If you want to build a CMS-based website, the best and the most popular website builder is WordPress. However there are many other options, WordPress powers over 35% of websites on the internet.
After creating your website, you must give your website a look by using WordPress themes. There are many pre-built themes, both free and premium. The top-selling WordPress themes are Divi and Astra.
You can use these themes for any kind of website that you want. They give everything you need to build a professional-looking website.
How should we know which one is better? this paper is about Divi vs. Astra and at the end of this article, you are able to choose one of the themes. If you are unfamiliar with Astra and Divi, in the next, there is a brief overview to get familiar with these powerful themes and then, we will get to the comparison between Astra and Divi.
What Is Astra?
Astra is a WordPress theme that is growing very fast. It has launched in 2017 and currently has over a million users. This theme is very speedy, loads in half a second and it has been rated by Google developers.
One of Astra’s important features is it can be used with Elementor, Beaver Builder, Visual Composer, and a few others. You can customize it easily beside the many options it has.
If you choose the free version of this tool, you can use their free themes. With upgrading to pro mode, you can use all available themes
What Is Divi?
On the other hand, Divi is both a WordPress theme and a WordPress page builder. Divi is very popular too and it has over 700,000 users.
Divi is suitable for everyone, anyone who wants to create a website, can use Divi. They have any kind of layout for any type of website such as eCommerce, business, technology, etc. Divi supports over 32 languages; So, it can be used by people from all over the world.
The free version of Astra is available in the WordPress directory. So, you can easily install the theme from your dashboard and if you want to use the premium version, you should upgrade your account.To install the theme, log in to your dashboard, under the Appearance visit Themes.
After opening the Theme page, click the Add New button and search for Astra.
However, if you want to download it from their website, you will get a Zip file and you have to upload it to your dashboard.
To install Divi, like other themes, you can download it from their website. It is worth mentioning that, you can download it after purchasing. After downloading, you will get a Zip file like Astra and you should upload it to your dashboard.
With Astra, you must import an entire website with all pages that a demo contains also, setting up the widget and menus. You can also import the setting and widget that you want.
However, if you want to mix templates from different demos, you have to import all of the content and after that, start to delete the pages that you don’t want.
On the other hand, with Divi, each page from a demo must be imported separately. This option makes it very easier to mix different demos.
Both themes can be customized heavily by using drag-and-drop page builder tools. Also, they enable you to edit the prebuilt content and have a unique website.
Astra doesn’t have any page builder. Instead, it works with all the popular WordPress page builders; as a result, you can edit demo sites with any page builder plugin that you want. It can be edited and fully customized through WordPress customize option under the appearance menu.
Divi includes a visual editor that, when you open a ready template for editing or creating a page, you can start customizing by drag and drop. You can create layouts filled with columns and rows; therefore, you can create any kind of content in WordPress.
Almost everything is customizable in Divi. So, if you want to use their default modules or personalized them, it’s up to you.
The options that are available in Astra theme customization, depending on what are you using. For instance, if you are using Elementor, you will use Elementor customization or you will use Gutenberg customization, if you are building with Gutenberg and so forth.
The WordPress theme customizer is the ideal way to personalize the Astra theme.
Each building block comes from many customization options if you are building with the Divi page builder. Although, there are module customizer section, theme customizer, and theme options that allow you to customize any way you want.
Support And Documentation
There is not much difference in this case; if you choose Divi or Astra, you can build your desired website by getting help from lots of resources. You can use their features easily or if you don’t know-how, you can use their tutorial, documentation, and videos on their website. Also, you can join their groups on Facebook.
In getting help from their supporter, Divi users can get help from them through the live chat system or send an email. Those who work with Astra’s free version can ask their question on the WordPress support forums. However, those who purchase the pro version can email the supporter.
Responsive Design Settings
As Astra works with almost all page builder, the responsive design settings that is available is dependent on what plugin are you using. Also, by using Astra you can set a responsive breakpoint for tablets and mobiles. The tablets breakpoint is 921px, while for the mobiles is 544px. This option can be set from the default WordPress customizer.
You can customize all templates and Divi Demos that are responsive by default. Also, you can build and customize tablet, mobile, and desktop layout with Divi builder. From theme customizer, you can customize a responsive design. There is a separate section for mobile styles as well.
There is not an option to split testing in Astra. However, you can only split test Astra templates and Demos by using the page builder that you’re working on.
On the other hand, Divi has a split testing system. Because of that, you can test templates, page design, and content.in fact, you can test anything.
Also, the Astra is tested on the website performance tool. The result was amazing. Astra got a 91 percent speed grade on YSlow, a 95 percent speed rate on Google Developers, and a 400ms load time on GTmetrix.
Support For WooCommerce
To build your store website, you just need to install the WooCommerce plugin on your dashboard. You must activate it afterward. By using WordPress default customizer, you can edit your store easily.
As well as editing with the WooCommerce section, you can edit your cart, product image, your product catalog, and check out pages by the page builder that you have chosen.
With Divi builder you can design the store, product page and more. While building your store, there are over 15 prebuilt WooCommerce modules that you can use; including price, rating, review, add to cart, and so forth. All of them can be customized as well.
As I said to you earlier, Astra is one of the lightest themes. The size of this theme is less than 1 MB which is amazing. 50 KB is enough to work well for server resources.
In Divi, you should both install page builder which is about 6 MB, and the theme which is 9 MB. totally, you use 15 MB which is not very heavy. However, it is not comparable to the Astra at all.
Astra has three plans that you can subscribe to. Also, you can choose to pay annually or a one-time payment. They have a free plan as well.
|Astra Pro||$47 every year ($249 one-time payment)|
|Mini Agency Bundle||$169 every year ($499 one-time payment)|
|Agency Bundle||$249 every year ($699 one-time payment)|
On the other hand, Divi just features on-time payment and annual payment.
Astra Vs. Divi
So, we have reached the end of the comparing of Astra vs. Divi. In conclusion, they are both easy to install and feature demo sites and page templates. They both support WooCommerce as well and many in common features.
There are some differences too. For instance, Astra offers a free version; on the other hand, Divi cannot be used without paying. More importantly, Astra is more friendly with SEO than the Divi.
Divi only works with its page builder while, with Astra, you can work with top WordPress page builders. Also, there are more plans to purchase in Astra than the Divi. So, it’s all up to you.