Nobody likes a slow loading website, it sucks.
There are hundreds of Joomla templates in a market, but very few blogs are likable and loading fast.
There are many ways to optimize the website, but I always believe in a lightweight framework and fewer codes which loads faster without doing much work.
So here are 10 Joomla 3 templates for blogs, which loads in less than 4 seconds.
Time to load the template is captured by Pingdom.
Audacity is built on Gantry 4 and compatible with the K2 extension. It has a 90-module position, six preset styles, a mobile menu, and many more.
Audacity supports Joomla 3.4 and has 20 styled module suffixes. It’s one of the fastest-loading Joomla template available today.
Load time: 1.93 Seconds
One of the best templates by Gavick comes in six colors with clean design and responsiveness.
Blueap is built on Gavern Framework and compatible with K2 extension.
Load time: 3.02 Seconds
Joomlart is probably the best template developer, which has many useful templates, and I found Playmag is good for blog/magazine.
It comes in three colors and built on the T3 framework. Playmag is a responsive template and compatible with Kunena & K2 components.
Load time: 2.89 Seconds
Argo is built on a T3 framework and will give you a feeling of old thenextweb.com design.
It supports RTL and has Infinity Scrolling with Sticky Sidebars and Menu. Argo comes in 5 colors by default; however; flexible customization is possible with the T3 template panel.
Load time: 2.90 Seconds
iMag is a modern and clean Joomla template and compatible with Joomla 3.x. It comes with six preset color styles. SJ Vinda is built on YT Framework V2 with Bootstrap 3.
Some of the main features of this template support RTL/LTR language, Lazy load for loading images, support LESS CSS, and responsive.
Load time: 3.81 Seconds
Aurora is the first theme built with widgetkit two and comes with many great features like subtle parallax background effect, six preset styles, support WooCommerce.
Load time: 2.20 Seconds
Metro News is responsive and got a crispy metro layout built on the Bootstrap and Expose framework. Metro news comes bundled with many extensions, including Xpert Scroller, Slider, Captions, Tabs & Tweets.
It supports Mega Menu, Off-Canvas menu, and support font awesome.
Load time: 2.38 Seconds
Time template – the benchmark of news and magazine websites. It’s one of best selling template by JoomlaShine which leverage maximum K2 and responsive at the same time.
Load time: 3.47 Seconds
Haven is a responsive template and comes in 10 color styles. It has more than 40 module positions and compatible with Google Fonts & Font awesome.
Load time: 3.72 Seconds
Game News is one of my favorites as I have used this template for almost two years before switching to Wordpress. GameNews is built on a Gavern framework and comes in three colors.
It supports K2 and fully responsive.
Load time: 3.77 Seconds
I hope the above gives you an option to choose fast loading templates. On top of lightweight templates, you may also consider using high-performance CDN & cloud-based security like SUCURI.