5 Lightweight & Fastest WordPress Themes in 2022
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5 Lightweight & Fastest WordPress Themes in 2022

Would you consider downloading free versions of the most popular WordPress themes to find which ones are the fastest WordPress themes? I know, I won’t.

The ordinary WordPress user is just like that. No one in the world has the time to check demos of hosting speeds and theme performance results while continuously checking the size of CSS and JavaScript on every part of their website.

That is why we have shared five lightweight and fastest WordPress themes with you in 2022.

5 Lightweight & Fastest WordPress Themes of 2022

We consider the following themes lightweight and fast, offering many customization features without affecting website performance.

1. Blocksy
2. Kadence WP
3. Neve
4. GeneratePress
5. Astra

Note: The page size and HTTP requests shown below are calculated after importing one of the starter sites provided by the WordPress theme vendor and then performing speed tests. They are not calculated after a fresh theme install.

Blocksy

Blocksy

Blocksy is a multi-purpose theme that is lightning-fast, has fewer HTTP requests, and also avoids a lot of bloats.

Total Page Size: 118 KB
HTTP Requests: 25

It follows a freemium approach. This means there is a free and premium version of the Blocksy theme.

The free version offers limited features compared to Blocksy Pro.

Its clean code policy has not only resulted in thoughtfully written lines of code but also complemented lightning-fast speeds and SEO optimization.

Blocksy WordPress

These are Blocksy’s performance results, as shown on the homepage of their official website.

The creators of Blocksy used the latest web technologies, such as React, Webpack, Babel, and PHP 7. 

Resulting in a fast-performing theme with many customization features like Header Builder, Footer Builder, Mega Menu, conditional sidebars, advanced layouts for posts, pages, product pages, and more.

In case you are wondering about website performance on a live site. Below are the screenshots of a web page from one of our sites.

Google’s page speed insights; mobile performance

blocksy mobile performance

Google page speed insights; desktop performance

blocksy desktop performance

The results are amazing.

Keep in mind that this test was done on a live site on shared hosting, with a minimum of 2 to 3 required WordPress plugins, and no speed plugin was involved.

Blocksy also comes with high-quality starter sites that are easy to install and customize later.

Kadence WP

Kadence WordPress Theme

Like our previous theme, Blocksy, Kadence WP is another blazing-fast WordPress theme. These themes have a lot in common, and apart from code, style, and design, there aren’t major differences between them.

In fact, you can compare Kadence and Blocksy and reach a better conclusion before purchasing either one.

Kadence WP theme is a feature-rich, multi-purpose WordPress theme. It comes in free and paid versions as well.

However, Kadence’s free version offers some beautifully created starter sites with advanced global font and color control.

Starter sites, Kadence Blocks, and header & footer builders are some of the few strengths of this wonderfully created super fast-performing WordPress theme.

Total Page Size: 111 KB
HTTP Requests: 23

The screenshots of Google’s page speed insights for both mobile and desktop.

Google page speed insights; mobile performance

kadence google page speed mobile

Google page speed insights; desktop performance

kadence google page speed desktop

As you can see, there isn’t much difference between Blocksy and Kadence themes when comparing their speeds. 

The only difference the Kadence theme showed was there were fewer HTTP requests, the page size was smaller, and the mobile speed test score was 93.

The company Kadence WP is also top-rated for providing Bundles

Bundles that offer you a premium theme, Kadence theme, and a premium blocks-based plugin, Kadence Blocks Pro.

Neve WordPress Theme

Neve WordPress Theme

Neve is a super fast, mobile-first approach, multi-purpose WordPress theme.

It also follows a freemium model, with a free version to test and Neve Pro for advanced customizations.

Created by Themeisle, the Neve theme’s strengths include its Header & Footer Builder, integration with almost all popular WordPress plugins and page builders, and a vast collection of starter sites.

Total Page Size: 98 KB
HTTP Requests: 24

Google page speed insights; mobile performance

neve google page speed insights mobile

Google page speed insights; desktop performance

neve google page speed insights desktop

Due to added features built into the theme customizer and fluid designs of most of Neve’s starter templates, the theme is a bit heavier on page size than Kadence, GeneratePress, and Astra and requires a few more HTTP requests to load a page.

But that is nothing if you have installed an optimizing plugin.

The company follows a mobile-first approach, coding the theme with AMP support that keeps your LCP and TBT score low so your website can easily pass Google’s Core Web Vitals.

GeneratePress

Another lightweight and blazingly fast WordPress theme is GeneratePress.

This theme is popular in the WordPress eco-space due to its performance.

GeneratePress

This theme’s versatility, stable code, flexibility, and modular approach has made it a go-to theme for bloggers, hobbyists, and freelancers.

Total Page Size: 90 KB
HTTP Requests: 15

Google page speed insights; mobile performance

generatepress google page speed mobile

Google page speed insights; desktop performance

generatepress google page speed insight desktop

A score of 100 is what GeneratePress can give your website.

However, the GeneratePress free version has minimal options, and you depend highly on coding.

However, GeneratePress Premium, also known as GP Premium, comes with many options for color, typography, primary and secondary navigation, multiple sidebars on a single page/post, and more.

The theme is mobile-friendly, SEO-ready, and supports RTL and translation.

Plus, premium users can import all of their professionally created starter sites.

GeneratePress integrates well with popular page builders like Elementor, Beaver Builder, and Divi and offers basic controls after installing WooCommerce on your site.

Apart from all the features mentioned above, the few main strengths of GeneratePress are Performance, Documentation, and Support.

GeneratePress community forums are the best place to get an answer to any query related to the theme.

Astra

Astra WordPress Theme

Finally, we come to our last fastest WordPress theme, Astra. In the WordPress theme industry, Astra is also known as WP Astra.

Astra is a lightweight WordPress theme that is super popular among business website owners, web shops, bloggers, affiliate marketers, freelancers, and even agencies.

This is one of the most installed WordPress themes, touching 1 million plus active installations.

Total Page Size: 98 KB
HTTP Requests: 18

Google page speed insights; mobile performance

astra google page speed insights mobile

Google page speed insights; desktop performance

astra google page speed insights desktop

Astra is a bit heavier than GeneratePress due to the features it offers. 

Astra has a header builder with 27 header elements, a separate mobile header builder, a footer builder with 15 footer elements, an additional sidebar manager for custom sidebars, multiple layouts, related posts, an author bio, and more.

GeneratePress, on the other hand, does not come in-built with so many features. However, one can easily create them using Elements.

Another strength of WP Astra is its HUGE collection of starter sites. Astra-free users can choose from 200 starter templates, and Astra premium users can download from 250 pro starter sites.

Most of their pro-starter sites are either created using Elementor or Beaver Builder.

It is lightweight and follows a modular approach. You can enable or disable modules as required, further improving website performance.

What Factors To Consider While Choosing A Fast WordPress Theme?

We have understood that a well-optimized WordPress theme contributes to responsiveness, SEO, and performance.

Here are the five basic things to consider when choosing a fast WordPress theme.

1. Lightweight & Bloatfree
2.
Fewer HTTP Requests
3. Responsive & further customizable
4. Smaller page size (CSS & JavaScript)
5. SEO ready

The above points hold good until the speed and performance of a WordPress theme are considered.

Note: There are other factors to consider when choosing a WordPress theme based on design, customization, and features.

Lightweight & Bloatfree

When discussing the fastest WordPress themes, always remember to go for a lightweight and bloat-free theme.

You can check its page size by importing one of the theme’s starter sites and testing its blog post or any of the other web pages.

Plus, the theme should not come with unnecessary add-ons.

Fewer HTTP Requests

While checking the theme’s page size, also consider the number of HTTP requests required to load a fully-fledged web page containing an image with normal text content.

Never go for a theme that needs more than 50 HTTP requests to load a single webpage.

Responsive & Further Customizable

The code of the WordPress theme should be mobile-friendly. Nowadays, themes with a mobile-first approach get higher priority than those that increase your site’s LCP score.

The theme customizer should have enough features for you to make certain changes in spacing and other parameters that are important for improving the user experience on mobile devices.

Smaller Page Size

Keep in mind that the more you customize using CSS and JavaScript, the longer your website will take to load.

Try keeping CSS and JavaScript after the fold; that will reduce your site’s LCP score.

SEO Ready

Always choose an SEO-friendly theme that already supports schema within the code.

In general, a well-coded WordPress theme will always be stable, light in weight, have fewer HTTP requests and will be responsive for all types of devices.

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