Generatepress Review: Top theme for Core Web Vitals metrics

Updated on January 5, 2023 | By

GeneratePress Premium is currently one of the best themes in terms of page speed, as it ranks in the top 3 on the Core Web Vitals Technology report, ordered by performance on mobile as of June 2022. GeneratePress has “Good” Core Web Vitals metrics on 37% of them.

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The Core Web Vitals Technology report uses field data to get Core Web Vitals metrics and display the number of passing pages with “Good” CWV metrics per technology. Field data is the one used by Google in the ranking algorithm.


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GeneratePress offers a free version of its theme with limited usage, but it has the same speed gains as its premium theme.

The free Generatepress offers:

  • Custom Layout: full-width or contained divs, etc.
  • Typography.

It has almost no Jquery dependency, with only one feature using it, sticky navigation. Javascript is one of the villains in terms of speed and performance, and using it improperly on the layout as many themes still do, loading a whole Jquery library, makes the Core Web Vitals more difficult to improve.

GeneratePress Premium

GeneratePress Premium has features as modules, with the following options:

  • Backgrounds: Set background images for various HTML elements.
  • Blog: Set blog options like infinite scroll, masonry layouts, and more.
  • Elements(Hooks legacy): Use the block editor theme builder, build advanced HTML hooks, Layout control, and control element’s page appearance using hooks(disable elements).
  • Menu Plus: Set up a mobile header, sticky navigation, or off-canvas panel.
  • Secondary Nav: Add fully-featured secondary navigation to your site.
  • Site Library: Multiple pre-built themes.
  • Woocommerce options.
  • Typography, color options.

GeneratePress pricing is as follows:

  • GeneratePress theme: Free
  • GeneratePress Premium (up to 500 websites): $59/year
  • GeneratePress Premium Lifetime license(up to 500 websites): $249

*GP refund policy states a refund within 30 days of your purchase if not satisfied.

GeneratePress Alternatives

As Generatepress has a focus on speed, you may consider a performance theme as an alternative, with the following alternatives(1-year plans):

  • Kadence Theme: Free
  • Kadence Pro: $59
  • Blocksy theme: Free
  • Blocksy ‘1 site license: $49/year

GeneratePress Examples

To showcase its power we picked GeneratePress examples that best summarize its layout flexibility.

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