Astra vs OceanWP and Why I Chose Astra

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Let me tell you one thing: both Astra and OceanWP are great WordPress themes. You can use them for practically any type of website. They’re packed with lots of features, great customization options and integrations.

However, I prefer Astra and I will explain why. First, let’s see what is the difference between these 2 awesome themes.

1. Free vs Pro versions

Both themes are free to use and have pro versions, if you need more advanced features, multiple site layouts and demos, better typography, WooCoomerce integration and many other options.

You can download them for free on WordPress.org (get Astra, get OceanWP) or install them right away from your WordPress admin area (Appearance – Themes – Add new – Search for Astra or OceanWP).

These themes are extremely popular and are used by thousands of WordPress users. Here is more info from WordPress site:

Active installs:Average rating:
Astra: 1,000,000+Astra: 5 out of 5 stars 4,677 reviews
Ocean: 600,000+Ocean: 4.9 out of 5 stars 4,067 reviews

Astra and OceanWP are available in Premium versions as well. The Pro versions will give you even more freedom to customize your site as you wish and plenty of features to enhance your website functionality.

Winner: Astra

2. Price comparison

Here is the amount you’ll have to pay for premium versions. There are 3 plans for each of them.

Astra Pro

Astra ProMini Agency BundleAgency Bundle
$59 / year$169 / year$249 / year
All Astra Pro FeaturesAll Astra Pro FeaturesAll Astra Pro Features
20+ Free Starter Templates55+ Free Starter Templates55+ Free Starter Templates
One-to-One SupportOne-to-One SupportOne-to-One Support
Unlimited Website UsageUnlimited Website UsageUnlimited Website Usage
WP Portfolio PluginWP Portfolio Plugin
One of the Following Addons:Ultimate Addons for Elementor
Ultimate Addons for ElementorUltimate Addons for Beaver
Ultimate Addons for BeaverConvert Pro Plugin
Schema Pro Plugin
SkillJet Academy

OceanWP Pro

PersonalBusinessAgency
$39 / year$79 / year$129 / year
For 1 SiteFor 2 SitesFor 25 Sites
12 Months of Updates & Support12 Months of Updates & Support12 Months of Updates & Support
8 Free Extensions8 Free Extensions8 Free Extensions
13 Premium Extensions13 Premium Extensions13 Premium Extensions
13 Free Demos13 Free Demos13 Free Demos
60 Pro Demos Included60 Pro Demos Included60 Pro Demos Included

As you can see, OceanWP Pro is a little bit cheaper, but you can only use it on a limited number of websites. On the other hand, Astra Pro can be used on an unlimited number of sites, so I would definitely recommend it for those who want to use it on more than 2-3 sites.

Winner: Astra

3. Customization and ease of use

Customizing these themes is pretty simple and straightforward. All the customization options are available within WordPress Customizer (go to Appearance – Customize). There you’ll be able to adjust pretty much everything that is related to your website design.

appearance customize wordpress astra

The free version of OceanWP offers a lot of adjustment options. You need to install the Ocean Extra plugin to benefit from all these features. Once installed, you’ll be able to install new demos, import/export settings, get more add-ons and many more (all located under Theme Panel area).

OceanWP theme panel

Astra free offers you some decent adjustments and I like they way it works – it’s simple to use, well organized and easy to understand. You simply install the theme and adjust it right away (go to Appearance – Astra Options), without the need to install extra plugins or search for tutorials.

Astra theme options

Another thing that I like at Astra (and you don’t have this in OceanWP) is the built-in “Astra Settings” option when you edit a page or post. You can choose to hide/show specific elements like title, featured image, breadcrumb, etc. and adjust the settings for you sidebar or header.

Astra settings wordpress back end

Winner: Astra

4. Demo sites

You get more than 20 demos with Astra free and more than 55 demo sites with Astra Pro.

starter websites astra pro

OceanWP offer you 13 free demos and 60 premium demos if you opt for their Pro version.

demo sites OceanWP

As of design quality, I like the Astra site demos more, I think they look modern, fresh, minimalist and they feel fast and light. You can choose from a wide variety of demo sites like: blog, agency, business, corporate, ecommerce, etc.

Winner: Astra

5. Features

Both WordPress themes are packed with an impressive amount of features.

Astra has plenty of features to satisfy your needs. Here are just some of them:

  • Header and footer options
  • Custom page headers
  • Sticky headers
  • Boxed, full-width, fluid layouts
  • Mega menu
  • Google and custom fonts
  • Colors and typography management
  • Custom sidebar
  • WooCoomerce ready

OceanWP on the other hand offers you multiple extra features via Extensions. You can download for free or buy them individually or get them all in a bundle.

Here are some extension you might find useful:

  • Cookie notice
  • Instagram feed
  • Posts slider
  • Popup login
  • Sticky footer
  • Demo import

Winner: Draw

6. Compatibility with page builders

Both Astra and OceanWP are compatible with most popular WordPress page builders like: Elementor, Beaver Builder, Brizy and others. This gives you even more customization possibilities on top of multiple built-in features.

OceanWP works with all of the builders mentioned above + a few extra: Thrive Architect, Visual Composer, SiteOrigin and more.

oceanwp page builders

If you’re using anything than Elementor or Beaver Builder, then OceanWP is the best choice for you.

Winner: OceanWP

7. Speed and SEO

Both themes are super fast. You can find lots of speed comparison articles where Astra and OceanWP are in top positions. The teams behind both products made sure that their WordPress templates are lightning fast.

Even so, I consider that Astra is better, because it has SEO and performance specific features like: built-in schema markup, built-in AMP compatibility, built-in breadcrumbs, optimized header tags and more.

Also, it’s compatible with most popular SEO plugins like: Yoast, Rank Math, All in one SEO Pack, SEOPress etc.

Winner: Astra

8. Integrations

Integrations are mostly available with the Pro versions.

Astra Pro has the following integrations:

  • LifterLMS
  • LearnDash
  • WooCommerce
  • Easy Digital Downloads
  • Convert Pro
  • Schema Pro

On the other hand, OceanWP Pro includes the following integrations:

  • WooCommerce
  • LearnDash
  • LifterLMS
  • Easy Digital Downloads
  • bbPress

Winner: Draw

Conclusion

Both these WordPress themes are just great.

If you have some technical knowledge, need lots of free options and don’t need the theme for multiple websites, then go for OceanWP.

If you need a user-friendly, fast, great looking theme with lots of advanced features, then Astra is the best option for you. Also, you can use it on an unlimited number of websites.

I prefer Astra, because it just works and has everything you need. It’s easy to use and customize, looks nice, is SEO friendly and offers you a wide range of features. What else you can want from a WordPress theme?