I'm fairly new to html and web design, but I'm wondering: why does Muse add query strings on every static resource url? There must be a reason I don't understand, but removing them all manually works, thus my question.
Thx in advance for the answers.
The query string is appended as a sort of version number for the resource. This is used so that when a resource is updated, your users will immediately get the most recent versions of it instead of what sits in the cache on their local machine. It is a way to make sure your users are seeing the latest version of what you created instead of seeing old versions they looked at recently. If you'd like to learn more, I'd recommend looking around the web and reading up on cache-busting.
Static HTML/CSS/JS is most often cached in the browser. These strings prevent that caching.
Removing the strings is not ideal if you intend to update the page later.
Just curious, when did the Muse team read up on this? Because it was not added until after several versions of the public beta had been released and many users were confused by wonky layouts after updating their sites.
There were users on the old forum that had to explain the (very common) technique to Muse developers. Does the Muse team have web designers on it anymore? Some seem to have been let go.
Thx both of you, I originally asked because one of the criteria of google page speed is to have no query strings on static resources, but it makes sense to have them when you frequently update your website, indeed. An option to remove them when you consider your website stable would be nice nonetheless.
Again thank you for the quick answer!