By Dave Carr @Review.Casa
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Table of Contents
Introduction – What is Thrive Theme Builder?
Thrive Themes Theme Builder is a very capable theme for WordPress that allows you to style your WordPress based site with the same page building principles used in their Architect plugin.
If you want a fast WordPress based site that is quick to set up then Thrive Theme builder which is included in the Thrive Themes membership (Thrive Suite) has you covered.
Summary – Who is Thrive Theme Builder not for?
Thrive theme builder is not for anybody who already has their website set up and doesn’t want to go through the pallava of changing themes.
Although changing themes is much easier to change than a page builder.
Summary – Who is Thrive Theme Builder for?
Thrive Theme Builder is for anyone who wants to get a working website set up quickly without any coding.
It comes with a wizard which will have the basics of your site set up in 10 minutes.
So if you are a total non-techy then theme builder is probably for you.
The pros and cons of Thrive Theme Builder
- Very fast website set up with the 11 step Thrive themes wizard.
- Comes with project lightspeed which optimizes your site for speed and Google’s core web vitals.
- No coding needed, design your WordPress site visually.
- Kwik Theme companion theme released (Nov 2021)
- Project Lightspeed Updates (Nov 2021)
- Dynamic Text for Menu Items (Sept 2021)
- Lazy Loading and Video Speed Improvements (Sept 2021)
- Project Lightspeed: New Google Font Optimizations (Aug 2021)
- New ‘Coming Soon’ Mode (July 2021)
- Project Lightspeed Has Been Released (June 2021)
- Ommi Theme companion theme released (May 2021)
Thrive Theme builder comes in 3 packages:
As part of Thrive Suite which has 3 pricing plans and can be used on up to 5 sites.
Thrive theme builder and Thrive Automator for $99 per year which can only be used on 1 site.
Thrive Theme builder + Thrive Architect and Thrive Automator for $167 per year which can only be used on 1 site.
My experience with Thrive Theme Builder
My experience with Thrive Theme Builder has been good.
I have used it on my own sites and clients’ sites and we have all been pleased with the software.
The initial set-up takes less than 10 minutes the first time you use the WordPress Theme.
Perfect for getting an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) out into the world for testing as quickly as possible.
Using the Theme builder 11 step wizard
The Thrive Themes Wizard is shown in the image above.
The Thrive Themes wizard is an 11 step process to guide you through creating your thrive website. Choose from the available templates, and your WordPress website is set up.
It couldn’t be easier the 11 steps are:
- Brand colour
- Single blog post
- Blog post list
- Blog posts
Step 1: Logo
The logo step is shown in the image above.
Just upload your logo and customize it for the light and dark themes this will ensure it fits in with any Thrive Themes template you choose.
Step 2: Brand colour
The brand colours step is shown in the image above.
Just use the colour picker to choose the main colour for your brand and it will be used throughout all the Thrive Themes templates.
Step 3: Header
The header step is shown in the image above.
Just click on the drop-down menu to show the Thrive templates you have to choose from.
Some of the Thrive Themes headers are shown in the image above.
Just select a template which is most appropriate for your website and click on it.
Step 4: Footer
Just like the previous step you have a drop-down that when clicked will display the available templates.
The Thrive Themes footer templates are shown in the image above.
Just select the footer which is right for your website and click on it.
Step 5: Homepage
The homepage step is shown in the image above.
Very simple just select what your homepage will be.
Step 6: Single blog post
The single blog post step is shown in the image above.
Click on the drop-down and you will be shown all the available Thrive Themes templates.
Some of the available templates are shown in the image above.
Step 7: Blog post list
The blog posts list step is shown in the image above.
Just click on the drop-down to show the available Thrive Themes templates to choose the look of your blog post’s layout.
Some of the available layouts are shown in the image above.
Step 8: Page
The page selection step is shown in the image above.
Select your page layout from the available Thrive Themes templates.
Step 9: Pages
The pages template selection step is coming soon.
Step 10: Blog posts
The blog posts selection step is coming soon.
Step 11: Menu
The menu step is shown in the image above.
Next, you want to choose the menu that you want for your header menu and your footer menu if you haven’t already done so create menus in the WordPress Dashboard.
Editing the Theme builder templates
Thrive theme builder gives you a convenient template editor which is a point and click editor.
It’s very easy to use whichever template set up in five minutes or less.
The template screen is shown in the image above.
When you’re on the template screen just click on the image of a template you want to edit.
You will then be taken to the Thrive template editor.
The template editor is shown in the image above.
The Thrive themes template editor is very easy to use if you’ve used any page builder you’ll get it as it works the same way as most page builders do select your element and then edit the options from in the sidebar.
The Thrive themes template editor is not as powerful as some page builders you don’t get the freedom that you get with something like Divi.
But Divi is a lot slower. So it’s a bit of a trade-off between speed and flexibility.
Conclusion – Theme builder review
Would I recommend Thrive Theme builder?
Yes, I would.
If you’re looking to stop wrestling with WordPress (it can be very daunting when starting out) then this is the solution for you.
The wizard means you can get set up very quickly and easily.
Even if you are a seasoned WordPress Ninja looking to get a project into the world as quickly as possible then this is a very capable solution for you.
Thrive theme builder is a very fast theme it comes with Project Lightspeed which enables you to set up a fast website very quickly.
So if speed is a consideration then I suggest you try Thrive theme builder.
Also, Thrive Themes has been around for a long time and have a dedicated team of developers so you can be sure that if you buy today then your website will still work five or ten years down the line.
Other Thrive themes products
Thrive Leads is a lead generation plugin from Thrive Themes. It allows you to design and deploy lead generating forms 10 different ways including pop-ups and hello bars.
It can be purchased on its own or as a part of Thrive Suite.
Thrive quiz builder
Quiz Builder is probably the most advanced quiz building WordPress plugin on the market. It offers powerful features to segment and tag your list.
One of Thrive Themes’ best products it can be purchased on its own or as a part of Thrive Suite.
Thrive builders alternative
Divi builder theme
Divi is a WordPress theme and Landing page builder very similar to what you would get if you used Thrive theme builder and Thrive Architect.
The Divi theme is one of the most popular themes in the world.
How do I get rid of Thrive Theme builder?
You would get rid of Thrive theme builder like you would any other WordPress theme change the theme and then delete it.