Updated: January 2018
If we authored a WordPress dream theme, what specifications would we use for extreme mobile speed optimization?
Here what we’ve prayed for in a mobile speed theme:
1. Gzip download file size below 1 megabyte.
Always our criteria for culling speed themes.
2. jQuery not enqueued.
3. Font Awesome unused (or includes a lighter substitute or subset).
We hate heavy Font Awesome workaround for the artistically crippled. Read more 〉
4. Google fonts disabled. Uses a system-default font stack instead.
We always disable Google Fonts for mobile speed.
5. Includes a top-of-page button – without activating jQuery.
6. Many happy users (like 100,000 is nice).
7. Available in the WordPress free theme directory.
What would we name this fantasy theme?
Why, we’d call it:
Wait. That theme already exists. And it matches our Disney-land specifications. Every single one.
Sprinkle on an assortment of these free speed plugins when needed:
- Cache Enabler
- Disable Emojis
- Far Future Expiry Header
- Query Strings Remover
- Lazy Load by WP Rocket (doesn’t enqueue jQuery. Good for still images.)
- Lazy Load XT (enqueues jQuery. Good for YouTube video.)
- Disable Embeds
And the test results are incredible:
We’ve looked at GeneratePress before. When did GeneratePress become so magical and wonderful for mobile speed? Officially, December 14, 2017 version 2.0.1 was released. That’s when all these speed features appeared.
Active installs: 90,000+
Compressed file size: 935k.
All-time downloads: 1,177,699.
Retention rate: 8 percent (or better – we don’t have access to the proprietary stats).
Tom Usborne is the author of GeneratePress. It’s his one-and-only, almost-4-year-old, pet-theme. And it’s all he need ever produce. The theme only weighs 30k on the frontend. Fantastic achievement.
Podcast Interview: https://wpbuilds.com/2017/06/29/episode-32-tom-usborne-from-generate-press/
Tom, honestly, are you reading PagePipe? – or just our minds? Thanks for your hard work.
Awesome! Thank you! I spend a lot of time focusing on performance, so to see it get noticed like this is incredibly satisfying.
Really happy that you’re enjoying GP :)
Mobile WordPress Speed – without coding!