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.
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.
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.
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.