How to Optimize Your Site for Google’s Core Web Vitals?

Why Core Web Vitals Are Important? 

Core Web Vitals can help improve your search results. They are important because they help Google understand how well a website is performing and identify areas where it can improve. More specifically, these metrics consider: – Loading – Interactivity – Visual stability These are just a few factors that Google considers in its algorithms to measure the health of a website. It also considers mobile-friendliness.

Largest Contentful Paint (LCP).  

LCP is the easiest Core Web Vital metric to comprehend, but it may not be obvious which element will be chosen for analysis. According to Google’s best practices, your website must load the most meaningful piece of content on each webpage for the user within the first 2.5 seconds. The precursor to LCP as a metric was First Contentful Paint (FCP) which measured how long it took the website to load the first feature on any webpage visible in the user’s viewport.

First Input Delay (FID) 

The FID metric is calculated as the time between user interaction and the browser processing their request. It does not measure the time to run the handler function, which would typically process the input and update the DOM. According to Google, the ideal delay would be no more than 100ms. Website visitors aren’t typically patient until the whole page loads and will commence clicking on various features on your website before loading is complete.

Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS)

CLS calculates a score when elements move without warning or user interaction. You have probably experienced this when reading an article on a mobile device – the text suddenly jumps off-screen, and you lose your place. The worst examples could cause you to click an incorrect link. Imagine you wanted to click on a link next to the “Checkout” button on an e-commerce website and ended up making a purchase unintentionally because the button suddenly shifted its place. Based on Google’s metrics for CLS scoring, your website’s overall CLS score should not go above 0.1.

Best tools to check core web vitals

Here are some of the best tools to check Core Web Vitals for your site: 1. Core Web Vitals Dashboard in Google Search Console 2. PageSpeed Insights 3. Lighthouse for Developer 4. Chrome DevTools, which you can find by going to the right-hand corner of your Chrome browser, hovering over More Tools, and selecting Developer Tools. 5. Web Vitals Chrome extension 6. Experte Core Web Vitals Check 7. CrUX Dashboard Creator from Github

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