Are you searching for a fast loading WordPress theme? Do you want to increase your WordPress website’s speed? We have the list of the fastest WordPress themes in 2019.
Why need a Fast-Loading WordPress Theme?
No one wants a slow website. People don’t want to wait for a websites to load more than few seconds and quickly exit your site. Search engines uses site speed to rank your site. If your website is slow you could lose your SEO and thereby lose your sites traffic.
How we tested the Themes
We created a sample page with contents and tested all the themes on the same page.
The themes have been tested on a staging website with moderate hosting speed. Loading time very much depends on hosting and if you test these themes with a faster hosting service, you could get better loading times.
We have not only tested the fast loading free, lightweight versions of the themes but we have tested the Pro versions with all of their heavy modules.
Theme + Elementor Page builder
Using a Page Builder increases the page size and the page loading time. So we have also tested these themes with Elementor Page Builder to know which theme loads the fastest when used with Elementor.
We created a test page with Elementor Pro using many of the Elementor’s widgets and tested the page loading times.
Also See Elementor Pro Page Builder Review
Fastest WordPress Themes (Free and Paid)
Themes in this list have a free, lightweight version and a powerful, fast loading Pro version. Both the Free and Pro are fully responsive in desktop and mobile versions.
We found Astra to be the fastest WordPress theme, and it has recorded the quickest loading time in our tests. The Pro version was also, and it was the fasted theme with Elementor page builder.
Google PageSpeed score: 83 GTmetrix PageSpeed score: 80
Astra free version is a lightweight and responsive WordPress theme. It was really fast because the page size was really low and the loading time was the fastest.
It is not just a fast theme but its customizability and flexibility along with its integrations make it one of the best multipurpose themes.
In the Astra Pro version, we activated all the Pro modules which increased the page size, but it still had a very fast loading time.
The Pro version is loaded with many powerful features like Many Header options, WooCommerce widgets, Many Site layout options, integrations with many popular plugins, etc.,
Using Elementor page builder with Astra theme made the page loading a little bit slower. It normally happens with any page builder. But it was still the fastest theme to be used with Elementor Pro.
Also read the Astra Theme Full Review
When GeneratePress theme was used on the same page, the page size increased, but it was still very fast.
Google PageSpeed score: 80 GTmetrix PageSpeed score: 79
The free version of GeneratePress is a fast-loading multipurpose theme, which is very much performance focused.
It has a minimalist look with a full-width header, a widgetized footer, and various post formats. It also has a blog-style layout and a shop section.
GeneratePress premium version is very powerful with many modules. When all of the premium modules are activated, it made the theme bulky and had increased loading time.
But not all modules are necessary, and it is best to enable only modules required to maintain the speed.
The premium version gives you lots of customization options and additional features to make your site more flexible.
GeneratePress with Elementor
GeneratePress with Elementor page builder is fast even with the increased page size. The results are similar to the Astra theme. GeneratePress theme is good with many other popular page builders..
OceanWP theme on the same page had a fast loading time but more than that it had a very low page size which was impressive.
Google PageSpeed score: 75 GTmetrix PageSpeed score: 82
OceanWP is a Lightweight and highly extendible WordPress theme. It is the most feature-packed free theme available and has several options to personalize your website, multiple widget regions and responsive design.
There was a concise loading time, and page size remained small with OceanWP theme Pro extensions.
There is no single Pro version, but in the Pro bundle, you get a list of extensions which extended the features of the theme. You can activate only the feature needed. We tested the theme with all the Pro extensions.
OceanWP theme is also very page builder friendly. It has a special Elementor widget extension in Pro bundle. With Elementor page builder OceanWP was faster than GeneratePress theme. You can build websites with creative designs with OceanWP and Elementor.
Google PageSpeed score: 65 GTmetrix PageSpeed score: 76
Airi is a free and flexible business WordPress theme. It is suitable for all kinds of business websites and has premade Elementor layouts.
Airi Pro though it adds weight it still maintains the speed like the free version. The Pro version gives you extended WooCommerce options. It has more premade layouts and enables you to quickly create an awesome looking website for yourself or your business.
Airi with Elementor
Airi has special integrations with Elementor page builder, and the theme is quite fast as other themes mentioned here. It has Custom Blocks for Elementor.
Schema theme was heavier on page size but had fast loading time. It is also a popular WordPress theme.
Google PageSpeed score: 65 GTmetrix PageSpeed score: 65
Shema Lite is a free and fast loading WordPress theme for blogs. It also had a low page size and good loading speed.
It has custom options panels and has widgets and shortcodes.
Schema Pro theme adds more weight but remains fast like the free theme. It is more Header options and customization options.
Schema with Elementor
In our Test, Schema Pro worked with Elementor, but it doesn’t have an official Elementor integration. So we wouldn’t recommend Schema theme with Elementor.
What do you think of our list? Which theme are you using? How fast is your theme? Share with us in the comments section.