Introducing Astra Sites!

It’s not easy for everyone to start with a blank page and design the complete website. A starting point with some initial content and setup is always helpful as it gives an idea of possibilities and how the final resultant can be.

So today, we’re thrilled to launch Astra Sites. It is a simple plugin that gives Astra users access to a number of beautiful websites that they can import with just a click.

How does this work?

Download the Astra Sites plugin from the WordPress repository. Once installed, you will see it has a number of sites available directly from our Cloud Library. Browse through it and choose the site you like.

Preview any ready website on the same page within the WordPress admin area. See the requirements and plugins that are necessary to replicate the demos on your site.

Install the required plugins so the settings of those particular plugins and related data can be imported. Once required plugins are installed, import the site.

And done! Your site should be ready with all the starter content. Start tweaking. Change the text, images and settings as per your needs and make the site your own. Below are some of the sites available for import:

Some Common Questions:

Since we soft launched this plugin, many users approached us expressing their excitement and with some questions. So let me answer the frequent ones below:

How much does this cost?

The Astra Sites plugin is absolutely free and comes with the number of free sites. Feel absolutely OK to import use them at no obligation. We will soon be announcing a pro package which would give users access to premium sites. It will cost about $249 USD / year with a renewal discount. This package will include Astra Pro Addon and some bundled plugins as well.

Which Page Builders are used to design Astra Sites?

Right now, all of the available free sites are made using Elementor. Besides that, we are working on sites made using Beaver Builder as well. They will be released shortly.

Can I deactivate the plugin after importing the site?

Sure! This plugin just connects with our cloud server and allows you to easily import a site. Once the site is imported, you can deactivate and delete the Astra Sites plugin.

Will you add new sites?

Yup! We’re targeting at least 2 ~ 4 sites every months.

What kind of sites will be added?

Our current main focus is local businesses. But soon we will cover other areas such as eCommerce stores, online courses, membership sites, etc.

Is it possible to white label these sites?

Not right now. But we’re planning it. Once we implement this, you will be able to showcase all these sites on your website easily. That way, your clients will be able to see them under your brand and choose the site that they like for you to customize it for them.

Have any further questions or suggestions? Please leave a comment and we would be glad to answer them.


Cheers 🙂

18 thoughts on “Introducing Astra Sites!”

  1. Just to be clear, can I display, import, customize and sell an astra ready made site with the free version of the plugin? I just want to know exactly what’s allowed. Thank you

      1. That’s amazing. I have been building wordpress sites with elementor but the astra sites plugin really helps to expedite the process. No more looking for dummy data. Plus, after importing the site you can change the look and feel completely, export the templates and use them in any site.

      1. Hi Sujay, I’ve watched the video. This looks fantastic, just what I need however I’ve run into a bit of a problem. I’ve installed the plugin and applied the licence however when I click the import button in settings nothing is added to the portfolio items, the Portfolio list remains empty even after waiting a couple of hours. Could this have anything to do that my site is a WP multi-site installation?

        Thanks, Gerry

        1. That sounds strange as multiple shouldn’t be an issue. Could you please lodge a support ticket with login details so we can take a closer look and help you fix? Did you try importing on any other site?

          1. Hi Sujay, thanks for great support. I’m pleased to say that the portfolio items are now on my site. I left it overnight and checked again and they’re all there. Thanks again for great support and fantastic tools!

  2. Very shortly I have to make a new site. The previous one is made with Astra and Elementor (the new Elementor is fantastic).
    My question: I’m not sure about the url I will take (www…..). Can I start making the site off line?

    1. Sure! You can import the site on your local server. And later migrate your local site on live host when you’re ready 🙂

  3. Hi. How long does it take the demo site to install? I’m trying to get the Gardening site. It took more than 30 minutes so since it’s a new site, I deleted everything, all plugins etc, installed WP afresh but it still seems to be taking some time to install the demo site. Perhaps I’m being impatient?

    1. It totally depends on the speed of your connection and server. Normally, it takes anywhere between 30 seconds to 3 minutes.

  4. Hi Sujay, I am using the free version of Astra at the moment to get started to see if I can manage to build my own site with it. When selecting one of the starter sites, if I select one with Agency written on it the side bar does not allow me to import but has a “Purchase” button.

    Does that mean I have to purchase an Agency bundle before using one of those demo sites ?

    1. Nikhil Chavan

      Yes, Some of the sites use features from Astra Pro plugin and other plugins from Brainstorm Force such as Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder etc. so the demos which are labeled as Agency require agency license in order to be able to install the companion plugins for that demo.

  5. If you use astra theme with a starter site template do you still need to create a child theme to make updates safer? I’m just getting started so just trying to get clear on the whole business of when you need to generate a child theme. If you should generate a child theme can you please suggest the best way to do this, Thank you

    1. Astra Starter sites are mainly customizer settings and demo page/post content. This does not modify anything in the theme. So if you are just going to customize the theme from the settings this does not need a child theme.
      If you are going to make any modifications in the theme files to add certain functionality to your site, you should do that in a child theme.

      Ideally though, I would recommend to set up a child theme when you create a new site for all the sites so that you don’t even accidentally modify the main theme files in the later phase of of your site.

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