WordPress Page Builders Can Turn You Into A Pro

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Thrive Content Builder ReviewDon’t you wish you were a pro web designer and could create stunning web pages for your website?

Many people struggle with their website and either have to accept that it will never be as amazing as they want or they have to pay someone to do it for them.

If this is a problem you suffer from, or you are a designer with no time, then a WordPress Page Builder might be the savior you were waiting for!

And one of the best ones I have seen is the Thrive Content Builder. It comes with:

  • An easy to use page builder (drag, drop, click, edit – WYSIWYG type)
  • 50+ Built-in landing page templates (edit with the page builder)
  • Conversion based elements like optin forms, two step optins to catch more emails for your list

So unlike most page builders (Visual Composer or Divi’s content builder) you get an easy to use page builder, landing pages and optin forms.

Let’s take a closer look at what you get and how it works.

Thrive Content Builder Review

Thrive Content Builder ToolbarThe team at Thrive have come up with one of WordPress’ best plugins – the Thrive Content Builder.

It enables you to create stunning web pages or blog posts in minutes – instead of spending hours or hundreds of dollars on a designer.

How Does The Page Builder Work?

The Thrive content builder is built into the WordPress editor so that you can choose to use it (or not) when you create a new page or post.

It is a toolbar (shown on the right) that sits next to your page/post and allows you:

  • to pick and choose what you want on the page
  • where you want it
  • and how it will look

It is a WYSIWYG editor which means that when you edit the page or post, it shows you exactly what you will see in the final version.

No more jumping around in WordPress between the page/post and the preview mode to see what something will look like. You see it as you create it.

Not only that, but it is all drag and drop based with “click to edit” elements. So it is very intuitive to use.

And when you click on elements you get simple toolbar that has all the options for editing that element like:

  • color
  • font
  • size (font size, element size/width.height
  • padding and margin (the space around the element)
  • and a few other options for more complex elements  (like video URL, for the video element for example)

If you would like to see a demo of how it works and examples of some of the elements, I have included a video below:

What Elements Are Included?

One of the most powerful parts of this tool is the ability to drag and drop pre-made elements into your page.

This saves you a lot of time, and if you are a non-designer or web developer, it puts their skills in your hands – without having to learn what they know.

The page builder comes with all of the standard elements you would expect such as:

  • text
  • buttons
  • images
  • videos
  • icons
  • lists (with various icons for the bullet points)

Then there are elements for helping with the layout and structure of your page such as:

  • columns (split your page into different areas like 2/3 and 1/3 or 4 x 1/4)
  • feature boxes (for highlighting specific content on a page)
  • WordPress content (so you can just add a standard WordPress area)
  • tables
  • tabbed content
  • blog post grid
  • feature grid
  • hide/show content

And they also have a huge range of more interesting elements such as:

  • Google maps
  • Guarantee box
  • countdown timer
  • table of contents
  • testimonials boxes (complete with image, quote and box – 4 variations)
  • pricing lists (columns of prices/features and buy now buttons)
  • credit card icons (for use on sales pages)
  • review stars (for use on reviews like this)
  • click to tweet boxes (great for sharing your posts)

Here are some examples elements (simply placed one after another) to give you an idea what they look like (credit card and review images, click to tweet box, count-down timer, testimonial):

Thrive Content Builder Elements

And of course there is much much more.

Thrive Landing Pages

choose-thrive-landing-pageJust when you thought you had an amazing product with the Thrive Content builder and it’s ease of use and built-in elements, they also give you built-in landing pages.

Why would you need landing pages? You might ask. Well, they are great for creating specific pages for advertising and other traffic.

They are also great for getting people to sign up (or opt in) to your newsletter or mailing list.

And there are many other purposes you can use them for too – webinars, thank you pages, download pages and more.
To create a landing page with Thrive all you have to do

  • is create a new page in WordPress
  • open the thrive content builder
  • go to the top and choose Thrive Landing Page (see image)
  • then choose your template
  • start editing with the Thrive Content Builder

Below you will see some examples of the templates you have available, and there are over 50 to choose from.

So you have a great range of template types and styles to create the type of landing page you need.

But, if you don’t like any of them, you also have the option to use a fully blank page (no header, no footer, no content) and create one from scratch using the Thrive Content Builder.

Thrive Landing Page Templates

 

Conversion Focused: Email Optin Forms and Call To Action Buttons

One of the focuses of the Thrive team is conversions. That means they want to get the maximum out of your website in terms of sales, email sign ups and so on.

And they have done this by giving us a bunch of elements to use on the page that help to do this.

Call To Action Button

The first one is a call to action button and some text above it to focus the user on whatever it is they want you to do. This is what the elements looks like:

Thrive Call to Action

This button can then lead to a specific page, or an optin form inside a popup. And how the button is opened (click, mouseover, scroll) is also up to you. It is all configurable.

Email Optin Form

Another type of optin element you can use is the Email Optin Form, which is shown below. It can be added anywhere on your page and easily linked to any email service that you are using to capture visitors email addresses.

Thrive Email Optin Form

 

 

 

Note: Similar things can be done on the landing pages where you can hook your buttons to a popup optin form. This is a so called “two step optin” and it often encourages more people to take. The guys at Thrive are focused on conversion and give us all the tools we need.

Should You Buy Thrive Content Builder?

If you are struggling to create amazing looking pages and posts, or just don’t have to time – the Thrive Content Builder is definitely one of the best options.

Not only can you make attractive web pages in a very small amount of time, but you also get a full set of landing page templates too.

I use this on all my website and many of my clients and the results are amazing.

Who is the Thrive Content Builder not good for?

If you are looking for a free plugin, this is not for you. Thrive Content Builder costs a little bit ($59) but look at what you get for that money. And it is a one time cost!

If you want all of your content created for you (pages and posts) and have absolutely no time for your website then you are better of hiring a developer. But the cost comparison is huge. With this plugin you can create pages just as good, for a small one-time cost.

If you are not using WordPress, then you cannot use Thrive products at all.

But for all the rest of you, I recommend you take a look and see for yourself. You can always get a refund if you don’t like it :>

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3 Comments

  1. Nice writeup.

    I tried Thrive Content Builder recently – I like it, but if you remove the plugin all your data is not on your page/post so you can’t access it, which is a deal breaker for me.

    Reply
    • you are right Sheila, but that is the same with almost any plugin that adds code (shortcodes etc)
      so by having that deal breaker, you are missing a lot of stuff. But we make our choices :>

      Reply
  2. Hi Ashley
    The content builder plugins are awesome. I enjoy using Divi builder and visual composer mainly.

    Reply

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