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Thrive Architect Review 2018

Updated: September 3, 2018
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Thrive Architect Overview

Thrive Architect is a WordPress page builder from Thrive Themes. It’s their next generation page builder that replaces Thrive Content Builder. It is ideal for any website build, but also really shines for marketers because of its marketing focus.

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Thrive Architect

$67

    • Over 100 Page Templates
    • Best Mobile Options
    • Included Popup Engine
    • Advanced Marketing Features
    • Gradient Backgrounds
    • Works With Any Theme

 

Thrive Architect Review: Key Features

  • Over 100 Page Templates
  • Best Mobile Options
  • Included Popup Engine
  • Advanced Marketing Features
  • Gradient Backgrounds
  • Works With Any Theme

Thrive Architect Review: Things To Consider

Being that Thrive Architect is an upgrade to Thrive Content Builder, there have been some upgrade issues that people have experienced. So right now I really don’t recommend upgrading from Thrive Content Builder.

While many developer hours went into Thrive Architect, there are still some things that are a bit overly complicated where there are settings panels on top of setting panels.

Also, Thrive Architect is lacking global save sections which is a huge time saver when building full websites.

Thrive Architect Coupon / Thrive Architect Discount

There are no Thrive Architect coupons available and Thrive rarely discounts their products.

Thrive Architect Review: Summary

Thrive Architect is a VERY exciting product. It is also the only modern page builder with inline editing which makes it ideal for creating amazing blog posts. It is a serious contender in the competitive page builder market.

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Thrive Architect Tutorials

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In this video I’m to be reviewing Thrive Architect
which is essentially Thrive Content Builder

version 2, but it got a new name hi my name
is Adam from WPCrafter.com where I make WordPress

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you two will let you know when I have a new
video so this video’s going to be about Thrive

architect and actually it’s going to be a
different kind of video because number one

I have used the product but number two it’s
not going to be out for a another month or

so this would be the first video in a series
of videos and I would be putting together

a video playlist here on YouTube for all the
tutorial videos on to be doing on Thrive Architect

now if you don’t know what that is it is a
page builder now thrive content builder was

also pretty much like the pioneering page
builder but there was a lot of problems with

it and you know they fix them all I gotta
say they really went through and looked at

all of the criticisms and they fixed all of
them so today they actually release the name

it’s going to be Thrive Architect this really
cool thing here where you could go ahead and

guess the name and I love their blog they
become party this is blog post is been here

for just a few hours and it already has hundred
24 comments on it now they did release a teaser

video not that long ago and I do actually
have access to it on one of their test servers

so the things I talk about in this video I’m
not can actually be able to show you because

wouldn’t be right I know they have their way
of marketing this and getting the hype going

and it’s going to be well-deserved but I’m
sure you couple screens of Thrive Architect

and I’m also gonna tell you some of the things
I know for a factor in there because I’ve

tested it and these are essentially addressing
the main gripes in the main things that I

think any page builder for WordPress should
have so before I get into that the last time

I made a video about a Thrive product it was
Thrive apprentice and I got mad at me that

it is and show the price and the video I’ll
just shock the price of their products and

I’m going to go through and say who this is
for and with this is not for here is their

current pricing now if you’re not familiar
with Thrive it’s actually a suite of plug-ins

and some themes and they all are integrated
and communicate together in the best way of

giving you an an analogy for that is Apple
products you’ve got your MacBook you’ve got

your Apple TV got your iPhone you got your
Apple watch and they all just communicate

perfectly together and the iPad of course
and that’s kind of like what Thrive does is

they have all these plug-ins but it’s either
not just like some other steamships that have

a million plug-ins their plugs actually are
made to work together and be integrated together

and communicate together and that is why I
like to write things that I personally have

this agency membership I’ve been an agency
member since 2014 but they have this other

plan right here it’s the $20 a month paid
annually it’s like what 200 bucks a year something

like that you can also pay quarterly there’s
this rocker switch so your initial cost to

purchase anything in the Thrive family products
to get that whole suite is a little bit more

well it all depends these days that pricing
is actually in line with other pricing but

you get a full suite of plug-ins that work
to gather so that is the cost of it so here’s

one of the those screens of the new content
builder now this screen is actually from a

video it’s not the actual screen when I was
actually using it I didn’t feel like it would

be right so they totally it’s it’s a totally
new product and now you’re going to have some

of the same elements from the old version
but the new version is totally different the

way you interact in the interface that you’re
going to go through in order to build out

your pages here is a closer shot of some of
the different modules that Thrive Architect

has now there modules are very different from
some of the other page builders they have

someone here that are very unique and they
have to have a marketing twist to it that

I really like so they really have the best
countdown timer Evergreen countdown timer

a content reveal they got the stuff nailed
down so this is just a quick look at the interface

not want to confirm a couple things that should
get people excited so essentially every criticism

I could’ve ever made about Thrive content
builder has been fixed and improved upon in

Thrive Architect so number one this is a page
builder that is going to work with any theme

the prior version it when you could use it
on any theme but you can get the full with

backgrounds that you want to have if you’re
using a page builder with Thrive Architect

or to get those full with background rose
and is really designed to work with any theme

and as a matter fact I tested it with the
Astra theme and it worked beautifully with

it number two when you deactivate Thrive Architect
all your content is there with Thrive content

builder that wasn’t the case if you deactivated
it you would lose anything that you built

in it it would be gone and so that is one
of things I really like that they added and

that was a big criticism so you could get
away from Thrive Architect if you chose to

but I’m sure if you’re going to use it make
a decision to use it you’re gonna definitely

stick with it number three and I like this
there’s gradients everywhere gradient is when

you have two colors that kind of blend in
together and it is a very modern design technique

in fact this Thrive Architect has all these
a very modern design techniques so they have

gradients for the background gradients for
the button there’s all kinds of gradients

for just about everything I didn’t check if
it has gradients for text but that would be

really cool if you guys are watching you should
definitely add gradients to text I like that

a lot and there are mobile specific options
this is something that was lacking in Thrive

content builder but you get it now in Thrive
Architect there’s elements that you can hide

on device by device basis now if I was to
compare Thrive Architect to any of the current

page builders it would be most like Elementor
and it in just the way you interact with it

in the feature set and there’s all these design
features built into it it’s going to be more

like Elementor than a Beaver Builder or a
Divi also using it kind of reminded me of

when I use Elementor now I will say it’s a
totally new builder and if you are a current

Thrive themes member or current right content
builder user when you start using Thrive Architect

you’re going to feel comfortable and that
you know what all these modules are because

you been using them but some things there’s
going to be a bit of a learning curve and

I’m going to try to do my best to help with
that learning curve to reduce it through tutorial

videos but there is going to be a little bit
of a learning curve but I can confidently

say that Thrive Architect is going to be a
beast in its can definitely compete with Elementor

and Beaver Builder and Divi and as soon as
this comes out in a month I’m going to do

a full or as soon as they let me I’m in a
do a full detailed video review and show you

how to do certain things with it and I know
I’m excited about Thrive Architect and if

your Thrive member I’m sure you’re very excited
about it to now I do have a link in the video

description to take you over to the Thrive
website to look at the pricing I also will

have a link in the video notes as well that
will take you to the YouTube playlist for

all of my Thrive contents and tutorials now
I’m also going to have a bonus package of

training courses that I normally sell my website
if you did want to purchase Thrive Architect

or a thriving membership I’m in a have a full
bonus package for you that you will be able

to go and get for free wife you purchased
that membership through my link so I intend

to make this YouTube channel the Thrive Architect
central the best place for tutorials for Thrive

Architect I just love these guys are doing
and honestly the arms and giving Mike my 100%

honest opinion my page builder choices still
is Beaver Builder for my website okay in there’s

a couple reasons for that however the best
thing that you get with Thrive themes is that

everything is just perfectly integrated together
you got Thrive leads it perfectly integrates

with Thrive content builder which perfectly
integrates with Thrive ultimatum which perfectly

integrates with Thrive apprentice which perfectly
integrates with Thrive quiz builder yeah that’s

it so everything just works seamlessly and
perfectly together and it’s pretty much anything

anyone would need to really get themselves
on the Internet and to create a functional

website that is conversion focused so I’m
excited about Thrive Architect let me know

in the video comment section below if there’s
any specific cute question you have about

Thrive Architect I’ve used that I could probably
answer your question and the full review and

tutorials whole suite of those are on its
way I can already say this is going to be

product that I’m gonna like and I’m going
to use a mortar using four of their products

on my WP crafter website right now and so
I am so much looking forward to Thrive Architect

and I’m looking forward to creating more content
around this product for you

Review Transparency & Ethics
These reviews & comparisons are my opinions based on my usage and testing. Although I have been solicited for paid reviews, I want to make it clear that I have always declined! I have never been paid to write or record any reviews, EVER! For more information on my review process, visit my Transparency Report linked above.

  • Alan says:

    Purchased TA a few days ago after seeing your comparison and review videos and I have to say I’m struggling a bit with it. Mainly due to the inability to add simple shortcodes, I use adsense and a plugin called shortcoder so that I can easily change all ads on all pages in one go if required. When I add in a shortcode to a wordpress element I can no longer save the page, created a support ticket on the 6th and 4 days later we’re no closer to resolving it.

    I also had an issue with a responsive affiliate script that was not responsive on TA pages, I had to put this in a wordpress content element rather than a custom html element for it to work which seems odd.

    I’ve also had issues with the “reverse column order” tick box that did nothing on mobile sites until I recreated every single column on the page and then it started working.

    There’s also some obvious elements missing, things like a dedicated shortcode element, an image carousel so that we can have changing images at the top of a page without having to use a bloated slider plugin, pricing tables, flip boxes and others too. Global elements would eliminate the need for a shortcode plugin and would also be very handy.

    The main thing that’s worrying for me is that I’ve seen a number of threads in the support system that have taken a while or have ended with a conclusion that another plugin is incompatible which to me is unacceptable for a page builder as a page builder needs to be able to play nicely with all other plugins that the site uses and the fact that they seem to be washing their hands of issues is troubling.

    To me TA feels like a product that’s still in development, the bits that are there are good and work well, there’s bits that need adding and a lot of bugs still to be squashed.

    Let’s hope they can improve their support and get some of these other elements added quickly. I’m off to try Elementor and see if that’s any better for my needs.

  • Suzi says:

    This is a really helpful video. Thank you. I really like TA and Thrive BUT I got so frustrated as the landing pages are not usable if you need to keep your header and footer from your theme. I ended up cancelling over this. I really hope they urgently put it back so the templates and landing pages go in UNDER the header and above the footer!
    I am thinking of usign Astra and TA. I assume I will keep my header and footer if I just use TA and ignore the other thrive things?

  • Wendy says:

    Thanks heaps for this overview! I am looking for a plugin to create landing pages for my website. How can I be sure TA is going to work with my current theme? I’m not techy AT ALL and not 100% sure what questions to ask to be sure?

    • It works with any theme, literally. When you use it to make a landing page, it will not be using anything from your theme. Also they have a return policy, but I can tell you upfront that it will work fine.

      • Wendy says:

        Thanks so much for your reply! I am so keen to buy a one-off plugin than have a membership fee at this point in my business. All your info has been great 🙂

  • Mark says:

    Hi there. I ran Thrive Content Building for ages on 7 sites. I upgraded as we are always advised to ‘for security reasons’, no Thrive Architect doesn’t work on any of my sites! Every time I click the ‘Edit in Thrive Architect‘ green button, I get taken to the home page of whichever site I am trying to work on. This is so frustrating as the Vendor tells me my support has now expired. It’s hard not to feel cynical about this. They will provide me with another year of support for $40. Has anyone else had this issue? What’s the fix? I tried disabling all but the Thrive plugins, this didn’t work. I also changed my themes in case that was the issue, this also made no difference. Any advice gratefully received.

    • Yes, they have always provided 1 year of support and lifetime updates. A new year of support for $40 is a pretty fair amount. I would suggest 2 things, check the PHP version and try v7. Also, you can try disabling all of your plugins and see if it then will work. If it doesn’t then you know its a plugin conflict, and start activating your plugins one by one to find the culprit.

      • Mark says:

        Hi Adam. As I mentioned above, I had already tried disabling all the other plugins; I still had the issue.
        I seem to have found a fix though! If I try to work on a draft page (after saving it of course), I have this issue. However, if I ‘Publish’ the page, it works! I can then make it private again and TA then continues to work. Curious.
        Thanks for replying though. All the best, Mark

  • Goran Lucky says:

    Dear That sound great ,but…You say you saw and pay a lot for stupid programs which do not work..I wonder why you do not get free trial for at least 3 days ,if your program is so grat i can not imagine that you can not make free trial. Today on every place are just fraud,and that is realy sad .

  • Lee says:

    Oh, wow, my comment has already been taken out of public display and into moderation. So much for not filtering comments!

    • I don’t filter comments, but when you start responding to other people in a negative way, they receive an email notification. If you are going to respond negatively to someone that becomes a problem.

      • Lee says:

        My “negative” comments were about Thrive Architect and the problems I’ve had with it, NOT about any people. I recommended that people avoid TA and gave specific reasons why they should. These were carefully considered, valid, rational reasons from an experienced TA user.

        I have a copy of that post and have re-read it and, no, there is nothing negative about anything except TA.

        Your removing my negatives comments about TA is the text book definition of filtering!

        • Did you read anything I wrote to you? I said I will not tolerate YOU responding to EXISTING comments in the manner that you are doing and explained why. If you are not happy with TA and choose to leave a comment, sure that is fine and I have allowed that from many people 100% unfiltered. But you choose to take that too far and started responding to existing comments triggering emails to be sent to them. I will not tolerate that.

  • Dorian Greer says:

    I’ve been chomping at the bit to buy Thrive Architect from all the glowing review sites, and then I see the actual “user” reviews, which for the most part are 180 degrees from the site reviews; like yours. This is has been common with this product. And so I have to wonder: is the commission influencing the honesty or were you truly unaware of all these bugs?

    I have two questions: It’s now Jan 31, 2018 – is it still broken? If yes, perhaps you should update the review to reflect a truer review. And second: Are the bugs a result of upgrading (from CB to Architect) such that new users of Architect (not from an upgrade) will not experience these bugs?

    • Well if I was trying to hide anything I would be filtering the comments, but I am not doing that. You have to understand that I am reviewing the product Thrive Architect on it’s own. I am not reviewing the process of upgrading from Thrive Content Builder to Thrive Architect, which is the source of all the negativity you may be reading. If those people STARTED with Thrive Architect their experience would be the polar opposite. And it’s not bugs from the upgrade, it was from converting TCB pages to TA pages. This also had a side negative effect of putting a huge strain on their support staff, however that is mostly resolved now because they doubled their support team.

      So Thrive Architect was never broken or buggy, it was just that they should have released it as a different product. But if they did that they would have had a whole nother problem on their hands of angry customers. So your darned if you do, your darned if you don’t.

      • Dorian Greer says:

        Ok, good. That answered my question wonderfully. Learning about these problems from user comments vs a review is not a great experience, as you can imagine. I think that adding the “upgrading from TCB” caveat to the review would be a solid point of reference, especially for new users doing a bit of homework before making a decision. Because note: I didn’t ask other reviewers, so I never would have known!

  • Jamie Prescott says:

    Hi Adam,

    What theme or themes would you recommend using with Thrive Architect?

    Thanks,

    Jamie.

  • Dan Ashapa says:

    My main man, can I use Elementor to edit any of the Thrive themes or do I have to use Thrive Architect to do that? I’m a bit confused about if page builders are meant to be used only with their own prebuilt templates or if they are universal in nature. Regards.

  • Paul Dixon says:

    I’ve been using Thrive for a couple of years now, but honestly, I’m ready to give up on it. At first, I was quite pleased with Thrive Architect – although it felt a little confusing at first, I actually prefer the new UI. I was also happy to see the new options to adjust content based on screen size – that always seemed lacking before.

    Finding issues with pages created in the old version of Thrive was annoying, but I was prepared to put up with it since it seemed like anything created from scratch wouldn’t have the same problems, and they don’t – they have brand new problems.

    Lists often have issues with spacing on smaller screens, and some bullets will randomly change size. The mobile view in Thrive often looks different to what you actually see in regular browser windows. You can add the same animation to three images next to each other, and one randomly won’t work. Things like padding and text sizes often don’t behave how you would expect them to on smaller screens. Alignment on content boxes sometimes changes on smaller screens. Sometimes buttons and headings don’t scale nicely on smaller screens and cause horizontal scrolling.

    I’m wasting a lot of time fighting these various issues, and often have to add custom CSS to achieve the desired results. So while I’ve personally recommended Thrive in the past, I’m now considering alternative solutions.

    • Hey Paul, I am really saddened to hear about the troubles you are having with Thrive Architect. Yes, the upgrade was VERY bumpy and the initial release did/does have bugs that will all be worked out, but that doesn’t help you move forward on projects right now. In hindsight, I wish they would not have released this as an upgrade, but given people the option to upgrade, but not pushed it out.

  • Sharon Turnoy says:

    Adam,

    Are you still planning to post a tutorial for people wanting to build a website from scratch in Thrive Architect? At one time, you had planned to do this.

    Thanks,

    Sharon

  • David says:

    I had Thrive Content Builder and it was easy to use and straightforward. When I switched to Thrive Architect it was fairly easy to use and the transition wasn’t that bad.

    What was BAD is their ability to maintain this plugin. The TA forum is constantly filled with tickets requesting support that take multiple hours or even days to address. It is understandable that they have bugs and issues when they release a new plugin but, with Thrive Architect, it is the small updates that cause major problems. Thrive support will tell you that their development team is working on it and then tell you that nothing can be done until the next update.

    From this, you can probably see the problem. Minor upgrade to fix bugs –> create more bugs –> bugs can’t be fixed until next update –> users wait.

    Thrive Architect has been extremely disappointing as an overall package.

    • Yes, it certainly has been a bit bumpy for upgraders. I am sure everything will smooth out and the updates I see being released are smoothing things out, but that still doesn’t help when you are having problems.

  • Tiff says:

    I absolutely love Thrive Architect – when it works. I huge issue for me now is the Add WordPress Content element is not working in TA. This is a disaster for my site as it means I cannot add any shortcodes or items from other plugins vital to my site (ThirstyAffiliates for example)

    Even though I am a loyal customer having purchased a theme, Thrive Architect and Thrive Leads, after emailing requesting help for this broken element, I receive a reply saying as I am out of the 12 month free support window, they won’t help.

    This is awful customer service. I totally understand if I was requesting help with something I couldn’t figure out or similar, but I’m not. I need help with a faulty feature on their end!! So i’m left not being able to use Thrive Architect on my review posts as I cannot add WordPress content from other plugins. I’m a very unhappy bunny right now.

    • While I do think it is very fair of them to stick to their business model of 1 year of support and lifetime updates, which is very generous seeing as how just about all WordPress software is sold with 1 year of support and 1 year of updates, I do understand your frustration. I believe it is only $40 to get a full year of additional support.

      I can say that I haven’t had the issues you are describing.

  • D Murray says:

    I second Mark Howes comments, The worse update I have seen, It seems to be so much more limiting than the previous editor and has now screwed up a lot of my layouts 🙁
    NOT HAPPY!

  • Mark Howe says:

    I have updated from the earlier version of TCB to Thrive Architect when it was released 2 days ago. It has caused nothing but trouble. Messed up alignment of boxes – changed text colour dramatically so many lines are unreadable. I am having to rebuild many elements. I have had NO support from Thrive despite being asked by them to try out this beta version. Not even an acknowledgement of my support request.
    They have issued two updates in two days. The first had about 10 fixes.
    This means their declared thorough testing, was not quite as complete as they claimed.

    This a disaster for existing users. I have many more hours still to spend putting right the elements that have been ruined.

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