Firstly Let Us Confess
At BoltFlare we tested over 15 themes for our WordPress Website looking for the Outstanding performance. Astra (and Astra Pro) cleanly beat the competition. It’s why we use Astra Theme with WooCommerce and also recommend it to all our WooCommerce customers. Another worthy Note is that On our Infrastructure, 96% of All our Customers Websites use Astra Theme for their Blogs, Websites & eCommerce Stores.
What Does Astra Offer?
Astra is a light-weight and highly customizable theme that helps you create a fast, feature-rich and beautiful WooCommerce store with minimum setup. It has inbuilt integration for WooCommerce that provides full compatibility to your store with elegant design. The Starter Templates plugin cuts down the time and efforts required to build a beautiful eCommerce store from scratch. Each of these can be imported as a complete website or you can pick individual pages as needed.
Speed and Performance
Google Suggests that your website loading time should be less than 3 seconds. Most of the online buyers leave a store if a website takes more than 3 seconds to load. Therefore, it is important to use a theme that helps keep your website faster to engage and keep your audience for a longer time on the store. With Astra you can achieve this Performance.
We use Astra Theme and WooCommerce, And our Loading time is 1.8 seconds. You can see your Performance Report by GTmetrix in the Screenshot.
The key aspect here is that Astra doesn’t provide you with just one design or homepage layout. Instead, you can import a range of starter sites based on the purpose of your website and the niche it’s going to be in.
All customisations options can be found in the WordPress theme customiser, which means you can preview any changes you make in real time. You can also switch the preview mode from desktop to tablet or mobile.Customization-wise, you can tune-up every little aspect of your online shop design via the WordPress Live Customizer UI.
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. We have tested Astra with:
- Beaver Builder
- Thrive Architect
And they all work wonderfully. You can edit All parts of the website, Header, Footer, Menu everything. The latest feature in Astra allows you to import even a single page of the starter site plugin demos which you can then customize easily using the page builder.