There’s been a lot of lingo going around in regards to PageSpeed. Everyone has something to say for that matter (right or wrong; who knows). So now, I am sure you must be wondering why the sudden obsession with PageSpeed? All credit goes to Google!
There is no denying in the fact that Google is a business that offers a service. Just like other businesses, even the tech giant focuses on delivering a great service to her customers. In return, their customers expect only a couple of things:
The pace of change today is the fastest it’ll ever be. As a business executive, you need to keep your pulse on emerging trends to avoid disappointing customers and falling behind competitors. Today, people expect to get what they want faster than you can bat an eye at. Moreover, it has been observed that one of the significant turn-offs for users is when apps or websites aren’t developed to perfection usually cause problems like sluggish performance and frequent ANRs (App Not Responding).
According to Google Webmaster Blog; Speeding up websites is important — not just to site owners, but to all Internet users. Faster sites create happy users, and we’ve seen in our internal studies that when a site responds slowly, visitors spend less time there. But faster sites don’t just improve user experience; recent data shows that improving site speed also reduces operating costs. Like us, our users place a lot of value in speed — that’s why we’ve decided to take site speed into account in our search rankings.
The moral of the story is PageSpeed is indeed an important factor. However, with that being said, it’s not the most important thing on the list, but if you are planning to launch a blog, try using fast loading WordPress themes only. It is very crucial for one to understand that there is a reason why professional bloggers prefer using WordPress premium themes only.Even you have customize WooCommerce platform with a unique, useful, shareable content on the block. You’re not going to get any gold stars just because your site isn’t fast enough.
This one is my favorite, and that’s the reason why it is at the top spot. Period. You will discover how Tom Usborne puts a ton of focus on clean, lightweight code. Technically speaking, It’s under 30kb, has no dependencies (and yes, that includes jQuery), and is just generally built to perform really well. Beyond good performances, it's super versatile. Adapting GeneratePress to any niche is way easier all thanks to its WordPress Customizer options. If you are choosing the premium version, you’ll also get access to a lot of pre-built demo sites that you can easily import.
Divi is way beyond a fast loading WordPress theme. I can say it is a complete new website building platform that replaces the standard WordPress post editor with a vastly superior visual editor. Over 800 pre-made website layouts come packaged right inside of Divi for free. Brand new layouts are added weekly along with royalty free photos, icons, and illustrations.
Another interesting all-in-one solution for affiliate marketers, niche website owners, and bloggers is Thrive. The fast loading theme features conversion-focused capabilities making Thrive a no brainer for your WordPress store. Unlike other WordPress themes, here you have to pay annual membership fee that gives you 100% access to several quality WordPress themes and plugins.
Another interesting lightweight WordPress theme from ThemeIsle that focuses mainly on coinciding with the release of the new WordPress block editor (AKA Gutenberg). It features built-in mega menu support, lots of WordPress Customizer options, and importable templates.
This lightweight theme is from ThemeGrill featuring with more like 12 different demos you can import. These demos cover different niches like construction, education, yoga, etc. Beyond that, you get plenty of Customizer controls that let you switch up colors and layouts for your site.
Another super minimalist theme, which is pretty much kind of white space and text. No sidebars, no widgets, no settings. However, if you’re a writer, that’s really all you need, and Arke provides a great canvas for your content.
Bloggo is another lightweight blogging theme, but it has less of a minimalist look, which might be a good thing for you if you weren’t a fan of how little was going on with the Arke theme.
If you want to make things your own, you also get plenty of WordPress Customizer options to customize Bloggo’s looks.
Lastly, PageSpeed is indeed a crucial factor, but that doesn’t mean you need to obsess over how fast you site loads because you’ll drive yourself mad.
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