Astra Review
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Astra theme review, one of the best and popular theme options used by many pro bloggers and marketers. 

The Astra theme is loaded with powerful features and options. It is a WordPress theme catering to users looking for style, customizability, and performance. The theme offers webmasters a bundle of pre-made professionally designed templates.

Also, Astra is one of the tops recommended WordPress themes to work with popular website builders such as Elementor.

1 Million WordPress users are already using the Astra theme which is a very big number of any product.

Let’s see what Astra has to offer.

Astra Theme Review

Astra is a top choice for business and bloggers when it comes to selecting a WordPress theme. The theme comes with amazing flexibility and offers super-fast loading time.

We will discuss why Astra is a great section for you in this article.

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Getting Started

The Astra theme offers free as well as premium versions. In this review, we will look at the premium Astra version.

To get started with the Astra theme, go to the home site for Astra and log in.

You will need to download three files.

  • The main Astra Theme
  • The Child Theme
  • The Pro Add-on Plugin
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Here is a great advantage with the Astra Theme. You can create a Child Theme with your own branding. the process is simple, you can just write your site name or anything that you would like to brand your theme as and download.

Astra Child Theme
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Astra Theme Performance Test

We have been using the Astra theme for all our sites. We created a custom design for BeginDot using Astra Pro and the Elementor website builder.

We are also using the Astra theme for this site without any website builder at the moment.

Let’s look at the performance of Begindot as it has a lot more content than this site. With close to 1000 articles, thousands of images Begndot still loads within 1 second.

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Here is the result of GTmetrix. I’m sure there is scope to optimize it further to reduce the loading speed.

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Astra Starter Templates

If you are new to WordPress and didn’t want to start a blog from scratch, Astra offers you a big collection of starter templates that you can use to make your site ready instantly.

Now, you need to remember that Astra is one of the most preferred theme for the website builders, so they have created a number of different templates to be suitable for each website builder.

If you don’t want to use a website builder you can import a template to work with Gutenberg which is the default editor for WordPress.

To import the starter templates to your site created with the Astra theme, you will need to install the Starter Templates plugin for WordPress plugin repository, it’s a free plugin that you can download right from your WordPress dashboard.

Here is how to do it. Go to your WordPress dashboard, go to plugin >> Add New >> Find Astra Starter Templates

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Once you activate the plugin, you will get access to the available templates that you can use on your site.

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Astra Theme Customization Options

As we already stated, the theme offers comprehensive customization options to help you design layouts for all sorts of niches. Take a quick look at all the options you will get to play with.

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It is also one of the most customizable themes in the market. All the premade websites can be customized using any popular page builder plugin like Elementor, Beaver Builder, WPbakery Visual Composer, and so on.

It has complete support for all the popular page builder plugins in the market. The WordPress customizer is also jam-packed with a lot of options. So tweaking the style and adjusting the finer details will not be an issue either.

With all the design options, the Astra theme is an excellent option for webmasters who have a lot of different websites, from different niches, requiring different styles.

However, don’t think that the theme is simply style and no substance. Here is a list of all the features and functionalities the theme has to offer.

You have multiple headers and footer layout options so that you can make your site unique. The header section creates the first impact on the visitors, the Astra theme understands the importance of having a unique and professional looking header design.

Hence, make it simple for the users just to drag things and create a custom layout.

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The Astra theme gives you the option to change the overall layout of your site, you can make it boxed as well as full-width as per your requirement.

You also have different layout options for the blog section of your site. You can have a classic blog layout as well as a completely modern Masonry layout.

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Customizing Your Blog

If you are not using a website builder, you can use the Astra theme customization controls to tune the design of your blog. You have multiple options to design the homepage post archive, single pages, and a number of other options.

Let’s look at the single post settings.

You have the option to enable or disable elements with just a click. You can also drag elements to change placements.

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Customize The Header

You have a number of settings in the header section. The option to upload your logo and favicon. You can customize the layout of your header, the menu section. You also have an option to make your header transparent.

Also, you can completely fine-tune the header design for all different devices such as desktop, mobile etc. You can check it while editing your site how it looks on different devices.

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Powerful Design Elements

With Astra, you will be able to create rich website layouts thanks to its collection of powerful design elements. Starting from the basic headers, footers, and sidebars, the theme packs in plenty of fanciful options as well. Just take a look yourself:

  • Transparent Headers.
  • Sticky Header.
  • Mobile Header.
  • Page Header.
  • Comprehensive control over all header types.
  • Mega Menus.
  • Option to align your site’s logo to the left, right, or center of each header.
  • Ability to add breakpoints, display flyouts, and hamburger menus.
  • Comprehensive control over the Footer.

Comprehensive Control Over Site Layouts

Even without coding knowledge, the theme gives you comprehensive control over even the most minute aspect of your website.

  • By default, you will get a full-width layout.
  • Option to create boxed layouts.
  • Option for Fluid Layout to make your site stretch till the end of the screen.
  • Control over the padding and spacing around all elements.
  • Default container with its own set of specific customization options.
  • Option to create your own custom layout with your favorite page builder plugin.
  • Custom 404 pages.
  • Option to mix up between the premade layouts and your own custom layouts, to create a unique website.

Create a Blog

Astra is also an excellent theme for blogger, with a number of features and functionalities which will help you create awesome blog layouts.

  • Option to showcase all your blogs in a grid layout.
  • Option to showcase all your blogs in a list layout.
  • Option to showcase all your blogs in a masonry layout.
  • Highlight First Post to maximize exposure.
  • Include a date box to showcase the published date of each post.
  • Show fancy responsive excerpts to show users what a post is actually about.
  • Manage the content width of a blog.
  • Enable infinite loading for a one-page experience.
  • Stylish pagination option to distribute each blog post into multiple pages.

Color & Typography

A great deal about your site’s aesthetics demands on the color, background, and typography. The theme gives you a great level of control over all these aspects.

  • Manage colors or include a background image to your headers.
  • Control the color of different types of content elements.
  • WordPress customizer allows you to tweak the color schemes for individual pages.
  • Support for Custom Fonts as well as Google Fonts.
  • Tweak around with the paragraph margin options.
  • Text-transform option to transform the text on heading tags to achieve a consistent text format.
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Comprehensive Color Options

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Create Stunning e-Shops

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The theme is WooCommerce ready. You will also get many customization options and site-building features to create a stunning e-commerce shop. Here are all the design elements and options you will get to create your e-shop.

  • Showcase all products in a grid-based layout.
  • Include off-canvas sidebar which can be triggered through a dedicated button.
  • Quick View allows customers to quickly browse through the products.
  • Infinite scrolling helps the customer to view all products by simply scrolling down.
  • Dedicated products gallery.
  • Dropdown cart to get a quick glance at all the products they have picked up.
  • Include Sales Bubbles to encourage sales.

Other Integrations

Up until now, we have seen how the theme can be used to create stunning website layouts, blogs, and even an online store. But there are few more integrations that can expand the use case of your websites.

LifterLMS Integration

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LifterLMS is a learning management system plugin for WordPress websites. Aster is completely compatible with the plugin allowing you to create attractive and distraction-free online courses. This is great if you wish to create an online studying platform.

LearnDash Integration

LearnDash is another LMS plugin for your WordPress website. You can use it to creating a stunning interface for all the students that come to your site.

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Schema Integration

Also, to help you out with search engines the theme offers basic schema markup implementation. You will notice enhanced SEO performances and attract a lot more organic traffic to your website.

Widget Support

Astra does currently have any custom widget support, but it is a feature that will be soon included in the theme.

You will get options to display your business address, social icons, and even add an info list using widgets on your website.

In Conclusion

As you can see, Astra is a feature-packed WordPress theme with the focus on customization and design. And if you still feel a bit skeptical on whether the theme is right for you or not, you can go ahead and try out the free version.

Now it is a free version of the theme and not a trial version. You will be able to keep the theme for life, but the features included will be rather limited. To get access to all the options and functionalities, you will have to get the pro version.

However, the free version gives you a basic understanding of what to expect with the theme.

After using multiple WordPress themes for the last 12 years, we have decided to go for the Astra theme for all our sites. It is undoubtedly one of the all-time best in terms of quality, loading speed, and overall user-friendliness.

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