Help me find the fastest Shopify theme

davidkean
Shopify Partner
41 1 13

Hi @kprimdal,

I'm David from Boostheme team.

One of my themes you have used to test the Pagespeed score is Beloria. The Pagespeed score of our theme in your list is not correct. Beloria's Pagepseed score is now 92 on mobile, 95 on desktop. You can check the result at https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/?hl=en&url=https%3A%2F%2Fbt-beloria-1.myshopi.... I have also developed other fastest Shopify themes such as Vodoma, Woodstock, and Shopcast. All of them have a high Pagespeed score. Even the score is also very good if you test my themes with GTMetrix, Pingdom, Webpagetest, or any other tools. This is the Pagespeed result of Vodoma (92 on mobile and 97 on desktop).

Note: this is the Pagespeed score when my themes have been added lots of features such as megamenu, currency converter, slider, Product Reviews app, free shipping bar, featured blog slider, countdown timer, progressive web app, quick view popup, add to cart popup and upsell products,... The homepage's content also contains at least 3 banner blocks, 2 product tab blocks ( each tab is a slider of products ). Air Theme One does not have all these features, even the basic app like as Product Review app is not also installed on the demo store of this theme, so this theme should not be listed in your list.

David Kean
CoFounder at Boostheme team
https://boostheme.com
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oreoorbitz
Shopify Partner
132 14 78

Hey guys, interesting thread.

Important thing to keep in mind when comparing theme preformance is which sections are on the home page. If for instance you have a carousel as the first section, that will hsve more impact then just a image with overlay.

Also if you have a video section with YouTube video, that will hsve a huge impact on pagespeed score, depending on how the theme set up the video section. 

Available for freelance. I specialize in speed improvement and theme development.
https://www.upwork.com/fl/orionholmes
davidkean
Shopify Partner
41 1 13

Hi kprimdal,

I'm David from Boostheme team.

One of my themes you have used to test the Pagespeed score is Beloria. The Pagespeed score of my theme in your list is not correct. Beloria's Pagepseed score is now 92 on mobile, 95 on desktop. You can check the result at https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/?hl=en&url=https%3A%2F%2Fbt-beloria-1.myshopi.... I have also developed other fastest Shopify themes such as Vodoma, Woodstock, and Shopcast. All of them have a high Pagespeed score. Even the score is also very good if you test my themes with GTMetrix, Pingdom, Webpagetest, or any other tools. This is the Pagespeed result of Vodoma (92 on mobile and 97 on desktop).

Note: this is the Pagespeed score when my themes have been added lots of features such as megamenu, currency converter, slider, Product Reviews app, free shipping bar, featured blog slider, countdown timer, progressive web app, quick view popup, add to cart popup and upsell products,... The homepage's content also contains at least 3 banner blocks, 2 product tab blocks ( each tab is a slider of products ). Air theme one does not have all these features, even the basic app like as Product Review app is not also installed on the demo store of this theme, so this theme should not be listed in your list.

David Kean
CoFounder at Boostheme team
https://boostheme.com
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kprimdal
Excursionist
21 0 5

 @oreoorbitz I agree, but that is not something the customers are maybe aware of. And I often tell people to try to run the demo site in PageSpeed Insight so you know if it is a fast theme. So if the developer has chosen a video or slider as the first section on mobile, then I'm wondering if they even think about the speed at all.

 

@davidkean  great to see you have improved the speed, I have updated the charts now. Also, you are absolutely correct, there is big difference in what all the theme offers in features. But even though they offer a lot of features your theme shows that it can still load fast.

  1. Air Theme One - Demo - PageSpeed Score: 94
  2. Boostheme - Demo - PageSpeed Score: 92 (Note this is the Beloria theme, and they have many fast loading themes)
  3. Debut theme - Demo - PageSpeed Score: 77
  4. Plak Theme - Demo - PageSpeed Score: 70 
  5. Booster theme - Demo - PageSpeed Score: 69
  6. Brooklyn - Demo - PageSpeed Score: 51  
  7. Ella - Demo - PageSpeed Score:  41
  8. Shella - Demo - PageSpeed Score: 33  
  9. Prestige - Demo - PageSpeed Score: 26
  10. Turbo Theme - Demo - PageSpeed Score: 25 
  11. Flex theme - Demo - PageSpeed Score: 22
  12. Fastor - Demo - PageSpeed Score: 20
  13. Debutify - Demo - PageSpeed Score: 4
  14. Shoptimized - Demo - PageSpeed Score: 2
Creator of the blazing fast Shopify theme Air Theme One
https://airthemeone.com
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Jessy-clothes
Explorer
47 1 11

Hi,

I re-do the test using the same demos & using Google speed insight + Gtmetrix and here are the results I got :

Note : I used only the first 8 themes in your list, the other ones are not fast at all

Gtmetrix score

 ThemeDemoGtmetrix (Pagespeed)Gtmetrix (Yslow)
1Plakhttps://plak-themev1-demo-store.myshopify.com/9998
2Beloriahttps://bt-beloria-1.myshopify.com/9892
3Air Theme Onehttps://primdelux.ph/9795
4Debuthttps://debut-theme-default.myshopify.com/9595
5 Brooklyn https://brooklyn-theme-classic.myshopify.com/9579
6Shellahttps://shella-demo.myshopify.com/9280
7Boosterhttps://booster-theme-jewelry.myshopify.com/8792
8Ellahttps://new-ella.myshopify.com/?fts=08684

 

Google speed score (mobile)

 ThemeDemoGoogle speed score
1Air Theme Onehttps://primdelux.ph/94
2Beloriahttps://bt-beloria-1.myshopify.com/91
3Plakhttps://plak-themev1-demo-store.myshopify.com/79
4Debuthttps://debut-theme-default.myshopify.com/78
5Boosterhttps://booster-theme-jewelry.myshopify.com/69
6Brooklynhttps://brooklyn-theme-classic.myshopify.com/56
7Ellahttps://new-ella.myshopify.com/?fts=055
8Shellahttps://shella-demo.myshopify.com/34

 

 

 

 

davidkean
Shopify Partner
41 1 13

@kprimdal It seems there is one confusion here. I didn't improve anything about Pagespeed in our themes after I see this topic because all of my themes have always been optimized for performance carefully before release, so I don't need to do anything to improve the PageSpeed score of my themes. You can view the changelog of Beloria at https://beloria-docs.boostheme.com/change-log.

@Jessy-clothes Special thanks for your ranking tables.

David Kean
CoFounder at Boostheme team
https://boostheme.com
Baldur_Helgason
Shopify Partner
29 0 17

Very helpful list once I redesign my store! Thanks

However, I would rather rank the pages for their collection page or article page score since those are the pages that will most likely rank on Google (at least for me)

We’re using the minimal theme and it’s pretty fast https://minimal-fashion.myshopify.com/

66/96 front page

74/94 collection

58/93 product

65/95 article

 

Our page (with additional apps etc):

64/98 front page

64/99 collection

55/87 product

70/97 article

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kprimdal
Excursionist
21 0 5

@Baldur_Helgason 

I have just done a new test using the collections pages

 

Google speed score (mobile)

 ThemeDemoGoogle speed score
1Air Theme Onehttps://primdelux.ph/collections/all93
2Debuthttps://debut-theme-default.myshopify.com/collections/all
83
3Beloriahttps://bt-beloria-1.myshopify.com/collections/all79
4Boosterhttps://booster-theme-jewelry.myshopify.com/collections/all76
5Brooklynhttps://brooklyn-theme-classic.myshopify.com/collections/all75
6Plakhttps://plak-themev1-demo-store.myshopify.com/collections/all74
7Ellahttps://new-ella.myshopify.com/collections/all42
8Shellahttps://shella-demo.myshopify.com/collections/all29

 

I have tested each site multiple times and taken the best score.

Creator of the blazing fast Shopify theme Air Theme One
https://airthemeone.com
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smartphonewidge
Shopify Partner
3 0 2

You can't compare the speed of your theme Air Theme One with the other ones, especially with Plak and Beloria.

Your theme Air Theme One is empty, the collection page doesn't have :

- sidebar filter with color swatches
- currency converter
- quickview button
- video ( like the one on plak theme)
- megamenu 
- free shipping bar
- ....

You should only compare themes which have almost the same features.

From what i can see, Beloria & Plak are the fastest shopify themes and this is the right answer to your question, when you add lot of features to your theme, then comeback to compare.

kind regards,

PJAX
Tourist
4 0 3

I would recommend PLAK Theme over the others, not only for the speed or the SEO optimized theme, but also for their great customer support, those guys will never let you down.

More important, you must see other metrics :

Ex: if you have a large inventory, booster won't work as they don't have a filter sidebar, and the one on turbo doesn't work well, if you click on a tag then o a collection, the filters doesn't work, however the one on PLAK seems to be pretty well coded for both mobile and desktop it filters great !

Turbo uses the instant click script which increase the page transition speed, but the inconvenient, this script will conflict with some third party apps and some turbo features. Plak engineered a feature called (Blurry coupon) this features allows you to collect subscribers emails without the need of popups, thus this feature increases the conversion rate with high quality subscribers.

However, I wouldn't even think about Debut, even their own website looks spammy, i can't even trust them

You check it to see for yourself from this speed test tool: https://gtmetrix.com/