The long waiting of Thrive Themes’ speed optimization was finally finished.
In this upgrade, Thrive team re-organized all the assets and split the CSS, JS into pieces. With the help of HTTP/2 protocol the assets can be loaded concurrently on a single connection, which improves performance significantly.
And now, there is no need to load the big fat CSS, JS files while loading the pages, instead, it only loads the required CSS, JS files in pieces.
Let’s check and see what Project Lightspeed and Clearfy can do to help further improve the Google Core Web Vitals score.
Before Project Lightspeed, the CSS, JS files of Thrive Themes are REALLY FAT. Take below files for example:
The overall size of these 3 files already exceeds 1.5 MB.
The overall size of these files now is merely 172.6 KB.
To allow existing users to have smooth transition and upgrade with Project Lightspeed, in Thrive Theme Builder one can find a simple one-click wizard to walk you through the whole process to analyze the site and optimize the assets. After that, with a little bit of fine tunes you will find the performance of your site improved a lot!
Below steps are for Thrive Themes’ existing users’ reference only. If it’s your first time installing Thrive Themes, congratulations, you are already using the optimized version.
First of all, go to Thrive Theme Builder, locate Site Speed and then click on the Project Lightspeed to start the journey.
There are 2 main steps for the whole process:
How long will this step take depends on the scale of your site. For smaller site it requires only few seconds to complete the analysis. For larger site, it may take 1 to 2 minutes.
Once the analysis is done it will show the amount of optimized assets.
Next step, click the Continue Optimization button. It will process and optimize all the assets identified on your site.
Longer time can be expected for this step. 1 to 2 minutes will be required for smaller site (like mine). For larger site, it may take more than 10 minutes.
Once it’s finished, go back to the control panel and then switch on “Display optimized assets on the front end of your site” to activate the Project Lightspeed.
After activating project lightspeed on my site I do experience issues such as page break and content shift. If you ever encountered same issues on your site, make sure to check each of the page and follow below steps to get the issue resovled.
Per my experience, all the page break, content shift issues can be resolved without needing to upgrade to the fixed versions released after Project Lightspeed.
I would say that again, the Assets Manager function of Clearfy is highly recommended for improving WordPress site performance. Especially with convenient and beautiful UI, UX design.
After Project Lightspeed, the CSS, JS files of Thrive Themes have been split into small pieces, the loading of assets will no longer be bottleneck anymore. So there is no need for us to use Flying Scripts plugin and the “defer to footer” function in Assets Manager. (for my site specifically)
In Assets Manager, we utilize the Disable function a lot to unload CSS and JS files. In average, it saves 50 to 200 KB assets usage when loading the pages.
Now, let’s take a look of the effects of both Thrive Themes Project Lightspeed and Clearfy Pro to the site speed.
Here we considered 4 different types of pages on my site:
It’s the basis version of the comparison. On the old version of Thrive Themes, we removed Google Analytics codes and Clearfy plugin.
Following above steps to complete the upgrade for Project Lightspeed, there are significant improvements to the Google PageSpeed Insights score. Up performed for 20 points in average.
After that, we put the Google Analytics scripts back to the site. Now, we can see clearly how GA affects the site speed.
As the final step, we utilize Clearfy plugin’s functions to further improve the performance.
Now we can see that for the 4 different types of pages we have got scores above 80. (except for long article posts, the best we can have for this kind of post is 70)
And the Google PageSpeed Insights score is now over 90 for the home page!
(Right now, I turned on Thrive Ultimatum so there will be 2-5 points decrease)
In this review it’s easy and clear for us to know how Project Lightspeed and Clearfy can help to improve the site speed.
If you are interested in Clearfy Pro, you can visit their official site and test with the free plugin first.
Pricing of Clearfy Pro
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And now, Thrive Themes is no longer the big fat theme builder. With all the plugins in Thrive family I believed we can make difference and have better website design than others.
If you are interested, just go and check Thrive Themes’ official site and you will be surprised what they can do with website design, online marketing and e-learning.