Thrive Architect Review: Now, Even My Grandma Can Build Websites

Ever struggled to create the perfect looking page on your website? (Without the help of an expensive Web Designer)

I might just have the answer to your prayers.

Thrive Architect is the most powerful, intuitive and easy to use WordPress page builder I have ever seen.

Note:  Below I am going to give you a 7 oreasons why.

And as a web designer (of 15+ years) who uses a whole bunch of these for clients (day in ​- day out) - I think I am kinda qualified to say that. 

This is a Game Changer!​

Build A Homepage In Less Than 20 Minutes

Want to see me building a homepage in 15 minutes (while giving a running commentary)​ to prove it...

7 Reasons Thrive Architect Will Blow Your Socks Off

Rather than bore you with a review showing you every detail of the tool (like everyone else on the web), I thought I would give you the highlights of why Thrive Architect is worth your money.

Without further ado, here we go...


It Turns YOU Into A Web Designer

All WordPress page builders like Thrive Architect want to turn you into a web designer.

But most of them only make it about 3/4 of the way (at best).

They are often too complicated or just too limited to create what you really wanted on your website.​

The team at Thrive have created a super-intuitive drag and drop editor that even my mother can use - seriously!

It's a 100% visual editor that I will be amazed you can't learn to use quickly and easily​.

It gives you the power to ​

  • Create complete web pages from scratch (design your whole site if you want)
  • Build landing pages for any purpose (sales, optin, webinar, podcast, course)
  • Add stylish content (like this list) to your post or standard pages

It gives you the power to design your own website instead of having to fork out loads of cash on a designer or developer.

Again, if you don't believe how easy it is, scroll back up and watch me build a homepage in under 20 minutes (without all the explaining, I could have done it in 15 or less).​


It's A Swiss Army Knife Of Web Design

The previous version of Thrive Architect (Thrive Content Builder) and most other similar tools on the market do not have the depth of options this baby does!

Imagine what you want to create and you can - because Thrive Architect has an option for almost everything!

Let me give you an example:

In the previous version you could create a testimonial, but it was ALL predefined. You could change the text, the color (in part) and the photo, but if you wanted more freedom - TOO BAD.

In other builders you will almost always find the same problem - predefined elements with lots of options BUT NOT complete freedom to do what you want.

Alignment not corrent. TOO BAD

Want to add something NOT in the element. SORRY

Want to move that "part" below, not above. NOT POSSIBLE

With Thrive Architect is now SUPER-CUSTOMIZABLE. In some cases, you can pull an element completely apart, add to it, or delete things you don't want.

Of course, if you want to keep it simple - you can just tweak a few settings and you're done.

Below you can see a testimonial in Thrive Architect - every part is editable / customizable / moveable.​

Thrive Architect Testimonial Element

Thrive Architect Testimonial Element

This tool is now insanely flexible. FULL STOP​


You Must Be Mobile-Ready in 2017 (Or Google Will Slap You)

Another thing I am always disappointed with in page builders is the lack of focus on mobile.

Google is super focused on Mobile Ready (since last year at least).​

In fact, they are starting to penalize websites that are ​NOT mobile ready. (is yours?)

And next year they are taking it a step further by moving towards a Mobile First view of search. Which means, mobile ready websites will become even more important!

Some page builders have mobile options and views, but they are rarely easy to use or seriously helpful.

Thrive Architect has changed all that with:

  • 3 distinct mobile views to test your design (PC, Tablet, Mobile)
  • Application of design changes only on smaller version (so mobile design changes don't affect desktop or tablet - for example)
  • Turn off specific elements/section on mobile (sometimes certain parts of a page or design make no sense or don't work on mobile)

All you need to do is check your website in the three views (Desktop, Tablet, Mobile) and tweak anything that does not work or look right. (See the video below for a live demo)

Thrive Architect Mobile Views

Thrive Architect Mobile Views

Thrive Architect Mobile Hide

Thrive Architect Mobile Hide/Show

Of course, you should also check on some physical devices, but these tools will get you 99% of the way there in minutes!​

Here is a quick video I made using Thrive Architect to show you just how easy it is :>​


You Can Remove It Without Breaking Everything

One of the biggest worries about a page builder plugin like this is:

What happens if I decide to remove the plugin?​

With most other page builders (including the older version - Thrive Content Builder) if you delete the plugin, you are left with a mess of "shortcodes" like this:

The Mess Left Behind By Plugins...

[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none” bg_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0.09)”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none” bg_color=”rgba(186,186,255,0.09)”][vc_column fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″]

The team at Thrive have listened to their customers and decided to fix this problem. They came up with this solution:

  • When you delete the plugin they try to convert the special elements ​to WordPress standard elements (text, lists, paragraphs, headings, etc)
  • They break down their elements into the most appropriate WordPress elements they can find

Here is a detailed video from Thrive to show you exactly how they handle this:

When you are using a drag and drop builder like this there is NO BETTER SOLUTION.

There is always some cleaning up to do if you change your design (which in this case means removing the plugin).

I even have clients who want new designs/themes, and the same thing happens. If you turn off something (plugin or theme) that was responsible for the way your site looked you have to fix / change it. There is no magic wand.

But, this is pretty damn close!​

Thrive Architect can now be removed without having to panic (even if the plugin breaks at some point - same thing). Your site will still look ok and be legible.​


You Can Tweak Even The Smallest Detail

Thrive Content Builder (the old version of Thrive Architect) and a lot of other builders like Divi, Visual Composer and so on, limit you in what you exactly can edit.

They also put all the "details" and "smaller things" in places where they are hard to find.

With Thrive Architect, that has all changed.

Thrive Architect now comes with a Visual Editor that allows you to edit almost any detail you can think of.

Want rounded corners on that box? No worries.

How about a 3D button shadow tweaked to perfection? Easy peasy!

That an element too wide? It's easy to align or change the maximum width.

You can also fully tweak your text - with fonts, colors, shadows, different cases (caps, title etc).  Change the line height or letter spacing and more.​

You can fully customize the layout - positioning (absolute, relative, float, z-index), centering, padding and margin. 

I could go on, but you start to see the point.

Previously I was often stumped (and pissed off) that I could not do something.

I then had to "hack" the code or CSS to get it done for my site or a client's.

Big waste of time (more on that below).

Now you can adjust almost every web property you could possibly wish for. 

Thrive Architect - Layout Options

Thrive Architect - Layout Options

Thrive Architect - Text Options

Thrive Architect - Text Options


It Will Save You Boatloads Of Cash & Time

I have no idea how much money YOU spend on web design or landing pages on your website, but chances are it is more than $100.

Thrive Architect only costs $67 bucks - and it is a one time cost.

You can also take out Thrive Membership if you plan on using their Themes or other (awesome) plugins - like Thrive Leads for email optin forms, Thrive Apprentice for courses etc​

What about time savings?

All the other benefits and features I mentioned above (easy visual editor / drag & drop builder​, mobile website building, etc) will mean you can save a boatload of time.

Want to make a landing page?

Use one of their templates and then tweak it at lightening speed.​

Need to fix a website page? (even if your designer does it with this tool)

It is simple to edit text, images, headings and even layout (if you want to get your hands dirty).

No more "asking your developer" every time you need something (time and money savings right there!).


You Can Delete A Bunch Of Other Plugins (And Speed Your Website Up)

Thrive Themes uses the same philosophy: Build all the useful / standard stuff in, so that people like you don't have to download lots of extra plugins.

So, how does Thrive Architect save you from downloading all those extra plugins?

They have built-in elements like:​

  • Click To Tweet Boxes
  • Countdown Timers
  • Google and Other Fonts
  • Column Layouts
  • Icons (for almost anything)
  • Comments (Disqus, Facebook)
  • Star Ratings

For any one of these things (and more I have not mentioned) you would normally need to download a specific plugin OR pay a web developer to do the same thing (I know, I do it for my clients).

Now, with a few clicks of a button you can add/tweak these elements, add custom fonts and icons and a whole lot more!​

Summing It All Up

Thrive Architect kinda blew me away!

I have used a whole bunch of page builders/ drag drop builders in WordPress for my own sites and for my clients (yes, I build a lot of WordPress websites).

And nothing has ever been this simple and powerful.

1. So​ easy my mother could use it.

2. Optimize websites for mobile.​

3. Landing Page templates ready to go (for any kind of page)​

4. Not going to break your site if you decide to ditch it later


It is only a one-time fee of $67 for one website (or you can take out a full membership with all the other plugins).

Try building a website for that money.​


About the Author Ashley Faulkes

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).

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