RocketTheme is pleased to announce the release of Afterburner, an all new completely FREE GPL template. Afterburner was designed from the ground up to be the world's fastest Joomla template while at the same time offering great features, maximum flexibility and ease of customization. It's an SEO optimized, source-ordered, table-less layout, with a fully collapsable 3 column layout with custom width configurability. We have provided 8 styles both in light and dark variation, with detailed information on how to easily customize and create your own. Afterburner only uses 1 sprite image, and 1 css file for the absolute minimum in server requests. You simply will not find a more full featured template with as small a footprint, and on top of all this, it's 100% FREE!.
Below are a series of diagrams to compare Afterburner against the default templates as well as two 3rd party themes, advertised as being the fastest Joomla template.
For the test, we are comparing page load time (Time), page file size (Size) in addition to the number of requests per page (Requests), as well as the number of requests after initial load caching (Requests after cache).
The statistics are based on frontpage data from a default Joomla install. Some elements were removed from the page during testing to ensure the same data loaded for all, resulting in more reliable, accurate and consistent data.
Time, Size, Requests, Requests from cache Charts
Requests Comparative Chart
Requests (from cache) Comparative Chart
Time (MS) Comparative Chart
Size (KB) Comparative Chart
As shown above, the statistics shown Afterburner has the fastest load time, the lowest file size per page and well as the least number of requests. However, the adoption of the fastest Joomla template has to be gauged against the feature set. Not only is the template fast, it is fully featured, beyond that of any others in its class, and being free, clearly shows Afterburner as the victor.
See chart below:-
Dynamic Widths (Wrapper & Side Columns):
Active Image Count:
Disabled Joomla! Mootools:
Tableless Joomla Content Overrides:
$25 - $60
For more information about Afterburner check out the following resources: