While many Elementor users have considered Thrive Architect an Elementor copy, they seem to forget that Thrive came way before Elementor did. Yes, there are many similarities, but the same could be said in reverse. This is a tough comparison and I think, for some, it is going to end up coming down to cost. Elementor is an annual license cost, where Thrive Architect comes with lifetime updates. Also, it is important to note that Elementor is a lot more refined and much better suited for full website builds. Elementor Pro is also more powerful in that it allows you to create dynamic headers / footers and post templates. Elementor also has an ecosystem around it of 3rd party plugins to expand its features. Thrive Architect has a great focus on marketing with specialized features like timed content, popup boxes, and deep integrations with the other plugins that Thrive makes.
Elementor is a WordPress page builder that has taken WordPress web design by storm. It had the deepest feature set, yet is very easy to use and master. Elementor is the most full-featured free page builder. There is also a Pro add-on to add additional developer features.
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.
Elementor Key Features
- Live Front End Page Editor
- Awsome Designer Features
- Template & Block Library
- Mobile Responsive Options
- Fastest Front End Editor
- PRO Create Custom Headers / Footers
- PRO Create Post Type Layouts
Thrive Architect Key Features
- Over 100 Page Templates
- Best Mobile Options
- Included Popup Engine
- Advanced Marketing Features
- Gradient Backgrounds
- Works With Any Theme
Elementor Things To Consider
Since it launched, Elementor has had explosive growth with it being active on nearly 1 million websites in less than 2 years. The product has become more and more refined because the team behind Elementor is VERY aggressive in making it the best WordPress page builder on available.
With that explosive growth, many Elementor users are also new to WordPress and website building in general. As a result, I have noticed some people having trouble opening up the Elementor builder, but its typically never caused by Elementor itself. Instead, it is caused by outdated hosting, outdated PHP version, the rocket loader enabled in Cloudflare, or some overly aggressive caching or performance plugin.
The reason I point this out is that in some circles there is this perception that Elementor has issues when upgrading, but I have never experienced that myself and have made an effort to see what is causing this for WPCrafter fans and it's always the same causes listed above.
However, Elementor has a version manager so you can easily revert to a prior version of Elementor. Also, this makes it easy to test out beta versions.
With regards to Elementor Pro, it is fair to point out that it is not GPL licensed. I personally don't have any issues with this, but there are some people that do. Elementor is GPL licensed which is a requirement to be in the WordPress plugin directory.
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.
Elementor Coupon / Discount
There are currently no active Elementor Coupon or Elementor Discounts available. However, if you do purchase Elementor through the link on this website, I will give you access to my complete training program, Elementor Essentials, which normally sells for $199.
Thrive Architect Coupon / Discount
There are no Thrive Architect coupons available and Thrive rarely discounts their products.
Elementor Review Summary
Elementor is the strongest page builder currently available. They consistently release new features that are in line with current design trends. This means you will be able to keep your website relevant.
Elementor Pro is an incredible value considering all the additional modules and power features that it includes.
If I were starting a new website project today, Elementor would be the page builder that I would choose. I consider it a must have WordPress page builder that is a pleasure to use.
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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