Google Search Console is now updated with Core Web Vitals Report that helps to enhance the user experience. Core Web Vitals, introduced in early May 2020, is one of the metrics of Google is important for delivering great user experience. Now, this metric has been updated in the search console. According to Google, these metrics are important, and these offer the website owners a scope to measure their websites fast.

Therefore, these metrics have now replaced the speed report in the Google Search Console. This means when you log in to the Google Search Console, which is now mentioned as “Core Web Vitals” according to the speed report, these reports can help you to see how your webpages perform depending on the real-world data.

How can you measure Core Web Vitals in the Google Search Console?

By introducing Core Web Vitals in the Google Search Console, Google is now going to replace the previous speed report. With the replacement of speed report with the Core Web Vitals, it can be seen how Google understands how important the user experience is. Google also mentions that a website has to meet some expectations for visual stability, interactivity, and loading.

Google also clarifies that Core Web Vitals work as the subgroup of Web Vitals, which applies to every webpage. These need to be surfaced across different Google tools as well as should be measured by all the website owners. Every type of Core Web Vitals represents a different side of user experience, reflects the experience of the vital user-centric results, and it is also measurable in the field. But the metrics, which make up the Core Web Vitals would keep on evolving with time.

Details on the Core Web Vitals:

Google rationalizes the selection of the following metrics as Core Web Vitals as these include measurable and supportive lab diagnostic metric equivalents and can capture user-centric outcomes. 

Now here are the three important metrics, which signify the Core Web Vitals:

  1. Cumulative Layout Shift: It helps to measure visual stability and it also calculates the total amount of the layout shift of the visible page content. Here the measurement is less than 0.1.
  2. Large contentful paint: This is used to measure the load speed. It scores the point in the timeline of page load while the main content loads. Here the perfect speed in 2.5 seconds or more than that.
  3. First input delay: This metric allows you to measure responsiveness as well as assists in quantifying the experiences of the users while interacting with any webpage. Here the perfect speed is under 100 seconds.

Here the first one is about page jumping across the page-load that offers a poor user experience and the rest two are speed metrics.

Ways to read the report of Core Web Vitals:

The Core Web Vitals of Google help to view the performance of the URL, which is grouped by URL group, metric type, and status. Here you can toggle between “Good”, “New Improvement” and “Poor” on the overview page. You need to click on the “Open Report” tab from one of the tabs to check the page performance numbers for both mobiles and desktops. Here you also need to click on every row to check the details regarding URL groups, which are particularly affected by any type of issue.

Guide to improve Core Web Vitals:

According to the recommendation of Google, it is important to fix all the things first that are labeled as “Poor”. After that, it is necessary to prioritize the things that need to do next depending on the issues that affect most of the URLs. If you are a non-technical user, then you might require the assistance of a professional developer for fixing the particular issues. In this case, you can download the reports and can send those to that developer, who is assisting you.

According to Google, some of the most usual page fixes are to:

  1. Decrease the size of the webpage to less than 500KB
  2. Consider using AMP
  3. Limit the total number of the page resources to 50.

Like other types of Search Console reports, the issues can directly be validated within the Search Console Report when those are fixed.