Updated: January 2018
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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.
jQuery is a heavy Javascript workaround or shortcut (or crutch). WordPress programmers use it all the time. Read more

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:

GeneratePress

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:

And the test results are incredible:

138-millisecond load time to San Jose Pingdom test. 770 milliseconds to Europe. GoDaddy cheap, magnetic, shared hosting. No CDN. No SSD.

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.

★★★★★
GeneratePress
theme
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.

Reference: https://generatepress.com/generatepress-2-0/
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.


Hi Steve,

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 :)

Tom Usborne
generatepress.com


Godspeed—

Steve Teare
performance engineer

Mobile WordPress Speed – without coding!

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