Today, we’ll analyze the Astra Theme for WordPress.

 

We’ll see How it looks and most importantly:

  • We’ll Test How it affects Page Speed.

 

To do this, as usual, we will use our Test Site:

  • We’ll measure the Page Speed with Astra installed… And without it.

 

In case you don’t know, in this section we talk about How we are building this Website: our SEO strategy, Plugins we use, our Traffic Results…

 

This Post will be divided into 4 different parts:

1. What does Astra offer?

2. Does Astra slow down WordPress?

3. Is Astra a good Theme?

4. Our Google Analytics report for today: Users and Page Views we have.

 

Let’s begin:

1. What does Astra offer?

 

Astra is a WordPress Theme that Claims to be Fast and SEO friendly.

  • Also, it Claims to be highly compatible with most Page Builders.

 

As you may already know, we use WPBakery in our Site (it is a Page Builder).

 

So we tested its Compatibility with this Theme, and truth be told, it looked almost the same as our (KLEO) Theme.

  • In many themes, the appearance changes a lot, even if they are technically Compatible.

 

We’ll give it a point regarding its Compatibility with Page Builders.

  • At least, with WPBakery (and our Plugins), it worked absolutely perfect.

 

As usual, before we analyze it’s Speed, let’s take a look at what this Theme looks like.

 

Our Test Site is build with the Twenty-Twenty Theme, and it looks like this:

 

If you’ve ever used Twenty-Twenty, you’ll already know that is very Visual Theme.

 

What does this same Post look like with Astra?

 

It is also a very visual theme but it divides the Layout into different areas.

 

It gives a more “serious” Appearance.

  • Which can be good if, for example, you want to create a Corporate Site.

 

We personally like it.

 

But… Is it a Fast Theme?

 

2. Does Astra slow down WordPress?

As always, we first tested the Speed of our Test Site using the Twenty-Twenty Theme.

  • We use Chrome’s Lighthouse Tool.

 

This Site has no Plugins installed, just one Sample Post with:

  • 200 Paragraphs.
  • 1 Heavy Image.

 

We use WordPress 5.5.3.

 

Performance – Benchmark

* This Largest Contentful Paint (5.3 s) is due to the Large Image we use in the sample Post.

  • We want to have a representative Page to test.

 

Opportunities – Benchmark

 

Then, we have Installed Astra and Measured the Page Speed again:

 

Performance with Astra

 

Opportunities with Astra

 

The most significant changes are:

  • Largest Contentful Paint: From 5.3 to 4.0 seconds: – 1.3 s.
  • Time to Interactive: From 2.3 to 2.6 seconds: + 0.3.
  • Eliminate Render Blocking: From 1.44 to 1.2 seconds: -0.24 s.
  • Remove unused CSS: From 0.75 to 0.45 seconds: -0.3 s.

The rest of the values hardly changed.

 

These Speed results are good, but they’re not the best we’ve seen.

 

3. Is Astra a good Theme?

We have been very surprised with its Compatibility with WPBakery and all our Plugins.

  • It worked perfectly.

 

Regarding Page Speed: Yes, it improved remarkably.

  • Specially, the LCP.

 

Astra seems a very Good Theme if you want a lightweight and highly compatible Site.

  • For example, if you use different Plugins and a Page Builder.

 

However, if you just want a Fast Site.

GeneratePress, is also a very good Theme that gave better Page Speed results (not sponsored).

 

GeneratePress was also compatible with WPBakery and all our Plugins but, when we tested it, the appearance of our Site varied more.

  • Therefore, from our particular perspective, we have liked Astra more in this regard.

 

Since this depends solely on your site, please give both Themes a try.

  • Both are Free Themes.

 

4. Our Google Analytics report for today: Users and Page Views we have.

We have finally reached 20,000 Pageviews per month.

 

We thought we would have to wait until January, but not.

  • Due to the Christmas Traffic Decrease.

 

 

We are happy that our Content is useful to our Users.

  • 20,000 page views per month seems few, and that is true, but it has not been easy to achieve.

 

Pageviews:

We currently receive between 600 and 900 Pageviews per day.

All SEO gurus will tell you that this is nothing but, for us it is wonderful.

 

If we talk about monthly income.. things change: with what we are earning, we could buy only 6 beers.

  • But, we are not worried.

 

This amount of Pageviews gives us the energy we need to keep expanding and improving our Content.

 

And none of this would be possible without you.

So, thanks for being there!

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