If you are planning to start a WordPress website, I assure you find Astra is the best WordPress theme.
However, Kadence is the new theme in the WordPress marketplace, so the competition is tough.
But if you compare both, I really appreciate the work of Kadence wp theme. They made their place in such a short time and competed with the most popular themes.
However, I am using the Astra Pro theme for this website.
But if you had to compare Astra vs Kadence, which one comes out on top?
That’s what this article is all about.
Both of the themes has a free and paid version, and both offer everything you need to build a beautiful website.
Astra vs Kadence Features Comparison:
|Pricing||Premium start at $59/Year||Premium start at $69/Year|
|Starter Templates||61 Free 78 with Premium version||9 Gutenberg templates, and 5 Elementor templates.|
|Performance||5 Star||5 Star|
|Page Builder Compatible||Yes, Compatible with major page builders (Elementor, Beaver Builder)||Yes, Compatible with major page builders (Elementor, Beaver Builder)|
|Explore WP Astra||Explore Kadence WP|
Now let’s jump to the complete comparison section.
Table of Contents
- Astra vs Kadence – Which is the best WordPress Theme?
- Astra vs Kadence: User Interface
- Page Builders Compatibility
- WooCommerce Integration
- Developer Friendly
- Support and Documentation
Astra vs Kadence – Which is the best WordPress Theme?
Before we jump to start comparing Astra vs Kadence, let’s overview the little bit introduction.
Astra is developed by BrainStorm Force. Right now, the theme is used by over 1+ million active installations. According to the WordPress website, it gets a 5-star rating from 4727 users. Astra is a super-fast, fully customizable, and beautifully designed WordPress theme. It is suitable for a business website, blogs, personal portfolio, and WooCommerce store. It is pre-build with major page builders such as Elementor and Beaver Builder. The company has also developed some popular plugins such as Ultimate Addons for Elementor, Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder, Convert Pro, and Schema Pro.
On the other hand, Kadence has become popular in a brief period. Kadence offers most of the features for free. According to WordPress, the Kadence theme is downloaded by 20k+ active installation and gets a 5-star rating by 88 users. Kadence theme is also super-fast, fully customizable, and beautifully designed and suitable for almost every website (business website, blogs, portfolios, WooCommerce store, etc.). Kadence also develops some plugins such as Kadence Blocks, Kadence Woo Extra, etc.
Both the theme designed well, lightweight, load faster, and fully-responsive. Both themes offer a free and paid version, but the Kadence theme has all the needed features in the free version.
Astra vs Kadence: User Interface
When it comes to the UI, both Kadence vs Astra has a unique interface. If we differentiate between the Kadence theme and the Astra theme, both have many customization features and plugins to enhance the functionality.
Here is Astra’s options page:
In Astra, you will find customizer settings where you can Upload logo, Customize fonts, Header Options, Footer settings, Set colors, Layout options, Blog layout, and Sidebar options. Astra Pro plugins activation option to enhance functionality.
There are also several links on the right sidebar for the Knowledge base and Astra community.
Here is Kadence’s options page:
In Kadence, you can customize your Brand logo, Global colors, Typography, Header layout, Page layout, and Footer layout on the options page. If you have a Kadence Pro version, you can do more with the Kadence Pro Addons option.
You will find a video tutorial to get started with the Kadence theme and Documentation in the getting started section.
You will find the Kadence community, video tutorials, Documentation, and support option to submit your query on the right side.
Nobody likes a slow website. So we make some speed tests using GTmetrix, Google PageSpeed Insights, and Pingdom.
I used the DreamHost Managed WordPress Hosting plan and subdomain of this website to do this test, i.e., demo.conceptblogging.com.
After all the tests, I found some exciting results; look at the below comparison test.
Astra vs Kadence: GTmetrix speed test
When I did the GTmetrix speed test, I found both the website is load very quickly.
Here is the result.
Astra theme performance 99% with grade A, it loads in 826ms with 9 page requests. The theme is very lightweight, 43.1KB in size.
As per the GTmetrix result, Astra performs very well.
When you customize the site and use plugins, the actual result will be different. This result has based on the fresh installation of a WordPress theme with no additional plugins in use.
We did the same test with the Kadence theme, and here is the result.
Kadence theme performance 97% with grade A, it loads in 929ms with 11 page requests. The theme size is 42.8KB, which is .3 KB lesser than Astra.
However, the result shows Astra perform 103ms faster than Kadence.
Astra vs Kadence: PageSpeed Insights test
The Google PageSpeed Insights test result show very minor difference in comparison.
Here are the results.
Both the themes really work well, only minor change in speed index result shows Kadence work better than Astra by 0.2 s (Astra takes 1.2 seconds to load and Kadence take 1.0 seconds).
Both themes result shows 0ms blocking time which is quite impressive.
However, Google PageSpeed test shows Kadence is faster than Astra by 0.2 seconds.
Astra vs Kadence: Pingdom speed test
After doing the Pingdom speed test, the results are different, which helps us select our final verdict in performance.
So, here is the Astra test results.
Astra theme load in really less time of 527ms with 47.9 KB of page size and 9 page request.
As per Pingdom improve page performance, Astra makes a fever HTTP request. The compress components with gzip shows 34 which will improve by using CDN and cache plugins.
Here is the Kadence results.
Kadence theme load in 1.03ms after 2-3 test attempt the result were same. The page size of Kadence theme is 48.5 KB which is quite good but still theme take time to load.
After the all three test our final verdict is Astra is better than Kadence in performance.
The customization is the most exciting part of website designing. The design of your website looks depend on your taste, but it also depends on the theme “how do they design theme so that you can use it easily.”
I have tried so many themes such as Generate Press (Which is another most popular theme after Astra), Neve, Ocean WP, but I found Astra is best for Ease of use and functionality.
But after using the Kadence theme, I become a fan of the Kadence theme. They design it with so much effort; Kadence is the most specific theme I have ever tried in WordPress. It has lots of features that enhance functionality.
This is how the customization menu looks like Astra and Kadence theme.
I have chosen 4 sections to compare, which is an essential part while designing a WordPress website.
- Header section
- Footer section
- Color pallet
- Theme Layout
Now let’s jump to the first part.
Theme header decides how your brand looks. This is the part that appears on every page of your website. It help to recognize your brand.
In the Astra theme, the header menu can customize Site Identity (which has the option to select logo), Primary header, Primary Menu, Transparent header. Here is the image of UI in the header section.
In the Kadence theme, the header menu can customize Logo, Primary Navigation, Secondary Navigation, Search, Button, Social, HTML, Transparent header, and Sticky header. Here is the image of how the interface looks like on the header section.
Kadence has much better than Astra in the header design section. It has a 3-row option to design, and it makes the task very easy for beginners. If you want to make the same header design in Astra, you have to use Elementor Pro.
A footer is also the most important section which appears on every page of your website. A footer contains information about the author, some important links, copyright data, contact, and other useful information.
In the Astra theme, the footer menu has 2 options to customize: the footer widget and the footer bar. In the footer widget, you can add up to 4 column footer widgets, and it has fundamental options where you can customize the copyright details in the footer bar.
Here the footer menu looks like in the Astra theme.
In the Kadence theme, you can customize the footer menu like a pro; it can add 5 columns and 3 rows. You can easily add widgets, social icons, and copyright data.
Here is the image of the Kadence footer menu.
In customization, Kadence design theme is beginner’s friendly and gives Astra tough competition in the customization section. So in footer design customization, I give my preference to the Kadence theme.
Theme Color Customization
Choosing a theme color effectively is the key part of your website design. You can customize header color, background color, footer color, link color, etc. Sometimes your color schemes help you boost conversion and sales rate.
In Astra theme, you can customize text color, theme color, link color, link hover color, and heading color, which is very common in WordPress theme.
In the Kadence theme, the color menu has been designed very differently. For the first time, you don’t understand how this global color palette works, but they are given a link to learn how to use it. And after learning how this global color works, you will be amazed by their effort. You will hardly find this feature in WordPress themes.
So, again in the color menu section Kadence take another number.
This is the final comparison of the customization section, which decides who is the winner in the theme customization part.
Page builder can customize theme layout, but if the theme can be easily customizable, it saves a lot of time. So this time, let jump to the Kadence page layout customization part first.
In the Kadence theme, you can customize page title layout, title container width, page title alignment, title elements (these options in page title). When you scroll down, you can customize the default page layout, page default sidebar, content style, and content alignment. Also, it has the ability to set featured image position and ratio, which is really interesting. I didn’t saw this option in any theme.
In the Astra theme, you can customize only blog design, which can design blog archive and single post design. This is the most basic design you can do with Astra layout customization, but if you have Astra Pro, you can do a lot more.
Winner: Kadence (Kadence has a great ability to do customization without having a page builder.)
Page Builders Compatibility
Both these themes compatible with major page builder plugins like Elementor, Beaver Builder, and Thrive Architect.
I don’t use Thrive Architect but if you ask me about Elementor then both the theme work great.
On the other hand, the WPAstra website is designed by Beaver Builder, so the Astra has good integration with Beaver Builder.
Both Kadence and Astra have custom layouts feature to use any content in a specific place on your website.
Astra and Kadence theme both come with starter template to import ready-made websites to WordPress.
You can import starter template made with Elementor, Beaver Builder, Gutenberg editor in Astra, while you can only import starter template made with Elementor and Gutenberg editor in Kadence.
Winner: Tie (The winner is Tie because both the theme compatible with all page builder. The starter template is personal preference.)
Both of these theme support WooCommerce integration. Please note that, if you want to use WooCommerce feature you have to download and activate the WooCommerce plugins.
Astra is a multipurpose theme; it has a module for WooCommerce to design and layout eCommerce website. Astra has all necessary features like Title, Pricing, Rating, Short description, Meta, and the Add to cart button. It has option to control Product navigation, Product description table, Layout, Related & Sale product etc.
On the other hand, the Kadence offers dozens of WooCommerce module, and the good thing is that most of them for free. It has all the necessary features like Astra Pro. In addition, there are extra modules like Payment Security, Sharing, Rating and lots of other features.
Both themes are developed for non-coders in mind. But still, have great features for developers. Both of these themes have options for custom CSS sections.
There is also a theme editor section in both themes to add some codes without touching the theme files. You can add script or code to <head>, <body> and <footer> section easily.
If you are planning to create a child theme, then both Astra and Kadence themes support the child theme creation.
Both of these theme options to import/export the theme settings are beneficial while creating a website for your clients.
Both these themes are developer-friendly.
Support and Documentation
Support and Documentation is a very important aspect while choosing the WP theme.
In support, both Astra and Kadence have a ticket system. Astra support is slow when compared with other themes in the WordPress market place. While if we compare it to Kadence, then Kadence is better than Astra for right now.
In Documentation, Astra has covered more than 200 articles, which covers everything. Astra has a blog and a YouTube tutorial, which is a great source for learners. On the other hand, Kadence has few documentations, but they are improving over time.
Winner: Tie (We can not judge based on Support and Documentation because Astra is an old theme and has good resources and experience over past years while Kadence is a new player in the WordPress theme market.)
Selecting a theme is a really tough task for newbies, the review and comparison on the internet create confusion. But we have to take the decision and stick with one because we cannot change the theme frequently.
So, my final decision is both are a great theme, you can choose any one of them, but my personal experience with Astra theme is overall good, so if you ask me, I recommended Astra theme, but I am quite impressed with Kadence they capture the market in a really short period of time.
Which theme are you selecting based on my comparison? Comment me in the section below.