These are the fastest & best WordPress themes in 2014. I scanned all the best premium & responsive WordPress themes with GTmetrix and if they had a Page Speed Grade of B (80%) or higher they made the cut for fastest. This indicates that they were built with care, ensuring that they were built efficiently. If you want a fast loading, responsive WordPress website, any of these themes will serve you well.
The best WordPress themes were hand-picked because they were deemed the most flexible, clean, elegant, efficient & professional of them all.
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How fast is fast? I have researched and I cannot find any data that will be clear for me. My sites are so slow right now. I need to move out from SEOhosting. Pinging gives me 2.6, 3.5 and even 23.ms :O
I am testing different hosting companies. How many ms for load per wp site are ACCEPTaBLE?
While PageSpeed grades are important, simply having a good PageSpeed number does not mean your theme is fast to render. It means the code that finally made it to the person browser is, in theory, ‘efficient’. PageSpeed does not factor in how long the server took to compile said code, which is where a theme’s speed is truly measured.
Great post! Question for you…
I am attempting to optimize the speed and SEO of my blog. The current theme on my wordpress blog is quailfire, which is suppose to be awesome for SEO optimization but isn’t very fast in loading. Would it behoove me to switch to a faster loading theme and loose quailfire?
I was going to recommend Frank, but it looks like Iconic and Frank and essentially one in the same: http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2013/01/16/frank-a-wordpress-theme-designed-for-speed/ – I’m not aware of any other super fast loading, mobile-friendly WordPress themes that are free. At least, not that come close to the speed of Frank or Iconic. Sorry I can’t be of more help here. I plan to make a post on the best free WordPress themes, but there aren’t that many great ones so I’ve attempted and then gave up a couple of times already on such a post. One day I’ll get around to it though, cheers and good luck with your search. If you do find such a theme, please share the name of it with me.
I think it’s because the theme demo pages are actually iframed (in most cases) and tools like GTMetrix are basing theri results on the container page.
I saw many TF demos using layersliders with tons of pics/animations and yet score good on pagespeed. However, when I tried them on my sites, the result was not even half as good. One theme “Senna” scores marvellously well, and averages above 75. Surprised you omitted it.
You do not state the circumstances of your testing. For example, was it by using the theme’s on your own servers, or merely putting the theme demo URLs into GTMetrix? I suspect the latter, due to the very high scores.
Looking around the web for people already using these themes on their own sites, and then placing those URLs into GTMetrix I received MUCH lower page loading spped scores.
Your hypothesis is correct, it was merely putting the theme demo URLs into GTMetrix. I did not purchase and install them all on my server for testing. So the scores are influenced by the quality of the server the demos are running on, but I feel that any theme developer who does quality work would ensure that they host their theme demos on a quality server. It is likely that many of the users of their themes are not ensuring their web servers are optimized for performance, so this discovery you’ve made makes sense to me. I’d be very curious to see how they scored all running on the same server, but it isn’t financially viable for me to perform such a test.
Hi; this is interesting but i don’t understand how do you get those statistics. Charitas got 95% ! I doubt because i test it in Google PageSpeed Insights, and i get : 57% for mobile and 81% for desktop. So it is so far from 98%. So how or where do you get 98% ?
I would like to add another responsive theme that was born in 2013 (it was born a couple of minutes ago, actually); the Nexus Twenty Eleven v3. Its based on the GPL Nexus Framework, and thus features front-end editing (including page builder, multi header, sidebar and footer), its responsive and has an advanced (LESS-like) color theme based on CSS variables and its free forever free for everyone! http://nexusthemes.com/twenty-eleven-wordpress-theme/
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