3 Alternatives for WordPress Editor Software

Drag and Drop WordPress Editor Software

Broadly speaking, you have 3 alternatives when choosing an editor for your WordPress site.

They are the WordPress Classic Editor, the WordPress block (Gutenberg) editor or a 3rd party drag and drop editor such as my recommended solution, Thrive Architect from Thrive Themes and Plugins. But let's look at each of these WordPress editor software solutions in turn.


WordPress Classic Editor

This is the editor that's been around in WordPress forever.

It works, it's easy to master and, as long as you don't need to do much, it is perfectly adequate.

It's not feature rich.

WordPress Gutenberg Editor

Also known as the WordPress block editor, Gutenberg was pre-announced by WordPress some months ago with a lot of fanfare.

Unfortunately, it hasn't been all that well received by the WordPress community.

If you go to plugins on your WordPress site and search for Gutenberg, you'll find that as at Feb 26, 2019, it has 2,571 reviews, with an average of just 2 stars. The breakdown is 449 5-star ratings, 1,753 1-star rating, with the remaining handful spread between 2 and 4.

Hopefully, it will get better. But with over 68% of reviewers giving it the lowest rating available, it's not looking great as a WordPress editor software solution.

Thrive Architect WordPress Editor Software

Thrive Architect is the WordPress editor that comes with Thrive Themes and Plugins. It's one of the 10 plugins that you get with Thrive Themes. You can read more about them HERE.

No prize for guessing that Thrive Architect is my preferred solution. I've been using Thrive Themes and Plugins for the past two years and wouldn't be without them. They are the first thing I install on any new WordPress site.

Usually, they are the only thing. They give me everything I need in the way of themes and plugins both and they all work together seamlessly.

Thrive are a great company too, with frequent updates, good support and a ton of training.

You can check out all 10 Thrive themes at my post WordPress Business Website Themes.

But back to Thrive Architect.

It's a drag and drop WYSIWYG editor with a ton of features. 40 elements, in fact, that you can drag and drop onto your page to give you things as diverse as headings, scalable images with text flowing around them, progress bars, tabs, testimonials, name and email address capture linked to your mailing list and much, much more.

It's definitely my preferred WordPress editor software.

About the author 

Phil Lancaster

I created this site with two things in mind.

One is to expose some of the many scams that abound in Internet Marketing. And also to review those that, strictly speaking, aren't scams, but over promise and under deliver. Many of these are directed at beginners, who have no chance of implementing the system that they are sold.

The other aim is to review and recommend products that I believe will be helpful to either the new or experienced internet marketer and to provide additional information that may spell the difference between failure and success.

  • This is another great review and its full of informations. I always enjoy reading all your reviews and this one is no exception because they are very helpful. This is the most extensive and comprehensive review i have read on wordpress editor software.Thanks for sharing these alternatives with us. I am a fan of WordPress Gutenberg Editor and your review is just too perfecr anout the editor. I hope to try others out very soon.Thanks so much

  • Your review on WordPress Editor Software is very concise and straight forward.The three alternatives  for WordPress Editor Software that you listed are all good in my own opinion, but if i am to choose my preferred option, i would go for the Thrive Architect WordPress Editor Software based on the review you gave about it, as it seems to be the best amongst the three. Thanks so much for this educative post. Hope to read more of these similar posts from you subsequently

    • It’s horses for courses, I guess. Classic is fine for people starting out and Gutenberg will undoubtedly improve.

      And the price is right!

      But I’ve been using Thrive Architect (or its predecessor) for over two years and wouldn’t be without it.

      Thanks for your comments.

  • The word press editor software is pretty basic and doesn’t give you too many options. I’ve tried Gutenberg but couldn’t get my  head around it at all. Thrive Architect looks like a great alternative.

    It has been confirmed to give the best and desired results when it comes to sites that are word press sites.

    This has a lot of themes and site owners likes to work with it. Personally, am yet to try it., coz I have not been on my site for a long time. Just started new. But Thrive Themes looks like a great solution.

  • Dear Phil,

    Thanks a lot for the helpful and informative post. As always I got great insights from your post.

    I am currently using WordPress Classic Editor its user-friendly and I am not technically sound person so I chosen it. To be honest, I tried it (WordPress Gutenberg Editor) and within few minutes I felt its very complicated and I went back to the WP classic editor.

    I heard a lot about Thrive Architect and many good reviews. Also many of my blogging friends using it and recommending it.  And thanks for sharing from your experience which adds more value for me to consider and Thrive Architect is on my list.

    May I ask…

    Recently I decided to try “Elementor” just installed it and if you can share your experience and thoughts about it… It will be a greater help.

    Thanks Again,


    • Thanks for your comment, Paul.

      Yes, if you’re just starting out, the Classic Editor is fine. I’m sure Gutenberg will eventually be fine.

      I just love Thrive Architect, but have seen reviews claiming it’s complex.

      It’s not. It’s comprehensive and there’s a big difference.

      It has 20 or 30 elements that you can use to make your post or page pop. But how many of them do you need to master to be able to do everything the Classic editor does, only better?

      I’d say around 4.

      You can download user guides for Thrive from




  • Thanks for this informative post,  in my opinion the Thrive Architect WordPress Editor Software editor is the best wordpress editor as it has  a new page builder that is being designed to integrate with WordPress core. They create great products that can actually be used and can consistently be updated over a lifetime of use and enhancing a blog with eye catching visuals.

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