Imagine an ultra-light, ultra-fast, and ultra-versatile WordPress theme that perfectly fits to your Page Builder plugin like Elementor or Beaver Builder. You’re not dreaming, this WordPress theme exists and it’s called WP Astra. Designed by BrainstormForce, Astra is a WordPress starter theme that, behind a sleek design, hides features to make the most popular WordPress themes like Avada or Sahifa jealous. Let’s discover together the strengths and weaknesses of this WordPress theme and compare it to other themes. We will do a detailed test of features, performance, … We will analyze everything to help you choose! 

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Astra free vs Astra Pro

We have listed all the items that are included in the Pro version of the Astra WordPress theme. These paid modules allow you to customize in more detail the settings of this theme.

  • Colors & Background
  • Typography
  • Spacing
  • Blog Pro
  • Mobile Header
  • LifterLMS
  • Header Sections
  • Transparent Header
  • Sticky Header
  • Page Headers
  • Custom Layouts
  • White Label
  • Site Layouts
  • Footer Widgets
  • Scroll To Top
  • WooCommerce
  • LearnDash

Let's install WPAstra

Installing the Astra WordPress theme is very simple and you should proceed in the same way as for any other WordPress theme. Go to Dashboard: Appearance => Themes => Add New and search for Astra from Brainstormforce. When you have checked that it’s the right theme, all you have to do is click on Install => Activate and that’s it. For the moment no additional plugins to install, you just have to click on “Customize” to change the design of your website. Once you click on “Customize”, the Astra WordPress theme redirects you to the WordPress Customizer.

 

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Features of Astra

The Astra WordPress theme, in its free version, offers you to customize your design through 8 menus.

  • Layout
  • Colors and Background
  • Typography
  • Buttons
  • Menus
  • Widgets
  • Homepage Setting
  • Additionnal CSS

Customise Astra layouts

If decide to customise the layout of your blog or website using the Astra WordPress theme, you can modify 5 layouts: 

  • Container
  • Header
  • Blog
  • Sidebar
  • Footer

Customise Astra Container layout

The Container Layout allows to define the general structure of your site. You will be able to set 5 options (in the free version): Container width, Default container, Container for pages, Container for Blog Posts and Container for Blog Archives. Each time, you will be able to define if the aspect of your site must be Boxed or Full Width, and that for the pages, the articles and the archives.

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Customise Astra Header layout

In the Container Header, you have the choice between two menus: Site Identity and Primary Header.
Site identity will allow you to set up a logo, customize the Tagline of your website (define a different logo for the mobile for example). Once you’re done with the Identity Site, customize the Primary Header. You can change the layout of the Desktop version and mobile. Finally, you can add items to the header such as a search bar, text, or widgets.

Customise Astra Blog layout

In this menu dedicated to the customization of the Posts Layouts, you can decide Single Post structure of as well as the Single Post Meta.

If you do not want to display the author of the article, the date or the comments, you can change that in this menu.

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Customise Astra Sidebar layout

The sidebars setting with the Astra WordPress theme is really very simple. You can decide the display of sidebars by articles, pages, and blog post archives. Another point of customizarion appreciated by WPBuilder.org, you can adjust the size of the sidebar!
Just awesome!

Customise WP Astra Footer layout

The simplicity of the Astra WordPress theme is also true in the customization of the footer. You can decide to display (or not) the footer. If you display it, choose the sections, the content of these sections and adjust the size. Your footer is personalized in two clicks! 

The remaining options of the Astra WordPress theme allow you to edit:

  • Colors and background
  • Typography
  • Buttons
  • Menus (Classic WordPress option)
  • Widgets (Classic WordPress option)
  • Homepage Setting (Classic WordPress option)
  • Additionnal CSS

Keep in mind that even though Astra allows you great customization in its free version, the possibilities are almost limitless with the Astra Pro version

Astra Child theme

Brainstromforce has thought of everything and even the Child Theme for the Astra WordPress theme. Even this Child theme is not provided with the free version (or even the pro version for that matter), you can go to https://wpastra.com/child-theme-generator/ and generate your own child theme for WPastra. You can use this generator in two ways: a simplified version and a more complete version. With the full version of this generator you can add fields like author name, description, screenshot, … This tool is great and making a child Theme for Astra WordPress take two seconds!

Mega Menu for WP Astra WordPress theme

UPDATE: Since the 26th of September 2018, this options is no more beta but live! Don’t forget to update your Astra WordPress Theme and the Astra Pro Addon!

The Mega Menu feature is available for the Astra Wordpress theme in Beta. In order to use to use it, you have to install WP Astra-1.5.0-rc.3 with the astra-addon-plugin-1.6.0-rc.3 plugin. 

If you want all the infos about this Mega Menu for Astra WordPress theme, go check out this page

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WP Astra hooks

The Astra WordPress theme is a very customizable theme but if you want to change your theme even more, you can use WordPress Hooks.

Hooks are a way for one piece of code to interact/modify another piece of code. They make up the foundation for how plugins and themes interact with WordPress Core, but they’re also used extensively by Core itself

To add the WordPress Hooks feature to the Astra WordPress theme, it’s very easy. Just install the following two plugins:

Astra Theme Visual Hooks

Astra Theme Visual Hooks is a plugin that does not directly add features to your Astra WordPress theme except a button in the admin bar. This button appears in the current page and shows the location of the different hooks with a visual (see image below). 

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Astra Hooks

The Astra Hooks plugin adds functionality via the WordPress Customizer. You will see aHooks menu appear and you can add your code in these locations. I highly recommend this plugin to customize even more Astra.

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Pricing and licensing of Astra PRO WordPress Theme

The price of the WordPress theme Astra, in its pro version, is a real good surprise. Prices start at $ 59 for Astra Pro and for this price you can use this WordPress theme on an unlimited number of sites.

The second package, the Mini Agency Bundle, gives you access to all premium modules, a complementary plugin for a Page Builder (Elementor or Beaver Builder) and a Starter Sites library for $ 169.

Finally the latest package, the Agency Bundle, gives you access to all that Brainstormforce currently offers (all the items listed above plus plugins like Convert Plus, Schema Pro and WP Portfolio Plugin) for $249

Astra Pro

unlimited websites
$ 59 Yearly
  • more than 20 features
  • 12 Months of Updates & Support
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MINI AGENCY BUNDLE

unlimited websites
$ 169 Yearly
  • All products from Astra Pro
  • All Starter Sites
  • WP Portfolio Plugin
  • Choice of Page Builder Addon
  • 12 Months of Updates & Support
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AGENCY BUNDLE

unlimited websites
$ 249 Yearly
  • All products from Astra Pro
  • All Starter Sites
  • WP Portfolio Plugin
  • Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder
  • Ultimate Addons for Elementor
  • Convert Pro
  • Schema Pro
  • 12 Months of Updates & Support​

Astra WordPress theme Discount Coupon Code

There is currently only one discount code for the Astra WordPress theme, which entitles you to a 10% discount on the Astra Pro offer and the Astra Agency Bundle offer.

Astra Theme usage statistics November 2018

wdt_IDCountryNumber of website
1United States48.595
2United Kingdom3.302
3Russia3.257
4Germany2.419
5Netherlands1.895
6Australia1.650
7Brazil1.393
8India1.275
9South Africa1.240
10Canada1.057

Speed and performance of the Astra theme

The promise of the Astra WordPress theme in terms of loading time is simple: Super Fast Performance.
According to our tests, this is not a lie! We did the exercise of installing this WordPress theme on a completely blank site and the numbers are mind-blowing.

  • Perfect PageSpeed Score: 100%
  • Perfect Yslow Score: 100%
  • Load Time: 462 milliseconds
  •  Page Size: 39,7 kB
  • Number of Requests: 7

You can tell me that these figures are not worth saying anything given the very simple theme design. I answer that behind apparent simplicity hides a high-quality coding. Astra has managed to include many features in a theme with very little code. It means a rare quality of development. 

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Astra theme vs GeneratePress vs Hestia vs OceanWP

If you want to discover the results of WPAstra WordPress theme speed performance without going into detail, here is a summary table below. The test methodology is as follows: 

  • We tested the theme on a brand new site, with only WordPress installed. No cache plugin.
  • We tested the loading time of the new installation on Pingdom Tools and GTMetrix.
  • We tested again with pre-made layouts with the same tools.
wdt_IDWebsite + ToolsLoad TimePage SizeRequestsPagespeed Score
1OceanWP Fresh Install Pingdom Tools1.14 s257.2 kB1987
2GeneratePress Fresh Install Pingdom Tools0.6 s26.7 kB987
3Hestia Fresh Install Pingdom Tools1.25 s385.1 kB2382
4WPAstra Fresh Install Pingdom Tools0.8 s36.9 kB675
5OceanWP Fresh Install GTMetrix0.9 s265 kB2098
6GeneratePres Fresh Install GTMetrix0.8 s30.7 kB10100
7Hestia Fresh Install GTMetrix1.2 s327 kB2494
8WPAstra Fresh Install GTMetrix0.4 s39.6 kB7100
9OceanWP Demo Install Pingdom Tools2.17 s10.8 MB8387
10GeneratePress Demo Install Pingdom Tools1.64 s1.0 MB3986

Astra theme vs OceanWP

The OceanWP and Astra themes are very similar. They have a free version but if you want to extend the list of features, you will have to opt for the Pro version of Astra or buy the Core Bundle Extensions for OceanWP.
In terms of performance and speed, the Astra WordPress theme has a slight advantage but not enough to give a real advantage.

Speed and performance of Astra theme vs OceanWP

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wdt_IDWebsite + ToolLoad TimePage SizeRequestPageSpeed Score
1OceanWP Fresh Install Pingdom Tools1.14 s257.2 kB1987
2WPAstra Fresh Install Pingdom Tools0.8 s36.9 kB675
3OceanWP Fresh Install GTMetrix0.9 s265 kB2098
4WPAstra Fresh Install GTMetrix0.4 s39.6 kB7100
5OceanWP Demo Install Pingdom Tools2.17 s10.8 MB8387
6WPAstra Demo Install Pingdom Tools1.83 s4.2 MB4687
7OceanWP Demo Install GTMetrix6.3 s10.8 MB8483
8WPAstra Demo Install GTMetrix2.2 s4.16 MB4760

Astra theme vs Hestia

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Speed and performance of Astra theme vs Hestia

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wdt_IDWebsite + ToolLoad TimePage SizeRequestPageSpeed Score
2WPAstra Fresh Install Pingdom Tools0.8 s36.9 kB675
3Hestia Fresh Install GTMetrix1.25 s385.1 kB2382
4WPAstra Fresh Install GTMetrix0.4 s39.6 kB7100
5Hestia Fresh Install GTMetrix1.2 s327 kB2494
6WPAstra Demo Install Pingdom Tools1.83 s4.2 MB4687
7Hestia Demo Install Pingdom Tools1.20 s546.1 kB2585
8WPAstra Demo Install GTMetrix2.2 s4.16 MB4760
9Hestia Demo Install GTMetrix1.3 s501 kB2693

Astra theme vs GeneratePress

Trying to compare the Astra WordPress theme and the WordPress GeneratePress theme is difficult.These two themes have many qualities and are similar in many ways: fast, light, highly customizable, … The list of features is long.
We compared the Astra and Generatepress WordPress themes on the aspect of performance and speed. The final verdict is that these two WordPress themes are really similar in terms of performance and speed. You will have to look at the features or the price to make your choice.

Speed and performance of Astra theme vs GeneratePress

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wdt_IDWebsite + ToolLoad TimePage SizeRequestPageSpeed Score
2WPAstra Fresh Install Pingdom Tools0.8 s36.9 kB675
3GeneratePress Fresh Install GTMetrix0.6 s26.7 kB987
4WPAstra Fresh Install GTMetrix0.4 s39.6 kB7100
5GeneratePress Fresh Install GTMetrix0.8 s30.7 kB10100
6WPAstra Demo Install Pingdom Tools1.83 s4.2 MB4687
7GeneratePress Demo Install Pingdom Tools1.64 s1.0 MB3986
8WPAstra Demo Install GTMetrix2.2 s4.16 MB4760
9GeneratePress Demo Install GTMetrix1.4 s0.98 MB4073

Speed and performance test of Astra theme with Page Builders

To test the speed and performance of Astra wordpress theme with the differents Page Builders, we have chosen the following criteria:

  • Create a page from scratch. Only header and footer.
  • Put a title, a section with two columns (one text and one image), a button, a video and social media icons.
  • The image is the same for every tests. Image optimized by Tinypng.
  • We have timed the time needed to create this page.
  • Speed test performed with Pingdom Tools and GTMetrix. We use Query Monitor for queries related data.

Speed and performance of Astra theme with Elementor

Time to create the page with Elementor: 04 minutes

Pingdom Tools
  • Page Load Time: 1.29 s
  • Page size: 1.0 MB
  • Requests: 42
GTMetrix
  • Page Load Time: 2.1 s
  • Page size: 0.98 MB
  • Requests: 43
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Details of requests made by Elementor plugin

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Speed and performance of Astra theme with Divi Builder

Time to create the page with Divi Builder: 04 minutes

Pingdom Tools
  • Page Load Time: 1.80 s
  • Page size: 2.1 MB
  • Requests: 34
GTMetrix
  • Page Load Time: 2.5 s
  • Page size: 1.98 MB
  • Requests: 34

Details of requests made by Divi Builder plugin

Example of page created with Astra theme and Divi Builder​

Time to create the page with Beaver Builder: 08 minutes

Speed and performance of Astra theme with Beaver Builder

Pingdom Tools
  • Page Load Time: 1.74 s
  • Page size: 2.0 MB
  • Requests: 35
GTMetrix
  • Page Load Time: 1.8 s
  • Page size: 1.91 MB
  • Requests: 35

Details of requests made by Beaver Builder plugin

Page created using WPAstra and Beaver Builder

Speed and performance of Astra theme with Thrive Architect

Time to create the page with Thrive Architect: 06 minutes

Pingdom Tools
  • Page Load Time: 1.47 s
  • Page size: 1.9 MB
  • Requests: 34
GTMetrix
  • Page Load Time: 1.4 s
  • Page size: 1.83 MB
  • Requests: 33
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Details of requests made by Thrive Architect plugin

Page created using WPAstra and Thrive Architect
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Speed and performance of Astra theme with WP Bakery

Time to create the page with WP Bakery: 11 minutes

Pingdom Tools
  • Page Load Time: 1.53 s
  • Page size: 2.0 MB
  • Requests: 53
GTMetrix
  • Page Load Time: 1.6 s
  • Page size: 1.98 MB
  • Requests: 53
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Details of requests made by WPBakery plugin

Page created using WPAstra and WPBakery

Our verdict about Astra WordPress Theme

Fast, polyvalent and reliable

Go to WP Astra
93%
Our favorite Wordpress theme
  • Design 90%
  • Support 80%
  • Features 95%
  • Ease to use 100%
  • Value 100%

Astra is without any doubt our favorite Wordpress theme in 2018.

Sites using the Astra WordPress Theme

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