Syncing core web vitals is a bit like syncing your heartbeat. When it’s not in rhythm, you know there’s something off and you need to work on it right away. The same applies to your website’s core web vitals: if they’re out of whack, then they need attention. So let’s take a look at what we can do to improve them!
1. Check how fast your website is
Now that you have a basic idea of what’s slowing down your site, it’s time to take action. Here are some things you can do:
Use a website speed test tool. There are several available online and in the form of apps for mobile devices such as iPhones and Android phones, tablets, etcetera. These tools will tell whether or not your content is loading quickly enough on different browsers and operating systems (OS).
2. Reduce page weight and optimize images
The second step is to reduce page weight and optimize images. You can do that by using a CDN, lazy loading, or SVG or icon fonts.
Lazy loading is an approach that loads web pages as they are needed instead of waiting until the user scrolls down page content. This avoids unnecessary requests from users who want to see more content while they wait for them to load on their own accord (which can take several seconds). It also reduces bandwidth usage since only those elements needed will be loaded at once instead of all at once when scrolling down past them before getting there yourself!
Use image optimization tools like ImageOptim or TinyPNG for this purpose but remember: don’t use images for decoration purposes only because it won’t make sense if you’re doing something else too relevant!
Minification is the process of removing unnecessary characters from source code without changing its functionality. This can be done by removing whitespace, comments, and strings that are not used in the code.
The result is a smaller file size that can improve load times and reduce HTTP requests.
5. Eliminate HTTP requests
Eliminate HTTP requests. The simplest way to do this is by using lazy loading, which allows you to load only the parts of your website that actually need to be loaded when a user requests it. This can be done by rendering the HTML and CSS files locally, then sending them over when they’re needed (e.g., when the DOM is ready).
Use CSS sprites instead of images for faster page loads (and less bandwidth). If you’ve got tens or hundreds of icons in your site’s header bar, consider switching over to using CSS sprites—which requires less data transfer than loading each image individually into memory.
6. Use browser caching
You can use the cache-control header to set a long expiry time and make sure that your visitor’s browser caches the content. The Cache-Control header sets a maximum expiration time on the response in seconds, so if you set it to 3600 (one hour), then your browser will not try to download any resource again until an hour has passed since first request.
You can also use far future Expires header which specifies how long after a file was created that it should be available for retrieval by browsers (in contrast with near future Expires). This is useful when you want users who have already visited once before but may not have seen everything in detail yet.”
7. Compress your files with GZip compression
GZip compression is a popular way to reduce the size of your files. It’s an open-source project that allows you to compress and decompress text, image and video files without losing any information.
When you use GZip compression on new images, videos or other content, it will shrink those files by up to 90%. This means that instead of having several thousand kilobytes in a single image file (for example), there will be only 100 kilobytes which makes it easier for people who don’t have fast internet connections or computers with high specifications such as laptops or tablets etc…
8. Optimize your server response time
Your server response time is the time it takes for a server to respond to a request.
Server response times can be improved by optimizing your server software and hardware, but also through proper configuration of DNS records, web application testing, and other factors.
The faster you can respond to requests from clients (clients might include search engines or people visiting your website), the better off your SEO will be in general.
Now you know what to do to improve core web vitals.
Now you know what to do to improve core web vitals. You can increase your website’s speed, SEO and accessibility with these steps:
- Improve Your Website Speed
- Optimize Your Website’s On-Page Optimization (SEO)
- Use a Content Management System
You can use several tools to do this, but I recommend following these steps:
- Check your page speed with Pingdom
- Eliminate HTTP requests with a CDN (like Cloudflare) or Gzip compression of your files to reduce HTTP requests by 80%.
- Optimize images by uploading them one at a time instead of in bulk with something like ImageOptim or Tinypng, both available for Mac users too!