This is my personal and professional review of the Thrive Architect plugin, probably the best drag and drop, front-end page builder plugin for WordPress right now.
Many moons ago I gave you my honest review of a front-end page builder plugin for WordPress called Thrive Content Builder.
Also known to many people as Thrive Visual Editor, this plugin has become one of the most used tools in my website building tool kit.
Honestly, I cannot even begin to imagine or even tell you what I would have done without the Thrive Content Builder plugin over the years.
Anyhow, there’s a brand new drag and drop front-end page builder plugin in town by the same amazing company that brought us the Content Builder plugin.
This new tool is called Thrive Architect, and essentially it is replacing the old Thrive Content Builder plugin we’ve all come to know and love.
In this review, I’ll be taking a look at the all-new user interface, full options, and features, what this plugin can be used for, pros and cons, price and all the rest of it, so let’s begin.
Thrive Architect is a powerful, stand-alone front-end drag-and-drop page builder plugin for WordPress.
It comes equipped with a ton of design options, elements and features which you can use to help you build the most amazing, conversion focused, professional looking content-rich pages for your WordPress website or blog.
Thrive Architect was created by Thrive Themes, a digital services company that create and provides an array of quality, conversion optimization tools for WordPress.
You can learn more about Thrive Themes here.
Almost everything you dreamed of ever doing with your WordPress landing pages, homepage, product pages, sales pages, lead generation pages, blog posts, and everything else in between, is possible with Thrive Architect.
So let’s look at the user interface.
The UI has a simple and clean layout, and navigating around the elements and options is a real pleasure. It makes light work of page building on the fly.
In addition, there’s a lot more options to play with here than the old Content Builder plugin, which can seem overwhelming at first, however, with more options at your disposal you can do a lot more with your landing page design and layout. You literally have complete control over everything.
Here is a screenshot of the Thrive Architect UI main page.
As you can see the design options sidebar is located on the left hand of the screen by default. You can switch this to the right if you wish to by going to Settings > Switch Editor Side.This sidebar can be minimized to give you more on-screen space to work around.
The sidebar can be minimized to give you more on-screen space to work around if you need it.
Like the previous Content Builder plugin, with Thrive Architect you can click, drag and drop any element anywhere on your page or post.
When you do drag a new element to your page, or click on an element that’s already in place on your page, the sidebar options will change accordingly giving your more editing and customization options.
For instance, if I dragged and dropped a Background Section element into my sample page, the toolbar options changes specifically for that element. See below.
You also have navigational breadcrumbs feature at the top of the page to let you know what element you’re currently working on and where. This also makes navigating back to the elements homepage simple.
I really love what Thrive has done overall with the new user-interface in this plugin, this feels so much more like a professional front-end software for developing web pages. Which it is, without a doubt.
Before you build any kind of page with Thrive Architect, you can make some changes to the default settings according to your preference. Under settings, you have some global options which include –
Under Template, you have the following options –
Before I dive into all of the design options, elements, and features, I want to talk to you about the template library.
Like the previous Content Builder plugin, Thrive Architect comes with many landing page templates to choose from. Most of these were already available the TCB.
This is one of the features that make this plugin a stand-out above its competitors.
Each template is fully customizable to your heart’s content, which will save you hours trying to build a landing page from total scratch.
To add a pre-designed template to your page, you simply click on the settings symbol, then Template Setup > Choose Landing Page Template. See image below.
OK so let’s now look at the full list of design options and features in the Thrive Architect plugin.
I won’t dive too deep into these elements individually otherwise this review would be excessively long.
Like I mentioned earlier, for most of the elements in Thrive Architect you have options to customize them even further, giving you complete creative freedom.
One of the features I personally loved and used the most of in the old Thrive Content Builder plugin was the Custom HTML and CSS options, and I’m so glad this is also available in the new Thrive Architect plugin. In fact, it’s even better than before.
Both Custom HTML and CSS boxes are now mini Syntax editors. See image below.
When working on a landing page design, one of the things that used to frustrate me a lot with Thrive Content Builder was having to use page inspect tools in Chrome to view the mobile layout. Just to make sure everything was aligned the way it should be.
This is no longer a problem, or chore, with Thrive Architect. In the footer of the Side toolbar, I can simply click on Responsive View to view the layout of tablet and smartphone layouts for my page. See image below.
Whilst on the subject of responsive design, many of the design elements come with a Responsive option. In other words, you can switch certain elements off so that they don’t appear on mobile devices. See image below.
Landing pages are just the start of what you can use this plugin for, seriously.
Thrive Architect works for both static pages and blog posts in WordPress so you can create content rich blog posts with it.
Here are some of the example pages you can create with Thrive Architect.
If you’ve used the Thrive Content Builder plugin before, then using Thrive Architect is no different at all.
When you want to create a page or blog post using the Thrive Architect editor, you simply open up the page or post you want to edit as normal in WordPress and hit the Edit with Thrive Architect button. See image below.
A new tab will open up in your browser where you’ll see the front-end of your page with the editor in the sidebar.
Having used the Thrive Content Builder plugin for so many years now, that plugin was very tough to fault.
Thrive Architect is even tougher to fault because the team over at Thrive Themes have answered so many questions from users of the original Thrive Content Builder plugin by adding many anticipated new features into Thrive Architect.
Thrive Architect is released on the 29th August 2017. Add this date to your calendar. Here are the pricing options for the plugin –
Thrive Membership will give you access to not only Thrive Architect but all of the conversion optimization plugins too, this includes –
This is by far the best front-end visual editor plugin for WordPress I’ve ever seen or used.
I really thought that the Thrive Content Builder plugin was an amazing tool when it was originally launched back in 2015, however, this is something else entirely.
All I’ll say is that if you’ve used any front end page builder tool for your WordPress website and have been disappointed by it, take a look into Thrive Architect. You won’t be disappointed with this one.
Check back here soon as I will update this review with the prices when it becomes available, and I’m also working on a tutorial video too.
Great work Thrive Team, very well done.