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Thesis 2 Websites Score Higher on Google Page Speed Test

Google Page Speed

DIY Themes make the claim that Thesis 2 loads fast.  They may be right.  Google is now incorporating site speed in search engine rankings.  This means that we need a fast web host and fast software.  There isn’t much we can do to make WordPress faster.  Or is there?  While building this site I ran a couple speed tests, just for fun, using Google’s page speed analyzer.  I was very surprised by the results.

 Thesis 2 Improves Google Page Speed Test

After a fresh install of WordPress, I ran the Google Page Speed Analyzer.  This was a brand new install with no content besides the “Hello World” post that comes with WordPress by default.  The site scored a 95 out of 100.  This is the highest score any of my sites have received.  The results are shown below.

Google Page Speed Before Modifying Site

Next, I uploaded and activated Thesis 2.  Again, no content was added.  It was a base install of WordPress running the Thesis 2 Classic Skin.  This time the score was 100 out of 100.  What!?  Did Thesis 2 just improve upon WordPress?  It appears so.  And, it addressed all of the “Low priority” items as shown in the image above.

Google Page Speed After Thesis

I decided to circle back after fully customizing this site and run the speed test again.  I am consistently getting a 91 out of 100.  The “Medium priority” item I keep getting is to optimize images.  I hope to address this in a future post.

Google Page Speed for Thesis 2 Site

Another item I plan to test is the use of a caching plug-in.  I’m curious if caching will impact the speed test results.

So in my unscientific test, Thesis 2 improved the page speed of WordPress.  Since page speed is part of SEO, this is a good thing.  It can also cost you site visits as visitors will quickly leave a slow site.

About the author: I’m a techie, a gadget geek, a former programmer, and all-around technology nut. Currently I’m a business analyst for a technology company. I love what technology can do for us. I love smartphones and apps for everything. Building sites with Thesis 2.0 and WordPress help me to reconnect with the feeling of building something tangible.

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