There are many hidden gems in the WordPress world. And Kava theme is one of them. I don’t know why but nobody talks about it although it is a great, fast, and lightweight theme. And it is free.
It is made by a company named Crocoblock which has a great Elementor plugin package. Many designer and developer use their plugins and demo site designs, but very few people talk about Kava.
I really love this theme because it is customizable, fast, lightweight, and has perhaps the most versatile blog archive designs. I’ve used it on multiple websites and it works perfectly. Especially with Elementor.
And because it is a very good WordPress theme and very few people talk about it, I want to review it and let you know that there is an amazing Kava theme.
Beautiful & Clean Design
Kava has one of the best and clean design I have ever seen. It has a very modern and classy design. Built and designed with care. Also, the code is very clean. Great developers behind.
It is just a theme. But as you install it and see the empty page, you know that it is a well-designed WordPress theme. But its design shines in the archive and single posts.
It has many different layouts for blog post archive and single post. You can choose a grid, masonry, creative, etc. And for single different layout for images, text, sidebar, etc.
And the design is so clean and modern. I think the Kava theme is one of the cleanest and modern WordPress themes out there. And it works great with Elementor.
Another strong side of the Kava theme is its customization abilities. It has all the capabilities a free theme should have and it goes beyond. It has all the basic options like logo, favicon, social links, etc.
You can choose different page layouts, colors for paragraphs, headings, accent, hover. Also, choose fonts for different kinds of text separately. So, you can have different colors and fonts for text, heading, menu, etc.
Kava is a great blogging theme and it offers 50 different layouts for your blog. You can create any design you can imagine. Blog archive has 5 layouts:
- Vertical Justify
And each of these categories has 10 different layouts. That is a lot. I don’t know any other free WordPress theme with this amount of blog layouts. You can show or hide the sidebar.
And all the basic features like the show or hide author, date, tags, comments, button, change excerpt length, and more. Very versatile customization Kava has.
And you can choose from 10 different single post layouts. And all the layouts are so beautiful and modern. Your blog posts will look amazing. But you have to change the single post layout from the WordPress dashboard.
And the only downside I found in the customizer is that it has no options for header layouts and they should improve that. Because many free themes offer different header styles. With the Kava theme, you get the standard header design.
Performance & Speed
Beautiful design, customization options are good but what about speed and performance? It is crucial for a theme. And people debate about this. If a theme is not fast, then there is no point to use it.
Kava theme is a fast theme. It is what Crocoblock says on its website. They say that page size is under 300KB, has under 20 requests, and speed score is more than 95%. But is it real?
I tested it myself and I will show you the results. I used the GTmetrix speed tool for testing and tested two pages:
- Home Page – No images, texts, or anything. Just a clean page. I want to know how lightweight and fast it is.
- Blog Page – Second test was on the blog archive page with 6 blog posts, which all had HD images.
And the results were great. Performance has 96% score, 0.8s LCP, 0.472s TTFB, and full-page load have 1.4s score. Pretty impressive results. And page size of Kava is 125KB and it had 15 requests, according to GTmetrix.
For the blog page, I chose the grid layout, style 7. This style shows big images. I wanted to know how Kava will handle this.
The results were very good. Considering, that there is no image optimization, no caching plugin, and the website was hosted on cheap, shared hosting, the result was pretty good.
Performance score of 84%, 1.5s LCP, and the site loaded fully in 2.7s. Page size is just 715KB and requests were 21. If images were optimized, the score would be much higher.
This result showed that the Kava theme is a fast and lightweight theme. I also tested it for mobile devices. It had 70 points on Google Speed Insights. And it is a great score for mobile speed.
This test shows that it is a great, fast, and lightweight theme. Works great with Elementor and plugins. More optimization, caching, and good hosting will improve its speed dramatically.
If you want to try a new theme for your website, the Kava theme is a great option. It is very clean and modern looking. Also, very lightweight, fast, and built for Elementor. Kava can compete with other famous free WordPress themes.