What is Thrive Suite?
Short answer: It’s a paradise for a digital marketer.
You should continue reading if you’re keen on the details!
Approximately 40% of bloggers and business owners swear by WordPress to power their websites.
It can be as small as a personal blog or a full-blown E-commerce store; WordPress offers you one of the simplest ways to create and customize.
Basically, it is an open-source software free to be used and modified by anyone.
Let me put it in an easy-to-understand manner for you. WordPress has two prime modifying features, namely themes, and plug-ins. The former focuses on changing how your website looks, while the latter will help you regulate how your website functions.
You can access 5000+ WordPress themes and 50000+ WordPress plug-ins and choose the ones best suited for you.
But, there’s a catch!
I know these free templates sound tempting, yet you may want to add a few personalized tweaks to them here and there. The flexibility that these ready-to-use themes offer is quite limited.
This is where theme-building tools come in handy. The online market boasts of an array of tools that will allow you to build a theme right from scratch, adding pixel after pixel.
But, this is where people run into trouble as these tools are meant for designers and developers.
You will agree with me; knowledge of programming languages like HTML and CSS is limited to a small fraction of people. This creates a significant barrier for non-developers trying to build templates from scratch.
Guess what I discovered just in the nick of time – Thrive Themes.
Put simply, it is a collection of plug-ins, themes, and tools that can conveniently be modified and tweaked with minimal effort and can create your unique WordPress website within minutes.
You can buy each tool on the Thrive platform, but the owners have eased it a bit further for us.
The company launched Thrive Suite, a package that will allow you access to all the products offered by the Thrive Themes website at a special price.
Notable, isn’t it?
And, trust me, it’s not just the themes. When I say it’s a package, I mean it to be a one-stop solution to all your WordPress headaches. Furthermore, it will boost your website’s conversion factor in no time.
Bear with me if it seems like a lot of info is being thrown at you at once, but when you finish reading this review, you’ll have a clear picture of whether or not to invest in Thrive Suite.
So rest assured, as you won’t be searching through any more reviews after this!
What do you get in the Thrive Suite bundle?
To give you a birds-ey view of the products that come in the package, I have made a quick list for you to glance through. Then, I will discuss in detail what each does.
The Suite includes –
- Thrive Theme Builder
- Thrive Architect
- Thrive Leads
- Thrive Quiz Builder
- Thrive Ultimatum
- Thrive Clever Widgets
- Thrive Headline Optimizer
- Thrive Comments
- Thrive Optimize
- Thrive Ovation
- Thrive Apprentice
Review of the Suite products –
Imagine having answers to all your worries about the WordPress website you are developing in one place. Well, it is possible once you get the Thrive Suite.
Sure, it has worthy competitors like Elementor out there, but the user-friendly experience Thrive offers is unmatched. In addition, tools like Thrive Leads and Thrive Architect are explicitly focused on conversion to make your online business sky-rocket.
The plug-ins are extremely easy to install and require zero use of coding. You will build your website from scratch without taking the pains of switching between websites for different tools and themes.
Without making you wait any further, let’s dive right in!
Thrive Theme Builder
Want a theme builder that not only assists you with the design and customization but also focuses on the marketing aspect of your website? Well, the answer is Thrive Theme Builder.
It is a recently launched feature to the earlier Thrive Themes that somewhere lacked in the designing facet and has dramatically simplified the process of theme building for a conversion-focused website. In addition, it allows you to customize the existing WordPress themes in your own fashion. Nice!
Coming to the most exciting part, Thrive Theme Builder provides you with a wizard to smoothly walk you through the whole process and get you started. Once you’re done with the tutorial, you can visually change almost any aspect of a chosen theme template. Use the drag and drop editor to move elements and make changes wherever needed.
The drag and drop method also helps you create and modify different aspects of your page, including the margins, headers, footers, and sidebars. Long story short, you can change whatever you wish to in an existing theme or use it as it is.
Omni and Shapeshift are two ready-to-use themes that give templates to almost every element featuring on your page.
Video and audio content creators often feel left out when it comes to digital tools, but Thrive has got them covered with several templates that go well with YouTube video plug-ins and podcasts.
Forget the days when you would be stuck with a WordPress theme because you aren’t a developer. This theme builder has reduced my hassle to the minimum, and I’m sure you would feel the same once you use it.
The landing page of your website can make or break the deal with a future client. So, it becomes indispensable that you curate it in a way that increases conversions and sales.
The Thrive Architect Plug-in brings along an assortment of templates that help you create landing pages for your blog, webinar, sales funnel, and all things related to an E-commerce website.
The first step is to select a page type that complements the rest of your site. For example, you can choose a blank page to work on, a page with a custom header and footer, or a pre-built one. Then, move on with the drag and drop visual editor to modify and edit, just like you did in the Thrive Themes Builder.
And, not just pages, you can create entire websites using this tool.
This page builder plug-in has unique features like testimonials and countdowns that you can add to your website to make it more user-engaging and marketing-friendly.
And the best part is you get to design your pages in a way that makes them easy to use on mobile phones and tablets. You can forget worrying about how the text adjusts when a user opens it on the phone. The font size and paragraph orientations will change automatically depending on the narrowness of the device.
The Thrive Architect works in close integration with the Thrive Optimize, which is next on our list.
Let’s say you spent your energy and efforts to make flawless landing pages using the Thrive Architect. Wouldn’t you want to test its market efficiency?
If you have created several variants of your landing page and wish to analyze which one converts better, then Thrive Optimize is the tool for you. It will help you run A/B tests on your pages and give you an idea of where you can improve.
You can install the plug-in on your website and optimize its contents to market it better. It works in close integration with the Thrive Architect plug-in.
Who doesn’t want to build up an extensive e-mail list super fast! If you have similar goals, then Thrive leads should be your go-to tool.
It is a lead-generation plug-in focused on adding users to your mail list and increasing conversions through opt-in forms. Competitors like Optinmonster and Ninja Popups may offer similar services but will make a hole in your pocket.
Alongside being economical, Thrive leads has an endless number of opt-in forms to choose from and modify. In addition, you can use two-step or multiple-choice formats based on your needs and target audience.
This stunning variety in forms sorts and adds your subscribers to eligible lists, and the detailed A/B test results boost sales generation.
Thrive Leads gives you the liberty to decide when and where your opt-in form will appear. It can be a pop-up, a slide-in, or a banner at the top of your screen.
You can supercharge the lead generation efforts by triggering its appearance when the user clicks on certain links or scrolls to certain parts of the documents.
Regarding integrating the forms with your e-mail service provider, Thrive Themes connects you with various external API integrators, MailChimp, Drip, and ConvertKit, for instance.
The choices are many, allowing you to modify your website to your heart’s content and build an organic list of subscribers.
Thrive Quiz Builder
The Thrive Quiz Builder enables you to implement a strategy that will increase your site’s social interaction with visitors and generate leads in the form of quizzes.
Quizzes are one of the fastest forms of content to create, and they build your audience base by attracting traffic. The primary purposes they serve are –
- increasing engagement with the audience
- growing your e-mail list
- increasing the number of social shares.
Let us not forget that all Thrive Suite tools are meant to increase your sales and grow the conversion factor. Inserting interactive quizzes on your web page is one of the best ways to do it.
This Thrive plug-in goes one step further from its competitors and tells you the stage your users drop out of the quizzes the most. Using these analytics, you can improve the aspects you lack on and even run A/B tests.
Sounds too good to be true, eh?
Here’s a small case study of this strategy in action.
One of my friends recently launched a luxury home decoration website. He created a couple of quizzes keeping in mind the age group of people he decided to target.
Having a small audience initially, he entirely relied on sharing those quizzes with social media acquaintances. I know it will be hard to believe, but he garnered 10000+ visitors in 2.5 months!
So, it’s clever to choose the gaols you wish to hit first and then curate the quizzes accordingly. Then, you can use them to build your e-mail list, collect customer insights, or increase social shares.
Once you’re done with that, you can quickly start building from scratch or tap the pre-made ones.
Another innovative way to use the Thrive Quiz Builder is to generate feedback or suggestions from your users. Many of my pals use it to find out what is going on in the customer’s mind and optimize it.
Ever heard of scarcity campaigns?
You can call it FOMO (fear of missing out) in laymen’s language.
It is a psychological fact that everyone wants what is hard to acquire.
The Thrive Ultimatum plug-in capitalizes on this marketing brilliance and helps you create countdown timers that will take your lead generation to another level. It does what those ‘limited stock’ tags do in clothing stores.
This plug-in is one of a kind that offers authentic scarcity marketing. Such features were earlier available only on expensive high-end platforms.
You can create your own campaigns leveraging on the feeling of customers to not miss out and generate outstanding sales; choose from countdowns, weekly offers, holiday specials, and whatnot. Various options for call-to-action are included, and you can display them in the notification area, widget bar, or as pop-ups.
Coming to the most exciting part, Thrive Ultimatum is not like other alternatives which offer pseudo-scarcity marketing. It has a unique feature known as ‘Lockdown,’ which will freeze the campaign once the due date is over. Hence, you can create absolute scarcity and attain unbelievable numbers in conversions.
The Ultimatum plug-in works in close integration with the Thrive Architect and Theme Builder to provide you with a complete experience.
This plug-in is a bit different from those mentioned earlier. It is basically a management course that helps you learn the how-tos of creating and customizing self-hosted courses.
It’s the best way out for you if you want to manage the various aspects of launching a course without investing in super-expensive software.
All you need to worry about is creating the course material and leaving the rest to Thrive Apprentice. Upload your content onto the site, make a few modifications to the chosen layout, adjust the settings, and lo! You have your course all ready for the audience to access and learn from.
The drag and drop editor will help you make visual changes you wish to incorporate into the website layout. Thrive Apprentice even integrates with checkout software like ThriveCart and SendOwl.
Now is the time to make use of this great Thrive plug-in and start selling your course! (You’ll thank me later.)
While Disqus ruled the comment management WordPress market for a long time, the case is different now. Unnecessary ads forced the users to shift to the now-best commenting plug-in in the market, Thrive Comments.
Trust me on this, once you lay your hands on Thrive Comments, you will forget about FB comments or the native WordPress feature.
Apart from giving you basic features like upvotes, downvotes, and badges, Thrive goes a mile further to let you decide what happens after a user comments on your website.
Do you want an opt-in form to pop up or re-direct them to another page? You can even choose these after-events based on whether the person commenting is a first-timer or a frequent visitor.
Cool, isn’t it?
Thrive Comments won’t just increase the engagement and interaction on your website; it will allow you to convert commentators into leads by showing follow-ups of your choice.
No wonder the Thrive Suite is giving a hard time to its competitors in the market.
Social proof will establish trust in your customers like nothing else.
Imagine having a tool that puts collecting and displays client testimonials on auto-pilot! That’s Thrive Ovation for you.
Let me walk you through what it offers. The plug-in collects comments from social media and other leads, converts them into visually appealing testimonials, and displays them on your website without you having to put in any extra effort.
You can install the Thrive Ovation plug-in independently on your WordPress, or you can integrate it with Thrive Architect to create a full-blown Testimonial page. Either way, it will take minimal effort and give maximum returns.
As compared to doing it manually, Thrive will scale up your display of testimonials in no time. It even spares you the hassle of scrolling through endless comments and manages all facets to gather social proof for your brand.
Thrive Clever Widgets
It is a fantastic plug-in that helps you define the logic behind some aspects of your page. For example, it will let you decide what to display and where.
You may create many CTAs, opt-in forms, and quizzes, but you won’t reap all benefits from them till you learn where to put them. The Thrive Clever Widget helps you organize such elements according to their relevance on different pages of your websites.
You can choose to display a CTA on a page where you feel the customer will be easier to persuade and omit it on others.
This approach will work as people are most likely to engage when they find something relevant to what they are reading.
So, put up your bright pants and place your widgets exactly where the customer wants to see them.
You’ll be surprised to see how the frequency of clicks on your posts soars up.
Thrive Headline Optimizer
Whether or not your posts will get clicked on depends majorly on the headline. Many expert bloggers suggest that one spends at least 20% of the writing time selecting the headline.
The last sentence is enough to tell you about the importance of a good and catchy opening line. It can make or break your posts’ chances of getting read.
The Thrive Headline Optimizer enables you to run A/B split tests on the quality of your headlines and analyze the results. It is a compelling testing solution for WordPress if used to its fullest.
Just type the headlines and the variants you wish to test, and allow it to work its magic. The optimizer will tell you how each variant will perform and help you choose the winner.
I recommend you start using this headline plug-in if your website or blog attracts plenty of direct visitors. It will bring them back every time you post something new.
The trick is to consistently use the Thrive Optimizer and produce high-converting headlines. Consequently, you will notice how your websites’ click-through rates and time on the content increase.
What Will The Thrive Suite Cost You?
Let me break this down for you.
First, it will cost you a fortune if you plan to buy individual plug-ins for use on 1 website, $549 to be exact.
I would never buy it at this price, to be honest.
But, but, wait, till you read further!
Buying the Thrive Suite bundle cuts down this price to $19 per month when billed annually.
That’s a shocker, right?
In addition, it will give you access to all the plug-ins I discussed above and allow you to use them across 25 websites. This sounds like a deal!
The alternatives are far more expensive than the Thrive Suite, with LeadPages at $48/month and ClickFunnels at $97/month.
I think you are already on the train to Thrive island!
But wait, that’s not it.
In addition to the plug-ins, you can access their excellent support facility whenever you get stuck. They even grant you access to Thrive University, where you can take courses that help you make the most of the investment you made.
If you are an agency planning to buy the Suite, you can look at their $49 per month plan (billed annually), which gives you the option to use the plug-ins on 50 of your/client’s sites.
The recurring annual fee may overwhelm you a bit, but I speak with experience that you WILL build more than just one website.
You ARE going to utilize all that you’re paying for. (I guarantee you.)
If you’re someone with thoughts and ideas lingering in your mind, you won’t get satiated after one website/blog.
Instead, you will try to broaden your online presence, and if not all, most of these plug-ins will come in handy.
What If You Get Stuck?
We cannot deny that mastering the Thrive Suite plug-ins comes with a good learning curve, but the service providers ensure you get enough support and guidance to steadily make it through the turn.
The Thrive Team is very supportive and replies to your queries within 24-48 hours. You can create a ticket for your problem, and they will reach out to solve it.
Rest assured, as the members are approachable and skilled in their feat.
You can even contact the support team through E-mail for a faster remedy.
In addition to the above services, Thrive releases frequent videos and training courses on increasing conversions and scaling up your business.
Why Fall In Love With The Thrive Suite Bundle?
- The visual editor will give you complete control over your website, its look, customization, and functionality. The drag and drop action is a no-brainer.
- You can create a website exactly like the picture you have in your mind without feeling the need to hire a designer or a developer.
- Each product you get in the Suite is frequently updated based on customer feedback, ensuring a smooth user experience. In addition, the company adds new features every week or two to improve the user interface and the services offered.
- Various tools can be used simultaneously to make the most of them. For instance, you can use the Thrive Headline Optimizer to create a catchy headline for a landing page you designed using the Thrive Architect.
- Or you can put in a Thrive Ovation’s testimonial plug-in inside a Thrive Comments section. It all boils down to how well you can use it.
- The plug-ins won’t just help you to come up with an aesthetically pleasing website; they will guide you through the process of making a site that markets well and actually converts & sells. You are reading this intending to scale your E-business after all.
- Thrive Suite supports a ton of API integrations. You can obviously use the popular ones like MailChimp, but it does the extra work of integrating the rare ones. One such E-mail marketing provider supported by Thrive is Sendfox.
- It is an all-in-one solution for WordPress users, offering various features; marketing tools like Thrive Leads and Thrive Ultimatum, management tools like Thrive Comments and Thrive Apprentice, and Design tools like Thrive Architect and Thrive Theme Builder.
- I love that the user need not worry whether different plug-ins will be compatible with each other as they are offered by the same service provider. This platform-based model is the company’s biggest strength against rivals.
- Thrive Suite is totally newbie-friendly. It has been designed exclusively for solo users who have little to no knowledge of marketing. You do not need an agency of designers, coders, and developers to make use of the remarkable features the company offers.
- Along with customer support, the Suite membership will grant you entry into a user-driven community that you can use to gain valuable tricks and tips.
The Rough Bumps
- The biggest drawback of Thrive Suite is that it has been designed entirely for WordPress. So, if you happen to use another software to host your website, you might not get access to all these beautiful features it has to offer.
- The sheer amount of liberty Thrive plug-ins give you regarding customizations can leave you overwhelmed and lost. Trust me, you might spiral away more often than you expect, especially when you are starting out.
- While the variety of tools Thrive puts forward is beneficial to many, learning to use all of them can get mind-boggling for some, making the learning curve even steeper.
- Thrive Architect loses a 5-star rating as it does not integrate third-party plug-ins. The majority of users shift to other page builders like Elementor and Divi for this very reason.
- Several templates offered within the Thrive Suite are outdated. It’s understandable, keeping in mind the period Thrive has been in the market. And, you can always make minor changes to spice up the template a bit. Never shy away from getting creative!
- The Thrive Apprentice, deemed to be a learning management service, lacks payment and membership integrations.
- You may get tempted to switch to other alternatives of Thrive Lead because of its bulky size and slowing effect on websites. For example, OptinMonster is far better than Leads in the facet of website speed.
What Do Users Have To Say?
As we have already talked about the impact of social proof on the audience’s decisions, let us look at what users have to say about the Thrive Suite in 2021.
Karen Kovy, a Thrive Suite customer, says, “My biggest problem was getting the marketing tools I need for my website in one place. I had Leadpages, OptinMonster, AND Quiz software.
Altogether, they really slowed my website down. I thought that if I wanted to capture leads, that was just the price I had to pay. Then I discovered Thrive Themes.”
Founder of the famous podcast Entrepreneurs on Fire, John Lee Dumas, swears by Thrive Leads, “WOW, a 238% increase in conversions when I switched to Thrive Leads. This is the most powerful list-building plug-in I’ve used, and the team behind it is ON FIRE!
Absolutely gets a recommendation from me.”
“As a newbie to WordPress, I spent many hours learning about various themes, plug-ins, page builders, etc., and many more hours fixing the items I installed. It was a big learning curve with not a lot of show for it. Until I found Thrive Suite…
Wow, what a difference! I found Thrive after searching/testing quiz builder plug-ins– finally switched after my site broke for the 5timese from updates of Elementor & updates of the Astra starter themes—- Right now, I’m using Thrive Architect the most, but planning on building out a robust site using your other plug-ins YES!!!!,” another user, Kathy Fitzhenry says.
Q- What products do I get if I purchase the Thrive Suite?
A- You will get the complete package of plug-ins, including Thrive Architect, Thrive Theme Builder, and a lot more. You will also gain access to the customer support and user community.
Q- Will I encounter a learning curve when I start using Thrive Plug-ins?
A- Definitely, but the Knowledge Base and Thrive University are enough to get you started. I hope reading through this post already gave you an overview.
Q- Will Thrive Themes integrate with WordPress.com blogs?
A- No, it is compatible with WordPress.org websites only.
Q- Will I get overwhelmed during the learning process?
A- Honestly, more often than expected. Just remember, consistency is key!
Q- Is it a one-time fee that I pay? Is there a refund policy?
A- The plans are recurring and payable monthly or annually. You can avail of a refund within 30 days of your purchase.
Wrapping Up, Should You Or Shouldn’t You?
Picture this: You run an online blog or an E-commerce store and need a handful of WordPress tools to optimize your content and increase conversions.
You can either go about picking and choosing random plug-ins that may or may not integrate appropriately within each other.
Unfortunately, this is where a lot of newcomers and even existing marketers get into conflicts.
Here’s some good news; the solution to this tiresome game of trial and error is- Thrive Suite, with access to all plug-ins you may need, valuable updates, and instant support.
Stack Thrive University and Knowlege Base on top of it, and you have a digital marketer’s dream package at your disposal.
If you plan to use just one plug-in, Thrive Architect, for instance, then you should go for Elementor instead. However, you will need other features to complement it most of the time, making buying the bundle a wise choice.
Talking about the minor cons you may encounter after buying Thrive Suite, you are spending way less than what you would on extravagant SaaS equivalents and reaping just the same benefits.
So, for us, non-tech-savvy people, Thrive Suite is indeed the goldmine for all WordPress needs and is worth every penny