5 Best WordPress Themes That Will Help You Build An Authority Website

Do you think that your WordPress website is looking a bit outdated and want to change the theme?

You must pick a good WordPress theme to achieve that.

Besides looking good, a good theme can also add the following benefits to your website –

  • Make the site blazing fast. ( Google loves that!)
  • Give a beautiful and professional look.
  • Is easily configurable.

Today,  I’ll show you 5 fastest WordPress themes that do all these and more.

Ready? Let’s start.

5 Best WordPress Themes

Here’re my picks for 5 fastest WordPress themes-

Schema Theme

Schema theme comes from the stable of another popular marketplace MyThemeShop.

Schema comes with built-in support for Schema.org markup. Which makes it easy for your site to rank on Google.

I did the same tests with Schema and here are the results –

Benchmark # 1: Speed? (8/10)

According to the Schema showcase page,  Wealth4Affiliates.com uses this theme. I picked it and ran the GTmetrix test-

Schema Theme Performance

The website load time was only 1.4 seconds. That’s awesome!

Benchmark # 2: Look and Feel? (7/10)

The Schema theme is targeted at Blogs and Content marketers.

That’s why most of the websites on the showcase page have the blog type look and feel. See below –

Schema Theme Example

Overall I found the look satisfying. They are not super awesome. But not bad either.

Just right for a starting blogger or content marketer for managing himself.

Benchmark #3: Ease of Use (8/10)

Schema comes inbuilt with an intuitive options panel-

Schema Theme options panel

The options panel lets you configure the Logo, Homepage, Blog page, Posts, Header, Footer, Sidebar etc. areas of our website very easily.

Overall (23/30)

Schema theme got 23 marks out of a possible 30. Which is quite good.

Other than the benefits mentioned above, the Schema theme also has the following pros and cons.

Pros-

  • 24 x 7 support promise
  • 100 % responsive theme
  • SEO ready theme
  • Page builder friendly
  • Supports multiple languages etc.

Cons-

  • Schema is more suitable for blog type websites.

The price of this theme is only $35 for one site. It comes with 1 year of updates and support. You also get full 30 days money back policy.

Schema theme is a very good choice for solo bloggers and small content marketers who manage their websites themselves.

Astra Theme

Astra theme is developed by the genius brains at BrainStormForce. The same team behind very popular WordPress plugins like – AIO Rich Snippets, ConvertPlug etc.

The Astra theme was developed by keeping speed as the main focus.

So, how did Astra fare in my tests? See for yourself –

Benchmark # 1: Speed? (9/10)

Astra does not have any showcase page like Schema. So I picked a demo website built on the Astra theme and ran the GTmetrix test-

Astra Theme Performance

The website load time was under 1 second. Wow!

Benchmark # 2: Look and Feel? (9/10)

Astra is a true multipurpose theme. You can build stunning blogs, business, and e-commerce websites with Astra easily.

There are plenty of gorgeous demos available for all types of websites. Here’s one –

Astra Theme Example

Benchmark #3: Ease of Use (8/10)

Building your dream website with Astra is very easy. The theme comes with a big library of pre-built demo themes-

Astra pre-built themes library

You can import any demo website into your Astra installation. Then edit it to fit your brand.

That way you’ll have your own clean and professional looking website in minutes.

Overall (26/30)

Astra’s scored 26 out of 30. That is very very good indeed.

Besides the above, Astra has the following pros and cons –

Pros-

  • 100 % responsive theme
  • SEO ready
  • Page builder friendly
  • Free version available( with limited options)

Cons-

  • Could not find any.

You can get the Astra theme for only $59 per year. It comes with 1 year of updates and support and full 14 days money back policy.

(Note: I am using Astra theme for all my own and my client’s websites.)

OceanWP Theme

 

OceanWP theme has got a total of 1641 reviews on the WordPress theme directory. Out of them, a whopping 1627 reviewers have given it 5-star ratings.

OceanWP is hands down the most feature-packed free theme you can get currently. Multipurpose, responsive, SEO ready…you name it and the theme’s got it.

How many marks did OceanWP get? Let’s see-

Benchmark # 1: Speed? (8/10)

Just like Astra, the OceanWP also does not have any showcase page.

So I again picked a demo website and ran my GTmetrix test-

OceanWP theme performance

The website load time was under 1.3 seconds. Impressive!

Benchmark # 2: Look and Feel? (9/10)

OceanWP too is a  multipurpose theme. You can build beautiful blogs, business, e-commerce websites with this theme.

Like this one below-

OceanWp theme example

Benchmark #3: Ease of Use (6/10)

OceanWp also lets you import any demo website into your own WordPress installation and edit them to fit your own brand.

But unlike Astra, the OceanWP theme has got so many customization options that it might be a little overwhelming to a new user.

The theme comes with a dedicated panel which looks like this –

OceanWp theme options panel

You’ll need to use it along with the WordPress customizer to get your desired look.  You can use the extensive guide on their website when you need help.

Overall (23/30)

Besides the above, OceanWP has the following pros and cons –

Pros-

  • 100 % responsive theme
  • SEO ready
  • Page builder friendly
  • Free version available

Cons-

  • Can take a bit time to get accustomed to.

The full version of the OceanWP theme is only $39 for one year. It comes with 1 year of updates and support and full 14 days money back policy.

GeneratePress Theme

The GeneratePress theme is one of the lightest WordPress theme available in the market.

Widely appreciated for its clean code quality and flexibility, the GeneratePress is a favorite among web development agencies.

Like our previous themes, I tested this one as well. Take a look –

Benchmark # 1: Speed? (9/10)

Here’s the result of my GTmetrix test with a GeneratePress website –

GeneratePress theme performance

The website load time was exact 1 second. Great!

Benchmark # 2: Look and Feel? (8/10)

You get a very clean looking website with the default theme that comes with GeneratePress.

If you buy the pro version of the theme, you get 33 pre-built website templates for all kinds of businesses. All the templates look very clean and professional.

Like this one below-

GeneratePress theme example look

Benchmark #3: Ease of Use (8/10)

Even a beginner can set up the Generatepress theme with very little effort.

The theme adds custom controls to the WordPress customizer to let you change the logo, set the width, background, typography etc. of the site.

Overall (25/30)

Other pros and cons of GeneratePress are –

Pros-

  • 100 % responsive theme
  • SEO ready
  • Page builder friendly
  • Free version available

Cons-

  • Could not find any.

The premium version of GeneratePress theme is only $49.95 for one year. It comes with 1 year of updates and support and full 30 days money back policy.

The Genesis Framework

The last theme in our list is the Genesis Framework by StudioPress.

This theme is the most popular theme framework for WordPress. Excellent code quality, rock solid stability, and in-built SEO features are some of its strengths.

How did it fare in our test? Read on-

Benchmark # 1: Speed? (8/10)

Here’s the result of my GTmetrix test with a Genesis website  –

Genersis Framework theme performance

The website load time was 1.6 seconds. Very good!

Benchmark # 2: Look and Feel? (7/10)

The default look and feel of any Genesis Framework based websites are very clean and professional-

Genersis Framework theme example

However, the default color, typography, and page layout options are limited when compared to the themes above.

Benchmark #3: Ease of Use (5/10)

If you want to use the Genesis theme just as it comes, then you’ll have absolutely no issues ever.

But, if you want to play with the default looks and functionalities, you’ll need a page builder plugin. At least that is my own experience with the Genesis Framework.

Overall (20/30)

Other pros and cons of GeneratePress are –

Pros-

  • Reputed theme and trusted by many well-known websites.
  • 100 % responsive theme
  • SEO ready
  • Page builder friendly

Cons-

  • Not easily customizable.
  • No free version.

The premium version of the Genesis Framework theme is only $59.95 for a lifetime of updates and support. However, I could not find any info on money back policy.

Conclusion

So, buddy!

Those were the best WordPress themes from my own research.

I hope that, by now, you have pretty much decided which one or ones you are going to consider for your next WordPress website.

If you have. Congrats! (Please tell me by commenting below!)

And if have still not decided, throw me a question by using the comment below. I’ll skip my breakfast to answer you tomorrow. I promise! 😉

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