Divi vs Astra - 2 very popular WP themes (Review)
THE 2 MOST INSTALLED WORDPRESS THEMES
In this Divi vs Astra article I compare the two most popular Wordpress themes of the moment with each other. Both elite themes are very well matched, Divi was installed 701.000 times and Astra 900,000 times. I have to say that Divi does not have a free version, which makes a big difference of course. I start with Divi which doesn't mean it is better.
DIVI THEME (Divi vs Astra)
In this theme comparison, I will show you the latest improvements and the eye-catching features of Divi. I am not going to give boring listings and lists of options that can be found on the Elegant themes website itself, although I noticed that they also try to keep their pages as exciting as possible.
Since webshops are very popular in 2020, we will start with that function. A decent theme has fantastic options for creating a webshop and that is more than the case with Divi. The theme offers an incredible amount of possibilities to customize product and category pages by means of the WooBuilder and the WooModules. The video below of 3 minutes gives you a good idea of what to expect.
In the Divi demo library you will find many beautiful shop layouts that you can install with one click in your project. The complete styling of your shop is really a piece of cake with the WooBuilder as can be seen below. Everything can be adjusted at lightning speed.
DIVI PAGE BUILDER
The DiviBuilder is integrated into the Divi Theme, but your Divibuilder plug-in is included in your membership so that you can use your favorite page builder in any other Wordpress theme. The DiviBuilder is together with Elementor the most respected page builder out there, I would say. Watch the video below that takes only 4 minutes to quickly get a good impression of this instrument.
DIVI DEMO LAY-OUTS
You don't have to start your website from scratch. Good themes like Divi have a Demo Importer with which you can upload a complete demo website. Then adjust it with your own logo, texts and images. This way, you can put together a website with your own house style in no time. Divi currently offers 166 different of these demos in all possible niches. Watch here their library with demo lay-outs.
DIVI SHAPE DIVIDERS
Anyone can easily create sparkling separations between the columns and blocks with Divi Shape Dividers. The variation in shapes and effects is very large. This used to be possible only for people with a lot of HTML knowledge, but now you can too. In this Divi review we have to give the full points for this. View here live examples and a video about the Shape Dividers.
DIVI EXTENDED STYLES
If you are very satisfied with the style you applied to a particular block, it is possible to give other blocks the same style. The style can also be applied to all items on the entire page, which can sometimes save hours of work. Divi Extended Styles is a great feature to have in your site. View here live examples and a video about the Extended Styles.
DIVI RESPONSIVE EDITING
Of course, Divi is automatically 100% responsive and also shows everything beautifully on all mobile devices, but sometimes you still want to adjust something. This can be done in no time with Divi Responsive Editing without having technical knowledge. View here live examples and a video about responsive editing.
DIVI BULK EDITING
With Divi Bulk Editing, you can work on your site much faster if you're used to it. Multiple items are selected and a specific style or setting is applied to all at once. Also consider the following actions that can be performed with Bulk Editing: copy, drag & drop or delete. View here live examples and a video about bulk editing.
DIVI COPY & PASTE
All possible parts of your website can be stored and reused on other pages. It is even possible to use anything you want in other websites of your company through import and export. The same applies to the theme settings. Use this feature as it will save you a lot of time and effort.
DIVI DROP FILES
It was always a bit cumbersome to upload images and other files via the Wordpress uploader while building a page. That way, one always had to have multiple browser tabs open, which always worked faster than switching back and forth. With Divi, you can simply "drop" files on the page you're working on and start using them right away. Another function that saves a lot of time and annoyance.
Since themes got more and more settings, we sometimes spend more and more time looking for certain settings. This is not necessary at Divi as all settings can be found via a search function. Believe me, this not only saves a lot of time but also a lot of annoyance.
DIVI SPLIT TESTING
Every company wants as many leads and conversion as possible, so they try to improve pages regularly to get more out of it. Divi Leads makes it a lot easier for you. You can create as many different versions of a layout or text as you want. These are then alternately presented to your visitors. Divi keeps statistics for you which versions score better. Divi was the first with this feature, Thrive now has it too, and I expect that Elementor and Avada will have it soon as well.
At Divi you do not buy a theme, but a membership. This membership gives you access to 86 premium themes including Divi and a number of top plugins and a library of images. This makes Divi more interesting in terms of price than other themes, since it is only slightly more expensive per year than an average other theme. These "other themes" usually only give half a year of support, which in my opinion is very little. After that you usually pay big to get extra support.
If you can spend $ 249 one time, you have the complete package with lifetime support. Certainly for companies with a few websites, this is by far the most interesting solution since you will never need anything else to build perfect websites.
DIVI: FINAL COMMENTS
I'm going to keep it short but sweet here in completing this Divi theme review for 2020. With Divi you get value for your money, it's a well-oiled machine to get websites up and running. Divi has no weaknesses or shortcomings. Regardless of whether you are creating a web shop, a company website or a private site, you will always be delighted that you have purchased Divi. Join the 701.000 members they already have, you won't regret it. Divi offers a one-month money-back guarantee, so if you don't like it you can always ask for your money back. Other themes do not give you this, but Divi knows that you will be satisfied.
ASTRA THEME (Divi vs Astra)
In my Divi vs Astra Theme comparison for 2020 I now explain to you what Astra is best suited for. The fact is that 900,000 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 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: 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: MY OPINION
Thank you for reading my Astra Theme review to the end. 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 has you from $ 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 supercharge 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.
DIVI VS ASTRA: THE COMPARISON
Thank you for reading my Divi vs Astra article to the end. It has become clear to me that both Divi and Astra are great themes. Divi generally has a few more features and demo websites to offer. Astra in combination with Elementor works just as smoothly as Divi but is clearly a lot faster than Divi in terms of loading times and that can quickly save leads and conversion. So it really depends on what you need a theme for and what is more important to you.
In case you are going to make a webshop, you might prefer to choose Astra as it is likely that more money will roll out. If you like having hundreds of options to style your site to turn it into a work of art, Divi is clearly more attractive. The choice is yours, you are never wrong anyway. Regardless of which theme you choose, you will certainly be delighted. I would like to add that a good page builder is required at Astra, so choose at least the Mini Agency Bundle to be able to work with it as quickly and pleasantly as is the case at Divi.