I’m almost embarrassed to admit it, but I started building the Design it Together website four separate times on four separate platforms before finally deciding to go all-in with Thrive Themes.
Not that there is anything wrong with the other platforms and site builders I started using – I still use some of them for client projects, and I’m sure I’ll do some reviews on these in the future. However, when it came to my personal company website, I wanted to make sure it satisfied a few criteria:
- I wanted it to do everything I needed it to, with as few plugins as possible. More plugins can often mean a slower, more vulnerable website and more chances for compatibility issues during updates.
- I wanted it to be easy to use. Some site builders seem great and can produce nice-looking sites, but can be clunky to use on a daily basis. Since I knew I was going to be blogging and adding pages and info regularly, I wanted to make sure I enjoyed using it.
- I wanted it to be “future-proof”. By this I mean, I wanted to make sure the company behind it is innovative and committed to producing a best-in-class WordPress website builder. Similarly, I wanted to make sure the platform was compatible with my plans for the future. Someday I may want to add a store component, or develop a course – I wanted everything to be on one platform as much as possible.
With this criteria in mind, here are the top 4 reasons why I chose to build my website with Thrive Themes.
You don’t need a million plugins.
What makes WordPress great is the ability to add plugins to instantly build new functionality into your website. Plugins can be a blessing and a curse. Before you know it you could have a website with 30 plugins – caching plugins, seo plugins, contact form plugins, security plugins, etc. etc. etc.
Often, these plugins all come from different developers, and they aren’t necessarily made to be compatible with one another.
If you start experiencing issues with your site, the first step is often to disable all plugins and turn them on one by one to diagnose the problem (big pain). Some developers do a better job than others at keeping their plugins updated with current WordPress releases. Not to mention, more plugins mean more potential vulnerabilities for hackers to exploit.
What’s great about Thrive Themes is that they’ve created their own add-ons so you can get your website to do almost anything you need it to, all within the Thrive Themes ecosystem. You can host courses, install lead-generating pop-ups, create countdown campaigns, and more without the need for 3rd-party plugins.
Everything is super well made, and it all works together perfectly.
Thrive Themes has two payment options: $228/ year or $90/quarter. I agree that there are more affordable website builders and themes out there, but I’d challenge you to find one that provides this much value for the price.
For as little as $19/month you get access to the entire Thrive Suite. This means Thrive Theme Builder, Thrive Architect, Thrive Leads, Thrive Apprentice, Thrive Quiz Builder, built-in A/B testing, the list goes on.
This is a ton of value. I started doing the math in my head and once I realized I could easily spend three times as much on plugins alone to achieve similar functionality, it made the decision easy.
I first found Thrive Themes via YouTube. I was looking for a certain WordPress tutorial and found a video by Thrive Themes founder, Shane Melaugh. I was instantly impressed with the amount of value he was providing. I’ve been hooked on the Thrive Themes YouTube feed ever since.
When you sign up for Thrive Suite you get access to Thrive University – courses teaching various methods for online growth, that you can’t find on YouTube. Not just tutorials showing how to use the product but courses on everything from blogging to building the perfect landing page.
It’s all really high quality and a nice bonus.
Last, but certainly not least. I’ve used a lot of WordPress page builders over the years, and Thrive Architect is one of the best. It’s intuitive, easy to use, and fast.
You have the option to design everything totally custom, or to choose pre-designed elements from a library of Content Blocks. The Content Blocks are all well designed and automatically take on any global color or font styling you have set up for your website once you add them to the page.
Another perk is since all of your API connections are set up through Thrive Suite itself (no third-party plugins needed), it’s super easy to connect elements – such as mail providers – directly through Thrive Architect.
Now, do I think Thrive Themes is right for everybody? Certainly not. If you’re a beginner, on a budget, or just looking to make a simple site, then it is probably overkill. Also, if there are certain advanced plugins that you love using, or are already licensed for, then it probably isn’t worth signing up for as well.
I personally took about a year to research and look into Thrive Themes. I had already owned a couple LTDs for other WordPress website builders and was a little hesitant to jump on board. Once I did, though, I’ve been super impressed.
If you think a platform like this makes sense for you, I definitely encourage you to look into it!