Associate Theme from StudioPress Speed Review

Overview

How fast is the Associate Theme from StudioPress when it is running on WPEngine Hosting?

We wanted to find out and compare it to other themes.

Associate Theme is a two or three column child theme created for the Genesis Framework.

Test ResultsTheme Setup Video TutorialTheme InfoAnalysis

Associate Theme ver. 1.01

Theme Speed Test Video
The audio for this video was accidentally nuked in the microwave with our lunch. We may re-record it with audio at a later date.

This theme has some low overhead out of the box, making only 29 requests for files in its base configuration.  Sure you might load it up with plugins and lots of images, but at least you are not starting with a bloated theme.

That helps it score some decently quick speeds.  Not the fastest, but not super slow by any stretch of the imagination.

At $24.95 with an existing StudioPress account, it is not terribly expensive.  They have not yet taken this theme ‘Pro’.  So if you like it, now might be a good time to buy before they rework it into a Pro version and raise the price by $20.

It’s also interesting to see the difference in ratings by Google Page Speed Insights from Oct 2013 until April of 2014.  The score dropped significantly over that time, indicating that a theme that was once deemed acceptable is now less acceptable.

Ultimately WPEngine and Lightning Base currently have the two fasted speeds (from two different tests) for the Associate theme.

Date
Test
Host
Result 1
Result 2
Notes

20131021
Pingdom
wpengine
Speed
0.949s
Requests
28
,Genesis,
20131021
WebPageTest
wpengine
1st Load Speed
1.247
2nd Speed
0.291
,Genesis,
20131021
Google Page Speed
wpengine
Desktop
95
Mobile
89
,Genesis,
20140418
Pingdom
lightningbase
Speed
1.12s
Requests
27
3.9,Genesis,
20140418
WebPageTest
lightningbase
1st Load Speed
3.405
2nd Speed
0.447
3.9,Genesis,
20140418
Google Page Speed
lightningbase
Desktop
87
Mobile
60
3.9,Genesis,
20140418
Pingdom
pressable
Speed
1.58s
Requests
30
3.9,Genesis,
20140418
WebPageTest
pressable
1st Load Speed
2.904
2nd Speed
1.358
3.9,Genesis,
20140418
Google Page Speed
pressable
Desktop
87
Mobile
60
3.9,Genesis,