20 Fastest Loading WordPress Themes for Incredible Page Speed 2016

WordPress Theme Perfromance

When choosing a WordPress theme for any current/ upcoming WordPress website, there are many aspects which a user looks for. One common and most important aspect is Speed. Nobody likes slow loading websites. A website which loads slow and performs slow leads to a poor user experience. Visitors may not be willing to visit your website again simply because it takes too much time to load.

This week, we went ahead and tested 50+ WordPress themes to determine which one is the fastest loading without compromising on features. We excluded minimal themes which were not feature rich and tested only those which have most commonly used features like content with sidebar, social sharing, custom pages, custom widgets, full-fledged header, search, custom posts, recent comments, recent posts etc. Our tests were mainly conducted using 2 tools available online.

A) Google PageSpeed Insights

Page Speed Insights measures the performance of a page for mobile devices and desktop devices. It fetches the URL twice, once with a mobile user-agent, and once with a desktop-user agent. The PageSpeed Score ranges from 0 to 100 points. A higher score is better and a score of 85 or above indicates that the page is performing well.

B) Pingdom Tools Full Page Test

Pingdom Tools Full Page Test is an easy-to-use web based tool which examines all parts of a web page including file sizes, load times, HTML, JavaScript, CSS and other files linked to the web page. Scoring is done on a scale of 0 to 100 points, the higher the better.

To find out more how plugins and themes affects WordPress and website performance make sure to check this article.

Update (1): While these themes are great and will help you to achieve high Google’s PageSpeed score they are enough to make our website fast. You can do as many optimizations as you want for your website but if your hosting sucks then other optimizations and worthless. Fore more information which WordPress hosting is the best you can read this detailed guide.

Based on the combined average scores, we have shortlisted 15 of the fastest loading WordPress themes down below (in no particular order):



GoodLife is a beautiful and amazingly creative, youthful and fresh, bold and colorful, wonderfully readable and very dynamic and interactive, smooth and sleek, polished and pristine, highly well-structured technologically cutting edge and top of the line, modern and engaging, easy to use and responsive WordPress magazine multipurpose website theme. GoodLife is a very fresh-faced and highly innovative and charming WordPress theme, constructed with painstaking care and the utmost attention to detail by a dedicated team of professional developers in order to craft the most amazing websites in the magazine archetype.

Theme comes with the most advanced and polished features integrated right out of the box for optimized content legibility and readability, deft and dexterous handling of all media formats across tons of post styles and types and many smoothly animated, interactive and immersive capabilities to make your audience feel right at home from day one. GoodLife has been coded on a powerful HTML5 framework styled through dynamic CSS3 scripting and orchestrated around a modular Bootstrap design, making GoodLife websites inherently mobile friendly, superbly responsive and impressively fast-loading, so that your websites are easy on the servers and lightning-fast. Try GoodLife today if you want a streamlined and easygoing solution for all your online magazine website needs.



Soledad is a powerful and impressive, professionally graphically composed and extensively designed, modern and avant-garde, amazingly creative and imaginative, easy to use and very simple and user friendly, uncomplicated and efficiently coded, lightning fast and super lightweight responsive WordPress multiconcept blog and magazine website theme. Soledad is a deliberately developed theme, constructed specifically as an all-encompassing solution for webmasters looking to establish an online magazine or blog website that is both modern and light.

With plentiful styling and visual choices at your disposal that alter the essential behavior of your Soledad website without you ever having to write a single line of code yourself, owing to Soledad’s powerful WordPress Live Customizer, expanded and enhanced with over 250 custom options you can fiddle with, and added to over 100 blog and slider combinations and over 250 conceptually unique homepage demo websites, included for your convenience. Every aspect of Soledad has been completely optimized for speed, making Soledad websites particularly easy on the server loads, spectacularly fast loading and very friendly to users with slower connections common across regions of the world. Soledad makes sure no one is left out in the rain of slow-loading websites. Don’t waste more time, get your Soledad website today!


Google PageSpeed Insights score: 87 Pingdom Tools score: 94

seo wp - fast loading theme

SEO WP theme is a modern and fast loading theme carefully crafted for Digital Marketing Agencies, SEO companies and their clients. This theme is feature-packed, flexible and very powerful. This theme includes features and options that will empower both novice and professional developer to build a striking and efficient website in no time. This theme is not only 100% responsive but it also gives you the capability to control any element presentation on tablets and mobile devices. Every aspect of this theme looks crisp, sharp and pixel-perfect even on devices with Retina displays because SEO WP theme retina ready and comes with Scalable Vector Graphics file format support. This theme comes with full width and boxed page layouts with advanced background options. In addition, it offers unlimited header styles, different footer layouts via drag & drop footer builder, infinite color options, advanced typography settings, 20+ custom widgets, unlimited sidebars and many more.

No need to build pages in the dark because SEO WP is powered by Live Composer, an advanced and powerful drag & drop page builder on the market. This incredible functionality allows you to construct and edit custom pages with unlimited layout combinations right there in the front-end of your website, with instant view on every single alteration you make. It comes with an amazing mega menu plugin that allows you to create responsive dropdown menus that will surely increase user engagement in your website and improve user experience. The theme also includes an off-canvas mobile menu so site visitors using handheld devices could also have an excellent user experience.

SEO WP make the most of the WordPress Theme Customizer. This Live theme Customizer allows you to customize, alter and transform using live preview for monitoring the changes you have made in your theme. It’s comprehensively intuitive and lightning fast. This theme also includes other premium WordPress theme plugins such as Master Slider, Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress, NEX-Forms, Rankie, Simplified Google Maps (SGM), Fresh Favicon and WordPress Menus Management. This SEO theme is fully optimized for speed and yields high scores in GTMetrix and Pingdom tests.


Google PageSpeed Insights score: 89 Pingdom Tools score: 93

newsmag clean - magazine theme

Newsmag is a clean and polished WordPress theme designed to let you write and publish your articles and blog posts on the internet with ease. This versatile news magazine theme is powered by WordPress Booster framework, which is very clean and fast. This theme is perfect for news, newspaper, magazine, publishing or review site. It has a spotless and crisp design with some lively highlight colors and plenty of white space to put greater emphasis to your content. This theme comes available with six unique stacks (default, fashion, tech, video, sport and classic blog), which are very easy to install and customize to suit your needs. This theme is bundled with Visual Composer, the most powerful drag and drop page builder available in the market that allows you to create unlimited pages without difficulty. This advanced page builder allows you to mix and match the 20 content blocks and the 3 page templates included in this theme to craft a fine page layout for your magazine, blog and business website. Newsmag comes with 22 custom widgets, 17 widgets for content and 5 are for general UI. The custom content widgets display posts in different styles and support custom colors, advanced filters (by tag, category, author, post type), ajax pagination, ajax filtering and infinite load.

Newsmag also includes a user-friendly admin panel that enables to change certain elements of your theme such as the color scheme, background image, header and so forth. It has a unique article system that ensures that a particular article will not appear twice on the homepage of your website. It is fully integrated with TinyMCE WYSIWYG, a WordPress editor that gives you a preview of the alterations you have made in your theme. It has an iOS slider to showcase your content in a fashionable way. It features a custom built drag and drop gallery that adds value to your articles. This gallery can be presented in different aspect ratio and gives you the capability to add description and copyright information to each image you display in your website. News also includes other valuable theme features such as custom made lightbox, powerful shortcodes, Live Search with Ajax, smart sidebar, Youtube/ Vimeo video playlist, an advanced sticky menu, intelligent ad system, social counter and many more. This theme also provides support for WooCommerce, TypeKit, Google Fonts, font stacks and WOFF font files.



H-Code is a flexible and versatile, graphically polished and very professional, tech-savvy and wonderfully responsive WordPress single page and multipage multipurpose website theme. H-Code is a stylish and functional website building toolkit, a sophisticated set of potent plugins, plentiful templates and demo websites and impressively thoughtful configuration options and styles. H-Code is packed with over 58 unique demo websites as well as 197 template pages that cover pretty much any possible need you may have while building a modern website.

H-Code’s deft handling of beautiful visual content through 40 different portfolio page templates that truly showcase your high resolution imagery in the most amazing presentation possible. H-Code includes 16 different layouts for your blog pages, each with a slew of customizable elements and options to present your readers with your textual and visual content in whichever fashion best fits your magazine’s tone and style. The Revolution Slider brings your pages alive with engaging slideshows of your featured posts, latest images or a number of other selections for you to engage and amaze your viewers while bringing more exposure to your content. H-Code is incredibly lightweight and amazingly responsive, making for a powerfully cross-compatible theme that quickly adapts itself to all screen sizes and devices. Try H-Code now!



Onfleek is a competent and capable, creative and charming, crafty and clever, completely responsive WordPress AMP magazine website theme. Onfleek is a fresh-faced and entirely modern solution for webmasters from all backgrounds and walks of life to effortlessly craft the most amazing, polished and professional online magazines on the market today, in a matter of minutes. Onfleek is packaged with a series of professionally graphically designed template pages and whole demo websites for you to get started off on the right foot, quickly customizing your website’s look and feel to suit your specs with the premium Visual Composer, Slider Revolution, and advanced theme admin settings, which work in unison to essentially turn your website inside out at your leisure, from fonts to animations and much more.

Onfleek is perfect for online fashion magazines, as its modern, stylish feel combines fantastically with its cutting edge social media integration, extensively featured throughout this youthful, vibrant, and connected theme. Plentiful customized sharing buttons and social media feed widgets are available within Onfleek, allowing your users to stay up to date on the latest trending topics across all your social media outlets. Impressive AMP tech makes mobile friendliness unmatched for this powerful, slender theme. Try Onfleek today!

Braxton – Premium WordPress Magazine Theme

Google PageSpeed Insights score: 91 Pingdom Tools score: 93

Braxton Premium Magazine Preview

Braxton WordPress Magazine theme has been awarded as the *Top 10 Best Paid WordPress Themes in 2013 by FORBES*. Since the day it was launched on 17th October, 2013 it has been regularly updated. It is a 2-column magazine theme compatible with WooCommerce and bbPress. This Retina Ready theme features a responsive layout, 4 different ad units, Featured Slider on each category page.


Google PageSpeed Insights score: 90 Pingdom Tools score: 92

Taskerr Theme Preview

If you run are running a WordPress marketplace website or planning to launch a similar service where people can post their requests and others fulfill them, and while they do so – you profit on each and every transaction. It is a perfect marketplace theme to start monetizing your website. If you’ve been to marketplaces which provide logo design services, website design and re-design services, branding and identity design services, and you’re also willing to start a similar website, then this should be your theme of choice as this theme allows you to implement flexible and powerful pricing plans, you can generate income by charging each seller a fixed price for listing their services or take a percentage of every transaction.

Nexus Magazine Theme

Google PageSpeed Insights score: 86 Pingdom Tools score: 92

Nexus Magazine Preview

Nexus is a blazing fast Magazine Theme from ElegantThemes. Despite it’s feature rich design, it does not compromise on performance. Content is neatly organized, and presented in a clean, structured way. Nexus features the most popular ePanel from ElegantThemes which gives you the opportunity to access and manage multiple ad-ready areas, unlimited colors, adding your logo, social media and more. Nexus is fully responsive, features easy-to-use shortcodes and built in page templates that can by applied to create individual pages, galleries, contact page, site maps, blog feeds and much more. The home page and posts page look neatly organized and easy to navigate.


Google PageSpeed Insights score: 93 Pingdom Tools score: 95

Schema Theme Preview

Schema is the Fastest loading SEO friendly WordPress theme till date from MyThemeShop. It features custom options panel, shortcodes, widgets, and a pixel perfect design, Schema also includes rich snippets in order to help search engines your site and rank you higher. Schema is 100% responsive, it has built in ad management and review system. It supports custom CSS and has a secure and lightweight code. Being translation ready means you can use it in any language by just adding a translation file. It also comes with 3 different layouts for Related Posts, ready-to-use icon fonts, Google Fonts and social media sharing functionality. On top of that, you get excellent support from their support forum.

Genesis Framework

Google PageSpeed Insights score: 68 Pingdom Tools score: 92

Genesis Framework Preview

Genesis Framework is one of the most popular frameworks available today to WordPress community. Developed by StudioPress with security in mind, Genesis Framework is suitable for every level of WordPress websites – whether you’re new to Genesis Framework or an advanced developer, with it’s search engine optimized foundation, you can take your website to the new level. Genesis Framework is the choice of most of the people as it does not compromise on features. It includes 1/2/3 column layouts, left/ right sidebar, custom backgrounds, custom header and custom menu. It has beautiful mobile responsive design and blazing fast performance.


Google PageSpeed Insights score: 92 Pingdom Tools score: 71

AppTheme Preview

If you’re an App Designer or you showcase the portfolio on your website, then this theme will fit your needs as AppTheme is a portfolio theme built to help you showcase your work. With ability to showcase a single app, a portfolio of projects, services and testimonials, AppTheme is highly customizable. It is fully responsive, highly customizable – with unlimited color schemes, unlimited backgrounds, 600+ Google Fonts, Parallax scrolling effects and more. It is translation ready, has an ability to showcase a demo video on front page, customer reviews, app screenshots and features a unique blog layout as well.


Google PageSpeed Insights score: 92 Pingdom Tools score: 91

Best WordPress Theme Preview

Best is yet another wonderful WordPress theme from MyThemeShop. Best is a responsive WordPress theme that features fully fluid responsive design, it loads incredibly fast, it is highly customizable and optimized for search engines. It also includes a great review system and MegaMenu! Best also features advertising and it has been optimized for advertisers. Other theme features include Google AdSense optimization, Google Web Fonts, Fast Loading AJAX, SEO-friendly rich snippets, Retina Ready icons, Unlimited colors, backgrounds and sidebars. It has been tested to work on all the leading browsers. Other features include support for child theme, AJAX powered search, touch-enabled slider, breadcrumbs and an Author Box. Demo content is included in the theme.

Divi 2.4

Google PageSpeed Insights score: 87 Pingdom Tools score: 82

Divi 2.0 Preview

Divi is the most powerful theme ever built by ElegantThemes. It features 18 pre-made completely customizable layouts to get started. Divi includes Divi Builder which lets you create unique layouts quickly without editing the code. Best feature of the Divi theme is that your website will be fully responsive no matter how you choose to create it with Divi Builder, with lots of pre-made modules like Call To Action, Sliders, Pricing Tables, Blurbs, Contact Forms, Sidebars – Divi will change the way you create your website. Divi includes different header styles, unlimited colors and blog/ portfolio options. Think of a feature, and it’s there. If you are not convinced yet, make sure to read our full Divi theme review.

Event Manager

Google PageSpeed Insights score: 82 Pingdom Tools score: 80

Event Manager theme Preview

Event Manager theme is a clean and easy-to-use responsive event management theme. It lets you manage the speakers and schedules very easily. and it’s Call-To-Action button has been placed in such a way that it makes the people click and register for an Event. Social media and Eventbrite integration have already been done in the Theme. If you use Eventbrite to manage registration, all the ticket options will be accessible directly from your website. Best part of the licensing is that a one off payment allows you to use the theme on unlimited websites.


Google PageSpeed Insights score: 87 Pingdom Tools score: 96

ROSA Restaurant Theme Preview

Rosa is an incredibly fast loading Restaurant WordPress theme which features high performance Parallax scrolling (60 fps), OpenTable reservations, beautifully designed meals menu and more. You just need your OpenTable restaurant ID and you can implement the reservation system online! It features a live customizer which lets you change the fonts, colors, and layout and preview the changes before saving them. It is SEO-friendly, Translation Ready and features Shortcodes and Google Fonts. On top of that, you get all PSDs included in download.


Google PageSpeed Insights score: 84 Pingdom Tools score: 93

PinThis Preview

PinThis is a beautiful and fast loading WordPress theme which features Pinterest style design. It’s a masonry based theme which features a clean design in beautiful flat style. PinThis is suitable for people ho like their website’s appearance to be inspired of Pinterest. It’s a perfect theme for Portfolios, designers, photographers and creative individuals. It features responsive slider, responsive layout, 4 pre-defined lovely color skins, RTL support and you can even add your Google AdSense ads. It supports custom post formats, custom 404 page, Contact Form 7 styling options, custom widgets and powerful Admin Panel.

X – The Theme

Google PageSpeed Insights score: 78 Pingdom Tools score: 96

X - Ultimate WordPress Theme Preview

X WordPress theme brags multiple unique designs inside one theme with no additional setup requirement. Each and every area of the X Theme is editable from within the WordPress Theme Customizer including website layout, navigation, headings, button style, shapes, header position, logo, background color, content layout (content + sidebar, sidebar + content, full width), top bar, footer, contact information, favicons, social presence for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Dribbble, and more. You can even input custom CSS, custom JavaScript and manage all of your widgets right from the Theme Customizer itself. X WordPress theme is fully responsive, includes Google Web Fonts, Shortcodes, bbPress, BuddyPress, Slider Revolution, Font Awesome Icons and RTL support. With all of these features and more, ThemeCo says this is the last WordPress theme you will have to buy!


Google PageSpeed Insights score: 86 Pingdom Tools score: 87

HireBee Theme Preview

HireBee is another great freelance marketplace theme by AppThemes. Sites like Elance, Freelancer, oDesk, and 99designs and perfect examples of this type of WordPress theme. It lets employers post projects and freelancers can start the bidding for each project. You get the profit on each type of project. HireBee features Credit Plans, Terms Negotiation, User Dashboard and much more…


Google PageSpeed Insights score: 85 Pingdom Tools score: 94

Diamond eCommerce Directory Theme Preview

Diamond is an awesome multi-purpose WooCommerce and Directory WordPress theme for small business owners which includes multiple home page layouts. Diamond is backed by the powerful and advanced ZOOM Framework and features a Directory Module and Parallax Slider. Diamond also features the 3-column layout and easy to use Theme Options panel. If you’re looking for an eCommerce or business theme which does not compromise of performance, then this should be your theme of choice.


Google PageSpeed Insights score: 86 Pingdom Tools score: 89

stockholm multipurpose portfolio theme

Stockholm is a minimalistic and multi-concept theme that you can use for any types of blogs or website. This theme is built Swedish design in mind and a great attention to details. White spaces and stunning fonts are the primary assets of Stockholm. Stockholm comes with a masonry layout that gives your website a Pinterest or sophisticated Metro look. It comes available with 20 unique demos that you can quickly install into your theme. If you can’t find the perfect page layout among the 20 demos included in this theme, you can mix and match all demos to get the layout design that suits your web design requirements. Further, this theme comes with 6 header styles, bunch of font options, 2 Icon sets to choose from and other styling options that enable you to set your brand apart from your competitors. This theme also has a very intuitive admin panel that will absolutely take your theme to the next level and give you a full control of your website design.

Build as many page layouts as you want using the Visual Composer. This drags and drop functionality makes building and arranging the pages or modules in your theme a child’s play. You can choose between exclusive Select slider and Layer slider if you want to add splendid and engaging slides in your pages or posts. This theme also features a fully responsive Video Slider that you can use for boosting the user engagement in your website. Animated page transitions are also included in this theme for added visual effects. If ostentatious page animations are not your cup of tea, you also have an option to turn them off for a more classic design. Stockholm is fully integrated with WooCommerce theme to help you easily set up an online store within your website and sell products online. It also offers multi-language support and fully optimized for SEO.


  1. Abdur

    Thank you so much, I was looking for a fast and seo friendly themes for my website.

  2. Aigars

    Website load speed does dramatically affect SEO, so it is definitely worth it to invest in fast and well optimized theme. However, in most of the cases theme is not the main reason why your website is slow. Most of the problems comes from cheap shared hosting that are oversold and they just can’t handle all traffic and all websites on these services gets really slow.
    Other thing is that users have no idea how to optimized WordPress performance. There are plenty of great tools available for that such as W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache and most webmasters are using these but their default settings does nothing and no one realizes it. Users thing that installing and enabling plugin will solve all problems but in fact you have to spend a lot of time tweaking plugin settings.
    Another this is that webmasters doesn’t spend time tweaking their shared hostings or even VPS configuration. There are some things such as cache and gzip that can be enabled for both shared hosting (for some with limited options but still) and VPS but not many bother to go that route.
    The last but not least is that webmasters tend to install much more plugins than they need, so website gets slow and they tend to blame theme for their slow loading website but it was their own fault in the first place.

  3. Karen

    Thanks for your comments, helpful

  4. someint

    Thanks for this helpful post. I recently migrated from a free WP theme to a shared server and started using HighEnd theme, but now my page load speeds are slow. I’ve spent weeks trying to figure this out but I’m this close to just deleting that theme and going back to WordPress.
    I’ve installed the WP caching and WP optimize plugins but have left them on the default settings (I don’t know what any of the settings do/mean). I’ve read the documentation that comes with those plugins but they don’t shed light on how to tweak settings to maximize performance. Google Insights gives me a very poor score and talks about removing render-blocking Javascript and Optimizing CSS delivery. How does one do that?

  5. Aigars

    Our website doesn’t score high on Google PageSpeed Insights or other testing tools but it still loads relatively fast and that’s the main important thing here. We use good hosing, CDN (Content Delivery Network) to get the most out of our website and i think we are doing great as our actual website load speed have improved significantly. In your case WP Super Cache does a good job with cache but it takes far too long for your server to load those cached pages because your server is slow because it is a shared hosting. And it doesn’t matter if you manage to fix render blocking javaScript problems and will optimize CSS it will still load slow because of your server. Personally I would start with better hosting such as one from WPEngine. They will also help with other optimizations to make your website as fast as it can be by using any free or premium WordPress theme.
    To get rid of render-blocking JavaScript and Optimize CSS delivery you need to properly configure WP Super Cache but it depends on what other plugins you use, what CSS and JavaScript files are included with your theme and how well they will work with minification as it might break some functionality when poorly configured. That’s why WPEngine and other WordPress managed hosting providers offers full support that will make sure to make your website fast and score high on performance tests like GTmetrix, Pingdom, Google PageSpeed Insights and others.
    If you want to get done everything on your own you will have to spend a lot of time trying to find the right configuration that works for your plugins, themes and website setup in general and for beginners it might take forever to finally get there.
    Let me know if you have any other questions. For more information about WordPress hosting you might want to read this guide.

  6. Victor

    All WPlook themes are extremely fast, for example the Conference theme has 97% and we don’t use any cache plugins. I didn’t saw any other theme to have a better score.

  7. Febrian

    I can’t open your site. Just looking for a new theme. Because now I am using Schema theme as mentoned above. But it’s not really works if we do not tweak in htaccess or W3 Total Cache.

  8. Aigars

    Thank you for your comment!
    Actually you are using eMaxStore WordPress theme by MyThemeShop and not Schema.
    WordPress by default is very slow and you need to use caching such as one provided by W3 Total Cache. If you have a proper server configuration and have created correct permission for your website files then W3 Total Cache will modify .htaccess file for you and you won’t need to do anything manually. If you are having problems with .htaccess file you must contact your hosting provider and explain what is going on as its their job to help with things like these.
    Like I mentioned before, all themes are very similar when it comes to performance and WordPress is slow by default, so it is your server configuration that can help. For example you can enable gzip compression, enable database, object and browser cache and that will dramatically improve your website performance. All above themes does have this things in place for their themes, so they load fast but they are not going to work the same way on your clean WordPress installation without any tweaking. The good news are that W3 Total Cache will help you with most of the optimization and you won’t need to write your own code as long as your server works like it should.

  9. david

    Really ?
    Conference has
    63 – mobile
    83 – web
    Screenshot: http://take.ms/wtcfn

  10. Ritwick

    Thanks for showcasing some of the best themes. However i wanted some of the best themes for starting a tech. blog. Anyway these themes are great. I just wanted to tell you to use a larger font for the article as it’s slightly difficult to read. Thanks.

  11. Aigars

    Tech news themes are not a problem as well and you just need to look in the right category. Here is an awesome collection that showcases the best tech news and magazine style themes. We have more than 140 unique theme collections available on our website and it is more than likely that you will be able to find the right theme for you.
    Let me know if you have any further questions about these or any other themes listed on the Colorlib.

  12. Athena Tria

    Wow. Thank you for this. I’m looking for a pink theme though

  13. Siraj Mahmood

    I personally like Newsmag theme, because this theme is equipped with numerous features.
    Hopefully this finest collection will redirect my mind to right point.
    Thanks for sharing this informative idea.

  14. Robin

    Nice templates. Still looking for a good one for photographers. Mine is ok but always looking for improvements

  15. Aigars

    For photography WordPress themes you might want to check this theme collection for premium themes and this one for free themes dedicated for photography websites.

  16. Tracey

    Great article, thank you!
    I am considering the Parallax Pro with Genesis Framework as I’ve heard it is fast, however I notice that it has only received a Google Page Speed Insights score above of 68?
    I’m a photographer and looking for a customisable theme that offers speed and excellent SEO.

  17. Aigars

    Parallax Pro Genesis child theme does score much higher on Google PageSpeed Insights. Most likely you tried to test iframe version of it with that blue responsive layout testing tool at the bottom. It won’t score high on tests because there is a lot of javaScript to be loaded. To test this theme properly you need to test that iframe itself and not the entire Genesis Framework testing platform as well as demo itself. Direct link to a Parallax Pro demo test on Google PageSpeed insights you can find here.
    Let me know if this helps.

  18. Ben

    wow — yes much faster when you pull out the iframe!

  19. Sagar

    Taskerr looking nice to me and when I clicked on demo to have a look, the link takes to other theme. It would be good to change the url. Anyways, this post is very nice.

  20. Aigars

    There is no theme named Taskerr listed on this theme collection. Could you please have another look?

  21. Aigars

    My bad. There was an error in theme description. I have fixed it now.
    When you click on Taskerr demo link default AppThemes demo will pop up and then you can switch to Taskerr theme using dropdown available in top bar. There is no direct demo link available and it always redirects AppThemes default template demo.
    Sorry for inconvenience.

  22. Sam

    Thanks for this helpful article. I want to buy a theme for WP download manager
    Do you know if any of them are fast or how I can test them to see if they are fast enough?

  23. Aigars

    Unfortunately, I am not familiar with WP Download Manager plugin, so not sure how it works and what themes will work with it. But above listed themes are the fastest premium themes that there is that still have all the functionality you would expect from a premium theme. If you will be sharing large downloadable files on your website then these theme won’t affect it and it is completely up to your web hosting to handle these downloads. WordPress and WordPress themes won’t affect file download speed by making it faster or slower as files and downloaded directly from hosting. If you are using a cheap shared hosting then you can’t expect that downloads are going to be as fast as you would download a file from Dropbox, Google Drive or other large file storage services.
    Let me know if you have any other question about these or any other WordPress theme listed on Colorlib

  24. Namrata

    The article was really good.
    But i am looking for website layout for fashion blogging. I am looking for a customisable theme that offers speed and excellent SEO.

  25. Aigars

    For fashion themes you might want to check this theme collection. From above listed themes I can recommend Braxton, Schema and Genesis.
    Since you are looking for WordPress themes they are SEO friendly by default because WordPress coding standards doesn’t allow to create something that isn’t SEO friendly. To optimize things even further you can use SEO by Yoast or some other free SEO plugin that will help with more advanced optimizations.
    WordPress by default is very slow and to make things even worse most of the websites are hosted on a shared hostings such as Bluehost, Godaddy, Hostgator and others. Their cheapest plans are dead slow because you are sharing the same server with thousands of other websites. If you care about website performance you should invest in a decent managed WordPress hosting such as WPEngine, Pagely, Kinsta or others. These hosting providers will help you to optimize any WordPress theme to load it incredibly fast.
    Like I said WordPress is dead slow by default and it doesn’t matter which theme will you choose because it won’t make it any faster or slower. The main thing is to implement proper caching. This can be done from server side (managed hosting providers will do this for you) or you can spend time configuring W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache or WP Rocket. All plugins does the same thing but all of them have hundreds of different options and you need to test your website extensively to find the right configuration for your website.
    To find out more about how to choose the right hosting for WordPress you might want to read this guide.
    Let me know if you have any other question about WordPress performance, hosting or themes.

  26. Halomuda

    Awesome template, i think wordpress and seo very Amazing. ?

  27. Jack W.

    I agree with Aigars. WordPress is slow by default and finding a good managed host is even more important than the themes. I’ve used the same theme at GoDaddy and now at RoseHosting and the difference is enormous.

  28. Felix B

    Really Great Collection. Wanted a very fast theme.
    I chose Schema from the list.

  29. Aigars

    You are actually using Dynamik Website builder which is powered by Genesis. Still a great theme but it is not Schema.

  30. daniella

    Hi Aigars,
    I see you put Avada theme on the right side in the first paragraph.
    I really like the Avada theme.It will be perfect for my site, but I am afraid that with all its great functionalities, it could hurt the Seo optimization.
    Is Avada a fast theme ?
    Thank you

  31. Aigars

    Hi Daniella,
    Avada is by far the most popular premium WordPress theme ever released. It got there because of its outstanding functionality and well optimized code base which is fast to load and completely SEO friendly. However, I see that you are among those who believes that themes are what slows your website down the most. The truth is that in most cases it’s your hosting provider. Recently we wrote an article about how to choose the right hosting for your website. We recommend managed hosting for any WordPress website because it will make your website at least 3x times faster and several times more reliable and secure. This service comes at cost but if speed is crucial (it is a major SEO ranking factor and helps to improve conversion rates and makes your users happy) for you then managed hosting is the right choice.
    Let me know if you have any other question about Avada theme or WordPress hosting and I will be happy to help.

  32. PIER

    Thanks for sharing! What about Socially Viral??

  33. Aigars

    There are just too much themes out there, so we can’t list all of them on this list. If you are looking for SociallyViral theme review you can find it here.

  34. Jim

    Hi there. thanks for the article & links.. and support in the comments!
    I’m looking into creating a new wordpress site (online presence for a print magazine) using a theme as a basis.
    Themes rarely list performance as an attribute, but in our experience, many of the do-it-all themes (color pickers, drag and drop etc) sacrifice performance for admin user friendly-ness..
    Do you have any recommendations as to how one could assess performance of a theme prior to purchase?
    Will page speed be accurate if run on themeforest for example? …or should we be looking out for a theme built on bootstrap or something? ….any tips during this selection process will greatly assist time and efforts put into themes that may just never be able to speed up!
    Thanks in advance!

  35. Aigars

    Google PageSpeed Insights, Pingdom, GTmetrix and other tools shows how well theme demo website is optimized and not how fast/slow is theme itself. If theme developer have invested in decent WordPress managed hosting their score will be much higher than those who are trying to showcase their themes on cheap shared hosting.
    There aren’t any huge difference between premium theme performance and the main difference comes from hosting you use. If you are using a shared hosting or VPS with default apache and nginx settings you can’t expect it to load fast under any circumstances. It is all about caching and well optimized hosting for WordPress that’s why managed hosting is so popular and well regarded. These hosting providers have done everything to make sure your WordPress website loads as fast as possible using any premium WordPress theme even one that has no optimization and code is written by a newbie developer.
    Here you can read more about WordPress hosting and what you should keep in mind when you choose the right hosting for your projects.
    Like I said, you can choose any theme but you must do other things right and hosting is by far the most important thing to get done right.
    Let me know if you have any other question about WordPress performance and I will be happy to help.

  36. Alonso

    This post is total BS.

  37. Aigars

    Thank you for your feedback! Please let me know why you think that his post is total BS. Just coming up with statement like this doesn’t say much unless you can come up with reasonable explanation. Looking forward to your response.

  38. Amar Ilindra

    I’m using Schema from MyThemeShop on most of my sites. It is really clean and fast loading with CloudFlare. Seems they are inspired from copyblogger design. Thanks for lot for letting me know more fast loading themes.

  39. Aigars

    You are actually using shared hosting from InMotion and don’t have CloudFlare enabled at all. However, you have done a good job using W3 Total Cache and your website loads really fast for a shared hosting. Just in case others others are looking how to implement caching they should refer to this guide. Another thing is that you are not using Schema theme by MyThemeShop but Genesis Child theme. Which is not the same thing. Genesis is an amazing theme framework for WordPress and I can highly recommend it for everyone. Also Schema theme is the beast and is SEO friendly and incredibly fast.
    If you are thinking about enabling Cloudflare on your website I wouldn’t recommend it unless your website is under attack, undergoes heavy DDoS or receives traffic that you otherwise can’t handle. Your website is now really fast and Cloudflare will just slow it down because of extra DNS request that goes through their services. Time To First Byte (TTFB) will increase dramatically and that’s something you don’t want to experience. If your hosting is unable to handle traffic and your website is under attack there is no better way to protect it from downtime than using CloudFlare but otherwise don’t use it.
    For other who haven’t done a proper homework and their website doesn’t have a proper caching in place I do recommend CloudFlare because it could make your website faster and more reliable.

  40. Winifred

    I see that you know a lot about WordPress themes and WordPress performance in general. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us! Do you have any hosting recommendation that would go well with Divi WordPress theme by ElegantThemes?

  41. Aigars

    Thank you for your comment!
    I have tested a lot of hosting options for Colorlib and during the last 3 years I have switched between 6 WordPress hosting providers and 14 different service plans. Which means that I have changed hosting every 6 months. Right now I have found the fastest and most cost-efficient WordPress hosting. The took 3 months to setup and test everything and it is still under heavy monitoring because there are so many thing that can go wrong with it but at least it’s fast. If I would choose fully managed WordPress hosting for Colorlib I would end up paying $1,800-4,200/month and that’s something you can’t afford if you are running a simple blog. The main setback is amount of data Colorlib uses each month (several terabytes) and its gets expensive really fast.
    If you get only few thousand visitors each day it’s not a major problem a at all and every hosting plan will be able to handle it with ease. Your monthly hosting bill is not going to exceed $30/month if performance and reliability is important for you, $10 if you are willing to implement your own caching or $3-4 if you don’t care about performance at all. All these hosting options will be able to handle Divi theme but you will see a noticeable difference in performance. When it comes to hosting you get what you pay for.
    To find out more about WordPress hosting you might want to check this simple yet informative guide on how to choose the right hosting for your WordPress website.
    Let me know if you have any questions about WordPress hosting or WordPress performance in general.

  42. Dean Ethridge

    Great article and great looking themes! Thanks for putting this one together for us.

  43. Aigars

    Thank you for your feedback! Comments like these are what keeps us going. Thank you!
    If you have any questions about WordPress or theme performance, please let me know.

  44. Rahul

    Hello Aigars,
    thanks for the sharing the useful info.
    Can you tell me some Fastest loading FREE themes.
    I can’t afford to buy premium themes

  45. Aigars

    Most free WordPress themes are fast by default. The thing is that it is hard to find fast performing premium themes because they are packed with loads of features that slows down your website. Most free WordPress themes are very simple with limited functionality but as a result these themes loads much faster than most premium themes. In that in mind, you can feel free to choose any of these free WordPress themes.

  46. KarSho

    Thanks. thank you so much!

  47. Aigars

    In your case switching to a new WordPress theme is not going to be enough and you will have to change your hosting provider as well. You are now using Apache which was great back in the days but now Nginx is the default standard for WordPress because it runs so much faster on it. You can check our website’s performance to understand what I mean by that. Our hosting runs on Nginx and our CDN uses Nginx as well and this is a killer combination.
    If you can’t decide which hosting provider is the right one you can check this WordPress hosting guide.

  48. Austin J.

    I faced many problems while optimizing some of these wordpress themes for getting Google Speed Insight 100% score so I finally migrated my web-site to Drupal solution, If you would like I can post the tips how to avoid problems with Speed Insight optimization in Drupal.

  49. Aigars

    High Google PageSpeed Insight score doesn’t mean that your website is fast. It might be good optimized but there is a chance that you might over optimize it therefore causing more problems than getting any performance benefits. With Colorlib we don’t do any site optimizations such as minification, file combination or anything of that sort but we believe that a good hosting is what matters the most. If you will browse around our website you see that we have done good as our website pages have 30 images each but still loads incredibly fast on any device and network anywhere in the world because of hosting and CDN.

  50. Usana

    It is always hard to choose the right theme for every blog. I have tried quite a few and google analytics metrics are similar but little downs and ups make the difference right? I think I will prove Foundly… hope die at last

  51. Aigars

    WordPress is slow by default and no WordPress theme will help to magically speed things up. I see that you have already done optimization for your website using W3 Total Cache but you are missing the most important thing here – good WordPress optimized hosting. You can do whatever you want with your website but as long as you are using Bluehost you have no chance to make the fastest website around. For that you need a WordPress specific hosting with nginx, fast_cgi and memcached or Redis. That’s what SiteGround offers for a very reasonable price.

  52. Mike

    whats the fastest genesis/studiopress theme you recommend for a site selling 1-3 products and blog? I’m thinking something that will still be fast with woocommerce

  53. Aigars

    Default Genesis starter theme is going to be the fastest. However, WordPress themes have very little to do with performance. Most of the performance comes from your hosting provider. If you are using some shared hosting such as one from Bluehost, Godaddy, Hostgator or other then you can use any theme out there and your website will still be slow because of WordPress. WordPress is slow by default and that’s not a secret but if you are using a well optimized WordPress hosting just like we are then you can achieve outstanding performance. Our recommended hosting providers are SiteGround for small websites and WPEngine for larger websites or multiple website.

  54. Jorgen

    Hi there colorlib,
    Thank you for some really great insight on the WP univers and on what to look for when going through all the web hosting services out there. A really great site with loads of info.
    I´m looking into buying a WP theme and hosting in the near future, but would like to get some advise if possible.
    In the above article you highlight “speedy” themes and I´ve got my sight´s on Stockholm from this article and Corpus, Kalium or Avada from some of the other articles on colorlib. But what about security ? Are all themes build equally secure (if just WP is kept up to date)?
    From searching the great internet I found articles stating that one should bye Premium WP themes (maybe you can elaborate on the term premium a what makes a theme Premium). Studiopress with there Genesis framework comes up as build with SEO and security in focus. Is the “security” phrase just a marketing term or are there any truth behind it? To me the Studiopress themes is not that pleasing to my eye design wise. But would a studio Press theme be a good investment with regards to SEO, speed and security in mind?
    And what kind of backup strategy would you recommend when you have your site up and running besides the one that the hosting service provides for a newbee ? Would something like a VaultPress subscription be a good investment?
    I know there is a lot of questions but I would really appreciate you answers as I´m a new to this world of WP:)
    Thank you for your time/
    Kind regards Jorgen

  55. Aigars

    1. For small website we recommend SiteGround which is the only shared hosting provider with managed hosting style functionality. SiteGround has WordPress specific cache and other optimizations that will make your website to load much faster than using any other shared hosting for WordPress. Right now you can save up to 60% on their hosting using this link.
    For larger sites we recommend WPEngine which offers even more personalized service with some advanced features but it is going to be costly for a simple website. But if you can afford it, then it is totally worth it.
    Siteground also offers daily updates to your website and store those updates for 30 days. Therefore I don’t think that it is worth to invest in VaultPress unless your site receives hundreds of comments, forum threads and new posts. If you are going to build a static website then there is no point of VaultPress as long as you go with SiteGround or WPEngine that offers daily updates.
    2. “Security” is just a sales pitch. The main thing is to choose theme which is regularly updated, that way you can know that all bugs will be fixed. WordPress it not bulletproof and new security vulnerabilities are discovered from time to time and same goes with plugins and themes. Continues development is the key here because developers aren’t creating themes and thinking, “let’s leave a vulnerability here”. Everyone thinks that their code is the most secure one until someone finds that it isn’t and reports it back to developers.
    3. SEO is yet another sales pitch. WordPress itself is SEO friendly and it is hard to break something with themes. For more SEO flexibility we recommend to use Yoast SEO, All in One SEO or other WordPress SEO plugins but it is only optional and is better suited for advanced users.

  56. Jorgen

    Hi Aigars,
    Thank you so much for your fast and informative reply. I really appreciate it and the fact that you share your insight´s on the topics to a newbie like myself on your site. Great to pickup on clues from articles and comments on the site.

  57. Isla

    I’m moving a friend’s video-centric multimedia Blogger fan site to my self-hosted WP. She has over 3500 posts. I have been searching all week for the best responsive theme to support that kind of content, much of which is archival, without ending up with horribly slow load times. I’m not a developer but know enough to get by. Can you make any recommendations for a magazine type theme that can handle Embedly (she uses many different sources), can preview videos on Homepage, and has at least one video slider (she loves sliders, bless)? Love this page and your answers to questions. So glad I stumbled upon it. Isla.

  58. Aigars

    Thank you for your question!
    WordPress can easily handle millions of entries without any problems. It’s built to scale and can be used for very large and well trafficked websites. However, most cheap shared hostings are built for small static websites or small blogs. If you want to get the best possible performance you should get a hosting which is specially built for WordPress with all its requirements in mind. For smaller websites we recommend SiteGround and for larger we recommend WP Engine.
    Siteground and WP Engine will be able to handle 3500 posts like nothing but once you will receive loads of traffic WP Engine will handle it much better. Still SiteGround is far better than any other shared WordPress hosting out there but it has its limits. That’s where WP Engine comes into the game. It is more expensive but you get what you pay for.
    This thread is not the best one for magazine style themes and you might want to check this one instead. All of those themes can be used with videos on front page and inside posts. So that’s not a big problem at all. Themes that supports Revolution slider also supports video inside slider. Therefore you can choose the one you like the most from design perspective and not concentrate too much on functionality and performance as long as you use my recommended hosting providers.

  59. Tamvan Crew

    I am interested in the theme NEXUS. Because of its model boxes: D

  60. Jason

    Thanks for the list of high speed websites.
    Our team uses Google Page Speed Insights for every page we build. We like it more than the Pingdom tool

  61. Aigars

    Google PageSpeed Insights and Pingdom are two completely different tools. Google PageSpeed Insights shows how well your page is optimized but it doesn’t show how fast is your website unless it has some serious speed problems then it shows that it is slow. Pingdom on the other hand shows how fast is your website and does very little to offer information how optimized it is. There are some metrics but those aren’t as important as speed which is put in front as the most important one. Personally I am using Pingdom a lot more than PageSpeed Insights because I care about performance and not how well the page is optimized. I spend a lot more time in server performance optimization therefore I don’t care how big are images on how many CSS files I have because I know that good server will make it up for it.

  62. Debojit Dutta

    Hi, I run a magazine that publishes mostly literary stuff and wishes to go quarterly soon—publishing 4 issues a year. Could you suggest a fast, minimal theme with not too much clutter on the homepage and meant for longform writing?

  63. Aigars

    We have a dedicated list on WordPress themes that are well suited for longform writing. You can find this list here.
    Regarding theme performance. As we all know WordPress is slow by default but with some slight tweaking it can load very fast. For that you need hosting which is specially built for WordPress. For smaller websites we recommend SiteGround and for more popular ones we recommend WP Engine. While most hosting providers does advertise that they are built for WordPress they actually aren’t. 99% of hosting providers doesn’t have WordPress specific cache and that what makes the main difference.

  64. Karan Bhagat

    I am a bit confused between Schema by mythemeshop and newsmag by themeforest.
    If you have the same choice what will you choose keeping loading speed, SEO and Ad optimization in mind?
    Please suggest me the best among newsmag and schema.
    Thank You,

  65. Aigars

    Schema theme is lighter therefore it will load faster than Newsmag theme. However, difference won’t be noticeable if you are using some well optimized WordPress hosting such as SiteGround or WP Engine.
    Other things such as SEO, AdSense, schema markup are there for both themes. If you are using a low quality hosting then Schema is going to be a better alternative but with a good hosting you can feel free to choose the only you like better.

  66. Pam

    You refer to host ‘speed’ as being very important. How I can assess our current website host?
    Are Time To First Byte (TTFB) issues related to something in my configuration or a server-side configuration; possibly a server-side configuration that I could change? I see a lot of “waiting” in our speed-test results.

  67. Aigars

    Time To First Byte (TTFB) is very important and you can assess it using free website performance test tools such as GTmetrix.
    You can tweak your server setup only if you are using dedicated server or VPS. None of server tweaks done via cPanel or other hosting control panel won’t bring any benefits. Once you are have access to server you can implement custom cache, add HTTP/2 support and install a better database platform. This is something you can’t do using s shared hosting unless you use SiteGround which has my mentioned WordPress performance improving tools enabled by default.

  68. leffrey

    When is someone going to do a speed comparison of load time of the WooThemes themes? These are the only themes that get someone support from Woo. We need barebones new install load times. For example (with the same size header logo on each):
    Theme | loadtime desktop | loadtime mobile
    Canvas | 0.54 seconds | 0.43 seconds
    Hustle | 1.02 seconds | 0.89 seconds
    and so on.
    This is important in help choosing a theme. Anytime something goes wrong, Woo support will first look at the theme and plugins. If an alien theme that they did not create, then you are stuck.

  69. Jeff Mcneill

    Every theme I’ve tested is full of bloat! Sure, looks good, but try real-world speed testing (such as GTMetrix) and you find bloat bloat bloat! Isn’t there any theme out there that does basic bootstrap but doesn’t add all the other crap (google fonts, font awesome, sliders, 300kb images, preload video viewers, blah blah blah?

  70. Aigars

    You need to get some web dev basics in place.
    1. Google Fonts are fast because they are embedded on millions of websites therefore they are already cached inside user browsers. They aren’t loaded each time again and again. Make sure to use popular Google fonts such as Open Sans and you won’t see slow load speed. GTMetrix is not a real-world example because it doesn’t store any cache therefore it loads fonts over and over again. Your browser doesn’t.
    2. In case you aren’t using any icons on your website you can remove Font Awesome completely. You can do it by just commenting out code from functions.php. 20 seconds of hard work.
    3. 300kb images? None of these themes comes with images included. Images are part of theme demo to showcase what this theme is capable of. They won’t magically appear on your website for no reason.

  71. Amy

    What are the scores for the GoodLife theme? We are running our site on the ET Divi theme and it’s super super slow so are looking for alternatives.

  72. Aigars

    Divi theme is not really that slow theme and in your case it is your content and hosting to blame.
    1. Your website is hosted with Godaddy and it is on the same server with 320,085 other websites. By that I mean that you share the same exact physical hardware with over 300,000 other websites. It is just insane amount given that Colorlib is hosted alone on its server. Here is a proof about your website and Godaddy:
    There is no way to optimize your website to load fast as your website performance depends on all those other thousands of users on your server.
    2. Another thing is that while you blame Divi theme, there are 38(!) files loaded on your website’s frontend by plugins. It is way too much.
    3. Some of your images at least on frontend of your website are over 1MB in size. That’s completely unacceptable for a website like yours. Large images would be accepted only if you are distributing professional photographies or desktop wallpapers for 4-5k resolution displays but that’s not the case.
    Changing theme to another one is not going to make your website faster because of my above mentioned reasons.

  73. Amy

    And as a follow-up, the scores for Soledad. Something tells me that the two themes i like are probably the slowest of the bunch! Thanks for this round-up!

  74. neil henderson

    apprecaite your comments re. hosting and its effect vs actual theme but if you had to choose between avada, enfold and divi and you were trying to create an seo focussed site which would you choose ?

  75. Aigars

    I would choose one that I like from design perspective. My first choice would be Divi, then Avada and then Enfold. Still Enfold is an amazing theme as it is among the best selling themes ever released for WordPress but my personal favorite currently is Divi. That might change as these themes are actively developed and there were time when Avada felt better designed than Divi. You can’t go wrong by choosing either of those themes.

  76. Juliette Esper

    I am using SEO WP – most of demo content, so no extra heavy images etc. It is very slow! I am very unhappy, just not bothered to change the website now as all my business is generated from word of mouth, but articles like these are very misleading…

  77. Aigars

    Did a quick analysis for your website and here are things I found:
    1. You are hosting your business website on a hosting which cost $2.45/mo. That’s just insane. I won’t perform as good as WordPress specific hosting such as WP Engine that costs starting $20/month. When it comes to hosting good old saying “You get what you pay for” is generally true.
    2. You don’t have any caching installed whatsoever.
    3. Theme accounts for 1/5 of your CSS and JavaScript files and the rest comes from plugins.
    For more website performance tips please read this guide.
    Sorry for harsh answer but I really don’t like when users blame themes for their slow website and yet they have made a fundamental mistakes on their own that are not theme related.

  78. GIC

    SEO WP has a 69% score on mobile!!! So, who is misleading now? Everyone can check this! Even your website has 70%… pathetic

  79. Aigars

    Did you know that well optimized website not necessary mean it will load fast? We don’t care about Google PageSpeed Insights for our website because I have done everything for it to make it load fast and not optimized it to score high on tests. Another thing is that Google PageSpeed Insights is also outdated because it gives suggestions that are no longer relevant since there is HTTP/2 around for a year now and Colorlib does use it to fullest. Things such as CSS and JavaScript file combinations are no longer necessary and you can live with minification only but PageSpeed Insights doesn’t take that into account.
    I would recommend to do your own research instead of believing automated tools. And don’t try to optimize your website to score 100 on PageSpeed Insights because it won’t meant that your website will become fast but instead test your website for load speed and that’s what matters the most.
    Please let me know if you have any questions about website performance and I will be happy to help.

  80. Tung Nguyen

    Thanks for the list. I am about to switch to Schema. I am on the free theme which is Sugar and Spice. It has been great so far, but I noticed that there has been an increase in the number of https requests so I would like to try other theme to see if it is taken care off.

  81. Aigars

    What did you mean by “https requests” do you mean number of “HTTP Requests” or some other thing? If you mean “HTTP requests” then you can reduce those by using cache plugins such as WP Rocket or use some latest technologies such as HTTP/2 that eliminates this problem thanks to parallel downloads.

  82. Dev

    Are the Google PageSpeed Insights scores that you note for the themes for scores for MOBILE or for DESKTOP?

  83. Aigars

    In this case these are desktop PageSpeed scores.

  84. George

    I use enfold theme. The initial page load speed is very slow. Can anyone help me to identify the problem? Thanks.

  85. Aigars

    You have implemented and properly configured cache and CSS and JavaScript minification and everything works as expected. That’s as fast as your website will get while hosting it on Bluehost or any other cheap shared hosting. With hosting you get what you pay for and paying $5 is not going to provide the same service as paying $30 or even more a month. To put into perspective, it costs us 4 digits a month to host Colorlib and you can clearly see that in our website performance. Of course you don’t need this much bandwidth, CPU and RAM but you still need a proper WordPress hosting such as WP Engine. They will help to make your website much faster. You can also read our review and check benchmarks.

  86. Luann Rouff

    You were kind enough to answer a question of mine on another page, and I hope you will let me “pick your brain” again! I tried to find an answer elsewhere first, but was unable to. I have chosen a hosting provider but haven’t yet set up my actual site. You told me not to worry about the theme, and I have it narrowed down to a few, but there is something I don’t understand: I notice that some examples show the page’s “tags” displayed right on the page, visible to users. Others do not. What is the difference? And is the term “tags” synonymous with “keywords” in this case? I hope you can clear this up for me. Thank you in advance!

  87. ECAN

    Thank you, I think I will use the newsmag. Currently installed system Jono theme.

  88. Jon

    Hi Aigars,
    May I know what’s speed test scores for Goodlife theme?

  89. Aigars

    It scores 90/100 in Google PageSpeed Insights. However, it is not very relevant metric since it shows how well their hosting works. In your case you might score much lower if you won’t invest in a good hosting. Here you can read more why good hosting matters and how to choose one.

  90. Stephen Bradley

    Your readers may want to know that ROSA 2.1.0 malfunctions on iPhone 4’s and iPhone 3’s. While aware they are quite old iPhone models, I know a lot of people still using iPhone 4. If they review a web site built with ROSA 2.1.0 they will be faced with about ninety percent of their browser screen filled with the menu (that doesn’t go away on page re-load and shows on all pages of the site).
    Another concern pro web developers may have with ROSA 2.1.0 is that the slider header doesn’t include the ability to hyperlink each slide image to a different page!
    Stephen Bradley – creative director
    veetoo UK

  91. Aigars

    Thank you for your feedback about ROSA theme. I don’t have iPhone 4 or older to test it but it works perfectly fine on iPhone 6, 6S Plus and iPhone 5. Which accounts for majority of iPhones these days. However, you should still report this problem to PixelGrade as they probably are not even aware of this problem and it might be a very easy fix.

  92. Manny Gaser

    Thanks for posting, anyone can suggest a fastest with visual composer ?

  93. Aigars

    Stockholm is my favorite theme that comes with Visual Composer. It is also fast to load.

  94. Manny Gaser

    I will have to do this test thanks!

  95. Wilson

    What hosting can you suggest for a fast loading site? Thanks!

  96. Aigars

    The best price/performance ratio is for WP Engine as you can get firely cheap fully managed WordPress hosting with them. However, there are loads of other such as Kinsta, Pagely, Flywheel but they are much more expensive. The main reason is because their hostings are built for larger and more trafficked websites and might not be the right fit for everyone.

  97. Payel Sinha

    Thank you Amit for sharing fastest loading WordPress themes.I used Schema and I can say it is responsive and loads very quickly.But I didn’t know all these alternative WP themes.Thank you so much.

  98. kim

    Very deceptive article disguised as FREE, nasty

  99. Aigars

    There are no mention for “Free” in title of the article. It might show up among top results when you look for free WordPress themes because we have plenty of them available here.

  100. James

    Thanks for great themes. But as you know page speed depends on many factors and hosting as you mentioned is very important.

  101. Dhruv

    Thanks for sharing these information !
    Can u suggest me a theme for a Digital Agency ? It would be something like creative,innovative & great user interface, need to work & look great on both desktop & mobile ! Currently , I’m looking at lorem theme & Stratus theme.

  102. Aigars

    Lorem and Stratus are great themes for digital agencies and both will get the job done in a similar manner. Other options that you might want to consider can be found here.

  103. Akhil kapoor

    I have been using sportsmag and I am getting issues setting up my ad units on the homepage.
    can you suggest how do i add a code to place ad at the desired location ?

  104. Aigars

    Hey Akhil,
    Please make sure to contact SportsMag developers directly. This isn’t our theme therefore we don’t provide support but theme developers will be happy to help you.

  105. Victor

    Great article and comment responses. I’d like to host for specifically UK visitors so don’t need CDN but need a good UK host. Is it too much to ask if you can recommend any? I’m on a premium uk reseller host at the moment using Cloudflare (which I’m planning to come off). Any suggestion welcome

  106. Aigars

    I am not aware of any good UK hostings but the thing with hostings in general is that large hosting providers have servers in many locations. For example we are using WP Engine and our server is based in NY but we could as well locate it in London, India, Singapore or any other of their locations. Just make sure that hosting provider you choose have server closer to your audience any just go with it. Not necessary it will be advertised as UK hosting as most large hosting providers are headquartered in US but has their servers all over the world.

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