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  1. I think images with people can work really well but it is extremely hard to get good ones unles you hire a photographer.

    I find it particularly challenging in New Zealand as most stock images are American and you easily tell, we just don't look like that here. I often find Unsplash has a wider international range of photos photos that often feel less stock, the downside is I often see an image and recognise it from Unsplash.


  2. On 3/26/2021 at 11:45 AM, finidush said:

    After sending a panicky message to SS support I received the below message. Finally they have recognised that this is an issue and it is being treated as a priority.

    I'm still extremely nervous that CWV is going to tank my business from May onwards. My competitors websites are all performing better than mine so SS need to pull something pretty special out of the bag.


    Any further progress on this?

  3. On 8/31/2021 at 8:01 PM, GlynMusica said:

    Thanks for that share, interesting to see how Wix accomplished their goal. I think most of the optimisation for SS websites could be simply with conditional unloads. We use a plugin for our WP customers, https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-asset-clean-up/,  which is basically the type of thing SS should be doing with their JS assets. Many times they are loaded but no actually needed.

    Yup that is exactly how I would approach it. They could even do the same for CSS so it creates an optimised CSS file for only the rendered components making it very streamlined.

    Maybe they need a save and a publish so when it is published it creates the final optimised files.
    Imagine how good it would be for their brand if they could truly say that Squarespace is at the forefront and creates truly optimised sites that perform well on CWS. Huge win!

  4. Digging into the setting for that Codepen you may need to include some extra scripts and css in the header of your page. Click the Settings button top right to see them all, there are two javascript files and two css libraries which may all slow down your page load.

    Have you tried using the new Automated lists in Squarespace 7.1, there is one that will work well as a carousel similar to what you are looking for (Bottom right one could do the trick). 




  5. I made a blank Squarespace 7.0 page (except for the header and footer of course) and managed to get a score of 51!


    The main roadblock seems to be the large amount of javascript files loaded even if the page doesn't use them. I hope these are not used for editing the site and are only used for the live view.... if not they should be separated.

  6. 9 minutes ago, tuanphan said:

    Use this code

    .design-layout-card .intrinsic {
        box-shadow: 0px 20px 20px 0px rgba(15,35,98,0.75)!important;
        border-radius: 3px!important;


    Applying the bob-shadow to the .intrinsic class is the issue as this is not always the same size as the image on those tablet sized screens.

  7. Site URL: https://plat4m.squarespace.com/

    I am struggling to get some custom code working that creates a drop shadow on Card layout images.

    I had to apply the css to the .intrinsic class otherwise it seems to be cut off. The problem is on Tablet view and some smaller laptop sizes it doesn't remain the same size as the image and doesn't work.

    I have attached screens to demonstrate. I need to somehow get the box-shadow working on the img tag if possible.

    The CSS is below:

    .image-block-outer-wrapper.design-layout-card .intrinsic {
        box-shadow: 0px 20px 20px 0px rgba(15,35,98,0.75)!important;
      border-radius: 3px!important;

    Site can be viewed here:



    Any advice would be much appreciated 🙂


    Screen Shot 2021-07-27 at 8.18.04 PM.png

    Screen Shot 2021-07-27 at 8.18.40 PM.png

  8. 19 hours ago, GlynMusica said:

    Sorrry @JamesDesign I don't agree simply because what you have listed as motivations should be the minimum you are doing as part of your strategy, and at least when taking aim for organic listings, you can be sure the websites positioned near the top, will have ticked those boxes.

    Therefore in a search results landscape that is level across all the important metrics, CWV is going to be the next frontier for making the grade. And therefore critical.

    By around mid-september we are going to have a lot of webmasters looking at year on year comparison and find that there will or will not be traffic drops. If the latter we know that CWV is going to have less impact, but after nearly 22 years in this SEO saddle, Google always delivers on anything to reduce the flow of free traffic, to address their advertising model, so I have no reason to think CWV will not be important.



    This is coming from someone with only a small amount of SEO knowledge so sorry if it is too simplistic.

    Is there a rank of say the top 5 SEO metrics to get right and the weighting? Such as 1. Content, 2. Mobile experience, 3. Site loading speed, 4. Bounce rate

    Ideally everything is perfect but if you cant get everything perfect what should we put the most effort into?

    Hopefully this makes sense 🙂


  9. 2 hours ago, carl.olson said:

    Sure would be nice to see Squarespace do what Wix just announced regarding GCWV.



    At the end of the article is a very good point:

    How Will This Affect My SEO?

    Although Core Web Vitals are an important indication of your site's performance, they are one of the many measurements used to determine your site's SEO ranking. 
    Content will remain the most important factor in maintaining your SEO score. We recommend optimizing your site's content, as well as updating your page's meta tags. 


  10. I have just created a brand new, super light weight page for a client and it ranks terribly on the Google Pagespeed tool. 34% on mobile! The page has one small image and just plain text.

    Most of the issue is the compressed javascript as you can see in the image attached.

    I have no idea what to do about it.



  11. Hi team,

    A web developer colleague has put me onto this google speed testing tool: https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

    I have tested several of my Squarespace websites using the tool and they all get TERRIBLE ratings especially on mobile. 

    Does anyone have advice on how to improve the ratings beyond making images smaller. We can't improve the format yet so that is out but what else can we do.






  12. Has anyone got an example of an ecommerce website with a large catalogue? I am thinking 80+ products in categories

    I want to see if Squarespace can handle this catalogue size well and what it looks like to navigate for customers.

    I would also love and comments or advice about running an ecommerce site of this size on Squarespace.

    Thanks 🙂

  13. Is there an easy way to add multiple product variants? It seems that once you get to 3 options it is getting too large and complex.

    I want to build a site for a PC company and they have custom PCs where you can change options such as:
    Monitor, memory, hard drive, power unit and maybe more. Before I suggest Squarespace I want to make sure it is feasible to do this.

    Advice and feedback would be much appreciated.  

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