February 17, 2019

Thrive Themes Membership Review

Do you want ...


A beautiful website without hiring expensive website developers?
More traffic?
More conversions?
To capture more email subscribers?
To build an amazing looking landing page?
Increase engagement with your readers?
To give your site a makeover and add some great new features quickly and easily?
Remove the clutter from your site and make it more user friendly and engaging?
To get data about what works best?

Who doesn't want all that great stuff?! 

You've come to the right place. Today I'll be reviewing Thrive Themes, which has been a smart investment for me. I wish I'd discovered it sooner. In fact, I keep uncovering all these great features that I wasn't fully aware of when I first purchased Thrive Themes. I keep getting surprised (in a great way!) 

Thrive Themes suite - some basic information

Website: https://thrivethemes.com
Brought to you by: Shane Melaugh
Price: Usually up to $67 per individual licence (can be lower depending on the plugin), or $19 per month (paid annually at $228) for the full membership, which includes everything for up to 25 websites
Support: Fantastic
Recommended: Yes, this is absolute value for money and packed with features to take your site to the next level.

There's a lot to cover in this Thrive Themes Review, simply because the offering is so extensive. I'll go through each component. Feel free to use the quick navigation to skip to any parts that are most relevant to you.

Thrive Architect


Thrive Architect Review

Thrive Architect is the ultimate drag and drop builder to create your content, and style it so it looks exactly how you want it.  

Thrive Architect elements example 1
Thrive elements example 2

These are the elements you can use in your drag and drop builder. Creating Tables of Contents has never been easier, creating lists, tables, testimonials, custom menus, the perfect number and placement of columns, contact forms, countdowns, buttons that you've styled, star ratings, icons, google maps. backgrounds .... 

You name it. If you need it, it's here.

One of the amazing things about this editor is that you customise your posts to the look and feel you're after. You just can't do that in WordPress. 

Every time you add an element to your page, you can style it how you like. You can:

Alter the text for size, font, colour and highlights. You can add animations to pieces of text for additional effect.

The layout and position of the element can be changed for margins and padding. You can alter width, height and alignment.

Every element you add can be styled for the background, which can include images, colours, gradients and patterns.

Borders and corners can be added and softened as you like, including various options for shadowing.

Here are just some of the features:

Thrive Archictect element - main text formating options
Thrive Archictect element - layout and position
Thrive Architect element - background style
Thrive Architect element - borders and corners

I recommend you watching the introductory video first to explain the basics, and then watching the various short videos on the elements you know you'll be using right away. The videos only go for a few minutes each, and you get quick and clear messaging about the key features of the elements and how to use them. If you skip the videos you may find it difficult so I recommend investing some time in getting the basics right. 

Before you know it, it will all make sense. It really is very user friendly, and it's just a matter of making a start and playing with each of the options.

Because there a lot of videos, I only watched the videos for the key features first. As I needed to add or understand new elements or options then I'd watch the video specific to what I needed.

Here's an example of the support videos. They are laid out in logical order, and it's easy to find exactly what you're looking for. There's pretty a much a video that covers every component you need:

Thrive Architect short training videos

Thrive Architect also comes with 274 landing page templates that you can choose from and style to suit your own site. They are always adding to the suite of templates. There is sure to be a template (or several!) that resonate with you.

If you want to take your site to the next level, Thrive Architect will help you do that. Your site will look more professional and polished, and you will get more engagement and conversions. After all, that's the goal of our sites, right? Do yourself a favour and check it out.

Pricing for Thrive Architect:
1 licence = $67
5 licences = $97

Thrive Themes Membership - get all Thrives products included - $19 per month.

Thrive Themes

Thrives Themes conversion focused themes

Thrive offers some beautiful and easy themes designed for readability and clarity. They are professional and clutter free. Before Thrive Themes I'd been using free WordPress themes. I thought they were OK until I'd find an error or something that bugged me that I couldn't amend myself. I tried contacting developers directly to fix issues but to no avail. And then with WordPress updates I would never know if my themes would be compatible or if I was going to be in for a world of pain.

Thrive themes changed all that and my themes have been smooth sailing. Each of the themes comes with their own tutorial. There are currently ten themes to choose from:

Thrive range of themes available

FocusBlog - A super fast, effective and eye catching blogging theme complete with everything you need to build a highly successful blog

Ignition - A beautiful theme that comes with everything you need to construct effective landing pages and high-converting sales pages (plus all the blogging features you’re used to).

Luxe - A fast, luxurious blogging theme with strong typography. Designed to put your content in the spotlight and give your site an air of authority. (The theme installed on this website is Luxe.)

Minus - A beautifully minimalist theme, with a design consisting mainly of typography and white space. Also comes packed with every feature you need to build the perfect blog or a fully-fledged marketing site.

Pressive - Functional, stunning design and a feature set streamlined to improve your online business. Pressive will show your content and offers in the best light possible.

Performag - The perfect theme for a magazine site optimized to get you more social media shares and more ad revenue.

Rise - An elegant and effective theme for blogging, affiliate marketing and other online businesses.

Squared - A bold and eye-catching flat design theme. It’s a multi-purpose theme, which works for creating amazing sales pages, marketing sites and landing pages just as well as it works for creating a stunning blog.

Storied - A blogging theme, perfect for telling your story and impressing with images and design – but also keeping the business aspect of you blog in mind.

Voice - The perfect theme for writers and bloggers. Create a unique, content-focused blog, publish text and media content and make use of our conversion features to turn readers into fans, subscribers and customers.

There are tutorials and knowledge articles available for the themes, so installing them is straightforward. With a Thrive Themes membership you get access to all of the themes for up to 25 websites. 

Thrive Leads

Thrive Themes Review - Thrive Leads
Thrive Leads description


For anyone who wants to build their email list, you can't go past Thrive Leads. 

Anyone who sells products on their website (either your own products or as an affiliate), or has a business model that relies on getting traffic (e.g. for ad revenue) or if you have more than one product to sell then having a good list building strategy in place is a critical component to your profitability.

There are multiple types of forms to choose from, and they are easily built with the drag and drop editor. Style them as you like to compliment your site and your key messages.

The emphasis with Thrive Leads is on conversion optimization. It's not just about helping you build your mailing list. It's about helping you build your mailing list as fast as possible.

There is of course training available for this plugin, together with knowledge articles.

Pricing for Thrive Leads:
1 licence = $67
5 licences = $97
15 licences = $147

Thrive Themes Membership - get all Thrives products included - $19 per month.

Thrive Optimize

Thrive Themes Review - Thrive Optimize

Thrive Optimize is a simple A/B testing add-on for Thrive Architect that gives you the power to run fast and highly effective split tests for your landing pages — directly on your WordPress website. 

Essentially what it does is compare two of your landing page variations, and tells you which version will turn more visitors into subscribers. More subscribers means more profits to you, so this is an important component that is often missed. Other tools can make this is an extremely complicated (and expensive) process. With Thrive Optimize, like all their other tools, it's quick and simple, with tutorials and support along the way.

Thrive Optimize - what you get

This feature is described as being made for "data driven non-techies." It may sound scary if you've not done A/B testing before, but they really do take the complexity out of it. 

Pricing for Thrive Optimize:
1 licence = $127
5 licences = $177

Thrive Themes Membership - get all Thrives products included - $19 per month.

Thrive Comments

Thrive Themes Review - Thrive Comments

Thrive Comments is an awesome plugin designed to increase your user engagement.

You get a dedicated Comment Moderation Dashboard that makes managing your site comments so much easier. You can sort comments, including comments from only your posts, comments that still require a reply, and comments on a single page or post. The whole interface is designed for speedy sorting, with keyboard shortcuts.

Thrive Comments - what you get

Pricing for Thrive Comments:
1 licence = $39
5 licences = $47
15 licences = $97

Thrive Themes Membership - get all Thrives products included - $19 per month.

Thrive Quiz Builder

Thrive Themes Review - Thrive Quiz Builder

Thrive Quiz Builder has ready made templates that come with a predefined quiz structure. For example, a quiz that’s designed for social sharing will have a structure such as: splash page > quiz > badge share  

A quiz that’s designed for building a list will have a structure such as: splash page > quiz > opt-in gate

The start from scratch templates allow you to customize the structure however you'd like.

The quizzes that you create in Thrive Quizzes look like they took hours to code by a professional, but like all Thrive products, they are done quickly using simple drag and drop.

Thrive Quiz Builder gives you the ability to create complex quizzes with branching logic, and you can visualize what your quiz will look like and how it flows in the quiz builder window. You can:

  • See all the questions, answers and their flow so your quiz works like you want it to.
  • Build branching quizzes where you ask different questions based on the previous answer.
  • Choose between text or image questions.
Thrive Quiz Builder - what it is 1
Thrive Quiz Builder - what it is 2

Pricing for Thrive Quiz Builder:
1 licence = $67
5 licences = $97
15 licences = $147

Thrive Themes Membership - get all Thrives products included - $19 per month.

Thrive Ovation

Thrive Themes Review - Thrive Ovation

Thrive Ovation is all about testimonials. Using Thrive Ovation, you can gather testimonials without a hassle. You can take an already existing WordPress comment, and Thrive Ovation will automatically grab all the important information such as the name and the gravatar, and insert it as a testimonial on your preferred page or post such as a sales page, a landing page, your about page, a dedicated testimonial page, in a blog post and even on your opt-in forms or in your sidebar.

You can take customer comments made on your social media pages and transform those comments into ready-to-insert testimonials.

Thrive Ovation also allows you to automate the complete process of collecting testimonials by creating dedicated testimonial gathering landing pages, blog posts or opt-in forms. You can send an automated message to your customers to ask for feedback and never need to think about "testimonial gathering" again.

Get a library filled with ready-to-insert testimonials you can choose from when needed.  Thrive Ovation manages these in a dashboard for user-submitted, WordPress comments, social media and imported testimonials in one testimonial library.

You can choose the number of testimonials to display, the colour scheme and with Thrive Architect you can customize every detail to fit your site and yourbrand.

Pricing for Thrive Ovation:
1 licence = $39
5 licences = $47
15 licences = $97

Thrive Themes Membership - get all Thrives products included - $19 per month.

Thrive Headline Optimizer

Thrive Headline Optimizer

Thrive Headline Optimizer is a very cool feature which I'm yet to try out. Basically, you can test the effectiveness of different headlines, and then the plugin automatically selects the best one based on its engagement. Like all other Thrive products, there are video tutorials, knowledge articles and support if you get stuck.

Thrive Headline Optimizer steps


Pricing for Thrive Headline Optimizer:
1 licence = $67
5 licences = $97
15 licences = $147

Thrive Themes Membership - get all Thrives products included - $19 per month.

Thrive Clever Widgets

Thrive Clever Widgets

The Clever Widgets plugin allows you to easily show highly relevant content in your widget areas. Standard WordPress widgets use the space available on the sidebar, footer area or other widget areas, and regardless of which part of your website your visitor is looking at, they will always see the exact same content.

The Clever Widgets plugin lets you determine precisely where your widget content should be shown to visitors, based on categories, tags, post types. You can even include or exclude rules for specific pages to make your content really targeted.

Pricing for Thrive Clever Widgets:
1 licence = $39
5 licences = $47
15 licences = $97

Thrive Themes Membership - get all Thrives products included - $19 per month.

Pricing 

If your funds are limited but you want to make a big impact, then the product I would go for is Thrive Architect. A one-off licence for Thrive Architect will only cost you $67 for use on one website, with support for 1 year. You will have access to the template builder and all the template landing pages to take your site to the next level. 

The Thrive Themes overall membership ($19 per month paid upfront at $228 per year) certainly does represent the best value for money. You get absolutely everything, including:

  • Thrive Architect with all of the template landing pages
  • All of the themes to choose from 
  • Thrive Leads
  • Thrive Optimize
  • Thrive Comments 
  • Thrive Quiz Builder
  • Thrive Ovation 
  • Thrive Headline Optimizer
  • Thrive Clever Widgets
  • Thrive University

You can use these on up to 25 websites. You will have access to ongoing support. There are no upsells or additional payments to pay for anything 'extra'. It's an all inclusive price. When new plugins are added, you automatically get access to them for no additional charge.

The support is second to none. I've actually been surprised with their responsiveness, and their responses and explanations have been very easy to follow. 

Thrive University 

You will never be lost, because Thrive University contains an entire library of in-depth training material, focused on creating and optimizing highly conversion focused pages and websites. It's one thing to know how to use the tools available to you, but another to help you make the best possible use out of those tools. 

Here is a snapshot of the categories of training available to you within Thrive University:

Thrive University summary of training categories

What are you waiting for?

Take your business to the next level. Investing in Thrive Themes will make the difference you need, and you'll wish you'd done it sooner.

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