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Choosing WordPress Themes Based On Performance

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The speed of a web page can immensely affect the business conversion rates. Greater speed confirms a better user experience and hence the conversion optimisation is higher.

choosing wordpress themes

WordPress Themes can be very difficult to choose. There are a lot of criteria to look at such as the speed, page size, and many more. When the page-loading speed is faster, it ensures better search engine ranking, online revenue and a greater conversion rate. There are a number of criteria to consider while choosing WordPress themes, but we shall be focusing on speed for this post.

Check the following themes with their performance rating as per Google Insights and GTmetrix.

One thing to keep in mind, the page load time and size largely depends on the User too. The size of the page and page load time are directly proportional. The amount of media and content you have, will affect the loading time proportionally. The following factors must be taken care of, to reduce page load time: (By KISSmetrics)

1. Your Javascript and Stylesheets

2. Images on your website, should be optimised

3. Cache: CMS such as WordPress, lets you reduce page load times using plugins such was WP Super Cache.

Click on the following Theme names to expand their ratings. Google Page Speed test gives us a separate desktop and mobile page loading grades that is out of a 100 (100 being the best!). GTmetrix gives a more detailed analysis of the theme page. Highlighting the page speed grades and the Yslow grades.

 

choosing wordpress themes

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights : 

Mobile Page Load time :61

Desktop Page Load time: 79

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:  A      90%

Yslow Grade and %:           C       76%

Page Load time: 5.47s

Total Page size: 6.54MB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights :  

Mobile Page Load time : 66

Desktop Page Load time: 84

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:  A      93%

Yslow Grade and %:           C       79%

Page Load time:  3.99s

Total Page size:  1.3MB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights : 

Mobile Page Load time : 71

Desktop Page Load time: 84

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:  A      92%

Yslow Grade and %:           B       83%

Page Load time: 2.2s

Total Page size: 844KB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights : 

Mobile Page Load time : 78

Desktop Page Load time: 90

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:   A     92%

Yslow Grade and %:            B       86%

Page Load time: 2.25s

Total Page size: 1.18MB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights : 

Mobile Page Load time : 64

Desktop Page Load time: 84

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:     A      95%

Yslow Grade and %:              A       93%

Page Load time: 3.17s

Total Page size: 2.25MB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights :

Mobile Page Load time : 66

Desktop Page Load time: 53

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:  A      90%

Yslow Grade and %:           C       73%

Page Load time: 3.09s

Total Page size: 6.51MB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights :

Mobile Page Load time : 56

Desktop Page Load time: 79

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:  A      96%

Yslow Grade and %:           B       84%

Page Load time: 7.21s

Total Page size: 4.94MB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights :

Mobile Page Load time : 60

Desktop Page Load time: 78

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:  A      95%

Yslow Grade and %:            C       71%

Page Load time: 6.54s

Total Page size: 3.40MB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights : 

Mobile Page Load time :70

Desktop Page Load time: 87

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:       96%

Yslow Grade and %:           A       93%

Page Load time: 2.63s

Total Page size: 951KB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights : 

Mobile Page Load time :62

Desktop Page Load time: 79

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:  A      90%

Yslow Grade and %:           C       78%

Page Load time: 3.96s

Total Page size: 1.37MB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights : 

Mobile Page Load time :48

Desktop Page Load time: 70

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:  A     95%

Yslow Grade and %:           C      73%

Page Load time: 3.72s

Total Page size: 2.01MB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights : 

Mobile Page Load time :86

Desktop Page Load time: 95

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:  A      95%

Yslow Grade and %:           A       94%

Page Load time: 0.77s

Total Page size: 375KB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights :

Mobile Page Load time :79

Desktop Page Load time: 87

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:  A      96%

Yslow Grade and %:           A       96%

Page Load time: 5.22s

Total Page size: 2.22MB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights : 

Mobile Page Load time :76

Desktop Page Load time: 89

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:   A      93%

Yslow Grade and %:            A      93%

Page Load time: 2.04s

Total Page size: 548KB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights : 

Mobile Page Load time : 67

Desktop Page Load time: 65

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:  B      89%

Yslow Grade and %:           C       76%

Page Load time: 6.14s

Total Page size: 4.49MB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights :

Mobile Page Load time :51

Desktop Page Load time: 60

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:  B      86%

Yslow Grade and %:           C       72%

Page Load time: 7.61s

Total Page size: 3.87MB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights : 

Mobile Page Load time : 61

Desktop Page Load time: 74

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:   B      86%

Yslow Grade and %:            C      74%

Page Load time: 8.36s

Total Page size: 2.68MB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights : 

Mobile Page Load time :77

Desktop Page Load time: 78

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:   B      84%

Yslow Grade and %:             B       80%

Page Load time: 4.42s

Total Page size: 1.01MB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights : 

Mobile Page Load time :73

Desktop Page Load time: 51

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:    B      86%

Yslow Grade and %:             C      74%

Page Load time: 2.94s

Total Page size: 4.89MB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights : 

Mobile Page Load time :72

Desktop Page Load time: 82

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:   B      87%

Yslow Grade and %:             B       88%

Page Load time: 1.59s

Total Page size: 1.84MB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights : 

Mobile Page Load time :74

Desktop Page Load time: 87

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:    B      88%

Yslow Grade and %:             C       77%

Page Load time: 3.38s

Total Page size: 968KB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights : 

Mobile Page Load time :69

Desktop Page Load time: 87

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:   B      85%

Yslow Grade and %:            B       84%

Page Load time: 0.75s

Total Page size: 845KB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights : 

Mobile Page Load time : 71

Desktop Page Load time: 82

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:  B      88%

Yslow Grade and %:           B       80%

Page Load time: 4.27s

Total Page size: 4.41MB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights : 

Mobile Page Load time : 72

Desktop Page Load time: 88

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:  B      89%

Yslow Grade and %:           A       90%

Page Load time: 6.72s

Total Page size: 3.09MB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights :

Mobile Page Load time : 72

Desktop Page Load time: 81

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:  B      84%

Yslow Grade and %:           B       83%

Page Load time: 5.78s

Total Page size: 6.57MB

choosing wordpress themes

Google PageSpeed Insights : 

Mobile Page Load time : 63

Desktop Page Load time: 75

GTmatrix: 

Page speed Grade and %:    B     88%

Yslow Grade and %:             C      73%

Page Load time: 4.40s

Total Page size: 1.92MB

 

We selected the top 50 WordPress themes of 2014 and ran the speed test on all of them. Their page speed grades ranged from grade A to F. We eliminated the slowest themes as we arranged the  themes in the order of the fastest to slowest. Among these themes, grade A signifies a faster speed as compared to grade C. From the remaining set we selected the top 25 and have presented it here in the blog post. Lets hope that choosing WordPress themes will be an easier task hereafter.

 

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