Astra has established itself as one of the most versatile and functional WordPress themes in the market. Hello is another widely used theme launched by Elementor.
Which one is better for your website? Let’s find out. In this article I will describe both themes, show you the differences and help you choose the one that fits your needs.
1. Installations and reviews
You can download these themes for free on WordPress.org or install them directly from your WordPress admin area (go to Appearance – Themes – Add new – Search for Astra or Hello).
Both themes are extremely popular within WordPress community and are used by a large number of website owners.
|Active Installations||Average Rating|
|Astra: 1,000,000+||4.9 out of 5 stars; 4,925 reviews ★★★★★|
|Hello: 700,000+||4.7 out of 5 stars; 66 reviews ★★★★★|
As you can see, Astra has more than 1 Mln active installations and much more reviews. Hello theme is catching up in terms of active installations, but has fewer reviews.
You can adjust Astra using the default WordPress Customizer (WordPress admin – Appearance – Customize). All the global customization options are available in the Customizer and on the page/post level.
All the edits are visible in the front end and are updated in real time. It’s pretty simple to get used with the Customizer and start adjusting your site’s design and functionality.
There is also a dedicated area located under Appearance – Astra Options. Over there, you can access specific Customizer Settings and extend the functionality of your site with free plugins offered by Astra.
Hello theme can be also adjusted within WordPress Customizer (very limited options). However, it was primarily designed for Elementor page builder, which offers multiple customization options in its own editor.
To get the most of it, you will need to define your global settings and edit pages right inside Elementor builder. The editor is packed with a large amount of options, so you might find it a little overwhelming at the beginning.
The editor offers a selection of predefined widgets which you can drag and drop on your page and edit them instantly. The design is based on a grid/section system, where you can include different elements and drag them around.
Astra is packed with a decent amount of useful features. The free version offers you everything you need to launch a functional website. If you need some more advanced options, you can anytime opt for the premium version.
Here is a list of features available in Astra:
- Header and footer builder
- Sticky header/mobile header
- Mega menu
- Colors & typography
- Boxed, full width, fluid layouts
- Spacing controls
- Grid, list, masonry blog layouts
- Infinite loading
- Above & below header content
- Custom header & footer
- Custom layouts
- WooCommerce options
- Display conditions
I like the fact that Astra integrates with lesser known tools, for example they provide support for EDD (Easy Digital Downloads) plugin which is a great alternative to WooCommerce.
View the full list of features.
Hello includes lots of features as well, but you need to use it with Elementor builder. Otherwise, it’s just a blank WordPress theme. It doesn’t even include basic options and widgets.
Once you install and use it with Elementor builder, it becomes a powerful combination. Here are some features:
- Over 80 design widgets
- Global fonts and colors
- Copy/paste and drag & drop everything
- Motion effects
- Slides & carousels
- Scrolling effects
- Header and footer builder
- Popup builder
- Sticky elements
- Social buttons
- Dynamic content
- WooCommerce builder
- Forms (contact, subscription, login)
As you can see, there are plenty of features to power your website and implement pretty much anything you need.
4. Performance and SEO
Astra has been built with performance and speed in mind. Being a lightweight theme, it loads in less than 0.5 seconds.
Astra is also SEO friendly and is packed with some handy options like built-in schema markup, built-in breadcrumbs, AMP compatibility, optimized header tags and more.
Hello theme is fast and lightweight out of the box. However, once you install the Elementor plugin and start creating stuff, it becomes heavier and can slow down your web pages.
This is happening because the builder is adding extra scripts and styles to your site, on top of those available in the theme. The team behind Elementor is working on improving the builder in terms of speed though.
Hello theme plays well with the most popular SEO plugins and offers some basic SEO features like HTML tags management.
5. Predefined templates
Astra offers an impressive amount of built-in templates. You can choose from more than 150 templates for a wide range of website types: blogs, agencies, startups, businesses, cafes, restaurants, podcasts, e-commerce and many more.
The themes look fresh and modern and are available for the following page builders:
In order to import any of the predefined templates you will need to install the Starter Templates plugin provided by Astra. You can import complete templates, individual pages or even sections, which is very handy.
Hello theme is a blank theme by default. In order to import any templates you need the Elementor builder.
Elementor offers more than 200 design elements, consisting of different blocks, pages and templates.
If we talk about complete website templates, there are about 10-20 complete designs for different kind of websites. The old ones look a bit outdated.
Anyway, the advantage of Hello is the possibility to design your pages as you wish. You have maximum control over your design.
Astra theme includes the following integrations:
- Easy Digital Downloads
- Convert Pro
- Schema Pro
Hello theme integrates with an impressive amount of tools:
- Campaign Monitor
- Adobe TypeKit
- Facebook SDK
- Font Awesome
Check out the full list of features and integrations here.
Price wise Astra theme is very affordable (you can of course use the free version). At the moment, there are 3 premium plans:
|Astra Pro||Essential Bundle||Growth Bundle|
|$59 / year||$169 / year||$249 / year|
|All Astra Pro Features||All Astra Pro Features||All Astra Pro Features|
|100+ Free Starter Templates||150+ Premium Starter Templates||150+ Premium Starter Templates|
|One-to-One Support||One-to-One Support||One-to-One Support|
|Extensive Training||Extensive Training||Extensive Training|
|Unlimited Website Usage||Unlimited Website Usage||Unlimited Website Usage|
|WP Portfolio Plugin||WP Portfolio Plugin|
|One of the Following Addons:||Ultimate Addons for Elementor|
|Ultimate Addons for Elementor||Ultimate Addons for Beaver|
|Ultimate Addons for Beaver||Convert Pro Plugin|
|Schema Pro Plugin|
|All Future Plugins|
These 3 plans are also available as lifetime plans, meaning that you can purchase any of them them once and have lifetime access to premium features, templates, plugins and future releases.
Hello theme is free to use for any purposes. However, if you need premium features, you can choose from 5 plans provided by Elementor Pro builder. Here are the plans:
|$49 / year||$99 / year||$199 / year||$499 / year||$999 / year|
|For 1 Site||For 3 Sites||For 25 Sites||For 100 Sites||For 1,000 Sites|
|90+ Widgets||90+ Widgets||90+ Widgets||90+ Widgets||90+ Widgets|
|300+ Pro Templates||300+ Pro Templates||300+ Pro Templates||300+ Pro Templates||300+ Pro Templates|
|Theme Builder||Theme Builder||Theme Builder||Theme Builder||Theme Builder|
|WooCommerce Builder||WooCommerce Builder||WooCommerce Builder||WooCommerce Builder||WooCommerce Builder|
|Popup Builder||Popup Builder||Popup Builder||Popup Builder||Popup Builder|
|Support for 1 Year||Support for 1 Year||Support for 1 Year||Support for 1 Year||Support for 1 Year|
|Updates for 1 Year||Updates for 1 Year||Updates for 1 Year||Support for 1 Year||Support for 1 Year|
|10+ Full Website Design Kits||10+ Full Website Design Kits||10+ Full Website Design Kits|
|VIP Support||VIP Support|
|Experts Network||Experts Network|
The free version of Astra is supported on WordPress.org forums. There are plenty of useful questions and answers and a big community of users willing to help.
For the premium version, you have the following support options:
- Comprehensive docs
- Email support (ticket system)
- Video tutorials
- Private Facebook group
Astra has been in the business for 4 years now, so there are lots of help resources, tips, videos, tutorials, etc. to help you get started and tweak your website.
Hello theme is also supported via forums on WordPress.org. You can create a topic any time and there should be enthusiasts willing to help.
The premium version of Elementor offers you more support options. Here are some of them:
- Help center
- Video tutorials
- Public Facebook group
- Premium support (average response time 1 day)
- Live chat (Studio and Agency plans only)
Which theme is best for you?
If you want to import a premade design, customize it and launch your website in a relatively short period of time, then go for Astra theme.
It works with the most popular WordPress page builders, has an impressive amount of starter templates, is fast, SEO friendly and easy to customize.
If you like to build things from scratch and require a more granular control over your website’s design and functionality, then Hello theme + Elementor builder is a great choice for you.
It has more integrations and plenty of features to help you build and customize your website without coding skills.