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Hi all, Just wondering if anyone here has used https://websitespeedy.com/ and what results and would you recommend to deal with poor Core Web Vitals?

(Just to clarify, I am aware of the optimisation we as customers can take with our site (like optimising images), I am looking for a tool that might help with all the backend problems that slow down Squarespace that have been well-discussed elsewhere in the forum)

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Hi @SEOSpace_Henry I have gone for a 7 day trial and I am going to post results. They are half-way through installation (some code goes in the Code Injection, header, and other code is supposed to go in the template itself but it seems they have hit a snag because in 7.1 there is no developer access to the template....so not sure what will happen there) but I will def come back here and post update once the install has been completed.

The part-install has already bought the desktop speed into the green and mobile to 48, so with the full implementation they say mobile should go into the green as well. They are quite open in saying desktop should be in the 90s but mobile in the range 50-60 - seems like there's only so much they can fix on mobile because SP is so bloated. But you just need it to hit 50+ to get in the green and that not only improves for users but also in the eyes of the digital overlord (Google)

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On 9/4/2023 at 5:38 PM, simon.stjohn said:

Hi @SEOSpace_Henry I have gone for a 7 day trial and I am going to post results. They are half-way through installation (some code goes in the Code Injection, header, and other code is supposed to go in the template itself but it seems they have hit a snag because in 7.1 there is no developer access to the template....so not sure what will happen there) but I will def come back here and post update once the install has been completed.

The part-install has already bought the desktop speed into the green and mobile to 48, so with the full implementation they say mobile should go into the green as well. They are quite open in saying desktop should be in the 90s but mobile in the range 50-60 - seems like there's only so much they can fix on mobile because SP is so bloated. But you just need it to hit 50+ to get in the green and that not only improves for users but also in the eyes of the digital overlord (Google)

Thanks for letting me know - looking forward to hearing how it goes. 

Henry Purchase

Founder of SEOSpace - the SEO plugin for Squarespace.

Get a Free Squarespace SEO Audit: https://www.seospace.co.uk/squarespace-seo-audit-score

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Hi @SEOSpace_Henry Just an update, this failed in the end. The issue was that they need to add code in two places:

1. The Code Injection -> Header (no problem) and that produced some improvement in speed.

2. They needed to have access to the templates themselves to perform some optimisations (which they do not specify what exactly) and unfortunately in 7.1 we do not have access to the templates.

As a result, the installation failed to produce the improvement required to justify the expenditure.

Where I am at with this now is that I have made the decision to leave Squarespace and migrate to Wordpress - a bit of a big project but in the end all the failings of SP in terms of Core Web Vital performance.

As this post describes (as do many others, On May 10, 2023, Google announced that INP will replace FID in the Core Web Vitals in March 2024

I think anyone on Squarespace with more than just a small hobby site needs to look very carefully at their site CWV and decide now whether to move because moving takes time and I definitely want to have the matter resolved before March 2024.

It would be great to hear SP announce a commitment to improve the CWV metrics for their platform but I suspect we will hear nothing.

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