Thrive Architect vs. Beaver Builder

Read this comparison before choosing your content builder plugin

Two WYSIVYG Visual Editors For WordPress

Thrive Architect and Beaver Builder are two of the leading, most easy-to-use WordPress page builders that allow you to create beautiful posts and pages without any CSS or HTML knowledge. 

Instead of creating your content in the regular WordPress back-end editor, you are actually able to add and edit it on the front-end - exactly where the published content will appear. 

You don't have to guess how your site will look - what you see is exactly what you get!

Although these two content builders may seem very similar, there are some essential differences.

We analyzed them both, in-depth, to help you decide which is better for you. 

Pricing

In this article we compare the 5 sites license of Thrive Architect to the Standard License of Beaver Builder.

5 Sites License Pack

$97


  • Unlimited Product Updates
  • 1 Year of Support
  • 267 Landing Page Templates
  • Use on up to 5 personal websites

Standard License

$99


  • Product Updates for 12 Months
  • 1 Year of Support
  • 30 Landing Page and 13 Content Templates
  • Unlimited use on personal websites

The prices are basically the same, but what happens a year after purchase is quite different: while you only pay once for Thrive Architect to get lifelong updates, you have to pay yearly for the Beaver Builder to get product updates and support. If you don't purchase the plugin again, you won't get updates anymore.

To keep up with the frequent WordPress updates it's essential to have the current version of a plugin - if you don't update your product, it may eventually stop working which can break your website.

Feature Comparison

General Features

Thrive Architect

Beaver Builder

Money Back Guarantee

30 days

30 days

1 Year of Premium Support

Pre-sales Support

Lifelong Product Updates

One-time fee

Live, Front-End Editing

Drag and Drop Editing

Add elements with just a click

Beginners Can Use It

Knowledge Base / Tutorials

Responsive

Import / Export Templates

Works with Any Official WordPress Theme

Works on Non-WordPress Websites

Upgrade at Any Time

White Labeling

Multisite Capable

Demo Version

Landing Page Templates

267 templates

30 templates

Content Page Templates

Save Content Templates/Modules

Works on Both Posts and Pages

Use the WordPress Editor on the same post you use the plugin

Edit Existing Content with WordPress Editor

Built-In Lightbox Feature

Completely Hide Editor Sidebar

Ability to Keep The Editor Sidebar Visible At All Times

Save your work without having to exit the editor

Preview while editing/without leaving the editor

Test Features While Editing

Customizability 

Color Customizable Elements 

Nofollow link

Autosave

SEO Optimized

Supports WooCommerce

Supports Shortcodes

Move multiple elements at the same time 

Connect service with API

36 services

19 services

Elements Comparison

Both content editors work on the front-end by using a sidebar with a large number of different elements you can drag and drop to your content.

Below, we take a look at exactly which elements are offered by Thrive Architect and Beaver Builder:

Elements

Thrive Architect

Beaver Builder

Excel-style tables

Contact Form

Change Heading font

Change text font

Add audio (without coding)

Embed video from link (without codes)

Google Map without embed code

Google Map with embed code

Content Slider

Buttons

Icons

Subscribe Form

Table of Contents

Call to Action

Timed Content Reveal-function

Custom HTML

Custom CSS

Custom WordPress editor

Accordion / Content Toggle

Tabbed Content

Social Buttons

Add any widget from editor

Customisable Social Buttons

Countdown

Facebook Comments Section

Disqus Comments Section

Testimonials

Pricing table

Styled list / Bullet Points

Twitter quote share

Stylized Symbol/Number box

Product Rating Stars

Content Container

Credit Card Icons

Paragraph/Text Element

Guarantee Box

Animated Data Elements

Post Grid

Post Slider

Post Carousel

Image

Column Layouts

Borderless Content

Add Saved Content Templates

Autoplay Slideshow

Content Box

Divider

Click to Call

Feature Grid

TypeFocus (animate text)

Conclusion

There are no essential, huge differences that make one builder better than the other - it depends on what the website is going to be used for.

Thrive Architect offers a wide range of different elements (e.g. click to call, credit card icons, star ratings, table), to help you create conversion focused pages and posts - a better choice for businesses that make money online.

Beaver Builder, on the other hand, pays more attention on design elements and movements, e.g. post sliders, post carousels, autoplay slideshow.

It's good to note that Thrive Architect offers almost twice as many elements you can work with than Beaver Builder, which expands your possibilities.

The experience when you're editing is also different - Thrive Architect allows you to preview and test the elements while in the editor mode, but to do the same with Beaver Builder, you have to leave the editor. This can make the whole website building process last longer.

Landing Pages

Although the two page builders are similar, when it comes to comparing their landing pages templates, we found major differences

Purpose of the Template 

Thrive Architect

Beaver Builder

Homepage

Video Page

Coming Soon Page

Personal Branding

Product Launch

Sales

Lead Generation

One-Step Opt-In Page

Two-Step Opt-In Page

Confirmation Page

Download Page

Webinar Page

Course Content Page

Review Page

A landing page is separate ​from the main website and the whole page focuses on one single objective - which is usually to lead customers further down the sales funnel. 

With Thrive Themes, you'll always find the most suitable template, no matter where your visitors are at the sales funnel, and even filter them by their functions. These templates are also pre-designed - ideal even if your have zero design skills.

Beaver Builder offers significantly fewer templates and the majority of them focus on brand awareness for different kinds of businesses - restaurants, life coaches or photographers, just to name a few.

For this purpose, Beaver Builder's templates are ideal, but if your website's purpose is to get more leads and sales, they aren't sufficient.

Flexibility

Where are the limits of these excellent page builders?


When it comes to flexibility, Thrive Architect is an absolute champion.


You can add your elements anywhere you want, no matter if it’s under or next to another and resize anything with a slider bar - no need to count pixels!

Each element comes with many different styles, and there is basically nothing you can't change, move, edit, resize to fit your own preferences.

The main goal of all the elements (and Thrive Themes in general) is the conversion optimisation, but they also come with an astonishing, fully customisable design that looks good on any device.

How Elements Align with the Page Title 

Just as you already got used to it with the regular WordPress back-end editor, the content that you add to your posts and pages will appear exactly in aligment with the page/post title - you don't need to modify anything to make it look good.


Although there are not many built-in styles, you can change the position and color of every element. Place them almost anywhere as long as it’s vertical - and with the use of columns, you can also place elements next to each other.

You can also resize everything, but it’s not very easy on the front-end. You can't have more than 6 columns at the same time, but - just as in the case of Thrive Architect - the columns are fully resizable in seconds.

As long as you have a responsive theme, the content will work on any device. 

How Elements Align with the Page Title 

The elements you add with the editor don't align with the page title. There is a way around it, but this modification doesn't guarantee that the published page will look great on any device. 

Ease of Use

Although both plugins are truly front-end and drag and drop editors, you may not find them equally easy to work with. 


If you’re new to visual editors, it may take a bit of time to fully learn to use the Thrive Themes products, but once you get your head around it, you’ll never want to use a back-end editor again.

Thrive Architect is completely click to edit - simply click on any element you want to edit and you’re ready to go.

Most of the times you edit, rewrite, reposition things right on the element itself - in other cases you see a tiny element menu bar that is also easily movable so it allows you to see everything that’s happening.


At first glance, Beaver Builder seems to work exactly the same way as Thrive Architect - you can drag and drop a whole lot of elements from the sidebar straight to your content.


Just click on an element to change it. However, you need to do every modification in a separate lightbox that pops up - you can't edit on the element itself.

The lightbox is also fairly big and covers the element, but you can easily move it if you want to see what you are editing.

Examples for Using the Editors


Add a Text Element

Edit a Text Element

Moving/Rearranging Elements

Resize an Image

Add a Map

Add an Accordion / Content Toggle


Add a Text Element

Edit a Text Element

Moving/Rearranging Elements

Resize an Image

Add a Map

Add an Accordion / Content Toggle

Conclusion

Beaver Builder

There is definitely a good reason why Beaver Builder is one of the leading content editing plugins - it’s truly drag and drop, easy to use and you don’t ever have to go back to your WordPress dashboard to be able to build a great looking website.

The front-end editor is truly powerful; however, it tends to take a few seconds to load new elements and save the changes we apply to them. This, and the fact that you can’t preview your work while actually remaining in editor mode, somewhat slows down the website building process.

As you cannot modify anything on the element itself, sometimes it takes a bit too long to get what you want.

You don’t need any CSS or HTML skills to create posts and pages, but it’s useful to be familiar with a few basic terms, e.g. “headline tag: h3”.

Although the content editor is outstanding, the landing page templates and what you can do with them could still be improved. The templates aren't conversion focused which makes it difficult to improve your business online.

If you wish to get the latest updates for the plugin for more than just 12 months, you need to pay for the product every year, otherwise you risk breaking your website.

Thrive Architect

There are no surprises with Thrive Architect - it really is click-to-edit and drag and drop. Using the editor is definitely the fastest way to create high converting and impressive websites.

Speed it extremely important for the Thrive Themes team, therefore everything can be added, modified and rearranged in the editor in a split second - you don’t need to wait for the page to load first.

Saving a second may not seem too much, but you can easily end up saving hours if you don’t have to wait every time you do something.

The main focus of the 267 built-in landing page templates - although there are many different, attractive designs - is the functionality.

Without guessing, you can choose the perfect template for a download page, a lead generation, a thank you page or video sales page - just to name a few - if your goal is to boost your conversion rate.

With Thrive Architect, you can really give a boost to your business - even if you don’t have great marketing skills, we've got you covered.

You only pay once for the editor, and you get updates for a life. 

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