In this post we will see all the differences between Astra free vs pro vs bundles.
Astra is lightweight WordPress theme available in free, pro, and in bundles. It follows a modular approach and offers lots of customization options for styling and optimizing your WordPress website.
Currently WP Astra offers two bundles; Astra Essential Bundle and Astra Growth Bundle.
Astra free version offers limited features. Astra Pro offers all the features required to build a website. But, Astra bundles offer accessibility to premium starter templates and additional plugins.
Let us open up all the features available in different versions of Astra.
What is Astra?
Astra a WordPress theme that performs fast and also offers multiple customization options for WordPress website creators.
It is created using a clean stable SEO-friendly code that is well optimized for mobile responsiveness and language translation as well.
Plus, the theme is very compatible with popular page builders like Elementor, Beaver Builder, Visual Composer, Divi, etc.
Astra is maintained and supported by a company called Brainstorm Force, which has a decent name in the WordPress industry, making themes and different WordPress plugins.
What do you get with Astra Pro?
Astra pro theme is an addon plugin. It provides multiple features like additional header elements, additional footer elements, Astra sticky header, white label, additional layout options, hooks, etc.
The free version comes with standard and full-width layout. Whereas Astra pro offers padded and fluid layouts as well.
Astra Pro comes with more designing options to style sidebars, dropdown menus, create custom headers and footers, and a lot more features to customize blog page and category pages.
Astra Free vs Pro – General Features
Let us see all the differences between Astra free and pro versions.
With the Astra free theme, you get limited customizing capabilities in the following:
- Header Builder
- Footer Builder
- Layout Options
- Blog Layouts
- Uploading of Logo & Site Identity
- Colors & Font customization
- Sidebar customization
With the free version of Astra you also free starter templates. Just install the Astra free Starter Templates plugin.
Before we start, it is wise to show you the Astra dashboard options available in free and premium versions.
Astra Free vs Pro Dashboard Options
Have a look at the dashboard options available in free and paid versions.
Whereas, Astra Pro offers 11 modules to customize the theme. Plus, additional settings for WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads, LearnDash, and LifterLMS.
After activating each and every module, you get to see way too many changes in theme customizer of both the versions.
Differences in Global Options
Global menu is the place where you set the global fonts, colors, button styles for the entire website. It also comprises of different container layouts.
Have a look at the theme customizer.
There aren’t any differences seen in Typography, but you get more options in Colors & Containers with Astra Pro.
In the Colors menu you get options to apply global colors to each and every heading. Whereas, in the Containers menu, Astra Pro offers an additional of 4 site layouts.
Lastly, you also get to add and customize the design of Astra Scroll to Top element in the premium version.
Astra Free vs Pro General & Global Differences Overview
|Features||Astra Free||Astra Pro|
|Colors & Background||Limited||Separate Colors |
|Full Width Site Layout||⨉||✓|
|Max Width Site Layout||⨉||✓|
|Padded Site Layout||⨉||✓|
|Fluid Site Layout||⨉||✓|
|Scroll to Top||⨉||✓|
|Astra white label||⨉||✓|
Astra Free vs Pro – Header & Footer Features
Here, Astra Pro has way too many customization options than its free version.
|Astra Header & Footer Features||Astra Free||Astra Pro|
|Header Sub Menu Colors & Typography||⨉||✓|
|Button Header Elements||1||2|
|HTML Header Elements||2||3|
|Language Switcher Element in header & footer||⨉||✓|
|Divider Element in header & footer||⨉||✓|
|Toggle Element in header||⨉||✓|
|Multiple Page Headers||⨉||✓|
|Sticky Header Sub Menu Colors & Typography||⨉||✓|
|Sticky when scroll up||⨉||✓|
|Shrink when scroll up||⨉||✓|
|Side Sticky Header when scroll down||⨉||✓|
|Off Canvas Sub Menu Colors & Typography||⨉||✓|
|Simple Search box||✓||✓|
|Header Cover Search||⨉||✓|
|Full Screen Search||⨉||✓|
The free version of Astra theme comes with basic header and footer options.
Whereas Astra Pro offers a myriad of options for you to customize your website’s header and footer, according to your needs.
Similarly, Astra footer builder also has more options in the pro version.
While the pro version comes with 17 footer elements including Astra copyright element.
Plus, you also get the 6 Astra footer widgets to quickly design elements and implement them as widget in your website’s footer.
Astra Free vs Pro – Blog/Archive Page and Single Posts
After understanding the differences in header and footer, it is important to see what do you get with Astra Pro for customizing blog page, category pages, and single posts.
Blog Page and Archive Page Differences
|Astra Blog/Archive Page Features||Astra Free||Astra Pro|
|Blog Page Container Layouts (4 types)||✓||✓|
|Blog Page Sidebar Layouts (3 types)||✓||✓|
|Blog Page Content Width control||✓||✓|
|Post Structure elements||✓||✓|
|Archive Blog Layouts||⨉||✓|
|Grid Layout up to 4 columns||⨉||✓|
|Custom Excerpt Count||⨉||✓|
|Display Read More as Button||⨉||✓|
|Custom Featured Images Size||⨉||✓|
|Additional Spacing Control||⨉||✓|
|Highlight First Post||⨉||✓|
|Date Box with 2 styles||⨉||✓|
|Archive Pagination Styling||⨉||✓|
|Read Time meta element||⨉||✓|
|More options for Colors & Typography||⨉||✓|
In the following theme customizer image, you will notice Astra Pro with all the features required for blog page and archive pages.
With up to 4 grid layouts available, you can easily create an Astra blog using grid layout. Plus, the Read Time post meta element is a bonus to add under every article, displayed on the blog page and/or archive pages.
Single Posts Differences between Astra Free and Pro
Let us also have a quick look at what customization options you get for Single Posts, with Astra Pro.
|Astra Single Posts Features||Astra Free||Astra Pro|
|Single Post Container Layouts (4 types)||✓||✓|
|Single Post Sidebar Layouts (3 types)||✓||✓|
|Single Post Content Width control||✓||✓|
|Post Structure elements||✓||✓|
|Read Time post meta element||⨉||✓|
|Author Info Box||⨉||✓|
|Post Navigation visibility control||⨉||✓|
|Auto Load previous post||⨉||✓|
|Custom Featured Images size||⨉||✓|
|Detailed options for Colors & Typography||⨉||✓|
The good thing to see here is that the Astra related posts feature allows you to set up to 4 column grid layout related posts section even in the free version.
Between the header and footer, there is content. Things like the overall layout of content, design, post meta elements, etc. are the ones needed to make your content standout.
Astra Free vs Pro Sidebar Differences
Since, sidebars are a part of pages, single posts, blog page, and archive pages, I will chalk out the differences in sidebar customization here itself.
|Astra Sidebar Manager Features||Astra Free||Astra Pro|
|Astra Sidebar Layouts||✓||✓|
|Sidebar Width Control||✓||✓|
|Granular Sidebar Spacing||⨉||✓|
|Sidebar Color options||⨉||✓|
|Sidebar Inside Widget Spacing||⨉||✓|
|Widget Color Options||⨉||✓|
|Widget Title Typography||⨉||✓|
|Widget Content Typography||⨉||✓|
You get lots of design options to customize the Astra sidebar in the premium version.
Astra Free vs Pro – Differences in WooCommerce Options
Astra integrates deeply with WooCommerce, in fact so much that you get to see way too many customization options for WooCommerce, with Astra Pro.
In the ‘WooCommerce General’ menu you get 4 container layouts and 3 sidebar layouts by default in both the versions.
We will look into all the differences with respect to WooCommerce Product Catalog, i.e., shop page, WooCommerce Single Product, WooCommerce Cart Customization options, Checkout and My Account, and WooCommerce Miscellaneous options.
Astra Free vs Pro – WooCommerce Shop Page
|Astra WooCommerce Shop Page Features||Astra Free||Astra Pro|
|Shop Page Container Layout (4 types)||✓||✓|
|Shop Page Sidebar Layout (3 types)||✓||✓|
|Shop Card Design Layouts||2||3|
|Columns Display setting||✓||✓|
|Products per Page setting||✓||✓|
|Shop Page Content Width Control||✓||✓|
|Shop Display Options||✓||✓|
|Shop Card Structure||✓||✓|
|Result Count toolbar||⨉||✓|
|Easy List View toolbar||⨉||✓|
|Page Title Control||⨉||✓|
|Shop Page Breadcrumb||⨉||✓|
|Filter List to Button||⨉||✓|
|Accordion Style Filter||⨉||✓|
|Quick View on hover, click, and button||⨉||✓|
|Shop Page Pagination styling||⨉||✓|
|Additional Colors & Typography options||⨉||✓|
|Product Image Hover Styles (4 styles)||⨉||✓|
|Additional Spacing Options||⨉||✓|
|Box Shadow design option||⨉||✓|
|Box Hover Shadow design option||⨉||✓|
Comparatively, Astra pro offers multiple customization options for WooCommerce shop page.
Astra Free vs Pro – WooCommerce Single Product Page
Let us now look at the differences seen in WooCommerce single product pages.
Different gallery layouts, image zoom effect, up sells, related products add a lot of value to your single product page. Creating a more positive effect in your visitor’s minds. Thereby, increasing your chances of conversions.
|Astra WooCommerce Single Product||Astra Free||Astra Pro|
|Single Product Container Layout (4 types)||✓||✓|
|Single Product Sidebar Layout (3 types)||✓||✓|
|Single Product Structure Elements||✓||✓|
|Single Product Breadcrumb||✓||✓|
|Product Variation Styles||✓||✓|
|Sticky Add to Cart||✓||✓|
|Single Product Gallery Layouts (3 types)||⨉||✓|
|Image Zoom Effect||⨉||✓|
|Custom Image Width Control||⨉||✓|
|Extras Product Element||⨉||✓|
|Sticky Product Summary||⨉||✓|
|Product Navigation Styles (4 styles)||⨉||✓|
|Product Variation in Button style||⨉||✓|
|Product Description Layouts (4 types)||⨉||✓|
|Related Products Columns setting||⨉||✓|
|Additional Colors & Typography options||⨉||✓|
Alone, shop page and single product page have so many customization options that it is worth to go for Astra pro, if you are going to create a WooCommerce website.
Differences in Cart Options
More options for customizing your cart means more conversions and more earnings.
Let us have a look at the differences in cart options between Astra free and pro themes.
|Shopping Cart Features||Astra Free||Astra Pro|
|Cart Button Text control||✓||✓|
|Modern Cart Layout||⨉||✓|
|Sticky Cart Totals||⨉||✓|
|Real-Time Quantity Updater||⨉||✓|
|Cart Button Text control||⨉||✓|
|Ajax Add to Cart||⨉||✓|
Let me show you free and pro version cart page layouts explaining how things differ in both the versions.
This image shows a regular layout of cart page with no sticky cart totals at the side, or no real-time quantity updater.
Whereas, Astra Pro gives you a modern layout for the cart page with sticky cart totals at the side, and real time quantity updater as well.
Notice, there isn’t any update cart button. Plus, Add to Cart is Ajax based.
Astra Free vs Pro Checkout Page Customization Options
From the website owner’s standpoint, a checkout page is very important. It should display the necessary information or fields required to fill before a buyer proceeds towards payment.
While, from the buyer’s point of view, a checkout page should display required fields to input text, as much information about the product/s currently in the cart, and total amount to pay.
A secured payment information or a familiar message on a checkout page is equally important to maintain customer’s trust.
Astra does this really well and has all the necessary things intact on the checkout page. Perhaps, the Astra Pro version even adds more flair to your checkout page by introducing better layouts, two-step checkout, distraction-free checkout, etc.
|Astra Checkout Page Features||Astra Free||Astra Pro|
|Checkout Form Fields||✓||✓|
|Enable Refunds & Returns Policy||✓||✓|
|Enable Terms & Conditions||✓||✓|
|Checkout Form Width control||⨉||✓|
|Modern Checkout Layout||⨉||✓|
|Two Column Layout||⨉||✓|
|Padlock Button with Price||⨉||✓|
|Product Images shown on Checkout||⨉||✓|
|Sticky order review at side||⨉||✓|
|Two Step Checkout||⨉||✓|
|Display of Order Note||⨉||✓|
|Coupon Field section||⨉||✓|
|Distraction Free Checkout||⨉||✓|
|Persistent Checkout Form Data option||⨉||✓|
Have a look at all the extra features available in Astra Pro, to customize the checkout page.
Each and every small feature adds to increase the overall value and user experience a customer feels while checking out.
This type of checkout page is what customers will see when they buy something from a website created on Astra Pro.
Now, in the next part we will compare Astra pro with Astra bundles.
Astra Free vs Pro vs Bundles
Let us look at all the options available for you when you want to purchase Astra theme.
You already know by now that Astra free theme comes with limited features and customization options.
Astra free theme has header builder and footer builder, but with fewer elements. There isn’t any option for sticky header. Sidebar Widget customization, colors, and typography is also very limited throughout all the options in the theme customizer.
Whereas, Astra Pro fulfils all the gaps and offers you lots of elements in header builder, footer builder, advanced sidebar widget customization options, advanced layouts for blog page, archive page and single posts.
Plus, after installing WooCommerce, Astra pro gives a myriad of customization options, that makes your life very easy while designing a WooCommerce website.
I have compared and shown you all the differences between Astra free theme and Astra pro theme.
It is now time to see where Astra Pro stands when compared against Astra bundles.
WP Astra offers two bundles:
- Astra Essential Bundle
- Astra Growth Bundle
Astra Pro vs Astra Essential Bundle vs Astra Growth Bundle
|Astra Pro||Astra Essential Bundle||Astra Growth Bundle|
|Full fledged header builder|
with 21 header elements
|Everything from Astra Pro||Everything from Astra Pro|
|Full fledged footer builder|
with 17 footer elements
|Around 150 premium |
|Everything from |
Astra Essential Bundle
|Sticky header, transparent|
|Total access to |
WP Portfolio plugin
|Around 150 premium|
& Colors control
|Choice of 1 page builder addon|
(Elementor Addons or
Beaver Builder Addons)
|Convert Pro plugin|
|Advanced layouts for blog page, |
archive page, single posts
|Schema Pro plugin|
|Advanced layouts for shop page,|
single products, checkout page
|Ultimate Addons for Elementor|
|Additional customization options|
for blog page, archive page,
and single posts
|Ultimate Addons for Beaver|
|Additional customization options|
for shop page, single products,
and checkout page
|Spectra Pro |
(a coming soon feature)
|Total design control on|
Mega Menu & Mobile Menu
|Ability to create custom header,|
custom footer, custom sidebars, hooks
|Access to all future|
|Native AMP & white label|
Astra Free vs Pro vs Bundles Pricing
Astra gives the choice to buy annually or lifetime.
From the image above, you can clearly see and understand Astra free vs pro vs bundles features and pricing policy.
Currently, there is an offer going on. Therefore, I will mention normal price and the offer price.
Note:- WP Astra does offer lifetime deals. Toggle the switch to lifetime and buy your required package. You will own it for lifetime, get support as well updates for lifetime.
|Pricing||Astra Pro||Astra Essential Bundle||Astra Growth Bundle|
|Normal Price Annually||$59||$169||$249|
|Offer Price Annually||$47||$137||$187|
|Normal Price Lifetime||$299||$849||$1249|
|Offer Price Lifetime||$227||$677||$937|
Note:- The Astra free version is completely free forever and is available for download on WordPress.org.
In short, with Astra bundles you get additional plugins that not only helps you ease your website design process, but also makes your sites stand out.
Is it worth it to buy Astra bundles?
To answer this question, we need to understand the following;
- Which plugins are offered with the Astra bundles?
- How much do those plugins cost individually?
- Is Astra Essential bundle or Astra growth bundle helpful for you?
Astra Essential Bundle
Astra Essential bundle is sold in annual and lifetime subscriptions.
Astra Essential Bundle comes with Astra Pro, premium starter templates, WP Portfolio plugin, choice of selecting any one from Ultimate Addons for Elementor or Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder.
Astra Premium Starter Templates
Download the Astra Starter Templates plugin to access premium starter templates.
Astra Starter Templates plugin offers 200 free starter templates and 152 premium templates built on Elementor and Beaver Builder
- Elementor based premium Astra starter templates – 106
- Beaver Builder based premium Astra starter templates – 46
However, if you have purchased Astra Essential bundle or Astra Growth bundle, you also get premium Astra starter templates.
WP Portfolio Plugin
WP Portfolio plugin costs $49 for 1 year and $199 for lifetime.
WP Portfolio plugin gives you a platform to showcase websites, images, videos of your work to your clients or potential customers.
Simply, click and import any of WP Portfolio’s dummy site to start creating your portfolio website that flaunts all your work and attracts customers.
WP Portfolio allows you to flaunt your website portfolio, image portfolio, and video portfolio to attract clients.
Choice of using Ultimate Addons for Elementor or Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder
Both, Ultimate Addons for Elementor & Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder are created by the same company, Brainstorm Force.
Ultimate Addons for Elementor costs $69 for 1 year and $249 for lifetime.
Ultimate Addons for Elementor comes with 50+ Elementor widgets, 90+ free starter templates, 200 section blocks, and WooCommerce widgets.
Similarly, Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder also costs $69 for 1 year and $249 for lifetime.
You get 70+ custom modules, 200+ custom templates, 100+ page templates and WooCommerce modules with it.
Astra Growth Bundle
This is Astra’s biggest bundle with lots of useful plugins required for website owners, designers, and agencies.
Astra Growth Bundle comes with the following;
- Astra Pro
- Premium Starter Templates
- WP Portfolio Plugin
- Ultimate Addons for Elementor
- Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder
- Convert Pro plugin
- Schema Pro plugin
- Spectra Pro plugin (coming soon)
- SkillJet Membership
We have already seen what WP Portfolio, Ultimate Addons for Elementor and Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder are.
Plus, I have also discussed about their prices, if you were to buy them individually.
Let us now look at Convert Pro, Schema Pro, coming soon features of Spectra Pro, and SkillJet membership.
Convert Pro is a number 1 email opt-in and lead generation plugin that comes with 60+ different templates for popups, slide-ins, info bars, widgets, etc.
Convert pro costs $99 for 1 year and $399 for lifetime.
All its pre-made templates load super fast and are 100% mobile friendly.
Moreover, the Convert Pro plugin also offers you a drag & drop editor for creating your own designs.
Apply various behavioural triggers on your designs, that help in displaying the right message at the right time.
These are the following use cases of Convert Pro:
- Getting Subscribers
- Offer Discounts & Coupons
- Track visitor’s Exit Intent
- Create different types of Contact Forms
- Create Lead Magnets
- Apply Content Locker to make premium content accessible for subscribers only
- Create Yes/No Optin Forms
Schema Pro is one of the best WordPress premium plugin that helps in implementing schema markup for your pages, posts, products, etc.
Schema Pro is available for $79 for 1 year and $249 for lifetime.
It offers 20+ options to apply the right schema in the right situation.
Plus, Schema Pro also works with Yoast SEO and you can use both the plugins together.
Spectra is a lightweight plugin that gives you 39 creative blocks for Gutenberg editing.
At the moment, Spectra is completely free to use. But, as per Brainstorm Force’s recent announcement, there will be a Spectra Pro version coming soon.
Some unique features expected in Spectra Pro are;
- Premium Blocks & Templates
- Support for Dynamic Data
- Advanced Workflow features
- Spectra Pro will come with a Theme Builder which will be theme independent
- You can purchase Spectra Pro separately or via Astra Growth Bundle
SkillJet is an online learning platform with premium courses, for web entrepreneurs and business owners.
With premium courses that help in building and managing WordPress business, SkillJet is the extra benefit you get after buying Astra Growth Bundle subscription.
You cannot buy individual courses from SkillJet. The only way to access industry veteran created courses on SkillJet, is through a Growth Bundle package.
Is Astra Essential Bundle or Astra Growth Bundle beneficial for you?
We already saw what Astra Essential Bundle and Astra Growth Bundle offer.
Looking at all the options, it is important to resonate with your work flow.
If you are a beginner and want to create your own personal website or a blog, then Astra Pro is enough for you.
But, if you are going to build multiple websites, need advanced blocks, Elementor Addons or Beaver Builder Addons, Schema Pro to implement proper schema; then going for Astra Growth Bundle is the right choice.
The benefit you get with Astra Growth Bundle can be understood as follows;
- Import an Astra premium starter template based on Elementor or Beaver Builder.
- Use Ultimate Addons for Elementor or Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder to further make your site stand out.
- Apply the right schema per page, post, or product pages, using Schema Pro
- Use the right type of email opt-ins, slide-ins, popups, widgets, etc. to convert visitors into subscribers or customers.
- Learn premium courses on SkillJet and further improvise in your business.
- Keep growing your online business.
Looking at the steps above, from the beginning of designing a website, to schema implementation, and finally customer conversion. Everything is sorted out for you if you were to buy Astra Growth Bundle.
Plus, if you are an agency with lots of customer orders, tweaks per week/biweekly, then time is essential for you. A bundle that involves everything is highly necessary.
Astra Alternatives That Offer Bundles
I am not going to simply write down some WordPress premium themes that directly compete against Astra.
In fact, here I will share only those themes that offer the same design experience that you get while designing your website using Astra theme. Plus, the theme creators also offer bundles that contain valuable plugins.
In my opinion there are two Astra alternatives that offer useful plugins for designers, marketers, and business owners are;
Kadence has a similar approach like Astra. There is a free Kadence theme available on WordPress and a premium version, called Kadence Pro.
Just like Astra Pro, Kadence Pro comes with all the premium customization features required for your website.
With that, the company Kadence WP also offer two bundles – Kadence Essential Bundle and Kadence Full Bundle.
Kadence Essential Bundle offers
- Kadence Pro – the premium version of Kadence theme
- Kadence Blocks Pro – the premium version of Kadence Blocks
- Pro Starter Templates – Kadence premium starter templates
- Kadence Custom Fonts – ability to add custom fonts to your site
Kadence Full Bundle offers
- Everything that comes in Kadence Essential Bundle
- Kadence Cloud – Helps you host your own library of designs, blocks, etc.
- Kadence Conversions – Lightweight plugin to insert popups, slide-ins, sales banners, etc.
- Kadence WooCommerce Shop Kit – Brings additional WooCommerce layouts, styles, swatches, galleries, and a lot more.
- Child Theme Builder
- Kadence reCaptcha – Adds reCAPTCHA or Cloudflare Turnstile to comments, reviews form, login screens, etc.
- Access to all future plugins
Few plugins can be purchased separately, but others are only available with Kadence Bundles.
Plus, Kadence Pro, Kadence Essential Bundle, and Kadence Full Bundle can be purchased for 1 year or you can directly purchase the Kadence Lifetime Full Bundle.
Unlike Astra, Divi does not have a free version to offer.
However, Elegant Themes offer Divi in 1 year and lifetime subscriptions.
You do not get to see different bundles, but Elegant Themes offer an All-in-One Divi package.
When you buy Divi, you also get the following;
- Divi Theme – The Divi premium theme itself
- Divi Builder – Divi Builder, a visual builder to create amazing website designs
- Extra Theme – An additional theme focussed on blogging and magazine style websites
- Bloom – A premium email opt-in plugin
- Monarch – A premium social sharing plugin with various designs and options
Astra Free vs Pro – FAQs
Astra free version comes with limited customization options and lesser number of starter sites. Whereas, Astra Pro gives you all customization options, access to premium starter sites, white label feature, theme updates and premium support.
The free version of Astra theme is sufficient for beginners, but if you are designing websites for companies and clients then you need the Astra pro version.
Yes, you can upgrade from Astra free to Astra Pro anytime. Buy the Astra pro plugin, install and activate it on your WordPress website. You will have Astra premium running on your site.
I have tried to explain all the differences with respect to features, customization options, additional plugins, etc., in this Astra free vs pro vs bundles article.
I hope you find it useful and take the right decision.
If you have any more question, do let me know in the comments section.