There are so many themes and plugins to use when it comes to blogging, that anyone can easily fall into "shiny-object syndrome".
If you take an honest look at the market place, I know you're asking yourself, which ones are best to use?
I know I did when I first got started...
In this Thrive Themes review, I'm hoping to answer that question or at the very least, give you some clarity. Choosing themes and plugins may seem like a straight-forward task, but it's those very tools that could make or break the success of your blog in multiple ways.
So I want to show you exactly why I think that Thrive Themes is absolutely the theme and plugin combo for blog owners.
If you are blogging for business, then I want to fully explain to you why I think a Thrive Themes membership is one of the best purchases to make.
I promise not to gas you up..Thrive Themes is what I use for my business and I stand by it.
What is Thrive Themes?
Thrive Themes Membership is a massive collection of tools and plugins designed to be used with WordPress. These tools can be used to create websites (and many types of sales funnels) and also measure their performance as well.
It also has an array of pre-built landing pages and includes a newly added website theme builder that you can use to create fully customizable websites. Some of the plugins include a quiz creator, testimonials and countdown timers that can be added to your sales funnel or website.
The reason I recommend Thrive Themes has nothing to do with any single individual feature.
Most traditional WordPress themes are a headache. If you want to modify anything beyond the basic color settings, you've either got to be a developer or you need to hire one.
Thrive Themes has totally changed the game though. Gone are the days of having to understand code and PHP functions. All you have to do with Thrive is drag and drop and design your website to whatever you desire.
And did I mention the array of plugins that they offer? I'll be getting into that in the next section.
Thrive Themes: The Ultimate Suite of WordPress Tools & Plugins
The focal point of Thrive Themes is its varied suite of WordPress tools that can be used to build websites and sales funnels.
This is the single reason I am such an advocate for their Thrive membership.
So let's go through the full list of tools and the cost associated with them.
Thrive Theme Builder
Thrive Theme Builder allows you to visually create and customize your header, footer, blog post templates, sidebar, page layout, category pages, search pages, 404s, and MORE. You can create layouts that are specific to types of content or categories, and update your fonts and brand colors throughout your website.
If you want an example of how the builder looks, then feel free to explore my blog. Brand The Boss uses the Thrive Theme Builder + Shapeshift Theme which is the first of many to come fully customizable themes provided by Thrive Themes.
Thrive Theme Builder is only included with the Thrive Themes membership.
Thrive Architect is the primary editor and the foundation for the Thrive Themes plugin suite.
What makes this such an awesome plugin is its drag and drop ability. You can use it to build homepages, landing pages, sales pages, blog post (like this one) and pretty much any page you want. Plus you can use it to add buttons, images, videos and many other elements to your web pages.
Like any software, there's going to be a slight learning curve on understanding how to use it, but i'll tell you this, it's way easier than trying to deal with CSS and PHP code to rig your theme the traditional way.
Thrive Architect as a standalone purchase is $67 for a single-site, but is included with the Thrive Themes membership.
Thrive Leads is a powerful tool for creating opt-in forms on your blog. This includes a variety of form types, such as slider forms, pop-up forms, sticky forms, in-line forms, and much more that can be added to your website.
What I really enjoy about Thrive Leads is if you have opt-in forms designed in the plugin, you can easily drag and drop that form into any blog post using Thrive Architect.
Here's an example below:
You can purchase Thrive Leads on it's own, but it works so much better in combination with Architect. I really suggest getting the full membership.
Thrive Leads as a standalone purchase is $67 for a single-site, but is included with the Thrive Themes membership.
Thrive Quiz Builder
Have you noticed how popular online quizzes have become? You probably didn't realize they are great for list building. Based on the answers given, you can make specific offers and segment your list. That's why Quiz Builder is just handy tool to have.
Using Quiz Builder, you can create really awesome online quizzes to enhance your list building or to grow your traffic. You can give them different calls to action depending on their answers. You can also create surveys as well.
The fact that you can do all this within WordPress makes this a no brainer!
Thrive Quiz Builder as a standalone purchase is $67 for a single-site, but is included with the Thrive Themes membership.
If you're looking to create online courses for students/customers, then Thrive Apprentice is for you. It completely solves the problem of how to organize and display online courses on your site.
You can create professional looking courses straight from your WordPress dashboard.
What's also helpful is that Thrive Apprentice will work with other WordPress themes.
So if you plan on getting into course creation, whether it be paid products or just free content, then Apprentice is a very capable solution.
Thrive Apprentice as a standalone purchase is $67 for a single-site, but is included with the Thrive Themes membership.
We all have an understanding that social proof is important for brand building, and the only way to build that is through testimonials.
But, many of us make the mistake of not asking for testimonials. Even worse, how do we use it if we get one?
That's where Thrive Ovation comes into play!
Thrive Ovation is a testimonial manager. What it will do for you is:
- Give you easy forms you can have on your site to automate testimonial collection
- Allow you to manage and organize testimonials right inside WordPress
- Allow you to easily display testimonials anywhere on your site.
Thrive Ovation as a standalone purchase is $39 for a single-site, but is included with the Thrive Themes membership.
Thrive Optimize is another plugin that merges into Thrive Architect. It enables full A/B split testing and conversion tracking from within your own site.
If you're unsure of what split testing is, all it means is that you split your traffic between (2) different versions of the same page so that you can see which one converts better. This allows you to find the winner and make that page your new default version. This is how you put together landing pages that convert that crazy!
There are a few other options in the market-place, but what makes this unique is that Thrive Optimize allows you to set this up all in-house. No having to experiment with Google Analytics or combine other incompatible softwares.
You can do your testing without having to understand all the techno-babble associated with it.
Thrive Optimize depends upon Architect, so it isn't available by itself. The package of Architect + Optimize goes for $127 for a single site. BOTH are included with the Thrive Themes membership.
When it comes to traffic conversions, another important factor is urgency. And one of the most classic tools for urgency is the deadline timer. Thrive Ultimatum makes urgency in your marketing simple.
Thrive Ultimatum will allow you to add countdown timers, recurring countdowns, or evergreen campaigns to any offer you present on your website or sales page.
For example, let's say that you wanted every new subscriber to have their own personal deadline for a lead magnet that you're offering after they've subscribed. If you're using Ultimatum, you can set that up and enforce the deadline for every subscriber.
Thrive Ultimatum allows you to have REAL scarcity. It integrates together with the other Thrive tools so you can easily put it anywhere on your site. And simply put, it will increase your sales and commissions.
Thrive Ultimatum is a solid solution available for a one-time fee of $97 for a single site. It is included with a Thrive Themes membership.
Thrive Headline Optimizer
The headlines of your blog posts are the most important part of content marketing. It determines if someone will actually click to read your article. Most of the really smart content marketers SPLIT TEST blog post headlines.
This is exactly where Headline Optimizer comes into play. For any blog post you write, you can come up with multiple headlines for it and Optimizer will split test them to find out which one pulls in the most traffic.
Wanna know which headline gets more clicks, or which post has more engagement? You can find all that out with Headline Optimizer.
Headline Optimizer is available as a standalone option for a single site for $67. It is also included with the Thrive Themes membership.
Some wonder if having comments added to your blog worth the time. To be honest it may or may not be, but shouldn't you still use them towards your marketing efforts?
That is where Thrive Comments comes in, essentially as a replacement to the default WordPress comment system. It provides way more capability (like upvoting, etc.), but it also turns comments into part of your conversion strategy.
Thrive Comments is available as a standalone option for a single site for $39. It is also included with the Thrive Themes membership.
Thrive Clever Widgets
This is one of Thrive Themes older plugins, but stills serves a cool function if you're utilizing a sidebar on your blog. It allows you to put conditional logic on any sidebar widget to control exactly where it does and does not appear.
Looking to have a widget only show up on certain posts, certain categories, certain tags? With Clever Widgets you can do just that. For example, maybe you're promoting a ClickFunnels product on your sidebar, but don't want it showing up on a post about LeadPages. Using Clever Widgets, you can hide it for certain posts.
This plugin can be useful on occasion, but some of its functionality has been taken over by other plugins such as Thrive Leads. Either way it's still worth a look.
Clever Widgets is available as a standalone option for a single site for $39. It is also included with the Thrive Themes membership.
Thrive Themes Pricing
The way Thrive Themes works is that the majority of their plugins are available as standalone products, but you can get all of the them by purchasing a Thrive membership.
My recommendation is to purchase the Thrive membership.
It costs $19 per month (paid annually) to get a Thrive membership. So this means upfront it's $228. In this membership you receive all the tools and plugins they have. The only limit is that you can use them in up to 25 websites. If you're an agency and need to work on more than 25 websites, you'll have to upgrade to the agency membership which costs $49 per month (paid annually).
I want to be as straightforward as possible...
The monetary value that you get with Thrive Themes is unlike anything else you'd find. You simply won't get a better deal, and if you do...please tell me where!
The reason I strongly recommend getting a Thrive membership is because for a one-time yearly investment, you get access to nearly a dozen quality tools that will give you the ability to:
If you're cash-strapped or looking for great deals, then this is a no brainer.
Thrive Themes releases new updates to their softwares almost every week. They are constantly trying to improve the user experience and give their customers the most effective tools.
With Thrive Themes, you can purchase their tools separately without the need for membership. Lets have a look at those costs for a single-site license:
- Theme Builder - Membership only
- Architect - $67
- Optimize (must be used with Architect - costs $127)
- Leads - $67
- Ovation - $39
- Comments - $39
- Headline Optimizer - $67
- Quiz Builder - $67
- Apprentice - $67
- Ultimatum - $97
- Clever Widgets - $39
If you were to buy single-site licenses to all of these products, that would run you $609. Keep in mind that if you are going to use it on more than one site, then the cost is much higher.
As I mentioned earlier, you can lock-in the whole suite for just $228/year. That includes the brand new Theme Builder. Not to mention, you are also getting access to Thrive University, which is their training site.
You also get instant access to new plugins and tools before they are released to the public. For example, the new Thrive Theme Builder was released much earlier for members, before the public release.
The amount of things you can implement using this suite of tools makes it a better deal than anything else I have ever seen. That's why I believe it is a no-brainer for anybody looking to build or grow a real business utilizing WordPress get themselves a Thrive membership.
Thrive Themes Support
As a Thrive Themes customer, you can open support tickets through the private forums, giving you a simple way to search for solutions to issues raised by other users. You can also visit the knowledge base for solutions to any problems you may be experiencing. I've used it a couple times, and I've found it to be very efficient.
In an attempt to go above and beyond from the competition and add substance to their claims of offering an all-in-one online business toolbox, Thrive Themes offer webinar recordings and tutorials to help you use their tools to grow your business.
Facebook Group Support
I'm uncertain if Thrive Themes has an actual FB support group, but I do take part in this group. I've found it to be very useful and handy when you need answers to trouble-shooting, news or overall questions concerning Thrive Themes. The community has over 4,000 users and is pretty active.
The group is my usual go to for questions on simple matters or if I need a quicker response to a concern I have with Thrive Themes. There is always someone who has had a similar issue that they've been able to work through and has the answer you may need. I also like to jump in and answer questions and try to be as helpful as I can.
Why Choose Thrive Themes?
Despite my recommendation, I have had people go with other options. Some people look at the $228/year price tag of the membership and try to avoid it. I understand..it "seems" like a lot.
There are other competitors. Some of them even free. But, I can promise you that they don't stack up in terms of features provided. Plus, you're not going to find the suite of tools that Thrive has. That's the thing about the Thrive membership... you're not just getting opt-in forms, you're getting a whole SUITE.
There are some major 3rd party all-in-one tools on the market.
For example, ClickFunnels, it's a very popular and awesome tool (checkout my comparison here). But it also costs $97/month, so do I really need to go any further? You do the math. The fact that you are here, means you need MORE than a sales funnel builder. Plus, you're totally dependent on ClickFunnels. At least with Thrive Themes, you're using WordPress, have more tools at your disposal and you're in control of everything.
When people begin there online journey, there are 3 things I typically recommend:
In this post I wanted to make my case for why I support Thrive Themes.
I am a Thrive member. I use their tools in my business. And I'd never consider cancelling because I'm getting way more value from them each year than what I pay.
If you’re looking for a suite of tools to help you create well-optimized websites, then you’re inside Thrive Themes target audience. It's simply the smartest choice to consider them with all the excellent tools and support that they provide. you'll find everything you need to create a successful blog and take your business to the next level.
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Mike Garvey Jr
Founder of BrandTheBoss.com