Performance

We Made Divi Fast. Really Fast!

With Divi, it's easy to create super-fast websites that score 100 on Google Page Speed and 100% on GTMetrix. That's because Divi creates lightweight pages thanks to its Dynamic Framework and Dynamic Assets along with other speed-boosting features.

Website Speed Score

No Bloat

Divi detects which elements and features you're using and builds lightweight pages on the fly.

Dynamic Framework

Divi processes the logic needed to render the modules and features used on each page on the fly— everything else is cut out of the equation. If your page only uses 5 of Divi’s 50+ modules, Divi only processes the functions needed for those 5 modules and skips the rest. In other words, anything that could be considered “bloat” is erased from the back-end.

Dynamic CSS

Divi’s CSS is broken up into hundreds of small components. On each page, these CSS components are combined to form a unique stylesheet that contains only the pieces needed to style that particular page based on the modules, module features and theme layout options that you are using. There is no bloat, because unused CSS is never loaded.

On Demand JavaScript

Divi's JavaScript is modularized, allowing Divi to load each JavaScript library on-demand only when it’s needed by specific modules. Divi also separates certain design features, such as animations and motion effects, and only loads the JavaScript need for those features when necessary. Divi's JavaScript is lightweight because many unused scripts are stripped away.

Dynamic Framework
Critical CSS

Critical CSS

Divi’s critical CSS system identifies the CSS needed to style content above the fold, and it defers everything else. Since only the critical styles are needed when the page first loads, and since render blocking assets play such a significant role in page speed, Divi’s ability to automatically separate critical and non-critical styles gives it a huge advantage over other WordPress themes and builders. After Divi is done processing it’s CSS, there’s hardly anything left over in the website header at all, which means content shows up right away, and that’s why Google gives Divi websites such high scores right out of the box.

Speed Boosts

Google Fonts Caching

Google Fonts Caching

Divi caches Google Fonts and loads them in-line. This reduces render blocking requests and makes your website faster.

Asynchronous JavaScript

Asynchronous JavaScript

Divi loads jQuery and other JavaScript files asynchronously when they aren't needed in the header, which is often the case. This reduces render blocking assets and speeds up load times.

Dynamic Resources

Asset Reduction

Divi removes unneeded resources, such as native WordPress emojis, and lazy-loads often unused resources, such as the Gutenberg Block Stylesheet, when you are using the Divi Builder. Less bloat means a faster website!

Website Speed

Divi vs The Competition

We wanted to prove to everyone, including ourselves, that Divi was as fast or faster than the competition. We built identical websites using popular WordPress themes and builders, and then we put them to the test. These test sites are hosted on SiteGround + CloudFlare, with no additional performance plugins or performance adjustments. As you can see, Divi performed very well!

Theme & Builder
Demo
Speed Index
PageSpeed Mobile
PageSpeed Desktop
Divi Builder + Divi
320ms
99
100
Gutenberg + Astra
320ms
99
100
Beaver Builder + Kadence
400ms
99
100
Elementor + Hello
520ms
85
100
Avada + Fusion Builder
520ms
75
100

Test Methodology

These tests were performed using the latest versions of each product on August 10th, 2021. The pages were tested using Google PageSpeed Insights. Each website was tested 6 times and we took the average of the 5 best scores, allowing for 1 anomalous reading. Results are subject to change as products are updated and as the PageSpeed algorithm is altered. There is also natural variation in PageSpeed testing that could result in slightly different readings. This video compilation showcases our results when testing the Divi test website.

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