Top 5 Fastest FREE WordPress Themes 2020: Live Test

Top 5 Fastest FREE WordPress Themes 2020: Live Test

In this article we are going to investigate the top 5 fastest free WordPress Themes of 2020. We have done the research, read articles and picked top 5 contenders to participate in these tests.

The majority of themes that feature in our list already claim to be lightweight and fast loading, but we are not going to take their word for it – we have our Google Speed insights ready to check-out their claims.

Why are we doing this?

Page speed is one of the leading variable google algorithm takes in to account when deciding how to rank websites. It is well known that majority of users will not wait for more than 3 seconds for a page to load. Google is here to serve its clients, the best content in their search engines, and they are not going to serve your content – If it takes too long to load.

Loading times can then also become an edge against your competitors. In order to rank high on google search results, you need to up your loading speed.

What does the Theme have to do with it?

In WordPress, the theme is like the foundation of the website. Everything is built on top of it. The theme designers decide which fonts to use, how to load these fonts, which colours etc. Everything else you build, sits on top of the theme – yes you need to do a lot to make your website faster, but the theme has got to be working with you, not against you. A faster loading theme, will make your SEO efforts lighter and easier.

There is nothing worse than a client who walks though the door and asks for SEO services, they want to rank number 1 on google, but the entire website is built on a theme that takes 10 seconds to load.

Theme selection is the firs thing a web developer will do, any good web developer will have SEO in mind from day 1 and select a theme that does not hinder SEO efforts.

fastest free wordpress theme
fastest free wordpress theme

So these are the themes that we tested and their results:

Methodology – Top 5 Fastest FREE WordPress Themes

We tested all our themes on fresh WordPress Installation, just to make sure there is no residual blockers from previous themes, plugins etc. We performed two tests on each theme, the first test was performed with a fresh installation, nothing on the website. The second test was performed with a typical landing page with a couple of images. This is what you would normally expect from a landing page, we used Elemetor page builder and a standard template from Envato Elements.

 

OceanWP: 86% Mobile, 93% Desktop

oceanwp wordpress theme
oceanwp wordpress theme

Fresh Installation Results

  • Google page speed insights mobile score: 86%
  • Google page speed insights desktop score: 93%
  • My site auditor – loading time: 0.6 seconds
  • My site auditor – page size: 537 kb
  • My site auditor – number requests: 13 requests

Landing Page with Images Results

  • Google page speed insights mobile score: 16%
  • Google page speed insights desktop score: 69%
  • My site auditor – loading time: 1.59 seconds
  • My site auditor – page size: 1428.27 kb
  • My site auditor – number requests: 38 requests

 

Customify: 93% Mobile, 99% Desktop

customify wordpress theme
customify wordpress theme

Fresh Installation Results

  • Google page speed insights mobile score: 93%
  • Google page speed insights desktop score: 99%
  • My site auditor – loading time: 0.31 seconds
  • My site auditor – page size: 276.73 kb
  • My site auditor – number requests: 5 requests

Landing Page with Images Results

  • Google page speed insights mobile score: 44%
  • Google page speed insights desktop score: 70%
  • My site auditor – loading time: 1.41 seconds
  • My site auditor – page size: 1262.6 kb
  • My site auditor – number requests: 31 requests

 

 

Zakra: 96% Mobile, 99% Desktop

zakra theme wordpress theme
zakra theme wordpress theme

Fresh Installation Results

  • Google page speed insights mobile score: 96%
  • Google page speed insights desktop score: 99%
  • My site auditor – loading time: 0.18 seconds
  • My site auditor – page size: 157.34 kb
  • My site auditor – number requests: 8 requests

Landing Page with Images Results

  • Google page speed insights mobile score: 48%
  • Google page speed insights desktop score: 72%
  • My site auditor – loading time: 1.28 seconds
  • My site auditor – page size: 1145.86 kb
  • My site auditor – number requests: 34 requests

 

Neve: 99% Mobile, 99% Desktop

neve theme wordpress theme
neve theme wordpress theme

Fresh Installation Results

  • Google page speed insights mobile score: 99%
  • Google page speed insights desktop score: 99%
  • My site auditor – loading time: 0.14 seconds
  • My site auditor – page size: 125.9 kb
  • My site auditor – number requests: 4 requests

Landing Page with Images Results

  • Google page speed insights mobile score: 57%
  • Google page speed insights desktop score: 78%
  • My site auditor – loading time: 1.25 seconds
  • My site auditor – page size: 1116.45 kb
  • My site auditor – number requests: 31 requests

 

Generate Press: 100% Mobile, 99% Desktop

generate press wordpress theme
generate press wordpress theme

Fresh Installation Results

  • Google page speed insights mobile score: 100%
  • Google page speed insights desktop score: 99%
  • My site auditor – loading time: 0.12 seconds
  • My site auditor – page size: 111.49 kb
  • My site auditor – number requests: 5 requests

Landing Page with Images Results

  • Google page speed insights mobile score: 58%
  • Google page speed insights desktop score: 82%
  • My site auditor – loading time: 1.56 seconds
  • My site auditor – page size: 1396.71 kb
  • My site auditor – number requests: 32 requests

 

 

Live Test Results

Check out our live test results video here

https://youtu.be/uBYeb0tsYZA

 

Articles on WordPress Theme Speed

These articles all discuss Top 5 Fastest FREE WordPress Themes, we read them all and picked some to put to the test.

https://blog.hubspot.com/website/fastest-loading-wordpress-themes

https://wpbuffs.com/fastest-wordpress-themes/

https://www.websitehostingrating.com/fastest-wordpress-themes/

https://athemes.com/collections/best-free-lightweight-wordpress-themes/

https://kinsta.com/blog/fastest-wordpress-theme/

 

So as you are deciding on all the reasons why you need a website, make sure your web developer has selected a lightweight, fast theme for you, so you don’t have to pay another SEO agency, big bucks to re-optimise and re-design your entire website for speed.

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