Divi Vs Thrive Architect Comparison 2018

Updated: September 3, 2018
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Here are 2 different page builders for WordPress that fill 2 different needs. Thrive Architect is ideal for creating single pages, landing pages, etc, where Divi is better at creating entire websites. The feature set that comes with Divi, like global sections, style-sync, etc, are just better for full site builds. On the flip side, Thrive Architect has modules that are very equivalent to Divi, but some better for marketing. A perfect example is timed content, countdown timers, popup boxes, etc. Also, Thrive Architect is part of a larger family of plugins which all work in perfect harmony, much like Apple devices.

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Divi 3 Overview

Divi is one of the original theme & page builder combos for WordPress. It has been around for many years and because of that, it has a huge userbase of fans. It boasts many innovative features that are unique to Divi.

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.

Divi 3 Key Features

  • Front End Page Builder
  • Hundreds Of Templates
  • Inline Text Editing
  • Many Innovative Features
  • Responsive Editing
  • Global Elements
  • 40+ Elements

Thrive Architect Key Features

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

Divi 3 Things To Consider

When people say Divi, many times they don't realize they are referring to 2 separate things. The Divi Theme & the Divi Builder. While you would only use the Divi Theme with the Divi Builder, you certainly can use the Divi Builder with any WordPress theme.

First, the Divi Theme is nice, but I find it basic. If I was to build a website using the Divi Builder, I would use a more modern theme.

The Divi Builder is the most advanced page builder that I have ever used for WordPress. It has more options, more flexibility then all the others combined. In practical usage, I think its completely overkill and overwhelming at first, in a bad way. I think they want to accommodate their users and in this have given too many options versus making some decisions for their users. So just be prepared.

Divi Builder is a shortcode based builder. Most people already know this, I don't like it, but you will have to decide for yourself whether that is a big deal or not. My issue with it is Elegant Themes could easily solve the problem, but they haven't.

As far as templates go, there are a TON of them, again more then all the other page builders combined. They keep making them because they sell, but I don't find them that practical or useful. Sure they are beautiful, but they are more for learning purposes versus practical usage.

Right now, you can't build custom headers or footers with Divi. You can't build custom archive pages or page templates. Divi has said that is coming and I am pretty sure they are motivated to deliver. Just know its not there now.

Thrive Architect 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.

Divi 3 Coupon / Discount

The link above will apply a 10% discount on purchasing Divi. No Divi coupon necessary.

Thrive Architect Coupon / Discount

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

Divi 3 Review Summary

I can see why people buy Divi. It has a lot going for it. While it is not my personal choice of page builders, it's undeniable that it's the most advanced.

I will say that the pricing and the lifetime option is very attractive.

Also, the Divi team over the last 12 months has become a well-oiled machine cranking out unbelievable features and enhancements. If that wasn't enough, they also have pushed out an insane amount of free templates and a template manager for them. It's a good value all around despite the issues mentioned above.

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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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.

18 thoughts on “Divi Vs Thrive Architect”

      1. Andoni Villarreal

        Hi Adam, thanks for your quick response.I have some more questions. First is this the thrive comments? If yes, can I translate it to spanish. I mean the texts like “comment as a guest”, Log in with, etc. And also Can I connect my autoresponser with this?

  1. Hi Adam,
    I do love Thrive Architect and the Thrive Themes ecosystem. As you correctly point out, Thrive Architect is not ideal for building full websites.

    One big reason for this (for me anyway) are the following:
    – header, menu, footer (difficult to make work globally across a site)
    – filterable portfolio (their ‘post grid’ feature is somewhat lackin IMHO)

    Have you figured out a way to get around this? Is there a theme or set of plugins you use with Thrive Architect when/if trying to build a full website?

    Thanks!

    1. Hey Steve, these are issues that Thrive is in the process of working on. I do think it is going to take them months to pull off. It’s no real secret that they are working on a new theme to replace all of their existing themes. It is going to offer this and much more.

    1. Genesis is a theme, this page is comparing page builders. These are 2 different product categories. Both are going to be fine, but you should be using a caching plugin and decent hosting. There have been many speed comparisons, the result is they are all pretty equal.

  2. The value depends on if you’re the end-user or a developer.
    Divi‘s lifetime license offers definitely more value in long term for developers. I build about 50+ sites a year so Divi is much more cost effective for me.

  3. Nice review clarifies a great deal, however would it be possible to use both?
    I have a website built with Divi and I love the builder and all the options even though it is anoying sometimes the loading that happens after a front end edit.
    What I really lack is the landing page & opt-in page. If I would buy the Thrive Arhitect woul I be able to create a landing page on top of the already Divi built website?

    Hope it is not a stupid question… it kind of feels like it though

    Thanks a lot!

  4. Great comparison, i really like what you are doing here. i have been using divi for a couple of years and im looking for other alternatives like elementor pro and Thrive Arquitect or the Whole Thrive Ecosystem. having all together, i love divi for making full sites but there is an option of convert oriented landing pages marketers and i think as you said Thrive is better here. maybe i need this two to different aproaches, but 80 % of my clients still asking for full website design, i really need to see what is better, DIvi Elementor Thrive … value for money etc.

    Will continue my search its hard once you have all your business formed in a way and change

    1. Yea is a very fluid market right now, that is changing monthly. All 3 have exciting things coming up in the new year, but also have serious challenges in how they will adapt to Gutenberg. I think Elementor is going to fair the best when it comes to Gutenberg.

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