Attention authors and writer-preneurs… we’ve designed a new companion theme just for you!
Build a stunning, professional website to boost your indie author brand and sell more books with Thrive Theme Builder.
Bookwise features a clean, professional design that puts every part of your WordPress website in the best light, from your blog posts and pages, through to your new stunning homepage.
With zero coding skills, you can launch a beautiful, functional, and fully customizable website to build a successful author brand.
How does Bookwise help you achieve this? Let’s find out...
Bookwise – A Modern WordPress Theme For Indie Authors and Writer-preneurs
Today we’re super excited to announce we’ve launched a brand new WordPress companion theme for Thrive Theme Builder!
We’ve been working on Bookwise for months, and now it’s finally available inside Thrive Suite!
You can check it out on our Bookwise demo site, or keep reading about the benefits and features below…
A Modern WordPress Theme for Self-Published Authors, Indie Authors and Writer-Preneurs
What Is Bookwise?
Bookwise is a brand new companion theme for Thrive Theme Builder, designed specifically for self-published and independent authors.
This is the perfect theme to showcase your books, promote your personal author brand, and build a community of engaged readers who love your work.
Bookwise uses Smart Color Technology, totally customizable fonts, and specially designed author and book-focused features to create a professional feel for your writer brand.
Installing and customizing Bookwise requires ZERO coding knowledge. Everything – from colors, fonts, page templates and more – can be configured using Thrive Theme Builder’s Site Setup Wizard and Visual Editor, so you’re free to focus on building the skills that will grow your online business instead of investing hours learning how to design your website.
What’s Included in Bookwise?Bookwise comes with stunning, pre-designed templates for your homepage, blog posts, pages, special pages for book reviews and author events, background sections, Blocks, headers, footers, and so much more.
Each template is designed to look great with minimal coding or heavy imagery, meaning they load super quickly, and feel satisfyingly responsive for users.
Here’s what’s included when you activate Bookwise Theme on your Thrive Theme Builder website:
Great Homepage Templates - One focused on the author, and the other focused on your latest book. Make first impressions count on your website.
Professional Theme Blocks - Add stunning product benefits, calls-to-action, FAQs, hero sections, lists, pricing tables, testimonials and more.. for both fiction and non-fiction writers.
Customizable Headers & Footers - Choose from a range of impressive header and footer designs to frame your content.
Blog Post Templates - Beautifully designed blog posts for written, audio and video content... and a special Micro Blog Post designed to publish short status updates... perfect for a progress log like NaNoWriMo.
Blog List Templates - Showcase your blog posts with either a Grid or Masonry layout.
Theme Page Templates - Make your standard WordPress pages stand out with these stunning, fully customizable designs.
404 Page Template - Help your visitors find their way again from missing or mistyped content URLs.
Lead Generation Page Template - Grow your email list and capture more leads. Bookwise also includes a double-opt in page, confirmation page, and thank you page for you to build a complete lead gen funnel.
Webinar Page Templates - Host your webinars like a pro using the pre-designed signup, video, and thank you pages included in this theme.
Book Overview Page Template - Showcase Your books, characters, plots, world-building and more.
Events Page Template - hare your upcoming workshops, conventions, public readings and webinars.
Reviews Page Template - Feature your best reviews to impress your audience and build social proof.
Pre-Designed Page Sections - Quickly build high-converting theme pages with professional, ready-to-use Top, Bottom, Content and Sidebar section templates.
WooCommerce-Ready Store Templates - Instantly transform your checkout, cart, product pages and shop page.
Advanced Site Speed Optimization Tools - Simple and effective solutions to speed up your website for better SEO and usability.
An Easy to Use Site Setup Wizard - Quickly dial in your logo, brand colors, fonts, navigation menus, headers, footers and more.
Who Should Build a Website with Bookwise?
Bookwise is the perfect theme for you if you’re an independent author, writer, or writer-preneur.
This theme was designed specifically to help you showcase your work, grow your personal brand, grow your community of readers and SELL MORE BOOKS!
If you’re looking to build your first author website, Bookwise is definitely the WordPress theme for you.
It’s easiest to set up with a fresh WordPress installation — simply install Thrive Theme Builder, activate Bookwise, and follow the instructions in the Site Setup Wizard. It takes just a few minutes to get started as you add your logo, choose your header and footer designs, customize your brand colors and fonts, choose your page templates, and choose your navigation menus.
However, if you’re converting an established website, built with one of our previous companion themes, please don’t treat it like a simple 1-click switch.
Treat the move like any other WordPress theme change: make a site backup first, use a staging environment, and test it all before pushing the new design live.
How to Get Started with Bookwise Theme
If you’re keen to deploy Bookwise on your website, I’m sure you’ve got a few questions about it...
How much is Bookwise?
If you’re already a Thrive Suite or a Thrive Theme Builder customer, you can start using Bookwise today at no additional cost.
Simply update Thrive Theme Builder to the latest version, and the new Bookwise theme will be waiting for you in the Themes section of the dashboard.
If you’re not yet a Thrive Suite customer, we’re offering an exclusive 14-day Thrive Suite free trial when you sign up to get Bookwise so you can give it a try at absolutely no risk to you!Both Bookwise and Thrive Theme Builder are included inside Thrive Suite, so just sign up for the free Thrive Suite trial to get building!
Do I need Thrive Theme Builder to use Bookwise?
Bookwise is a companion theme built inside Thrive Theme Builder — the most powerful WordPress theme builder on the market.
It’s easiest to think of all our new themes – Shapeshift, Ommi, Kwik, and now Bookwise – as professionally designed ‘skins’ that you can activate and start customizing on your own Thrive Theme Builder website.
Bookwise gives you a great front-end design and layout, while Thrive Theme Builder works in the background and lets you fully customize your website to perfectly fit your brand.
Both Bookwise and Thrive Theme Builder are included with any Thrive Suite subscription, which also gives you instant access to ALL our other great WordPress plugins. Thrive Suite includes everything you need to build a successful online business on WordPress.
How do I activate Bookwise in Thrive Theme Builder?
If you already use Thrive Theme Builder as your WordPress theme, just head on over to the Thrive Theme Builder dashboard.
Under the Themes tab, you'll see a button called "+ Add Theme"
Then select "Load from the Thrive Cloud"...
Here you'll be able to download and activate Bookwise!
Where Can I Learn More About Bookwise Theme?
First off, check out this post's feature video for a quick overview of what Bookwise has to offer.
What’s more, Christine just published a new, step-by-step Thrive University workshop to help walk you through building your own indie author website using Bookwise and Thrive Suite. This video workshop will help you build, customize and launch your very own writer-preneur website in a matter of minutes:
Our check out the Bookwise demo site to see all its amazing templates and features, so you can see it in action:
Already Using Shapeshift, Ommi, or Kwik?
If you’re already running a successful Thrive Theme Builder website with Shapeshift, Ommi, or Kwik…
… you’re probably wondering if it’s worth making the switch to Bookwise.
And what will happen to all your customized landing pages and page templates during the migration?
Let’s find out…
How is Bookwise Different from Shapeshift, Ommi, or Kwik?
If you’re an indie author or writer-preneur, Bookwise is the best companion theme available to craft a professional website for your author brand. It will help you promote your work, connect with and grow your readership, and ultimately sell more books!
Bookwise is built – from the ground up – to meet the unique needs of creative writers.
Showcase your best work with stunning Book pages, feature your best reader and critic feedback with a special Reviews page, and share your upcoming workshops, conventions, and public readings with a compelling Events page.
Although you’re welcome to use Bookwise’s simple, modern aesthetic… remember that you can also customize the colors and fonts to match your personal brand.
Can I easily switch between Thrive Theme Builder companion themes?
While we’ve made switching between Kwik, Shapeshift, Ommi and Bookwise as painless as possible (since they all share the same underlying technology), we urge you to treat it like any other WordPress theme change.
This will be a useful checklist after migration, where you can manually check each of your pages. Even though your migration shouldn't have problems, your website is your business engine, so it pays to manually check and make sure everything is as you want it to be.
Export a list of all your web pages, using a plugin like Export all URLs. This will be useful for checking each page after the migration.
Create backups of your database, media, site files and plugins, using a solution like BackupBuddy. Keep copies of these backups in different locations.
Set up a staging or development site, where you can activate Bookwise Theme on a copy of your website, without impacting the live version. This way you can iron out any wrinkles before pushing it live.
When you’re finally ready to make the switch to Bookwise, block out a few hours and thoroughly test each URL until you’re confident your new Bookwise website is working perfectly. Be sure to test your marketing and sales funnels too.
Even with this important caveat, you’ll probably find that most of your switch to Bookwise goes without a hitch.
Your website will retain any custom-designed landing pages and elements, meaning you won’t lose any of your hard work with Thrive Architect built content, Thrive Quiz Builder built quizzes, or special content built with our other tools.
What will change however, are your WordPress theme page templates, layouts, fonts, and some styles. After all, that’s the point of switching theme designs!
To help you decide if switching to Bookwise Theme makes sense for your website, and to give you a step-by-step guide, we've put together a helpful tutorial video to lead you through the process.
Does Bookwise offer the same features as Shapeshift, Ommi, and Kwik?
Yes, all our Thrive Theme Builder themes are functionality identical.
They all feature the same highly customizable and responsive designs, custom menus, animated statistics, progress bars, impressive mega menus, tabbed content, customizable sidebars, image galleries and more.
There should be no loss of features or functionality when switching between Bookwise, Kwik, Shapeshift or Ommi — only stylistic changes.
But don’t forget that Bookwise is author-focused, which means the templates and blocks we’ve created are made to help you promote your books and events you’ll be hosting.
Bookwise is optimized to help authors build an engaged community of readers, market their books, and promote their author events.
When switching to Bookwise, what happens to existing Blocks designed for other Thrive Theme Builder themes?
If you’ve previously used Shapeshift, Ommi, or Kwik’s Page Block templates in your designs, don’t worry, they won’t disappear or change when you switch over to Bookwise Theme.
Can I Use Bookwise without switching my Thrive Theme Builder website from Ommi, ShapeShift or Kwik?
Yes and no…Yes, you will be able to use the Bookwise landing page templates on your Thrive Theme Builder built website — regardless of which companion theme it currently has active.
For example, this means you can use Bookwise’s Lead Gen landing page template, About Page template or Event Page template to your existing website if you don’t want to switch from using either Shapeshift, Ommi or Kwik to Bookwise.
You’ll also have access to all of Bookwise’s Block template designs, when you want to customize existing content or build content from scratch.
However, you won’t be able to use theme specific content and templates such as Bookwise’s Blog Post templates, Blog List templates, 404 Page template or any of the other Bookwise specific theme templates if you keep your existing companion theme.
To use the Bookwise landing pages, simply create a new page on your website and click on the Landing Page Cloud icon in the right sidebar to select and load a Bookwise landing page template.
Your Other Bookwise Questions
Can I create a WooCommerce shop with Bookwise?
You sure can.
In fact, Bookwise gives you complete control over the look and feel of your WooCommerce store.
Bookwise Theme also comes with 4 professionally designed WooCommerce page templates that you can customize using the visual editing capabilities of Thrive Theme Builder, including a:
Is it possible to make my site look like the Bookwise demo site?
You mean this Bookwise Theme demo site?
It sure is.
In fact, Christine’s How to Build an Indie Author Website training workshop will show you exactly how to do that — step-by-step.
But you deserve a unique website, tailored to your brand, audience and personality. A website that will make your visitors take notice and take action.
So why settle for Bookwise’s out-of-the-box theme design?
Bookwise is fully customizable... that means your branding, your colors, your typography, header, footer, sidebar — everything — can be tailored to craft the perfect experience for your audience.
Does Bookwise work with other plugins in Thrive Suite?
Bookwise and Thrive Theme Builder are designed to work seamlessly with all the WordPress tools and plugins included in Thrive Suite.
That includes Thrive Architect, Thrive Leads, Thrive Apprentice, and Thrive Quiz Builder!
Does Bookwise work with every other WordPress plugin?
While we can’t guarantee 100% compatibility with every other WordPress plugin, Bookwise and Thrive Theme Builder should work just fine with every plugin that was built according to the rules from the WordPress Codex.
We have an active support community here at Thrive Themes, so it’s very rare for a plugin conflict to cause issues. In the event something doesn’t quite feel right, just send our support team a message and we’ll help you find a solution.
The most common issues are caused by caching plugins doing exactly what they’re designed to do: deliver a cached version of your previous website. So make sure to flush your cache first when you experience any issues.
What other plugins do I need to install to get Bookwise to work?
To build a professional, author or book-focused website with Bookwise Theme, you’ll need to activate the following tools:
- 1Thrive Product Manager (a WordPress plugin)
- 2Thrive Theme Builder (your WordPress theme)
- 3and Bookwise Theme, of course! (one of the companion themes available inside Thrive Theme builder)
Thrive Product Manager is a lightweight plugin that manages and installs all of the tools available in Thrive Suite.
Thrive Theme Builder the underlying platform that lets you customize any page template or element on your WordPress theme.
ALL of these tools are included when you sign up for a 14-day free trial of Thrive Suite to get your hands on Bookwise — along with everything else you need to build a successful online business with WordPress!
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