Fastest Theme For WordPress And Elementor? See How You Can Test It 😀
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Fastest Theme For WordPress And Elementor? See How You Can Test It 😀


Hey there, and welcome to another episode
here on Themeisle: WordPress Tutorials & Reviews. My name is Robert, and in this video, I test
how fast is OceanWP, compared with Astra, and Neve. These are some of the most popular WordPress
themes out there, optimized for Elementor. Just take a look at the numbers:
OceanWP has more than 400.000 installations, as well as Astra, and Neve has 40K active
installs even though it was launched less than a year ago. During the tests on gtmetrix.com, the software
analyze data like PageSpeed, Fully Loaded Time, Total Page Size, and Requests. I start testing how fast each theme is bare-bones,
precisely as it comes after installing it on a new WordPress website. Then I install the Elementor page builder
plugin and test again how it works in combination with this fantastic tool. We know that plugins can slow down your WordPress
website, so this is why I am doing it. Finally, I import one of Elementor’s free
templates and test again. Content, especially images, have a significant
impact on your website loading time, so this is, again, very important to know. If you want image optimization on autopilot,
check out optimole.com. So, by taking these tests, we find out what’s
happening before and after we add some content on our WordPress website. Although I can be biased because of Neve,
which is our theme, anyone can test these themes or any other WordPress theme using
the same tools and strategy, and see what’s happening. Are you ready? Let’s get into it! First of all, I reset everything on this website,
which is pretty new. I bought it a couple of weeks ago from Siteground. If you would like to see how easy it is to
start a WordPress website on Sitegorund, check out the video in the description box. So, by having this utterly new website, we
can see how WordPress performs when there is nothing but the Twenty Nineteen theme along
with the default hello post and a sample page. To do that, I reset the entire website using
the WP Reset plugin which you can find in the tools menu after installing it. Type in “reset” in this field and then click
on reset. Be careful with this action because it will
delete everything you have on your database like posts, pages, images, and so on. You can do it on a new website but avoid doing
it on older WordPress sites with lots of content unless you have a working backup. Ok. Let’s see what I have on the front end right
now. Exactly what I want. I only have the default theme, and there is
no image in the media library, no plugins activated here and we have just one sample
post and two default pages. Let’s test the speed of the website as it
is right now. I put the links for tools and other resources
in the description box so that you can check it out later. The server I use for hosting this website
is somewhere in Europe, that is what I saw when setting up the hosting from Sitegorund,
so I choose London UK over here and leave everything else off. Just paste the link of your website over here,
and then click on Analyze. Now I need to wait a couple of seconds while
the performance scores are displayed, and then… here we are. The PageSpeed Score right now is A, and the
fully loaded time is 0.8 seconds, which is normal when the total page size is only 56.1
KB. Le’ts compare that with the OceanWP WordPress
theme. I am curious how the default theme of WordPress
performs vs. Astra, Neve, and OceanWP. You can test other themes as well. Do you want me to do it for you? Leave a comment below, tell me what themes
you have in mind, hit the subscribe button, ring the bell, and you are all set. The only thing I need to do right now is to
install, and then activate OceanWP. That’s it: no plugins and no additional pages. I start testing each theme without content,
so let’s check the numbers right now. No big surprise. The OceanWP theme gets good overall results,
but the fully loaded time is now 0.8 seconds for a 283 KB page size and 19 requests. Now I am curious what is happening after I
install and activate the Elementor plugin. I have it installed already, and I just need
to activate it. Next, I click on re-test above and wait until
the test ends. No difference at all, for now, but let me
do one more thing and test it again. Go back to my dashboard, add a new page, like
so and name it “Elementor Page Speed Test,” so I can easily recognize it for the next
step. When the editor shows up after I click on
edit with Elementor, I import one of its free templates. Let’s choose a popular one, this is just fine,
for example. Publish the page as it is right now, or maybe
choose the Elementor Canvas in settings over here, doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters, I guess, is to
keep the same settings for all, and then click on publish. To make this page show up as my homepage,
I access the settings then reading and select the “Elementor Page Speed Test” as a static
page in this drop-down. I am going to click save changes below, and
then I’ll reload the page to see if everything is in its place. Great. Now we can re-test again and see the final
results. After a couple of seconds, you can see the
numbers displayed that speak for themselves. What we know is that we have more content
on the homepage, and also some images. So, this pulls the page speed down to 91%
and the fully loaded time is now higher. Well, I see 1.3 seconds for a total page size
of 1.68 MB and 52 requests. Let’s compare that with the following theme. So, I reset everything again, and when the
process ends, I install and activate the Neve WordPress theme. There is nothing but the bare-bones theme
on the site right now so let’s check the numbers for it. We can see that the page speed score is 100%,
fully loaded time is 0.7 seconds. Wow! That’s fast because the total page size is
just 33.0 KB and we only have seven requests. Now, let’s reactivate Elementor and use the
same template on the homepage. To do that, create a new page again, import
the content, and set it as a static page in settings. After we re-test the page on gtmetrix.com,
we can see that the fully loaded time is now 1.3 seconds for a 1.59 MB page size and 45
requests. Almost the same as OceanWP. I put the numbers side by side at the end
of the video, so stay with me. Let’s do something smart to avoid resetting
the entire site over and over. I move the page to the trash, deactivate Elementor,
and install the next theme, which is Astra. I hope that it does not influence any results
as I am not doing any other changes, and not adding more content. So, let’s test the final theme in our video. Install and activate Astra, then test it without
content. Here are the numbers: the fully loaded time
is 1.2 seconds, while the total page size is 46.6 KB, and we have just nine requests. Cool. I go to the pages trash now and restore the
Elementor page, activate Elementor in plugins and then set the Elementor page as a static
page in reading settings one more time. Now I have that page as my homepage, but I
can see that is not as it should be, so I edit it with Elementor and set the page layout
as Elementor Canvas, over here. Yeah, this is what I want so I can do the
re-test again. To put the results side by side, I reactivate
each theme one by one, and I use the compare button over here. What you see next is the full tests with theme
plus Elementor and the same page that has the same template set as homepage. Because we are using the same link, I use
a trick to observe what theme we have the results for. To do that, I edit the page and type in Astra
theme over here. Update the changes and click on re-test. For Neve, I activate the theme, and then I
replace this with Neve. Now I click on compare and paste the same
URL in the filed. When the test reveals its numbers, we can
see that the first column is for Asra, here is Neve and we can add another URL for OceanWP. Before doing that, I activate OceanWP in themes,
and then I replace this text with OceanWP. Here we are. These are the numbers side by side from Asta,
Neve, and OceanWP. It looks like Neve is the fastest theme in
our comparison with or without content. The figures are very close, so if you want
a WordPress theme that is well optimized for Elementor and it’s fast, Neve, Astra, and
OceanWP are excellent choices. Also, the best part is that you can get them
for free. The only thing you should compare next is
what unique features these themes have for you. You can check, for example, the header and
footer builder of Neve which could be a real help if you want to build custom headers and
footers when using the free version of Elementor. OceanWP, on the other hand, has many settings
for Typography and other things you can access in the General Options menu. I think the best part of Astra is over here,
in Colors & Background where you can change the base colors. Each theme has its unique features, so you
are the one who decides. Check out each feature carefully and choose
the one that fits your needs. If you have questions, feel free to leave
a comment below. I am happy to start a conversation with you. If you want more videos like this, hit the
subscribe button and then ring the bell to get notified when we publish our next video. See you there.

2 Comments

  • Robert Peter

    Tell me what themes you have in mind for future videos, leave a comment below, subscribe, then ring the bell and you are all set.

  • ThemeIsle: WordPress Tutorials & Reviews

    Table of contents:
    1. Ocean WP 🕛 2:08

    2. Neve 🕛 7:54

    3. Astra 🕛 9:42

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