Raise your hand if you are you a WordPress Designer or Developer! Choosing the Theme to work on for web design project was very much time-consuming in the past until the appearance of page builders such as WPBakery, Elementor, Beaver, Visual Composer etc.

And honestly, I’m tired of the search for a suitable Theme and crack my head figuring out how it works. I will love to stick to 1 powerful theme for all projects if possible.

Several results appear in the google search; multipurpose and light weighted for my upcoming projects. The top 3 that appeared the most are:

1. Astra, US$59 per year, unlimited websites
2. Neve, offer US$59 (US$118) per year, unlimited websites for Business plan
3. OceanWP (I’m skipping this because it’s too pricey.)

I purchased both Astra and Neve to try them out for a single project. And both are impressive for its compatibility with Elementor, but it didn’t take long for me to decide on sticking with former one.

Why?

Neve is missing out a number of essential design elements for Woocomerce, and header, footer settings. the alignment for responsive menu isn’t intuitive as it claims.

1. Cart Icon Option

There’s no way to change the look of the entire shopping cart in Neve at the moment. Astra offers:

  • 6 cart icons to choose from
  • customize cart menu buttons: colors, button radius
  • toggle display of cart total quantity & value
Cart icon option in Astra Customizer
Editable cart menu & button
Out of stock status

3. Custom Layout – Header & Footer

I was blown away by this feature while reading Astra‘s documentation. Typical themes limit the design to 3~5 pre-set footer layout via widgets and customizer. Hence you may notice most websites contains a footer with 2~5 columns and plain background.

Astra not only offers similar options in the customizer, it also allows designers to change the look with page builder! No coding, no additional plugin, no limitations.

Heya, I’m still working on this article. Please wait patiently for the full article. Thanks!

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