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Are WordPress Premium Themes Up To Speed?

How fast is your WordPress Theme?

I read a very interesting article on testing the database speed and efficiency of WordPress Premium Themes by web development company foliovision titled What’s wrong with paid WordPress Themes: WooThemes vs ElegantThemes where foliovision says:

There’s a lot of talk about how professional paid themes are in comparison to free themes. It’s not what we’ve found. Cutline, Twenty Ten and Oulipo are all much better coded than any theme we’ve found at WooThemes or EleganThemes.com.

As I own a number of Premium WordPress Themes and Frameworks, I decided to do some basic speed testing for myself using foliovision’s recommended plugin WPDB Profiling.

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Here are my test results.

The speed test are run on a newly setup clean LINUX server running PHP 5.1.6, MySQL 5.0.77, WordPress 3.1.1 with default content and only the WPDB plugin active. WP_Cache Status: Enabled! Plus I refresh the browser 4 times on each Theme, before recording the follow results:

Fastest Themes/Frameworks
(out of the box clean install)

  1. Thesis 1.8 by Chris Pearson
    11 db queries in 0.0028650760650635
  2. Hybrid 0.9 by Justin Tadlock
    8 db queries in 0.0028834342956543
  3. F8 Lite 4.2.1 by Graph Paper Press
    11 db queries in 0.0032894611358643
  4. Crystal Child Theme 1.0 by StudioPress
    10 db queries in 0.0033507347106934
  5. Whiteboard 3.1 by Bold Perspective
    11 db queries in 0.0033519268035889
  6. Serenity Child Theme 1.0.1 by StudioPress
    10 db queries in 0.0033695697784424
  7. Genesis 1.6 by StudioPress
    11 db queries in 0.0035405158996582
  8. News Child Theme 1.1 by StudioPress
    10 db queries in 0.003563404083252
  9. Streamline Child Theme 1.0.1 by StudioPress
    10 db queries in 0.0035667419433594
  10. Venture Child Theme 1.0 by StudioPress
    10 db queries in 0.0035803318023682
  11. Delicious Child Theme 1.0.1 by StudioPress
    10 db queries in 0.0035943984985352
  12. Genesis 1.5 by StudioPress
    11 db queries in 0.0036919116973877
  13. Tapestry Child Theme 1.0 by StudioPress
    11 db queries in 0.0037655830383301
  14. Thematic 0.9.7.7 by Ian Stewart & Chris Goßmann
    12 db queries in 0.0037977695465088
  15. Focus Child Theme 1.0.2 by StudioPress
    12 db queries in 0.0038344860076904
  16. Pretty Young Thing Child Theme 1.0 by StudioPress
    12 db queries in 0.0038702487945557
  17. Social Eyes Child Theme 1.0 by StudioPress
    11 db queries in 0.0038893222808838
  18. Duster 1.0.5 by Automattic
    10 db queries in 0.0039474964141846
  19. Builder 2.8.7 by iThemes
    14 db queries in 0.0042598247528076
  20. SWIFT 5.74 by Swift Themes
    13 db queries in 0.0044283866882324
  21. Basic 3.9 by Elegant Themes
    14 db queries in 0.004436731338501
  22. BusinessCard 2.0 by Elegant Themes
    14 db queries in 0.0044455528259277
  23. Twenty Ten 1.2 by the WordPress team
    14 db queries in 0.0045411586761475
  24. Bigfoot 1.0.7 by Theme Junkie
    14 db queries in 0.0046136379241943
  25. Derelict Beta 1.0 by Theme Force
    18 db queries in 0.004737377166748
  26. Catalyst 1.1.2 by The Catalyst Team
    16 database queries in 0.0048117637634277
  27. Dynamik 1.1 by The Catalyst Team
    16 database queries in 0.004889965057373
  28. Classic 1.6 by Dave Shea
    13 db queries in 0.0048260688781738
  29. WP Framework 0.2.4.10 by Ptah Dunbar
    13 database queries in 0.0049338340759277
  30. Sandbox 1.6.1 by Andy Skelton & Scott Allan Wallick
    13 database queries in 0.0049946308135986
  31. Bold 4.1 by  Elegant Themes
    18 database queries in 0.0051465034484863
  32. Focal Point 1.0.0 by  Graph Paper Press
    17 database queries in 0.0051498413085938
  33. Bluesky 2.6 by Elegant Themes
    17 database queries in 0.00534987449646
  34. Default 1.7.2 by Michael Heilemann
    16 database queries in 0.005363941192627
  35. Base 1.1 by  Graph Paper Press
    18 database queries in 0.0053915977478027
  36. Headway 2.0.9 by Headway Themes
    13 database queries in 0.0056333541870117
  37. ArtSee 2.5 by Elegant Themes
    18 database queries in 0.0056798458099365
  38. SwiftPremium 0.3 by Swift Themes
    16 database queries in 0.0056867599487305
  39. 13floor 1.7 by  Elegant Themes
    17 database queries in 0.0056912899017334
  40. Monokrome 1.0 by ThemeBaker
    17 database queries in 0.0058357715606689
  41. Biznizz 1.1.4 by WooThemes
    23 database queries in 0.005845308303833
  42.  Headway 2.0.8 by Headway Themes
    13 database queries in 0.0058732032775879
  43. AskIt 1.5 by  Elegant Themes
    16 database queries in 0.0059399604797363
  44. Headway 2.0.10 by Headway Themes
    13 database queries in 0.0060820579528809
  45. Carrington Blog 2.2 by Crowd Favorite
    23 database queries in 0.0064208507537842
  46. Bluemist 2.8 by Elegant Themes
    23 database queries in 0.006488561630249
  47. Delicious Magazine 1.0.3 by WooThemes
    27 database queries in 0.0065755844116211
  48. Kaboodle 1.0 by WooThemes
    26 database queries in 0.00663161277771
  49. ChannelPro 1.0.2 by Theme Junkie
    19 database queries run in 0.0066862106323242
  50. Inspire 2.4.4 by WooThemes
    27 database queries in 0.0068049430847168
  51. Fresh News 3.2.2 by WooThemes
    28 database queries run in 0.006871223449707
  52. Delicate News 2.2 by Elegant Themes
    21 database queries in 0.0068967342376709
  53. Premiere 1.0.3 by WooThemes
    28 database queries in 0.0070610046386719
  54. Bloggie 1.1.7 by Themify
    24 database queries in 0.0071310997009277
  55. Simplicious 1.0 by themebaker
    23 database queries in 0.0071501731872559
  56. InReview 1.0 by  Elegant Themes
    22 database queries in 0.0073695182800293
  57. PureType 3.9 by Elegant Themes
    23 database queries in 0.0075540542602539
  58. Bold News 1.0.10 by WooThemes
    30 database queries run in 0.0076193809509277
  59. Listings 1.2.13 by WooThemes
    34 database queries in 0.0076332092285156
  60. Saving Grace 1.0 by WooThemes
    30 database queries in 0.0077245235443115
  61. Simplicity 1.2.6 by WooThemes
    32 database queries in 0.0077071189880371
  62. Canvas 4.0.3 by WooThemes
    31 database queries in 0.0078539848327637
  63. Photobox 1.0.6 by Themify
    30 database queries in 0.0080797672271729
  64. Rezo 1.0.6 by Themify
    34 database queries in 0.0088396072387695
  65. Afterburner 1.3 by RocketTheme
    30 database queries in 0.0088694095611572
  66. Envisioned 1.1 by  Elegant Themes
    30 database queries in 0.0088872909545898
  67. Gazette Edition 2.9.6 by  WooThemes
    35 database queries run in 0.0096333026885986
  68. Folo 1.0.0 by Themify
    35 database queries in 0.0096437931060791
  69. Canvas 3.4.13 by WooThemes
    47 database queries in 0.0099258422851562
  70. Minblr 1.0.3 by Themify
    33 database queries run in 0.010851383209229
  71. Funki 1.0.4 by Themify
    46 database queries run in 0.011050939559937
  72. Estate 1.2.2 by WooThemes
    44 database queries in 0.011443614959717
  73. Chameleon 1.0 by  Elegant Themes
    33 database queries in 0.011250972747803
  74. Wigi 1.1.8 by Themify 
    47 database queries run in 0.011812686920166
  75. Wumblr 1.1.0 by Themify 
    54 database queries run in 0.013551712036133
  76. OverALL 1.3 by ThemeForest | Codestar
    69 database queries run in 0.013619661331177
  77. FaultPress 1.0 by WooThemes
    58 database queries in 0.014721155166626
  78. Modularity 2.9.1 by Graph Paper Press
    71 database queries run in 0.015994071960449

 

I then run the same test but this time with imported content from a site with loads of pages, posts, images and comments. I run two tests, first on the homepage and second on a page with 46 comments, you can see the results of both tests below:

Due to a number of Themes not actually displaying the 46 comments on the test page (I will highlight those results with * ). I’ve decided to add a 3rd test, where I run the same search query on each Theme. This information will be displayed as the third test result, below the ‘Homepage’ & ’46 comments page’ results.

 

 Classic 1.6 by Dave Shea
Time: 13 database queries run in 0.010859489440918 sec.
Time: 18 database queries run in 0.011161327362061 sec.
Time: 13 database queries run in 0.019618272781372 sec.

 Default 1.7.2 by Michael Heilemann
Time: 17 database queries run in 0.011600971221924 sec.
Time: 22 database queries run in 0.013220071792603 sec.
Time: 15 database queries run in 0.019407749176025 sec.

 Twenty Ten 1.2 by the WordPress team
Time: 10 database queries run in 0.0085268020629883 sec.
Time: 15 database queries run in 0.010899305343628 sec.
Time: 14 database queries run in 0.019685745239258 sec.

Duster 1.0.5 by Automattic
Time: 9 database queries run in 0.0085337162017822 sec
Time: 17 database queries run in 0.010359287261963 sec
Time: 9 database queries run in 0.018793106079102 sec

Delicate News 2.2 by Elegant Themes
Time: 23 database queries run in 0.019034147262573 sec.
Time: 69 database queries run in 0.02458930015564 sec *
Time: 16 database queries run in 0.033744812011719 sec.

Genesis 1.6 by StudioPress
Time: 11 database queries run in 0.0054953098297119 sec
Time: 11 database queries run in 0.0039951801300049 sec *
Time: 11 database queries run in 0.015622615814209 sec

Genesis 1.5 by StudioPress
Time: 11 database queries run in 0.0053954124450684 sec.

Time: 11 database queries run in 0.0037450790405273 sec * 
Time: 11 database queries run in 0.015266180038452 sec.

Headway 2.0.8 by Headway Themes
Time: 14 database queries run in 0.011230945587158 sec.
Time: 18 database queries run in 0.012529373168945 sec.*
Time: 14 database queries run in 0.020308494567871 sec.

Headway 2.0.9 by Headway Themes
Time: 14 database queries run in 0.010218858718872 sec.
Time: 18 database queries run in 0.013006925582886 sec * 
Time: 14 database queries run in 0.019757747650146 sec.

Headway 2.0.10 by Headway Themes
Time: 13 database queries run in 0.010539054870605 sec
Time: 21 database queries run in 0.01421594619751 sec * 
Time: 13 database queries run in 0.020859956741333 sec

Hybrid 0.9 by Justin Tadlock
Time: 9 database queries run in 0.0053858757019043 sec.
Time: 13 database queries run in 0.0061540603637695 sec.
Time: 14 database queries run in 0.016433000564575 sec.

Thesis 1.8 by Chris Pearson
Time: 11 database queries run in 0.0054011344909668 sec.
Time: 12 database queries run in 0.0048646926879883 sec.
Time: 11 database queries run in 0.014534473419189 sec.

 OverALL 1.3 by ThemeForest | Codestar
Time: 122 database queries run in 0.031898260116577 sec.
Time: 99 database queries run in 0.44418334960938 sec.
Time: 101 database queries run in 0.27860069274902 sec.

Minblr 1.0.3 by Themify
Time: 115 database queries run in 0.052990436553955 sec.
Time: 30 database queries run in 0.014171123504639 sec.

Bloggie 1.1.7 by Themify
Time: 34 database queries run in 0.015562057495117 sec.
Time: 28 database queries run in 0.014686107635498 sec.

Photobox 1.0.6 by Themify
Time: 30 database queries run in 0.012521505355835 sec.
Time: 54 database queries run in 0.15121483802795 sec.

Wumblr 1.1.0 by Themify
Time: 181 database queries run in 0.072348356246948 sec.
Time: 55 database queries run in 0.019159317016602 sec.

Funki 1.0.4 by Themify
Time: 83 database queries run in 0.025003910064697 sec.
Time: 58 database queries run in 0.02036190032959 sec.

Rezo 1.0.6 by Themify
Time: 34 database queries run in 0.014090538024902 sec
Time: 59 database queries run in 0.020477771759033 sec
Time: 51 database queries run in 0.028366804122925 sec

Folo 1.0.0 by Themify
Time: 34 database queries run in 0.013480424880981 sec
Time: 61 database queries run in 0.020161867141724 sec
Time: 56 database queries run in 0.029181241989136 sec

Wigi 1.1.8 by Themify
Time: 55 database queries run in 0.019249200820923 sec
Time: 59 database queries run in 0.020845174789429 sec
Time: 54 database queries run in 0.028913021087646 sec

Thematic 0.9.7.7 by Ian Stewart & Chris Goßmann
Time: 17 database queries run in 0.014473438262939 sec.
Time: 22 database queries run in 0.016648054122925 sec.

F8 Lite 4.2.1 by Graph Paper Press
Time: 22 database queries run in 0.0096426010131836 sec.
Time: 16 database queries run in 0.0078961849212646 sec.

Modularity 2.9.1 by Graph Paper Press
Time: 244 database queries run in 0.078363656997681 sec.
Time: 172 database queries run in 0.044177770614624 sec.

Derelict Beta 1.0 by Theme Force
Time: 22 database queries run in 0.018243312835693 sec.
Time: 25 database queries run in 0.017731904983521 sec.

Sandbox 1.6.1 by Andy Skelton & Scott Allan Wallick
Time: 13 database queries run in 0.010836839675903 sec.
Time: 17 database queries run in 0.012953996658325 sec.

Envisioned 1.1 by Elegant Themes
Time: 27 database queries run in 0.021775722503662 sec
Time: 123 database queries run in 0.038621187210083 sec*
Time: 21 database queries run in 0.036277294158936 sec

Whiteboard 3.1 by Bold Perspective
Time: 26 database queries run in 0.014381170272827 sec
Time: 62 database queries run in 0.020661115646362 sec
Time: 10 database queries run in 0.017475366592407 sec

WP Framework 0.2.4.10 by Ptah Dunbar
Time: 13 database queries run in 0.012094497680664 sec
Time: 64 database queries run in 0.050756216049194 sec
Time: 13 database queries run in 0.019474029541016 sec

Base 1.1 by Graph Paper Press
Time: 19 database queries run in 0.014656066894531 sec.
Time: 76 database queries run in 0.027707815170288 sec *

Focal Point 1.0.0 by Graph Paper Press
Time: 18 database queries run in 0.013771772384644 sec
Time: 76 database queries run in 0.027651786804199 sec
Time: 19 database queries run in 0.023269414901733 sec

13floor 1.7 by Elegant Themes
Time: 17 database queries run in 0.015060424804688 sec.
Time: 69 database queries run in 0.025210380554199 sec *
Time: 18 database queries run in 0.034197092056274 sec

ArtSee 2.5 by Elegant Themes
Time: 31 database queries run in 0.027701139450073 sec.
Time: 73 database queries run in 0.033818006515503 sec *
Time: 26 database queries run in 0.045985698699951 sec.

AskIt 1.5 by Elegant Themes
Time: 16 database queries run in 0.015112638473511 sec.
Time: 175 database queries run in 0.052090883255005 sec *
Time: 16 database queries run in 0.035473585128784 sec

Basic 3.9 by Elegant Themes
Time: 22 database queries run in 0.016218423843384 sec.
Time: 66 database queries run in 0.023319959640503 sec *
Time: 18 database queries run in 0.034974813461304 sec

Bluemist 2.8 by Elegant Themes
Time: 23 database queries run in 0.023586988449097 sec
Time: 53 database queries run in 0.028160095214844 sec *
Time: 22 database queries run in 0.042887687683105 sec

Bluesky 2.6 by Elegant Themes
Time: 28 database queries run in 0.025244951248169 sec
Time: 50 database queries run in 0.026688098907471 sec *
Time: 23 database queries run in 0.042155504226685 sec

Bold 4.1 by  Elegant Themes
Time: 23 database queries run in 0.02043080329895 sec.
Time: 68 database queries run in 0.023920297622681 sec *
Time: 14 database queries run in 0.031888961791992 sec

BusinessCard 2.0 by Elegant Themes
Time: 15 database queries run in 0.013096570968628 sec
Time: 15 database queries run in 0.021771192550659 sec *
Time: 15 database queries run in 0.021844625473022 sec

Chameleon 1.0 by  Elegant Themes
Time: 29 database queries run in 0.023345708847046 sec
Time: 82 database queries run in 0.030275106430054 sec *
Time: 21 database queries run in 0.038016557693481 sec

PureType 3.9 by Elegant Themes
Time: 36 database queries run in 0.026576042175293 sec
Time: 70 database queries run in 0.025580644607544 sec *
Time: 22 database queries run in 0.036266565322876 sec

InReview 1.0 by  Elegant Themes
Time: 32 database queries run in 0.02070951461792 sec
Time: 179 database queries run in 0.05344033241272 sec *
Time: 16 database queries run in 0.035846948623657 sec

Carrington Blog 2.2 by Crowd Favorite
Time: 23 database queries run in 0.012436866760254 sec.
Time: 27 database queries run in 0.01320743560791 sec.
Time: 23 database queries run in 0.021057605743408 sec

Afterburner 1.3 by RocketTheme
Time: 38 database queries run in 0.022199392318726 sec.
Time: 31 database queries run in 0.016927242279053 sec
Time: 25 database queries run in 0.024867057800293 sec

Catalyst 1.1.2 by The Catalyst Team
Time: 20 database queries run in 0.011673450469971 sec
Time: 18 database queries run in 0.0083789825439453 sec *
Time: 20 database queries run in 0.021398067474365 sec

Dynamik 1.1 by The Catalyst Team
Time: 20 database queries run in 0.011724233627319 sec
Time: 18 database queries run in 0.0086536407470703 sec *
Time: 20 database queries run in 0.021769523620605 sec

Monokrome 1.0 by ThemeBaker
Time: 19 database queries run in 0.011788368225098 sec
Time: 22 database queries run in 0.013963460922241 sec
Time: 18 database queries run in 0.022437810897827 sec

Simplicious 1.0 by ThemeBaker
Time: 27 database queries run in 0.01485538482666 sec
Time: 20 database queries run in 0.01419734954834 sec
Time: 16 database queries run in 0.022751092910767 sec

Bigfoot 1.0.7 by Theme Junkie
Time: 16 database queries run in 0.012339115142822 sec
Time: 14 database queries run in 0.0084106922149658 sec *
Time: 14 database queries run in 0.0045614242553711 sec

ChannelPro 1.0.2 by Theme Junkie
Time: 23 database queries run in 0.019309759140015 sec
Time: 16 database queries run in 0.011403322219849 sec *
Time: 23 database queries run in 0.019309759140015 sec

Workaholic 3.0.2 by Graph Paper Press
Time: 19 database queries run in 0.01228666305542 sec
Time: 17 database queries run in 0.0091671943664551 sec *
Time: 16 database queries run in 0.0051100254058838 sec

Builder 2.8.7 by iThemes
Time: 10 database queries run in 0.0066783428192139 sec
Time: 15 database queries run in 0.007758617401123 sec *
Time: 10 database queries run in 0.016505718231201 sec

Biznizz 1.1.4 by WooThemes
Time: 23 database queries run in 0.010088205337524 sec
Time: 26 database queries run in 0.01024866104126 sec *
Time: 22 database queries run in 0.019511222839355 sec

Bold News 1.0.10 by WooThemes
Time: 32 database queries run in 0.015427589416504 sec
Time: 29 database queries run in 0.011626958847046 sec *
Time: 25 database queries run in 0.02160120010376 sec

Canvas 3.4.13 by  WooThemes
Time: 47 database queries run in 0.01517391204834 sec
Time: 43 database queries run in 0.01345419883728 sec *
Time: 45 database queries run in 0.023523330688477 sec

Canvas 4.0.3 by WooThemes

Time: 32 database queries run in 0.015141725540161 sec
Time: 34 database queries run in 0.012638568878174 sec *
Time: 28 database queries run in 0.022446870803833 sec

Delicious Magazine 1.0.3 by WooThemes
Time: 29 database queries run in 0.013053894042969 sec
Time: 26 database queries run in 0.010510921478271 sec *
Time: 22 database queries run in 0.019697427749634 sec

FaultPress 1.0 by WooThemes
Time: 57 database queries run in 0.019129753112793 sec
Time: 50 database queries run in 0.016899108886719 sec *
Time: 45 database queries run in 0.025877475738525 sec

Fresh News 3.2.2 by WooThemes
Time: 30 database queries run in 0.014765739440918 sec
Time: 28 database queries run in 0.011922359466553 sec *
Time: 32 database queries run in 0.024497747421265 sec

Gazette Edition 2.9.6 by WooThemes
Time: 37 database queries run in 0.019867420196533 sec
Time: 84 database queries run in 0.028890132904053 sec *
Time: 35 database queries run in 0.028899192810059 sec

Inspire 2.4.4 by WooThemes
Time: 27 database queries run in 0.011401176452637 sec
Time: 29 database queries run in 0.011186361312866 sec *
Time: 25 database queries run in 0.020624399185181 sec

Kaboodle 1.0 by WooThemes
Time: 26 database queries run in 0.010687589645386 sec
Time: 29 database queries run in 0.010782480239868 sec *
Time: 25 database queries run in 0.020078182220459 sec

Premiere 1.0.3 by WooThemes
Time: 28 database queries run in 0.011204719543457 sec
Time: 26 database queries run in 0.010302543640137 sec *
Time: 22 database queries run in 0.019954442977905 sec

Simplicity 1.2.6 by WooThemes
Time: 34 database queries run in 0.014810800552368 sec
Time: 31 database queries run in 0.011165618896484 sec *
Time: 26 database queries run in 0.02013373374939 sec

Estate 1.2.2 by WooThemes
Time: 44 database queries run in 0.020367622375488 sec
Time: 91 database queries run in 0.03071117401123 sec *
Time: 36 database queries run in 0.034440040588379 sec

Listings 1.2.13 by WooThemes
Time: 34 database queries run in 0.01166558265686 sec
Time: 31 database queries run in 0.011839151382446 sec *
Time: 42 database queries run in 0.03130578994751 sec

Saving Grace 1.0 by WooThemes
Time: 32 database queries run in 0.015194654464722 sec
Time: 29 database queries run in 0.011616945266724 sec *
Time: 31 database queries run in 0.024642705917358 sec

SWIFT 5.74 by Satish Gandham
Time: 13 database queries run in 0.012899875640869 sec
Time: 68 database queries run in 0.026264429092407 sec
Time: 11 database queries run in 0.021327495574951 sec

Focus Child Theme 1.0.2 by StudioPress
Time: 18 database queries run in 0.010634660720825 sec
Time: 11 database queries run in 0.0040247440338135 sec *
Time: 11 database queries run in 0.015744209289551 sec

SwiftPremium 0.3 by Swift Themes
Time: 16 database queries run in 0.011839389801025 sec
Time: 15 database queries run in 0.0099120140075684 sec
Time: 11 database queries run in 0.018553972244263 sec


* PLEASE NOTE THIS THEME DID NOT DISPLAY THE 46 COMMENTS

 

My tests show that the Thesis 1.8 Framework is the fastest out of the box WordPress Theme/Framework, then very closely followed by the Hybrid 0.9 Framework. But in the 2nd tests with content imported, the NEW Gensis Framework is fastest in 1 out of the 3 test against Thesis Framework, with the caveat that in the Genesis Frameworks did not display the 46 comments.

I will also refine these WordPress Speed Result tables into Frameworks and Themes/Skins.

I know this it’s not a fully scientific test, but I found these results quite revealing. Please let me know what you think I can do to improve or enhance these test results, all feedback positive or negative is very welcome.

I will eventually test all the current Themes/Skins from the following family of Themes:

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    Can you test the latest Themify – Funki theme against Themify – Wumblr.

    Thank you

    • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com KJ

      Hi Hot Pink,

      Your request Themify Themes have now been tested.

      KJ

    • Anonymous

      Hi Hot Pink, I’ve now tested both Themify Themes: Funki & Wumblr. Plus I’ll adding all their other Themes soon.

  • http://foliovision.com Alec Kinnear

    Good work KJ! Glad that together we are able to get some objective commercial WP theme performance numbers up there for buyers and users.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Alec, I do hope others find this WordPress Theme testing resource useful.

  • http://www.webguide4u.com Vivek Parmar

    What about Genesis and Catalyst Theme framework?

    • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com KJ

      Hi Vivek,

      Genesis Framework is next on my list to test; sorry but I don’t have the Catalyst Theme framework.

      KJ

    • Anonymous

      Hi Vivek, presently I don’t own the Catalyst Theme Framework so I can’t add it to my database testing.

      I hope to get the Genesis Framework soon.

      • Nathan Rice

        Email me and I’ll get you a review copy of Genesis 1.6 (beta).

        • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com KJ

          Hi Nathan, did you get my email?

          Looking forward to receiving your review copy of Genesis 1.6 (beta) to test.

          Regards

          KJ
          info @ tpap.info

        • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com/ KJ

          Hi Nathan, did you get my email?

        • http://TallDAH.co.uk Tall DAH

          Wow, looks like your Studiopress themes totally dominate the top of the leader board. Congrats

    • Anonymous

      Hi Vivek, A big thank you goes to the team at CatalystTheme.com who sent me there Themes to test, and also to Nathan Rice, Lead Developer at StudioPress.com who is going to send me a review copy of the Genesis 1.6 (beta).

      Thank you guys for your support.

      • http://twitter.com/EricHamm Eric Hamm

        Not a problem.

        I love these kinds of tests. Great job! :)

        Eric

        • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com/ KJ

          Thank you Eric

          • http://twitter.com/EricHamm Eric Hamm

            You’re kind of losing the clarity of your results a bit by including all of those Genesis Child Themes. Since each Child Theme is running on the same Theme Framework and is essentially just additional images and styles you’re kind of just testing Genesis over and over.

            But that’s just my 2 cents. :)

            Eric

          • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com KJ

            Hi Eric,

            You make a very good point.

            I’m in the process of building a completely new site focusing just on WordPress Theme testing. Where I will have separate tables for Frameworks/Core and Child/Skin Themes.

            Stay tuned for a major update.

            Regards,

            KJ

          • http://twitter.com/EricHamm Eric Hamm

            Sounds like a great site idea. Looking forward to checking it out! :)

            Eric

    • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com KJ

      Hi Vivek, The Genesis Framework has now been tested.

  • Siobhan

    WOW! That must have taken you a long time. I installed a lot of the free WooThemes Themes recently and found them to be very heavy and slow. On the one hand, all of those extra options are great, but things do start to feel pretty heavy.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Siobhan, yes it has taken some time to do :)

      I want to test as many of the popular WordPress Themes as I can. So all you Theme owners out there please contact me.

  • Oliver N

    Looking forward to see Genesis tested!

    • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com/ KJ

      Hi Oliver,

      Test will be happening as soon as I receive the software.

      KJ

      • Oliver N

        Would also be nice to see Canvas from WooThemes being tested. My assumptions after having used it, is that it is rather slow.

        When themes are GPL would I then be allowed to send you some of those you need? I have some WooThemes and Genesis 1.5 (1.6 is beta)

        • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com KJ

          Hi Oliver,

          I don’t think it’s right to do that, only the Themes developers/owners should send me their Themes.

          Regards

          KJ

        • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com KJ

          Hi Oliver, Canvas from WooThemes has now been tested.

          KJ

    • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com KJ

      Hi Oliver, Genesis 1.5 & 1.6 beta has now been tested.

      • Oliver N

        Thanks!

        • John

          Thanks

  • Ramble

    I think professionally…

    Want to be a professional?

    Designer.Developer.Photographer. Director. Golfer. Belly dancer. Designer. Waiter. Model. whatever…

    If you’re wondering if you’ve got what it takes to go professional, Think Professionally. Seriously. You’ll know soon after you’ve tried to go there whether or not you’re where you want to be. If you don’t have what it takes, it will be obvious – going professional will be too hard, other things will seem more interesting, more pleasurable, more rewarding.

    On the other hand, if you do have what it takes, you will be reborn. you will invest in the pro services that give you time back to focus on what you do best All setbacks will seem small, all goals achievable, all hurdles put there only to keep out the others, You will know you’re on the right path.

    Great blog….

    • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com KJ

      Hi Ramble, great speach, thanks for your support.

      KJ

  • http://twitter.com/GaryJ Gary Jones

    Can you explain what you mean by “Couldn’t show the 46 comments”? Was there an error of some sort?

    • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com KJ

      Hi Gary,

      No there were no errors, but the 46 comments just did not display under the content. I’m sure it’s probably a simple fix, but I didn’t want to go hunting within each Theme looking for the solution.

      The idea of the second tests was to see how each Theme performed (without tweaking), with a load of content imported from another blog. That’s why I added the 3rd part to this test of the search query, as this was something I could easy run across all the Themes.

      I hope that helps explain.

      Regards,

      KJ

      • http://twitter.com/GaryJ Gary Jones

        Can you provide a link to an export file that we might use to do our own tests (or in my case, work out why the Genesis theme isn’t displaying your 46 comments by default)?

        Are you testing each theme on the same WP install e.g. same WP settings?

        Great work by the way – the results make for interesting reading!

        • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com KJ

          Hi Gary,

          Sorry I can’t send you the export file, as it contains loads of real email addresses.

          Yes, each Theme is tested using the same settings.

          Regards,

          KJ

        • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com KJ

          Here’s a link to page with 46 comments from the site the XML file was imported from for testing:
          http://saveashtead.co.uk/appeal-decisions/sad-news/

  • Ramble

    I agree, this stuff makes great reading, BUT, any chance you put news tests under a new post to save my scroll wheel ;0)

    • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com KJ

      Hi Ramble, I’ll be redesigning the test results page to make it easier to read and hopefully cut down on the scrolling :)

      Stay tuned,

      KJ

  • http://www.happinessplunge.com Adam Pervez

    Wow, great post. Thanks for running these tests and showing the results. Very unexpected!

    • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com KJ

      Adam, stay tuned I’m presently testing a NEW WordPress Framework that looks as if it will easily make it into the top 10.

      Thank you for your support.

      Regards,

      KJ

  • http://www.nuwomb.com Scott Webb

    No themes from WooThemes? That’s kind of weird isn’t it?

    • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com KJ

      Hi Scott, I don’t as yet have a @WooThemes account so I can’t test their Themes. But if I get a few more donations or if someone from WooThemes can give me a Club Subscription :) I will gladly test all their Themes.

      Regards, KJ

      • http://www.nuwomb.com Scott Webb

        Thanks that’s awesome! Very interesting results!

    • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com KJ

      Hi Scott, 4 WooThemes have now been tested, with the rest to follow soon.

  • http://twitter.com/GlaucidiumGnoma Glaucidium Gnoma

    Fantastic and very informative, I’ve spent hours looking at the various theme sites and these tests have made my shortlist even shorter!

    How about Standard Theme? http://standardtheme.com/demo/

    Also, there’s a new framework called ‘Atlas’ being developed, free beta here: http://cranesandskyhooks.com/articles/introducing-atlas/

    Lastly, xScape: http://www.dev4press.com/themes/xscape/

    • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com KJ

      Hi Glaucidium,

      Thank you for your kind words.

      I will look into those Theme choses, but I’m sure you’ll understand I have a very long list of other Themes to test first.

      It would help me greatly if you could also ask those Theme developers to consider sending me thier Themes via: http://tpap.net/eoG2TW

      Thanks again for your comments.

      Regards, KJ

  • http://www.stylishandtrendy.com/ Dev @ Women Magazine

    Excellent post KJ. I am curious to know which is the best magazine related theme which is not heavy. Can you look at my site and help me find one for my magazine.

  • http://turlepod.org David

    i did a similar test a while ago and it’s not just the theme that add query to database, but what feature you use.
    fox example, how many widgets,
    ex:for every category widgets will add 3-5 query, if you enable wp 3 menus, it will add 3-6 query, if you use thumbnail (featured image) it will add 5-20 extra query.
    i create my self a simple themes, with no menus, widgets, thumbnail, etc, and it give me 6-7 db query in home page. (it actually have 2 menu area and 15 widget area, but none of them is used)

    so i think this article is a little misleading.
    IMHO wordpress by default using the same query call

    a little tips: if you want fo decrease db query use wp file cache plugin. (recomended by justin tadlock)
    or if you use alot thumbnail (for magazine/news layout) and want to decrease query db, pull it from custom field instead using wordpress featured image.

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  • Doug

    Wow … GREAT review.  I just found your tests after reading the folio vision review.  Specifically, I had questions about Genesis vs. WooThemes, and it looks like WooThemes do about 3x the database queries that Woo does.

    • http://thinkprofessionallyaboutphotography.com KJ

      Hi Doug, thanks for your message, look out for a major update as I’ll be creating a dedicated website for these WordPress Theme speed test reviews.

      KJ

  • Doug

    Wow … so what I’m seeing is that Canvas basically requires 3x the number of database calls of the Genesis child themes. In real life, what do you consider to be a cut-off point?

    Reason I’m asking … I’m considering migrating all my sites to StudioPress.  But it would come at a cost.  I find their interface to be a lot “clunkier” than WooThemes, their documentation/ tutorials aren’t nearly as complete (and they don’t seem to have ANY video instruction), and their description within the U.I. of what you’re changing isn’t nearly as well thought-out as it could be.

    For a company that seems to have so much to do with instruction (they even have a teaching course!), I find it perplexing.

    But your test results seem to bear out that they’re coded well.

  • Doug

    Here’s an interesting set of themes I recently came across:

    http://mysitemyway.com/ 

    I haven’t been able to find ANY reviews on their themes.  But they look great.

  • Steve

    Great work

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  • Marisa Wright

    Thanks for running Swift. They make a big deal about being light and fast, but when I tried their theme on my own site, it noticeably slowed down – even though my usual theme is an amateur Artisteer job.  

  • Doug

    If you get a chance to try the newest version of Canvas 5.x.x, that’d be awesome.

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