Talking about important aspects of a website, Speed is among one of the major aspects. As per the google webmaster blog, Speed is also an important factor in the ranking of a website on the google search. If you want to run a website successfully, you have to make it fast. But how you going to make a website on WordPress which loads fast? Here the answer. You need to use WordPress themes which are built to work fast.
Not only in the beginning, but your theme must remain fast all the times. You don’t need always pay for something, some WordPress developers have given value back to the community in terms of brilliant products. So, what are these products? Well, let see it here:
If you are in doubt that these are themes for website or blog, let me tell you that these are themes which can build websites as well as blogs. We’ve excluded themes which comes included with WordPress installation. These are the 5 best WordPress themes which load extremely fast. You can create magazines, e-commerce, business, and blogs with these themes.
We have used GTMetrix and Pingdom to measure loading speed of t
hemes and have ranked them according to their performance.
Here are the themes:
This one is the fastest theme in this list. It loaded within 0.8 seconds during our test on GTMetrix (See test here). The Page size of default theme is just 29 KB. Astra is available for free download here on WordPress. Astra is capable of creating all type of website. It is compatible with all the major page builders for WordPress. According to developers, Astra is built to work with page builders and provide fast performance to users. Businesses and agencies are using this theme. Also, Astra is among the fastest growing WordPress themes, currently they are having over 1 Million downloads for their theme. It is a product of Brainstormforce. If you are curious to know about Astra, you can read this complete Astra theme review.
GeneratePress has been featured on a lot of websites as best WordPress themes. FYI, Astra and GeneratePress is one of the biggest competitors of each other. GeneratePress is created by Tom Usborne. With over 100k+ Installs, it is one of the best free themes for WordPress. During our speed test with GTMetrix (see test here), It took 1.0 seconds in loading. The Page size of GeneratePress was 21.6 KB. It is the lightest WordPress theme in this last and also the 2nd fastest loading WordPress theme. Like Astra, it is also compatible with all major page builder plugins. You can create eCommerce, Blogs, Business, Corporate, Professional, and many other types of websites with GeneratePress.
Very few of us knows that GoDaddy is also a developer of WordPress themes and plugins. With the purpose to offer something to their customers and to contribute to WordPress community, GoDaddy created some amazing WordPress themes. Basically, it is a child theme of Primer. In our speed test, it took 1.2 Seconds in loading. Test results can be seen here. Mins have been downloaded for over 20k times on WordPress. Any type of website can be built with this theme but preferably you should create blogs and business websites with this theme. eCommerce is not much suited with Mins WordPress theme. Above two mentioned options must be considered for eCommerce.
Themeisle is a very well-known and top selling WordPress theme club. Hestia is a product of Themeisle. You can download Hestia for free from WordPress repository. During speed test, it took 1.3 Seconds in loading (see the test result). The Page size of Hestia was 168 KB. It is one of the best looking WordPress themes and now it is one of the fastest too. Hestia is capable of creating websites for almost every usage and purpose. Hesita, GeneratePress, and Astra, all are available in free and paid versions. Compatibility of Hestia with page builder is great. With over 100k downloads on WordPress, it is one of the most popular themes.
It is the most downloaded themes in this list and 2nd most downloaded theme is Astra. OceanWP has to be on 2nd or 3rd position in this list but according to our rankings criteria it is the last in this list. OceanWP is listed as fastest theme on a lot of websites. Also, reviews of OceanWP are really good. It is having over 200k installs on WordPress. Again, this theme is available in both free and paid versions. During our speed test on GTMetrix, is took 1.3 Second in loading with page size of 222 KB (See results here). OceanWP is capable of building websites for all usage and purposes. So, along with being one of the fastest theme, it is also a multi-purpose theme.
These were the best 5 fastest loading WordPress themes which are available for free on WordPress.