Can you setup WooCommerce on Thrive Themes?

You can. But I don’t recommend it. Not if, the main purpose of your site is to be an e-commerce website.

I will explain you the details.

Over the years, I have served a huge array of clients with a variety of requests related to Thrive themes. They ask for customisation, mobile optimisation, making child themes, and also integrating woocommerce with thrive themes.

After working on two such woocommerce related projects, I started to pass on tasks like that. Even though it is possible, its a HUGE amount of work to get even of basics of it looking good, usable and right.

It needs a huge amount of customisation in terms of CSS. And then you might also need to child theme and modify the woocommerce PHP files.

So what do I recommend?

First, ask yourself

  • Are you trying to setup a full fledged ecommerce site?
  • Are your products going to have multiple screenshots, a full page description with images and sections?
  • Do you need an extensive cart modification functionality?
  • Do you expect simple basic UI elements of every ecommerce store to make the user experience easy? E.g. Like wanting a  + and – button on your # of items box. (See this demo woocommerce store by thrive themes, and notice how the product page doesn’t have a button to increase count of the product)

If you answered yes to questions above, then don’t use thrive themes for an ecommerce store. Simple.

But if you want to sell a courses, informational products etc which don’t require extensive cart modification functionality, you will do just fine with Thrive Themes.

Thrive themes wasn’t built specially for running an ecommerce store using woocommerce. Its built for lead generation, conversion, content, courses etc.

  1. So I suggest setup a subdomain. If your domain is skreechers.com, then setup a store.skreechers.com. Make it a separate wordpress install, get a flexible super-fast WooCommerce theme that supports WooCommerce out of the box. (As of updating this article, Its got 73000+ sales with 4.8 stars avg. Flatsome theme is so good and popular that there are 3rd party WooCommerce plugin developers who support it)
  2. The theme is 59$, but trust me you will save loads of time and banging your head against wall compared to trying to punch thrive themes to look good with WooCommerce. Also I have used Flatsome theme personally for a client’s website which continues to run fast and reliably long term over years.
  3. Use the exact same fonts, logo and colours that you use on your thrive themes site, so that when the user switches between the store site and content/membership site, they get a seamless experience. This is important to not scare your users and provide a seamless brand experience.

But again…let me repeat this, *if* you are selling just few products, and you don’t really need a special product page, special cart experience etc. And all you need is for the user to click on “add to cart” from your sales page, see a checkout page and finish payment, then don’t bother to setup this special store subdomain.

I am a thrive themes consultant myself and been following the forums and company closely. Their roadmap doesn’t have any new WooCommerce features in the near future as of writing this post. Their support for WooCommerce was just to clear an objection that many users might have before buying their themes.

Leave a comment below if you have specific questions.

Update:  I made a 10 minute video tutorial on how to setup WooCommerce on Thrive Themes. You can see how the result looks along with my recommendations on who should and shouldn’t use it.

  • Felix says:

    Thank you for stating it as it is. You help me. I love some thrive products but the themes are not e-commerce friendly.

    • Thrive Themes Expert Designer says:

      Thanks for dropping by Felix. Yes, sad. I share the same views on their products.

      New thrive architect seems pretty good, after all these weeks of bug fixes.

  • Steve Hodgson says:

    Good idea on the subdomain. I was just looking around to see what I could do for a possible job for a client who I’ve already built a website for using Thrive Architect. The client has been hinting about adding an online store and I like WooCommerce. I’ll use your link to the theme if/when I get the go ahead. Does the Savoy theme have good customisation options?

    • Rajavanya Subramaniyan says:

      I have no idea why I wasn’t notified of this comment, though I had comment notification email enabled.

      Savoy theme is customizable very much when it comes to layouts. Also I’m biased by its excellent design and lightweight page for load speed.
      But when it comes to woocommerce product/shop page elements that can be customised, some other themes like Flatsome were slightly more customizable with lot of option. But on the other hand, Savoy served my purpose with the amount of customizations, so I went with it.

    • Rajavanya Subramaniyan says:

      Your site landing page looks great btw. Nice work!

  • Erik says:

    Man, it’s 2018 and still no shopping cart function? To me, it seems like everything you need to get customers only to not fully finish the funnel of making the sale. What a shame I’ll have to pass on buying the membership.

    • Rajavanya Subramaniyan says:

      Yeah, it would be great if they developed their own shopping cart system instead of integrating with woocommerce (which is a pain in…)

      I strongly suggest going with something like gumroad or sendowl to sell. They have hosted shopping cart + payment integration

  • Matt says:

    Hi, so do you recommend using the Thrive Architect on a WooCommerce theme or WPBakery that comes with some of the WooCommerce themes? I’m definitely more proficient with Thrive Architect.

    • Rajavanya Subramaniyan says:

      WPBakery is a big NO.

      I have used Thrive Architect with a Genesis (child) theme successfully for a few clients now and they are reliable and dependable.

      They are conversion focused too, super fast and SEO optimised out of the box, developer friendly for future extensions, and have nice woocommerce template pages and support.

  • Linda says:

    Hi Rajavanya,
    You say this in your post: “And all you need is for the user to click on “add to cart” from your sales page, see a checkout page and finish payment” but how do I incorporate this in thrive architect and woocommerce?

  • Michael says:

    Do you know if the combination of thrivethemes and thrivecart (which I know are unrelated brands) work well together?

    Yes, it is disappointing that thrivethemes does not have a powerful cart or even good integrations to carts..

    What do you recomend? Should I bite the bullet and go with clickfunnels?

    • Rajavanya Subramaniyan says:

      Thrive cart is a fully hosted SaaS, hence there should be absolutely no problem in working with any theme (or even website if they support multiple ways of integration)

      Its the same as using services like gumroad or sendowl.

  • Mike says:

    Good post, I just learning Thrive and set up Thrive landing page on my Flatsome Woocommerce shop. I did nice landing page with Thrive for one product. But now you are saying its better to have Thrive on separate WordPress subdomain installation. I have variable product so the funnel is go to Woocommerce product page.

    How do you deal with this for A/B testing.

    My funnel is:

    1. FB Ads ➡️ Thrive Landing page ➡️ Woocommerce product page (choose variation) ➡️ cart ➡️ checkout.

    or

    2. FB Ads ➡️ Thrive Landing page (choose variation)➡️ cart ➡️ checkout.

    I am using hooks for add to cart buttons on landing page: https://businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-custom-add-cart-urls-ultimate-guide/

    There is an option in Thrive Optimization to set Revenue Thank you page. What you use? The Woocommerce product page or thank you for the order page (https://www.domain.com/payment/order-received/11111/…)

    I am a bit confused.

    Its a shame they don’t have own checkout.

    • Rajavanya Subramaniyan says:

      Hey Mike, For your setup its perfectly fine to use Thrive Architect/Landing Pages on Flatsome theme.

      Don’t complicate with a subdomain. That advice was for people who were planning use Thrive themes to setup WooCommerce (not Flatsome). If you’re Flatsome I assume you have a full-fledged e-commerce store with lot of physical products.

      If you use funnel #1 setup I would use use goal for A/B testing as WooCommerce Product page

      If you use funnel #2 I would use goal as thank you for order page.

      – Use hotjar to understand if there is anything specific the users pay attention. – Also setup cart abandonments email, as statistics say on average 30% of sales are retrieved by them.
      – Make sure you remove every unwanted field in the checkout page
      – In funnel #2, you can remove the cart page, and directly send them to checkout.

      Hope that helps

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