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Top 3 free SEO optimized and efficient WordPress themes!

When looking for a SEO optimized WordPress theme, you can find everything, be it good, less good, very bad and fortunately some rare gems. It is this last category that I will try to talk to you about today by presenting you the WordPress themes optimized for SEO and which are very powerful!

The purpose of the article is not to give you a detailed presentation of each of these themes but to briefly present them to you in order to make you discover them and especially to make you test them. I leave you the choice on which will suit you best :)!

Neve, the theme of your servant

Screenshot Neve

Neve is the first theme I mention because it is the theme I use on this site. This theme is truly is a rocket! 🚀🚀 The theme offers a free version that I use, which is enough in 3/4 of the time but offers a paid version that will allow you to go further if you want to use it on a merchant site, a portfolio or all other.

It is compatible with the best page builders on the market, such as Elementor, Brizy, Beaver Builder, Visual Composer, SiteOrigin and Divi.

It natively offers the AMP functionality, which I will tell you about soon on the blog!

Ultra customizable and manageable, it will allow you to have a high-performance site that reflects your image quickly and cleanly. Indeed, the theme uses the native features of WordPress, no fuss with undrinkable options pages. Everything you need is there and it does everything brilliantly!

The paid version will allow you to have even more customization options, with a Header Booster, Special Blocks for Elementor Pro, etc., I really recommend it for a store with WooCommerce!

Free Download Neve

Astra, the mastodon with 800,000 installations …

Screenshot Astra

Launched in 2017, it has experienced a meteoric rise and can now boast of more than 800,000 active installations! Despite its almost infinite customization possibilities, it is still very light! Be careful not to overdo it either! 😉

It is, like Neve, compatible with the majority of page builders and offers increased integration with WooCommerce, adding some interesting options.

Astra has a customization gallery called “Starter Templates” which you can use to get a custom design fast!

Download Astra for free

GeneratePress, the perfect lightweight theme for your next project

Screenshot GeneratePress

This is how the GeneratePress theme is defined, “The perfect lightweight theme for your next project“. With fewer customization options than a Neve or an Astra for example, it nevertheless shines with its exceptional performance.

A fresh WordPress installation weighs only 30kb once GeneratePress is activated. A point also highlighted which is close to my heart, it respects WCAG standards in terms of web accessibility, something still too little highlighted.

Being still quite young, he regularly benefits from major updates which bring him new options and modules, mainly activatable in the paid version.

Free Download GeneratePress


As usual, these three themes aren’t the only ones optimized for both SEO and performance available in the market, but they are my favorites :). I use them regularly because they offer, for me, the best compromise between personalization and SEO performance / optimizations.

These three themes offer paid versions that will allow you to go further in the personalization of your site. However, if you only need the basic features, the free versions will be more than enough for you.

To the list, we could also add OceanWP, which offers the largest batch of customization options but loses a bit in speed as it goes.

I did not mention it above but, a theme considered to be efficient could not do anything if your hosting is not of quality. Hosting is essential and your theme, whatever it is, will not be able to work miracles.

Finally, if you want to optimize the performance of your WordPress site or your WooCommerce store, do not hesitate to contact me! We can discuss it and see what we can improve! 🙂

Do not hesitate to add the themes that you use / know in the comments in order to share them with everyone!

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