By now, you probably know that having a fast loading website is no longer optional. According to Google, page speed is now a ranking factor which affects the position of your site on search engine page results. What’s more, numerous studies have shown that faster loading times lead to more conversions, whether you want to sell more products, get more client inquiries, or convert visitors into loyal subscribers.
But, with a plethora of themes available for WordPress, finding a theme that not only has an appealing design but also loads fast can be a time-consuming task. That’s why we rounded up the fastest loading WordPress themes so you can make sure your Google Page Speed score doesn’t hurt your business or your rankings.
While browsing and comparing themes, we used the following criteria:
Page Speed score rated as A or B with Pingdom Tools
Attractive and responsive design
Themes that can be used for various niches as well as niche-specific themes
Regular updates and support along with high user and community ratings
Fusion is a multipurpose theme geared for creative professionals such as designers, illustrators, architects, and creative agencies. The theme comes with 15 demos ready to be used and you can easily modify them and create new layouts with a drag-and-drop page builder. You’ll also find more than a 100 templates and numerous icons to highlight your services, team members, and more. You can use the Google Maps widget to show your physical location and add an online store easily with WooCommerce integration.
Try the Mag theme if you want to make sure your online magazine loads fast. The Mag theme has a modern and bold design with plenty of ad space so you can easily add Google AdSense or other third-party ads. Visual editor allows you to see the changes instantly both on the front end and the backend and tons of customization options make it easy to change fonts, colors, style individual page titles, and more.
If you run an online business or want to showcase your portfolio, consider the H-Code theme. With impressive page load times, various premade demos, and plenty of customization options, the H-Code has everything you need to get your site up and running quickly.
Socially Viral is an excellent choice for news, magazine, and entertainment websites. With built-in social sharing features, the theme’s primary goal is to encourage your visitors to share your content, increase your traffic, and boost your search engine rank. On top of fast load times, the theme offers the ability to feature trending stories, add Google AdSense, and integrates Schema markup for better SEO.
The7 theme is a multipurpose theme that’s not only optimized to load fast but it was also optimized for SEO. The theme’s unique page template system allows you to choose header, sidebar, and footer for each page individually and even add landing pages to your site. This theme includes more than 30 premade demos as well as a drag-and-drop page builder and easy-to-use theme options panel that lets you style every element on your page.
The Church and Events theme is well suited for charity, events, and church websites. It features four demos and loads extremely fast, but that doesn’t mean it skimps out on the features. You’ll find support for popular plugins such as Gravity Forms and WooCommerce, as well as the ability to promote your upcoming events and sell tickets directly on your site. The theme is easy to customize and you can even add various icons for extra visual appeal.
Give the CheerUp theme a try if you’re looking for an elegant blogging theme. The theme has several premade demos and includes over 300 layout combinations and style options for endless customization possibilities. Other notable features include Pinterest and Twitter integration, unique header styles, and custom MailChimp subscription widgets.
The Atelier theme features a clean design, perfect for e-commerce websites. This theme comes with an elegant slider so you can feature your best-selling products as well as a grid layout to showcase the most popular categories and products in your store. Your customers can save items for later and filter products using prices, categories, and more.
The Fit+ theme is sure to make your gym and fitness website stand out thanks to full-screen background videos and catchy sliders. The theme includes several blog layouts, a drag-and-drop page builder, premade color schemes, and more. Additionally, the theme has been optimized for SEO and is translation ready.
A modern design and a grid layout that’s perfect for showcasing as much content as you want on the front page of your online magazine are the main qualities of MH Magazine theme. Several advertising areas are available so you can monetize your site and you’ll also find custom widgets, endless color possibilities, and an easy-to-use theme options panel.
If you own a digital marketing or an SEO agency, check out the SEO WP theme. The theme comes with a demo that you can import to your website and have it ready in a matter of minutes. All the fonts and colors are easy-to-customize using the theme options panel and SEO WP comes with several built-in plugins designed to help your readers share your content, sign up for your email list, and even pay you for your services directly on your site.
The Bimber theme is another theme that’s perfect for magazine and news sites that would like to increase the chances of their content getting shared. With built-in social share buttons, the ability to showcase popular and trending topics as well as a featured author widget, the theme makes it easy to launch a powerful magazine site. You’ll also find a MailChimp subscribe widget, plenty of styling options, and plenty of ad space.
EasyWeb is a great choice for web design and hosting companies that want a modern design. The theme comes with several demos, an integrated live chat feature, live customizer, and an easy-to-use drag-and-drop page builder. Thanks to various modules, you’ll be able to showcase your team members and support staff, display your pricing plans, and showcase testimonials from past clients to build your reputation.
The Travelista theme is suitable for any type of travel blog and features a clean and modern design with large featured images, perfect for showcasing your destinations and must-see sites. The theme comes with support for all post formats, making it easy to share not only regular posts but also galleries, videos, and audio posts. You can choose between eight blog layouts and customize every aspect of the theme, from typography and colors to individual styles for pages, headers, and footers.
If you’re on the lookout for a restaurant theme, be sure to check out Marco. The theme is suitable for both restaurants and cafes or any other website that’s in the food industry. The theme features several demo layouts which are ready to import with a single click. You can integrate various reservation platforms and it supports advanced menus with filters so your customers can browse all the items and find the exact meal they want to try.
The uDesign theme is a responsive, multipurpose theme that lets you create any type of website. On top of several layouts and a fast loading time, the theme was built with SEO in mind. It also has a user-friendly interface suitable even for complete beginners. You can customize every aspect of your site, customize the layout of your homepage with widgets, and import custom page templates to speed up the setup process. The uDesign theme is also translation-ready.
The Aerious theme is lightning fast thanks to its lightweight design, however it does pack quite a punch under the hood. The theme is suitable for a variety of niches and includes more than 40 premade sliders which are perfect for showcasing your products, team members, company, services, articles or anything else you want to show to your potential customers. Several premade layouts are available each time you create a new page but you can also create a completely custom layout from scratch. Additionally, the theme is fully customizable and optimized for SEO.
With more than 110 demo pages and over 160 sections which can be used to create both multipage and one-page WordPress websites and landing pages, the Pillar theme is truly impressive. If you can’t find the layout you’re looking for, you can simply use the drag-and-drop page builder to roll out your own layout and customize everything from fonts to colors. On top of that, the theme integrates with WooCommerce, MailChimp, and Campaign Monitor.
For Elegant Themes members, the following two themes are included in your membership and will allow you to create any type of website that loads fast. And if you’re not a member, not only does the membership give you access to those two themes but also to our plugins; Bloom and Monarch for your email and social media marketing needs as well as regular updates and premium support.
If you’re looking for a versatile theme that’s suitable for any niche, Divi is the right choice. With premade templates for home pages, portfolios, landing pages, and more along with dozens of content modules for calls-to-action, buttons, and contact forms, Divi has everything you need to create a powerful business website as well as a beautiful portfolio or a blog. You can see all the changes you make in real time thanks to the Visual Builder and customize every aspect of your site. And thanks to recent performance optimizations, Divi now has an improved Google Page Speed score so you can be sure it will load fast.
Consider the Extra theme if you run an online magazine or a news website. With a beautiful grid layout focused on content and the ability to add ratings to your articles, the Extra theme is a great choice. It comes with several premade layouts and you can also create your own unique layout, if you wish. The theme comes packed with multiple category modules, endless customization options, plenty of advertising space, and more.
While there’s a lot you can do to improve your website loading times, switching to a fast loading theme is a great first step in the right direction. The themes featured above not only load fast but they also cover a variety of niches, making them suitable for almost any type of website you need to create, so be sure to check them out. If you know of any other fast loading themes, be sure to let us know in the comments below
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By Brenda Barron
Brenda is a professional writer and WordPress enthusiast from Huntington Beach, California. You can often find her typing up a storm at the local coffee shop, or at home re-watching Back To The Future and Doctor Who.