Core Web Vitals is a standard used by Google to measure overall page web experience. If you’re using Elementor, there’s a lot you can do to optimize your site for high performance.
This article will show you how to turn a poorly configured Elementor site into one that scores big with Google based on a 4-step process called the R.O.S.E. Mechanism (Reduce, Optimize, Simplify, Eliminate). Our member, Nathan Onn, has a whole series on it here.
Core Web Vitals will soon be an SEO ranking factor, so it’s important that you know what they are, how they work and adjust your WordPress site accordingly.
We’re going to break it down and summarize this method based on using our plugins, Smush and Hummingbird — and our managed WordPress hosting.
We’ll be going over:
By the time you read through this, your Elementor site’s vitals will look good with a clean bill of health from Google.
To get started, let’s check out…
What Are Google’s Core Web Vitals?
Google’s Core Web Vitals focus on the metrics that matter most when it comes to optimization. It’s an initiative by Google that provides guidance for delivering a quality user experience on the web and is a new standard to measure overall page experience.
It’s applied to all web pages and should be measured by all site owners.
Though the vitals evolve and change, currently, the core vitals can help WordPress sites by allowing them to focus on three things:
- Loading (LCP – Largest Contentful Paint): This measures loading performance. A good user experience means that LCP should occur within 2.5 seconds when the initial page starts loading.
- Interactivity (FID – First Input Delay): This measures interactivity. Good user experience means that pages should have an FID of less than 100 milliseconds.
- Visual Stability (CLS – Cumulative Layout Shift): This measures visual stability. Pages should have and maintain a CLS of less than 0.1.
To get a good idea of where your site stands, Google offers a Core Web Vitals report that you can perform. It shows how your pages perform based on real-world usage data.
And for another perspective, you can get a good look at what Google’s Core Web Vitals are in this quick overview video:
As you can see, it’s easy to understand once you know what they are.
Now that we know what Google’s Core Web Vitals consists of, let’s get them
This article was written by N. Fakes and originally published on WPMU DEV Blog.