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Discussion on: How I Reduced Load Time by 25% on Squarespace and Why I Couldn't Get More

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Ariel Caplan

Hi Jared, I'm curious whether you've tried Cloudinary for image hosting? We have lots of ways to optimize images for faster loading without losing visual quality, with very little effort involved. And for smaller sites, chances are you won't end up paying anything for the service.

Here's a good place to start: cloudinary.com/blog/the_holy_grail...

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Jared Author

I am a fan of Cloudinary,but not really an option with Squarespace. As i mentioned in the article, they handle how the images are delivered

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Ariel Caplan

OK, I think I misunderstood you earlier. I will point out that you can probably squeeze out some better performance on the images using Cloudinary's transformations in the manner described in medium.com/@alon7/how-to-make-an-a... - essentially do an upload, q_auto down to a smaller size, then download and reupload to Squarespace.

Not as simple as it usually is to use Cloudinary unfortunately 😞but still might be worth your time if increasing speed is super valuable.

What Squarespace does for images (support.squarespace.com/hc/en-us/a...) is definitely better than nothing, but they don't seem to do the more advanced stuff - reducing size for the same image without perceptibly degrading visual quality.

I'd recommend trying with an image or two, and seeing if you can drop down that 2.7MB by a few hundred kB at least.

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Jared Author

Ah, gotcha. Thanks for the tip!