Plugins are one of WordPress’s greatest strengths…
...but install too many and they become a big weakness.
Because although plugins quickly expand your site’s functionality, Frankenstein-ing several incompatible plugins together can slow your site down, create security issues and even cause your site to break.
That’s why limiting your WordPress tool stack to the fewest possible plugins is always a great strategy when it comes to protecting the health and speed of your website.
And with the release of Thrive Theme Builder, you now have a reason to eliminate several obsolete tools that you no longer need.
Want to learn which WordPress plugins you can delete once you start using Thrive Theme Builder?
Read on to get the full plugin body count...
1. Chuck Out Your Child Themes, Custom CSS & Freelance Development
Did you ever try to improve your WordPress theme design — like adding a second menu to your header — only to learn:
“You can only do that with Custom CSS.”
“That requires a Child Theme with additional custom coding by a freelance developer.”
If so, then your DIY theme design dreams have finally come true.
That’s because Thrive Theme Builder eliminates the need for a Child Theme, Custom CSS coding or Custom Development by a freelancer to get what you need built.
Thrive Theme Builder now gives you the DIY ability to customize virtually every aspect of your theme with an intuitive visual builder — instead of being forced to learn code or outsource the job out to a developer.
So go ahead… create that advanced menu header you always wanted:
Change the color, margins and paddings of your theme’s header until completely satisfied:
And modify the order, designs and positioning of elements like your author box, comment section and sidebar without frustration.
Pretty much any DIY theme job you can think of is now possible with Thrive Theme Builder and it’s high time you get it working on your WordPress website!
2. Slay Those CSS Styling Plugins
And if you DID somehow manage to modify your WordPress theme with the help of a Styling plugin (like CSS Hero and Yellow Pencil)...
… you can go ahead and slash those pricey tools from your WordPress site straight away.
CSS modification plugins aren’t necessary if you’ve got Thrive Theme Builder because you can just visually build whatever you need for your theme with it instead.
That’s more theme design flexibility with less complication, less load on your website and less third-party tool costs!
A Note on the Thrive Theme Builder User Interface:
If you’re already familiar with our Thrive Architect page builder plugin, then designing a custom theme with Thrive Theme Builder won’t take you any time at all because the user interface is the same.
To show you what we mean, check out this tutorial video by Shane showing how the Thrive Theme Builder + Thrive Architect combo finally allows you to go from fresh WordPress install to a fully customized website — in less than 60 minutes:
3. Say Goodbye To the Sidebar Struggle
Most WordPress themes give you very limited options when it comes to the design and placement of your sidebars and widgets.
To get around those limitations, it’s common for WordPress users to either hire a developer to code a custom solution for them (through the use of a child theme)…
...or install a Sidebar plugin (like Content Aware Sidebars) to get those extra sidebars and widgets areas working.
But once again, such bulky Sidebar plugins also weigh down your website with longer load times so if you use Thrive Theme Builder — you can give them the boot!
Simply select one of the many Sidebar templates available in Thrive Theme Builder:
... then customize it to your needed specifications with Thrive Theme Builder's editor so you can say goodbye to yet another clunky plugin dragging down your site’s performance.
4. Sayonara Social Sharing Plugins
It’s about time... to kick your code heavy Social Sharing plugin to the curb!
That’s right. Although Social Sharing plugins were useful in the past, Thrive Theme Builder has made them all but irrelevant.
Instead of having to install such a draggy plugin to get the social sharing design and functionality you want — once again — you can just leverage the visual design power of Thrive Theme Builder to get it done.
And we’re not just talking about the ability to display some dinky icons next to your content like you see in most WordPress themes. You can actually design your social buttons exactly how you want them to look and function:
The only thing you might miss with this Thrive Theme Builder approach to deploying social buttons is the lack of lesser known social platforms available. However, if you only have accounts on the most popular networks, you're not likely to notice.
So axe that bulky Social Sharing plugin (especially if it requires some sort of recurring subscription fee) and just design what you need — directly inside Thrive Theme Builder!
5. Abandon Your Advanced Menu Plugin
If your website uses a menu that looks like NASA built it (i.e. more buttons than anyone knows what to do with), you’ve probably been using a plugin like Ubermenu to manage those countless menu links for you.
However, there’s two big problems with this:
First, you better make sure your menus always prioritize simplicity over everything else…
...or you run the risk of confusing people into inaction. (While we advocate building simple menus, you still can have fun building mega menus if you want.)
And second, plugins like Ubermenu are HEAVY so your site load times take a hit.
Fortunately for you, Thrive Theme Builder’s menu options make designing even the most complex menus easy. Again, just select one of the many header templates available in Thrive Theme Builder:
And then modify it to your site's own navigation needs by leveraging the power of our high-tech Custom Menu element.
Want To Create a Header That Actually Converts?
Check out Colin’s Conversion Focused Header video below to see how it’s done:
6. Cancel Your Contact Form Plugin
This one is a no brainer for Thrive Themes built websites...
Both Thrive Architect and Thrive Theme Builder have Contact Form elements available within their editors, which means you can place contact forms anywhere you need to on your website!
Whether you want to create a dedicated Contact Form page using Thrive Architect:
Need to place a Contact Form at the bottom of your blog posts (Thrive Theme Builder):
Or require a Contact Form built into your sidebars (Thrive Theme Builder):
… all options are possible with Thrive Theme Builder.
7. Retire Those Ratty Related Post Plugins
Okay, so lots of WordPress themes have some sort of related post feature.
But how well do they actually perform when it comes to helping you showcase the exact type of content you want to show on specific posts and pages?
On top of that, can you design the look and feel of your related post elements to the nth detail?
I didn’t think so.
In fact, there’s soooo many Related Post plugins for WordPress that one is even called Yet Another Related Post Plugin!
Well, with Thrive Theme Builder & Thrive Architect’s Post List element you can avoid all that frustration altogether.
That’s because the Post List element not only allows you to set specific content filtering rules and design exactly how they get displayed, but Thrive Theme Builder then gives you the power to place those post lists wherever you need within your theme’s core page templates.
Like in the Sidebar of your Blog List Page:
Or at the end of your blog posts:
And of course, there's several Post List element templates for you to choose from as well:
Looks like yet another unnecessary plugin just bit the dust due to Thrive Theme Builder...
8. Get Author Box Plugin Amnesia
If you’re like a lot of people, you probably don’t like your WordPress theme’s default author box design.
If so, then maybe you went ahead and installed an Author Box plugin to quick-fix that.
But here’s the deal… Thrive Theme Builder makes that design mod obsolete now too.
Feel free to customize one of our many author box templates or even design your own from scratch. That way you can sign articles off not just with a few words about yourself — but with your special kind of style.
9. Bid Adieu to Your Ad Manager Plugin
Even though this last plugin takedown fits with the “not-needing-a-child-theme-anymore” aspect discussed at the beginning of this post, we felt it needed a separate mention here.
That’s because if you ever needed to optimize your theme for ad placement, you typically had to use an Ad Manager plugin (like Ad Inserter).
However, such a tool limited your ability to set ad sizes and where it was placed.
But now that Thrive Theme Builder gives you full control over almost every aspect of your theme’s Core Page Templates, all you have to do to display ads like you want them is:
- Drag a Custom HTML element wherever you need to on your theme page template,
- Paste your ad’s HTML code within it, and…
- Customize the Custom HTML element placement and display settings as necessary to make your ad shine.
So, What’s The Plugin Body Count on Your Site Look Like?
After ripping through all the plugin types that Thrive Theme Builder now makes unnecessary, we hope you see how versatile our revolutionary new WordPress theme can be for your website.
So, how many plugins will Thrive Theme Builder help you eliminate from your current tool stack?
How much money is it going to help you save (in canceled plugin subscription fees)?
And how much faster is your site going to load after deleting all those unnecessary plugins?
Let us know when you find out by leaving a comment below!