Save the Internet from WordPress speed abuse.
Updated: December 2017
Normally, at this season of year we’d write about the new-release of a default theme – and we’d torture test it for speed. Not so this year. Why? Gutenberg has delayed Twenty-eighteen theme completion schedule. The powers that be say, “Spring 2018” for introduction.
Seriously! We doubt it. There is so much controversy over the Gutenberg editor addition. Already plugins are announced to remove it.
Completely disables the Gutenberg block editor and enables the classic WordPress post editor (TinyMCE aka WYSIWYG) for lighter coding and simplicity.
We’re delighted. There’s rumors the controversy, disruption, and dislike of Gutenberg will fork WordPress. A project fork happens when developers take a copy of source code from one software package and start independent development on it. This creates a distinct and separate piece of software. That would help WordPress get their act together. Or create competition improving quality for both versions.
There is a fork of WordPress already in existence. It merely adds Composer support. Composer is a development tool. It’s a dependency manager for PHP. Put simply, it’s for coders and programmers. It’s a method of not having to rely on third-party plugins. Everything is integrated into WordPress. That includes customized theme and plugin code. Updates then won’t overwrite any customizations. Do we care about this? No. It’s not part of our goals. We test and write about using WordPress plugins from the free directory.
Independent tests show Ghost to be up to 1,900 percent faster than WordPress. What does that mean? In the amount of time it takes WordPress to respond to 1 request, Ghost already responded to 19 of them. Is this speed hype for product differentiation?
Does PagePipe use Ghost or Ghost’s $20-per-month servers? Nope. Do we recommend it? Nope. We have a point to prove: cheap, shared-hosting can be fast. Ghost’s Home-page loads in 2.8 seconds and TTFB is 1 second. Not good enough. Even GoDaddy’s better. PagePipe TTFB is 245 milliseconds. So Ghost’s server delays negate fancy speed claims. Most fast, free themes load in around 50 milliseconds. WordPress core is even less than that. So Ghost’s boost in speed is theoretical or ivory-tower.
Since WordPress originated as a fork of b2/cafelog – and almost forked before with Ghost – it may fork in 2018. Who knows? It depends upon how much users hate Gutenberg.
Meanwhile, don’t hold your breath. No Twenty-eighteen theme is on the horizon for some time. We recommend two alternatives for speed:
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Mobile WordPress Speed – without coding!