Before settling on the Astra Pro premium WordPress theme / plugin, I’ve used several WordPress themes, and I still use some of those WordPress themes till date.
BY BRIGHT OCHUKO
For instance, I still use the Genesis Framework with the Business Pro child theme on one of my blogs, and it works pretty well.
The main reason I started using Genesis is due to its SEO friendliness. All Studiopress or Genesis themes are geared to be SEO friendly. They’re lightweight and fast.
However, Genesis or Studiopress themes are not my favorite due to the fact that it’s difficult to customize them if you have no coding experience.
If you have no coding experience, you’ll still be able to use them, but you’ll jam a road block every once in a while when you want to customize something in your site or blog to your taste.
I was able to use Genesis, and I’m still using it till now on one of my blogs, even though I have no coding experience. It’s just that, changing anything in terms of appearance tends to be a pain in the butt for me.
Because of that and due to some other few reasons, I went on a search for another theme. One that can easily be customized by a code novice like me, and at the same time compatible with most page builders.
I use the Thrive Architect page builder, so I want a theme that can work with it seamlessly without experiencing any Hiccups. That’s when I discovered Astra.
I’ve come across it before or even many times, because I watch a lot of Youtube videos from Adam founder of Wpcrafter, who usually stress how good Astra is, but I didn’t take it serious at that time.
It was until I was really fed up with the difficulty of customizing Genesis that I took Adam serious and went with Astra.
Astra works with all page builders flawlessly. Whether you’re using Thrive Architect, Elementor, Beaver builder, Divi, Astra works with all of them seamlessly.
That was one of the main reason why I chose Astra. I was able to use Thrive Architect with the Genesis Business Pro child theme, but it was not all compatible. I was having some few issues which where important to me.
So, before I told the Astra theme developers to “Shut up and take my money” and give me the Astra Pro plugin, I first downloaded their free Astra word press theme and tried using it with my Thrive Architect page builder.
Guess what happened? It was a marriage made in heaven. It worked flawlessly with it.
No issues, just perfect. It was as if they were made for each other. So, before I knew it, I was bringing out my credit card and paying for the Astra pro plugin, so that I can get all the amazing features that comes with Astra.
That was how I started using Astra.
First, it’s fully customizable. Everything in Astra can be customized to your taste. You can customize the header, the footer, sidebar, everything, and it becomes even easier to build your blog or website to your taste when you combine Astra with a page builder like Thrive Architect or Elementor.
That was the second reason I pitched my tent with Astra. It works seamlessly with all the major page builders. Elementor, Beaver, Thrive Architect and Divi, just to name a few.
Presently, I’m yet to notice any compatibility issues.
Thirdly, it’s a very lightweight theme, hence it’s fast. If you want to rank highly in the search engines, your blog or website needs to load very fast. For that to be possible, it has be lightweight.
Astra is lightweight and SEO optimized, so I have no reason not to use it. When searching for a new WordPress theme, those are the 3 things or features I look for.
One (1), It has to be lightweight and SEO friendly, two (2), it has to be compatible perfectly with major page builders and three (3), it has to be fully customizable.
Astra got my back for all three reasons / features. Trust me, I checked.
So, that’s the reason I started using Astra or the Astra Pro WordPress theme / plugin. If you in need of a new WordPress theme and you use page builders, then I recommend that you go for Astra.
Note: I do not mean to discourage anyone who is interested in the Genesis Framework and its child themes through the content of this post.
Like I said earlier, I still use Genesis on one of my blogs, so I don’t hate Genesis. I just think, it’s more coder friendly.
If you’re not a coder and you don’t intend to deal with code in any way, then Genesis might not be the best WordPress theme for you.
But for a code novice like me, I’d stick with Astra for now till I learn some code.
I love the Genesis Framework and child themes as they’re all SEO optimized and they load very fast.So, I’m sure I’ll still be using them in the future, especially if I can find time to learn some code as time unravels.