GeneratePress vs Astra: Which WordPress Theme Should You Use in 2021?

GeneratePress vs Astra —

Trying to decide between GeneratePress vs Astra as your WordPress site’s theme?

By the numbers, these are two of the most popular WordPress themes. They also have the same basic approach, which makes it tough to choose between them.

Both offer lightweight multipurpose foundations with abundant WordPress Customizer controls to help you customize them. You can use each for everything from a blog to a business site, ecommerce store, membership site, and more.

Overall, you won’t go wrong either way, but each theme has some unique strong points that might push you in one direction or another. To help you find those differences, we’ll compare GeneratePress vs Astra in a number of key areas including:

  • User interface
  • Starter sites
  • Pricing
  • Modules
  • Free vs premium features
  • Layout and style customization
  • Performance
  • Page builder integrations
  • Developer compatibility
  • Ecommerce integration
  • Other integrations
  • Support and documentation

Let’s get started!

Note – we want to disclose that GeneratePress is a Kinsta hosting client. However, we didn’t give GeneratePress any special treatment in this comparison – we kept things completely unbiased.

GeneratePress vs Astra — Quick Introductions

Before we get to the comparison, we’ll quickly introduce these two themes.


GeneratePress is a lightweight, multipurpose theme from Tom Usborne. Out of the box, it adds under 10 KB in size and it has a great reputation for clean code.

As of December 2020, GeneratePress is active on over 300,000 sites according to It has a perfect 5-star rating on over 1,150 reviews.


Astra is also a lightweight, multipurpose theme, weighing in at under 50 KB. It comes from Brainstorm Force, the same team behind a number of other popular plugins including Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg/Elementor/Beaver Builder.

Astra has the impressive distinction of being the only non-default WordPress theme to ever pass one million active installs at It also has a perfect 5-star rating on over 4,800 reviews.

(Suggested reading: 11 Fastest WordPress Themes Based on Thorough Testing).

GeneratePress vs Astra — User Interface

Both GeneratePress and Astra rely on the WordPress Customizer to make most of your changes, which offers a convenient visual, code-free interface to make changes. Another benefit of using the Customizer is that it lets you preview your changes in real-time, no need to save and refresh.

In this section, we’ll compare the onboarding and user interface of each theme. We’re going to specifically focus on the free themes at for this section, but we’ll touch on lots of premium features as we get further into the comparison.


GeneratePress doesn’t offer starter sites in its free version (but does with the premium



This article was written by Matteo Duò and originally published on Blog – Kinsta.

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