When you are looking to build a website, you have tons of different theme options.
You can go with a free theme. You can go with a default WordPress theme.
Or you can select from thousands of premium themes.
Did you know that the #1 downloaded WordPress theme in the world is the Astra theme?
Believe it or not, the Astra Theme was only released in 2017.
In 2020 it even became the first-ever non-default theme to have over 1 million active installations.
Since then, it has gone on to become the number 1 downloaded WordPress theme in the world.
It is the only non-default WordPress theme reach over 1 million active installations, a milestone that was reached in 2020. It continues to be extremely popular, and each day there are between 4 and 6 thousand new downloads! What!?
These numbers are significantly higher than the next most popular WordPress theme installations:
- OceanWP has 700,000+ active installations
- Elementor’s Hello theme has 600,000+ active installations
- GeneratePress has 300,000+ active installations
If you are starting a new site, go with the Astra theme. You may even consider trying it out on some of my existing niche sites because it appears to be so fast and easy to use.
The Astra team recently released a big update that has made it even faster and introduced a totally new way of building headers and footers (among other things).
Astra was already known as a lightweight, blazing-fast theme. The changes have now made it up to 25% faster.