thrive Ovation Review Testimonials TCB or Shortcode

You can operate Thrive Ovation either in conjunction with Thrive Content Builder or by using WordPress short codes. You can also collect testimonials using Thrive Leads - place an "opt-in form" anywhere in your site. Just swap the opt-in box with a testimonial capture box, i.e. request form, which I'll show you later on in this page.


Thrive Ovation Dashboard

Download a zip file (2.3Mb in size) from your Thrive account page and install it on WordPress as normal. You'll find Ovation in the Thrive Dashboard in your WordPress menu.

The Ovation will also appear in Thrive Content Builder menu on the right, under "Advanced Elements".

Testimonial Submissions ("Capture Testimonials")

Okay so there are several ways to collect and manage testimonials before publishing on your website.

#1 Submission Form

A request form ("Capture Testimonials") can be placed anywhere in your web page. "Contact Us" page, or at the end of an article - anywhere. Or you can create a dedicated "testimonial submission page", give the url to your customers/visitors and ask them to fill it in.

So anyone can fill in the form, and you as the site owner have an authority to approve, edit or reject. When approved it will automatically be published.

Just like a website comment function, right?

Three capture templates (styles) are available.

Thrive Ovation Capture Testimonial Templates

I'm just showing you all the three templates side by side above, but the form can be as large as full-screen size. Plus you can add extra boxes such as the contributor's (a) Title (b) Role/Occupation (c) website URL. The main box can be one freeform box, or as many boxes as you like, with a specific question heading such as "How do you think we can improve our services?" "Any other comments?"

The contributor's photo is Gravatar-enabled via the email address, or can be uploaded manually.

#2 Submission Form Using Thrive Leads

Thrive Ovation using Thrive Leads

If you also have a Thrive Leads licence - you can use it to create a testimonial capture. Thrive Leads is a list building plugin - fancy popup "Subscribe To Our Newsletter!" kind of opt-in form. What you can do is to make it to "Tell Others What You Think!" - by removing the opt-in box area and inserting the Ovation's capture form instead.

#3 Transfer WordPress Comments To Testimonials

Thrive Ovation Comment to Testimonial

Talking about website comments - you can turn a comment into a testimonial. Click the "+" sign as shown in the image above first...

Thrive Ovation Comment To Testimonial Edit

...You most likely to edit the content, then click save. It will be published in your desired testimonial page automatically.

Thrive Ovation Social Media Integration

#4 Social Media Integration

You can transfer testimonials posted on Facebook, Twitter and Google to your website. You need to set it up using an app respectively from;

The video instruction by Shane is available within the dashboard, and it's really easy actually. It will turn a social media post into a testimonial in your website within seconds.

#5 Adding Manually

And of course the traditional way - someone sends you a testimonial by email. Or your great-grandma's wartime sweetheart sends you a handwritten letter (what!? a testimonial?) You either copy and paste it or type it in within the Ovation dashboard in WordPress.

Display Testimonials - Build Dynamic Contents

Thrive Ovation Testimonials Publish

Once you approve a testimonial, it becomes ready for display. 

Thrive Ovation Display Testimonials with Content Builder

If you're using Thrive Content Builder, you just drag and drop "Display Testimonials" from the menu, and choose a template. (Or use a WordPress shortcode - explained later)

Thrive Ovation Testimonial Display Templates

You can build testimonials statically or dynamically. Meaning with Static setting you manually add contents as normal. Every time you receive a new testimonial, you go to the display box and click to add. But the great feature that Thrive Ovation offers is the Dynamic setting. New testimonials are automatically added to the display page as you "approve" in the dashboard. This is where you use the awesome "tagging" function.

Tagging Feature

A tag should be set in each submission form in order to build a "dynamic" testimonial page, which is extremely useful when you have more than one type of testimonial section in your website. For example you have three different testimonial pages;

  1. Collection of testimonials for product A that you sell,
  2. Collection of testimonials for service B that you provide, and
  3. General testimonials.

You may provide three different testimonial submission forms in your site, and name a tag of each one"ProductA" "ServiceB" "General". In this way as soon as you approve a testimonial, it will be automatically allocated and displayed in the appropriate testimonial page.

Or you may have one submission form for all three testimonial pages. Each time you approve a testimonial, the Ovation will ask you which one to tag, i.e. which testimonial page you want it to be displayed.

Thrive Ovation Using WordPress Shortcodes

Thrive Ovation testimonial capture shortcodes

Whether you are a Thrive Content Builder user or not doesn't make a difference. The process is exactly the same except the very last second. If you choose the "shortcode" option, the code will appear as soon as you save your template, like the image above - you just click the button to copy the shortcode and insert it anywhere in the WordPress editor. While with the Content Builder you drag it from the side bar menu to the main screen.

That's all it is. You do that when you display the submission form and also when you display the testimonial boxes.


For $299/year or $99/quarter

Thrive Suite Includes:

  • Thrive Theme Builder: Visually create your WordPress website
  • Thrive Architect: Drag & drop page builder for WordPress
  • Thrive Quiz Builder: Boost website engagement through quizzes
  • Thrive Leads: Call-To-Action plugin, build your mailing list faster
  • Thrive Ovation: Gather & display testimonials for social proof
  • Thrive Comments: Make commenting fun and engaging
  • Thrive Optimize: A/B testing for landing pages
  • Thrive Ultimatum: Countdown campaign plugin
  • Thrive Apprentice: Build professional online courses
  • Thrive Automator: Automate workflow to increase sales 
Recommended Alternative: Thrive Architect Plugin Only - $97 per year

Thrive Ovation Review - Is It Worth The Money?

You may have worked it out by now. Thrive Ovation is perfect for those who have, or plan to have testimonials added on a regular basis. Otherwise this plugin is not essential.

Having said that (and considering I don't have many testimonials in my own sites!), I personally find this plugin very exciting. I think Shane and his Thrive team have done a great job once again.

Until the next surprise from Thrive Themes...

About the author 

Ray Alexander

ASD. Recovering alcoholic. LGBTQ+ advocate. Semi-retired. 15+ years of web-designing experience. 10+ years affiliate marketing. Ex-accountant. I'm nice and real. Ask me if you need any help in starting up your home business.

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  1. I understand it’s a very good plugin. I appreciate that Thrive Themes continuously come up with great plugins. I wish I could use them all at the same time but if I load more than 3 or 4 plus other SEO plugins they visibly slow down my site. That’s the critical issue I’m afraid. Dylan

    1. Hi Dylan, thanks for your comment. I agree with you, I have too many plugins installed already, I couldn’t use all the plugins that the Thrive recommends. You can, although, create a sub-domain and install extra plugins though. For example you build another website with a subdomain (e.g. https:// and have Thrive Ovation installed on this one. Users who click to view the testimonials will be directed to the subdomain (a new tab that’s open) but you can always direct them back to the main site. What do you think?

  2. Thrive comes across as a very simple tool to use. It’s something I would love to use for my own site. As for the price it doesn’t seem to hit the pocket too hard only $19 for a starter membership.

    I might just have to give this testimonial plug a go and find out for myself. Does the plugin slow down your website load time in any way, though?

    1. Hi Vinnie, thanks for your comment. $19 seems like a bargain to me too, during the launch discount period. And don’t forget, if you decide to use it in more than one site, you can always pay the balance to get multiple licences.

      In my opinion Thrive’s plugins are fantastic as far as the speed is concerned; I have Thrive Ovation installed on top of Thrive Ultimatum, Thrive Leads, Headline Optimizer, Content Builder as well as other essential plugins such as Yoast SEO, and the speed seems fine. That is my actual tests as well as according to speed-check tool sites. Shane Melaugh and his team are renowned for their site speed obsession (apparently!). Therefore I can’t explain what they actually do to the programming, but I do trust them.

  3. I’ve heard good things about Thrive and I like the concept of Thrive Ovation. I can see how it would greatly streamline posting testimonials to your website.

    Everything Thrive makes is top-notch and professional. I’ve been interested in their bundle of products for a long time. Several of my online marketing buddies swear by Thrive themes and plug-in and their sites are blistering fast.

    1. Hi Gary, thanks for your comment. And I’m glad to hear you’re interested in their products. If you join Thrive’s annual membership, you’ll receive all the products including the Ovation, any subsequent updates and new oncoming products during the year for free. I thoroughly recommend it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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