Don't Lose Content The Next Time Changing WordPress Theme
Changing WordPress theme is always a huge challenge especially for beginners. A lot of bad things can happen when we change a WordPress theme on a live site. Content loss, broken website, distorted images and missing widgets are just a few challenges you will face when changing a WordPress theme.
All of these will get your head scratching and they will become more complicated if you have limited experience using WordPress.
I've been using WordPress for over 10 years now and I came across a fair share of problems in the past especially when changing a WordPress theme. In this post, you are going to discover how you change WordPress theme without losing content. More importantly, you will be able to see how you can do this under 30 minutes.
How to change WordPress theme without losing content?
No matter what you do, the first step must always be back up your entire site. Most web host in the market today allows you to perform the manual backup in just a few clicks.
If you are using shared hosting and cPanel, click on Files and select Backup.
You can also use the Backup Wizard to backup your entire website before changing WordPress theme.
If you are using premium WordPress hosting like WP Engine, you can start backing up your site by through the WP Engine portal.
Back up wouldn't take long and in most cases, under 10 minutes for a small to medium sized blog. Larger sites may take slightly longer to complete the backup process.
A staging site is an independent clone of your live production site that can be easily created to test plugins, themes, and custom code. You can also copy the staging site back to the live site at any time after making changes. Each WordPress install at WP Engine can have its own staging site.
You can use WP Engine staging area by clicking on WP Engine > Staging from your wp-admin and click on the teal button as seen below.
2. Upload the WordPress theme of your choice
By now, you should have a copy of the WordPress theme on your computer or laptop. To upload the WordPress theme, head over to your WordPress dashboard and click on Appearance and then, Themes. Click on Add New and Upload Theme tab to upload the WordPress theme of your choice.
3. Final check
Once uploaded and activated, you will be able to see new WordPress theme live on your site. I would recommend you to run a quick check on your website using Incognito or another browser to ensure the website is accessible.
BONUS: More tips to change your WordPress theme without losing content
Want to get more out of your WordPress blog? I bet you do. Continue reading below to find more advanced methods in changing WordPress theme without losing the content!
Customizing WordPress themes before they're live
Do you know that you should always customize the WordPress themes before going uploading it? This helps to ensure that your site isn't 'broken' during the transition period. For your information, it could be a little bit of challenge if you are using shared hosting as not all web host provides such feature (at this point in time).
If you are using WP Engine (for example), you can use the staging area to create a clone version of your site and be doing the needed updates there. How to clone a WordPress site using WP Engine's staging tool? Typically, most managed WordPress hosting allows you to use staging area which ensures that you will not lose content after changing the WordPress theme.
Once you are happy with the changes, you can transfer the updated site to your production site using the red button as seen below.
Pretty cool, right?
You can read more about WP Engine staging using this link.
Do you know that you can use the Customize feature to update the site's content in real-time? I love this feature because it provides me with 'what you see is what you get' (WYSIWYG) option.
Here's how it looks like:
If you have yet to use this feature, I suggest you try it out now!
Understand the layout differences on various devices
Changing WordPress theme without losing the content is one thing. Ensuring that the site looks good in different layouts is another.
How do you check your WordPress site if they look good on various devices?
Forget about the tools out there in the market. All you need is to leverage the Customize feature on your WordPress backend. Take a look at the image below.
Summary - How to change WordPress theme without losing content?
End of the day, there are many ways you can change a WordPress theme without losing the content. Always remember to backup as it is an important security feature!
Thrive Themes vs Divi 3.0: Which Is The Best?
Thrive Themes vs Divi. Which is the better choice?
I get this question all the time and I want to be really honest here. I don't think there is a guide out there which cover a lot of what Thrive Themes and Divi can provide.
And in most cases, they are often one-sided due to personal preferences. I ought to be different and I hope you will find value in this post. More importantly, I hope you will be able to decide which is the best WordPress theme for yourself.
I want to disclose that I am an active affiliate for both Thrive Themes and Divi. However, I do have active purchases for both Thrive Themes and Divi (due to my nature of work). Therefore, I want you to be rest assured that I know exactly what I'm talking about.
Thrive Themes vs Divi: Overall design
Design and feel are two things that I look highly on. I am a minimalist guy and I don't like complicated designs. Take a look at this blog and you will figure that out.
That's only the core reason why I use StudioPress for my personal branding.
Now, Thrive Themes vs Divi, which has a better design?
Let's take a look at what Thrive Themes can offer. By default, Thrive Themes comes with 10 themes that you can start with.
In comparison, Divi also comes with 10 inbuilt themes that you can choose from.
Until here, both Thrive Themes and Divi are both providing pretty decent designs. Therefore, I would give them an equal score here.
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Thrive Themes vs Divi: Ease of use (uploading design and demo version)
At this point of time, it felt like a fair comparison and this should be a draw, right?
No! You're wrong and this is where nearly EVERY marketer out there doesn't tell you.
Divi is a clear winner here and allows me to explain to you further.
Imagine you are a complete beginner and have no coding knowledge. You purchase Thrive Themes and you hope to import the demo content, load it up and walaa, you are all set to go.
Here's the problem. There is NO complete demo content upload or download available. Therefore, you have no choice but to do everything from scratch.
Don't get me wrong. You can download the demo and upload them but you will be shocked after uploading. You probably have the colour and that's much. No fonts nothing. The only way is to work from scratch again and that would take some time.
If you are going to for Thrive Themes, don't be surprised with this! Again, it is not something bad, just troublesome.
Divi is no different either (in some ways). You can download the demo themes and upload them. Now, Divi flares here because you can get the complete demo version to your site. The only downside is that Divi comes with DOZENS of features that will make your head spin.
Of course, the easiest (but time-consuming) way is to read the manual first.
Sorry, Thrive Themes but Divi is a clear winner here. Not everyone has the time or knowledge to play with codes.
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Thrive Themes vs Divi: Website loading speed
Anyone who is serious about managing a website will always take consideration of the loading speed.
On average, a website visitor expects the site to load under 2 seconds. Websites that load under a minute often rank higher on search engines compared to those sites that have slow loading speed.
Here's one problem with these WordPress themes. Not all the WordPress themes out there are well coded for speed. Make no mistakes that there are premium WordPress themes that take ages to load.
I tested both Thrive Themes and Divi based on a new website, zero plugins and only similar content on the front page.
I was hoping that either one of them would hit the below 1-second mark but they didn't. Nonetheless, the results are pretty obvious that Thrive Themes is definitely a better choice when it comes to loading speed.
The developers behind Thrive Themes are bold enough to share their mindset on website loading speed on their website (see below).
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Thrive Themes vs Divi: Customization features
If you are looking for a premium WordPress theme that doesn't require a single line of code to customize, then you are going to love both Thrive Themes and Divi.
Both of these are the leaders in the market for drag and drag WordPress builder. By far, no one had come close to what they can offer in terms of customization.
However, when comparing both of them, who will be the ultimate winner?
Carry on reading to find out.
Thrive Themes allows you to do customization with their Content Builder. This is how it looks like in action.
Thrive Content Builder is awesome and it works like charm. Among all the content builder, Thrive Content Builder certainly makes content building much easier.
But, there's a problem with the content builder. It doesn't play well with CloudFlare. Again, I have no issues with Thrive Content Builder but if you want to use it with CloudFlare, make sure you turn the CloudFlare Rocket Loader off.
Divi is different from Thrive Content Builder. Here's how it looks like in action.
Yes, Divi is just like Thrive Content Builder. Customization can be done easily with Divi and Thrive Content Builder.
Divi has its own issues as well. The most common one is the size of the page and technology behind it. Due to the wide range of features, the page loads slower and it can be annoying if you are using a slow web host. A good web host can easily solve this problem any time of the day.
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Thrive Themes vs Divi: Split testing
I know you are asking for this. Who doesn't love split testing, right?
With split testing technology, you can test pages with different fonts, colour, and wording, to name a few. Here, Divi flares extremely well because split testing is inbuilt in all themes.
Using Divi, you can test out anything, from a small part of the page to the whole page. Basically, the sky is your only limit.
Until date, Divi is the only premium WordPress theme that allows you to do perform the split test on pages.
On the other hand, Thrive Themes do allow split testing but only on opt-in forms (email marketing). Of course, I certainly hope they will implement this in the near future.
But until then, Divi is the clear winner when it comes to split testing technology.
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Thrive Themes vs Divi: Pricing review
Pricing is always a concern and I'm sure you feel the same too.
So, which is the better deal?
This is how much Thrive Themes cost.
And this is how much Divi costs.
From the above, it is clear that Divi is much cheaper when compared yearly. Divi also is a clear winner as it has the lifetime plan which is a single payment.
In terms of face value, Divi is definitely the winner but if you would take into consideration of the unlimited use of Thrive plugins, Thrive Themes is actually the one with higher value.
When you sign up for Thrive Themes, you will automatically able to use all the Thrive plugins to further skyrocket your website. With Divi, you only have access to a smaller number of plugins and other themes.
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Recapping the Thrive Themes vs Divi review and comparison
Let's calculate the score, shall we?
Thrive Themes and Divi both managed to earn four points after the review. So, which is the best WordPress theme?
Personally, I would recommend Thrive Themes if you are a blogger or managing a small business. Thrive Themes products are very much fitted into these categories and they will help you 'fly' high in the sky. See Thrive Themes in action here.
If you are looking for a professional WordPress theme for your business, Divi is a better choice because it offers more customization and features which fit well for business and professional nature. Take a look at Divi here.
What do you think? Leave a comment below and let's discuss.
What Is The Best WordPress Hosting Site?
Best WordPress hosting site. I'm sure the answer varies and it is highly dependable to individuals. For me, I have my fair share of experiences using shared hosting, managed WordPress hosting and even virtual private servers (VPS). In this post, I'm going to share with you the best WordPress hosting sites based on price and more importantly, server performance.
Top choice: WP Engine - Excellent performance and customer support
Plans: As low as $35 per month (25,000 visits)
Advantages using WP Engine
VPS environment for speed and performance
Inbuilt cache feature
One-click automated migration
24/7 chat support
PHP 7 ready
Automated SSL certificates
Content Delivery Network (CDN) (optional and higher plans)
Pricing is steep for small website owners/beginners
What is the best WordPress hosting site?
Personally, I would choose for WP Engine as my first choice. For the price of $35 a month, I can rest assured that my sites are always protected and secured. More importantly, downtime is never a problem and the support team over at WP Engine is willing to go beyond simply because they could. For me, this is definitely a deal breaker as I do not want to be charged for every support I require. Take a look at this post and you will understand why.
If you are a web developer, FlyWheel (or GetFlyWheel) is a great choice for you because it provides easy billing features. In other words, you can transfer the charges over to your client through FlyWheel's dashboard. There is no more mess and you can focus on the thing that you are best in ... which is designing the site. The downside of FlyWheel is the plans are pretty much similar to WP Engine and therefore, you will get a better deal when using WP Engine instead. The Tiny plan from FlyWheel allows up to 5,000 visits in a month and let's be real honest -- that is really insufficient for most bloggers.
SiteGround is the lowest in the comparison tier. While the low plans are great for starters and beginners, the servers are optimized for WordPress hosting but they are still shared web hosting. This means that it is NOT managed WordPress hosting and you will get lower performance servers when compared to WP Engine and FlyWheel.
Last but not least, the newest entry is Kinsta hosting. Kinsta offers a simple solution for both entry level websites and business websites. With pricing starts at $30 per month, Kinsta offers top notch VPS performance (thanks to Google Cloud Platform) and inbuilt cache plugin that makes your website loads insanely fast. Plus, the support team is available 24/7 via live chat to answer all your doubts and challenges you may face in web hosting.
What do you think? Leave a comment below and tell me which web host you are currently using!
I promised to make this article as detailed and informative as possible. Therefore, I'll be covering a wide range of topics related to Cloudways such as:
What is managed cloud hosting?
Introduction to Cloudways
Cloudways managed cloud hosting review for the year 2017
Advantages and disadvantages of Cloudways
How to migrate a website to Cloudways?
I hope you find this article useful and I will appreciate it if you can share this on social media.
What is managed cloud hosting?
According to Techopedia, managed cloud hosting is a process in which organizations share and access resources, including databases, hardware and software tools, across a remote network via multiple servers in another location. In managed cloud hosting, servers are purchased in slices or as a virtual server.
If the above sounds geeky for you, don't worry. Here's a simplified version for the meaning of managed cloud hosting.
Managed cloud hosting is not like your average shared hosting service (example, Bluehost). In shared hosting service, you will most probably share the same hosting environment with over a thousand or other users.
Compared to cloud hosting, you can utilize the entire server allocation for your usage. The server is also hosted on a virtual server where accessing it would require a remote network connection.
The term 'managed' simply means that the server or servers are maintained by one or more support team. Thus you don't have to worry about server maintenance.
I'm a huge fan of managed cloud hosting and to be extremely honest with you, cloud hosting services aren't the cheapest in the market. However, they are probably one of the best especially when it comes to server performance.
Searching for the cheapest managed cloud hosting platform? You don't have to look far as Cloudways is the best (and cheapest) managed cloud hosting platform you can find in today's market.
Introduction to Cloudways managed cloud hosting platform
Cloudways has long been in the industry of virtual servers. I've used them several years back, and they are affordable.
Back in those days, Cloudways only have Digital Ocean and Amazon Web Services (AWS) as their provider. Now, Cloudways is working with several other partners such as Vultr, Google Cloud Platform Live, and Kyup.
Here are some reviews on Cloudways:
"Cloudways is an interesting company because it is in the process of moving from a service offering, where every deployment is essentially a custom one, to a far more productized approach." - Ben Kepes, Forbes
'Cloudways takes care of the management of open-source tools for hosting websites, like Magento, WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla.' - Jordan Novet, Venture Beat
"Cloudways indicates the emphasis is on simplicity, targeting SMBs that have little to no desire to operate or administer the infrastructure themselves." - Liam Eagle, 451 Research
"There's a lot to like about Cloudways. The Web host has flexible plans, killer Web-based customer support, and excellent uptime. It's a company that you can count on to keep your site up and running." - Jeffrey L. Wilson, PCMag.com
"Cloudways is always a fun company to test. It showed major performance improvements in this round (2015) and earned an honorable mention. It was by far the most improved provider between tests." - Kevin Ohashi, Review Signal
Cloudways managed cloud hosting review for the year 2017
In all my reviews, I am always very strict about performance, scalability, cost and support. Coming from the customer service industry, these are just values that I cannot overlook and are often considered the core of any business.
1. Cloudways managed cloud hosting server performance review (rating 9 out of 10)
For starters, I want to be straightforward to say that I am not testing on their smallest package, 512 MB server. Instead, I'm using two servers of 1 GB and 2 GB respectively. Therefore, my review will be based on both of them.
Of course, 512 MB server would probably be enough to host a brand new website or smaller ones. With the websites that I manage, I need more firepower of course.
Regarding performance, Cloudways exceeds my expectations by miles apart. Due to traffic and security concerns, I always use managed WordPress hosting as my go-to web hosting service. If you are wondering, I'm using WP Engine, and the package was Professional.
Here are the stats when I was still using WP Engine:
Here are the stats when I am using Cloudways managed cloud hosting:
Now, take a look at the top. The stats are very clear and straight forward.
It certainly looks like Cloudways is really good and could easily consider as overperforming since I'm comparing it head-on with one of the world's best WordPress hosting, WP Engine.
Cloudways comes with Varnish feature as well, therefore, works like a charm and allows your website to load faster than most web hosting services could.
Plus, being a managed cloud hosting platform, there are more allocated resources for your website which will directly affect the loading speed.
Bear in mind that I'm using Cloudways 2 GB ram on Digital Ocean that costs me $34 a month compared to WP Engine Professional plan at $99 per month.
A critical Cloudways managed cloud hosting review is not complete without sharing the information of Let's Encrypt and RackSpace's email feature. According to Google, websites that have SSL would rank higher than most websites that don't. When you use Cloudways, it is easy to apply for an SSL certificate (for free). The entire process takes around 5 minutes and can be done only when you have the domain pointing directly to the allocated IP address on Cloudways.
As for RackSpace email feature, it is chargeable at $1 per email (per month) and trusts me; this is an awesome feature compared to others. Bear in mind that you can easily have this service by clicking on the "Addon" button to purchase the service.
2. Cloudways managed cloud hosting scalability (rating 10 out of 10)
Need to scale your website because you are growing? No problem!
With Cloudways, scalability is never an issue. As a matter of fact, you can easily do so by just dragging the scale up to the designated value, and the billing will automatically be reflected.
Managed cloud hosting such as Cloudways allows you to scale down your website as well easily. This can be done by creating a clone server and selecting a lower tier cloud hosting package that fits your need.
Noticed the ease of upgrading and downgrading on Cloudways?
When it comes to scalability, I would give Cloudways scalability of 10/10 because it is just that simple and can usually be completed in 10 minutes.
3. Cloudways managed cloud hosting pricing/cost (rating 10 out of 10)
At this point of writing, I'm residing in Malaysia, and my exchange rate for USD is approx 4.46. So, let's take the instance that I'm using WP Engine $99 per month.
USD 99 x 4.46 = RM 441.54
This means that I should be paying approximately RM 441.54 every month just for web hosting!
Now, when I use Cloudways, I'm being charged at $32 per month.
USD 32 x 4.46 = RM 142.72
That's approximately 67% saving every month!
Let's do us all a favor and think hard on this. We all talk about web hosting speed, security, performance and probably a dozen more features but at the end of the day, the price matters the most.
When you use Cloudways managed cloud hosting platform, you are doing yourself a favor by getting the best performance as well as easy on your wallet.
Oh by the way, do you know that Cloudways doesn't tie you down with prepayment? All subscriptions are based on month to month basis.
4. Cloudways managed cloud hosting support (rating 8.5 out of 10)
When it comes to supporting, Cloudways go a long way in making their customers feeling happy and satisfied.
For starters, you will receive a telephone call from their support team a few days after signing up for their service. And on top of that, you have the ability to hop onto their 'live chat' sessions for any help. Until date, the waiting queue for live chat is always fast and usually, the wait time is under 30 seconds.
Typically, their support team is very well trained in most scenarios, but from time to time, you will meet up with a few who are less experienced. While they will try to help out as much as they could, it would be a little annoying when you have to repeat yourself a couple of times!
Now, when it comes to rating the level of support provided by Cloudways, I would give them a nice 8.5 out of 10. If they could have more experienced staffs working throughout the clock, it will probably further increase the satisfaction level of the customers.
5. Simplicity in managed cloud hosting (rating 9.5 out of 10)
Simplicity and user experience are two vital components for any web hosting service. As most beginners or webmasters don't want to spend the entire day getting the server up and running, both of these are more important than ever.
Here's a screenshot of my dashboard:
As you can see, it is very straightforward and pretty for the eyes.
Managing a cloud hosting server is not an easy task. It often requires experience and certain knowledge before you can have a fully running service. With Cloudways managed cloud hosting platform, it is extremely easy to create and manage your cloud servers.
The above can be done on all Cloudways managed cloud hosting servers without any coding. You can either turn on or off specific services with just a few clicks.
It is so easy that you can even migrate your website using Cloudways's migrator tool!
In the scale of 1 to 10, I would give Cloudways simplicity and user experience at the score of 9.5.
Yes, Cloudways managed cloud hosting is seriously that good!
How to migrate to Cloudways managed cloud hosting platform?
Do you remember paying hundred of dollars just to migrate your website from one web host to another? Yes, those days.
With today's technology, you are no longer bound for that. Instead, you can use migration tools provided by some hosting companies to ease the job. Currently, Cloudways is the only managed cloud hosting platform that offers such service.
The process of migrating to Cloudways is simple. Here are the steps:
IP propagation takes time. Therefore, do not panic if your website doesn't load or shows 404 error.
Advantages of using Cloudways managed cloud hosting
Cloudways is still one of the best managed cloud hosting platforms you can find on the market today. It is highly affordable, and the server performance is better than most web hosting services.
When you use Cloudways, you will get powerful servers all to yourself as well as excellent customer service. Another plus point is that Cloudways is a fully managed cloud hosting platform. This means that you don't have to go all the way to learn how to manage a server. Cloudways teams will take care of the maintenance for you.
As Cloudways is very affordable, it makes all the sense that Cloudways is more popular than most VPS or cloud hosting platforms within the industry. While most VPS and cloud hosting services would cost above $50, it only costs as low as $10 with Cloudways.
Disadvantages using Cloudways managed cloud hosting
Cloudways is not created to fit everyone's needs. After all, there is no product in this world that fit everyone in the market. One of the biggest disadvantages using Cloudways is the price.
Allow me to explain.
When you use Cloudways, you need to understand that Cloudways works as an intermediary between you and the cloud provider. Therefore, you are required to pay slightly more when using Cloudways.
Take a look at Digital Ocean pricing structure:
And here's the pricing structure for Digital Ocean on Cloudways:
Do you see the differences?
I know for a fact that many people consider it as a huge cost disadvantage. Well, it depends on how you see it.
Creating a droplet on Digital Ocean is easy and price efficient. However, you are required to do all the server maintenance yourself. Compared to Cloudways, the dashboard and systems are setups for you. Instead of using command code to get the droplet in Digital Ocean running (which could take hours if you are inexperienced), you can opt to pay slightly more for a full-fledged service through Cloudways.
Now, can you consider this as a disadvantage for Cloudways? Go figure!
If you are looking for a good and affordable managed cloud hosting service, you should consider using Cloudways. After all, the entire operation system is set up to ease your burden, save you more time and ensuring that your website is up and running the short time possible.
On the other hand, Cloudways is less effective if you know about coding and server management as there are many Cloudways competitors such as Digital Ocean, Amazon Web Services and Linode to choose from. Of course, those are an unmanaged cloud hosting compared to Cloudways managed cloud hosting platform.
To end my Cloudways managed cloud hosting review for 2017, allow me to stress that I highly recommend Cloudways because it is highly scalable, user-friendly and a high-performance cloud hosting platform for both beginners and advanced users. With affordability in mind, there is absolutely no doubt that Cloudways is the best managed cloud hosting you can find in 2017.
You came to the right place. In this article, I'll be sharing with you how to solve the irritating "serve static content from a cookieless domain" warning.
If you are using Pingdom, this sight is just too common for many:
Due to the latest changes with the web and new protocols such as HTTP/2, it is safe to ignore this warning for now. However, I'm still a strong believer that we should find a solution to fix the "serve static content from a cookieless domain" warning if we can.
And yes, this article will show you how.
if we can.
And yes, this article will show you how.
How to fix the "serve static content from a cookieless domain" warning?
Here's the quick and direct response to your question. In order to serve static content from a cookieless domain, you can either re-configuring your WordPress website or use a Content Delivery Network (or CDN in short).
Solution 1: Re-configure your WordPress website to serve static content from a cookieless domain
This method is free but at the cost of some work and knowledge.
For starters, you need to understand that the way your website is being configured will play a crucial role in the success of this method.
If you use a top-level domain such as domain.com, then you would need to actually use a separate domain altogether. If you are using www.domain.com then you could simply set up a subdomain such as static.domain.com.
As most websites are configured on www.domain.com, the method below is strictly for websites with www:
Create a subdomain
You can use any name and I'm using static.domain.com. This is where you will be delivering your files from (and ultimately solving the server static content from cookieless domain warning.
Point your subdomain to your wp-content directory with a CNAME.
The configuration file of your WordPress script is located in the WordPress installation directory and its name is: wp-config.php
You can edit it through cPanel --> File Manager. Find the file, click on it and from the top menu choose "Edit".
Solution 2: Using CDN to serve static content from a cookieless domain
The fastest solution to serving static content from a cookieless domain is by using a Content Delivery Network.
Here's the concept: If you offload all your static content to a CDN or a file storage service like MaxCDN, keeping the static file requests cookie-free should be easy as long as you haven't set up a CNAME record on a subdomain that receives cookies from your top-level domain.
For Google and other search engines, it doesn't matter the files are hosted on 3rd party servers or your own.
Remember that it is all about the domain that the request is made to and making sure nothing on that domain sets any cookies.
Why use Content Delivery Network such as MaxCDN?
The answer is simple. It is easy and hassle free. You don't have to crack your head or mess with confusing codes just to serve static content from a cookieless domain.
How to know if you have successfully serve static content from a cookieless domain?
Once you have completed either of the steps above, you would need to clear your browser cache and empty the cache plugin. You may also decide to leave it for a few hours before checking on Pingdom Tools.
You will know it is successful when you see the following:
Thrive Themes vs X Theme: The Best WordPress Theme Of The Year
Thrive Themes vs X Theme.
I get it. You are undecided on two of the best premium WordPress themes on the market. Lucky for you, you will find the complete review on both Thrive Themes vs X Theme in this post.
And if you wonder why I do so, it is simple. I've been in the same position as you in the past, and it is hard to decide. As for the record, I ended up buying both the themes!
Being an avid WordPress user myself, I totally understand how it felt like when it comes to choosing the best WordPress theme for your blog. On the one hand, you have the popular Thrive Themes, and on another, you have the X Theme which was rated as the best WordPress theme in 2015 on CodeCanyon.
Don't worry. In this post, you will find the complete review of Thrive Themes vs X Theme -- all under one roof.
Of course, if you like this WordPress builder review, I would appreciate if you can share it with your friends!
If you are looking for comparison between Thrive Themes and other WordPress builders instead, here are some links you should take a look at:
WordPress builder allows you to do a heck lot of things, especially when it comes to customizing your WordPress theme. In most WordPress themes development, a single project can costs at least $200.
If you are feeling adventurous (and tight on budget), getting yourself a WordPress builder theme such as Thrive Themes or X theme is a great alternative.
Developing a WordPress theme is time-consuming and in most cases, you are required to have a certain expertise in coding. This is where WordPress builder theme comes into play.
A good WordPress builder helps you to create awesome themes without any coding knowledge. In most cases, you are just required to drag and drop different columns to create the ultimate theme of your choice. And yes, all the above is done without any coding skills.
What are the requirements of a good WordPress builder theme?
The market is saturated with dozens of WordPress builders. Sadly, not many make the mark!
So, here are some of the requirements of a good WordPress builder theme:
An array of typography
Search engine friendly (and optimized)
Fast loading speed
All year round support (email or forum)
Integration with other important plugins
Low learning curve
Lucky for you, both Thrive Themes and X Theme have pretty similar similarities with the above requirements (which we will dive deeper in this post).
Thrive Themes review
You can read my up-to-date Thrive Themes review, and I am firm with my stance; Thrive Themes is one of the best drag and drop builder in the market.
But wait! What should you know about Thrive Themes?
The theme doesn't have tons of bloatware, and all the Thrive Themes are built with the focus on speed and converting visitors into paying customers (or email subscribers).
As a blogger or marketer, you'll understand how important getting leads through your blog. And that's exactly what Thrive Themes can help you to achieve! Every part of the theme created is focused heavily on getting conversions; email subscribers, inquiries, etc.
For one, I'm a huge fan of StudioPress themes and personally, I have used it for over ten years. When I decided to use Thrive Themes on one of my websites, I was worried and to be extremely honest, I was not convinced on Thrive Themes.
However, I read many blog posts talking about the advantages of Thrive Themes, and I was tempted to try it. After all, what's the worst case that can happen, right?
My experience using Thrive Themes
As an experienced WordPress user, I skipped the manual and went directly into installing the premium theme.
(a) Installation of Thrive Themes
My verdict for this part is that Thrive Themes is easy to use. It doesn't take long to install, and it is very easy as well.
(b) Using Thrive Themes
A full copy of Thrive Themes comes with inbuilt Thrive Leads and Thrive Content Builder. With the combination of both plugins, you get a complete, all-in-one premium theme that takes away all the hard work and leave the nice results for you.
(c) Thrive Leads integration
Thrive Leads is pretty much the most advanced version for any lead generation plugin. As a huge fan of OptinMonster, Thrive Leads easily surpass what most common lead generation plugin could do.
You can integrate custom lead forms or choose from the huge library of pre-made forms seamlessly into your blog or website.
A huge plus point for Thrive Themes users is that Thrive Leads can integrate into dozens of email marketing providers. Seriously, you will be surprised on how many plugins who face multiple issues when it comes to integration!
Side note: I use Convertkit for my email marketing, and there is absolutely no problem using it with Thrive Leads! You can also read my post on why I left MailChimp for Convertkit.
(d) Thrive Content Builder
Thrive Content Builder or TCB, in short, is a powerful plugin that comes along with Thrive Themes. Instead of the traditional blog writing, Thrive Content Builder allows you to create powerful and highly effective content through drag-and-drop option.
You can easily add content, images, videos, maps and other interactive '˜materials' within the blog post with using any codes. All you need to do is to select the option available and start writing!
(e) Thrive Themes loading speed
Makes no mistake. Thrive Themes is excellent when it comes to website loading speed. I am always keen on making my website load under 1 second, and that's why I use WP Engine to host my websites.
With StudioPress themes, I can load my website under 1 second, and when I use another theme builder, it usually takes a whole 2 seconds or more!
When I use Thrive Themes with WP Engine, my website loads around 1.2 seconds which is superb!
X Theme Review
I came across X Theme two and a half years back. Back then, I was hunting for another premium theme apart from StudioPress. Adam Connell (founder of Blogging Wizard) introduced me to X Theme, and I was instantly 'wow-ed.'
At that time, X Theme was still new in the market, and it was okay. It provides tons of features and is probably one of the best I ever used.
Fast forward to now, X Theme has come a long way. Now, it can integrate to dozens of plugins and add-ons, including Cornerstone which is awesome!
For me, X Theme is a great choice for both beginners and experienced WordPress users simply because it offers a lot of features under its hood.
For starters, X Theme can integrate to multiple plugins such as email opt-in forms, lead generation, under construction and social sharing. Instead of buying a truckload of plugins, you can find nearly everything with X Theme.
My experience using X Theme
Similar to the above, I installed the X Theme and here's my honest review about X Theme.
(a) Simplicity in using X Theme
X Theme is way easier to use now than previously. After installing the theme, you can select to import designs or pre-made layouts from the option. Alternatively, you can create your theme from scratch.
X Theme also comes with Expanded Demos which you can import directly into your WordPress website. Here's a short video of it.
(b) Using X Theme
Do you want an honest answer? X Theme is great, and there's a lot under its hood. However, it is not that straightforward (if you are comparing Thrive Themes vs X Theme).
But it makes all the sense, though. X Theme offers more features and is often very '˜heavy.' Compared to Thrive Themes, you can do more with X Theme.
The downside? There's a learning curve, and it can be annoying if you skip the manual altogether (like me).
(c) X Theme integration with Cornerstone
X Theme nearly lost the entire battle when it comes to the premium plugin, but thankfully for Cornerstone integration, it is now back on track.
So, what is Cornerstone?
Cornerstone is a drag and drop plugin that allows you to do pretty much anything with the X Theme. With it, you will get WYSIWYG, and you can easily customize your website in real time.
Pretty awesome, right?
(d) Multiple visual effects using X Theme
If you are the type that loves powerful and engaging visual effects on your blog, you got to try on X Theme.
Personally, X Theme is very good when it comes to creating 3D buttons and effects. In most cases, you will not be able to have such features easily on most premium WordPress themes. You would either need to have some serious coding work needed or installing a few more plugins to get the desired results.
With X Theme, all you need is to select the option for 3D effect and you are good to go -- all under 10 seconds, or less!
Thrive Themes vs X Theme review
Trust me, I put a lot of thought into this and to be honest, I can't make a solid decision (literally speaking). Both are equally good and to make the decision much easier, carry on reading the below.
Thrive Themes vs X Theme: Simplicity, ease of use and fast loading speed
Thrive Themes vs X Theme: Design, features, and future integration/upgrades
When it comes to design, I am an avid believer that X Theme still has the upper hand compared to Thrive Themes. The designs on X Theme is often more intuitive and flexible, while Thrive Themes is very much '˜by default.'
Also, X Theme has always been adding new features and upgrades since day one. Therefore, X Theme may one day be the top player in the industry especially if they continue to add more integration into the theme.
I don't believe there is a clear winner when it comes to comparing Thrive Themes vs X Theme. It boils down to exactly what you need as a blogger/writer and how these themes can be used in your daily usage.
If you are looking for a fast loading website with leads conversion focused, Thrive Themes is the one you should be using.
If you are more towards custom theme and building a theme from scratch, consider using X Theme as it offers a wide range of features to help you customize your blog.
What do you think? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think.