You might have heard about the Astra WordPress theme, but you’re undecided whether it’s the right fit for your next WordPress website. This mighty theme has garnered a lot of attention. In fact, it’s one of the most popular themes available: over 900,000 websites are using it, and it’s got an impressive five-star rating over 4109 reviews.
With stats like this, the developers behind Astra have delivered something special. But, does it live up to the hype? Certainly. So, what’s all the fuss about?
Well, quite a lot as it happens.
Astra is a WordPress theme focused on speed. It’s featherlight — coming in at just 50 KB while most themes require at least 330 KG— it’s lightning-fast and still somehow jam-packed with features to make any type of website. It’s also one of the most beginner-friendly and customizable free themes available.
This post takes a look at the bold claims and features which have made Astra so popular. We’ll walk you through how to create an Astra website with a starter template, and cover how to get the best out of it in terms of hosting, and whether you might benefit from a premium version.
The Brains behind Astra
Astra is a Brainstorm Force project. They’ve been in the WordPress game for over a decade and made a name for themselves building world-class products that are useful, reliable, and above all, usable for all levels of expertise. Brainstorm is made up of a passionate team of developers, designers, marketers, and more, that know the WordPress platform and how to deliver products its users need — and love.
With Astra, Brianstorm Force was on a mission:
“To help you, our valued customers to cut down your website development time by half and help you build awesome websites that perform for your business.”
The takeaway? Any website built with Astra is in safe hands. With that, let’s focus on why else you might consider Astra, over the other hundred thousand themes (and counting).