Today, we’ll analyze a very famous Theme: OceanWP.

 

We’ll check how it looks and if it slows down WordPress, and how much.

 

To do so, we will use our Test Site:

  • We’ll measure the Page Speed with OceanWP installedAnd without it.

 

In case you don’t know, in this section we talk about How we are building this Website: our SEO strategy, Plugins we use, our Traffic Results…

 

This Post will be divided into 3 different parts:

1. What does OceanWP offer?

2. Does OceanWP slow down WordPress?

3. Our Google Analytics report for today: Users and Pageviews we have.

 

Let’s begin:

1. What does OceanWP offer?

 

First of all, we have to mention that, OceanWP is a Theme that offers high compatibility with different Page Builders.

  • For us, this is interesting because we use WP Bakery.

 

In addition, it is also a flexible and extensible Theme.

  • They claim to be specially compatible with WooCommerce.

 

But… How does it look?

 

The first impression, for us, was very good.

  • It is a professional looking theme.

 

Also, you can notice how it distributes the Page in different sections; what allows you to place Menus, Multimedia, etc.

  • This is very useful in case you don’t know exactly what you want your Site to look like.

 

Other Themes follow a much more visual approach; with large spaces and little compartmentalization.

 

Look at the same Page, using the Twenty-Twenty Theme:

 

As you can see, this is a very visual Theme.

  • Also, it seems less “serious”.

 

If you want a Site with large Images or Visual elements (for example, a photography Site) maybe, the twenty-twenty Theme could be a good option for you.

 

Should you install OceanWP?

 

We would recommend this Theme:

  • For Sites that could have different functions in the future.
    • If you are planning to start an e-Commerce Site.
    • If you want to try new functionalities.
    • etc.
  • For professional “serious-looking” Sites.
    • Consultants.
    • Business-Related Sites.
    • etc.
  • For Community-based Sites.
    • Forums, Registers… All related Plugins need high compatibility…
    • … And Menu placements.
  • For Sites that will use Page Builders.

 

Now, the million dollar question: What about Page Speed?

 

2. Does OceanWP slow down WordPress?

First of all, we have tested the Page Speed of our Test Site, using the Twenty-Twenty Theme in order to have a Reference Speed.

We have no Plugins installed on this Site, just one Sample Post with:

  • 200 Paragraphs.
  • 1 Heavy Image.

 

Performance – Benchmark

* This Largest Contentful Paint (5.3 s) is due to the Large Image we use in the sample Post.

  • We wanted to have a representative Page to test.

 

Opportunities – Benchmark

 

Then, we have installed the OceanWP Theme, and measured the Page Speed again:

 

Performance with OceanWP Installed

 

Opportunities with OceanWP Installed

 

There is a remarkable difference in Page Speed.

  • Remember: The only difference between these two results is the Theme used.

 

The most significant changes are:

  • First Contentful Paint: from 1.9 to 3.0 seconds: + 1.1 s.
  • Speed Index: From 1.9 to 3.5 seconds: + 1.6 s.
  • Largest Contentful Paint: From 5.3 to 6.9 seconds: + 1.6 s.
  • Time to Interactive: From 1.9 to 6.0 seconds: + 4.1 s.
  • Eliminate Render Blocking: From 0.8 to 2.57 seconds: + 1.77 s.

 

We didn’t expect that just installing a Theme would change the page speed so much.

  • Without adding any additional Plugins.

 

Does OceanWP slow down WordPress?

 

OceanWP slows down WordPress a lot.

 

We understand that, developing a highly compatible Theme requires extra-coding and, it is not easy to do so, without affecting Page Speed.

 

Should you Install OceanWP Theme then?

 

If you need a Site compatible with WooCommerce and, you want to use a Page BuilderIt is a good option for you.

  • But, you have to know that your Page Speed results will be reduced.

 

If you just want to Start a simple Blog with some Images and text… You may have better options.

 

* In case you are interested in having a WooCommerce Site:

 

3. Our Google Analytics report for today: Users and Pageviews we have.

This last week has been a very good week.

  • Our numbers keep increasing.

 

Users:

As you may have already seen in the Post’s Top image, we have 2,500 users per week.

  • Our record so far.

 

Pageviews:

We currently receive 11,374 Page Views per month.

  • Now, our goal is to achieve 15,000 Page Views by the end of this month.

 

None of this would be possible without you, so, as always:

Thanks for being there.

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