Astra vs Hello Theme comparison 
Hello vs Astra, here we compare the super-fast but very simple standard theme from Elementor with the also super-fast Astra. Astra is built on speed and on the construction of web shops, Hello is built to be the theme with the best support for the Elementor page builder that already has everything that one normally expects from a theme.
ASTRA THEME (Hello vs Astra)
We start in this Astra vs Hello 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 1.253.898+ 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
HELLO THEME (Hello vs Astra)
In April 2020, Elementor released its own theme, the Hello Elementor theme. Not a bad idea because many people wondered which theme to use with Elementor, that is now more or less clear.
Since Elementor has so many possibilities, there is sometimes a battle between Elementor and a Wordpress theme, which also offers the same possibilities. That is redundant and not necessary. People prefer to use a theme like Hello Elementor, which leaves everything to the page builder but in itself offers a stable basis for the website.
Of course there are also themes such as Astra Pro which is also fully focused on Elementor and only extends it extra. Such a theme is of course a lot better than Hello, but one must have a great knowledge of themes and page builders to know this at all.
Hello has a 4.5 out of 5 rating on Wordpress.org. A number of people apparently expect something special and think it is too basic, at least that is my conclusion. However, it is seen that the theme has already been installed on 600.000+ websites despite its short existence, which is unprecedented.
HELLO LOADING TIME
We are doing 2 tests, the first without a cache plugin, the second with the best cache plugin installed, WP-Rocket. As expected, the theme loads very quickly, it is after all a minimalist theme.
Without WP-Rocket cache plugin
With WP-Rocket cache plugin
Creating a child theme is not that difficult, but you still need to know how. For those of you who don't know, on Github becomes a ready-made child theme for Hello Elementor offered. Ultimately, a child theme is little more than a functions.php file and a style.css stylesheet. Install both the theme itself and the child theme with the same name. Activate the child theme and you can edit these files there. If you upgrade your theme, these files will not be overwritten if you changed them.
After you have installed the theme, you will see that there is really little of a theme, which is also the intention. There are no sidebars, no footer and no header. There are no theme settings as other themes have and you cannot adjust anything via the WP customizer. Everything is left to Elementor with this theme, but don't worry because Elementor can do everything.
Elementor allows you to construct the complete pages and posts through sections and columns using its templates as shown below.
ELEMENTOR PAGE DESIGNS
You don't have to build everything yourself, of course. Elementor offers demo layouts for pages from which you can start the design. This is something that premium themes also offer, but Elementor can do the same and more as most of these themes.
Despite the fact that Elementor Free is a nice page builder, the difference with Elementor Pro is huge. Only here will you get full control over your header, footer, and hundreds of demo designs. The Pro version contains 50+ extra widgets compared to the free version, form builders and a sea of options for shops with Woocommerce. It is highly recommended to upgrade to Elementor Pro. Via the button below you can read my review for Elementor Pro.
Hello vs Astra conclusion
First of all, thank you for reading this Hello vs Astra comparison to the end. You will already realize that in the comparison of only the two themes, Astra has much, much more to offer. However, Hello in combination with Elementor is great and certainly as good as Astra. So with must have Elementor Pro. We can say that Astra Pro + Elementor Free can do the same as Hello + Elementor Pro. Since Astra is built to work with Elementor, the absolute best combination is Astra Pro + Elementor Pro. This is a well-oiled machine for building websites from the ground in a very smooth way.