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Thrive Architect Review – In this article, Onuora Amobi does a detailed review of the latest Wordpress page building plugin from Thrive Themes

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Welcome to my Thrive Architect Review.

In August, I talked about my excitement about the upcoming WordPress page builder from Thrive Themes – Thrive Architect. I was excited because Thrive Themes has quickly become one of my favorite online business enablers.

The company makes a series of useful products that enable you to maximize your use of WordPress for your business.Now, they have released the newest product in their stable of products – Thrive Architect.

What is Thrive Architect?

Thrive Architect is a wide reaching upgrade to their Thrive Content Builder product which enables you to create professional grade posts and pages in WordPress.

A little history lesson may be in order here.

Back in the day (because I’m old apparently), we built web pages in HTML and had to build each page individually because there was no simple way to manage the content.If you made a site wide change, you had to open each page of your site and make that change there.

WordPress changed all that.

As the world’s leading Content Management System, combined with CSS, WordPress enabled content creators to more efficiently and effectively manage the content on their websites.While that solved one problem, it didn’t solve another major problem.

The WordPress interface was good for basic content and images but for more sophisticated landing pages it was useless!

You had to get a professional designer and developer to build you a page that looked half decent otherwise your sales page would suck! I know from experience because mine did.

The age of WordPress Page Builders

Every problem gets solved by innovation and eventually a few smart people started building more sophisticated graphical user interfaces that would extend WordPress and make it easier for the average user to build nice looking pages.

The most famous one was Visual Composer which (still) does a very decent job of building decent looking landing pages and sophisticated content in WordPress.

Thrive Themes created a fantastic competitor called Thrive Content Builder which has now been upgrade to Thrive Architect.

The Power of Thrive Architect

Thrive Architect Interface

Once installed, Thrive Architect gives you the ability to create amazing WordPress pages.

It creates a series of menus on the left side of the interface that allow you to drag and drop different useful elements into your page and post.

They use a simple philosophy of “click to edit” – i.e. If you want to change something, you click on it and you’ll see your edits instantly. If you want to move something, you click, drag and drop.You can use the tool to build:

High performing home pages

Thrive Architect Homepage samples

With Thrive Architect, you can use one of their templates or build a beautiful, professional looking homepage or improve the layout on your existing homepage by adding things like columns, horizontal opt-in forms, a stylish gallery of your blog posts, social share icons and more.

High performing sales pages

Thrive Architect Sales PagesAs I said before, if you’ve ever tried to build a sales page using the WordPress editor, you know for sure that it wasn’t made to build the kind of layout you need on a sales page.

Thrive Architect comes with everything you need to build stunning sales pages.

High performing landing pages

Thrive Architect Landing PagesThe team at Thrive provide you with dozens of optimized landing pages you can use to present your free offers and grow your mailing list.

Better looking blog posts

Better looking blog postsClever content marketers have long known that well formatted content, including things like highlight boxes, styled lists, images and other media, click-to-tweet quotes and more, get much higher engagement.

You have access to all of those elements in the Thrive Architect toolbox.

Great Webinar and launch pages

Better looking webinar and launch pagesWith Thrive Architect, you can easily build all the pages you need to announce, get leads for and expire a live webinar event. The product also integrates with Thrive Leads so you can do a lot of sexy integration with their world class suite of lead tools.

It’s all pretty amazing stuff…

Great looking tools - Thrive Architect Review

My overall ratings

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4.6

This tool is amazing and a game changer.I used it to make this landing page in 3 hours based on a rough requirements draft. I’m not a professional designer by any means but it enables me to do really sexy things with WordPress.

It comes with over 80 beautifully designed and 100% conversion focused landing page templates and it’s simply the fastest way to create professional looking sales pages, opt-in pages, webinar pages and more, that are instantly publishable yet still completely customizable.

In addition, the company is really amazing and their customer support is second to none.The tool is available now and if you want to really make your WordPress content POP – get yourself a copy of Thrive Architect by clicking the button below.

Buy Thrive Architect

Onuora Amobi is VP of Marketing at Learn About The Web. He has an extensive background in both Online Marketing and Enterprise Technology solutions.

3 Comments
  • Fillip Dahn

    The whole insight looks great, but is it really better than (or on par with) all of the popular website builders, such as Weebly, Wix and so on… According to https://hosting.review/website-builders/ , they all seem to be specifically designed to get build website with ease.

    • https://learna2.wpengine.com Onuora Amobi

      It’s Apples and Oranges – the products you cited are used to build entire websites. This is used primarily to augment the content on existing sites.

  • http://spacema-studio.com/ Spacema

    I have been using thrive architect for about 3 months and built a whole website with it. It is a really amazing page builder.

    Their is one big flaw and I’m wondering if you have a suggestion to get around it.

    You can’t build any global elements like a header, navigation or footer that gets updated globally. You can make templates and use those, but they are not connected so if you want to change something, you have to make that change everywhere you used that template.

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A Failure of imagination – Apple release new iPhone XR iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

Apple have taken the easy way out, avoided innovation and are dependent on incremental upgrades

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Apple iPhone XS

I have an iPhone and I love it so I absolutely hate to be THAT guy.

I hate to be the guy who’s going against the grain, who seems to be contrarian where others celebrate but unfortunately, this is one of those articles.

Apple released their new iPhones today.

They released three new models – the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

The new iPhone XS and XS Max are priced at $999 and $1,099 and start shipping out at the end of this month. The iPhone XR starts at $749 and begins shipping out in October.

Apple iPhone XS

Apple iPhone XS (Image Credit – The Verge)

The iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch OLED display with a 2436 x 1125 resolution. Meanwhile, the iPhone XS Max has a 6.5-inch OLED display with a 2688 x 1242 resolution. The iPhone XR, which you can basically think of as this year’s lower-end offering, has a 6.1-inch LCD display with a 1792 x 828 resolution.

At the end of the day, the screen size is the main difference between these three new models.

  • The XS is smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus but the screen is as big as the screen on the 8 Plus.
  • The iPhone XS Max is as big as the iPhone 8 Plus, and its screen is larger.
  • The iPhone XR has a larger display than the iPhone 8 Plus, while its overall size is just slightly smaller.

The iPhone XS and XS Max have dual rear 12-megapixel cameras and improved True Tone flash, and a front 7-megapixel camera. The iPhone XR, as the more budget option, has one 12-megapixel camera on the back, with True Tone flash.

All the new phones are powered by a new seven-nanometer A12 Bionic chip which can handle 512GB of storage. The iPhone XS and XS Max also have faster Face ID, True Tone display, and 3D Touch. They have support for Dolby Vision and HDR10 video.

The iPhone XS and XS Plus come in gold, silver, or space gray. The iPhone XS starts at $999 for the 64GB option, and has 256GB and 512GB options as well. The iPhone XS Max starts at $1,099, with the same storage options. The 512GB option goes for $1,449.

The Apple iPhone XS Promo Video

My opinion

Unfortunately, this is just more of the same.

Apple have made a larger phone, added more storage and made the camera better. The phone OS will be improved as well but that is really all that happened.

As someone who has an iPhone 7 Plus, I will upgrade at some point but the truth is there is STILL no rush.

I have been waiting for a compelling upgrade from Apple that would force me to head to the store and/or pre-order a new phone and the truth is, this isn’t the one.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 seems way more exciting from a consumer point of view because of the screen, the pen and the TONS of innovative new features they bring to the table.

When Steve Jobs died, there was a fervent argument among the faithful that innovation at the worlds most valuable company would start to slow.

Unfortunately I fear this is the case.

The most exciting features of the iPhone (IMHO) are FaceID and the upcoming multi-user FaceTime. Beyond those two features, it seems like Apple is just keeping up with the competition.

Let’s be really clear, these are REALLY GOOD PHONES.

But unfortunately, Apple is in a Michael Jackson type situation where they seem to be unable to do anything better than their greatest hit.

Apple continues to live in Steve Job’s shadow and unfortunately, his genius is really the anchor against which the company’s level of innovation will be measured. Using that yardstick, the company fails to measure up.

Preorders for both phones begin on September 14 and ship on September 21st in select countries, with rollout in other countries to follow.

What do you think? Will you buy an iPhone XS?

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Review Sling TV

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Sling TV Review

This is my Review of the Sling TV App.

TV has changed. It is an activity that I only enjoy sparingly these days. My busy schedule means that I while I can make time for appointment television for content that I absolutely have to see, mindless channel surfing is out of the equation.

This makes me a perfect candidate for a service like Sling TV. It is a godsend for individuals like me that are either occupied throughout the day, or are on the move.

A subscription based, contract free, Netflix for live TV kind of a deal, that allows users to sign up for a selection of live, HD streams of cable channels like ESPN, Comedy Central, AMC, CNN, and more.

What’s not to like?

Sling TV launched in 2015. Developed by DISH Network, this service finally offers cord cutters a viable alternative that starts at $20 per month.

A selection of channel packages is available that you can tack on, ranging from $5 to $10. A DVR option costs you $5 a month. This is where Sling TV excels, in how it sells you the content.

Sling TV

Rather than forcing you to sign up for an expensive package with a bunch of channels that you do not want, the service offers you two basic options. You then get granular control over the offerings, and can easily add in the channels that you want.

The best part is that Sling TV can be accessed from a wide variety of platforms — Windows, macOS, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One, along with several smart TVs and streaming boxes.

In fact, the only notable exception here are the Sony consoles. PlayStation Vue being a Sling TV competitor means that Sling TV is not available on PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 systems. But other than that, you are well covered and can carry your virtual television whenever and wherever you want.

Take your pick

And this is its biggest strength. Live TV streaming whenever and wherever, without the hassle of contracts, equipment, and costly subscriptions. The interface does take some getting used to, but on the flipside, it is neither complicated, nor overly busy. You will make sense of it all in minutes.

Sling TV is not without its minor quibbles, though.

The company offers two packages, Orange and Blue. And while these are enough to get you started, you will have to tack on additional channels if you are a heavy watcher.

Sling TV

I personally spend a fair amount of time watching sports, and this is where Sling TV really shines, offering me access to live sporting events right on my phone. All the added stuff is an icing on the cake.

The company has rolled out a host of updates and cosmetic changes to the service, since the early days of its launch. But some issues still remain that result in this being a great option for some people, instead of being an excellent option for everyone.

Most prominent of these is that streaming tends to struggle a bit on streaming sticks. While the app is very reliable and stable, as long as you have a decent internet connection, the same can sadly not be said when using it on streaming devices like Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV.

HD programming regularly slips into low-resolution, and occasionally crashes.

As for the experience itself, Sling TV may be live, but it is not fast. Channels take up to 5 seconds to load, and you should also expect a brief buggering for a couple of seconds — no mindless flipping through an endless ream of channels here.

Mac users beware

Upgrading your Mac Operating System to High Sierra seems to cripple the Sling TV app and based on my queries to Sling customer support, it really seems like they are trying to phase out their desktop apps. They are pushing Mac users to the Chrome browser instead.

As a long time Sling customer, I have to say that even though they offer a lot of value, the inability of this company to simply support an app for a MAJOR OS upgrade is very unprofessional and disappointing.

Thumbs down for that.

Verdict

With a slick app design, mostly lag free experience, and straightforward subscriptions, Sling TV is the best cable replacement options available right now.

The content is varied, and even though the base package may be small, to keep things affordable, you do get a selection of over 100 channels to add on. Its value comes down to what you like, and for me, there’s a lot.

You can check out Sling TV here

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Review – Snagit screen capture software

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This is my review of the screen capture program for the mac – Snagit.

Developed by TechSmith, this is a complete screen capture and annotation solution, the best in the business.

Overview

This feature rich program can capture anything on your screen, record video from both your screen and webcam, and also provides a range of borders, effects, and other designs elements to edit the captured content.

Available for both PC and Mac, SnagIt offers a complete toolkit to easily capture whatever you see on your screen, and then edit and share it, all from one convenient program. I use it almost daily to share designs, interfaces, charts and pictures with my team.

Not to mention its use in content creation, everything I create for my websites — tutorials, screenshots, guides, you name it. I can simply capture any part of the screen and paste it anywhere, even scrolling pages, menus, and flowing content from documents and webpages.

Its intuitive interface makes it every easy to capture both images and videos.

snagit

The UI is compact, with three modules to choose from. Namely, All-in-One, Image, and Video.

The first allows you to capture what is going on screen, and take screenshots without interrupting your recoding, while the other two are self-explanatory.

SnagIt 13, the latest version of the program, builds on its excellence by revamping existing tools, and adding new ones. A GIF creator is now available, as are new capture features.

Rounding up the feature set is integration with other capturing sources like your webcam or mic, which allows you to capture audio and even record voice calls from VoIP applications like Skype. It also lets you create preset that comes into play whenever you take a screenshot.

Using this extremely helpful feature lets you skip the editing process by automatically applying effects, or even send the captured images to a desired destination. Speaking of which, images can be exported to Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as Google Drive, and the company’s own My Places service.

Moving pictures

TechSmith, of course, is also the name behind Camtasia Studio, one of the finest video capture products around. SnagIt is a sister program to Camtasia, with the big difference being that it since it is more focused on taking still screenshots, its editing tools are almost exclusively designed for still images.

Only minimal video editing tools are provided in the program, but there is enough here to allow you to trim the videos that you record.

Snagit video

My biggest knock against the latest version of the program is that it still does not offer the revert feature that lets me undo all modifications I make to a saved image at once. Sure, it is possible to close an image without saving it, and then reopen it, but that is a troublesome workaround.

Priced at $49.95 for a new copy, or $29.95 for upgrades from previous versions, SnagIt may seem expensive, if all you need is basic screen capping features. But if you want advanced options, flexibility, power, and ease of use, then this program is well worth its asking price.

Buyer Beware!

I had to go to the Mac store for technical support because for some reason a program on my Mac was eating up all my RAM. Yup! It was Snagit!

This is a very powerful program but you don’t want this open in the background unless you are actively using it. It’s a RAM hog on the mac and will eat up a lot of RAM even when it’s idle. Make sure you keep it closed when you don’t need it.

Verdict

SnagIt is a beautifully designed, stable and reliable program to efficiently just about everything a screen capture program should be able to capture. Rival products are nowhere near as feature rich, and the program remains my favorite screen capturing application.

You can download a copy of Snagit here

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