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| March 27, 2010 More

A lot of WordPress themes are released everyday, many themes are extremely good looking and well designed, but it is not only the good look of the theme we should look into. For deciding we best theme to use in our blog we should look upon a lot of factors like SEO features, loading speed etc.

Today I am writing this post to show you some of the fastest loading WordPress theme that are there. As we all know speed in today’s world has a lot of impact on SEO as well as on the visitors. If your theme is slow loading then you will certainly loose many visitors because the blog may take a lot time to load and visitors do not like waiting long for the site to load on the other hand even the search engine spiders may not be able to crawl the blog properly if your blog is slow which in turn will prove bad for your site’s SEO.

Also you will be losing a lot of Conversion and Ads and affiliates because the ads will load slow since the theme is slow. So probably you should use a fast loading theme so that your blog loads faster and you can save yourself from the above problems. Moreover if your host is slow then there themes can do a lot good to you.

1) Swift:

SWIFT, as the name says is the fastest loading, SEO optimized server friendly wordpress theme. This theme is mainly aimed at blogs running on low server resources and for those who like clean and simple designs. It’s always good have themes like SWIFT at your disposal so that you can easily switch to it if you are expecting a spike in traffic from social media sites. Here are some of the best features of SWIFT which makes it stand away from crowd.

1. Loads very fast, minimum number of http requests. Your server will love it :P

2. Zero images used.

3. Clean typography.

4. SEO friendly, For example,this theme uses h1 tag for post titles, instead of the blog title.

5. Cross browser compatible (Works well on ie6 too :D , except for the curves )

6. Lot of features in to the options page to make your SWIFT THEME unique

7. Popular posts are highlighted on the home page to give them more exposure, this will turn the first time visitors to your blog into regular readers.

8. Sidebar and footer with four widgetised sections.

9. Eight different color schemes to choose from.

10. Ads integrated into theme options page.

11. Fully XHTML Complaint

12. WordPress MU Compatible

To know more about the theme and download it, visit Demo: Download:

2) 281:

The 281 WordPress theme is designed to look minimalist, load fast, and rank well in search engines. It’s a simple two-column, black-and-white theme that provides a simple blog layout. It’s also well coded, so provides a good base to work off if you’re looking for a template you can pull apart and put back together again. Even some simple style and colour changes can make this theme looking very appealing. It’s already very legible and puts the content front and centre.


  • Simple, stylish design
  • Fast to load
  • Optimised for search engines
  • Highly legible
  • Simple to make small changes and create a unique design


More info & Download

3) Corbodo Green Park 2:

Cordobo Green Park 2 is a simple & elegant light-weight theme for WordPress, built on top of the fastest known page-rendering optimizations and seo in mind.


  • Fully compatible with WordPress 2.7.1 to 2.9.2 and WordPress 3.0 Alpha
  • Settings page: easily configuration of the theme itself, Twitter &, Feedburner integration, Google Adsense and Google Analytics
  • Support for WordPress widgets
  • Light-weight: optimized CSS for fastest cross-browser rendering, less graphics
  • Fast: the minimum set of SQL queries
  • Findability: SEO optimizations for humans and search-engines
  • Accessible: clean and structured code for screen-readers and “jump links” for navigation
  • A very clean typography for advanced readability
  • Intense use of image sprites for less http-requests
  • Built-In Twitter support
  • Built-In Sitepagination-Plugin support
  • Nested comments

Demo |  Download

4) WPSimpy:

WPsimpy is one of the fastest professional WordPress theme. It designed only with valid CSS, without using much images. Checkout the demo page. You will feel how fast it is.

Features: Widgetised footer and sidebar. Customizable colors. Gravatar enabled comment system. Valid CSS Fast load time. Adsense and seo friendly More details and download available here.



5) Afterburner

Afterburner is the fastest WordPress theme ever and is completely free. The theme balances speed and search engine optimisation with a full feature set. The theme is based on the standard SEO layout used in club templates, and is therefore fully dynamic and collapsible.

An assortment of 8 preset styles, both light and dark also accompany the template.

  • Speed Optimisation
  • SEF Optimised Layout
  • Advanced Colour Selection
  • Suckerfish Dropdown Menu
  • 8 Preset Styles – Light / Dark Variations
  • 14 Widget Positions
  • FF3.5, Opera 9.6, Safari 4, IE6,7,8 Compatible
  • W3C XHTML 1.0 Transitional. W3C CSS 3 Valid

Demo |    Download

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Kori is the editor and owner of Netchunks, a premier blog about Webmaster and Blogging Tips. She intends to make the web a friendlier place by sharing info and articles which will help other webmasters and bloggers to become successful online.

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  1. Great article. My site had been slow lately, even with caching. Going to put the Swift theme on my site in the next few days
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  2. LCSW Salary says:

    Those themes are so fast! I can’t believe how quickly Afterburner loads! Would they be even faster with W3 Total Cache enabled?

  3. Tushar says:

    I am personally used swift theme for my website so i can really say that it is one of the best and fast loading theme. Great list of themes. :)
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  4. Michael Belk says:

    I changed my website focus and I am going for the faster themes. I think I found both. A little style and fast. My site tested at .89seconds.
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  5. Ngo Huu Tri says:

    i downloaded , these are all i need , because my site very slow now , thank for share :)
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  6. Alien Bob says:

    Thanks for the fast loading list of templates. Afterburner looks to be the most likely option, to me. Thanks again;)

  7. lyrici says:

    Thanks for the wonderful Fast loading wordpress theme, do you had new free fast loading themes

  8. Konstantinos says:

    I think afterburner rules! if you dont want just a blog but some graphics too..
    And to not forget the default twentyeleven, which is free and can take a lot of stuff, but it isn’t as fast as these ones. Although my twentyeleven has YSlow 94/100!

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