I have been hearing about the word going around about the Swift Theme and if it was really that “swift”? There are a lot of themes that boast how fast they are or SEO ready. Please remember, WordPress already comes SEO ready out of the box. The plugins and tweaks done to themes add a little extra so you can customize how you want each post to be seen – giving you more control over your website.
Well, I did a comparison of several themes for speed:
- Swift from SwiftThemes.com
- Genesis from StudioPress.com
- Lifestyles Theme from StudioPress.com (I have a lot of clients who have me do customizations with this theme (and I mean more than a couple dozen)
- Hybrid from Theme Hybrid
- Thesis from DIYThemes
- Arras Theme
- Thematic by ThemeShaper
Here were the results:
|Theme Name||Size||Load Time||Average Speed per KB|
|Swift||32.26 KB||0.63 seconds||0.02 seconds|
|Genesis||25.59 KB||0.89 seconds||0.03 seconds|
|Lifestyle||28.7 KB||0.63 seconds||0.02 seconds|
|Hybrid||35.08 KB||2.43 seconds||0.07 seconds|
|Thesis||17.56 KB||0.63 seconds||0.04 seconds|
|Arras Theme||51.57 KB||0.4 seconds||0.01 seconds|
|Thematic||41.45 KB||0.6 seconds||0.01 seconds|
|Atahualpa||55.13 KB||1.46 seconds||0.03 seconds|
Theme demo speeds courteous of iWebTools.
So, what makes a theme slower from one versus another?
- Coding – Is the code W3 standard? Is it glitchy? Is the coding (php, html, css) streamlined and tidy?
- Graphics – Does the theme have a lot of graphics? Are the graphics huge?
- How much data resources are called to a page?
Other than those factors, once the theme is in your hand, and you install plugins, graphics, and your own content, you are increasing that page load. Where you might use a theme versus another using the same exact theme, perhaps your site is slower? Or maybe you have a host that has a lot of shared clients – maybe one too many, and the server load is not that great?
Once you do something with your theme, outside factors are at play. It is not uncommon for me to give my clients major plugin diets after they have approached me about a slow website.
So, yes, the Swift theme is pretty fast, but you make your own choice if it is for you.