Astra (and Astra Pro) is a light-weight and highly customizable theme that helps create a fast, feature-rich and beautiful WooCommerce store within minutes. We’ve used other eCommerce platforms before and it was a pain to setup. One of the best things about the Astra and WooCommerce is the minimum setup.
If you on are on the fence about using Astra, you will be delighted to know that Astra theme now powers over 700,000 websites and has over 3,300+ five-star.
Site Performance,Mobile Responsiveness and SEO
The Need for Speed
When it comes to running a successful eCommerce, the amount of time it takes your site to load is key. Remember time is money and your potential customers don’t want to have to wait around for your site to load very long. Under the hood, Astra has clean, performance-optimized code that ensures your store's load times make the user experience satisfactory.
Ensure your WoCommerce is mobile friendly
The majority of your customers will possibly be shopping from a smart device such as an Apple iPhone or iPad or an Android smartphone or tablet. With customers using a mobile device, you want to ensure that the WooCommerce website is mobile-friendly and adapts to the device.
Luckily, Astra theme offers options for mobile, tablet and desktop devices to ensure the optimal user experience for your customers.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Astra is an SEO friendly WooCommerce theme that comes with built-in schema support. Schema is a structured markup that helps search engines better understand what your website is about to display more relevant results to end-users.
You can also make use of Breadcrumbs and other features that contribute well to the health of your website.
Astra’s free theme(Astra Pro) make making changes to your site easy without the need to touch any code. If you need any extended functionality for customization Astra Pro gives you more leeway to do so.
Astra Free Theme with WooCommerce Integration
You can control design of your blog posts & archive pages with limited options in the customizer. You can also manage width, content and even meta.
You can even choose a number of columns to show products on all kinds of devices. Additionally, you can choose how many products you want to display per page.
There is also an option that will allow you toggle to show a sidebar on WooCommerce pages, and an add-to-cart option in your website header menu.
For more information on additional features and customization settings with Astra Free Theme + WooCommerce, check out the documentation.
Astra Pro with WooCommerce Integration
Astra Pro allows you to take your design to another level—giving you the ability to fully control the design of your site. With Astra Pro you will obtain some WoCommerce specific features that will take your site to the next level.
With Infinite Scroll, your eCommerce products will load seamlessly on one page and the user will not have to worry about changing to another page to see more products.
With the off-canvas sidebar feature, the sidebar moves out off the screen and out of view as well. To make the sidebar appear you have to set trigger in the form a button, or a link is given. When you click on the trigger, Off Canvas Sidebar appears. This option works very well with all the responsive smart devices.
As shown in the animation above, the user will be able to filter products by price. You can also filter any products by categories or by variations such as the color of a product or even various sizes of a product.
With Quick view, your users will be able to preview details about the product without clicking on the product to open up a new page. This makes the shopping experience seamless and makes the user experience enjoyable.
Gallery options will allow you to show product images in a flexible width gallery that can be easily adjusted horizontally and vertically. You can set the image to open in a light box or even pan the images to see how the products looks.
In the checkout page options, you will be able to choose whether to display the coupon field to allow users to use a coupon code. You can also display an order note to allow customers to leave any messages pertaining to their orders. As shown in the figure below, there are other options to select from as well to make the customer experience a seamless experience.
There are other features available as well in the customized settings that will allow you to enhance the customer shopping experience. You can learn more about those settings in the documentation.
Ready-Made Starter Templates
One of our favorite things about using Astra is the starter templates. In order to access the starter templates, you need to install the Starter Templates plugin. This plugin makes it easy to get started on your WooCommerce website in a matter of a few minutes. Once the plugin is installed, you will be able to preview any of the available pre-made templates. There a plenty of templates available to help you get started.
You can view some of the ready-made website demos listed in the article here. One thing to point out that the ready to use websites can be imported as a complete website or you can pick individual pages at your discretion.
Pricing Options with Astra
Although you get use Astra Theme for free, there are some paid options that will enhance you ability to take your WooCommerce website to the next level!
The pricing structure for Astra is as follows:
- Astra Pro — $59.
- Mini Agency Bundle — $276 (Special Price — $169).
- Agency Bundle — $523 (Special Price — $249).
One-time Lifetime Pricing:
- Astra Pro — $249.
- Startup — $996 (Special Price — $499).
- Agency — $1893 (Special Price — $699).
Both annual and lifetime customers will get access to one-on-one support, detailed and helpful training, and unlimited website usage for various website design projects.
Customer support can make or break a company. Great customer service often attracts potential and frequent customers to buy your product. The customer knows you and your support team with resolve any issues that may arise.
With Astra, you will have access to dedicated knowledge base in-depth articles, and video tutorials that explain each and every feature.
They also offer 24/7 Dedicated email support so you can submit a ticket or inquiry at any time of the day. Please allow a few hours for someone to get back in touch with. The Astra support team tries to reply back as soon as a can.
Another way to get help or support is to join the dedicated Facebook Group with over 10,000+ active members. We recommended taking this course of action because you can really learn from other fellow Astra Theme users. There always something you can learn from members in the Astra community.
If you need to create a beautiful online store, look no further than Astra Free Theme paired with WooCommerce. There are paid add-ons option available as well to help enhance customer experience. There are several beautiful ready to use demo websites available, allowing you to create a quality website.
With Astra Free Theme or Astra Pro and WooCommerce, the possibilities to create an online store are endless. We recommend it to anyone needing a user friendly theme to start selling goods or products online.
John is the senior web designer at Spears Computer World. His enjoys writing product reviews, technology, video games, reading, photography, film, and DIY projects. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family.