This site runs on the Flex Skin for Thesis 2.2 by DIYthemes and with a few tweaks it runs pretty fast. However, it needed a few simple and free tweaks.
In this post I’m going to share with you some simple tips and tricks on how to speed up your Flex Skin so that it begins to load much faster than the speed you get out of the box. And no, you don’t need to buy anything else other than the Flex Skin from DIYthemes (and a license for Thesis 2.2 if you don’t already have one).
I took my site from an unoptimized Google PageSpeed Score of 74 (Mobile) and 84 (Desktop) out-of-thebox to Google PageSpeed Score of 86 (Mobile) and 93 (Desktop) with just the addition of the free WordPress W3 Total Cache plugin.
To do this, I used two main free tools to assess the speed of the site:
1 – Google PageSpeed Insights – a neat tool to see how your site performs on Mobile and Desktop devices through Google Developer’s eyes.
2 – GTmetrix – a cool site that allows you to see how all of the elements of your page load and affect the performance of your site. It will even give your site a graded score.
I used both of the sites above to assess the potential performance enhancement obtained by using the Flex Skin with Thesis 2.2.
At first blush on a fresh install, the Flex Skin was fast, but not as fast as I expected. I used the site of the developer of the Flex Skin, Matthew Horne, at matthewhorne.me, as a benchmark. 79/100 Mobile, 93/100 Desktop and .