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How does Squirrly compare with plugins like SEO Framework, SEOpress Pro or the free version of Yoast in terms of site speed?

Q: Can you please explain how you squeeze out these features without hitting the site’s server performance in terms of database calls, front-end loading, etc? Also, is there a way to turn off some functionalities that may potentially slow down your website? And if so, which functions do you recommend turned off, if you are a little bit of a speed freak?

A: Most of the processing, data storage, and other things that only Squirrly SEO can do, are actually things that happen on our Cloud Servers. The duality between plugin and Cloud Services (APIs, crawlers, big data, A.I., MarketIntelligence services) allows us to load the plugin’s code very fast.

The hard work and the processing times are supported by our servers… not by yours. We don’t keep our big databases inside your WP. We keep them on our servers. Our plugin is super lightweight because of this.

More details about this can be seen in the video below:

From our tests, the Squirrly SEO plugin loads on the frontend in 0.005s if you’re not using a cache plugin.

The cache advantage is that we integrated Squirrly SEO plugin with the most popular cache plugins like WP Super Cache, WP-Rocket, Autoptimize, W3 Total, and more. This way the buffer only loads through the cache plugins and the speed is not affected at all.

As mentioned, Squirrly SEO runs mainly from our Cloud Services, so the algorithms all run on our servers and only send data back to the plugin.

The plugin itself loads very fast. Sometimes, the API loads slower, but that does not affect the loading time of pages on your WordPress – it can only annoy while waiting inside the dashboard for Keyword Research, for example.

We’ve really been working a lot on the API speed and it’s better than what it used to be.
If you are worried about too many features:

  • the Next SEO Goals section brings you priority tasks that need solving and they are different from site to site. This part is powered by our Machine Learning algorithms.

So, what this means is: you won’t have to use the hundreds of features if you don’t want to fine-tune them. Squirrly SEO has all important settings done for you right as you start and complete the setup wizard.