Updated Astra WordPress Theme Delivers Stronger Performance

The popular free Astra WordPress theme has just been updated to version 3.8.0, which offers faster performance on the backend and frontend, improving workflow to make designing a website easier and faster, while which makes the layout controls more intuitive and powerful.

Astra Free WordPress Theme

Astra is a free WordPress theme that has a rare five-star rating on the official WordPress theme website.

According to the Astra theme homepage, it is trusted by organizations like Stanford University and NASA and used by over 1.6 million websites.

Its popularity is due to how easy it is to design while being light on code to improve performance.

It is designed to be SEO-ready right out of the box, including Schema.org structured data code built into the theme itself.

Astra also works well with leading page builders like Elementor, Beaver Builder, Divi, Visual Composer, SiteOrigin, WooCommerce, and many others.

One of the main reasons for its popularity is the ability to import ready-to-use starter templates that are appropriate for different industries and uses.

The free version of the Astra theme has been updated to version 3.8.0.

There is also a paid pro version of the theme and that has been updated to version 3.6.8.

Simplified Design Flow

The redesigned Astra theme now features an easier design flow that helps editors and designers make websites faster.

Thoughtful enhancements to the Latest Posts Block automate layout features so it looks great without having to worry about small design details.

Headers, link colors, and fonts come with default states that are based on the theme’s style settings.

The Pullquote block and Quote block were also improved, fixing a styling issue that kept text aligned to the left even when the text inside the quote was centered.

Astra’s announcement explained:

โ€œPreviously, when I moved the citation to the center-middle or center-right position, it would still display as left-aligned. This has now been changed and looks much better. โ€

More control over design elements

In addition to making some styling elements automatic, Astra now gives you more freedom to change the way your page layout looks.

For example, the recently updated theme allows users to change link colors, made it easier to change margins and padding, and added more control over borders so they can be styled according to preferred width, color, and even radius. of the users.

Astra added the ability to disable the header area at the top of the page globally/site wide.

The layout controls have been updated to make them more intuitive and easier to use. For example, dropdown controls are now available through button selection controls.

There is also a new way for publishers to adjust the default content width to any desired size by adding a filter to the child theme.

Astra noted:

โ€œโ€ฆyou now have better control over the sidebar and content layout with visual layout layouts to choose from within the block editor.

Page elements that have had the number of toggles reduced or will appear conditionally, which in turn will load the page faster.โ€

performance improvements

Astra continues to focus on making your theme faster than before. While the performance improvements may seem modest, even small improvements can lead to more sales, conversions, and page views. So this is a big step in the right direction.

The improvements made are on the backend for users who are designing and also on the frontend where site visitors will have a better experience.

According to Astra:

โ€œA study says that the use of CSS on your website is directly proportional to the speed of your website. The more CSS you use, the slower your website will load.

Since website speed is one of the main ranking factors, it is very important to minimize the use of CSS.

That’s what we’ve done with the block editor. We have used the WordPress built-in CSS and have reduced the use of CSS in the theme.โ€

Backend improvements

On the backend, the dynamic CSS has been reduced from 21.4KB to 7KB. Static CSS is reduced from 21KB to 15KB, and page size on the backend is reduced from 588KB to 547KB.

Interface improvements

In the frontend, the CSS has been reduced from 9.77KB to 4.44KB and the page size has been reduced from 111KB to 106KB.

Other backend changes include moving the font customizer controls to React JS to make it faster to use.

The Astra theme keeps getting better

Almost two million websites worldwide trust the free Astra theme because it makes website design easy, especially with the built-in template importer.

With improvements to site performance and design features, Astra continues to earn the position of being one of the most popular WordPress themes in the world.

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Read the official Astra theme changelog

Changelog for the free version of Astra 3.8.0

Read the details of theme improvements

Improved block editor experience with Astra

Astra WordPress theme official page

Astra from Brainstorm Force