Elementor Vs Thrive Architect 2020

by Adam @ WPCrafter   |   Last Updated: September 8, 2021

Elementor is a WordPress page builder that has taken WordPress web design by storm. It has 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 is a WordPress page builder from Thrive Themes. It’s their next-generation page builder that replaced Thrive Content Builder. It is ideal for any website build, but also really shines for marketers because of its marketing focus.
Current Pricing: Free to $199
Current Pricing: $67 or $97 with split testing

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 Pros

  • Live Front End Page Editor
  • Website Personalication Features
  • Template & Block Library
  • Extensive Mobile Responsive Options
  • Most Powerful Popup Builder
  • PRO Create Custom Headers / Footers
  • PRO Create Post Type Layouts

Thrive Architect Pros

  • Over 100 Page Templates
  • Pre Designed Section Templates
  • Global Colors For Easy Customization
  • Included Popup Engine
  • Advanced Marketing Features
  • Constant Updates & Improvements
  • Works With Any Theme

Elementor Cons

  • Features Lack Useful Options
  • Template & Block Library Are WEAK
  • Support Unwiling To Provide Custom Solutions
  • 3rd Party Addons Commonly Cause Issues
  • No Whitelable Version
  • Header Builder Lacks Schema

Thrive Architect Cons

  • Lacks Theme Builder Features
  • Interface Is Complex - May Overwhelm You
  • No 3rd Party Plugins
  • Support Could Be Better

Ease Of Use

One of the easiest to use page builders on the market with their intuitive and unique right-click menu, navigator, and finder features.

Ease Of Use

Personally, I find Thrive Architect to be complicated. I don’t think user-interface is their strong suit. But they provide more in terms of useful templates and sections to bridge the gap.

Price / Value

Incredible value! Includes a form builder, popup builder, theme builder, header / footer builder, and that is just scratching the surface.

Price / Value

You will not find a better value in a WordPress page building tool. At only $67 and it includes lifetime updates, it’s almost worth buying just to test it out.


Support could use some improvement in their willingness to put the customer first and solve problems that take extra effort.


Support is a weak spot for Thrive. In my experience its not that personable and requires a lot of explanation and of course access to your website.


  1. Hey Adam,

    Are you saying Thrive Themes is one time cost, or we should pay annually price?

  2. The fact that Thrive does not have third-party plugins is for me a point in favor, not against. Because buying third party plugins for elementor you can spend a fortune.

    1. Haha, very true. The only issue arises when you need a certain feature and there is no way to have it unless you hire someone to custom code it.

  3. Thank you for the wonderful review Adam!

    I’m with Thrive for nearly 5 years and fully in their eco-system now, but I must say their plugins are very buggy and don’t work well together even among its eco system. For example, Thrive Quiz Builder and Thrive Ultimatum don’t even have direct integration yet. And TU isn’t optimized for Facebook in app browser, it causes 400 Bad Request for mobile devices. Besides these, there are too many small bugs and they’re very slow fixing them. I’m losing hope in Thrive and would like to move my environment where it’s more stable, reliable, and free. I have some questions:

    1. Is Elementor faster and more bug free environment than Thrive? In Thrive, many bugs are internal, thus needs to be fixed by their side. I heard you can just let dev fix most of bugs in Elementor which I find it nice.

    2. Is Element support better than Thrive? Their support system has been pretty terrible after releasing TTB. Takes at least a day to get a reply and takes weeks of going back and forth just to solve an issue.

    1. Yea I think Thrive has a bunch of stuff that they just maintain but have fallen very behind. Nothing is going to be bug-free, but Elemeentor is a huge company with over 100 people, they have the resources to develop, improve, and support their product.

  4. Adam – I’ve used Thrive Themes and had their membership in the past. I agree with your assessment that Thrive can be a bit complicated to use. Elementor has some advantages there. I switched to Elementor in the past year and have found it easier to use and somewhat less frustrating. It’s also quite a bit less expensive. But there are several features that Thrive offers which I just can’t pull off with Elementor. I’m probably going to switch back to utilize Thrive Apprentice, Thrive Ultimatum, and Thrive Leads with Convertkit integration. My question is: Can I install both Thrive and Elementor on my site so I can re-build my Elementor pages within Thrive? I do recall a few compatibility issues with Thrive in the past. Very helpful post. Thanks!

      1. Adam – Thanks for answering. I’m taking a close look at the Thrive Membership again. I have seen Elementor‘s countdown timer. Shane Melaugh talks about timers that can easily be overridden in ways Ultimatum can’t. In my testing, the Elementor deadline timer seems to reset when I log in with another browser. I’ve used Deadline Funnel in the past and it’s great, though a little too pricey for me. Elementor offers only minimal integration with Convertkit, where Thrive Leads can pass multiple custom fields to many ESPs, including Convertkit. I’m interested in Thrive Apprentice as a platform for my online courses, which could save me $950/year vs. Teachable, but I’ll need to test that out. I also currently use a quiz builder and survey software called bucket.io which is very powerful but costs $99/month. Thrive Quizzes can provide most of bucket’s functionality. Overall, I’ll be saving around $1650/year if I’m able to use Thrive instead of the software bundle I currently use.

  5. I have been using thrives membership for 5 years. Was really looking forward to their Theme builder. Unfortunately, I cannot use the events calendar plugin with this theme. They do not have a page integration for that. So now I want to choose between elementor or beaver builder. Probably with oceanwp.
    Any recommendations what my best route will be?

  6. I purchased the Thrive suite several years ago. Your pros/cons are spot on with my experience. The user interface and support were exasperating, but I’m happy with the end result. I did not renew support. My biggest issue right now is that leads are limited to name and email. I need multistep forms with uploads preferably with field-level integration to Woocommerce. An ideal solution is a multistep form for signing up Woocommerce > Product Vendors and Products. Would you recommend Elementor for forms? It there a Wordpress Form Plugin you like?

    I’m looking forward to spending more time on your site. It’d clean and direct which I appreciate very much.

  7. Hey Adam, on your previous comments you didn’t recommend using any of the Thrive theme, what about now with the new thrive theme builder? Which theme would you recommend currently?

    I’m using thrive architect and I’ll move my checkout to woocommerce, but not for e-commerce, I only need the checkout for my membership, so I’ll need something like with woofunnel to send my customers directly to the checkout page, or embedded the checkout inside the sale page. Do you know if a theme or builder has this kind of integration?


    1. Their new theme builder is really nice. I do like it and it’s a great value.

  8. Hey Adam, Question which I can really not find the answers to on YouTube, so I thought I’d try my luck here and test your knowledge.

    Since I have both Elementor and Thrive Themes. Can I use Thrive quiz builder and other plugins from Thrive on my Elementor built web pages? Since they market them as plugins? Or are the Thrive plugins only usable on Thrive Architect built pages only? I believe the only Thrive plugins that are not compatible with an Elementor page would be of Thrive Architect (obviously ) and probably Thrive Optimize I believe because it relies on Thrive Architect.

    I Enjoy Thrive’s focus on conversion, but, Thrive falls short to Elementor’s ecosystem of pretty much a ton of plugins for just about anything. Whether or not that ecosystem of plugins is optimizable for a fast site is another topic.

  9. In my previous comment and others I noticed some keywords are automatically affiliate links – How did you do that? What plugin Adam are you using. I’m sure if I search around I might find the answer. Thanks either way.

  10. Hey Adam, is there a plugin or something you’re using to interlink all these certain keywords to your inner pages?

  11. Hi, Adam,

    Thank you for this informative post. I have been using Elementor Pro and it’s a great page builder, but I am finding that when it comes to certain features, like support for ACF Repeater fields, Elementor is lacking. I need to build a site that allows me to define custom Post types and archives for displaying posts. I need a post type for authors, another for books, a third for articles, and a fourth for videos. For each post type, I created a single post template in Elementor. My problems started when I tried to create archive templates. Because I was using ACF fields, I was having issues. I think that one of the latest updates provided a fix. However, if a post has repeater fields, then there is no good solution. I started looking at alternatives and found Thrive Architect. Does Thrive Architect support ACF and the customization of posts and archives? If not, is Beaver Builder a better alternative?

  12. Dan Kuehn says:

    Bought a Thrive 5-activation license a couple years ago, and although it’s a lifetime license, support expires after one year.
    Also, people who bought a Thrive Architect before the Product Manager was added will not be able to activate or deactivate sites without help from Thrive Support (and you have to upgrade your license or buy another Thrive product in order to receive that support).
    I like thrive as a site building tool, but I wish there was less focus on selling “selling” workshops. Thrive actually can do much more. Here’s a thrive site I created for jazz trumpeter Jon Hassell. No sales funnel! https://jonhassell.com

    1. Interesting! I have the unlimited license but I pay for it every year however I have heard that they don’t like resetting licenses. So if you use it on a site and later decide to move your site or something along those lines or switch to a different WordPress install, that you’re kind of out of luck.

  13. Hi Adam,
    I’m looking to switch to a self-hosted Wordpress site coming from a Showit website. I’m wondering if you know if I can use the Thrive Quiz Builder Plugin with Elementor Pro?

  14. Hello,
    I will build a speaker website with blog, video, Landingpage with coaching /prize tables. I need a nice looking website with big header. For me it is all about generate Leads and focus marketing/Sales. Generally I decided for thrive. Some Freelancer mentioned now Astra.
    Do you would recommend a other word press theme to execute my project. Here my thoughts to thrive and my needs:

    What I like in Thrive is they have all plugin in one solution. I want to build a bigger website and need the A/B Testing from Thrive for SEA and Mail Marketing, a blog, the comments moduls, the testimonials as well the the modul to generate leads for newsletter and the widget modul is nice to have pop-up and so on. As wellI need prizetables. Do you know if the others have it all on one solution? I don´t want to insert to much plugin from different providers because of speed and safety/updates. So i think in total if I use other page builders and use the plugin for the need features it will be the same. If you know others WPs?

    1. I think the Thrive suite is fantastic. Their themes suck, but that because they abandoned them to make a new theme that they have been working on for 2 years.

      1. Oh??? How interesting!

        Has this new 2-years-in-the-making Thrive theme released yet, or could it be 3 or more years in the making? hehe.

        I’d love to see the thing!

        1. Rosinaldo Dourado says:

          I’ve heard that Thrive Theme Builder is going to launch on Monday the 2nd of March 2020.

  15. Hi,

    I would like to swap my website which is using Elementor to Architect. Is there an easy way to do this or do I need to totally rebuild it? Thank you so much.


  16. Hi Adam,

    Hope your doing well.

    I’m quite a YT follower of you quite some time. I just have a concern regarding transitioning from Thrive Architect to Elementor.

    My client website is using ignition theme from thrive. Is Eementor compatible to work with this? I have only tried working with Elementor + Astra Theme

    Thank you very much and have a wonderful day.

    1. Yes it should work fine, but I would encourage you to move him off of that theme. All the Thrive themes have been retired and are no longer sold. They were never that great anyway.

  17. Can I use Elementor with the Astra Life Coach theme and Thrive Cart? PS Love your youtube vids- thanks for all the high value content! Much appreciated 🙂

    1. PS I also have ConvertKit and GSuite. Am I doubling up on anything with all these different softwares?

  18. I want to buy Thrive through your link for the training and I will eventually be developing a large number of sites, some with extensive daily content and some just as sales funnels with limited content updates. I will be selling physical products (tees, books, etc) affiliate links and advertising through all of them. Does it make sense to purchase the Thrive membership for the added plugins vs just Thrive Architect? Also, since your basically building the pages does it make sense to pay for a premium theme, does the theme even matter any more?

  19. I am using Elementor now, but have discovered a few drawbacks. Maybe I can solve them by using Thrive Architect:
    1) using externally hosted images (cloudinary.com) is almost impossible with elementor. Cloudinary has a plugin that works fine with the standard WP editor. With elementor, there is no way to use even an external URL via copy/paste as image source.
    2) when touching the Elementor page with the WP editor (to do some minor changes like quickly changing a typing error or put a url as image source), the page layout is broken most of the time.
    Pitty there is no (time limited) free version of thrive architect to try it out.

    1. No page builder lets you use external images. Regarding the layout breaking, I bet is something else that is installed on your website that is causing that. Maybe even your caching plugin.

  20. To make landing pages similar to clickfunnels, is better to use Elementor or all thrive plugins? I mean, with thrive you could do lead, A/B testing, evergreen countdowns, etc.

    Which one do you think is better to start from scratch?

    Many thanks in advance Adam!

  21. Gregg Blazer says:

    I need the best WP builder for building marketing sales pages that go to my ThriveCart checkout system then back to thank you and delivery page or membership sites.

    I would also like to set up some quality websites and blogs for brand quality besides.

    I almost bought DIVI for the one time buy, beauty and actual phone support. Support is Important to a RAW newbie that needs stuff built soon. Also it has child theme or something so that the actual code for total custom can be done which some others can’t.

    Elementor for the ease of use from reviews and ALL the features with unlimited sites is also very appealing. But after reading your post and others here about tables, content disasters, and extra marketing features others don’t have, I’m kinda scared back into Thrive themes I think.

    Please help me understand what’s best in my situation going forward with money considered but allowing me to make a bunch of sales pages anytime I need to slam one up quick without draining the bank all the time, unless you have a slick solution for that as well?.

    Thank you. Looking forward to buying the right one here with all the good you have to offer. Your great!

  22. Michael Trachtman says:

    I use Thrive Themes.. But my biggest frustration with it is that they are good for collecting emails, but not really good at shopping carts. They have no substantial integration with woo-commerce or any other bigtime shopping cart. I want to be able to create “clickfunnels” style funnels.

    I am selling physical products in the healthcare arena (not supplements or anything similar).

    I am now considering using woo-commerce with woo-funnels.

    Does that combination (woo-commerce + woo-funnels) work better with Thrive Themes (and Thrive Architect) or with Elementor?

    What I want to do is buy traffic on FB or Google. Send to a Landing Page that describes the product. Push one button and be taken to a checkout page, where you can give payment/shipping info. Possibly get a “bump” offer. And then possibly an upsell.

    I think I can do it with woo-commerce+woo-funnels but I haven’t tried yet. Woo-Commerce by itself is a pain to use for this kind of application.

    Alternatively, Do you have a suggestion for a better solution of how to build such “ClickFunnels” style landing pages.

    1. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I can’t disagree with you any stronger here. Thrive Architect has settings inside of settings inside of settings. They are not good a UI / UX.

  23. You said…

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

    Just FYI, in 2019 Thrive Architect now has global save sections. They are called Symbols.

    1. Yea I am aware. I will get this updated. It’s hard to stay on top of updating reviews for such fluid products.

  24. Hi there,
    I’m debating between Thrive and Elementor. I’m looking to make a website for the purpose of organic traffic and do SEO and all that stuff. For that purpose I need the blogging and Dynamic updates (i.e when I publish a blog it automatically replaces with the old blog box in the first page and I don’t have to do it manually every time ). Which one do you think would give me better tools, and have lighter templates easy to read for Google bots?
    Appreciate your feed back.

  25. Morgan Benjamin says:

    I bought thru ur link, contacted on chat, never got a reply

    1. That awesome. Now on the offer page, there are instructions for you to visit the contact page here on the site for the redemption instructions.

  26. Making a choice among elementor and thrive is very difficult, As I am trying to scale up my affiliate sites.
    Elementor is what i have started with.

    Elementor Pros – Easy, full customization possibilities, new elements/features releasing frequently.
    Elementor Cons – Tables , not much options for editing long content, messy codes (Important drawback).

    Adam what do you think if I have both installed on same website, how much will it affect on page speed, requests and Dashboard speed?

  27. Mayank Sharma says:

    Adam I want to buy Thrive architect licence for 15 websites…. mostly bcus it’s better than elementor when it comes to content display…tables, content list, tabs etc. How can I buy it from your link so that I get free access to your Thrive Architect course… I will need it. You are the best guru out there!

    1. Yes, it does have some amazing content modules, especially tables. No one can touch that, it’s that good. So yes if you click on the Thrive button it should send you to a page about the courses, of course, the courses are free. I think it’s worth getting that way.

  28. Hey Adam, great review!

    I am wondering one thing. Which of these two combination theme + pagebuilder is the better in terms of easiness to use and approachability in keep the same layout in landing page, checkout etc: generatepress + elementor or generatepress + thrivearchtect?

    Thank you a lot!

      1. Masum Billah Musa says:

        thrivethemes theme not only 67$ its need 224$ for 1 year

  29. Hi Adam,

    i’m looking for a plugin that will be mainly used for marketing my products.
    landing pages, sales funnel with timer countdown etc…
    i also need it to support RTL language (my site is in English and Hebrew).
    my website is currently using visual composer and i’m trying to decide which will be better and easier for my marketing needs, what do you think?


    1. I’m also looking for this exact same thing, sales funnels and landing pages like ClickFunnels but built by wordpress/woocommerce.
      I want to show multiple products they can choose to add to cart, have shipping+billing address fields, some testimonials or other text, then check out button.

      Could not find a clear solution yet for the past 2 days

    2. The main challenge with using these tools for sales funnels is, what are you going to use for the checkout. They are perfect for creating sales pages, any type of page really, but if you are selling something there needs to be a cart. You can use WooCommerce, but then WooCommerce isn’t really for a sales funnel.

      1. Artur Zygmunt says:

        No problem… Handsome Checkout Pages plugin and voila! (+ Woocommerce Direct Checkout)

      2. Erik Heyl says:

        I’m going through Shane’s (Thrive Themes) Course Craft course, and he recommends SendOwl for membership, protection of content and payment processing. Much, much easier to use as it’s a service (starts at $9/mo) rather than a plugin.

  30. Jim McGee says:

    Hey Adam,

    Thanks for this concise comparison.

    I wonder if you’d give me your input about something…

    I’m thinking of a redesign on my site, from Divi to GeneratePress.

    I want to use most of the Thrive plugins; I love their conversion focus.

    Wondering if I should stick to Thrive Architect to have fewer plugin conflicts, or if it’s safe to go with Elementor?



          1. Alan Rezende says:

            Is there something like beaver themer for Elementor? I just have found Anywhere Elementor, since have pass some months from your last review on them, do you have some updated opinion?

          2. There is Anywhere Elementor Pro but as you can see on my website I don’t recommend it to anyone. Today Elementor accounted v2 which will be way more useful and powerful then Beaver Themer. Problem is it is going to roll out over the course of several months.

  31. Christine Sempero says:

    Hi Adam
    I am Christine I am 64 and I am trying to do the website for my new and little hotel I have been seen you every day for some weeks now I am going to host with inMotion through your site
    I need multilingual page and booking and I like the parallax effect very much and I need to decide between elementor or thrive architect that way I will have everything in order so I don’t have problems when I buy.
    another thing how can I become a member of your site I am very new at this as you can see but I am a hard worker

    1. Alejandro Vargas says:

      Thrive Architect parallax I have both and it seems much easier and intuitive Architect, common functions such as align center are difficult to use in Elementor, try to center an Icon List and note that there is no function for Elementor.

      The handling that is given to Elementor Headings is quite annoying too, buy Elementor because one of my pages is a store and this has better options with Woocommerce.

      1. Christine Sempero says:

        Tanke you very much Alejandro

    1. Adam @ WPCrafter says:

      Hey Steve, you are right in your assessment, yea Thrive Architect is going to give you most integrations and also the most flexibility with them. They do have it nailed. Also, these integrations carry over to all of their plugins, so if you wanted to add Thrive Leads to the mix, you don’t have to recreate the integration.

      Elementor Pro is great and getting better, but in this area, they can improve. However, I don’t think that is it’s focus right now.

      1. I like Thrive Leads, but for the price, I would probably go with LeadPages. Since I am looking for something more budget-friendly, I was leaning toward Elementor Pro. Optimize Press seems to get fair reviews from you, so maybe I would be okay with Elementor Pro, using their Feature Box widgets to create my opt-in forms?

  32. Hi Webcrafters,

    off topic suggestion, would be very helpful to have a timestamp on comments so readers can contextualize the different info provided. besides that great site and work. thanks for all the info 🙂

    1. Adam @ WPCrafter says:

      Thank you, I will consider adding it back.

  33. Thrive Architect is still a very buggy product. Compared with Thrive Content Builder (even that wasn’t perfect) it lacks of stability and performance. The way they release software is ridiculous and just breath taking amateurism.
    Incredible. They annoying way of Shaun and Hanne introducing all kinds of new features makes it even more buggy and complicated.
    I’m regretting that I bought this, costed me a lot of time money and confidence of customers.

    1. Artur Zygmunt says:

      I upgraded from Thrive Content Builder to Thrive Architect and I really can’t complain so much. It’s just obvious the there will be hiccups. But the way the handled it… i’m happy.
      I think it would be MUCH better comment if you described in more detailed manner what didn’t work in your case. I use Thrive for 3 years and I couldn’t be happier.

      It’s wierd how you describe things in this comment without logic. It even looks like just creating bad pr for Thrive.

      Just read yourself: you said that Shane way of introducing new features makes the software more buggy… How video tutorial could create a bug in a software?

  34. I used to be a dedicated Thrive fan. Then I upgraded to Thrive Architect and it was super buggy. I had no idea they’d do an official release w so many problems. It really screwed up a Client project. (Delays, Lost work on my side and the Client side, loss of confidence from Client, and Prob not a good reference from them.) I’m super bummed and switched to Elementor and Astra theme. Very happy w my choice and not looking back. Astra Agency comes w ConvertPro which rivals Thrive Leads. Thrive Leads was the one thing I was nervous about losing w my Thrive membership but I’m enjoying Convert Pro immensely so far. If I need any other Thrive plugins I’ll just purchase them separate.

    1. Artur Zygmunt says:

      Shane warned that backups are needed before the update.

      If you do any major update on a live site … you will lose time and confidence – no matter the software.

      So please don’t blame Thrive for going forward. Take responsibility and step up your dev skills.

  35. Christian Barturen says:

    Hi Adam! It’s a tough decision indeed. I’m new in this topic with websites. And i don’t know which to choose for a web/blog. I love both! Elementor for the design and Thrive for the marketing. I want to put a personilized menu for the blog, separating by categories, topics, etc. Later, maybe put some courses to sell. So, i’m desperate! Elementor or Thrive Architect? I’ll be very greatful

  36. Mario Rodriguez says:

    For me the differential factor is that you do not really need a theme with Elementor as they have an advanced “menu” widget (https://elementor.com/introducing-nav-menu/) that they launched last september (something I have not seem in other visual builders).

    And of course their free version gave them a huge market share in very short time.

    1. Yes, I would recommend the Astra Theme. It’s the theme I use, and in a few days they are releasing their WooCommerce integration. Right now I am beta testing it and can say it is not only the most flexible WooCommerce integration, but it is also the best-coded solution I have seen.

  37. Rachel Neill says:

    I’m so confused, I thought Elementor was a theme. But your training outline says; find a theme that works with Elementor. Arghh!

  38. Rachel Neill says:

    HI, I’m an absolute newbie an know very little about themes however I’ve been looking at Elementor and thrive. My site is a tuition website which will house various lessons. I would also like to sell an exam guide on it so was drawn to thrive‘s salespage. But it seems Elementor is great for beginning, and I could get a salespage added on? I think I’m gonna go ahead and buy through your link anyway. Thanks for your great reviews.

    1. Yes you can use either really. Then you just need a way sell the access. You would typically do that with a Membership Plugin.

  39. Prabin Padhy says:

    Hello, Adam!

    This comparison post is awesome. One thing I am wondering – “How did you create the TWO Columned Post Format?”

    Is that an option with your Parent theme or use Beaver Builder? Can you guide me the steps so that I can make one for me.

    Thanks in advance!

      1. Hi Adam, are you using both Elementor and Beaver Bbuilder on the same website? I’m curious if this is possible and doesn’t cause any issues.

          1. Similarly, Is it viable to use Elementor to build out a site and Thrive plugins for CTA’s forms and integration with Active Campaign (my aarketing automation tool) etc.

          2. Thanks for the response. I really like Thrive but love the theme ecosystem of Elementor (and other builders) which Thrive doesn’t quite match yet. When they do… the others will all be dead to me LOL

          3. Good point. Yea Thrive is more of a closed builder, so there isn’t any 3rd party anything for it really.

  40. Hi Adam, going to sign up Elementor Pro through your link. May I know how do I access the Elementor Essentials course after? Thanks.

  41. Hi Adam – similar to Aron, I am reviewing what Page Builder to use for a new website project. I have used Divi-3 for all previous but now aware of impact Gutenberg may have.. plus my business partner needs to learn how to manage the website, and perhaps Divi-3 more complex than Elementor/Beaver-builder to learn. This current project, whilst a full website, I will want landing-pages; also on-line course/membership-site facility. … – so now am considering Elementor – but your comment on Beaver Themer, and its features – would Beaver Builder be a better option than Elementor? Thank-you.

    1. I think so. This is what I am using for this site. If you enroll in my free course you will see that I have a custom layout for it all done in Beaver Themer.

  42. Aron Vinokur says:

    Hi Adam,
    Thank you for all your videos, really appreciate your time and efforts. I just started to help my wife with her project and have been playing with “Customizr” theme, but starting to look at visual builders. And this is how I found you.
    I am really torn between Thrive Architect and Elementor. It seems I am stuck between maturity of Thrive (as a company) and its “marketing” direction vs Elementor usability and aggressive updates and new functionality. The “marketing” direction is very appealing but so is the youth of Elementor devs and their “backgrounds”. You have already “recommended” Elementor, but anything you could say to push the scale in either direction? Also, what did/are you using for this site, theme and “builder”?

    1. Yes choosing the right page builder for you is a big choice. Both of them are headed in a similar direction. Also, Elementor just added inline editing, which is pretty huge. Right now Thrive Architect is a bit on the buggy side. They will be working them all out, but that is the current status of it. However, I think that Elementor will deliver a page builder for your entire website faster then Thrive will.

      Oh and on my website, I am using Beaver Builder paired with Beaver Themer. If I didn’t need the features from Beaver Themer, I would be using Elementor.

    1. I would recommend holding off on using any of the current thrive themes because they are going to be releasing a new theme and phasing out all the existing ones. The will support the existing ones, but they will most likely not be adding any features to them.

      But to answer your question, yea it should work perfectly.

    2. Your videos have helped me narrow down my options. Thank you! The comparison has been challenging for a newbie!

      I need to create an entire website with hundreds of beautifully designed pages. I’m thinking it will be easier to do that with Elementor, and I plan on purchasing through your link.

      I LOVE Thrive Architect‘s pricing structure and marketing features, but they don’t quite have what I need right now (I’m guessing) and I’m worried they will change their pricing structure after they make improvements. You mentioned Thrive Themes is updating their plugins. Do you know anything about how the pricing structures might change for the plugins and the page builder? I’m wondering if I should purchase while the price is lower and not recurring. I’m concerned it might not be within my budget with time.

      Thank you!

      1. Both are great options, but Elementor is well suited for entire website builds like you describe. Especially their saved sections and global modules. Regarding Thrive Themes pricing, I think their pricing will stay the same for the time being.

        1. Kartik Ahuja says:

          they have changed the pricing :/ in december they gave unlimited licenses in their membership now its only 25 in their individual website license and 50 in agency, now its super expensive :/

  43. Hi!

    As regards thrive architect.

    Any chance you know when they are releasing templates that you can use with the theme’s header/footer? I don’t want to create a menu bar every single time I use their templates…

    1. I just bought Thrive Architect. Still learning, but you don’t have to make the menu bar for every page. You can make it once and then save it as a template.

      I like the functionality that anything you create, from a single button to a full page, can be saved as a template to use again and again.

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