Twenty Twelve is beautiful but slow, so I created 2012.FFWD. This Twenty Twelve child theme looks pretty much the same as the original, but comes with the following performance-boosting changes under the hood:
- no webfont downloaded: loading fonts slow sites down, always. Fallback-fonts as defined in Twenty Twelve (Arial, Helvetica, Sans-Serif) are used instead.
- minimized style.css: the amount of CSS is staggering, even minimized we’re still at 28KB!
And these small changes indeed seem to have a pretty good impact on performance when comparing my previous test with Twenty Twelve with a new one for 2012.FFWD;
- from 9 to 3 requests
- from 142KB to 15KB downloaded size
- loadtime from 2.457s to 0.937s
You can download the child theme here for now, but I might upload it to wordpress.org’s theme repository later.