Feel the need for speed? We’ve got you covered with the fastest loading WordPress themes around.
A fast loading website is a great thing to behold. There’s a lot of reasons for that, but the biggest reason? It helps your rankings.
Google has decided that a fast loading theme should actually be a ranking factor. In fact, I’ve found out the hard way that this is absolutely true. I was using a bloated theme that I won’t name, found that my traffic had slipped a little bit. Poking around and talking to some SEO friends, I foud out that my site’s load speed may have been a factor.
So, I installed a fast loading theme and the difference has been incredible. Without doing anything else, I saw a big bounce in traffic and there’s really nothing else I can attribute it to. Now, you may not have been using a slow, bloated ‘premium’ theme like the one I was using, so your results may vary. But the one thing I guarantee is this, these are some of the fastest themes available as rated by GTMetrix.
Here they are, the best fast loading WordPress themes around.
We’re going to start with our own free WordPress theme, it’s a blazingly fast loading, super-simple but incredibly effective blog, WooCommerce and portfolio theme. I think the best uses for Silverbow are for creative folks who want to really connect with readers, using the simple, sleek and minimal theme to it’s utmost. From th every beginning, we decided to strip everything out of Silverbow that wasn’t completely needed. The result, a fast loading, great looking minimalist theme that’s SEO friendly, easy to customize and easy to expand with a copious addons. We hope you find Silverbow to be as polished as it is speedy, loading swift as a fox and looking just as good too.
Here’s a look at the GTMetrix results for Silverbow.
Not bad, right? Well, okay, take a look at the demo below if you want to learn more about how this theme looks.
POFO gives you more than just a fast loading website, though it does that for sure. I’ve included it in this theme collection because it’s got over 200 different demo sites included to show the huge range of style options that POFO offers. For creative agencies, blogs for lifestyle or personal blog sites, portfolios and other business uses, POFO offers something special. Developed for agencies and creative teams, photographers and corporate websites, with WooCommerce and responsive design, POFO has the tools to help you make an amazingw ebsite. But we’ve added it to this particular question because it loads fast. So, lets’ take a look.
Here’s the results from GTMetrix
Okay, there you go, solid results. It’s not the fastest in terms of time to load, but the PageSpeed Score is great and YSlow gets an A rating as well.
Even if you do not understand a line of website development code, knowing that it exists in whatever design solution you choose gives you confidence that you can engage readers successfully. The Writing WordPress theme was developed by experts who understand the importance of clean and up-to-date coding but did not skimp on the style and design either. And the results are in, this theme loads up really fast. Although it has a minimalistic aesthetic, this theme provides a high degree of visual interest while putting the spotlight on your content. It is 100% responses and retina-ready so people peeking at their cell phones can get the same experience as those browsing at home on a large monitor. Writing enjoys full compatibility with all popular Internet browsers. The integrated search engine optimization features mean that more organic traffic will naturally find whatever site is created with this WP theme. This automatically increases the likelihood of your success.
After installing the theme with a few simple clicks, the fun begins as you delve into the user-friendly control panel area to start the customization process. Begin by choosing from a virtually unlimited array of colors and shades. Next, move on to other options such as font choices and features. Although the end result may appear simple, its effective façade does an excellent job of showcasing your content beautifully. The Writing WordPress theme allows you to become a successful blogger or webmaster in a comfortable yet powerful way.
Now, how about that speed check?
Wow, considering this page is 4.7mb, the speed is really really solid. Recommended.
I’ve included Underwood in this collection of fast loading WordPress themes, but I’ve got to admit, the demo isn’t set up perfectly, so you’ll have to take the load test with a grain of salt. They need to serve scaled images to make their site load even faster but considering the load time without that feature, this is a quick loading theme.
Here’s a look at that load time from Pingdom.
Underwood is a great looking, simple and effective blog theme with WooCommerce support too. It’s a good choice if you’re looking for a fast loading, SEO friendly theme for almost any type of blog or business website.
This theme is called Ariva and it’s fast as can be since it’s a text based theme. I sort of think the name is a play on the Spanish word arriba, which literally means above. Why does that have anything to do with being fast? Well in the cartoon Speedy Gonzales, that’s one of the things he says.
Side note, anybody think that cartoon could get made today? Me neither. The point is, these themes that don’t have images always load very quickly. Text takes just a fraction of the time that an image takes to load. If you have a text based theme, it’s certainly worth considering.
So, here’s the results from Pingdom.
That’s pretty darned fast. Of course, the lack of images helps and only 16 requests on the home page is relatively few. If you value speed over all else, it’s certainly worth a shot.
WooCommerce ready, responsive, fast loading and attractive, I think this theme could do the trick for a lot of writers.
This is a picture of Tabor, a super-fast loading WordPress theme by ThemeBeans. If you want a simple, very stripped down theme and performance is all you’re really into, this is a definite option for you. ThemeBeans has removed anything that wasn’t absolutely required from this theme and it shows in the load times. Check this out.
There’s a little bit of housekeeping they could do to really improve their performance grade, but that load time and low request total is tough to beat. What they failed to do is combine some CSS files, which would probably bring them up into the mid 90s for performance grade. Tabor offers integration with all the ‘must have’ plugins, social media integration too. So, bloat free, compatible with all the plugins you need to run a professional website and simple and attractive too, that’s what Tabor is all about.
From the Great White North comes a fast loading, SEO optimized theme called SEO WP. That’s about as simple and basic a name as you can get and this theme follows through by removing all code bloat so that this theme loads up lightning fast, which is a Google ranking factor. That’s a really nice thing to have. Clean, creative andbeautiful, this theme is great for promoting products, for marketing your digital agency and throwing a spotlight on what your company does.
Okay, so, here’s a look at the Pingdom report.
Very fast indeed. I love this theme’s flat design, it’s really ideal for online marketing where you want your theme to look good, but not get in the way of your content. SEO WP is full responsive, it’s easy to customize it and the code is immaculate. Compatible with Facebook, Gravity Forms, Easy Digital Downloads, WooCommerce, Foundation…the list goes on an on.
More incredible, fast loading WordPress themes to come very soon.