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I have been asked by a client to quote for improving the SEO for a website.

One part is to improve the page speed especially on mobile. I can do things like decrease the image size, remove images, simplify the fonts and review any custom code.

I am wondering if there is a speed difference between Squarespace 7.0 and 7.1?

Has anyone assessed this?




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On 6/14/2021 at 6:00 AM, Brent_Dickens said:

I am wondering if there is a speed difference between Squarespace 7.0 and 7.1?

The short answer is that there's very little difference. 🙂

If anything, 7.1 is slower - at least in my experience. Of course it isn't possible to do a scientific test because there are so many different factors to compare. It will depend the images used, the features being initialised, the number of pages on the site, sections vs indexes, script loading, Ajax page loading, the 7.0 template you are comparing and more. However, they both load from the same Squarespace infrastructure.

Here's a comparison of a Brine 7.0 site (left/above) loading in 1.47s and a 7.1 site (right/below) loading in 1.68s:


Neither site has custom code. 

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