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.
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.
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.
Because the Astra Theme is well-coded, you can rest assure that your WooCommece site will be SEO compliant. This will allow search engines like Google to crawl your site for viable information. So when users search any related to the information on your site, it will show up in the search results. Keep in mind there are additional ways to help improve your chance of your website showing up in search engines. This may include using keywords in your content and structuring your menu structure.
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.
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 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.
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.
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:
One-time Lifetime Pricing:
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 various in-depth articles, and video tutorials that show and explain how to use Astra’s features.
If you need to reach support, Astra has a support team that can be reached by email 24/7 and it will submit a ticket. An Astra support team member will contact and reply to your support concerns as soon as possible.
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.