Thrive Architect vs. Elementor Pro
Welcome to First Class Content Editing
Today, dozens of page builders are available for WordPress. But only two of them provide a true, distraction-free, what-you-see-is-what-you-get experience with zero tech skills and imagination needed: Elementor Pro and Thrive Architect.
Are they the same? Not at all. While building your pages with both of them
feels like flying first class, the purpose of the editors is different. Let us help you find the right one for your goals.
Although Elementor has a free version as well, we're comparing the prices of Elementor Pro and Thrive Architect.
The reason behind this is that Elementor Pro has more and better features than the free version, which makes the plugin more compar
able to Thrive Architect.
One Site License
15 Site License
One Site License
At first glance, Elementor Pro seems to be the cheaper option, but there's one important difference between the two packages: Thrive Architect offers lifetime updates while Elementor Pro doesn't.
If you can't install the necessary updates for a plugin, it will stop being compatible with the other plugins you use and, eventually, with WordPress.
To get updates from Elementor after 12 months, you need to purchase the package again.
For Thrive Architect, you only have to purchase the plugin once and you'll be able to build your websites with it for as long as you want.
Let's have a look at what features each plugin offer
Demo Can Be Downloaded Directly from WordPress
Edit In Mobile Responsive View
See Number and Location of Currently Active Installs
WordPress Plugin Dashboard
Knowledge Base and Tutorials
Live, Front-End Editing
Drag and Drop Editing
Works on Non-WordPress Websites
Compatible with Any Official WordPress Theme
Landing Page Template Library
Pre-designed content templates
Easy Switch to Preview Mode
Easy Search Among Elements
Hideable Sidebar Menu
Edit built content with the backend WordPress Editor
Custom margins and paddings
Custom Column Width
Inline text editing
Custom element border
Click to Add Elements
TypeFocus / Text Animation
Remove elements with Delete button
Save custom colors
Background section overlay
Editing with hidden side bar
EMS API integrations
Other plugins within brand
Most of the features one plugin has to offer can be found in the other one, or the difference is tiny. Here's to recap the most important differences:
Elementor offers a free version. The free version is obviously way more limited than the pro version, but this is a great way to try the basic features of the plugin for as long as you want. Thrive Architect gives you 30 risk free days after your purchase.
The Elementor landing page templates can also be used as page content templates which can come in handy when you build a homepage or an about page. In Thrive Architect, this feature is yet to be released.
Thrive Architect is big on email marketing, which is a powerful way to keep in touch with your future clients.
The plugin offers API integration with 23 email marketing providers, but you can also connect your webinar and email delivery services to the plugin with an API key.
In Elementor, you need to install a separate plugin if you want to connect an email marketing service other than Mailchimp.
The Thrive Themes family has many more plugins other than Thrive Architect - there are plugins to build opt-in forms, limited time campaigns, quizzes, images and so on.
By having different plugins within the same brand you can make sure that all the plugins are a 100% compatible with each other and no matter how many of them you use, they won't cause any conflict, something that is otherwise common for WordPress plugins.
What are the elements can you use to build your posts and pages with?
Click to Tweet / Blockquote
Credit Card Icons
Facebook Page Like and Embed
Menu-like Price List
Styled List / Icon List
Table of Contents
Integration with other plugins
Menu Anchor Element
It's easy to spot the big difference between the types of elements these visual editors offer. The most basic elements (text, image, columns, button) can be found in both plugins, but the rest make it clear that Thrive Architect and Elementor Pro are often not used for the same purposes.
Elementor offers many elements for portfolio-like pages and online presence, e.g. image gallery, portfolio, social media like and embed.
Thrive Architect on the other hand focuses more on helping you build a truly conversion optimized website. It's the ultimate tool for online marketing.
Elements like the evergreen countdown for limited time offers, star rating and table for product reviews, table of content for quick scanning, social share option for better engagement, or a more elaborate pricing table all help you achieve these marketing goals faster and with less work.
That being said, you can achieve a conversion optimized website with Elementor and a porfolio-like page with Thrive Architect, but the process of building these types of pages are way easier and quicker with the "right" editor.
A landing page is a page on your website with a single purpose - usually that of converting your visitors to subcribers, buyers or fans. Pre-designed templates can be of big help.
Purpose of Template
Coming Soon Page
One Step Lead Generation
Two Step Lead Generation
Thank You Page
One Page Website
Both plugins offer a wide range of templates, but slighly different ones.
Thrive Architect provides a pre-designed template for every step in the sales funnel: from the first visit encounter with your brand to becoming a satisfied client. The primary goal of the template is successful marketing and increasing your conversion rate.
Elementor offers less conversion focused templates and focuses more on online presence (with the exception of the Ecommerce templates).
What we liked here is the ability to use the templates as a regular page content template as well, not just as a landing page, so the template library includes templates for regular pages too. This feature is yet to come in Thrive Architect.
In Thrive Architect, you can convert your page into a landing page without leaving the front-end editor. The page automatically turns into the right size.
In Elementor Pro, this process is somewhat longer: you need to go back to the WordPress backend and switch your page template to Elementor Canvas before you get started with landing page building.
Can you really do everything?
There are no surprises with Thrive Architect: what you see is truly what you get.
When you edit an element, there are no windows opening on top of each other, the editing experience is a 100% distraction-free. You apply every setting and change in the sidebar menu.
You fully customize every element with sliders, applying the exact color, size, shape, font and space and column width without having to count pixels.
The text editing is brough to a whole new level: Thrive Architect works with inline editing, being the first visual editor that introduced this feature. You can change any part of the text, even if you just want to change the color or size of a single letter.
Every element can be placed wherever you want, simply by dragging and dropping it - whether its above, below or next to another element.
You can add any new element with a simple click, unique to Thrive Architect.
Elementor Pro has it all...almost.
Similarly to Thrive Architect, the editing happens exclusively in the sidebar menu, making sure that you are not at all distracted while you're editing.
Text can be edited either inline or in the sidebar menu, inside the well-known WordPress text editor. The changes you can apply to the text right away are somewhat limited, for example you can't select only a piece of text to modify.
Every color, shape, size, font type, column widht and space can be changed the way you want, most of it with the help of sliders.
The elements can be organized into columns, but to achieve this, you need to set up the columns beforehand.
Without setting them up, you can only organize the elements vertically: only above and below one other.
You can delete some of the elements with the Delete button on your keyboard.
Examples For Using the Two Editors
Enough of theory! Watch how the editors really work in action
Adding and Editing Text
Adding Space to Elements
Adding and Editing Text
Adding Space to Elements
Without a doubt, you will be able to build beautifully designed, fully customizable pages for your WordPress website with Elementor Pro. Most changes can be applied within seconds and you get free hand over what you want to achieve.
Although, with a little workaround, you can achieve practically anything you want, the main focus of the page templates and elements (or widgets, in Elementor lingo) is online presence, portfolio, building a profile for yourself and for your business.
If this is your main goal and you don't need to rely on your website to get clients and customers, you will enjoy using Elementor.
Although Thrive Architect was without doubt made for successful marketing, the elements and templates are also well-designed. You can make sure that your pages will not only be conversion focused, but also pleasing for the eye.
The main goal of all the elements and landing page templates is to help solopreneurs, entrepreneurs and businesses build a website that will convert more visitors into leads, clients, customers, and lifetime fans. This is important for any business, but essential for businesses that fully operate online.
If your goal is to get more engagement and clients, Thrive Architect is the right tool for you.
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