Fast WordPress Themes that upgrade your PageSpeed

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Fast WordPress Themes

A fast WordPress Theme is so important for you website. Since PageSpeed is a ranking factor for all the mayor Search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoos and so on there is no doubt you must have a fast loading website. Otherwise Google and co. will rank your WordPress website worse and people who visit your website are more willingly to bounce early. A fast WordPress Theme therefore is the first and probably one of the most important steps to improve PageSpeed on your website.

Why is a fast WordPress Theme so important?

The Theme of your website takes a huge part of the overall code of the WordPress website. If this code is bad coded, it may take several seconds for your website to be loaded. Nobody wants slow WordPress websites. Your visitors will definitely bounce back to the Search Engine Result Page or wherever they came from. This basically means you will lose conversions. Therefore I highly recommend you to take your time and investigate on fast WordPress Themes. Don´t just take the first one you like. Download an election of your preferred WordPress Themes and run some tests on the PageSpeed. There are several PageSpeed tests online available for free. For my tests I use this ones:

  • PageSpeed Insights
  • GTMetrix
  • Pingdom
  • webpagetest.org

PageSpeed Insights does not tell you the Pagespeed but it tells you which parts you can optimize to improve PageSpeed. It gives you a ranking for mobile and desktop, of course you should try to reach 100 points but actually 90 already is a good rank. When you try to find a fast WordPress Theme don`t pick one that is below 80 on desktop and below 70 on mobile.

PageSpeed or Design?

When it comes to WordPress Themes people first look at the design of Themes. On my opinion this is a huge mistake. Well of course you should pick a Theme that you like but actually it is so much more important to have a fast WordPress Theme than a good looking one. Even more when you consider that every user that will visit your website has a different taste. Only because you like the design of a theme does not mean others also will like it.

I recommend you to make your point on PageSpeed and not on Design. But having a fast Theme does actually not mean the Design is ugly. You can find good compromises out there. The only thing you have to do is search for it. By the enormous amount of Themes out there this might get kind of frustrating. But at the end is definitely worth it.

Fast WordPress Themes

I will present you the PageSpeed results of some themes I tested for my websites. Maybe the results will help you find a fast WordPress Theme:

  • Gridbox

    Fast WordPress Theme - Gridbox
    Fast WordPress Theme – Gridbox

Gridbox is a clear solid WordPress Theme with a 3-column Grid-Layout. Here are the results of the tests:

  • GTMetrix
    • Load Time: 1,2 sec
    • PageSpeed Score: 99
    • YSlow Score: 82
  • PageSpeed Insights:
    • Desktop: 90
    • Mobile: 77
  • Pingdom:
    • Load Time: 1,06 sec
    • Performance: 89

Metro CreativeX is a free and fast WordPress theme, clean,colorful,minimal and with a fully responsive design. Here are the results of the test:

  • GTMetrix
    • Load Time: 1,2 sec
    • PageSpeed Score: 96
    • YSlow Score: 76
  • PageSpeed Insights:
    • Desktop: 91
    • Mobile: 77
  • Pingdom:
    • Load Time: 1,02 sec
    • Performance: 88
  • Hitchcock

    Fast WordPress Theme - Hitchcock
    Fast WordPress Theme – Hitchcock

The test run with the Hitchcock Theme was made without background image. So the Theme did actually not look like on the image above. Here are the test results:

  • GTMetrix
    • Load Time: 1,8 sec
    • PageSpeed Score: 98
    • YSlow Score: 77
  • PageSpeed Insights:
    • Desktop: 99
    • Mobile: 99
  • Pingdom:
    • Load Time: 1,17 sec
    • Performance: 89

So this is a short extract of tests that I run to choose fast WordPress Themes. In case you are interested in more detailed test information feel free to contact me. Actually the testing is not really complicated. Just choose some themes and run the tests. I am sure this way you will find the prefect fast WordPress Theme for your needs.

 

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