If you are looking for an honest Thrive Themes review, stop here.
Look. After using the Thrive Themes for years on my blog, in this post I have insightfully reviewed Thrive Themes.
I'm going to discuss the pros and cons of the Thrive Themes, and also will compare it with other leading theme providers out there in the WordPress market.
As you can see in the below screenshot, I have the license of some of the Thrive Products including the theme.
Apart from this, I'm using some of the themes like Pressive, Rise and also Thrive Leads on many of my niche sites. I've played with the theme options and tweaked them to match my needs.
Now, I got to know the inside out of the theme.
Thrive Themes Review – Brutally Honest
Let us see how the Thrive Themes perform well against its competitors and whether it really delivers what the team promises.
The Thrive Themes have discontinued selling their WordPress themes. Instead they now have a brand-new visual theme builder to replace all their themes.
That's not it.Along with this they have an entire suite of conversion-friendly products like Thrive Leads, Thrive Architect, Thrive Quiz Builder, Thrive Ultimatum, Thrive Apprentice, Thrive Optimize, and many more.
What are the all the products in Thrive Themes suite?
As I told you, Thrive Themes is an entire suite of conversion-friendly products.
Here in this section, I will be giving you can idea about every product Thrive Themes has got to offer you.
Let's dive in.
Thrive Architect: It's the next version of Thrive Content Builder. This is a WYSIWYG frontend drag-and-drop editor for WordPress. I use this plugin on almost all my affiliate sites. This plugin is specially meant for marketers and does the job extremely well.
If you have a website where you market your products, then this plugin is a must have. It's not only a drag and drop builder, it's built for marketers taking conversions into account.
Thrive Leads: This is the best plugin to build your email list super-fast. It has more features than any other plugins like Optinmonster, Icegram, Ninja Popups, etc. It also integrates with dozens of services like webinar platforms, email marketing apps, etc. Features like signup segue, smartlinks, etc. makes the plugin the best plugin for email list building in WordPress.
If you are building email list thru your WordPress site and not using Thrive Leads, you're missing out on a big time.
Thrive Ultimatum: This is the best scarcity marketing plugin for WordPress. This enables you to show the countdown, lockdown the content until a specific duration. The countdown timers are extremely customizable as it comes with various styling and option to include various elements.
If you are selling products and services on your WordPress site, and are not using any form of scarcity to sell them, it's now the time to use a scarcity marketing plugin like Thrive Ultimatum and take your conversions to the next level.
Thrive Optimize: This plugin helps you to create A/B split testing of your landing pages.
This is a great plugin to have alongside Thrive Architect for email lead generation, CPA marketers, and people who run ads in particular to know what variation of the landing page is converting better.
In short, this plugin helps in optimizing the content on the landing page for conversions. If you are running FB or Google ads to a landing page, it's now the time to create variations of the landing page and check which one converts well.
Are Thrive Themes fast enough?
Nobody likes to see a site that's very slow. Or do you?
As the Thrive Themes are marketed as conversion friendly themes, they should load fast.
It's a no brainer that any theme providers who market themselves as developing conversion friendly themes, should have fast loading themes.
Note: You know what? My site do not have CDN enabled and also using resource hungry SSL certificate on my site. I'm sure that if I enable CDN, I can get the page load time below 1 second. I'm using FocusBlog theme with Thrive Architect on my site.
The speed of Thrive Themes is almost as fast as that of Genesis Framework. But the fact is that, with Thrive Themes you can get rid of most of the plugins, that you need to use when using Genesis.
Here's the kicker: Once I migrated to Thrive Themes I got rid of most of the plugins like SumoMe, Perfect Pullquotes, Click to Tweet, Related posts (YARPP), and much more. All these functionalities are built in with Thrive Themes and it's content builder. There's no need to mess up with dozens of plugins, conflicts, and all that hassles.
Are you using any image compression plugins like Smush.it? Then here's a good news!
The feature for automatic image compression is built right into the theme that enables the images you upload to be losslessly compressed and this improves the pagespeed of your site.
You need to hit any magical compress button to compress images. The theme handles the compression silently in the background!
All the themes also come with “Lazy load comments” option, which speeds up your site further by loading comments on demand.
You may think that, as the Thrive Themes and their content builder comes with tons of elements and features, mobile rendering would be slow and clunky. I also thought like that.
Even I talked with my fellow bloggers asking about the page load speed as I was on a shared server at that time. They told me it hasn't caused them any issues even on a shared server.
As I was certain about getting value for money with Thrive Themes, the only thing that was stopping me from trying was a doubt regarding speed. Being a skeptic soul, I gave it a try. As I told you earlier the theme and the elements loaded super-fast and I've not expected this!
Are Thrive Themes really fully mobile-responsive?
You love reading articles on a mobile device. You go to a great article. The social share buttons are coming in the middle of the article and driving you nuts!
Seems familiar huh?
Do you want your site to be that annoying to your readers? I bet you won't wish to.
In the last two years, as you may already know, for most of the niches, the mobile traffic dominates over the desktop traffic. Due to this, Google is pushing the webmasters to make their site mobile-friendly harder than ever. The mobile-friendly sites also witness higher conversions.
All the themes from Thrive are completely responsive. With Thrive Themes, you never need to worry about your site being unresponsive. All the elements beautifully scale up to match the screen size of any device.
If you have multiple columns in your content, then the columns stack on top of each other when the site is loaded on a mobile device with narrow screen. The font sizes are also responsive so that you won't sacrifice the typography of your site on mobile devices.
In fact, their Thrive Architect comes in with mobile and tablet website builder, that lets you customize how your website looks in mobile and tablet devices completely.
What Thrive theme would be right for your site?
There were various themes like Rise (for content sites), Storied (for grid lovers), Pressive (sales pages), Performag, Voice (personal branding), Squared (flat design), Minus (minimalistic theme), Ignition, Luxe, and FocusBlog (for bloggers) theme.
But now, these themes are not selling but they are continuing to support the theme.
Instead of the themes, they are introducing a theme builder. This allows to build any kind of theme, will with drag and drop.
When I was writing this blog post, the Thrive Themes announced that they are launching a new theme builder. I was completely blown away by seeing the power of this new theme builder.
Take a look!
I am using the Thrive Architect plugin on all the sites that are using Thrive Themes. This plugin opens you unlimited possibilities to design your site in every aspect you can imagine.
All these themes come with at least 2 updates per month (if not more). The Thrive Themes is now more advanced with added features than I first purchased them.
Thanks to the swift updates by the Thrive Themes.
Are there great Theme options?
Guys, some themes wasted me hours, which I bought them getting lured by their feature sets and their demo sites.
Did you ever get a great multipurpose theme, and wondering where the options are? Getting stuck and wasting hours of time digging their knowledge base?
But in case of all the Thrive Themes, you can edit the theme options on a single page. That too, without any page refresh.
Here's the theme options showdown!
In the General settings section, there are options for you to upload the logo (no need to CSS code the logo like that of Genesis or upload the logo file using FTP), set logo position, insert copyright or footer text conveniently without any coding stuff. There is no need of any separate plugins for inserting footer text and uploading logo.
In the layout options, there are options like grid layout, full width, and 4 more layout options. There are 6 color schemes you can choose from. However, I personally feel that offering a visual color picker to set the color scheme would be great. I'm expecting this feature in the future updates for all the Thrive Themes. (Update after 6 months: It isn't added yet)
However, at any time you can add custom CSS code to the theme, to make any visual changes to your site as you desire.
The navigation can set to float without adding any code or getting any plugin.
In the blog settings page, there are options for you to display featured images for your posts, customize the meta information, author box below posts, read more button or link text, and much more.
In the Analytics section, you can conveniently add any code to your header and footer files without editing the core theme files or any external plugins for inserting code. This also gets you rid of using plugins for integrating your site with Google Analytics.
There's no need to install plugins for inserting headers and footers.
Under the performance settings, there are options for you to compress the images automatically, lazy load comments, and also option to automatically resize the images as you upload.
The lazy load comments enable the pages with lots of comments to load faster. If you have a active comment section, this feature is real-handy.
In the comments section, you can set the theme to highlight the author's comments, enable or disable comment count, and also the date. If you wish, you can also enable the display of Facebook comments without the use of a separate plugin for displaying it.
You can also grant some users on your site the privileges to moderate comments on your site – without using any plugin.
On the social media section, you can enable the theme to display social buttons on your site like Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, and LinkedIn buttons. You can also set these social buttons to be displayed in the footer section of your site. You can also display the CTA text or the share count for the buttons to increase the social shares on your blog.
There are also options for you to customize the 404 page and also the related posts functionality.
Does Thrive Themes support child themes like Genesis?
If you are a tech-savvy and want to do major modifications to your theme you can create the child themes for Thrive themes. In case of making minor CSS changes, you can make use of the “custom CSS” option all their themes come with.
In both of the cases, the changes won't be lost even after the theme update.
I personally, do not use any child theme as I'm not that tech-savvy. I've added some custom CSS code in order to make my theme reflect my brand.
Unlike Genesis, the Thrive Themes have not advertised child themes and also have not mentioned that they support child themes in any of their product pages. So many people don't know the fact.
Lifetime pricing plans
Like that of some other theme providers, with Thrive Themes you need not pay for the membership yearly. With Thrive Themes, for every purchase you get lifetime updates and 1 year of free support. This is great.
You can choose between the single site and multi-site license.
However, if you are planning to use the Thrive Themes on your client sites, you may want to go for Thrive Membership Plan. With this membership plan, you get access to all the Thrive Products for a monthly fee.
I personally have a multi-site license for some of the Thrive Themes. They serve my needs very well. When compared to the price, the features that Thrive Themes come with, are great.
Thrive Themes discount and coupons
In this section, let us discuss about any discounts and coupons Thrive Themes offers. If you are wondering if Thrive Themes offers any discounts or coupons on its plans, then keep reading.
Thrive Themes does not offer any discounts on any of its products. They also don't run any deals on any other special occasions like Black Friday.
So, you need to pay their regular price for all their products. You can save good money if you manage to get their lifetime deals or annual plan in case of Thrive Themes membership.
Thrive Themes support team is very responsive. You can create support tickets for your queries right inside the dashboard. One of their support team members usually respond to you within 5 hours or even less (my experience). They are highly knowledgeable and friendly.
The Thrive Themes also have support email address, where you can mail them the queries for faster response.
They also have video tutorials and knowledgebase where you can find solutions for your common problems. For some of the issues I faced, the knowledge base was good enough to solve my queries.
There are also some new training videos that are released every month on increasing conversions and designing landing pages. So, once you are part of the Thrive community, you get access to all those training modules including the Thrive University.
Hope this Thrive Themes review post helped you to decide whether Thrive Themes is right for you or not.
In case if you ask me whether to go for a Thrive Theme or Studiopress. Here's the fact – I migrated from Studiopress to Thrive Themes as I'm not a coder and still want beautiful looking sites. Don't you love my site?
Okay here it is. The numbers won't lie.
Thrive Themes is a rising giant. They have their upcoming Thrive Theme Builder.
Don't get fooled by people who do marketing solely in the name of SEO.
If you ask me, I'm currently 100% satisfied with the features offered by the Thrive Themes. The Thrive Themes has enabled me to increase the affiliate conversions drastically on my blog.
On my affiliate sites, I'm also using the Thrive Themes as I described earlier. I'll stick with them at least for the next 2 years.
If you are looking forward to go for Thrive Themes and loved this post, buy me a coffee 🙂