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Astra Theme Review 2019 – 15 Reason it’s the Best Free WordPress Theme

With well over 10,000 themes available for wordpress, it's hard to claim that you have found the best of them all. In this review, I will discuss the Astra theme, which I believe to currently hold a top 10 spot in the incredible standing of WordPress themes.

Like everything on Income Mesh, I'd like to do this orderly, so in this post we will discuss:

  • The Team Behind it all
  • What is the Astra Theme
  • 10 Reasons Why the Astra Theme is so Great
  • How to get started with the Astra Theme

More...

Aah, isn't structure just so relaxing and comforting? Like a nice comforting blanket of logic and reason... All we need is a cup of hot chocolate, and life would be complete for this overly-analytical engineer.

And with that, let's begin.

The Team Behind WP Astra Theme

The Astra theme is the freemium theme offered by Brainstorm Force.

This is no mom and pop shop of a development team, boasting some impressive credentials:

Astra Team Brainstorm Force
  • The team behind Astra has 9 years in business
  • With 45 team members
  • Over 200,000 product downloads
  • And over 5,500 5 star ratings for their work

This is an impressive lineup of talent for sure, and it is rare that there would be full access to a free product by a team like this.

But that's exactly how Brainstorm Force gets new raving fans into their ecosystem: They delight users with their free products like WP Astra Theme.

So What Exactly Is WP Astra

The Astra theme is a free theme available in the WordPress repository. Simply search Astra in your dashboard and you can download it in seconds:

Astra Theme WordPress

At the time of this writing, the free Astra theme is on version 1.6.4, and has 1,186 5 star reviews on WordPress... that's some serious credentials.

Astra Theme Review - Ratings on WordPress

Astra's Description direct from WordPress

Astra is fast, fully customizable & beautiful theme suitable for blog, personal portfolio, business website and WooCommerce storefront. It is very lightweight (less than 50KB on frontend) and offers unparalleled speed. Built with SEO in mind, Astra comes with Schema.org code integrated so search engines will love your site. It offers special features and templates so it works perfectly with all page builders like Elementor, Beaver Builder, Visual Composer, SiteOrigin, Divi, etc. Some of the other features: # WooCommerce Ready # Responsive # RTL & Translation Ready # Extendible with premium addons # Regularly updated # Designed, Developed, Maintained & Supported by Brainstorm Force. Looking for a perfect base theme? Look no further. Astra is fast, fully customizable and WooCommerce ready theme that you can use for building any kind of website!

What is a Freemium WordPress Theme?

Earlier I called Astra a freemium theme. What is that?

Astra allows you to install a free version of their theme for as long as you want. And many users will be just happy with this theme as is.

But they offer additional functionality in their Astra Pro addon, which can be purchased as an upgrade.

Benefits of the Freemium WordPress Theme Model

It is extremely smart for Brainstorm Force to adopt a freemium model. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Most users struggle to find a quality, well-supported free theme when they are first starting out.
  • Because of this, new bloggers will often have to change themes repeatedly as they outgrow the themes they found for free.
  • The Freemium model enables users to grow over time entirely within the Astra family, which reduces the amount of headache of learning new tools every time you upgrade.
  • And because there is a paid version of the Astra theme, even the free users can rest assured that their theme will be maintained and kept current over time.
  • This model attracts a ton of new users into WP Astra which is great for everyone!

OK, so now you have a good idea of what the Astra theme is, but you may still not be convinced why you should give it a try. Let's address that next!

10 Reasons Why Astra is the best Free WordPress Theme

Already I have mentioned a few reasons why Astra is a great WordPress theme, but let's add some (ahem) structure to the list of reasons why I recommend Astra so much:

#1: Astra is Free to Install

This one is pretty self explanatory, but it's a huge benefit to be able to load up a brand new site in WordPress and instantly load one of the best themes available in just a couple of clicks. It's also a big benefit if you want to build websites for clients one day!

#2: Astra Loads in Half a Second

This quote comes directly from Astra's features page, but let's be clear here: there are a ton of factors that impact page loading speed.

The most important of these is your web host provider, and if you have compressed and optimized your images.

But your theme can definitely slow down your website if it is not optimized, and that's where Astra has you completely covered!

#3: Custom Layouts for Pages and Posts

Astra Review Customized Layouts

Plenty of layout customizations to give your pages and posts that perfect look

This is a feature that is normally reserved for premium themes, and it is so awesome to be included in the free version of Astra.

Do you want to have your side bar on MOST of your blog posts, but have a few select posts that go full width? No problem!

Want to put your sidebar on the left for your about me page, but on the right on your resources page? You can do that (not sure why you'd want to though!)

Want to hide your header on a special landing page? Tick one box and it's done.

Super simple and practical.

#4: Astra Makes it Simple to Customize your Headers

Astra Theme review Header Customization

Customize the look of your headers visually

Some themes make it so tricky to get your header to look the way you want. And most free themes overlook this completely.

Astra makes it dead simple to move your logo from right to left, to show or hide your menu, and more in the visual customizer. 

The pro feature set allows you to do even more with your header (we will cover this in a minute!)

#5: Easily Customize Footer Widgets with Astra

Astra Customize Footer Widgets

And of course Footers are just as easy to customize

Your footer is an often overlooked part of your website, but it shouldn't be!

it's the perfect place for people to find out more about you, and place your most important resources (this makes sure they show up on every page!)

You can easily convert your footer from being a boring old "Copyright" section to being a dynamic 4 column widget area with the free version of Astra. 

You get additional layout options if you upgrade to pro.

#6: Beautiful Google Fonts

Astra Theme Google Fonts

You can select from hundreds of Google Fonts for your free Astra blog

This is an easy area to get lost in! I know I have spent a few hours playing with different font pairs, but just find a combo that works for you and go for it!

#7: Ready for WooCommerce

If you ever want to sell something online (hint: you do!), then you want to make sure your theme has native support for WooCommerce.

Luckily, Astra has it, and gives you plenty of customization options for your store when you're ready to launch it!

Here is a quick tutorial that shows you exactly how to set up a WooCommerce shop using Astra and Brizy (both free options) in under 30 minutes. It doesn't get much easier than this!

#8: Ready for Schema

Astra Review Schema Ready

Schema helps your blog posts stand out on Google

Schema is a bit of an advanced topic that we won't cover in this post, but it's good to know that Astra was specifically designed ready to be optimized for it!

#9: Astra Sites - A Total Game Changer

Building websites is a lot of work! Home page... about page... contact page... ugh! Who has time for that?

Astra has made installing a complete working website with all the necessary pages push-button easy!

Check out how easy it is:

  1. Install Astra Sites Plugin (also free)
  2. Find the perfect site in their list of 20+ free options (more for pro members). Astra currently supports Elementor, Beaver Builder, Gutenberg, and Brizy sites
  3. Click Import
  4. Customize your brand new professional website!

If you want to design websites for clients, this is a HUGE efficiency gain for you, as Astra has tons of templates in every industry.

Click here to download a huge image that shows every single type of demo you can create!

#10: Works With Any Page Builder

Although the Astra Sites are specifically designed for Elementor or Beaver Builder users (Beaver builders?), Astra will play nicely with ANY WordPress page builder. I have tested Astra with:

  1. Divi
  2. Elementor
  3. Beaver Builder
  4. Thrive Architect
  5. Brizy

And they all work wonderfully. Great job Astra!

ere...

Brand New Feature

Brizy is a brand new page builder that is really making strides into the WordPress community. Astra has introduced an awesome new integration with them - check it out.

This latest feature in Astra allows you to import entire websites with a single click using the Brizy page builder.

At the time of this writing, there are 20 site templates that work with Brizy, which will make client work much easier if you got in on the Brizy Lifetime deal.

5 More reasons to upgrade to the Pro or Agency version

Astra Pro Benefits

It's true that the free version of Astra should be all that is needed to run a successful blog, eventually you will want to take a look at the Pro features and decide if you want to take it to the next level.

I won't go through all the benefits in the image above, but here are some of the highlights that really make Pro worth the investment in my opinion:

Astra Pro Benefit #1: Scroll to the Top Link

Yes it seems insignificant.. and maybe it is - but when you like to write meaty posts like I do, it's great to be able to offer your readers a quick way to navigate back to the top of the page!

Astra Pro Benefit #2: Integrate with LearnDash and Lifter LMS

Selling online courses is all the rage today, and with good reason: It's a fantastic way to reach your audience and provide incredible value on demand.

You can choose to host the courses on your own website, or use an external service like Teachable

If you go the self-hosted route, you will quickly find the 2 leaders of the pack in this space: Learndash and Lifter LMS.

Astra has some special integrations with these tools to make sure they look beautiful and seamless with the rest of your site experience. Big win!

Astra Pro Benefit #3: Tons of additional Astra Sites

There are currently 64 total Astra Sites available to pro members. 

The free sites can definitely get you started, but if you want to make a business out of building professional websites, this is an absolute must-have!

Astra Pro Benefit #4: Transparent Headers

This is a flashy design skill you'll see on super professional websites. Want to add a beautiful image that spans the entire screen? Transparent headers can make the image pop even more for your readers.

Astra Pro Benefit #5: More Blog Layouts

Just looking at an endless stream of blog posts can be boring - why not spice it up a little with Masonry view, customizable columns, and other nice tricks with Astra Pro?

How to Get Started with Astra Free

Getting started with Astra couldn't be easier. Just watch the video above where I take a brand new WordPress site and turn it into a professional site with Astra in about 4 minutes:

The basic steps are:

  1. Go to Appearance -> Themes -> Add New Theme
  2. Search for Astra, and install and activate
  3. Under Astra Options, select to install the Astra Sites add on
  4. Go into Astra sites and select whichever page builder you prefer to use (if you don't know either, I recommend Elementor)
  5. Browse your options and select one!
  6. Install any plugins that it recommends, and click Import Site
  7. Get started making it your own

How to Upgrade to Astra Pro

Just head over to WP Astra's Website to get started! They currently offer 3 different levels of Astra from simply upgrading to Astra pro (on unlimited sites) for $59 per year, all the way up to a lifetime deal that includes several other premium plugins and ALL 64 Astra Pro sites for $699...

Pick which one makes sense for you!

Other Benefits of your Astra Subscription

While the additional Astra theme features is clearly the main benefit of getting the Pro license, there are some additional great benefits when you sign up with the wp astra team.

WP Astra Theme Review - Additional benefits

When you sign up for either the Mini agency bundle or Agency bundle, you will get additional plugins that further extend your functionality. I specifically love the Schema Pro plugin, as this makes it easier to add rich snippets to your post (which helps them stand out on Google results).

Convert Pro is a nice lead generation plug in, but I personally still prefer to use Thrive leads or Kartra for lead generation.

What Astra is Missing?

One feature I love about Thrive Themes that is currently missing from Astra is built-in image optimization.

The theme I run currently optimizes every image I upload to it automatically. It will scale images that are too large down to size, and will even perform image compression through the Kraken service.

This is an important tool to keep your page speed fast by keeping your image sizes small, but there are other ways you can do this with Astra.

In particular, ShortPixel is a paid plugin that can do essentially the same thing as Thrive Themes and can work on any plugin.

Aside from image optimization, Astra strikes a nice balance of including most necessary features while avoiding bloat.

A lot of themes have additional built-in short codes to help enhance your content - but don't be fooled. Using content-specific features of your themes creates a lock-in effect. If you ever switch off of that theme, you will be left with a mess in your content... Astra is very smart for avoiding these common features.

Should You Switch to Astra?

If you are on a tight budget and have not yet chosen a theme, I think Astra is perfect for you.

If you have tried Elementor and Beaver Builder and decide they aren't for you, you may consider using Divi or Thrive, in which case they have their own themes which may better suit your needs.

If you have already put a ton of time and effort into your existing theme, it may not be worth the switch at this time. After all, a theme is a necessary piece of your digital marketing stack, it's your content and service to your audience that will matter most.

Bottom Line

I hope you've enjoyed this thorough review of the Astra and Astra Pro theme! Is Astra your favorite theme? Let me know why or why not in the comments below, and especially leave a comment of the next WordPress Theme you'd like me to take a look at!

With well over 10,000 themes available for wordpress, it's hard to claim that you have found the best of them all. In this review, I will discuss the Astra theme, which I believe to currently hold a top 10 spot in the incredible standing of WordPress themes.

Like everything on Income Mesh, I'd like to do this orderly, so in this post we will discuss:

  • The Team Behind it all
  • What is the Astra Theme
  • 10 Reasons Why the Astra Theme is so Great
  • How to get started with the Astra Theme

Aah, isn't structure just so relaxing and comforting? Like a nice comforting blanket of logic and reason… All we need is a cup of hot chocolate, and life would be complete for this overly-analytical engineer.

And with that, let's begin.

Table of Contents

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The Team Behind WP Astra Theme

The Astra theme is the freemium theme offered by Brainstorm Force.

This is no mom and pop shop of a development team, boasting some impressive credentials:

Astra Team Brainstorm Force
  • The team behind Astra has 9 years in business
  • With 45 team members
  • Over 200,000 product downloads
  • And over 5,500 5 star ratings for their work

This is an impressive lineup of talent for sure, and it is rare that there would be full access to a free product by a team like this.

But that's exactly how Brainstorm Force gets new raving fans into their ecosystem: They delight users with their free products like WP Astra Theme.

So What Exactly Is WP Astra

The Astra theme is a free theme available in the WordPress repository. Simply search Astra in your dashboard and you can download it in seconds:

Astra Theme WordPress

At the time of this writing, the free Astra theme is on version 1.6.4, and has 1,186 5 star reviews on WordPress… that's some serious credentials.

Astra Theme Review - Ratings on WordPress

What is a Freemium WordPress Theme?

Earlier I called Astra a freemium theme. What is that?

Astra allows you to install a free version of their theme for as long as you want. And many users will be just happy with this theme as is.

But they offer additional functionality in their Astra Pro addon, which can be purchased as an upgrade.

Benefits of the Freemium WordPress Theme Model

It is extremely smart for Brainstorm Force to adopt a freemium model. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Most users struggle to find a quality, well-supported free theme when they are first starting out.
  • Because of this, new bloggers will often have to change themes repeatedly as they outgrow the themes they found for free.
  • The Freemium model enables users to grow over time entirely within the Astra family, which reduces the amount of headache of learning new tools every time you upgrade.
  • And because there is a paid version of the Astra theme, even the free users can rest assured that their theme will be maintained and kept current over time.
  • This model attracts a ton of new users into WP Astra which is great for everyone!

OK, so now you have a good idea of what the Astra theme is, but you may still not be convinced why you should give it a try. Let's address that next!

10 Benefits of Astra

10 Reasons Why Astra is the best Free WordPress Theme

Already I have mentioned a few reasons why Astra is a great WordPress theme, but let's add some (ahem) structure to the list of reasons why I recommend Astra so much:

#1: Astra is Free to Install

This one is pretty self explanatory, but it's a huge benefit to be able to load up a brand new site in WordPress and instantly load one of the best themes available in just a couple of clicks. It's also a big benefit if you want to build websites for clients one day!

#2: Astra Loads in Half a Second

This quote comes directly from Astra's features page, but let's be clear here: there are a ton of factors that impact page loading speed.

The most important of these is your web host provider, and if you have compressed and optimized your images.

But your theme can definitely slow down your website if it is not optimized, and that's where Astra has you completely covered!

#3: Custom Layouts for Pages and Posts

Astra Review Customized Layouts
Plenty of layout customizations to give your pages and posts the perfect look

This is a feature that is normally reserved for premium themes, and it is so awesome to be included in the free version of Astra.

Do you want to have your side bar on MOST of your blog posts, but have a few select posts that go full width? No problem!

Want to put your sidebar on the left for your about me page, but on the right on your resources page? You can do that (not sure why you'd want to though!)

Want to hide your header on a special landing page? Tick one box and it's done.

Super simple and practical.

#4: Astra Makes it Simple to Customize your Headers

Astra Theme review Header Customization

Some themes make it so tricky to get your header to look the way you want. And most free themes overlook this completely.

Astra makes it dead simple to move your logo from right to left, to show or hide your menu, and more in the visual customizer.

The pro feature set allows you to do even more with your header (we will cover this in a minute!)

#5: Easily Customize Footer Widgets with Astra

And of course Footers are just as easy to customize

Your footer is an often overlooked part of your website, but it shouldn't be!

it's the perfect place for people to find out more about you, and place your most important resources (this makes sure they show up on every page!)

You can easily convert your footer from being a boring old “Copyright” section to being a dynamic 4 column widget area with the free version of Astra.

You get additional layout options if you upgrade to pro.

#6: Beautiful Google Fonts

Astra Theme Google Fonts

You can select from hundreds of Google Fonts for your free Astra blog

This is an easy area to get lost in! I know I have spent a few hours playing with different font pairs, but just find a combo that works for you and go for it!

#7: Ready for WooCommerce

If you ever want to sell something online (hint: you do!), then you want to make sure your theme has native support for WooCommerce.

Luckily, Astra has it, and gives you plenty of customization options for your store when you're ready to launch it!

Here is a quick tutorial that shows you exactly how to set up a WooCommerce shop using Astra and Brizy (both free options) in under 30 minutes. It doesn't get much easier than this!

#8: Ready for Schema

Astra Review Schema Ready

Schema helps your blog posts stand out on Google

Schema is a bit of an advanced topic that we won't cover in this post, but it's good to know that Astra was specifically designed ready to be optimized for it!

#9: Astra Sites – A Total Game Changer

Building websites is a lot of work! Home page… about page… contact page… ugh! Who has time for that?

Astra has made installing a complete working website with all the necessary pages push-button easy!

Check out how easy it is:

hey everybody John here from in kamesh
comm and in today's video I'm going to
show you how quickly you can design a
professional-looking website and blog
that you'd be super proud of in under
five minutes so let's go ahead and dive
right in so here we have a brand new
fresh website you can see here it's just
our little succulent here and a whole
lot of nothing so what we're going to do
is totally revamp this website together
here in under five minutes
let's go ahead and go straight to our
appearance and themes the first thing
we're gonna do is add an amazing free
theme and we're gonna search for it by
saying Astra in the top right bar and
you can see here here's a guy that shows
up we'll go ahead and install this guy
and there we go let's go and activate it
and Astra is a great free theme because
it gives you a lot of awesome options so
we're gonna go to Astra options here and
we're gonna look over here to importer
plug-in and this is kind of the cheat
code in the WordPress community so if
you install the importer plug-in you're
going to be able to with a single click
install entire websites that look
incredible so let's go ahead and go and
look at the library by saying see
library and then this will pull up our
Astra site and this is 100% free to use
there are some paid options but we don't
need those to make an amazing-looking
website from day one
let's go and pick one of these two page
builders if you don't know what a page
builder is it just it makes everything a
lot easier so we'll pick Elementor it's
my preferred of those two and now you
get to scroll through and see what type
of website you want to do you can notice
here there are some that say agency
these are premium websites so you can't
get with the free theme but that's okay
because there's plenty that looks super
professional and our 100% free so let's
go ahead and take a look at this guy
here
Eve entus you can go to the details in
preview and what this does is it
actually creates the entire website
right here visually for you and you can
see if you like it or not so here we can
click on schedule and actually it will
include the links and everything is
working just right personally I'll be
honest with you I'm not a big fan of
that one so we're gonna skip it but I'm
wasting my time here we don't need all
that time to build an amazing website
bold style setter this is like a
barbershop and this is amazing if you
want to get into the web design business
and serve clients by building
professional websites look how easy this
is so now let's say I like this one
because I kind of do I need a haircut as
well so you can see here it requires
some additional plugins contact form 7
element or site origins widgets bundle
and that's because within this build out
of a website they've actually used these
plugins the great thing is also all the
plugins are 100% free so it will do is
say install plugins with one click just
wait for a little bit some of these may
take a moment so while that's going
we'll just kind of chat about why Astra
and Elementor are a dynamic combo
they're hard to beat in the WordPress
space they have this amazing partnership
where all these page builders give you
the ability to build whatever
you want the Elementor and astra are a
great combination because with element
or you can design everything you want
the header the footer the sidebar and is
all in that very seamless experience and
Astra is great because this site feature
for one but also the theme itself is
super lightweight and fast and there yet
so we installed those three plugins
we'll go ahead and say import this site
and it's just gonna tell you that hey
it's gonna make some pages for your
website all those good stuff and you can
see it's kind of working right there so
let's keep chatting for a little bit
while it's going so I'm not going to
speed this video up so Astro second main
benefit is that it's super optimized
it's very lightweight which means that
if you're going to customize everything
with a page builder you want to have a
very lightweight theme because otherwise
you're bogging down your website for no
good reason so we're probably about done
here let's just see how it we're about
at four minutes or so on the clock and
drumroll please importing site options
widgets import complete done view site
so now when we click here you can see
our Astro view dot local is fully built
out now this is your actual website like
if you go into services not only is this
a website that you can see but now you
can edit it so we can go into Elementor
and this will load up in a way where you
can edit every little thing so if you're
doing grooming let's say it's a
moustache grooming for free and
everything here is now clickable
editable you can make it bold you can
take bold off you can make it italics
you can change the change everything
about this immediately so that is how
you can build an amazing website from
the ground up for free that looks super
professional and is ready to to edit and
go live today I'm John from in kamesh ,
hope you enjoyed this video I'll see you
guys next time

  1. Install Astra Sites Plugin (also free)
  2. Find the perfect site in their list of 20+ free options (more for pro members). Astra currently supports Elementor, Beaver Builder, Gutenberg, and Brizy sites
  3. Click Import
  4. Customize your brand new professional website!

If you want to design websites for clients, this is a HUGE efficiency gain for you, as Astra has tons of templates in every industry.

#10: Works with any Page Builder

Although the Astra Sites are specifically designed for Elementor or Beaver Builder users (Beaver builders?), Astra will play nicely with ANY WordPress page builder. I have tested Astra with:

  1. Divi
  2. Elementor
  3. Beaver Builder
  4. Thrive Architect
  5. Brizy

And they all work wonderfully. Great job Astra!

Brand new feature

New Brizy Integration

Brizy is a brand new page builder that is really making strides into the WordPress community. Astra has introduced an awesome new integration with them – check it out.​

hey everybody John here from in kamesh
comm and in today's quick video I want
to show you an awesome new feature that
Astra has just released for the Astra
theme and that is full support of free
imported sites using the Breezy builder
now I'm here on one of my Play websites
I like to mess around with and learn new
things and try any things and it's the
perfect opportunity to test out this new
feature so this is just a home page that
I built using the Breezy builder just
kind of dragging and dropping their
blocks and learning about it so what
we're going to do now is go into our
dashboard of WordPress and if you're not
familiar with the Astra theme it's a
free theme you can download just go to
your appearance and themes and you can
search Astra ast RA and get that guy
going but also once you've once you have
Astra installed you'll have this Astra
options down here and over here to the
right-hand side you'll see the starter
site kit and that's perfect if you have
clients that you want to build a website
for you can go in and just pull in an
entire website and then just make the
changes that you need for your users so
here because I've already installed this
plug-in add-on let's just go and click
on see the library and now up until
yesterday or today
there was only Elementor and beaver
builder up here at the top to use but
now Breezie is kind of coming into its
own I guess it's really showing the
world that it's going to be a full-blown
builder that is going to be here for the
long run and as such Astra has taken
notice and they're starting to build out
full-blown template websites for it so I
have a website to build a for a friend
so I want to kind of just find one that
looks reasonably close to what I want
and I honestly don't see it because it's
a pet care business but we'll go ahead
and take this gardening and landscape
that's kind of the closest one I can see
you can click on this preview button
here and that's going to show you what
its gonna look like once you've imported
it Wow a lot of really cool stuff here
you can also click around to the other
pages so you can see with this import
you're going to import the home the
about the services the gallery and the
contact page pretty pretty cool so in
order to do that you're going to need to
install the site origin widgets bundle
and brizi which already have active on
the site so all you have to do is click
install plugins once down here and
that's going
kind of spin and do its thing okay so
now the entire site is imported so all I
can do is just say the plugins are
installed now we can just import this
site and we'll say okay they do
recommend it's best to do this on a
fresh install but this is just a play
around website so I'm okay to mess it up
a little bit now we can see it's
importing the pages posts and media
because it's adding a lot of content in
here with this import okay and now it's
saying import is complete so we are
about done here let's go ahead and view
the site and now here you go this is
built out entirely in Breezy you can see
they're using the breezy icons here I
mean this is a good-looking website
they've got their toggle options working
there this is impressive so let's go
ahead and check out some of the other
pages real quick the about page looks
good loads relatively quickly this site
is running a little bit slow because of
the Gutenberg update which I thought I
could go back on and not have but
unfortunately it is it is here to stay
the gallery here very cool good looking
web site so let's go ahead and edit this
page with breezy and see how the editing
experience is with an Astra pre-built
site okay so it loads up nice and snappy
everything here should be drag and drop
can move these around into the columns I
should be able to duplicate this works
perfectly bring this guy down and it
resizes one thing I love about the
Breezy builder is on the images you can
easily just change what the focal point
is of the image I think that is just the
most intuitive way to just solve a
problem that's existed for a long time
you can also add a block down here and
that will pull up looks like
the standard breezy I have breezy Pro
installed on my website right now so you
can looks like they've added more more
content here it's just always a good
thing to see they've recently added
actually headers so you can see custom
built headers you can put into your
website but don't need to do that right
now very cool so let's go ahead and get
out of this real quick and there you
have it so that was just a quick look at
a new feature within Astra and breezy
I'm super excited to be on the lifetime
deal for breezy and that is
at the time of this video the lifetime
deal is still available so if you're
interested in getting in on the ground
floor of a page builder that I think is
going to be a big contender I think he's
gonna give Vivian Elementor run for its
money and honestly thrive architect is I
think breezy already has a more
intuitive workflow than thrive architect
does I currently use thrive on my
website but I am looking very very hard
at breezy because it is just so stink
and easy to use and it looks good and
it's a lifetime deal so there's nothing
to nothing you can say about that
so go ahead if you're interested in
supporting the channel and checking out
breezy while it's still in the lifetime
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put that into the description below see
you guys the next video

This latest feature in Astra allows you to import entire websites with a single click using the Brizy page builder.

At the time of this writing, there are 20 site templates that work with Brizy, which will make client work much easier if you got in on the Brizy Lifetime deal.

Astra Review Upgrade reasons

5 Reasons to upgrade to Pro

5 More reasons to upgrade to the Pro or Agency version

Astra Pro Benefits

It's true that the free version of Astra should be all that is needed to run a successful blog, eventually you will want to take a look at the Pro features and decide if you want to take it to the next level.

I won't go through all the benefits in the image above, but here are some of the highlights that really make Pro worth the investment in my opinion:

Scroll to the Top Link

Yes it seems insignificant.. and maybe it is – but when you like to write meaty posts like I do, it's great to be able to offer your readers a quick way to navigate back to the top of the page!

Integration with LearnDash and Lifter LMS

Selling online courses is all the rage today, and with good reason: It's a fantastic way to reach your audience and provide incredible value on demand.

You can choose to host the courses on your own website, or use an external service like Teachable.

If you go the self-hosted route, you will quickly find the 2 leaders of the pack in this space: Learndash and Lifter LMS.

Astra has some special integrations with these tools to make sure they look beautiful and seamless with the rest of your site experience. Big win!

Tons of additional Astra Sites

There are currently 64 total Astra Sites available to pro members.

The free sites can definitely get you started, but if you want to make a business out of building professional websites, this is an absolute must-have!

Transparent Headers

This is a flashy design skill you'll see on super professional websites. Want to add a beautiful image that spans the entire screen? Transparent headers can make the image pop even more for your readers.

Astra Pro upgrades your headers with transparency, different background colors, and even more layouts to customize the look!

More Blog Layouts

Just looking at an endless stream of blog posts can be boring – why not spice it up a little with Masonry view, customizable columns, and other nice tricks with Astra Pro?

How to Get Started with Astra Free

Getting started with Astra couldn't be easier. Just watch the video above where I take a brand new WordPress site and turn it into a professional site with Astra in about 4 minutes:

The basic steps are:

  1. Go to Appearance -> Themes -> Add New Theme
  2. Search for Astra, and install and activate
  3. Under Astra Options, select to install the Astra Sites add on
  4. Go into Astra sites and select whichever page builder you prefer to use (if you don't know either, I recommend Elementor)
  5. Browse your options and select one!
  6. Install any plugins that it recommends, and click Import Site
  7. Get started making it your own
How to Upgrade to Astra Pro

Just head over to WP Astra's Website to get started! They currently offer 3 different levels of Astra from simply upgrading to Astra pro (on unlimited sites) for $59 per year, all the way up to a lifetime deal that includes several other premium plugins and ALL 64 Astra Pro sites for $699…

Pick which one makes sense for you!

Other Benefits of your Astra Subscription

While the additional Astra theme features is clearly the main benefit of getting the Pro license, there are some additional great benefits when you sign up with the wp astra team.

WP Astra Theme Review - Additional benefits

When you sign up for either the Mini agency bundle or Agency bundle, you will get additional plugins that further extend your functionality. I specifically love the Schema Pro plugin, as this makes it easier to add rich snippets to your post (which helps them stand out on Google results).

Convert Pro is a nice lead generation plug in, but I personally still prefer to use Thrive leads or Kartra for lead generation.

 

What Astra is Missing?

One feature I love about Thrive Themes that is currently missing from Astra is built-in image optimization.

The theme I run currently optimizes every image I upload to it automatically. It will scale images that are too large down to size, and will even perform image compression through the Kraken service.

This is an important tool to keep your page speed fast by keeping your image sizes small, but there are other ways you can do this with Astra.

In particular, ShortPixel is a paid plugin that can do essentially the same thing as Thrive Themes and can work on any plugin.

Aside from image optimization, Astra strikes a nice balance of including most necessary features while avoiding bloat.

A lot of themes have additional built-in short codes to help enhance your content – but don't be fooled. Using content-specific features of your themes creates a lock-in effect. If you ever switch off of that theme, you will be left with a mess in your content… Astra is very smart for avoiding these common features.

Should You Switch to Astra?

If you are on a tight budget and have not yet chosen a theme, I think Astra is perfect for you.

If you have tried Elementor and Beaver Builder and decide they aren't for you, you may consider using Divi or Thrive, in which case they have their own themes which may better suit your needs.

If you have already put a ton of time and effort into your existing theme, it may not be worth the switch at this time. After all, a theme is a necessary piece of your digital marketing stack, it's your content and service to your audience that will matter most.

Bottom Line

I hope you've enjoyed this thorough review of the Astra and Astra Pro theme! Is Astra your favorite theme? Let me know why or why not in the comments below, and especially leave a comment of the next WordPress Theme you'd like me to take a look at!

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