I wanted to give you a complete Thrive Themes membership review – I have been using them every day for the past two years and built all my sites with them.
Founded by Shane Melaugh & Paul McCarthy in 2013, Thrive Themes’ conversion-focused WordPress themes and plugins are being used by more than 40,000 customers.
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Shane is a marketer and is the brains behind the marketing aspect and conversion elements of the themes.
Since he spent most of his life building online businesses, Thrive products are designed to get your website’s visitors becomes your client. The high number of users is a testimony, they have become one of the most trusted vendors in digital marketing, affiliate marketing and page builders.
Paul is the the developer behind the products.
The membership package includes the following products:
All of the above products are focused towards increasing your sales and revenue.
Rise is one of the original themes offered with the Thrive Themes package.
The origin of the Rise theme was a simple question: “What does the ideal blogging theme look like?”
The key to what makes Rise tick lies in whom we asked this question… Zac Johnson has been a successful affiliate marketer for longer than most of us have even known the Internet existed. Together with him, we came up with the concept for Rise and kept refining it until the theme beat everything else available by miles, for this specific purpose.
Storied is a story-driven design that was primarily built for running a blog, as its name implies. As a blogger you have a story to tell and the theme uses a tiled layout ideal for multimedia posts while offering marketing and conversion elements as options. Therefore the business aspect regarding your blog is also kept in mind. Its attractive layout helps you connect with your readers and build your audience. It looks pretty good.
Pressive is a stylish WordPress theme that I accidentally used for building this blog.
Performag is a magazine theme that concentrates on the money-making side of magazines. It’s a simple yet effective theme that is designed specifically to increase user engagement on the site, so that you can get more page views and more impressions for display advertising.
Voice is a theme for showcasing writers, authors and content creators. The headerless layout doesn’t use traditional header type as seen with all regular WordPress themes. The content centric layout will shine your blog articles with big featured images and headings that attracts reader’s attention.
The Squared Thrive theme is a flat design multi-purpose theme. It is excellent for creating beautiful sales pages, landing pages and marketing sites, but it will also serve brilliantly as a blogging theme. It’s simple and to the point and isn’t showy or flashy but just gets on with delivering a good design quickly.
Minus is minimalist but in a good way. The central image and content boxes allow you to showcase a business quickly and without any extras. Simple menus, flat design and overall simplicity makes this web theme work on any screen at any size.
Ignition is ideal for selling products or services or general marketing. With its full-width style and design choices made for some elements, marketing pages and landing pages look especially good when built with Ignition. If you need a highly flexible digital marketing platform to promote books, mobile apps, software or services then here is great product. This single WordPress theme package includes everything that a professional online marketer or blogger would require.
Luxe is another less is more design that works impressively well. With a simple overall design and fully customizable pages you can do as much or as little as you like with it. We love this WordPress blogging theme for its minimalist layout. It’s dark and white color skin provides a feeling of calmness which is good for mystic bloggers. People who love to write on spirituality, fashion, art, and passion should love this Thrive Themes template. Though you can also switch over other color skins styles that match to your brand or niche requirement.
Focusblog keeps the focus on your blog posts. It’s a great design for both blog-led marketing sites or even business sites with a strong blog element. All with the standard Thrive elements and conversion features you might need to make money.
The above themes are no longer available for individual purchase, but they are included in the membership package. Instead of the separate themes, there is a plan to launch what they call Thrive Visual Theme Builder, which is currently in its beta testing.
Do not confuse the theme builder with Thrive Architect, which is a page builder plugin. Thrive theme builder works at theme level. It isn’t just about readjusting a page design. When you change something in the theme builder, it changes that element on your entire website.
If you choose, you can also build your site from scratch with the drag & drop style editor (requires Thrive Architect plugin.)
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I am sure you have heard about Neil Patel, the legendary online marketer who has a million dollar blog.
He also recommends Thrive and in this video you can take a look at how you can create a homepage (which is really a landing page) just like his.
The theme also has different options, here is a tutorial:
In Thrive you can determine the the size and type of your fonts.
There is a setting for H1 and another setting for body text.
You can select “Show All Fonts” to list more than 600 fonts, available via Google Fonts. If you don’t have a specific font in mind yet, the sheer number of the available fonts here can be overwhelming. In this case, you can leave “Recommended Fonts Only” selected, which will display a shorter list of high-quality selected fonts.
Automatic image compression and lightweight code makes it these themes a fast, speed optimized theme.
The opt-in elements make it very easy to grow your email list.
Great readability, multiple choice of fonts, beautifully presented images engage your visitors.
The built in page generator creates your most important pages (Home, Privacy, landing pages, opt-in page, etc.) with a single click, then you just need to modify the text.
The themes adapt any screen size and makes it possible to show or omit elements on different screens.
Thrive offers a toolbox of plugins that target engagement and conversion. They integrate smoothly into any theme. It is a best practice to get as many plugins as possible from the same vendor so that you minimize the chance of plugin conflicts.
Thrive Architect is a visual editor for WordPress that enables anyone to make high quality web pages from existing templates. It offers optimized landing pages as part of its package.
Using the front end drag and drop editor you can easily create effective landing pages to your website.
Once you have some practice, you can even build your own designs. using drag and drop functionality. You can create a blank page, add page elements, customize them, add content and see it live without using HTML or CSS.
The page designs are such that you can add conversion elements seamlessly into a page, or delete them out. Add them to second level pages, create specific landing or funnel pages or not. Add opt-ins, use popups, slider menus or other neat tricks to engage, capture email addresses and convert users.
I need to mention that the amount of features and options in the editor can overwhelm and there is a steep learning curve. It is easy to get lost in the details until you learn your way around. To balance this out, there are built-in tutorials available at every step of the way and also Googling delivers answers either on the product website or other websites.
Thrive Leads is a lead generation plugin that easily adds email collection elements to your posts and pages.
You can select from a large number of templates to create a footer, ribbon, popup box, screen filler, slider and others and sends the email addresses to your email tool of choice. There are around 40 integrations available.
Thrive Apprentice is the course platform I am using on FunnelXpert. The plugin will work with your current theme, which means you don’t have to overhaul your entire site, set up another site just or pay for an external platform to host your e-course. Just install the Thrive Apprentice plugin and get started creating your first e-course!
Quizzes are an awesome way to get engagement and leads.
Quiz Builder is a pro solution to create engaging quizzes or questionnaires to increase engagement and signups. Check out my Blog Earnings Quiz as an example. You can use one of several built-in defaults or create your own and it works well. You can add the participants straight to your email list using Thrive Leads opt-in forms.
Optimize is a tool for A/B testing and helps you increase conversions through refinement. The plugin allows you to split test ideas to see which works best and make data-driven decisions about the form your website will take. I have not used this tool yet, because I am not at that level.
Clever Widgets is a plugin that customizes the content shown to your reader. As an example, you can choose not to show an opt-in form to a visitor that is already signed up for your email list, but you can show them a different offer. I have not used this plugin yet, it’s a bit advanced for me.
You know how important headlines are. Headline Optimizer is a plugin that helps you write better headlines. It brings you the detailed analytics and A/B testing that you already saw in Thrive Leads to optimize your post titles.
Ultimatum is a plugin for time-sensitive offers to call to action. You can use it to put timers on your page.
It also has advanced options, such as identifying your visitors by email address and not showing them an offer that already expired. To tell you the truth, for me it was too complicated. The regular IP based timer is not perfect, but more simple.
This is a plugin that is supposed to create more engagement with your comments, such as giving the ability to like them, etc. With low engagement on a blog this function is not that useful.
Thrive Ovation is a tool for collecting testimonials. This is useful if you have a lot of traffic and you have a product you are selling.
Since Shane is an expert in marketing online courses, he also created several courses using Thrive Apprentice. These course are part of Thrive University.
(Premium) Course Craft is a program that teaches you how to create online courses. Discover the exact, proven system to create, launch and sell high-quality, high-value online courses.
(Premium) SEO Sprint is their in-house SEO crash course for learning and implementing an 80/20 SEO strategy for entrepreneurs who just don’t have time to do SEO.
They also have several free courses – you just need to sign up for a free account.
Thrive Themes is awesome but may not be right for everyone. It offers a huge amount in terms of quality and functions, but there are areas of improvement.
As with any product, there are always areas of improvement.
Thrive does not offer discounts or coupons, in fact these are against their terms of service. There isn’t even a Black Friday sale. There is a 30-day no-question asked refund policy.
You can buy plugins separately with a pricing like this:
There are currently two subscriptions for Thrive products, one for individual users and one for agencies. They are Thrive Themes Membership and Agency Membership.
Thrive Membership is for individuals and is priced at $19 a month, paid at $218 yearly. While that sounds a lot, there are lots of features included.
The Agency Membership costs $49 a month (paid annually) and includes the same benefits as the regular membership, but you can use the products on 50 websites.Click here to get the membership
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