Astra Theme Review
In this post I’ll be doing an Astra theme review. If you’re unfamiliar with Astra, it’s one of the most popular WordPress themes on the market today. It became incredibly popular because of its versatility and starter sites. I’ll be covering these things and much more within this article. Without further ado let’s dive in!
Astra Theme Tutorial
Now before I go any further I wanted to tell you that I’ve created a few different videos that utilize the Astra theme with Elementor. These are longer videos, but great for beginners who want to learn the basics of both. If you’re wondering, Elementor is a wonderful, free builder. I’ve written about the Elementor page builder on here as well. If you have the time and want to dive right in and make a website quickly feel free to watch my videos!
Astra Theme Free Templates
Astra is known for their templates. There are Astra theme free templates as well as premium ones, but in all honesty they’re all awesome. In the videos I mentioned above you can see the process of how to set up a free Astra template in minutes.
There are so many options in terms of free templates, and the Astra team has added to them over time. In total there are about 50 free templates at this time. You can also easily setup Astra’s starter sites in just a few minutes. In fact, most times when I’ve imported a starter site it has only taken around 30 seconds.
Astra Theme Speed
The Astra theme has great speeds. Overall it is one of the best coded WordPress themes out there. This has only added to the popularity of the theme, and it’s another big reason why it’s so highly rated within the WordPress repository among thousands of themes. I’ve done speed tests on GTMetrix comparing Astra to many other themes within the WordPress repository and Astra almost always comes out on top.
Astra has managed to increase the speed of their website right out of the box by doing some key things. They do not use jQuery, which can have an affect on performance. Each site is also very light weight, at less than 50kb and their default theme load times are blazing fast.
Astra Theme Support
The Astra theme support is solid from my experience. In the few times that I have had to contact their support I was helped quickly. Astra also has many helpful pages or groups on Facebook that are tied into Elementor. You can almost always get help from someone in a Facebook Group if you’re really in a bind. Overall, I can’t really complain about their support, and because they’re such a popular theme support answers aren’t very difficult to find online.
Astra also has many very helpful written tutorials on their site.If you go to their support area and simply type in a phrase or keyword of what you’re looking for it will show you the results of various articles related to your search term. This is great because these can provide you with step by step solutions to your problems. I’d use this as my first course of action if I run into an error and then consider going to Facebook or their support for help.
Astra Theme vs GeneratePress
The Astra theme is a wonderful theme. Personally I think it’s probably one of the top 5 themes in the world today with others like OceanWP and Divi. Of all the themes out there my very favorite is GeneratePress, with Astra right behind them. This is all just a personal preference as both themes offer amazing site speeds, very good code, and a bunch of pre-made templates to build a beautiful looking site based off of.
Both the Astra theme and GeneratePress have a free theme that is worth taking for a spin. In all honesty the free theme of Astra is better than the free GeneratePress theme. You don’t truly unlock GeneratePress’ power until you purchase the premium version. Therefore, I have to give the nod to Astra when it comes to most casual or new WordPress themes just wanted to dabble and create something quickly.
Astra offers quite a bit of flexibility when it comes to pricing. Almost anyone can find something that satisfies their needs. Additionally, you can always upgrade for the difference between what you initially paid for your plan and the higher plans cost.
The annual plan comes with three different options. Each of these plans provide an extra boost with the associated cost. My recommendation would be to try out the free Astra theme that’s available to everyone and see if it feels like a good fit for you. After that I’d consider diving into a premium plan if you feel like you need more than the free version offers.
If you’re planning on diving into a premium license for Astra I’d recommend going for a lifetime plan. The lifetime plan ensures you get all the bells and whistles without the recurring annual fee. You also opt yourself in to future upgrades and improvements within a theme. If you learn it well enough, you may never have to use another WordPress theme again.
Astra Theme Review Conclusion
I hope that you enjoyed this Astra theme review. I have used Astra more than almost any theme over the last couple years. It’s both beginner and budget-friendly because of all of the free starter sites and tutorials online. In fact, I’d say that it’s the most beginner friendly theme for new WordPress users.
I would recommend that anyone wanting to create a WordPress website check out the Astra theme for themselves. I highly doubt you’ll regret it! If you want to learn more about why I also enjoy using the GeneratePress theme feel free to check out that article as well.