Making the right decision about which premium them you are going to use in WordPress can make or break you when in it comes to your site. And, with the excellent options out there, the decision can be difficult to make.
I have tried a lot of different WordPress Themes, and if you read my Thrive Themes review you know that I am a big fan of it. But I also use Genesis quite a bit on my other websites. That’s why I’ve decided to do this Genesis Vs Thrive Themes comparison.
Which one comes out on top? Let’s have a look at the features each and then decide, shall we?
|Fast loading.||Offers SEO Tools that are easy to use.|
|Has Thrive plugins included with it.||The foundation code is flexible.|
|Allows drag and drop setups.||You can access child themes that require little design.|
|Built to help convert visitors||Create customized widgets.|
|Great customer support and training.||You can access a range of tutorials.|
|Custom pages with the content builder.||You can auto-size your images.|
|10 Premium themes.||Monetize and advertising made simple.|
|Ready-made templates.||Is more complex to learn.|
|Easy to learn.||Great security.|
|Monthly membership plans||Time time payment option.|
Genesis offers a range of different child themes that you can buy to help create a site that looks original and professional. You are also able to custom-build your own theme.
The framework does take some getting used to and, while you don’t need to be a computer programmer to use it, some programming experience will serve you well here.
To get around this, you can opt for the Genesis Design Palette Pro, but if you don’t mind playing around with the customization options, you can use the child themes effectively.
What I don’t like here is that if you want to really go into in-depth customization, or if you will be using other third-party plugins, the Design Palette Pro is essential. And that means extra expense.
Also, the more customization you want to do, the more plugins you will need to consider installing if you don’t have much experience with programing.
Thrive, on the other hand, offers a much more user-friendly interface. You can choose from one of the ten inbuilt themes or build your own. Again, you will benefit if you have some knowledge of programming, but it is not essential.
In terms of usability, Thrive wins in this contest. Both software applications are simple to install, but Genesis takes longer to learn and can be a little challenging.
In terms of appearance, Thrive beats Genesis when it comes to building a site that looks great and works really well. It is also better for those who are not all that tech-savvy because the user-interface is a lot more intuitive in nature.
Genesis does win in terms of the number of themes that you are able to access overall. While there are a lot to choose from, it could work out pricey for you if you want two or three different ones. In that case, the Pro-Plus plan would work out more cost-effective.
Both programs perform very well, with Genesis ultimately being more lightweight in terms of coding. You would think that this would mean that Genesis would load faster, but you would be wrong about that.
Thrive has been built to load super-fast and so outperforms most of its rivals, including Genesis in this area.
Neither option is particularly heavy on system resources, although Genesis does perform slightly better in this regard.
With the Genesis Pro-Plus theme, you get unlimited lifetime support and all the themes that they offer. You also get access to all themes they have in future.
If that is a little to rich for your blood, you can choose the main program and pay for child themes separately, or you can just buy the software and build your own. In either respect, there are no ongoing licensing fees, so it really is just a once-off fee to pay.
With Thrive, you pay a monthly fee, but this also entitles you to unlimited support and all the themes that they will release in future. You can choose to pay once a year or once a quarter. The yearly option is more attractive because it offers you significant savings.
Genesis does come out on tops in terms of pricing because you can use the themes on an unlimited number of sites. You do have to consider the cost-savings in terms of the time cost of learning how to use the software, though.
With Thrive, you can use one license on twenty-five sites. But, to be honest, unless you are offering some kind of professional web-design service, how many sites do you actually need? Installation and design of future sites is a lot simpler, and so you will spend less time on the actual setting up of your sites.
Studio Press, the company behind Genesis, does also offer website hosting for a monthly fee. You can choose to pay annually and save on fees that way but, to be honest, the savings are not that great.
Both companies do offer excellent customer service and support but Thrive does offer more options in this regard. In addition to the standard email support and knowledge base, you also have access to a user forum.
That means that you can often find the answers that you are looking for much faster.
When it comes to learning the programs, both companies offer extensive free tutorials to help you get started on the right foot.
Thrive comes out on top here because it is simpler to use and loads a lot faster. The Thrive Headline Optimizer allows you to choose the very best title in a matter of minutes – no guessing needed and this is a significant advantage if you want to get attention for your posts.
Overall, both companies offer good products, but I prefer Thrive Themes. If you need a website that looks professionally designed and you need it quickly, it is my go to WordPress Theme.
If you want to learn more about it, check out my in-depth review of it here
Or learn more about it on the Thrive Theme WebsiteContinue reading
It’s the ultimate showdown – Optimizepress Vs Thrive Themes. Which one is the better WordPress premium theme? In this review, we’ll go in depth to answer that question. We’ll first look at some of the main features of each, and then we’ll announce the winner.
|Loads fast.||Allows the creation of a membership site.|
|Comes with plugins installed.||Drag and drop can be used.|
|You can drag and drop files when setting up.||Easily create a launch funnel for products.|
|The focus is on converting.||Webinar registration page is easy to create.|
|Lots of client support options.||Also focused on conversions.|
|You can build custom pages if you like.||30 landing page templates.|
|Has 10 different premium themes.||Easy to create sales pages and marketing sites.|
|You can access templates.||Mobile-responsive.|
|Optimized for mobile and desktop.||Can use customized elements as well.|
|Simple and intuitive to learn.||Good customer support but not as easy to learn.|
|Pay a monthly membership fee.||Once-off payment plans.|
When it comes to features, both are on a pretty even par. It really depends more on what your focus is. Thrive is easier to learn and ideal for bloggers or businesses that need something that can be set up quickly and easily.
OptimizePress has a few more features that are more suited specifically towards marketers. It is more complex to learn.
Thrive Themes comes with ten different themes and you can create your own. The process is relatively easy and quite intuitive. You get to see the results straight away on-screen, so you get a basic idea of what the end-result will look like while building it.
If you are in a rush, just choose a preset theme and install it.
OptimizePress comes with 30 themes and allows you to build your own. It is a bit more complex, though. You create “rows” and can add custom elements if you like. You can also save the draft and use it in future projects which is a nice feature.
Alternatively, go to their site and choose pre-made templates for sites, landing pages, etc.
OptimizePress is the winner when it comes to the number of themes and customizability. Thrive scores higher in terms of being easy to use.
The extra customizability does come at a cost when it comes to loading times. Thrive Themes loads faster, and this is a rather significant advantage. When even a lag of a couple of seconds means the difference between converting or not, this is something that must be considered.
The pricing works quite differently for both products. As discussed in the Thrive Themes review, you pay a monthly fee that you can choose to be billed quarterly or annually. Choosing the annual billing is significantly less expensive.
The basic package allows you to use the software on up to 25 websites and includes all plugins. Updates, while you are a member, are completely free and there are no further licensing fees to be paid.
With OptimizePress, you pay a once-off fee. The most basic package allows you to use the software on up to three websites but limits the number of features that you have access to. You can, in addition, buy extra templates on the website.
When it comes to pricing, paying a once-off fee is a nice plus. However, you only get a year’s worth of support and updates. If you want to, you can extend the support and updates for a year at a time, but then you have to pay a licensing fee.
So, while it might seem less expensive over the long-term, you might not really be saving as much as you think you might. Another downside is that if you want all the features with this OptimizePress, you will need to get their premier package and that is fairly pricey.
Price-wise, they work out fairly evenly if you take all things into consideration. If you are quite tech-savvy, the once-off fee option will make more sense. Considering how fast things change online, if you’re not, it makes sense to spring for the option that features ongoing support.
Support for Thrive Themes is the clear winner here. You have access to support:
The advantage of forum support is that you are usually easily able to get support from other members. You might even find that that answer to your question has been previously asked already anyway so you could have access to the answers that you need very quickly.
Only if the query is more advanced does it really need to be kicked upstairs or forwarded to the company itself.
The level of support is one of the primary distinguishing factors between the two services.
In fact, if OptimizePress needs to look at one particular area, this is it. You can receive support via:
It should be said, however, that the company is very responsive to requests for support and usually responds extremely quickly. If, however, you are a beginner or not all that clued up when it comes to computers, the lack of support options will be a pain.
In a head to head battle, both programs are fairly evenly matched. The software in both cases is responsive and works extremely well. However, the can be only one winner, so the prize is awarded to Thrive Themes.
It wins because the company offers better support, the software loads faster, and it is a lot simpler to use. You do not quite get the range of features as with OptimizePress, but you get more than enough to be able to build a great-looking site that functions really well.
At the end of the day, the added features that OptimizePress are geared more towards advanced users.
So if you are looking for a simple, straight-forward website with minimal fuss, Thrive Themes wins in my opinion.
If you want to learn more about Thrive Themes, check out my in-depth review of it here.
Or learn more about it on the Thrive Theme Website