Instantly Improve Core Web Vitals in Shopify (2021) – In this article I will show you how to instantly improve Core Web Vitals in Shopify.
You will learn what these page experience metrics are, why they are important and how to optimise and improve Core Web Vitals in Shopify.
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Core Web Vitals are a set of key metrics introduced by Google aiming to measure the experience of the user on a web page.
In practice, they measure how long it takes for a web page to load its elements.
The current Google Core Web Vitals are:
They were first introduced by Google in a post in May 2020.
Large Contentful Paint (LCP) is the time it takes for the largest element to be displayed on a web page.
The recommended value score for LCP is within 4 seconds
First Input Delay (FID) is the time between the first interaction by the user (for example, the click on a button) and the response by the browser.
The recommended value score for FID is within 100ms.
Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) is the sum of all unexpected layout shifts (for example, when an element of the page page unexpectedly moves frame) occurring on a web page.
The recommended CLS value score is less than 0.1.
Core Web Vitals are important because they are going to become a ranking factor in June 2021.
This means that websites with poor Core Web Vitals scores will find it harder than before to rank for relevant keywords.
Vice versa, websites whose pages load fast will most likely get a boost in the rankings.
How significant the boost will be is not clear yet and there is an ongoing conversation within the SEO community about the topic.
You can measure how your Shopify website scores on Core Web Vitals by using one of these online tools:
For the purpose of this tutorial, I am going to use Gtmetrix.com.
To measure Core Web Vitals on Gtmetrix.com:
After waiting for less than a minute, you will then be presented with a report showing how your website performed on page load speed metrics, including Core Web Vitals.
To quickly scan through your Core Web Vitals scores, select the Performance tab.
To instantly improve Core Web Vitals in Shopify (with a premium app):
After applying these changes, make sure you check that everything is working correctly in your Shopify store.
If you did everything correctly, the Core Web Vitals for your Shopify store could potentially look like this:
It might not work 100% with all the themes but you can always revert back to before the changes.
Instead, if you want to improve Core Web Vitals in Shopify without a (premium) app, keep reading.
To improve Core Web Vitals in Shopify without an app:
If you are not an advanced user, you can avail of some of the free, freemium or paid apps.
For more info, check the post Best Shopify Speed Optimization Apps in 2021 by Delightchat.io.