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Astra, installation and configuration

Astra template, installation and configuration

In this post, we consider the sequence of actions for installing and configuring the Astra template, without touching on the issues of installing WordPress, and without affecting the settings of the template skins.

Installation from the WordPress repository. Astra, installation and configuration

The easiest way to install any template present in the repository.

In order to install any of the templates there, in the WordPress admin panel we make a choice, as in the screenshot:

Astra, installation and configuration

We find ourselves here, and make a choice:

Astra, installation and configuration

Then we find ourselves here, and in the search field enter the name (or part of it) of the desired template:

Astra, installation and configuration

As the characters are entered in the search box, the displayed layout of the templates changes. If the name is entered accurately and completely, then one template will be displayed, or several more with a very similar name.

When hovering, we get the following picture:

Astra, installation and configuration

If necessary, we can choose a view. For installation – select “install”, and wait for the installation to complete. At the end, the theme (template) will remain inactive; the one that was previously active will be active.

Visually, the end of the installation gives us:Astra, installation and configuration

You can activate immediately. You can delay activation for later.

Generally speaking, if there are several installed templates (themes) on the site, you can change them at least 10 times per hour. To do this, simply go to Appearance -> Themes, and activate the one you want, the previously active one will automatically go into inactive mode.


The more inactive templates and plugins on your site, the more, firstly, in your database and in the “ballast” code, which is not useful in many ways. And secondly, and this is the main thing – the more weaknesses you have for malicious influences. Inactive plugins and templates are the “weak link”.

Therefore, it will be better if you completely remove unused templates and plugins. Fortunately, if necessary, re-install them is not a problem. Just remember: with some plugins, when they are completely removed, the database (data) they have accumulated is also deleted, which in some cases may turn out to be an undesirable loss.

Be careful!

Activation later

If you have postponed activation of the template for the future, or subsequently there is a need to activate another template, you can go to “Appearance-Themes” and activate the desired template. In this case, the template that was active before that is automatically deactivated.

Astra, installation and configuration

Installation by downloading a ZIP archive.

This method may be relevant either for a template that is not presented in the WordPress repository, or if the assembly is performed off-line.

To make such a download, you should at this step:

Astra, installation and configuration

… select “Download Theme.”

As a result, a file selection button appears, by clicking which you can select the archive you need on your computer and download it (the system will perform unpacking and placement in the file directory itself).

If the installation is successful (the message will be), you can, if desired, go to Appearance -> Themes for activation.

If the installation fails, the message will also be.

Template settings.

You can go to the template settings immediately after activation, for example:

Astra, configuration

If you intend to download the skin (any), then you should not fully configure the template before installing it. Partly succeeds – monkey labor.

If you are not going to download the skin, but intend to do all the pages yourself, you can immediately go to Appearance -> Customize.

Astra, configuration

As a result, we find ourselves in the visual settings console:

Astra, configuration

In this post there will be no details on the template settings, and its skins in particular – this is a separate, very voluminous topic for the article. Moreover, different skins suggest different settings options.

We confine ourselves here to just a hint. Menus and Widgets from this console are not very convenient to configure. It is better to do this by going to Appearance -> Menu and Appearance -> Widgets, respectively. Ergonomics are better there, and the speed of reboots, too.

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