In this article, we will be searching for lightweight WordPress themes, that means ultimately we will be searching for the fastest WordPress themes.
In order to search for lightweight WordPress themes, we will actually be searching for fastest loading WordPress themes. Therefore, to term a theme as lightweight WordPress theme, we will have to consider the load time of the theme but I doubt if it will give us the desired result, we will discuss this topic later in the article before that let us see features of a lightweight WordPress themes.
Characteristics of a lightweight WordPress theme
- It loads quickly.
- It doesn’t have too many large images, or you can say it can be without images.
- It does not have too many CSS files.
- The code is written properly.
These are some simplified points and there can be more things to consider, the fifth point itself include various things that will make the code proper, which will result in a lightweight theme.
By the above points, we can conclude that basically lightweight WordPress theme is also a fast loading WordPress theme.
But the problem here for us is, what will be the parameters to measure or compare the themes? As the speed of a WordPress theme can be dependent on various factors and whatever tool we use to compare or measure the speed of theme. Most of the times it will give us different load time for the themes as there are other factors responsible for the load time of a website like hosting, latency, traffic to the website at the time of test and other things. Therefore, “load time” will not be a good parameter to compare the themes and in order to term them as a lightweight WordPress theme.
Therefore, we will have to consider other parameters to find out a lightweight theme and ignore the speed in this case. We will be considering the Page size and the number of HTTP requests generated by the theme to term the theme as a lightweight WordPress theme as there are the two factors responsible for the load time of theme and other scores.
We will be using GTMetrix and Pingdom tools to measure the page size and number of HTTP requests, the theme with minimum HTTP request and page size will be the winner.
Lightweight WordPress Themes
Genesis is a popular Theme framework from Studiopress and is the most used WordPress theme framework. They have numerous child themes from which you can choose a design of your liking, other than this there are lots of other third party providers of child themes, and the last option to get a design og your own liking can be hiring a developer, there are numbers of developers who develop genesis based themes and you can easily find one.
This is a free WordPress theme you get with WordPress, the theme is developed by the core developers of WordPress, which makes it popular.
Schema is a popular WordPress theme from MyThemeShop, Developers of this theme claim it to be the most SEO Friendly WordPress theme. The developers have been careful in designing the theme and they designed it for speed as it matters a lot in SEO.
X Theme is one of the most popular themes on Themeforest, It has made about 91k sales. X Theme can also be a good choice, who are willing to have a different design for their blogs, as it does have a numerous designs to use.
NewsMag is a popular WordPress themes and is widely used by bloggers who need, magazine based themes.
Sahifa is a popular WordPress theme available on themeforest and is widely used by bloggers using WordPress.
You can say that Avada is the most popular WordPress theme, they have sold around 195k copy of the theme. That’s an unbelievable thing for a single theme.
We tested the most famous and used WordPress themes only, as the WordPress theme repository is a big one and checking each and every one of them will not be feasible.
Problem with the test and result:
- Images: Most of these themes use a lot of images, the developers use it for showcasing. Use of images increases the size of page and number of HTTP requests. But you might not be using the same number of images in your blog. The number of images may increase or decrease as per your needs. Therefore, the result will vary for your website.
- Caching: Obviously, they must be using some type of caching. That will also have some impact on the results. Therefore, you might see some slightly different results for your blog.
There will be lots of other things that can produce different results in different circumstances, But you should not be worried about them as the changes in results will not be huge. Do not wait and worry about these things and go buy the theme you like.