This is a very tough comparison because these are 2 of the very best themes for WordPress. For my sites, I choose Astra Theme, but it was a close call. Ultimately I like the direction Astra Theme is headed, how it was built from the ground up to be the fastest theme built for any page builder. There are many similarities, but I find that everything is easier to do with Astra Theme, but it's really hard to argue which is the better theme. At this point, GeneratePress has a larger userbase and much more documentation also v2 was just released with speed improvements. However, you are more likely to get new useful features from Astra because Tom, the GeneratePress developer, is too tight with what he will add to his theme. It's close, but I give the edge to Astra.
Astra Theme Overview
Astra is a free WordPress theme that has excellent speed and simplicity. Pair it with Astra Sites (free plugin), and anyone can have a beautiful website with a few mouse clicks. There is also a Pro version available that makes Astra the perfect theme.
GeneratePress is a lightweight theme that can be extended with a premium pack of extensions. It will work with most page builders and has the most extensive documentation of any theme.
Astra Theme Key Features
- Focused On Speed
- Easy To Configure
- Compatable With All Page Builders
- Powerful Add-on Package
- WooCommerce Support
- Ready Made Templates
GeneratePress Key Features
- Page Builder Compatibility
- Many Customizer Options
- Supportive Developer
- Extensive Documentation
- Large Userbase
- Actively Developed
Astra Theme Things To Consider
Astra Theme was released in 2017, which means it's the new kid on the block. But don't let that dissuade you because it is developed by a very talented WordPress development company, Brainstorm Force.
An area for improvement is in the user documentation. Personally, it's not an issue for me, but for many new users, it would be really helpful.
GeneratePress Things To Consider
GeneratePress has been around for quite some time, and with that, there will be some things that don't make sense in the customizer. Mostly the way options are organized.
Also, it was not initially designed to be a theme that works with any page builder, so with that there are options that you will not be using.
My long-term concern is that the developer is not really a fan of page builders despite it being the main driver of sales. There are many things that would just be easier for the theme to have a setting for, but I fear the developer is overly conservative in what he will implement.
Astra Theme Coupon / Discount
There are currently no active Astra Theme Coupon or Astra Theme Discounts available. However, if you do purchase Astra Theme through the link on this website, I will give you access to one of my premium training course which normally sells for $49.
GeneratePress Coupon / Discount
There are currently no active GeneratePress Coupon or GeneratePress Discounts available.
Astra Theme Review Summary
Astra Theme is an excellent choice for any WordPress web design project. In fact, it is the theme that I am using on this website and all of my website projects.
I have full confidence in the developer and have been very impressed with how well coded the theme is.
But more then that, the theme is so simple to use because of all of the care and thought that has gone into it. In most situations, it configures itself based on the tools you are using.
GeneratePress Review Summary
GeneratePress is a rock solid choice for you to build your website on. Many highly experienced developers use GeneratePress for all of their projects. Pair that with the amazing support that Tom delivers and you have the perfect theme for just about any website project.
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