It is 2021 and therefore WordPress has launched a new theme:

  • Twenty Twenty-One.

 

Today, we’ll see how it looks, and most importantly: We’ll Test its Speed.

  • We’ll compare its Page Speed to that of the Twenty Twenty Theme.

 

We will tell you one thing: We had a surprise.

 

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

 

As usual, this Post will be divided into 4 different parts:

1. What does Twenty Twenty-One offer?

2. Does Twenty Twenty-One slow down WordPress?

3. Is Twenty Twenty-One a good Theme?

4. Our Google Analytics report for today: Users and Page Views we have.

 

Let’s begin:

1. What does Twenty Twenty-One offer?

The Twenty Twenty-One Theme seems to be designed for highly visual Sites.

 

It seems perfect for:

  • Photography Sites.
  • Design-Focused Sites.
  • Sites with lots of Blocks and “Pop-Ups”.
  • Sites with several visual information at the same time (Images, Posts, Comments, etc).

 

It doesn’t seem very suitable for:

  • Corporate Sites not focused on Design or Visual Content.
  • Text-Oriented Sites.

 

Check our Reference Post, built with the Twenty Twenty Theme:

 

Now, compare its appearance with the Twenty Twenty-One Theme installed:

 

What about its compatibility?

  • Of course, this Theme is compatible with all Plugins.

 

However, we have to mention that, it didn’t worked very well with our Page Builder: WPBakery.

 

Why?

  • The appearance was not very good.

 

So, if you are interested in using a Page Builder, think twice before using the Twenty Twenty-One Theme.

There are other Themes that seem much more oriented to them.

  • KLEO Theme, Astra, etc.

 

2. Does Twenty Twenty-One slow down WordPress?

We have first tested the Speed of our Test Site using the Twenty Twenty Theme.

  • We use Chrome’s Lighthouse Tool.

 

This Test Site has no Plugins installed, just one Sample Post with:

  • 200 Paragraphs.
  • 1 Heavy Image (7 mb).

 

We use WordPress 5.6

 

Performance – Benchmark

* This Largest Contentful Paint (5.1 s) is due to the Large Image we use in the sample Post.

  • We want to have a representative Page to test.

 

Opportunities – Benchmark

 

Then, we have Installed the Twenty Twenty-One Theme and Measured the Page Speed again:

 

Performance with Twenty Twenty-One

 

Opportunities with Twenty Twenty-One

 

We were surprised about the reduction in the LCP:

  • From 5.1 to 2.4 seconds: – 2.7 s.

 

As the Longest Contentful Paint (LCP) is main Speed indicator used by Google right now, this are good News.

 

Is Twenty Twenty-One a fast Theme?

 

Yes. No doubt.

Compared to Twenty Twenty Theme, it reduces LCP to half.

  • The Performance (measured with Google’s Lighthouse Tool) increased from 80 to 96 just by changing the Theme from Twenty Twenty to Twenty Twenty-One.

 

3. Is Twenty Twenty-One a good Theme?

If you have a very Visual Site, you should definitely give it a try.

  • In our Test, we used a 7 mb image and the Page Performance was excellent.

 

If you want a more “Not-so-Visual” Site (like ours) and you are considering using a Page Builder

  • You can try it as it is a free Theme, but we think you would be happier with other Theme.

 

Regardless, its Speed Performance is the best we’ve seen so far.

  • If your priority is Page Speed, you won’t find any better.

 

4. Our Google Analytics report for today: Users and Page Views we have.

Our numbers are improving day by day.

  • We estimate that in a few days we will return to our pre-Christmas results.

 

Users:

We receive almost 4,000 users per week.

  • Before Christmas we reached 4,200K.

 

Pageviews:

We currently receive 16,824 Pageviews per month.

  • Our record so far is almost 22,000 that we hope to hit again in a few weeks.

 

None of this would be possible without you.

So, as always: Thanks for being there.

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