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greenline says

Hi all.

Lately, I installed & configured a lot of themeforest themes for divers clients who bought them from here.

I must say that all and I mean all of them are loading quite slow. No matter the hosting provider, memory, configuration, etc. Even if all the properties (components) are turned off, the themes still don’t have a good loading time.

I am not a newbie, I am a developer with more than 9 years of experience. The PC I have is per formant, so it’s not about my PC. I also installed performance plugins and tried different solutions for performance, but still….

So, I want to remember one thing: I see a trend in focusing on graphic design, but guys, please do not forget also about development design patterns. Applying them will improve performance a lot, for a better customer experience.

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FinalDestiny says

You can check their demo, surely they use the same files as the ones you download from themeforest.

Additionaly you may use a caching plugin like WP Super Cache

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greenline says

You can check their demo, surely they use the same files as the ones you download from themeforest. Additionaly you may use a caching plugin like WP Super Cache

Already used that plugin. I checked their demo. Demos are also loading quite slow.

Well :) I’m not trying to start a debate, I only intended to remember one thing to keep in mind when developing themes.

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wickedpixel says

Use plugins like “Debug Queries” to identify the areas that leak and point them to devs. :)

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readywpthemes says

greenline ,

I’m sorry but , most of the buyers don’t care about such features. They only look at the design….

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psvent says

greenline , I’m sorry but , most of the buyers don’t care about such features. They only look at the design….

Yeah, but that’s no excuse for poorly coded themes, is it?

There is a thread over here that touches this topic to. Great reading!

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readywpthemes says

Off course not, but it is really sad for buyers. At least chrome or Firefox users may try to check themes Google Page Speed or YSlow ratings before decided to buy a theme.

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rvision_ says


You can check their demo, surely they use the same files as the ones you download from themeforest. Additionaly you may use a caching plugin like WP Super Cache

Already used that plugin. I checked their demo. Demos are also loading quite slow.

Well :) I’m not trying to start a debate, I only intended to remember one thing to keep in mind when developing themes.

Try to find plugin that minimizes # of requests made by combining them into one. More javascript/css external files you have – theme is loading slower.

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davutor says

I am thankful for this post!!! because YES , performance should be up to par with design. I know little or nothing about all this, but still, I do care ab out performance… Thought it would not be a popular concern, but I am glad some of us and you, are thinking about it, and putting it out there…

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mad_dog says

I’m sure the performance is very important for both developers and end users (customers), the first need to show their product is really awesome, the second need their sites to load fast because they expect to have it. I have for example the problem with photography wp themes, the main problem is animation, video …. because a lot of javascripts used and other stuff like images etc. Almost all the day I played with W3 Total Cache and amazon cloud, and the result was really impressive, the site loading is now much faster, from 4 sec to 1.5 sec, up to 3 times. I guess we all should think about simplicity in the design, to make it light…

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