Top 3 customer websites based on loading speed:
LiquidBlox 372 points
GoDaddy 370 points
Duda 339 points
The maximum score in the test was 400 points.
The top two, LiquidBlox and GoDaddy, have clearly invested more in the speed of their customers' websites than other platforms. GoDaddy was surprisingly fast compared to the rest, especially considering the platform's lesser-known status.
Squarespace, traditionally focused on visual appeal, lagged far behind the others. The same was true for Webnode, known for its ease of use. Long-standing popular platforms like Wix, Weebly, Webflow, and Squarespace were at the bottom of the results, falling outside the top three.
The most surprising was that HubSpot, which performed competently in the test of the manufacturers' own sites, came last in the test of customer sites. This is likely influenced by the technical solutions used by the builders of the customer sites, as HubSpot requires the use of either self-made or purchased page templates for website building.
Link to the Google Sheet of the customer site test
Final Result: Website Builders Are No Longer Slow
The slowness of website builders seems to be more of a myth than a fact. The myth may have held true in the past, but the current versions of the platforms can offer very fast websites at their best.
Speed is, of course, only one criterion in choosing a platform. However, it is worth considering as it affects both users and search engines.
Investing in speed is not surprising, as website administrators are very aware of the challenges with the help of continuous monitoring tools, such as Google Search Console.