Astra WordPress theme review: is it as good as they say?

Astra Wordpress theme review

Astra is a free WordPress theme that can be downloaded from WordPress.org. Made using Vanilla Javascript, it eliminates all the problems that come with jQuery. The theme is popular and is one of the most downloaded themes on WordPress. It has also got thousands of 5 star ratings. But is it good enough for you, or your clients? Find out.

 What is the Astra theme all about?

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It’s a starter theme with the possibility of customization. It is quite lightweight, only 50KB using only default data, and loads in half a second. It loads fast enough when you add your data to it as well. Speed is essential when you want to offer a good user experience to end users, and you can do this with a theme which is built for speed.

Who is it for?

Astra is for everyone. Anyone who wants to have a presence on the web can use this free theme to build impactful, attractive sites. Beginners can use this theme as it does not require any code. There are tutorials that individuals and web designers can go through to learn how to use the theme to the best ability. 

Some of the Astra features are:

Pre-built websites

Astra’s most liked feature is the pre-built websites feature which can be imported and customized by those having no knowledge of coding. The drag and drop feature lets you customize the demo or pre-built website according to your needs.

You can modify the demo websites to create stunning websites offering online courses such as Yoga classes, piano lessons, video tutorials, writing workshops, blogs, cooking lessons and so on.

Most users have also used the websites to build impressive portfolios, with the WP Portfolio integration.

Accessibility, Translation & RTL ready, SEO optimized

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Astra WordPress theme is accessible following the WCAG 2.0 standards, and meets AA level essential for usability. Developers have given Astra good ratings as the code is clean and extendable. The codebase architecture of Astra follows SEO best practices and includes the Schema.org markup that is crucial.

Creating multilingual sites with Astra is hassle-free and your sites can be translated easily with .mo and .po files.

This popular theme has been developed transparently on GitHub, and is 100% open source. Any person can contribute to the development of the theme.

It works with the most common page builders such as Elementor, Beaver Builder, Visual Composer, Divi, Site Origin and so on. 

WooCommerce ready

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If you want to create a store online, Astra makes it easy as it is compatible with WooCommerce. The pre-built websites have the ecommerce store themes as well, with the pages you would need for product placement etc.

A look at the bundles you can upgrade to:

Premium features with Astra Pro

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The premium Astra Pro has 18 modules which expand as well as expand the functionality of the features available in the WordPress theme customizer.

The modules can be activated/deactivated. For example, you have the Colors & Background module, Typography module, and Spacing modules that can turned on or off.

Page designers have the freedom to design unhindered by page title and sidebar as these can be turned off while designing.

For $59/year or $199 onetime price, you can show off Astra or rebrand Astra as your own, via the White Label module included in this module, along with a host of other customizing options. Astra Pro allows you to use Astra on unlimited websites, offers customer support, risk-free guarantee, extensive training, Native AMP support and more.

Essential Bundle

This is the bundle available for $279 annually, offering everything that the Pro package has and some additional features. It has the WP Portfolio plug-in, Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder and Elementor, more than 180 premium starter templates.

The theme can be used in an unlimited number of websites, extensive training, product updates and more. This bundle is suitable for designers who regularly create websites for clients and need to have exclusive starter templates at their disposal.

Growth Bundle

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This bundle comes for $523, helping to build as well as grow businesses online. The Growth Bundle, though expensive, offers some nice features such as Convert Pro Plugin, Schema Pro Plugin, Ultimate Addons for Elementor and Beaver Builder, future Astra products, premium support, and all the Essential bundle features. You also get free Skilljet Academy membership helping you to grow your business online.

The company promises to refund 100% of the money if you are not satisfied, within 14 days. With all the attractive features that can help you build amazing websites, Astra does seem to be a worthwhile investment, as the makers have covered the most crucial aspects of website building.

Also, keep an eye out for sales and offers as there are often heavy discounts and you can get a good deal.

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