Before going to this WP Astra Theme Review, I need to confess that I hold an account and using it on thirteen sites and currently, Astra is my go-to theme for every one of the sites launched by our team in the last six months.
The company understood the market gap for fast loading themes, thus delivering this uber cool which works very similar to GeneratePress and the likes.
Since you landed here searching for Review or its related terms, it's my job to present you with both the pros and cons, here we go.
Astra Theme Review
I still love using Thrive because they're still the #1 when it comes to conversion-focused design. Due to the presence of lots, and lots of shortcodes, Thrive Themes size is on the bigger side.
There are certain requirements like our team launches sites focused on Adsense, one-page which require a fast loading rather than a conversion focused.
In that case, Astra Theme is the only option I recommend for everyone out there in the industry. Before going to the Review, here is loading time in milliseconds when powered with fastest hosting like FastComet.
1. Fast Loading Themes
As seen above, my site uses the default design where the page size is less than 200Kb thus eventually makes the site loads faster. Here is another report from GTmetrix where the fully loaded time is 900ms.
2. Compatibility with Page Builders
While I compared the three trending (Vs GeneratePress Vs OceanWP) among marketers, Astra offers the best compatibility with most page builders like Thrive Architect, Elementor, Divi Builder, Beaver Builder, Visual Composer when compared to others.
Page Builders are essentially important if you want to build a local SEO or a landing page for your online marketing course or conversion focused review post, if not Page Builders, you need to hire a WordPress developer to design such sites for additional charges.
3. Prebuilt Starter Sites
The best part, the starter themes. One can easily grow their web design business to $1000+ per month when you get an agency license.
There are more than 50+ layouts available across the local business, ecommerce, business niches where you just need to change the content of your clients, that's it, you can launch in less than an hour.
I wasn't just writing this for Review, but if you view the demo, you can understand how it is made readily available.
You might find some themes possess good thumbnails but when you check the demo, you'll see a very simple plain design and you need to work to bring to live as seen in the thumbnail.
But with Astra, you don't need to suffer from all these customization. How good life is for Internet Marketing agencies like us!
4. WooCommerce Integration
If you haven't heard, a one-second delay in loading time affects nearly 7% conversions when it comes to eCommerce. Even if you use the fastest hosting but going for an outdated WooCommerce theme won't improve your conversions.
Chris Lema, Head of VP, Liquid Web states
At Liquid Web we tested over 50 layouts for WooCommerce – looking at both performance and price. Astra cleanly beat the competition. It's why we recommend it to all our WooCommerce customers.
You'll find hard when a hosting company powering a lot of WooCommerce sites of customers recommend a particular company to get started.
a. Conversion Ready Drop Down Cart
c.Sales Bubble Style
5. Lifetime License + Unlimited Usage
The cheapest Astra Pro Pricing is $59 for a yearly billing while the lifetime pricing is $249. But if you're reading this, don't forget to check Astra Theme Black Friday 2019 post where you will be entitled for 30% off for your lifetime.
There is also an agency license option by which you'll get access to other BrainStorm Force products like Schema Pro, Convert Pro, add-ons for beaver and Elementor.
You can direct checkout from the official pricing page.
You can always check out Astra Theme Review to learn more about the latest update pricing.
6. Awesome Customer Support
BrainStorm Force, the company behind offers fastest customer support and if you raise a ticket with enough details, they will come up with a solution in the first reply itself, also there are a lot of tutorials available on the internet.
The reason I'm stating this, few companies advertises 24×7 support but most of the first reply will be like” we got your ticket, wait for sometime, we will respond you back soon” but it will take a few more hours for next reply.
I didn't find such issues and there is such an instance.
Cons of Astra
1. Confusing Options
WP Astra offers in-depth customization for example, you can do ten different customization for ten different pages.
I felt lost in some areas because of too many options.
However, if you aren't doing so many changes, you don't need to worry about it.
2. Less Number of Blog Layouts
There is 50+ starter but I can find only less than five layouts exclusively built for blogs. While most affiliate marketers use blog style layout and looking for same, I hope the company will add more layouts in near future.
Also, most of the WooCommerce themes are focused on selling physical products, I find no good for selling my services.
That's the reason you can see most SEO service sellers uses Thrive FocusBlog since it offers a distraction-free layout.
There are two different pricing, one is the regular yearly access while another is lifetime with unlimited usage.
Concluding this Astra Theme Review with a note, Does Astra Worth The Hype?
Astra Theme Review