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Elementor vs Astra (Elementor + Hello) [2020]

Astra vs Elementor comparison


ASTRA vs ELEMENTOR


Elementor vs Astra, we compare a page builder vs a theme here. Isn't that strange? No, because you can build the best websites very quickly with both. They do practically the same, Astra needs a page builder and Elementor a theme and the deal is done. That is all too easy because with Astra we use the free version of Elementor. For Elementor, in this test we use the by themselves recommended and very fast own theme from Elementor: the Hello Theme (also free).

ASTRA THEME (Elementor vs Astra)

Astra Theme Review


ASTRA THEME REVIEW

We start in this Astra vs Elementor comparison with the Astra Theme which does not automatically mean it would be better. Let's show what Astra is best suited for. The fact is that 1.000.000 people have a site with Astra, so there must be something special about it. The strength of Astra is speed, there is only a similar theme in terms of speed and that is Generatepress. The faster your website, the higher in Google, the longer visitors stay on your site and more. Speed is very valuable today. With Astra you are in professional hands in that regard. Webshops must also be fast, which means more turnover. Let's start with that because Astra is built to build beautiful super fast loading shops.

ASTRA WEBSHOPS

Astra is optimized to achieve more conversion for your shop and generate more sales. A shop made with Astra is simply much faster than with any other theme. On the Astra website you can see how this was tested against 50 other top themes. A fast loading webshop is not only appreciated by your visitors but also by Google. This increases your shop in the SERP of Google and this attracts additional visitors. Your visitor numbers and their appreciation therefore increase exponentially.


Astra Theme review Woo webshops


Astra offers great possibilities to style your shop exactly as you want without the need for any technical knowledge. This was unthinkable a few years ago. Ok you can install all existing Woocommerce plugins without worrying about compatibility issues.

Furthermore, Astra offers a range of modern options for shops that will make your webshop a real success such as: Infinite Scroll, Adaptable grid settings, Off-canvas sidebar, Quickview, Dropdown cart and more. You can find more on this right here.


Astra Theme review Woo features


I would also like to say in this Astra review that the theme is not only well responsive, but special attention has been paid to create a perfect design and ease of use for mobile web shops. This in view of the increasing sales via mobile devices, which is likely to exceed 50% next year.


Astra Theme responsive shops


It is also worth mentioning that you can adjust the complete check-out page to your wishes. A poorly constructed checkout page can quickly cost you a percentage of your sales. You see, in the field of e-commerce, the Astra team has thought of everything.

ASTRA PAGEBUILDERS

You can control Astra through its own panel and the Wordpress customizer but the theme is prepared for the use of an elite page builder. Preferably Elementor, although DiviBuilder, Thrive Architect, BeaverBuilder, and WP-Bakery pagebuilder are certainly also good alternatives.

My first choice, Elementor, has a free and a pro version. Perfect is of course AstraPro + ElementorPro, it depends on your budget what is best for you. It doesn't have to cost anything since Astra also has a free version with fewer options than we present here in this Astra Theme review.



ASTRA THEME REVIEW: LOADING TIME

As can be seen below, the Astra theme has unprecedentedly fast loading times. No matter where you run tests, at Google, GtMetrix, Y-Slow or Pingdom, it always scores phenomenally. These are renowned speed tests and as I said earlier, only the theme Generatepress is able to match such results.


Astra Theme review loading time

ASTRA DEMO-WEBSITES

Astra gives you access to a library with demo sites or starter websites from which you can start your project. These can be installed with one click via the importer. There are 3 types you can use without a page builder, and demos made with Elementor and BeaverBuilder. Once such a demo has been installed, you can start putting your own logo in it and adapt the design, photos and texts to your wishes. Technical knowledge is not required for this.


Astra Theme review starter websites

ASTRA SCHEMA MARK-UP

Schema are short snippets of information that the search engines would like us to add to our pages so that they have a better idea of what exactly can be found on that page. Doing so will reward you with a better display of your website in search results. Astra automatically adds Schema mark-up to your pages as they show here.


Astra Theme review Schema


ASTRA HEADERS, FOOTERS, 404

Astra Transparent Headers, Astra Custom Header and Astra Custom Footers are PRO features that allow you to style your complete header and footer however you want without technical knowledge. The same goes for your 404 pages, by the way. You can offer different headers to different user groups in your system.


Astra Theme review Headers Footers


Astra has so much more to offer, but I'm not going to list it all, as announced at the beginning, here you'll find a beautiful overview with all the features that Astra has to offer.

ASTRA THEME REVIEW: MY OPINION

You will agree with me that Astra is a very special theme that stands head and shoulders above most other themes. I am only talking about the PRO version of course because the free version of no theme can compete with the top themes today. I personally work with Astra in combination with Elementor and as a professional designer it is one of my favorite themes together with the Divi Theme which can be used anywhere, anytime. Astra actually has no weaknesses and I can definitely recommend it.

ASTRA THEME REVIEW: PRICING

You can have Astra as of $ 41 for a year, you can build as many sites as you want, that is no money compared to other themes. If you have a little more to spend, you supercharged your Astra with the Mini Agency Bundle for $ 169 a year, probably the best option for businesses, including the Elementor page builder. That is certainly also a good price since most other themes work with licenses that only apply to 1 website, with Astra the number of websites is unlimited. If you add a little more, you immediately have the top package for $ 249 per year with all the great plugins they have. All in all, Astra is definitely recommended and has very interesting deals if you purchase a lifelong package with huge discounts.


Check Astra theme




ELEMENTOR + HELLO (Elementor vs Astra)

Elementor review


Is Elementor no theme, or is it? The Elementor page builder can be used in any theme, and will always be compatible. Elementor has its own theme which you can download for free, The Hello theme. It itself houses more than 300 ready-made demos from which you can start your work, which is as good as a theme. With Elementor you don't need another theme, they would just call it a theme that is clearer.

This applies to the PRO version because the free version does not have all of that. In this Elementor review we discuss the very latest improvements that make the theme / page builder score in the top. Elementor only came on the market in 2016 and is already installed on more than 4 million sites, which of course stands out. This is not just a page builder but a tuned drag & drop tool to build websites very quickly and easily.

Elementor Pagebuilder review

Watch the video below, this gives you a good idea how you can get started with the editor / page builder yourself.


Elementor Navigator review

This brand-new tool can be used as a dock on the right-hand side of the screen or floating anywhere in your worksheet. Simply click something on your worksheet with your right mouse button and choose "Navigator" to open it. Or watch the video below, which is easier to understand. The Navigator is an extension of the page builder that you work with.


Elementor saves your work

Who always wants to perform the same task again? With Elementor you can save work blocks and reuse them on other pages, posts and even other websites. That way you save a sea of time if we compare that with how people used to work. The animation below gives a reasonable picture of what you can expect.


Ready-to-install Designs

Elementor demo-designs


In this Elementor review we discuss the top features of the Elementor page builder. The beautiful demo designs are certainly part of this. Earlier I told you that Elementor is basically just a theme because of the wide choice of demo material that you can use as the start for your website.

Just like with DIVI there are layouts available for all possible niches. Think of corporate, web shops, the hotel industry, gyms, café, fashion, hosting, photography, architecture, lifestyle, travel and fashion. There are many third parties that build beautiful themes for Elementor. You can also use such a theme as a start for your work, but you will of course have extra costs.

Elementor & Woocommerce

Elementor Woocommerce


Elementor is just like the other top themes perfect for building web shops. Product pages and category pages from Woocommerce can be styled beautifully. It always needed quite a bit of HTML knowledge to adjust shop pages, that has become a thing of the past. We assume that you are familiar with Woocommerce, it is by far the most used shop plug-in for Wordpress.

Elementor revision editor

revision editor


Elementor, like other elite page builders, was less enthusiastic about the revision editor in Wordpress and decided to release its own improved version. I fully agree with them that the standard Wordpress editor for revisions is worthless, that was always a thorn in the eye if you had to put something back. Also Divi and Thrive Architect got this great tool.

Elementor Pagebuilder review: Responsiveness

Elementor responsive


Everything can be set separately with Elementor for mobile, tablet and desktop as you can see above. Elementor is of course "out-of-the-box" responsive but it is always nice to be able to make targeted adjustments for a certain device if needed. All top themes and page builders, however, also have this.

Elementor color range

Elementor color combinations


We give a perfect score in our Elementor review here to the color editor for texts, which is practically just as beautiful as in a PC software like Photoshop. According to Elementor itself, they are currently the only one with "pixel perfect design". You can use all possible colors that are available and also create gradients with it.

Elementor Header & Footer

Elementor header footer design


Total control over all headers and footers within your website. All elite page builders can do this but it is an important tool to have in a theme.

Elementor standard elements

Elementor standard elements


Elementor PRO version elements

Elementor PRO version elements


Elementor Theme elements

Elementor theme elements


The building blocks for the layout of your pages are the elements and Elementor offers a lot of them. Let's say practically everything has been thought of. Elementor even has pop-ups as standard and also very nice ones, so from now on forget your pop-up plug-in. You no longer need it.

Elementor Pop-Ups


Beautiful pop-ups, easy to set up too, a wonderful tool. Currently Divi does not have this but I expect that it will not last long. The top page builders copy everything from each other. The pop-ups are perfect for call-to-action and conversion purposes.

Elementor review: Pricing

Elementor pricing


The prices for Elementor can be found here in the image above. In terms of quality, Elementor is worth three times its money, especially if we compare that with other premium themes that offer much less and are even more expensive.

Elementor vs Astra conclusion

First of all, thank you for reading this Elementor vs Astra comparison to the end. Here we compare the best vs the best because these two systems compete high in the top in the world of building websites. Let me put it this way, we shouldn't really put them together, because the very best combination for creating websites is Astra Pro + Elementor Pro. We can put this combination in line with Divi Theme + Divibuilder.

Together, these 2 combinations are lonely at the top, although Divi is just 1 product which entails theme and page builder. The builders of Divi are so great that they were able to build an equally great page builder as Elementor and also developed the best theme in the world, striking. That's why, both Elementor Pro, Divi and Astra sell continuously. Regarding Elementor's hello Theme: it is good and very fast but very sober and cannot be compared with Astra Pro of course.




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