In this post I am going to explain to you why Thrive Themes will rock your world when it comes to WordPress Themes.
I have been using my own variation of a free WordPress theme I downloaded nearly 3 years ago.
In the beginning, it was enough to get me going with my blog, and I did not have the money to invest in premium/paid themes.
As time passed by, I realised that by using an outdated theme that was suited to my needs, I was just shooting myself in the foot – over and over again!
I was compromising on sales and conversions.
My site was slower than it needed to be (and I have already gotten my site pretty fast)
And I had way too many plugins, including a whole bunch that were not needed…if I used a better theme.
I use a lot of great themes to create websites for my clients, but none of them amazed me enough to change my theme.
Sure they all look great, are mobile responsive, and have lots of features such as page builders and layout options.
But they are not designed to sell more, keep things simple and load fast.
That is what Thrive Themes is designed to do.
In very simple terms, Thrive Themes offers:
and a whole bunch more.
But let’s just focus on the things that made me switch my theme over (not something I do lightly!).
What does that mean exactly? Well, Shane Melaugh and his team are dedicated to creating themes that sell more (or get you more email sign ups).
So the designs are:
All of these kinds of best practices for web design lead to better user experience and more conversions/sales.
And that is just the beginning. They also provide you with focus areas, which are specific optin forms or calls to action you can place in prominent locations on your website.
Just like the big guns in online marketing, you will notice they all have a homepage focus area (aka feature box or hero section) designed to get you to do one thing.
Takeaway: You should be doing this too.
And with Thrive Themes this is built in, so you just design one and say where you want it (top of homepage, blog pages etc)
Each theme also comes with pre-built landing pages, as well as the 80 or more that you get with Thrive Content Builder (comes with the Themes).
So you can add/build landing pages for almost anything, in minutes, make them look stunning and designed to suit to your theme.
If you want to learn more about how the landing pages work, check out my detailed review here.
So no more Leadpages subscription or landing page optin (which can cost you $50-100). It’s all built in!
The Thrive team have not stopped there, you also get Thrive Leads with your membership, so you have the ability to add optins or calls to action almost anywhere else on the website.
So you can do all the usual optins you should expect from a modern WordPress plugin:
And a whole lot more including A/B split testing to make your optins convert even better.
Another recent innovation from the Thrive team is the clever widgets. Sure there are other plugins that do the same, but it shows they know how useful it is.
Why is this plugin useful?
Instead of displaying the same things on the same pages, it makes far more sense to show targeted content to an audience.
That means content that is far more likely to convert and sell.
And these are just some ideas off the top of my head – but it means in the end more conversions, optins and sales!
And then there are all the other plugins you can throw away…
Thrive Themes has so many great built-in features, you can throw away most of those plugins that are either costing you money or slowing down your site.
This is a more recent addition (summer 2015) to Thrive Themes, which shows that these guys are constantly improving too!
Now you have some of the best social media buttons around built right into the themes.
So now, you don’t need a separate social media plugin anymore.
These buttons have been built to be head and shoulders ahead of most existing plugins out there too, so they:
Note: the only thing keeping me from switching this feature on is that it does not have a separate Pinterest image for sharing (yet). So I use Social Warfare for this.
As many of you know, images are one of the most important things on your website. Get them wrong, and you site will load like a snail!
That is why image optimization is so important and people, including myself, are using a whole bunch of plugins to achieve awesome page load times!
With Thrive Themes, they have taken the best image optimizer and built it right into their themes. So goodbye image optimizer plugins!
All you need to do is switch it on and all your image are reduced in size upon upload, sometimes up to 70-80%. The optimizer, Kraken, is that good!!!
Here is an example using their web optimizer (same tool) I just did to show you the results you can get from some raw images I used on a recent post:
Note: normally you pay $9 a month to use Kraken and their plugin, you get it Free with Thrive.
Everyone wants to display related posts at the end of their blog post, to get people to read more content on their website.
It’s a great idea, but these plugins often slow down your site immensely because they have to do so much work (database queries if you want to get technical).
Some are so intense, that people often complain of really slow websites or they are banned by certain web hosting companies.
Thrive again solve this problem by building it right into the Themes!
They even offers two flavors of related posts, so you can choose how you want it to work:
Usually such advanced related posts are slow, but Thrive solves this problem by calculating related posts when you create/save the post. It means saving it s little slower, but the benefits are huge!
Another thing I wanted to mention again, which is one of the main reasons to switch toThrive Themes is the page builder.
Most of the bigger themes I use (X Theme, Divi Theme – see a comparison here) have page builders, and they are all good, but Thrive’s is the most “visual” I have seen.
That means that as you design the page, it is almost 100% the same as the final product. Most page builders are just approximations (boxes and lines).
Thrive Content Builder also has all the other elements you would expect (layout options, elements etc) too.
Note: Most of the page on this site are done in minutes using Thrive. Normally I hand design such things for clients, but this takes minutes!
You can watch a video of how it works here:
This is also very important with the heart and soul of your website (the Theme) – it needs to be well maintained and supported.
The guys at Thrive Themes will respond to your issues very quickly, and jump onto your site to fix them too, if it gets to the stage that you can’t.
They are also constantly adding to their knowledge base and “how to” videos to help you get the most from the themes (many of them are linked inside the theme too!)
You will also notice when you own one of their products (Themes or Plugins) that they never stop improving or updating them.
This site’s Theme: Rise, was only released recently and that was when I updated. Go with the latest and best!
And the plugins that accompany the theme (or you can buy separately) are also updated every few weeks with bug fixes and features!
The Thrive Themes team is not building this product and then just selling it.
They are constantly innovating, improving and taking the latest web, marketing and sales ideas and putting them into their themes and plugins!
So when you switch to a premium theme provider like Thrive, yes it costs you a little money, but:
So when you are next choosing a Theme, are you looking for the sexiest theme around with tons of useless features, or the one that gets you what you need: customers!
Ashley is obsessed with SEO and WordPress. He is also the founder of Mad Lemmings. When he is not busy helping clients get higher on Google he can be found doing crazy sports in the Swiss Alps (or eating too much chocolate - a habit he is trying to break).