Top 50 Web Performance Analysis 2020 -

The theme of your website or blog is essential to ensure its success. Indeed, the graphic aspect but also the navigation scheme allow to stand out from the competition and to offer your visitors a quality experience. Unfortunately it is not always possible to create or have a custom theme produced, whether for time or budget constraints …

There is however an alternative in order to limit the costs, which consists in buying an existing theme, which could possibly be personalized via different options or via a technical adaptation work.

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These themes are available on different marketplaces for generally a few tens of euros. It is quite easy to find an interesting theme thanks to different search criteria and the possibility of accessing a demo version, allowing you to see the theme working live.

The startup DareBoost, was interested in the 50 best-selling themes on PrestaShop a few weeks ago and drew our attention to the need to audit a theme before buying it, to ensure its technical quality, and avoid unpleasant surprises.

What about the quality and performance of WordPress themes?

For this study, the startup took an interest in the essential WordPress, by selecting the 50 best-selling themes on the Themeforest marketplace, leader in this field.

For each of these 50 themes, the home page of the demonstration space was audited with the service dareboost.com, checking dozens of points of technical quality, and calculating an overall score according to the importance of the problems. detected.

The results are very heterogeneous with a score which varies from 55 to 83. We note for example a “first paint” (beginning of the display of the page) which varies from a few hundred milliseconds to several seconds, which also plays on the perception of speed.

We can therefore already conclude that as with PrestaShop themes, technical quality is not guaranteed by the price of the theme.

To have a fast theme and with a quality technical construction, you will have to be careful before your purchase.

On many demo spaces it lacks the basic configuration which would significantly improve the page load time. You can therefore expect to obtain better results by working on the server configuration (gzip, cache policy, etc.) and by adding plugins dedicated to optimizing loading time (WP Super cache, W3 Total Cache, WP Rocket , etc). However, this will not solve all the problems and it will often be necessary for you to go further, or even choose another theme to avoid too much technical adaptation work.

Quality and performance ranking of WordPress themes

Theme name Score Weight Time Report Price
SEO WP 83 0.97 MB 1.25 sec Report $ 48.00
BuildPress 79 0.97 MB 2.23 sec Report $ 58.00
Pluto Clean Personal 78 1.41 MB 3.34 sec Report $ 43.00
Listify 77 3.62 MB 15.24 sec Report $ 63.00
Newsmag 76 1.17 MB 2.12 sec Report $ 48.00
Oyster light skin 76 1.04 MB 1.54 sec Report $ 58.00
Florence 76 2.76 MB 3.94 sec Report $ 43.00
JKREATIV Wedding Photography 74 1.93 MB 3.38 sec Report $ 58.00
KON / CEPT 74 0.92 MB 2.91 sec Report $ 58.00
Unik 73 2.03 MB 3.65 sec Report $ 58.00
Story Full-width Page 72 1.70 MB 3.56 sec Report $ 58.00
hemlock 72 4.61 MB 7.10 sec Report $ 38.00
Realty 72 1.73 MB 6.75 sec Report $ 53.00
Venedor default 71 2.08 MB 7.06 sec Report $ 58.00
Throne 71 1.93 MB 3.63 sec Report $ 43.00
ROSA 70 2.97 MB 3.97 sec Report $ 58.00
Rosemary 70 2.31 MB 4.08 sec Report $ 38.00
Zephyr 70 2.71 MB 3.62 sec Report $ 58.00
Bi-Shop 70 3.41 MB 8.01 sec Report $ 63.00
Stockholm 1 69 3.33 MB 6.69 sec Report $ 58.00
North 69 2.15 MB 3.26 sec Report $ 63.00
Minding 69 1.51 MB 6.44 sec Report $ 63.00
Eco nature default 69 4.93 MB 7.68 sec Report $ 58.00
Voice 68 1.36 MB 3.68 sec Report $ 58.00
Multinews 68 2.21 MB 6.13 sec Report $ 58.00
Editing 68 2.91 MB 4.30 sec Report $ 58.00
Constructo classic 67 1.54 MB 4.34 sec Report $ 58.00
Construction default home 67 3.21 MB 5.03 sec Report $ 58.00
Vega portfolio gallery 66 6.53 MB 9.02 sec Report $ 58.00
Logistic 66 2.80 MB 5.50 sec Report $ 48.00
wpresidence 65 2.02 MB 4.29 sec Report $ 53.00
The shopkeeper 65 2.07 MB 9.64 sec Report $ 58.00
Cardinal 65 5.81 MB 11.04 sec Report $ 63.00
Lawyer Attorney 65 1.31 MB 3.34 sec Report $ 48.00
Dunamis 65 3.07 MB 5.39 sec Report $ 58.00
JAVO DIRECTORY V2.0 demo 1 62 2.42 MB 10.61 sec Report $ 58.00
Morpheus example 1 62 3.25 MB 6.25 sec Report $ 48.00
Specular default 62 3.30 MB 9.51 sec Report $ 58.00
Oxygen Full width menu 62 6.50 MB 12.87 sec Report $ 58.00
University demo v1 61 3.11 MB 6.49 sec Report $ 58.00
Spa Lab 60 4.02 MB 8.76 sec Report $ 58.00
WooPress Boxed variant 60 2.84 MB 9.15 sec Report $ 58.00
Automotive car dealer 59 3.45 MB 8.95 sec Report $ 58.00
Clever Course 59 2.10 MB 5.11 sec Report $ 58.00
LMS 59 4.02 MB 5.97 sec Report $ 58.00
North v1 (veented) 58 3.67 MB 6.26 sec Report $ 58.00
Hazel1 56 7.47 MB 14.97 sec Report $ 58.00
Oshin main demo 56 3.58 MB 7.06 sec Report $ 58.00
NUVO Modern 56 5.97 MB 8.13 sec Report $ 58.00
Royal ecommerce 55 4.85 MB 8.55 sec Report $ 58.00

Do you have doubts about the speed of the theme you plan to buy? Do not hesitate to ask us to test it in the comments, we will reply with the results!