Since Google has officially made page speed and user experience as a ranking factor in search engine results page (SERP), having a fast loading site is very crucial as part of your SEO tactics. If you want to rank higher than your competitors on Google search, it is time to pay attention to your site's pagespeed!
Aside from the SEO purpose, pagespeed can also affect user engagement and conversion. No one wants to see a slow site. Reports show that slow load time can reduce conversion and increase bounce rates. In other words, if your site is slow then your visitors and customers are more likely to exit your site and move on to your competitors' sites.
After 12 years, we are proud and grateful to be holding strong. Big thanks to our team who is staying strong with us and the users who are supporting us. To celebrate our 12th anniversary, we are offering a 40% discount off all regular memberships or $75 off Lifetime Club. The promotion applies to new signups and renewals. It is the best time to join Themify now at a massively discounted price.
We might seem quiet lately, but we are actually working very hard on a major framework update. It is so BIG that we had to skip a version. We've jumped from version 5 to 7. The reason we skipped a version is because we don't recommend downgrading your Themify themes after upgrading to v7. For this reason, we are releasing a beta version so you can try it before updating your themes.
The last v5 update focused on the frontend performance and we are happy to see many of our users' sites getting A+ score on Google Pagespeed Insights. In this v7 update, we re-coded a lot of components in the backend to optimize the framework and Builder's performance. Another significant change in v7 is the Builder row grid. We've changed the Builder row to use CSS grid in replacement of flexbox in the old version. Using the CSS grid gives more layout possibilities such as adding unlimited columns, column reordering, and creating tiled grids.
The Beta theme is based on Ultra using the latest v7 framework. Please help us test it on your staging/development sites (do not use it on any live site). As a friendly reminder, the Beta theme doesn't work with any of the current Builder addons and Builder Pro yet (please disable them prior to your test). Have fun with the beta version and let us know what you find.
We're busy keeping the skin production rolling. This month we have the new Bakery skin. The Bakery skin is catered to cookie and bakery shops. It comes with WooCommerce integration which allows you to sell bakery online. You can use either Ultra, Shoppe, or Builder Pro to import the demo to your site instantly, then you just need to swap the text and images. We are offering a sale along with the freshly baked new skin. Take a 30% discount off all regular memberships or $50 off Lifetime Club if you sign up before July 27, 2022.
Again the Bakery skin gets an A+ score on Google Pagespeed Insights without using any additional cache and CDN tools.
The previous Resume skin was very well received. Today we are releasing another skin for freelancers, artists, and designers. The design of the artist skin is very clean and minimal, which is perfect for showcasing and selling your arts. You can import the Artist demo quickly using the demo importer with either Ultra, Shoppe, or Builder Pro. Along with this release, we are offering a 30% discount off all regular memberships or $50 off Lifetime Club (sale expires June 30, 2022).
We are proud to see more and more fast loading WordPress sites using Themify themes. In this round of showcase, we are featuring another 20 pagespeed sites which consist of personal sites, freelancers, commercial, agencies, and apps. We see more business and ecommerce sites have switched to Themify for the pagespeed purpose. If you want to improve the pagespeed and SEO on your site as well, consider switching to our flagship themes, Ultra or Shoppe theme.
If you haven't seen our previous pagespeed showcase posts, check out the first, second, and third round here. Visit our pagespeed showcase for more inspiration. You may also submit your Themify powered sites to our showcase.