When I first started to learn WordPress it was with the Genesis theme. If you wanted to venture outside the normal template you had to work with PHP hooks. Let me tell you, I got really good at copying and pasting PHP. But I was beholden to developers that were kind enough to share their code. As much as I wish I could, I have not been able to graduate to a higher level of editing PHP. It is not my zone of genius. With Astra, you don’t have to touch the functions.php file. You can add what you want where you want with drop down menu options and visual builders. It’s a beautiful thing for non-developer designers. If you want to think outside the template or are a control freak like me, then spring for the Pro. Here’s a comparison list of Free vs Pro features.