Choosing a fast theme for your WordPress website

When choosing a theme for your WordPress website, make sure you choose wisely, as it is one of the main factors that will determine your website speed. There is not much argument that a bespoke theme is the best choice, but building a theme and website from scratch is a costly journey that can set you back tens of thousands of dollars.

Depending on your skill level and the budget you can dedicate to developing your website, you will have to choose from ready-made solutions.

For example, due to lack of time for developing a bespoke theme, even for my own website, this website is built with Elementor Pro website builder on top of its base Hello Elementor theme. No matter the page builder, this website is optimized to load in about half a second across all devices and has a mobile Google PageSpeed score of 100%.

If you want a fast solution, besides the ones listed below, you can start with the default WordPress theme Twenty-Twenty-One and its native Gutenberg editor. It is definitely one of the fastest options, but you will need to know at least the CSS to customize the look.

Top 5 fastest WordPress themes (2021)


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The really fast and feature-rich theme, ideal in combination with Gutenberg. Also great results with using Elementor page builder.

from $47/month paid annually
Lifetime from $199
free version available

Page builder with its ‘Hello Elementor’ theme. Really fast if used wisely. This website is using this combination and loads in under half a second with a perfect 100% score.

from $49/year
free version available

Cleanest WordPress theme, not loading jquery. Complement it with GenerateBlocks for ease of building your website.

PRO version from $59 yearly or $249 Lifetime
Free version available

Now, you heard all over the place that Divi is slow and bloated, didn’t you?
I have built dozens of websites with Divi and all run super fast. If used wisely and with a plan, Divi is a great choice for non-developers.

$89 yearly for all Elegant Themes and plugins
Lifetime deal for $249

Best theme choice for WooCommerce, fastest theme with a ton of features.

currently on sale for $39
coupon: $60offwc
Regular price $99

* Please note that the above-listed links are affiliate links. If you use them to buy the product, I do get a small commission from them. It does not affect your price in any way and I recommend only the companies I trust and actively personally test their services.

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