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I'm curious to know if any website owners use Cloudflare to improve their website's speed, especially for mobile devices. If you have experience with Cloudflare, I would appreciate your feedback. Have you encountered any issues, and was the setup process easy?

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On 5/8/2023 at 11:51 AM, manos said:

I'm curious to know if any website owners use Cloudflare to improve their website's speed

You're unlikely to see substantive benefit as many of the features offered by Cloudflare are now built directly into Squarespace 7.1.

That's not to say that it can't offer benefits, especially to corporates, but the additional complexity is unlikely to help the majority of Squarespace users who are typically small or creative businesses and already benefit from the great range of built-in features. 

On the performance side, Squarespace provide website caching to improve performance and they host files on a fast global content delivery network (CDN) and they now defer loading of JavaScript, where this is possible. There are some scripts that cannot be deferred (because they are essential for the content to be rendered) so these will always be flagged by third party tools that aren't "Squarespace-aware", even if the situation cannot be changed.

Squarespace also has many security features built-in, that are likely to satisfy the majority of Squarespace customers, including SSL (with HSTS), clickjacking protection and extensive DDOS protection.

What aspects of your mobile performance are you concerned about? Which Cloudflare services are you considering to improve them?

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Definitely interesting to hear both of your thoughts! I had just been wondering about this. And the info from  @paul2009 really helps clarify all that SQSPS is doing in this realm. That being said - it is daunting when you perform an SEO audit and get all those red dings! That depth of SEO is outside of my scope - and I am always curious if getting the green light there is more about appeasing a client that is ranking focuses or if is it truly affecting the rankings of the site? @manos....especially when the bulk of my clients are small local businesses, not corporate. 

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@FluffCreativeStudio glad you join!

 

15 hours ago, FluffCreativeStudio said:

That depth of SEO is outside of my scope - and I am always curious if getting the green light there is more about appeasing a client that is ranking focuses or if is it truly affecting the rankings of the site?

Maybe I am wrong but I think all available data suggests that Google uses Pagespeed Insights as a ranking factor. Scoring 100/100 does not guarantee a top spot on the SERPs, but in today's SEO landscape, we are primarily optimizing for Google. Even if my website is lightning fast, if Google does not perceive it as such, what is the point? Mobile page speed has been a ranking factor for Google since 2018, and we can see that design is striving for websites that are fully mobile-optimized, not just mobile-friendly or responsive. Therefore, I believe that mobile Pagespeed Insights is a significant factor today, despite some claims from SEO experts against it.

I am fully aware that relevance is still the number one ranking factor but I believe if all things equal smaller players lose some competitive edge. So, I am looking to find solutions like Cloudflare.

 

 

 

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