Astra was launched by Brainstorm Force in 2017. Within five years, it has become one of the most popular WP themes in the world. Divi is one of the best-selling WordPress templates of all time. It is versatile and comes with a dedicated page builder. ElegantThemes have built both of these products.
Is Divi better than Astra, or vice versa? Which theme is more feature-rich among the two? Go through our following comparison of the two to get the answer:
Users can download Astra from the WordPress theme repository or buy its Pro version, which costs between 47 and 249 USD annually. The Lifetime subscription plan of Astra Pro is priced between $249 and $699. Brainstorm Force has launched six plans of their template – 3 yearly and three lifetime subscription plans. Astra supports Beaver Builder and Elementor. Its developers have built add-ons for users who want to use Elementor or Beaver.
Astra Pro is the cheapest subscription plan of Brainstorm Force. It comes with 70+ additional customization options in addition to the options that ship with the free edition of the theme. It is priced only at 47. In addition to the features of Astra Pro, the Essential Bundle ships with 170+ starter templates and the WP Portfolio plugin, and you can choose one of the following two-page builder add-ons while buying the bundle:
- Ultimate add-ons for Elementor.
- Ultimate add-ons for Beaver.
What do the add-ons do? The add-ons will add new modules to Elementor or Beaver. You can use the modules in your project.
The Product Bundle of Astra comes with the Convert Pro plugin and the Schema Pro plugins, along with SkillJet Academy membership. You’ll also get everything that is offered by the cheaper plans. The Lifetime Astra Pro, Essential Bundle, and Product Bundle are priced at 47, 169, and 249 dollars, respectively.
Divi has a simple price structure. You can purchase its 1-year license for 89 or a lifetime license for 249. The 1-year license comes with 100s of website packs, and you’ll get access to every plugin and theme ElegantThemes is currently maintaining. In addition to the page builder and the template, you’ll get access to the following items when you buy an ElegantThemes yearly or lifetime subscription:
Extra: Extra is a magazine/newspaper WordPress template that supports the Divi builder.
Monarch plugin: Monarch is a classic social sharing buttons plugin. It adds floating social sharing buttons or display buttons to share the post on Facebook, Twitter, etc below/above the post content.
Bloom plugin: With Bloom, you can add a beautiful email opt-in form to your website.
What is a 1-year license? If you buy a theme or plugin’s 1-year license, you will get updates and premium support from the theme/plugin developer/support staff for a year.
Astra Pro supports these seven layouts – boxed, padded, full width, fluid, list, grid, and masonry. Divi supports the layouts supported by it. Astra lets users import and use starter packs. It has a marketplace section through which you can find and download layout packs and use them. If you don’t want to spend time designing the page/site, download/import the packs and use it.
Astra has options for customizing the entire header. The options are grouped into three categories. This theme supports sticky and transparent navbars. Divi comes with a header builder tool. This tool is built into it. It lets you design custom headers.
Astro Pro supports various types of footer layouts. It supports up to 5 columns i.e. you can put five widgets in the footer of Astra Pro. Like the header, you can build a custom footer with Divi. The page builder includes sticky options through which you can design sticky headers.
White labeling lets you rebrand the theme built by other developers. Astra Pro ships with the white labeling option. Divi doesn’t have a white labeling option.
Divi and Astra Pro are highly customizable themes. APro, when used with Elementor or Beaver, offers many options. You can design any type of page without writing a single line of code if you’re using them. ET Builder is one of the top page builders for WordPress. It’s the backbone of ElegantThemes templates.
The page builder lets users fine-tune each element of Divi. For example, you can transform the element and animate it. You can control the visibility of a module on a phone, tablet, or desktop and apply the scroll effect to it. Divi builder allows you to add a box shadow to an element and has the option to import and apply the preset with a few clicks of a button. It supports split testing as well. When you buy Astra, you won’t get paid Elementor or Beaver page builder subscription. Elementor/Beaver free edition has limited features. Divi, on the other hand, doesn’t come with any limitations. This is one of the biggest plus points of ElegantThemes Divi.
Speed and performance
In the past, Divi suffered from some performance issues but now, every issue that impacted the performance has been fixed. Astra was and is a fast-loading WP theme. It can become slow if you use a third-party page builder tool.
Other similar features
- Detailed typography options.
- Multiple blog style layouts.
- Color customization.
- Support for mega menus, hooks, etc.
- WooCommerce support.
- Great support.
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Closing words: Divi and Astra are good themes, but if someone asks me to choose one template between the two, I will go with the first option. If Astra Pro came with a page builder built by Brainstorm Force, it would have been the best template out there. APro is still a great option for people looking for a cheaper alternative to Divi.