by Adam Preiser updated December 27, 2017

How To Setup A WordPress Website With Astra Pro


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Learn how to setup a WordPress website using the Astra theme. This is by far the easiest theme to use, and it is so powerful. It's the theme that I use on my websites.

This video covers a lot of things including:
– Install theme
– Install child theme
– Install plugins
– Go over other options

Let me know what you think.

Video Transcript

In this video me to go over the Astra Theme
and how to get it installed on your website

to go over all of these free plug-ins that
you can add to the site to talk about Astra

Pro Astra agency him to show you how to install
a child theme and use the white label settings

that was a lot of stuff you can see I have
my Phillips you like sent to the Astro purple

color in the background hi my name is Adam
from where I make WordPress

videos to help you get further faster using
WordPress if you enjoy the content in this

video consider clicking on the subscribe button
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on the little bell off to the right and YouTube
let you know when I have a new video and you’re

gonna want to know what I have a new video
because this is the first video and a video

series going through Astra and all that it
can do for you so this is just a first video

in the video description box will have a link
to the playlists I’m creating for the Astra

Theme as well as a link to take you to Asher’s
website to take a look at the Astra theme

so I’m not to sit here talking with this introduction
I’m just getting it right into the video so

here I am on the Astra website and even though
there’s a download button here this isn’t

actually how you’re going to get Astro you’re
going to get it directly from WordPress when

you’re logged into your WordPress website
so here I am logged into a fresh installation

of WordPress now to get the theme all you
have to do is go to appearance and then themes

in the near and click on add new and then
right here you’re going to do a search for

Astra now this is what will come up now I
will preface that this image here this thumbnail

image might look different when you are installing
Astra I do know their testing different thumbnail

images and this is the one that happens to
be there right now so just go ahead and click

on the install button right here and were
not going to activate it just yet because

one of the best practices with WordPress is
to create a child theme and use that with

your website and a child theme is good to
be where you’re going to place custom code

may be at custom function or some custom CSS
or anything that you want to be upgrade safe

and there are definitely some things were
going to want to have be upgraded safe that

I’m in a go over in these different videos
so what we need to do now is get a child theme

now Astra makes it really easy to put a link
to this page right here down below but all

you have to do is come to this page and working
to be able to generate a child theme now I

just go ahead and click on generate I don’t
want to change any of the values but if you’re

an agency or you’re making websites for someone
you might want to change how the child theme

appears in WordPress so you can click on advanced
options and essentially you can name it you

can put a version number if you want you can
put your name as the author you can put a

link to your website and you can write a description
if you chose to and you can change the folder

name and you can add a custom screenshot if
you want all of these values are what is going

to show when you click on themes and it shows
all the themes so this is what it’s going

to do Juergen to be able to customize how
this looks for the child theme you can have

a different image you can have it say the
name of your business a link to your business

your own description etc. etc. and L you could
do that if you want I’m not going to do that

personally this is good though if you’re making
websites for clients only click this and go

back to simple options and all you have to
do is click on this and generate button and

then it’s going to go ahead and download a
child theme and all generated and ready to

go so now let’s go back to our WordPress site
work and click on add new Rick click on upload

theme this time and it should be in the download
folder on your computer so for me I see it

in my downloads folder I’m just gonna drag
and drop it right there to click on install

now like this and then I’m in a go ahead and
click on activate so now what we have is my

child theme right here we have the Astra Theme
right here and I can actually get rid of these

themes because I’m not can I use them you
can never get rid of Astro though because

it is dependent for the child theme is dependent
on the parent theme which is Astra but now

we have Astra installed on this website so
now let’s take a look at some plug-ins that

you may or may not want to install on this
website as well these are plug-ins specifically

made for Astra Summit to go to plug-ins and
right here you would click on add new and

then right here you could just do a search
for Astra and here are a variety of plug-ins

that pull up but let me explain what these
are one by one so here is the actual search

on WordPress’s website you see there’s this
nice list of available plug-ins that you can

add to your website someone to go through
these one by one right now so the first one

is Astra Sites light in essentially what this
plug-in is going to do it’s good to be a one

click website installer for numerous templates
so you’ll be able to see all of these various

templates with one click of the mouse it will
import it and apply it to your website now

this is the light version and that’s because
there’s also a agency or Pro version to the

set I’ll explain in a little bit this is a
fantastic plug-in and you’ll be able to get

websites built a lot faster if one of these
templates works for you and I’m in a show

you these templates in a bit as well so that
is Astra Sites another one is called the header

footer Elementor so if you’re using a the
Elementor page builder with Astro because

with Esther you’re pretty much going to use
one of these pull up page building plug-ins

Soto most likely be Elementor or Beaver Builder
so here is a plug-in that you can add that’s

free called header footer Elementor it will
allow you to use Elementor to create a header

for your website and a footer for your website
now there is a better way to do this if you’re

going to use Astra Pro which I’ll talk about
later in this video but this is fantastic

if you don’t plan on purchasing the Pro version
of Astro next right here is Astro Hooks and

I made a video recently about hooks and in
fact I actually use the Astra Theme and the

demonstration but this is a plug-in that you
will add in order to display information on

your website in certain locations and this
is also a plug-in you use for when you want

to add Google analytics to your website or
any kind of tracking script you’ll be using

Astro hooks for that I’m in a have a entire
video on the hooks for Astra so even though

I’m just gonna go pass this right now look
out for that video because it will be here

in the series next is Beaver Builder header
and footer this is the same thing as Elementor

header and footer except this is for you if
you’re going to use Beaver Builder on your

Astra Sites and you don’t plan on purchasing
the Pro version of Astra so the next plug-in

that we have right here is the switch to Astra
and this is for you if you are using a different

theme on your website and you want to switch
to Astra you need this plug in essentially

what will happen is if you just start using
Astra and all of your pages have been built

with a page builder you switch to Astra its
Astros not to know that those pages need to

be set the full width and to hide the title
and all of that so when you use switch to

Astra you this is one plug-in installed click
one button and it will convert all those pages

over and you can disable and delete the plug-in
in fact I recently use this because I was

using on a different website the Beaver Builder
theme and I wanted to switch to Astra so this

plug-in and made it super easy to do that
okay the next free plug-in is custom type

kit fonts so this plug-ins can allow you to
use fonts that you have it via a subscription

to something cop called a type kit so a lot
of the top blogs and websites that you may

visit that have beautiful fonts a lot of them
are actually paying for those fonts through

such a service call type kit and this allows
you to easily integrate those type kit fonts

into your Astra website I personally think
it’s kinda crazy to pay for fonts but some

people definitely want to do that in this
is the plug-in that’s gonna make it easy for

you to do that with the Astra Theme okay next
is just custom fonts now this is actually

fantastic this is a plug-in that will allow
you to use custom fonts on your Astra websites

and essentially what you’re doing is you’re
just uploading the font and there are tons

of websites that have free fonts so you would
go there find the font that you want the font

that you like you go there you downloaded
and with this plug-in on your website you

can go ahead and upload those custom fonts
and you can use them for the body or for headlines

or are various spots where you have an option
to change the default option with Astra this

is a pretty generous plug-in most free themes
and even most paid themes don’t even have

this option you have to add all sorts of lines
of custom code to certain files in order to

load custom fonts but aster has made it so
easy by providing this plug-in I read almost

done with the plug-ins okay*customizer reset
so with WordPress all the different settings

for your theme are done and something called
the customizer this will allow you to reset

if you wanted to just reset and start over
again it’s a pretty great plug-in that they

added as well especially in the beginning
when you’re testing things and you trying

things out you you definitely might find this
one handy okay the next one is lightweight

a sidebar manager now doesn’t say Astra anywhere
and that’s because they made this plug-in

but it can really be used on any esteem and
essentially what this is going to do is give

you dynamic sidebars so this is a very very
powerful plug-in it’s kind and saying that

they’re offering it here for free this is
I probably should make a dedicated video on

this for all sorts of people that want dynamic
sidebars on their website so this is if you

say go to blog and there’s a blog post and
there’s that sidebar and you might want the

items in that sidebar to be different based
upon which blog posts people are on so if

you want to kinda make your websites smarter
and more dynamic and more targeted this is

definitely the plug-in for you but it just
for sidebars of you’re making a normal website

without a blog it just may be a brochure type
website you don’t need this but these are

this is actually very nice to have and lastly
is ultimate add-ons for Beaver Builder light

these this is actually made by the developers
of the Astra Theme brainstorm force they make

ultimate add-ons for Beaver Builder so if
you want to use Beaver Builder or your websites

and you don’t have the paid version of ultimate
add-ons here is a free plug-in that’s can

add so many additional modules to Beaver Builder
and it’s completely free all of these modules

right here are added for free and this is
great when you’re just starting out you have

maybe a very low budget you want a great looking
website you’re on a super tight budget and

not able to buy any of these things right
now well ultimate add-ons for Beaver Builder

light is fantastic and actually this is used
in some of the Astra Sites demos those free

premade websites so this is everything included
for free with Astro the theme the child theme

all the various plug-ins now in the video
description box I have a link to take you

over to my website right now I’m going to
show you how to install and set up the Pro

or the agency version of Astra but before
you do that when you click on that link it’s

can it take you to this page and essentially
if you were to purchase any of the versions

of Astra dominant explain them all right now
I have set up various bonus packages for you

if you were to purchase it and these are training
courses that I normally sell on my website

but after you purchase Astra I will give them
to you to help you get the most out of building

your WordPress websites so I have a different
package for the different versions of Astra

you can just visit this site right here I
got the link in the video description and

then you can just jump on over to Astra’s
website via one of the links here so here

is Astro Pro now Astra has several versions
I’m in explain them all right now to you so

they can make sense because there’s a lot
of different options so the first option is

Astra Pro and what it is it’s not a different
theme it is a plug-in that you will upload

to the plug-ins of your website in its can
add a lot of additional functionality to your

website and I’m and install it here in a moment
so this is what currently comes with Astra

Pro during a gets so many features so you’re
getting a transparent header a sticky header.

To get page headers and this is actually really
really powerful I have a what actually I have

a video coming that is on these three add-ons
alone because it all has to do with the headers

some more color control better topography
this would be more options for the topography

dynamic hooks I have a specific video on this
as well coming advance footers can give you

more footer layouts a scroll to top Link header
sections white label this is actually really

cool it’s going to allow you to make it look
like with your selling websites in your client

logs in their neck to see the say Astra all
over the place and they’re not to say what

I could just go by Asher what I hire you for
this prevents that you can totally change

how Astra is viewed in WordPress and all of
the plug-ins you can put your company name

all that kind of stuff and and essential your
customers won’t even know that you’re using

Astra now here are some add-ons that aren’t
available right now but they are coming soon

one of them is a spacing control so this is
going to give you full control over the spacing

of elements on your website so this is for
example the spacing around your menu your

your logo your sidebar your headers your edges
everything it’s a complete spacing control

and this will add settings to all of these
different areas in the customizer I did use

a beta version of this it is so crucial to
have it’s gonna make developing sites and

making those final tweaks to it to get it
exactly how you want pixel perfect it’s going

to help you to do that a lot easier next is
an add-on that’s going to give you more header

designs so if you’re any use the headers generated
by the Astra Theme this will have more designs

and more layouts I’m looking forward to this
add-on as well to bring a mega menu feature

that’s when you hover over a menu item some
panel reveals and there’s more links in there

or some kind of a design the layout and that
mega menu blog layouts I can’t wait for this

to come this is a very needed right now at
the Astra Theme blog is very beautiful very

nice but it’s also a little on the basic side
so this is really good to level up those blog

layouts and give you more options then right
here you can have some site layout options

I also used a beta version of this and I gotta
say it is fantastic something that I haven’t

seen in any other theme and then lastly here
is an add-on that’s coming that is very needed

and that is to give you full control over
the styling of WooCommerce pages and this

is really good to make Astra Theme seem to
have if you’re going to have an e-commerce

website now there are most likely to be more
and more add-ons coming soon to show you it

in being installed and how to enable them
but what’s nice is you can just enable what

you’re going to use and you can keep your
website really really lean so now let’s scroll

down and take a look to see how much Astra
costs so there is an annual license right

now it’s only $49 and then when it comes time
to renew it you get a discount this comes

with support and updates you can use it on
as many websites as you want now if you just

wanted a one time fee they have a lifetime
license available so you don’t have to pay

any renewal fees and it is the same thing
he was in on the limited websites and you

get 11 unlimited lifetime updates and support
for this one payment this is actually a fantastic

deal right there it’s a fantastic deal so
this is the pricing for the professional add-on

Astra Pro and like I said it’s just a plug-in
that you install on your website so now let’s

take a quick look at the other option which
is asked for agency and minimal to go ahead

and install everything so I’m in a click on
aster agency here and it’s going to come with

some different things it’s gonna come with
the whole Astra Pro but it also comes with

professional versions of Astra Sites remember
I was showing you the various plug-ins that

you can get for free for Astra one of them
was Astra Sites lights when you get the agency

package you get the professional version of
these websites so many click right here where

it says see all sites now you have the option
of having the Beaver Builder version of these

websites or the Elementor version of these
websites now I’ll let you know these website

designs do not require the paid version of
Beaver Builder or the paid version of Elementor

it’s nice to have those but they are definitely
not required you can toggle between the templates

that are made for Beaver Builder in the time
of the templates made for Elementor and also

they have them hearing categories and also
and I’m in a show you when we are doing this

in the Bakken of WordPress you have the same
sorting options so here are some of the websites

right here they are actually all very very
impressive now when you’re looking through

the various websites you can see right here
it has the title but this one has this badge

right here that says premium these premium
websites you only get if you have Astra agency

okay so you can see the difference right you
can see this once taken advantage of the transparent

header at the top there and a lot of these
designs are going to be taking advantage of

Astra Pro and the features that come with
Astra Pro but all these websites are very

practical and there also very beautiful in
fact they did a full video on one of them

let me click on Elementor here and show you
which one that was as I scroll down I did

a full video tutorial on this template right
here in these are all just very very impressive

websites it’s shocking how good they are so
for example this one right here I can click

on quick view and now I’m fully seeing a demonstration
of this website and this is one of the free

websites right here it’s just mind-boggling
what you get with Astra and a how much better

it is even with Astra Pro so this is the Astra
Sites so let me go back to the agency page

right here now like I said you get the white
version of those websites and they’re fantastic

but if you want the premium ones you have
to have asked her agency which is an additional

plug in that you install on the website but
I’ll demonstrate that so you also get a couple

other goodies so Artie said you get the Astra
Pro plug-in right here you also get something

called Convert Pro and this is a plug-in for
creating pop ups or different opt-in elements

I’ve actually made a review video on this
plug-in it is extremely extremely powerful

and it’s just fantastic and I think in the
future some of those professional Astra Sites

the premium ones will also integrate templates
for Convert Pro so it’s a true one click solution

now if you’re to build websites with Beaver
Builder it’s also can include ultimate add-ons

for Beaver Builder and I use this actually
use it on my website I pretty much use it

on every website this is such a fantastic
plug and it had so much functionality to Beaver

Builder but if your menus Elementor you’re
not to be left out because they are building

ultimate add-ons for Elementor and if you’re
familiar at all with their Beaver Builder

version you have a lot to be excited about
if you’re to build a website with Elementor

once this is released it’s going to be included
in this Astra agency package now obviously

there’s a lot more included in the aster agency
package so take a look at the different pricing

for it so here I am on the pricing section
you have two options you have an annual license

and you have a lifetime license option now
this lifetime license option I think might

be going the way it was only to be there for
a limited time so for the annual license it’s

199 per year now this isn’t intended for the
do-it-yourself guy that’s making one website

but even though if you were just making one
website it’s a really good deal if you can

use all of the plug-ins Convert Pro ultimate
add-ons for Beaver Builder or ultimate add-ons

for Elementor and the Pro version a master
it still a pretty rock and deal however you

really position to benefit the most from this
if you’re making websites for people and selling

websites or you need to make many websites
for yourself whatever you have going on so

here are the options this is a killer deal
actually the 599 because when you think about

it this is literally a one time a fixed cost
and you never need to pay for anything again

and just when you think about the Astra Sites
the premium version I’m sure if you sold one

website you should be selling websites for
over $1000 it will more than pay for itself

on that first website that you sell and they
are adding more and more of these Astra Sites

so so this is ideal if you are a website developer
this will really control your costs to reign

in your costs and it’s totally worth it if
you ask me this is actually what I have the

package that I have and then when you factor
in the bonuses that I include here are the

different bonus packages that I have set up
for the various packages available for Astra

it’s really a good deal it’s just a really
good deal so okay enough of me talking about

all this I did want to explain it because
it could be a little complicated right you’re

here and you’re you’re seeing all these different
options well I just wanted to set the record

straight and get that all clear now when you
purchase the package that is right for you

you’re going to be taken over to store.brainstorm this is where all your purchase

and account information support everything
is going to be done right here and I’m on

my my account page for me to get these links
right here to download the plug-ins that you

just purchased so I’m going to install Astra
Pro and Astra Pro sites right now you just

go ahead and click on these links right there
to download them now when you hover over the

account link right here there is a license
option I’m actually not to click on this because

it’s gonna show you my licenses so you need
to click on that input the different licenses

were in a copy and paste them into Astro so
that we enable updates and stuff like that

so now let’s go back to our site right here
some to click on upload plug-in and I’ve already

downloaded Astra Pro summonses drag-and-drop
Astra Pro right here when I click on install

now and it’s just going to take a moment then
to go ahead and activate it now in a moment

I’ll come back and put in Astra Sites so we
see we have the one plug-in right there now

if I go over to appearance and I go down to
Astra right here we have this tab that says

add-ons and this is what was just added and
we also have this white label option I want

to talk about that in a moment so for add-ons
what you can do is just go through and activate

whichever ones that you want or you can click
right here words is activate all add-ons it’s

going to go ahead and activate all of them
up for you now some of them are going to add

new tabs so words is manage settings that
usually means is going to add a new tab so

if I refresh the page organist see two new
tabs one for the headers and one for the books

some to go ahead and click on refresh and
there it is advance headers advanced hooks

and white label the only thing left to do
on this page would be to copy and paste your

license key right here and click on activate
license and then that’s going to make it so

that you will get update notifications and
though be one click updating and that’s simply

what you’re gonna want so now let me go back
to plug-ins add new and this time I’m been

installed the premium version of Astra Sites
and I have that downloaded him Dragon name

dropping when a click on install now I’m a
go ahead and activate that as well so what

this is going to do is it’s going to add a
new option underneath appearance so we were

just in Astra now we have Astra Sites some
to go ahead and click on this and we have

that same view that I showed you on the Astro
website where you can choose which builder

you’re using it and you can choose the website
just by scrolling down and choosing it super

easy to install any of these all you do is
click on details and preview and it will tell

you what plug-ins are required you can click
on each of these one by one to install and

then right here the button will say import
site it all takes just a moment or two and

here’s one of the premium ones right here
looks like I didn’t put my license code and

so it’s not showing that to me so let me actually
do that right now I’m in a go back to Astra

and then I’m going to go back to add-ons right
here and I’m in a go ahead and put my license

code in okay I pasted my license code in and
I activated that now there’s two ways to activate

the premium version of Astra Sites the first
way is to click on Astra Sites right here

go back to where it says a premium one like
this the spa one is premium click on details

and preview I can click on validate license
it’s going to open up in a new tab and I’m

gonna get this pop-up right here to paste
my license key in the other option would’ve

been to just come here to plug-ins and click
right here where it says activate license

someone go ahead and enter my license and
click on activate okay after you do that it

should say license successfully validated
animal to go like this and it changed from

that big red notice to this beautiful green
notice so now I go to parents and I go to

Astra Sites and then I’m in a click on one
of these premium ones right here let’s see

if that went away and it did so it’s just
prompting me to install these two plug-ins

and I will have this beautiful website all
ready to go on this site right here so that

is the Astra Sites and that is activating
these plugs you definitely want to go through

the process of activating because it’s gonna
make it so you get notifications for updates

and you will always be on the latest version
of all of these things so I want to go back

to Astra and I want to show you something
right here this is the white label option

and this comes with Astra Pro now this is
not for reselling assets on a white label

resale license this is just for changing the
way that Astra appears when your client or

your customer logs into the backend of WordPress
and it’s pretty comprehensive it’s can allow

you to change the branding before the theme
it’s can allow you to change the branding

of the Pro plug-in and the Astra Sites plug-in
but I will tell you you can disable or deactivate

and delete the Astra Sites plug-in after you
use it there’s no need to keep that one so

anyways you can go here and essentially when
you click on themes it’s going to change this

right here for the parent theme so won’t say
asteroid will say what you want and you can

change this link in this bit of text and it
will say whatever you want you can even change

the thumbnail to maybe your company logo or
something like that so that is the different

white label options right here so now all
that’s left is to click on customize right

here and it’s going to put you into the customizer
and you can start customizing your Astra based

website you have all of the options are to
be found in here so just a reminder this is

the first video in a video series covering
every aspect of the free version of Astra

Astra Pro and Astra agency and all of these
tutorial videos are going to be completely

free I will have a link in the video description
box to the organize playlist for all of these

videos now what I wanted to ask you though
if you’re not subscribed one that you consider

clicking on that subscribe button and if you’d
like video notifications are sent Bill off

to the right you can click on that and you
too will let you know when I have a new video

but what would really help me out is if anyone
that you come across as having a question

about Astra that you point them to the video
playlist or the particular video that they’re

struggling with so you can in turn help that
person understand how to use Astra better

so they can get more out of it that really
helps me out and if you don’t have Astra Pro

or agency and are considering it go ahead
and click on the link that I have in the video

description box or you can go to
and you can read about the various bonus packages

that I put together for Astra so I’m looking
forward to seeing you in the next video please

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questions about any of the content in this

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  1. hey Adam, there are no references in Google to the change from Advanced Hooks (in Astra Pro Add-ons) but a good topic for one of your videos to your audience might be an update to where a person would paste in Google Analytics code. It must be real recent that they changed their Advanced Hooks to Custom Layouts. I added it there since Advanced hooks doesn’t show up in add ons. I have reached out to Astra team to verify that this is correct. But NO WHERE on line or in their support can I locate this tidbit of confirmation. So thought I’d shoot that idea to you as I’m sure many will be searching for that info in 2018. Thanks for leading me to Astra pro. I really love it. Built one site so far on Astra pro for a new client.

    1. They changed it 2 – 3 months ago. Yea the best location is in the wp head. You should see that as an option. I know Astra is adding a ton of documentation to their website right now, but an updated tutorial video is on the way for sure.

      1. Thank you Adam. I did figure it out by verifying the analytics code through search console. so all is well. I”m glad to hear they are add a ton of documentation. its lacking but that doesn’t affect my appreciation of the theme/plugin over all. Very pleased with the value.

  2. I am just starting with Astra. I downloaded the “Workplace” demo theme but do not like it.

    Is there some way to uninstall the demo?

    I want to start afresh and follow your tutorials step by step.



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