A fast loading website is a great thing to behold. There’s a lot of reasons for that, but the biggest reason? It helps your rankings.
google has decided that a fast loading theme should actually be a ranking factor. In fact, I’ve found out the hard way that this is absolutely true. I was using a bloated theme that I won’t name, found that my traffic had slipped a little bit. Poking around and talking to some SEO friends, I foud out that my site’s load speed may have been a factor.
So, I installed a fast loading theme and the difference has been incredible. Without doing anything else, I saw a big bounce in traffic and there’s really nothing else I can attribute it to. Now, you may not have been using a slow, bloated ‘premium’ theme like the one I was using, so your results may vary. But the one thing I guarantee is this, these are some of the fastest themes available as rated by GTMetrix.
Here they are, the best fast loading WordPress themes around.
ThemeTrust.com presents a great looking theme called Hero, which is a next generation type of video portfolio theme for WordPress. WordPress isn’t just about blogs, though that’s probably what it’s best known for. With Hero, one of the most popular themes released by Theme Trust, you can very easily highlight your video portfolio. Theme Trust has made Hero to be a totally responsive, WPML compatible WP theme. You can even change up the look with a wide array of powerful and simple to utilize theme options, which extend the features and flexibility of the site as a whole. hero offers a filterable portfolio, which is incredibly helpful too. That means all of your site’s visitors can, with just a single click, filter portfolios by keyword, which looks as cool as it sounds. It’s really pretty handy too for the end user.
Ultimately, the Hero WordPress theme has a nice, attractive, straightforward design, offers your readers very simple navigation, but there’s enough design style to keep your readers engaged with this professional, creative theme.
Take a look at some of the sample pages you can craft.
I’ve actually personally used the Hero theme by ThemeTrust and I can honestly tell you this, it’s really easy to set up and adjust the settings. It’s not like it’s totally packed with features, the theme is built to look roughly like the demo as shown above and that’s not going to change. But the design is very nice and sometimes, especially for beginners, having too many choices is not a great thing. Paralysis by analysis they call it. Or something like that. Anyway, too many options can overwhelm you, particularly if you’re a beginner. What Hero does is gives you an attractive design right out of the box and lets you adjust the colors, maybe the fonts, add your logo, your images or video and you’re on your way. Blogging is just as simple and I think it provides a solid frame for your posts, nothing too fancy, nothing too spare and minimalist.
I think that the Hero WordPress theme makes for a very, very good business theme and your portfolios will look amazing if you’re looking for a simple presentation that isn’t, honestly, particularly modern. Yep, I said it. This theme is decidedly old-school in it’s look and feel. And sure, while it’s a minimalist theme at heart, the basic layout is one that’s been used over and over for a wide range of websites for quite a number of years. But that’s okay, Hero’s layout is a timeless classic layout for good reason. The Hero WordPress theme works incredibly well to help you highlight your products, your images, your posts or whatever else you have to offer on your website. So, I guess that’s the Hero WordPress template in a nutshell.
Okay. Enough about Hero. If you like it and decide to download it, let us know how your site ends up looking. We’d love to see it in action!
Basel is a professional minimalist AJAX responsive theme which was purposely built to provide modern, WooCommerce/eCommerce website. It uses popular Drag and Drop web page builder, premium Woocommerce, complete lot of theme configurations as well as options and sliders to create a heavy store that’s perfect on practically every display resolution. Basel is a theme that’s a great option for most shops including cloth, flowers, accessories, furniture, consumer electronics and more.
Basel comes with a powerful customizer tool that allows users to customize their web pages just how they want to. The customization tool allows users to configure the header, design, page names and just about anything else. It also allows users to choose fonts, buttons, logos, color themes, background, and more.
Basel ecommerce theme also comes with the Visual Composer Drag & Drop which comes in handy especially when creating a custom post type where one can build their own static HTML blocks and place them anywhere throughout the website while utilizing widget or shortcode. The local wordpress shortcode is quite uncomfortable to use today. It’s therefore better to use Visual Composer elements, otherwise known as shortcodes. The shortcodes for Basel theme can be found via the Visual Composer interface.
This feature is ideal for those who haven’t installed the demonstration content but would like to have a contact form on their website. The popular plugin also comes with the Basel WordPress theme as a suggestion. Once the plugin is installed, you should activate it so that a basic contact page is created and stuck to your page as a Visual Composer element.
It is quite possible to customize the Basel WordPress Theme using the child theme. It is however recommended that one not change the actual data files. This is because it makes it a bit simpler to update the father or mother theme. The child theme usually inherits the varieties as well as functions of the parent theme. Child styles are the recommended way of changing your preexisting theme and Basel supports creation of child themes.
Easy Theme and Plugin Improvements
When it comes to updating your plugins and theme, this plugin can help you achieve your goals. The tool makes it unnecessary to delete or rename your theme through the FTP. All you need to do is upload and it will substitute the existing files quite well.
Enfold is one of the most popular WordPress themes, about which there’s so much to like. From full responsiveness to compatibility with the WooCommerce platform and a huge array of impressive theme demos, there’s a lot you stand to gain from the Enfold theme.
Pre-defined layouts and design
At the time of writing, Enfold comes with up to sixteen predesigned demos or layouts, all of which can be installed with just a few clicks and used as a starting base for your own unique design. All you need to do in order to install a demo is head to Demo Import Section within the Themes Options panel and click on your preferred demo. The demo will be installed after a few minutes and you can now edit the pages as you please. This is advantageous in that it saves you time getting a new site up and running as well as coming up with your own design.
The basic rundown of Google’s Mobilegeddon is that Google penalizes websites whose layouts aren’t adjusted to look good on websites. Adjusting the layout of your website as well as text size among other things depending on the size of the screen is therefore of paramount importance. This is something that can only be achieved with a responsive WordPress theme, such as Enfold. In addition to being responsive, Enfold is retina ready allowing images to look crisp clear regardless of whether the screen has low or high resolution.
Avia Layout Builder
Avia Layout Builder is perhaps the most intriguing feature of the Enfold theme. And while it is not as user friendly as other layout builders, it is more than capable of helping you create unique website designs. The number of elements one can utilize here is quite astounding and some of them include toggles, videos, columns of varying widths, buttons gallery, animated countdowns, testimonials, call to action buttons, pricing and data tables, tabs, Google maps and more. It takes a while to get a feel for it but other than that, Avia is relatively easy to use.
Impressive layer slider
Layer sliders allow one to add a great deal of personality to their websites and in the case of Enfold, one gets to work with LayerSlider WP. In addition to being less glitch, this layer slider allows one to create impressive 2D and 3D animations. There’s however a bit of a learning curve involved here but which is worth the effort put in. There are plenty of elements that help you create beautiful sliders as well.
KEY FEATURES OVERVIEW
Clean, Modern Design can be used for any type of website
Unique Drag and Drop Template Builder, built only for this theme. Almost any layout imaginable is possible. Also comes with a ton of Unique elements for the template Builder:
Columns, Slider, Buttons, Gallery, team, Tabs, Toogles, Accordions, Pricing and Data Tables, Call to Action Buttons, Testimonials and many more. (To avoid confusion: this is a Content Editor. Header and Footer are not managed this way)
Ajax Instant Search: user get results while typing
Translation ready with mo/po files
WooCommerce Ready: add your own Shop and sell anything from digital Goods to Coconuts
If you are going into blogging for the very first time, then this theme is right for you. It comes with lots of well-designed features which makes your personal or corporate blog shine out. Its two main layouts are; post format and homepage. MyBlog has lots of footer and sidebar widgets, post areas and so much more. MyBlog is indeed an asset for every blogger which is capable of boosting traffic to your blog or website. The post section contained in MyBlog prompts readers to view your other articles, thus ensuring you have more clicks. The SEO technology embedded in MyBlog increases the ranking of your webpages.
MyBlog’s option panel is very versatile, thus ensuring your customization process is seamless, giving your webpages a stunning look. Each line of code is well optimized, giving readers the freedom to edit whatever they want to. The theme also comes with catchy social media icons which will attract huge traffic from social media. If your blog posts are crafted by different writers, the MyBlog is an excellent option for you. It has an author box which displays all articles each of your writers have written, alongside their bio data. If what you want is a blog theme that is minimalistic in design with great ease of customization, look no further as MyBlog has all that you are looking for.
My Blog is a fully responsive, clean, and modern WordPress blogging theme. Featuring a pair of awesome blog layouts, numerous sidebar and footer widgets, featured posts area, various post formats and more.
My Blog is the ultimate theme for bloggers. It has everything that you will need to create a well designed blog. Thanks to HTML5 and CSS5, WordPress Live customizer, and custom widgets, building your blog has never been easier. It also has a beautiful featured posts area or slider to showcase your best content. to be honest, if you like this theme, you better come get it pretty quick, I bet they’re going to pull it from Theme Forest pretty soon. It’s getting kind of old, to be perfectly honest.
Some call this the Best Theme Ever made, and I guess I can see an argument for that.
The BeTheme WP theme offers true multipurpose site creation for people who enjoy user-friendly design and sturdy and responsive structure that has been quite popular with website templates buyers. More than 80,000 people have purchased this WordPress theme, but that does not mean there are 80,000 websites that look exactly the same. Far from it, in fact. BeTheme offers more than 100 different design options, multiple demo pages for different industries such as spas, real estate agents and rock bands among others and also many other customizations that can be combined to create unique online platforms.
Start at the top by choosing one of the 17 different headers that can be customized even further to suit your needs. Explore the advanced options control panel and the powerful shortcode creator that allows non-developers to simply copy and paste short snippets on two different pages to create the look they want. BeTheme WP theme also offers clean code for quick load times, search engine optimization integration and full translation capability.
With a price tag under $60, BeTheme is an affordable way to create powerful portfolio websites without trouble. On the ThemeForest layout shop, this theme offers 44 different demonstrations of just how different each user could make a site. There will be no need to buy multiple themes or hire expensive designers no matter how many websites you wish to create. At its most basic, a quality WordPress theme should always be able to make this claim. BeTheme takes it a step further and offers what could be the ultimate solution to all future WP website design needs.
The design options for this theme now include up to six columns of content. Any configuration can be made, which helps you create a more interesting and attention-grabbing layout. With the powerful Ajax Load More option, all elements, text and graphic will be displayed quickly on any device. This allows people who are using smartphones or tablets to view the web the ability to hit a simple button to load more of your website. If things appear only when asked for, your site visitors get a more customized experience.
BeTheme offers multiple sidebar options for left, right or both sides at once. While including sidebars looks excellent on a box structure, the full-width option is also available. This WP theme also offers the grayscale effect. It is just another powerful feature to speed upload and use times so people who navigate to the website stick around for all the great information. With the intuitive Muffin builder, you can select from a wide variety of icons to highlight different blocks of text. Everything in the BeTheme WordPress theme is very user-friendly and accessible to non-developers. However, if you do have some coding knowledge and want to make additional edits, the package comes complete with a child theme.
Here are just a few of the hundreds (!) of demo sites that are pre-built if you have a niche site you want to get started and you don’t have a lot of time to waste.
There’s a healthy eating, organic produce theme, which is below. It’s WooCommerce ready and looks great, so you probably don’t need to sell fruits and veggies exclusively. Now, if you want to see some more themes that are set up for WooCommerce, we’ve made a collection you might be interested in.
Here’s a look at an attractive and full-featured wedding template. Congrats Jessica and Bryan. But if the happy couple should happen to not fall in love with this theme, there are other great wedding theme choices in our collection.
Let’s have a look at what the theme maker has to say about BeTheme.
Be is full of different prebuilt websites so you can easily import any demo website within seconds at 1 click. Constantly we add new demos at users requests. So far we created websites for: electric, veterinarian, loan agency, charity agency, sitter, moving company, barber, health magazine, book writer, plumber, art agency, interior design company, webmaster, application, seo agency, university, event company, developer, car rental, band, gym, designer, marketing agency, hosting company, travel agency, real estate company, photographer, renovator, small business company, hotel, mechanic, lawyer, school, shop and much more. If you have own idea for great homepage, please do not hesitate and tell us about that. We consider all your ideas!
Wow, so, they have over 280 demo sites already built and if you suggest something new, they might just add that to the mix. Man, they must spend a lot on stock photography.
So, that’s a wrap up on BeTheme. From what I’ve seen, it’s a really full featured theme with tons of demos. I’m sure if you don’t get overwhelmed by all the choices, you’re going to be able to find something in there you really love.
No Limits, that’s that show with Anthony Bourdain, right? I love that show. I love the way it’s always something just a little funky, a little strange. Something completely new and innovative. Something with a flavor that’s different from what’s familiar, to me at least. And I love the food.
You don’t get any tasty food with No Limits, the WordPress theme, but you do get a theme that’s a little different, a little out of the ordinary. You get something novel, advanced and delicious. For the eyes at least.
No Limits is a Bootstrap based one page theme with multiple different styles available with just a handful of clicks. This theme is advanced, it’s powerful and it’s a premium theme that doesn’t sport a totally premium price, it’s just $39 and worth every penny.
From Qodux, yep, the same people behind the Lune WordPress theme, No Limits has every bit of the design and style that their other themes have, with even more features, if that’s even possible.
Responsive, that should go without saying. SEO optimized, ditto. Translation and WPML ready, of course. Easy to use, complete with a child theme ready for your CSS edits, No Limits really doesn’t have any. Limits, that is.
Smart Passive Income Pro believes that there are three main points that create a successful online WordPress based business. Design. Content. Strategy. It’s tough to argue with that statement. Smart Passive Income can absolutely help with the design factor and with incredible content, you’re going to have a smashingly successful website that frames your site perfectly, making for a striking first impression and lasting readership. In short, make your business unforgettable. With Smart Passive Income Pro, you get a delightfully well appointed, responsive and professional Genesis Framework child theme that allows for a wide range of features and flexibility. Smart Passive Pro is also WooCommerce ready, making it a wonderful way to sell products. I think Smart Passive Income Pro could be a great SEO services sales theme or maybe a tutorials site. Or how about selling memberships for software or plugins? It’s up to you but this theme is full-featured enough to take whatever you throw at it. So, I think many would agree that this is one of the very best WordPress Genesis Framework themes around.
As with all themes, there’s a bit of a learning curve with Smart Passive Income Pro, but I think you’ll get used to it pretty quickly.
eCommerce themes like EcoShop are a great way to break into selling products online.
What would you sell with ecoShop? Bikes, gadgets, electronics, garden gnomes, silverware…there’s nothing that won’t look incredible given the framework of the EcoShop theme for WordPress. With a fabulous WooCommerce web template it is possible to establish a site to market clothes, footwear or anything else.
There are numerous advantages that will help promote your merchandise in style, like menus, galleries along with a number of different layouts to pick from that offer your web site a distinctive style. The support available with this WordPress theme is second to none, to help you feel assured when you face problems you’ll get help when you need it.
This user friendly, well built, very flexible, pretty and trendy WordPress theme enables you to advertise old items, contact buyers, administer shipping and product stock, expand your company and launch brand new products and a lot more.
WooCommerce is so incredibly popular thanks to it’s ease of use and it’s wide range of features and addons that are all reasonably priced and that add tons of great functions you could expect to pay far more for with any of the ‘premium’ eCommerce shopping carts.