Many people claim that Genesis Framework loads faster than Thesis Framework, others claim the opposite thing, they think that Thesis loads faster than Genesis. Some people I came across their comparisons do funny stuff, I have no idea where they came up with their test criteria, and what exactly they are trying to prove.
Today, I am going to show you which Theme is faster by doing a very simple and quick site speed test. I will use Pingdom Website Speed Test.
To start with this test, I’ve created a fresh WordPress installation, and I installed Thesis 2.1 beta and Genesis version 2.0-beta2 on the same installation, same web hosting server, and without any additional plugins or content. I did nothing special on that site, it’s just a brand new blog that has the default setup. By this way, I will guarantee fair test for both frameworks as they both will run in the same exact environment.
So, let’s start with Genesis, then test Thesis.
Genesis 2.0b2 Site Speed
I ran the site load speed 4 times and took screenshots of the results, I did it 4 times because test gives different results, so you can take a look and do your math. And, here is what I’ve got:
Thesis 2.1b Site Speed
I’ve done the same exactly with Thesis, so here is the 4 site load speed tests:
If we calculate the averages, it comes out as the following:
- Genesis average load speed: 786.75 ms.
- Thesis average load speed: 551 ms.
As you can see, Thesis loads faster than Genesis! However, both Frameworks average load is under 1 second, which is a great thing.